Astrologer and writer SJ Anderson joins host Jenn Zahrt from Albania! SJ and Jenn get within orb, offering a fascinating book chat and more: from dispositor trees, to Jupiter cycles that lead to new relationships and careers, to confirmation bias, to Mars and Venus synodic phase returns, to calling in our celestial birthright. All that, plus: the planetization of consciousness, the times it might be appropriate to toss astrology in the junker, and… you’re a beautiful time slice, doncha know!
Episode timestamps (conversation recorded July 2023):
00:31 – SJ Anderson went down the rabbit hole of astrology after meeting Jenn! He’d previously studied the esoteric and occult world of tarot. Check out SJ’s popular X channel and YouTube channel for more.
02:33 – SJ’s first astrology book was really 40 astrology books! (Hats off to public libraries everywhere!)
07:34 – One title that does stand out from back in the day, though, is Kevin Burk’s Astrology: Understanding the Birth Chart. SJ loved how this book taught him rulership. Also, drawing his dispositor tree helped him to see his chart in a whole new way; it’s still essential to how he does his work.
10:44 – SJ’s desert island picks include two ancient texts: Vettius Valens’s Anthology (books 1 and 2 in the series), as well as reading by Ptolemy. And…
11:52 – … let’s break down SJ’s third selection, New Mansions for New Men. In this book, author Dane Rudhyar ties together the ancient ways of thinking with the challenges of the modern world. SJ found Rudhyar’s distillation of the planets and houses helpful, and appreciates his writing style.
34:43 – If someone were crushing on astrology as a newbie, what books would SJ recommend? For sure the previously mentioned Astrology: Understanding the Birth Chart by Burk. Also, Traditional Astrology for Today: An Introduction by Benjamin Dykes, which is a small book and a great primer on traditional core concepts. Finally, Demetra George’s Astrology and the Authentic Self: Integrating Traditional and Modern Astrology to Uncover the Essence of the Birth Chart, which offers useful personal application.
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