Liz Green’s “The Astrology of Fate” remains one of the best books on the archetypes in astrology. It is also on the few reference type books I sat down and read cover to cover, and that says a lot about the ease of her style of writing. Her discussion of the various gods and goddesses related to Pluto is particularly good and gave me some key concepts for handling Pluto in the natal chart and by transit. Ereshkigal and her mourners, a gift from her brother, illustrate nicely how to handle the darker aspects of Pluto.
At some point most of us who study astrology end up delving into myths and legends to gain a deeper understanding of the Signs and Planets, and to find a good chunk of the available information in one place and “pre-digested” is very helpful. A plus for “The Astrology of Fate” is the book has an index, making it even easier to track the references. I’m very fond of indexes . . . Usually it takes an outer planet transit to shake us up and send us hunting for more information especially if we have lots of natal aspects with the outer planets.
Another book recommended to me by my cyber-friend, Casey, is Kathleen Burt’s excellent book “Archetypes of the Zodiac”. OK, I will admit I haven’t read this one all the way through yet but every time I grab it and read another section on a particular sign, I’m very impressed. With all the attention on Capricorn here recently, I spent some time reading what she had to offer there and was fascinated. I loved the connection to the god Pan especially. As Pluto moves more deeply into Capricorn and we all start feeling the pain, one way or another, I recommend reading what Kathleen has to say about this often misunderstood sign.
Something else I like about this book is she has a good take on what it means to have your Sun progress into the next sign. In my experience this can mean a significant change in perception and it’s useful to get some grasp on this event. Most of us will have our Suns progress through at least the following two signs, for example: Aries Sun progresses into Taurus, then thirty years later into Gemini. Since my natal Sun is 29° Libra, I have had my Sun progress into Scorpio, Sagittarius and now into Capricorn (yes, I’m older than dirt!)
An interesting note about Kathleen’s book is she often refers to “The Astrology of Fate” as a point of reference. This is always a good indicator of well researched quality source material and a very good reason to get your hands on both books. Astrology is a dynamic field of study and all of us here in the astro-blogosphere are part of the process, adding our own unique pieces to the puzzle.
Both books are linked on my right sidebar if you wish to find out more about them and maybe, purchase a copy from Amazon.com. 🙂