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Paperback: 940 pages
Publisher: Aureas Editions; New edition edition (Mar. 1996)
You won't go blind or go crazy trying to decipher the tables, and it won't fall to pieces anytime soon. The typography is easy on the eyes, straightforward but rather elegant. The information is all there. The physical construction of the book - paper, binding, cover - is rugged and durable.
Even if it's easy and quick and free to get on-line charts these days, there's nothing like a good fat book for getting an overview of the rhythms and melodies of the solar system, the long-range and short-range trends. For predictive astrology computers never get it right - they miss out on the big picture and lose the plot. Use the puter when you need a flawless snapshot of a single instant (birth charts mainly). Use a book - this book - when you need to really understand the ups and downs, the depth and drama of life, which usually goes on for quite a while after a birth.
You'll need to get a heliocentric ephemeris to supplement this. You'll find that the generally neglected heliocentric chart is like going to a higher authority for a second opinion - sometimes it reinforces and complements what you see in the standard geocentric chart, but sometimes it tells a whole other (contradictory) story, and it's always the inside story, like what you learn after knowing someone well for years, or knowing someone only through their life's work. (Infinitely more useful than houses, by the way, which have so many variables of construction and interpretation they tell you everything and nothing. Use birth time to get the horizon line in the right place, and get an approximate idea of the apex and nadir on the vertical axis, but don't get too hung up on extrapolations about the how the ruler of the fifth house is in her detriment and all that b.s.)
This book is the heart of any astrology bookshelf, and it's up to the job.
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