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Introduction 1

About This Book 1

Conventions Used in This Book 1

What You're Not to Read 2

Foolish Assumptions 2

How This Book Is Organized 3

Part I: Mapping Your Place in the Cosmos 3

Part II: Here Comes the Sun 3

Part III: Everything Else in the Cosmic Cookbook 3

Part IV: Using Astrology Right Now 4

Part V: The Part of Tens 4

Icons Used in This Book 5

Where to Go from Here 5

Part 1: Mapping Your Place in the Cosmos 7

Chapter 1: An Astrological Overview: The Horoscope in Brief 9

Looking at the Starry Sky 10

Identifying the Signs of the Zodiac 11

Understanding the Signs 12

Polarity: Dividing the zodiac by two 13

Modality: Dividing the zodiac by three 13

Elements: Dividing the zodiac by four 13

Putting the zodiac back together 14

Considering the Sun, the Moon, and the Planets 16

Who Rules? Discovering the Rulers of the Signs 17

Assessing the Ascendant and the Houses 18

The Ascendant 19

Taking the House Tour 20

Chapter 2: Getting Your Precise Horoscope:

The Old Way versus the Easy Way 21

Gathering the Information You Need 22

Dealing with approximate birth times 22

Coping with an absence of information 23

What It Takes to Cast Your Chart the Old-Fashioned Way 23

Getting Your Horoscope in a Nanosecond 25

Investing in DIY Software 26

Maximizing the Mac 26

Playing with the PC 27

Seeking out advice 28

Chapter 3: Estimating Your Horoscope Using the Tables in This Book 29

Using the Tables in This Book to Identify Your Planets 30

Figuring Out Your Ascendant or Rising Sign 31

Finding your rising sign in three easy steps 32

Beware of the limitations 34

Determining Your Houses 34

Creating a Horoscope 36

Part U: Here Comes the Sun 39

Chapter 4: Fire Signs: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius 41

Aries the Ram: March 20-April 18 42

The sunny side 42

The sorry side 43

Relationships 43

Work 44

Leo the Lion: July 23-August 22 45

The sunny side 46

The sorry side 46

Relationships 47

Work 48

Sagittarius the Archer: November 22-December 21 49

The sunny side 49

The sorry side 50

Relationships 50

Work 51

Chapter 5: Earth Signs: Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn 53

Taurus the Bull: April 19-May 20 54

The sunny side 54

The sorry side 55

Relationships 56

Work 56

Virgo the Virgin: August 23-September 22 57

The sunny side 58

The sorry side 58

Relationships 59

Work 59

Capricorn the Goat: December 22-January 19 61

The sunny side 61

The sorry side 62

Relationships 62

Work 63

Chapter 6: Air Signs: Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius 65

Gemini the Twins: May 21-June 20 66

The sunny side 66

The sorry side 67

Relationships 68

Work 68

Libra the Scales: September 23-October 22 69

The sunny side 69

The sorry side 70

Relationships 71

Work 71

Aquarius the Water Bearer: January 20-February 18 73

The sunny side 73

The sorry side 74

Relationships 74

Work 75

Chapter 7: Water Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces 77

Cancer the Crab: June 21-July 22 78

The sunny side 78

The sorry side 79

Relationships 79

Work 80

Scorpio the Scorpion: October 23-November 21 81

The sunny side 82

The sorry side 82

Relationships 83

Work 83

Pisces the Fish: February 19-March 19 85

The sunny side 85

The sorry side 86

Relationships 86

Work 87

Part HI: Everything Else in the Cosmic Cookbook 89

Chapter 8: Moon Signs: The Lunacy Factor 91

The Moon in the Signs 92

The Nodes of the Moon 95

The Nodes in the Signs 97

Chapter 9: The Personal Planets 101

Locating Your Planets 101

Mercury: Communicating with Style 103

Venus: Love Conquers All 105

Mars: Road Warrior 108

Jupiter: More Is Better 111

Saturn: Lord of the Rings 114

Chapter 10: The Outer Planets (Plus One Amazing Asteroid) 119

Uranus: The Rebel 121

Understanding Uranus 121

Uranus in the signs 122

Neptune: The Dreamer 125

Assessing Neptune's influence 125

Neptune in the signs 126

Pluto: The Power of Transformation 128

Pinpointing Pluto's influence 130

Pluto in the signs 130

Chiron: The Wounded Healer 132

Chiron's influence 132

Chiron in the signs 133

Chapter 11: What You See versus What You Get:

The Rising Sign (And More) 135

Identifying Your Ascendant 137

What Your Ascendant Says about You 137

Finding and Understanding Your Descendant 142

Looking Into Your Midheaven and I.C 144

Chapter 12: The Sun, the Moon, and the Planets in the Houses____149

Taking the House Tour 150

The Sun in the Houses 151

The Moon in the Houses 152

The Nodes of the Moon in the Houses 154

Mercury in the Houses 155

Venus in the Houses 157

Mars in the Houses 158

Jupiter in the Houses 161

Saturn in the Houses 162

Uranus in the Houses 164

Neptune in the Houses 166

Pluto in the Houses 167

Interpreting Empty Houses 169

Chapter 13: Amazing Aspects: The Secrets of Cosmic Geometry . . .171

Identifying the Major Aspects 171

Figuring Out Your Aspects 174

A Note about Minor Aspects 176

Interpreting the Aspects 176

Aspects to the Sun 177

Aspects to the Moon 181

Aspects to Mercury 184

Aspects to Venus 186

Aspects to Mars 189

Aspects to Jupiter 191

Aspects to Saturn 193

Aspects to Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto 194

Chapter 14: A Guide to Interpreting Your Birth Chart 197

Step One: Finding Overall Patterns 197

Hemisphere analysis 198

Pattern analysis 199

Considering the signs 204

Planets in houses: A minor point 205

Step Two: Five Main Components of a Birth Chart 207

Step Three: Looking for Aspect Patterns 209

Step Four: Putting the Puzzle Together 212

Part IV: Using Astrology Right Now 213

Chapter 15: The Sun Sign Combinations 215

Aries in Love 215

Taurus in Love 217

Gemini in Love 218

Cancer in Love 220

Leo in Love 221

Virgo in Love 223

Libra in Love 224

Scorpio in Love 225

Sagittarius in Love 226

Capricorn in Love 227

Aquarius in Love 228

Pisces in Love 229

Finding Other Planetary Ties 229

Chapter 16: The Times of Our Lives: Transits 231

Investigating Transits 232

Showing the importance of transits 232

Following your transits 234

Tracking Mars 235

Activating Jupiter 237

Coping with Saturn 240

Unpredictable Uranus 243

Nebulous Neptune 246

Power-Hungry Pluto 249

Warning: The Astrologer's Curse 251

Chapter 17: The Lunar Advantage: Using Astrology in Daily Life . . .253

Timing Your Actions by the Light of the Moon 254

Using the Moon in the Signs 255

Tracking the Moon in the Houses 257

Making the Most of Momentous Lunar Influences 259

Avoiding the Void 260

Chapter 18: Retrograde Hell? The Truth Revealed 261

Retrograde Revealed 261

Successfully Handling Retrograde Mercury 262

Making the best of it 262

Knowing when the hullabaloo is coming 264

Looking Out for Retrograde Venus 265

Watching Out for Retrograde Mars 266

The Other Planets 267

Part V: The Part of Tens 269

Chapter 19: Ten Talents You Can Spot in a Chart 271

Artistic Ability 271

Athletic Prowess 273

Beauty (Or the Power of Attraction) 273

Celebrity Appeal 274

Healing Hands 275

Business Savvy 276

Making Money 277

Psychic Ability 278

Becoming an Astrologer 279

Writing 280

Chapter 20: Ten (Plus One) Ways to Use Astrology in Your Life: The Art of Timing 281

Getting Married 281

Going on a First Date 283

Opening a Business 283

Scheduling a Meeting 284

Throwing a Party 285

Purchasing a Computer 285

Buying a House 286

Having Surgery 286

Starting a Diet or an Exercise Program 287

Writing a Novel or Screenplay 288

Laying Low 288

Appendix: Planetary Tables 289

Index 361

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