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Astrology for the Light Side of the Brain Paperback – October 1, 1995
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Astrology for the Light Side of the Brain provides years of psychological personality analysis under one cover as the reader uncovers his or her foibles and conflicts and then understands how to use them to advantage. Think of astrology as telling us about different parts of ourselves. Picture the SUN as the Executive Director of our horoscope; the MOON as our Security Department head; MARS as head of the department of "Mess With Me And You Die", and JUPITER as your built-in Advertising Department -- and you have a taste of the magic Kim Rogers-Gallagher paints in this wonderfully humorous book. -- Midwest Book Review
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This is a very simplified presentation of astrology for the simple minded - self included. And I don't mean this in a derogatory or demeaning way. I'm a Tarot student who has come to realize the need to incorporate and therefore research a topic I have long ago deemed overwhelming. Astrology is a very complex subject that demands decades of time devoted to understanding it fully. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the field of astrology as a primer and a must read for the serious Tarot student. The basic concepts are presented in a fun, friendly and often humorous manner to keep the reader on his/her toes. Now just to be clear to the Tarot folks out there... There are NO tarot references - that, you can and should find in greater detail elsewhere. But what it will do is give you a basic understanding of astrology so when you do come across the tarot to astrology cross references (i.e. Tarot Decoded by Elizabeth Hazel) you will have acquired a better idea of how, say, the Moon card is related to Pisces and why.
I would even go so far as to suggest and encourage metaphysical schools and teachers to use this as a light primer for their astrology courses and an accompaniment to palmistry, tasseography, and Tarot - to mention a few areas that incorporate astrological ideas into their craft.
In this book, you will find discussions of all the basics: signs, planets, houses, aspects, Ascendant and Descendant, Chiron and some of the other asteroids, and things like that, all in very clear, entertaining language.
Kim gives a very simple overview of the Planets, Houses, Signs, and Aspects and how they all go together. And she does so in such a light-hearted, (and verbally entertaining), way that any lay-person can easily understand what's-what about the basics of astrology.
I'm a professional astrologer, and have given this book countless times as a gift to those who express an interest in astrology; the latest being my 16-year-old niece who wanted to know where to begin.
Kim makes learning the basics of astrology fun because she is consummately funny in her expressive writing and will have you hooked before you know it. This book is a joy to read and will have you laughing in no time.
Astrology is a daunting subject simply because it is so complex... it's not exactly 'hard to learn', rather, that there is SO MUCH to learn... astrology goes very, very deep. And, as everything is symbolic, it's exactly like learning a new language such as higher mathematics or physics. Because of this, finding the right introductory book has been, itself, a daunting task.
But Kim has taken care of that... even after all these years, there has yet to be published a beginner's book that can usurp Kim's magnum opus. Many have tried, but all have failed to knock her off her rightful place on every astrologer's shelf... even if it's just there to give away to some fresh-faced astro-newbie! *lol*
Well, I might as well give my further recommendations since Kim's is a beginner's book and I assume that whoever is reading this may very well want to follow astrologer-Kim down the rabbit-hole, *lol*. These are the absolute musts and will serve to keep you busy for quite some time, *vbs*. All can be gotten here at Amazon or at Astro-America.
INTRODUCTION TO ASTROLOGY...
'ASTROLOGY FOR THE LIGHT SIDE OF THE BRAIN' by Kim Rogers-Gallagher
If you're determined to go further than Kim's book, then you absolutely have to have a book on RULERSHIPS. If you don't know what each PLANET rules, what each HOUSE rules, and what each SIGN rules, you'll NEVER be able to understand what's-what in your Chart.
'THE RULERSHIP BOOK: A DIRECTORY OF ASTROLOGICAL CORRESPONDENCES' by Rex Bills-- The Rulership Book
'THE ONLY WAY TO LEARN ASTROLOGY SERIES' by Joan McEvers & Marion March; (you can find links to the other Volumes thru the 'Basic Priciples' book )
Vol I Basic Principles-- The Only Way to Learn Astrology, VOL 1: Basic Principles
VOL II Basic Math & Interpretation Techniques (math with/without using a computer)
VOL III Horoscope Analysis
VOL IV The Only Way to Learn about Tomorrow: Current Patterns (Progressions, Solar Arcs, Transits, Eclipses, Solar/Lunar Returns
VOL V The Only Way to Learn about Relationships: Synastry Techniques
'THE ASTROLOGER'S HANDBOOK' by Frances Sakoian & Louis Acker--The Astrologer's Handbook (HarperResource Book)
NOW FOR A BIT MORE ADVANCED STUDY---> WHAT EVERYONE WANTS TO KNOW
RELATIONSHIPS-- WILL THEY/WON'T THEY WORK?
'LOVE FORMULAS- 2' by Nance McCullough. More & better synastry; gives a minimum 2-to-1 ratio of good aspects to bad aspects. The BEST so far on navigating who is right or wrong for us-- Love Formulas-2
'MONEY: HOW TO FIND IT WITH ASTROLOGY' by Lois Rodden-- Money: How to Find It with Astrology
WHEN DO I? (Start/End something)...
'ELECTIONAL ASTROLOGY: THE ART OF TIMING' by Joann Hampar-- Electional Astrology: The Art of Timing
ASK A QUESTION, GET AN ANSWER...
'HOARY ASTROLOGY: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ASTROLOGY OF TIME' by Derek Appleby-- Horary Astrology: An Introduction to the Astrology of Time (Astrology Handbooks)
'SIMPLIFIED HOARY ASTROLOGY' by Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson. You'll have to go to AstroAmerica dot com for this one.
HOW TO PREDICT WHAT'S COMING-UP...
'THE ART OF PREDICTIVE ASTROLOGY: FORECASTING YOUR LIFE EVENTS' by Carol Rushman-- The Art of Predictive Astrology: Forecasting Your Life Events
AND, LASTLY... THREE BOOKS THAT I FOUND EXTREMELY USEFUL-- (while I have added the Amazon link to purchase these books, you will find extensive descriptions of what, exactly, is in these books over at AstroAmerica dot com)
'FROM OUTER SPACE TO PLANET EARTH' by Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson-- (indeed, I recommend ALL of Ivy's books... she dishes the dirt. You'll have to go to AstroAmerica dot com for this one.
'EVOLUTIONARY ASTROLOGY: THE JOURNEY OF THE SOUL THROUGH STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS' by Raymond Merriman-- this one nails the North and South Nodes of the Moon from a Reincarnation standpoint. Also delves deeply into the DC, (the 7th House Cusp); and the IC, (the Fourth House Cusp): Two Angular Houses almost completely disregarded by the Astrological Community -- Evolutionary Astrology: The Journey of the Soul Through States of Consciousness
'SECRETS FROM A STARGAZER'S NOTEBOOK: MAKING ASTROLOGY WORK FOR YOU' by Debbie Kempton Smith-- (Funny, funny, funny and so insightful. Debbie also dishes the dirt... also at Astro America)-- Secrets from a Stargazer's Notebook: Making Astrology Work for You