A viewer of our YouTube channel asked us how we learned. This was our answer!
We have both been studying astrology for more than fifty years, both starting in our teens and starting to consult about 1972. At the time unless you lived in a big city there were no classes, so everyone learned from books and each other. I think my first good book that simply explained all the systems was by Marc Edmonds Jones. I still have it! In the Philadelphia area and there were several esoteric book stores where you could find good titles. Of course, Astrology Magazine was in print, and you could find that and read the articles. But it was when we started doing charts for people that we really started learning, and they had to be hand calculated. I think the best way to learn these days is by getting a good program and doing a lot of charts. We use Solar Fire and their pop ups for planetary positions and aspects are very good. But one really needs to understand the foundation, the system of the Planets, the Houses, the Signs and the Aspects. You can’t get that from a program. Astrology is based on geometry, and the relationships, or aspects, are based on the same physics that work in physical design. For example, the Trine Aspect represents a stable relationship. In buildings the pyramid is the most stable structure. We created our companion book for the calendar, ‘Planetary Calendar Astrology, Going Beyond Observation to Action’, to cover those basics. We did this partly because we have a daughter and granddaughter who know a great deal about the starry arts, but in pieces, and we wanted them to have a book that would cover these basics in an illustrative way that they could easily remember. Maybe you will find it helpful. Ralph & Lahni