Cosmographia was written by Peter Apian (or Petrus Apianus in the more common Latin version of his name), and was such a popular text that it eventually went through 45 separate editions. In Cosmographia, Apianus gave for lay readers an introduction to the discipline of cosmography, which blended concepts in astronomy, astrology, navigation, cartography, geography, and instrument design in order to plot the positions of astronomical and terrestrial masses (such as stars, planets, or continents).
Apianus discussed many basic elements of cosmography in his work, illustrating them so that a beginners in the field could easily understand. Here, he plays with a visual analogy: geography is similar to drawing the whole head; chorography (or topography) is similiar to looking closely at the detail of an eye or ear. Apianus introduces several practical ways to measure distance, such as these illustrating how to measure by using one’s hands or by paces.
Planets in Play – How to reimagine your life through the language of astrology (by Laurence Hillman)
The reader will then be able to make more conscious choices about how he or she is living out these different aspects. To that end, Hillman provides specific tactics and highly practical ideas of how to expressly nourish or minimize these tendencies through choice of behavior, lifestyle, and personal surroundings. Case examples, stories, and anecdotes run throughout the book to demonstrate and ease this process.
In its appendices, Planets in Play provides a guide in how to get a quality astrological reading, with an emphasis on one’s dominant archetypes. In addition, Hillman offers a basic grounding in astrology for those readers, therapists, or counselors who wish to learn how the ancient art works at a psychological level without necessarily committing themselves to its study.
Astrology, Magic, and Alchemy in Art (A Guide to Imagery) by Matilde Battistini
Parker’s Astrology: The Definitive Guide to Using Astrology in Every Aspect of Your Life by Julia and Derek Parker
Discovering astrology. As an introduction to astrology, this book is unparalleled. Julia Parker teaches you in easy stages how to calculate a full and detailed birth chart, and explains how to “progress” it so that you can identify future trends in a person’s life. All the information you need interpret a horoscope in depth is provided in this one volume — descriptions of the twelve sun signs; explanations of techniques; guidance on chart interpretations for relationships, marriage, career, leisure, and health; the effects of planetary relationships within a birth chart; and an invaluable and easy-to-follow ephemeris to the year 2012.
Enhancing Understanding. One of the major features of the book are the extracts from Julia’s casebooks, showing precisely how astrology can be used not only to deal with many of the milestones in human affairs, but also to have fun. In addition, this new edition boasts expanded sections on horary astrology and calculating midpoints, harmonics, and the moon’s nodes, allowing readers to evolve more thorough and subtle interpretations of personality and events. There are completely new sections on the influence of the recently discovered asteroid Chiron; the significance of eclipses, comets, and fixed stars; and the technique of location astrology (Astro Carto Graphy).
Wonderfully readable, beautifully illustrated, and packed with information, this is an unbeatable reference guide to astrology.