This month I'm featuring Llewellyn Worldwide, a publishing company located in my home territory of St. Paul, Minnesota. This is an old, traditional company, begun by Llewellyn George, an astrology teacher, at least 98 years ago. Llewellyn publishes excellent astrology books and guides, as well as many books of divinatory magic and witchcraft. Llewellyn George is of Welsh origin, and the company specializes in Celtic and pagan lore, although it is not limited to that genre. Llewellyn periodically publishes a great catalog. Check their website at http://www.llewellyn.com for further information.
2004 Daily Planetary Guide, Llewellyn Worldwide, St. Paul, MN 55164. Loose-leaf, paper, $9.95. This is a compact astrological datebook, an annual, and I use it for all my prediction work. It has much information in it. What I use are the retrograde and direct station times, the daily aspectarian which I especially like because it includes asteroid and Chiron aspects along with the usual aspects between the major planets, and the ephemeris. I find the ephemeris particularly useful because it shows the asteroids and Chiron, as well as the planets, spread out across the page, and gives the daily positions of all of them.
The Guide also includes eclipses, time zones, sunrise and sunset times, planetary hours, summaries of planets, signs, houses, and aspects, and weekly forecasts by Kim Rogers-Gallagher, an experienced astrologer who writes engagingly. This book is a bundle of value.
Llwellyn also publishes a beautiful calendar which contains much of the same information as the Guide.
Another helpful annual published by Llewellyn is the...
Moon Sign Book, Llewellyn Worldwide, St. Paul, MN 55164. $7.95. Even if a bookstore doesn't carry any other astrology books, I almost always see a lineup of Llewellyn's individual sign book annuals, e.g., Aquarius in 2003, and this little book, the Moon Sign Book.
The Moon Sign Book resembles the Farmer's Almanac, but more sophisticated and with a greater emphasis on astrology. And it includes a monumental amount of information in its nearly 500 pages. One can open it anywhere, and find interesting reading, usually about some aspect of the moon or moon lore.
The sections on gardening are absolutely invaluable, much more comprehensive than the gardening information in the Farmer's Almanac. This is the book for anyone who wants to learn to use the moon as a guide to gardening. And I can tell you from experience that following the moon's signs and phases leads to successful gardening. The Moon Sign Book will show you how to do it for each year.
I often hear requests for charts for new and full moons. They are all in this book, along with a description of the energies of each one.
Leah Whiting writes the excellent moon descriptions. Here are a few excerpts from the Full Moon for August 12:
"The Aquarius Full Moon all but guarantees that significant changes will reveal themselves. It will definitely be out in public view, for everyone to see. Moon meets Uranus, a strong agent for disrupting the status quo. Venus and Jupiter will lend a positive, optimistic, upbeat quality to our moods. It also becomes supereasy to exaggerate our ability to fulfill promises, so be careful about what you agree to do. All in all, watch for news of significant changes happening in your life, and in the world."
There is here the usual basic astrology information, but with an emphasis on the moon and its meaning in a chart. There are also descriptions of the moon phases as well as the moon signs. We can find the best dates for just about any activity, as well as economic and weather forecasts. There are also stories, essays, and even poems with some relation to astrology or to the moon.
The Moon Sign Book is a very rich book. This is my first acquaintance with it, and I am looking forward to using it regularly.