Review The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Astrology
Despite the unfortunate title, a knock-off of the “Dummy” genre, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Astrology is actually a pretty good over-all “beginner’s guide” to astrology.
Written in straightforward language, and a sometimes humorous, tongue-in-cheek style, the guide covers all the basics from house and planetary placements to aspects and relationship comparisons.
Some purists may not like the fact that there is no introduction to manual chart calculation, but let’s face it, who among us, except the most anal-retentive old-schooler, is ever too far from a computer program with which to calculate charts?
The insistence the certification programs have that astrologers be able to manually calculate charts seems almost silly these days. Certainly beginners who are just trying to learn don’t need to know how to calculate charts in their heads.
My beef with the book is that it brings in Tarot and Palmistry in what kind of seems like an attempt to “pad” the book. There is nothing wrong with Tarot and Palmistry, but there is so much more directly relevant material that could have been covered, including the asteroids for example.
Still, if you are beginner and are looking for a good “all in one” tutorial and reference guide, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Astrology” will be more than adequate to your needs.