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The astrology book : the encyclopedia of heavenly influences
Lewis, James R.
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Detroit : Visible Ink Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
xxxiii, 889 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: The astrology encyclopedia. 1994.
Format :


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BF1655 .L485 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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The Astrology Book: The Encyclopedia of Heavenly Influences defines and explains more than 800 astrological terms and concepts from air signs to Zeus and everything in between. This is the definitive work on celestial forces for anyone seeking to expand their knowledge on the influence of the stars and other heavenly bodies on human personality, behavior, and fate.

Students of the sun and stars and the layman interested in knowing more about those passionate Scorpios or intuitive Pisceans can examine the total astrology culture, famous astrologers, heavenly bodies, and even pesky technical terms. And to further them on their star quest, The Astrology Book includes a special section on casting a chart, plus a new chapter that explains and interprets every planet in every house and sign. The text also includes a table of astrological glyphs and abbreviations, and a list of organizations, books, periodicals, and Web sites all dedicated to the study of influences reigning from the heavens.

Author Notes

James R. Lewis is the recipient of Choice's Outstanding Academic Title award and Best Reference Book awards from the American Library Association and the New York Public Library Association. He is an internationally recognized authority on nontraditional religious groups and currently teaches religious studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Lewis (religious studies, Univ. of Wisconsin, Stevens Point; The Dream Encyclopedia) has updated his part glossary, part history, part how-to reference for the first time in ten years. He has added 60 new entries about aspects of chart interpretation and associations like the American Council of Vedic Astrology and the American Federation of Astrologers. In addition, he has expanded entries about the signs of the Zodiac and their interpretation, the various branches of astrology, and the astrology of other cultures, like Chinese and Mesoamerican astrology. Finally, he rounds out the text with a guide to reading and interpreting one's own natal chart and an excellent section reviewing chart-casting software programs. After a wonderful introduction to the basics of astrology, Lewis addresses more than 800 astrological words and concepts in an A-to-Z format, ranging from individual asteroids to signs of the Zodiac. The entries run from one sentence to ten-plus pages, with representative entries including "Flower Remedies and Astrology," "Birth Control (Astrological)," and "Four Pillars Divination." Short biographies of historical and contemporary people are given adequate coverage, as are the different systems of astrology. While beginners may take a few things from this book, it is geared more toward experienced students of astrology. A worthy addition to medium and large public libraries; those that own the first edition may not need to purchase because even with the new entries, the basic information has not changed much.-Marija Sanderling, Lane Memorial Lib., Hampton, NH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Known as a scholar of new religious movements, Lewis is also a respected astrologer. This second edition of his encyclopedia, a third longer, offers new material focused on Web sources, computer software, organizations, and (most welcome of all) casting and interpreting charts. Comprehensive astrology encyclopedias do not ordinarily supplement definitions of terms with information for working with charts; this source does both with meticulous grace. The expanded introduction includes a useful discussion of astrology's place in the contemporary world, its continuing attraction, and its relationship to various spiritual and metaphysical communities. Some 50 contributors wrote signed articles of various lengths, most of which include source lists. Chinese and Vedic systems are considered as well as Western (though the entries on equinoxes and solstices display a northern bias). The index is welcome, particularly in the absence of cross-references. Given the significance, historical and contemporary, of astrology in cultures around the world, all libraries should provide some reliable resources on the topic. This is the one to have. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All collections. M. R. Pukkila Colby College