This article is updated twice yearly with our latest picks.
The world is tricky, as you're well aware. Sometimes it feels as though the main aspects of life are all spinning plates—love, family, friends, career—and each of us is doing our best to keep everything in motion. Some of the success in that momentum is based on hard work. But some of it, too, is rooted in pure luck. That's probably why it seems as though astrology has grown in popularity recently: We're all just looking for explanations behind why things are the way they are. And maybe the zodiac can provide the clarity and comfort we need to continue on.
Whether you're new to astrology or you're an expert in the zodiac, these 17 books on the subject will give you everything you need to know about this often-quoted realm, from deciphering the inner-workings of a Capricorn to discovering if a Pisces and a Leo are well-suited for a relationship. In other words, these titles can help you keep your life spinning to the best of your control.
Here are our picks for the best astrology books to read now.
The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need by Joanna Martine Woolfolk
Maybe the title of this updated anthology says it all, because it is a comprehensive look at the zodiac, in everything from the astrological compatibility between to signs to the likelihood of fame and fortune based on your birthday. It provides its insights in a straightforward tone, too, which is just one of the reasons it's been a fan favorite since it was first published in 1982. More than 500,000 copies have been sold since, proving The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need to be a must-have for your collection.
The Astrology of You and Me: How to Understand and Improve Every Relationship in Your Life by Gary Goldschneider
Adorned with whimsical illustrations on its front cover, this book aims to explain the interpersonal skills and weaknesses of each astrological sign within its 344 pages. As it delves into the basics behind what makes each sign tick—from a coworker who's a Gemini or a love interest who's a Scorpio—it shares ways to create harmony and avoid conflict in every interaction.
The Stars Within You: A Modern Guide to Astrology by Juliana McCarthy
If you're more interested in what the stars have to say about your personal experiences rather than how you relate to others, then this beautifully illustrated title can share a more detailed look. Its birth charts identify personality traits alongside explanations for rising, moon, sun, and planet positions, too.
Star Power: A Simple Guide to Astrology for the Modern Mystic by Vanessa Montgomery
Want to spend an afternoon figuring out the stars with friends? This book covers Astrology 101 with colorful illustrations to make learning about this subject fun, easy, and insightful. It frames the wants and needs of each astrological sign according to the movements of the planets and shares why each sign clashes or collaborates with others.
The Signs: Decode the Stars, Reframe Your Life by Carolyne Faulkner
As the in-house astrologer at the Soho House Group, author Carolyne Faulkner is used to decoding the hints and explaining the history behind astrological signs for anyone who seeks such clarity. That's why her book does so well to explain those suspicions with clear, actionable tools. As you compare your sign with others, expect to get an in-depth analysis of why certain behaviors are easy to detect.
Astrology for Happiness and Success by Mecca Woods
Maybe this book won't exactly prompt a tricky conversation with a loved one. And perhaps it won't directly be the cause of a new promotion. But what this quick-read does do is give you the confidence you need to push your career forward and cultivate meaningful relationships based on the inner-workings of your astrological sign. By focusing on your professional and personal strengths, this book can help you hone those skills for tangible results.
Astrology for the Soul by Jan Spiller
This astrology book was first published in 1997, but its knowledge of astrology is still useful for first-timers and advanced readers who are seeking insight into their spiritual needs. The 500-page book has all you need to discover the hidden details of your sign, as well as those of others who pique your interest.
Planets in Transit: Life Cycles for Living by Robert Hand
Originally published in 1976, this enduring, insightful astrology book is considered by many to be the definitive guide to planetary transits. Consider it your insider's guide to understanding and interpreting the major transits (conjunction, sextile, square, trine, and opposition) and their effect on the natal houses.
Parker's Astrology by Julia and Derek Parker
Accessible yet informative, this beginner-friendly astrology book equips the reader with everything they need to create and interpret an astrological chart. Expect detailed explanations of the houses, transits, aspects, and much more, all accompanied by colored illustrations.
The Twelve Houses: Exploring the Houses of the Horoscope by Howard Sasportas
As its title suggests, this book (first published in 1985) examines the 12 astrological houses while offering helpful instruction for their interpretation. The author delves deep into each house to offer insight into what each house means, how they're connected to the planets and the signs, and how to use knowledge of their placement for personal development.
Llewellyn's Complete Book of Astrology: The Easy Way to Learn Astrology by Kris Brandt Riske MA
Geared toward neophytes and intermediate hobbyists, this guidebook begins with the basics of astrology before tackling topics such as the signs, planets, and houses. The goal of the author—a member of the American Federation of Astrologers—is to help the reader not only grasp the concepts and sometimes complex language of astrology, but to be able to apply this knowledge to interpreting and understanding their birth chart.
Linda Goodman's Love Signs: A New Approach to the Human Heart by Linda Goodman
Ever wish you could peer into the future to see how a relationship will pan out? This astrology book might just be the closest you'll get to a crystal ball. Employing a cheeky tone and ample anecdotes, master astrologer Linda Goodman examines the behaviors and tendencies common to each sign—the good, the bad, and the ugly. She also explores the compatibility of each sign with the 11 others, giving the reader the inside scoop on a relationship's potential strengths and weaknesses.
Power of Birthdays, Stars, & Numbers: The Complete Personology Reference Guide by Saffi Crawford and Geraldine Sullivan
A conversation-starting book to park on your coffee table, this 831-page astrology book offers birthday forecasts for every day of the year. The forecasts—366 in total—provide a glimpse into the personality traits and characteristics that link people to their birthday, with potential career paths, relationship tips, and numerological insights rounding out the customized profiles.
Astrology, Karma and Transformation: The Inner Dimensions of the Birth Chart by Chart Interpretation Handbook: Guidelines for Understanding the Essentials of the Birth Chart by Stephen Arroyo
One of eight books penned by licensed therapist-slash-psychological astrologist Stephen Arroyo, this essential astrology book equips advanced beginners with the fundamental concepts necessary for the accurate interpretation of birth charts. The information is presented as guidelines as opposed to absolutes, allowing the reader to draw deeper meaning from his or her natal chart.
Sextrology: The Astrology of Sex and the Sexes by Stella Starsky and Quinn Cox
Sexual compatibility between the signs is the focus of this modern (and decidedly titillating) astrology book. Customized profiles are provided for every sign of the zodiac, offering insight into each sign's unique traits, characteristics, and turn-ons/offs as they pertain to intimacy and sex. Every profile is bolstered by hypothetical couplings that offer a quick glimpse at the compatibility between signs for both gay and straight relationships.
Astrology Uncovered: A Guide To Horoscopes And Zodiac Signs by Julia Steyson
Geared toward newbies, this book serves as an easy-to-follow introduction to astrology. The author begins with a brief overview of the history of astrology, tracing the practice's place in civilization as far back as prehistoric times. From there, the author introduces the celestial bodies and the role they plan in shaping our destinies before delving into the interpretation of birth and star signs.
Astrology for Real Life: A Workbook for Beginners by Theresa Reed
Theresa Reed (a.k.a. "The Tarot Lady") is the author of this 290-page book, which shares Reed's knowledge of astrology through accessible lessons and a lively, friendly tone. The no-nonsense guidebook covers need-to-know topics such as how to read a natal chart, how to understand basic astrology lingo, and how to interpret the current alignment of the planets. Journal exercises round out each chapter, encouraging the reader to reflect on each lesson and how it can be applied to everyday life.