The Handbook is without doubt the best all-in-one text you can buy for chart erection, aspects, signs and houses, with much 'hard' detail and very little psychobabble. It assumes you believe in Karma and reincarnation, which you may or may not, but don't let this distract you: it can be a little 'wooden' in style, but you'll keep coming back to this book time and time again because it is so comprehensive- and because most of the competition isn't. Together with Ebertin, Carter and Pelletier it should be on every serious astrologer's shelf.
I've just ordered another copy of this book because the first, which I bought when I began studying astrology nearly a quarter of a century ago, has been used so much, it's disintegrated! For the novice or the experienced astrologer, if you buy just one book to help with chart interpretation, make it this one.
I agree with the other reviewers I read. I first bought this book in 1973, the year it was first published, and it has been consistently accurate in the general forecast for the past 26 years (the slow moving planet influences on generational and world systems). I have found the demeanor in the writing to reflect a certain wisdom and respect for both the reader and the information presented.
The Astrologer's Handbook is among the best astrological textbooks available. I have the first edition, published in the mid-'70's, and have found it an invaluable tool for chart interpretation. Sakoian and Acker's descriptions of various planetary positions and aspects are extremely accurate. This is far more than a mere "cookbook" featuring pat interpretations based on outworn ideas. The authors explore each aspect and position in depth and give insights into the psychological drives that they entail. Their knowledge of psychology and clear, unbiased writing lifts this text far above most others in the field. Few astrological texts of comparable quality exist; only Robert Pelletier's Planet in Aspect equals (or perhaps exceeds) it.
This is a must have for the serious astrologer. It is, so far, the only book I have been able to find to give step-by-step instructions for creating your own chart, the thing I was most interested in. Sure it is easier to pay someone to chart for you, but where is the fun?
This book is the corner stone of astrology. It is easily understood by serious students of astology. It gets five stars not because it is the best written book on the subject, but because it is a must have for your astrology library.
An excellent book for both beginners and professionals to astrology. All of the companion books are highly recommended. Sakoian and Acker are professional astrologers who bring much credibility to the field.
I have been an astrologer for well over 20 years and this book was one of my first learning aids. For the beginner it's a good start, for the more experienced astrologer the book needs updating. For example, sun in the 12th house. Someone who lives their life in the background for example. New meaning, someone who dreams to live the neptune life of glamour.