Without a doubt, the last 5 years has seen a resurgence of interest in the Celestial Art of Astrology. At base, Astrology is looking at the positions of celestial bodies like the planets and stars, in order to divine information relevant to the past, the present and the future. A discipline unto itself, to say that Astrology was important in ages past is a vast understatement. On this episode of WMiT? we are joined by Scholar, Author and Consulting Astrologer Dr. Becca Tarnas, whose views and eloquence on Astrology are both breathtaking and informative. For those who are weary or have yet to look into Astrology, there can be no better introduction than this episode.
My Guest for this episode is the wonderful Dr. Becca Tarnas! She received her PhD in Philosophy and Religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies with a dissertation on the Red Books of C.G. Jung and J.R.R. Tolkien. She has written a book which is a reader’s guide to The Lord of The Rings, which is without a doubt my favourite reader’s guide. A Consulting Astrologer in what she has called Archetypal Prism Astrology, she posts update on celestial aspects on both her Twitter and Instagram, as well as posts wonderful videos on her YouTube Channel. To check out all that Dr. Tarnas gets up to have a click below!
Very VERY Special thanks to Patreon supporter and frequent listener Sarah Baker for helping me gather pretty much all of these Show Notes. Her guidance has been exemplary. Some of her notes which I have included below are a huge help as well. Many thanks, Sarah!
- Planet Watcher – An Astrology Chart Wheel for what is currently happening
- Astrodienist – 11 languages, countless options. A bit overwhelming, design-wise, but once you get the hang of it there’s a lot of good info to be found. Chart drawing, ascendant will get you a basic birth chart, but if you’d like to see your chart displayed with whole sign houses (an increasingly popular and very old house system) go to Extended Chart Selection and scroll down to Options for Zodiac and Houses > House System> whole signs. Additionally, people new to natal astrology might find that the interactive horoscope options offer them a good starting point for interpreting their chart; to find these go to Free Horoscopes > Interactive Horoscopes > AstroClick Portrait
- Astro Seek – Another great option for looking up your birth chart. Very reliable calculations for basic and more advanced astrological techniques. They also have a brand-new electional astrology chart tool!
- The Astrology Dictionary – Indispensable! A glossary of astrological terms. Everything from the basics to more advanced concepts. If you’ve ever wondered what the hell Annual Profection or Zodiacal Releasing means, this is your guide. Thorough but concise!
- Time Nomad – iOS only app for all of your Astrology needs! A bit unwieldy if you are new to Astrology but very well put together
- You Need to Know these Four Things To Start Reading a Birth Chart
- Dr. Becca Tarnas on Outer Planet Cycles and Jung’s Red Book – The Astrology Podcast – Looking for an Astrology Podcast? Accept no substitute
- Association for Young Astrologers – Not just for young astrologers! There’s plenty of great free information on their website, but $20 per year gets you full access to all of their recorded lectures from a wide range of practicing astrologers who cover everything from astrological magic to lunar mansions. Great for those who like to learn in community and want a broad sampling of contemporary perspectives.
- Multiple Twitter Threads provided by Edward White regarding many perspectives on Astrology. These are Excellent if you are beginning or seasoned
- Figures in the Sky – Astronomical rather than Astrological, this extremely cool interactive tool shows you the names and shapes of the stars and constellations from a variety of cultural and geographic perspectives. View the night sky as conceptualized by the Egyptians, Ojibwe, Japanese Lunar Stations, and more. No astrology knowledge needed!
- Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View by Dr. Richard Tarnas – Dr. Tarnas’ father wrote a stunning book about historical evidence for Astrological influence. This is a Must Read!
- Aspects in Astrology: A Guide to Understanding Planetary Relationships in the Horoscope by Sue Tompkins
- Planets in Transit: Life Cycles for Living by Robert Hand – Great reference book for beginner/intermediate astrologers. Containing a massive amount of planetary transits, it’s a good way to learn how the space weather interacts with your personal birth chart.
- The Archetypal Universe by Renn Butler
- Astrology: Using the Wisdom of the Stars in Your Everyday Life by Carole Taylor – Both Sarah Baker and I are in full agreement that this is the best book for those beginning to take an interest in Astrology. Highly Recommended!
- On the Heavenly Spheres: A Treatise on Traditional Astrology by Helena Avelar de Carvalho and Luís Campos Ribeiro
- The Only Book on Astrology You’ll Ever Need by Joanna Martine Woolfolk – My first real dip into Astrology was this book
- Astrology and the Authentic Self: Traditional Astrology for the Modern Mind by Demetra George
- The Difference between Sidereal and Tropical Astrology
- Your Guide to Understanding Planetary Aspects in Astrology
- Jung and Astrology
- Planetary Hours Calculator – An absolutely bare-bones planetary hours calculator. If you’re interested in magic, make friends with the planetary days/nights/hours, you won’t regret it!
- Table of Planetary Rulership and Essential Dignity – A quick reference guide for assessing planetary condition. A must-have for anyone looking to incorporate astrological timing into their magical practice
- Lunarium – Useful website for the Moon and Planets
- Sphere + Sundry – Short and accessible articles on the use of astrologically potent magical materia
- Secrets of Planetary Magic by Christopher Warnock
- The Celestial Art: Essays on Astrological Magic Edited by Austin Coppock and Daniel Schulke
- Nura Learning – It was here Dr. Tarnas taught her class on The Lord of the Rings