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Chart Interpretation Handbook: Guidelines for Understanding the Essentials of the Birth Chart Paperback – January, 1990
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Marshall holds a B.A. degree from Purdue and a Masters of Library Science from Vanderbilt University.
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In his Chart Interpretation Handbook, Arroyo gives us a way of looking at the birth chart in terms of the energetic building blocks within it. Unlike more cookbook style texts, he does not provide just a list of planets, signs, houses but teaches the reader how to tune into the chart in a more subtle way. At first this text might seem a bit vague, but it is ultimately a text in which Arroyo shows us his particular way of sensing the subtle nuances of the astrological energies.
Arroyo also in this text is a master at showing us how to unravel the themes within the birth chart. I particularly loved his description of the sub-tones of planets that is something that I use to this day in my chart interpretations. Stephen Arroyo is a fantastic astrologer and writer. All his books are marvellous and this one is no exception. I cannot recommend it enough.
Unlike some of Arroyo's early work, the Chart Interpretation Handbook is expertly laid out, due no doubt to the editing skills of Jerilynn Marshall who Arroyo enthusiastically acknowledges. Its all here: the four elements and the twelve signs, key concepts for the planets, the planets in the signs, the ascendant and midheaven, the houses and planetary aspects. And, true to Arroyo's sense of humour (always bubbling away beneath the profound depth of his writing), there's even a couple of cartoons!
I had been a practising astrologer for several years when this came out, and after one read through, the Chart Interpretation Handbook became my primary reference for birth chart work. It still is today! Highly recommended.
If you are familiar with Parker's Astrology, this book is totally different. While Parker's is very detailed, a sort of encyclopedia for astrology, this is a much smaller volume that gives general guidelines. Arroyo deliberately kept things general. Evidently he thinks it's best to think in broad terms and to only deal with the essentials of a chart when interpreting it. By teaching us the basics of astrology Arroyo helps us do that. I see Arroyo's book and the Parker book being very complementary--being a new student I appreciate what each has to offer.
This is a great place to start of you are serious about understanding the fundamentals of astrology.
The language is clear, modern, and anyone from the most neophytic can understand and apply it immediately.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
From what I can tell so far, this is an exceptional book. I'd definitely recommend.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
A great place for anyone to begin with astrology. Arroyo is a great writer, clear, precise and yet not pretentious or stuffy. Read morePublished 18 days ago by alcuin9
I love the size and portability of this book. It's not like a thick heavy phone book, remember those? Every word is a nugget of precise, spot on, astrological gold. Read morePublished 1 month ago by calliope
It tells you how to write a chart through math, and logorhthms andgives examples but thats about it. It taught me somethings but , it's not a chart interpretation handbookPublished 4 months ago by Marie Nazon
I like every book Arroyo writes and think they are all worth having in my collection.Published 5 months ago by Gale White
This is an insightful, fabulous astrology book. The information is clear and easy to apply to whatever level of astrology you are studying. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lorelai Gilmore
It's really difficult to find well written books on subjects like astrology. I was really skeptical and crossed my fingers when I ordered a copy. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Karen C.
I cannot think of a better introduction to astrology or natal chart interpretation than this book. Arroyo provides a refreshingly holistic and essentialist approach to chart... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sabrina