Reading Lists


Short Course in Medieval Astrology

These books are readily available, and will give you a solid background allowing you to hold your own in astrological conversations:

  • A History of Horoscopic Astrology by James H. Holden (Tempe, AZ: American Federation of Astrologers, Inc., 1996)
  • The Houses: Temples of the Sky by Deborah Houlding
  • The Real Astrology by John Frawley (London: Apprentice Books, 2000)
  • The Beginning of Wisdom by Abraham Ibn Ezra, trans. Meira Epstein (ARHAT Publications, 1998)
  • Tetrabiblos by Claudius Ptolemy, trans. F.E. Robbins (Cambridge and London: Harvard University Press, 1998)
  • The Judgments of Nativities by Abu 'Ali al-Khayyat, in Benjamin N. Dykes trans. and ed., Persian Nativities I (Minneapolis, MN: The Cazimi Press, 2009)
  • The Morinus System of Horoscope Interpretation [Astrologia Gallica Book 21] by J.B. Morin, trans. Richard S. Baldwin (Washington, D.C.: American Federation of Astrologers, Inc., 1974)

Long Course in Medieval Astrology

These books have been grouped by topic and are prioritized within each group. They can vary greatly in price. In some cases these books are best available through Interlibrary Loan through your local public or university library.

Historical Overviews:

  • A History of Horoscopic Astrology by James H. Holden (Tempe, AZ: American Federation of Astrologers, Inc., 1996)
  • The Real Astrology by John Frawley (London: Apprentice Books, 2000)
  • The Dawn of Astrology: The Ancient and Classical Worlds by Nicholas Campion (London: Continuum Books, 2008)
  • A History of Western Astrology: The Medieval and Modern Worlds by Nicholas Campion (London: Continuum Books, 2009)

Introductions to General and Natal Astrology

Hellenistic Group

  • Tetrabiblos by Claudius Ptolemy, trans. Robert Schmidt (Berkeley Springs, WV: Golden Hind Press, 1994) or trans. F.E. Robbins (Cambridge and London: Harvard University Press, 1998)
  • Carmen Astrologicum by Dorotheus of Sidon, trans. David Pingree (Abingdon, MD: Astrology Classics, 2005)
  • Late Classical Astrology: Paulus Alexandrinus and Olympiodorus, trans. Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum (Reston, VA: ARHAT Publications, 2001)
  • Rhetorius the Egyptian, trans. James H. Holden (Tempe, AZ: American Federation of Astrologers, Inc., 2009)

Medieval Arab/Jewish/Persian Group

  • On Nativities by Abu Bakr, in Benjamin N. Dykes trans. and ed., Persian Nativities II (Minneapolis, MN: The Cazimi Press, 2010)
  • The Book of Aristotle by Masha'allah, in Benjamin N. Dykes trans. and ed., Persian Nativities I (Minneapolis, MN: The Cazimi Press, 2009)
  • Works of Sahl & Masha'allah, trans. Benjamin N. Dykes (Golden Valley, MN: The Cazimi Press, 2008)
  • The Book of Nativities and Revolutions by Abraham Ibn Ezra, trans. Meira Epstein (ARHAT Publications, 2008)
  • The Introduction to Astrology by Al-Qabisi [Alcabitius], trans. Charles Burnett, Keiji Yamamoto, and Michio Yano (London and Turin: The Warburg Institute, 2004)
  • The Abbreviation of the Introduction to Astrology by Abu Ma'shar, trans. Charles Burnett, Keiji Yamamoto, and Michio Yano (Leiden and New York: E.J. Brill, 1994)

Latin West Group

  • The Book of Astronomy by Guido Bonatti, trans. Benjamin N. Dykes (Golden Valley, MN: The Cazimi Press, 2007)
  • Christian Astrology Books 1-3 by William Lilly (Abingdon, MD: Astrology Classics, 2004)
  • The Morinus System of Horoscope Interpretation [Astrologia Gallica Book 21] by J.B. Morin, trans. Richard S. Baldwin (Washington, D.C.: American Federation of Astrologers, Inc., 1974)

Special Topics

Primary Directions

  • Primary Directions: Astrology's Old Master Technique by Martin Gansten (London: The Wessex Astrologer, 2009)

Solar and Lunar Returns (Revolutions)

  • On the Revolutions of Nativities by Abu Ma'shar, in Benjamin N. Dykes trans. and ed., Persian Nativities II (Minneapolis, MN: The Cazimi Press, 2010)
  • Astrologia Gallica Book Twenty Three: Revolutions by J.B. Morin, trans. James H. Holden, 2nd ed. (Tempe, AZ: American Federation of Astrologers, Inc., 2003)

Mundane Astrology

  • On Historical Astrology: The Book of Religions and Dynasties (On the Great Conjunctions) by Abu Ma'shar, trans. Keiji Yamamoto and Charles Burnett (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2000)

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