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Parkers' Astrology: New Edition [Paperback]

Julia Parker , Derek Parker
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6 Nov 2003
Whether you are a future Mystic Meg or an avid reader of your daily horoscope, learn the science behind the art of astrology with this comprehensive guide. Taking a fresh look at the ancient practice of horary astrology and exploring advanced birth chart techniques this is the ultimate authority on interpreting the stars and planetary activity.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley; 3rd Revised edition edition (6 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405300086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405300087
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 21.9 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Julia and Derek Parker are the best-selling husband and wife team, who have published over 50 books. Two of the most respected figures in astrology, their previous books for DK include the million-selling 12 volume libraries Sun & Moon Signs and Love Signs, Parker's Astrology Pack and Parker's Prediction Pack. They broadcast and lecture on astrology throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the US. Julia and Derek live in Australia.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
For anyone starting out, this is an excellent general introduction to the whole of astrology. All things considered it is also probably the best. Over 15 years ago, a very similar volume by the Parkers was one of the books from which I learnt the basics of astrology. Their style is accessible, imaginative, and not too heavy. Their latest offering in late 2003 is first class.
Whether you are interested in basic Sun sign characteristics, basic chart interpretation, prediction techniques, relationship or re-location astrology, its all here. The book is divided into five sections, which includes detailed tables for drawing up charts. Beginners should not be put off by the long section on the complexities of chart calculation, even though this is useful information. It is of course very easy to get a copy of your natal chart done by computer, and start from there.
The often beautiful illustrations and pictures add considerably to the quality information in Parkers Astrology. It certainly makes the process of learning astrology easier on the eye! I recommend this book for the beginner, perhaps together with one of the more "serious" introductions, such as The Classic Guide To Astrology by Ron Davison or "Chart Interpretation Handbook" by Stephen Arroyo.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very useful introduction to astrology 28 April 2004
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An old saying goes: Aim for the moon, at least if you miss you'll land inthe stars. The world has a fascination with astrology and if you'reinterested in venturing beyond the daily horoscope column in yourfavourite magazine/newspaper to find out more this interesting field"Parkers' Astology" is definitely worth the read.
As a beginner in the area of astrology this book was recommended to me asa good staring point. And I can see why. The beautiful illustrations bringthe ideas in the text to life and often clear up anything that is not atfirst obvious. The text is well written and concise, and in a style thatis accessable to both the beginner and anyone who has some experience withastrology. The authors touch on a number of topics in astrology and thereis a useful bibliography so that you can further your own studies. I wasvery pleased to note that the authors also encourage the reader toquestion the information presented to them and to go and find out more -not just to accept things at face value.
The section on chart calculations I found a bit daunting and rushed inparts and often had to take a break or come back to something that Ididn't understand. It is by no means impossible though and many computerprogrammes are able to generate charts for you. The idea is that youunderstand the principles.
I continue to enjoy using this book and it is an excellent doorway intothe field of astrology. Enjoy it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A handbook for life 14 Feb 2004
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If you have an interest in learning the mechanics of astrology this book is for you. Whether you want to train to become a professional or just the tools to draw and interpret birthcharts for family and friends, you will find Parkers' Astrology indispensible.
It is written simply enough for the complete beginner to easily get to grips with the complexities of astrology. Yet it also contains such detailed information that the experienced practitioner will refer to it regularly.
For in depth interpretation, you will want other books but this is the clearest explanation of the techniques that you can find.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
For anyone starting out, this is an excellent general introduction to the whole of astrology. Some 15 years ago, a very similar volume by the Parkers was one of the books from which I learnt the basics of astrology. Their style is accessible, imaginative, and not too heavy.
Whether you are interested in basic Sun sign characteristics, basic chart interpretation, prediction techniques, or which sign rules mulberries and bilberries (Sagittarius apparently!), its all here. The book is divided into four sections, which includes detailed tables for drawing up charts. Beginners should not be put off by the long section on the complexities of chart calculation, even though this is useful information. It is of course very easy to get a copy of your natal chart done by computer, and start from there.
The often beautiful illustrations and pictures add considerably to the quality information in Parkers Astrology. It certainly makes the process of learning astrology easier on the eye! I recommend this book for the beginner, perhaps together with one of the more "serious" introductions, such as The Classic Guide To Astrology by Ron Davison.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is the most comprehensive book ever for beginers. I have read this book a thousand times and still keep going back to it again and again. The user has to make sense of the chart using intuition for the chart they have produced. but the explinations of all planets in House and Aspect are extreamly well written Thumbs up for this Book,Worth every pennie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great introduction and source book 21 Oct 2011
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Although to some extent an introductory text on astrology the scope of this book is wide covering many of the techniques used by modern practioners of it, from harmonics and astrorelocation to midpoints. Of course it doesn't include everything,though what is particularly good is that it has a fair sized ephemeris reaching back to 1920 and forwards well into the 2000's(so you can see where the planets are on a particular day).I think their section on aspects and transits between the planets is better done elsewhere and as with other astrology books all astrologers have their own views on the subject and this one is no different in that respect - for me, for instance, they overplay the importance of harmonic charts and downplay other things like the influence of asteroids, retrograde planets and eclipses. All in all though vey useful and easy to use.
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I had the first version which I thought was the most useful astrological overview I've ever read - but this new edition is even better. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kath
1.0 out of 5 stars faulty batch - ephemeris updates glued into the back cover
I bought this book as a present and was very disappointed when my friend told me that some of the years had been put as loose leaves into the back slip cover and secured with a... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Julie Manchester
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book.
I am well up in Astrology I found this book excellent, I bought it for my Grandson who has just got interested in Astrology, I know he will love it, so a good book for those who... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Valerie
5.0 out of 5 stars Parker's Astrology
This particular book I bought because I had seen the information it contained and wanted my own copy. It is a beautiful book with lovely illustrations and excellent information. Read more
Published 24 months ago by SheenaM
3.0 out of 5 stars Intense and for the advanced
I thought this book would just be a fun book on your sign and stuff but this is a HUGE thick book intended for someone who wants to begin their knowledge of astrology. Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2012 by Kayla
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Brilliant book a lot bigger than expected. Packed full of information, very good quality, really well illustrated. Top value for money. Read more
Published on 22 April 2012 by Ally.e
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