The books on these pages are selections from my personal
library and serve as a bibliography for this website. I've picked them for their relevance and readability. I can't
promise that these books won't disappoint some readers, but I
haven't listed books that disappointed me. Amazon's descriptions and
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Alan Oken's Complete Guide to Astrology The most comprehensive
book I could find on contemporary astrology. The author also provides
historical background including the Bible and ancient mythology.
Astrology: a History by Peter Whitfield. An big picture book that
would satisfy most readers. Covers from Babylonian astrology to the 19th
century. Has a generous amount of illustrations.
Kabbalistic Astrology by Joel C. Dobin. A Rabbi finds
the Bible a source of astrological truth. It's the only book on this
page written from a Jewish perspective.
Stowe's Bible Astrology by Lyman E. Stowe. This was one of my
introductory books on the subject. Some of it is outdated, but it
presents a good overview with some valuable nuggets of information.
these books for reference. They were written by apologists, trying to
use astrology to defend Christianity. At minimum they amount to an
admission of a connection. When mining for information, these are last
on my list.
Gospel in the Stars by Joseph A. Seiss.
Mazzaroth by Frances Rolleston.
Witness of the Stars by E. W. Bullinger.
The New Patterns in the Sky by Julius D. W. Staal. This book
is my all time favorite. The author was an astronomer and an authority
on myths and legends of the constellations. I found him particularly
useful because he explains how the patterns give rise to the legends.
The Starlore Handbook by Geoffrey Cornelius. Not as good as New
Patterns by a slight margin, but it adds other insights and has a
better overview on how to observe the constellations.
Star Myths of the Greeks and Romans by Theony Condos. The myths
don't cover much new territory but the star charts in the appendix
provide an invaluable picture of the zodiac with the constellations in
life form. The author has a website:
Devil's Pulpit: or Astro-Theological Sermons by Robert Taylor. This
book was written around 1825 by a former priest who eventually saw the
astrological connections in the Bible. He's wordy, but I found some
invaluable nuggets information.
Christianity Before Christ by John G. Jackson. This is one of my
favorite references. It covers the ancient myths and the astronomy that
relate to Christianity. It has a very readable style.
The Christ Conspiracy by Acharya S. This book has been a best
seller and deserves to be. Her book is packed with tidbits on
Christianity's pagan legacy, and she does it with outstanding wit.
Sons of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled by Acharya S.
A sequel to The Christ Conspiracy, she proves the non-historicity
of popular religious figures such as Krishna, Buddha and Christ.
Jesus Christ, Sun of God by David Fideler. There is a lot of Greek
mathematics and philosophy behind John 1:1, "the Word was God." The
author explains the esoteric knowledge upon which Christianity is based.
The Origins of the Mithraic Mysteries by David Ulansey. Mithraism
celebrates the constellations of Perseus and Taurus. The author makes a
convincing case that Taurus, the home town of Paul was the center of
Mithraism. The two religions have much in common.
Star Names and Their Meanings by Richard Hinckley Allen. The author
collected from scattered sources the origins of star lore as far back as
records permit. I found a lot of good clues in this book.
Beyond the Blue Horizon: Myths & Legends of the Sun, Moon, Stars &
Planets by Dr. E. C. Krupp. Takes a world survey of the astronomical
myths around the world.
The Cambridge Guide to the Constellations by Michael
E. Bakich. This is more of a technical guide for star
watchers. It has a lot of useful tables such as their relative
visibility, the original constellations and timetables.
The Heavens Map by National Geographic. This is a poster size map
which presents the stars and the constellations covering the full scope
of the zodiac.
by John Walker. This is astronomy freeware which you can download into
you computer. I used it extensively for locating the the time and
positions of the stars.
Classical Constellations Reproduced from the 1795 edition of The
Constellations by Eratosthenes. I've used these maps extensively for
decoding the Bible.
The History and Practice of Ancient Astronomy by James Evens. It
traces ideas from ancient Babylon to sixteenth-century Europe with
greatest emphasis on the Greek period. This is a technical book for
serious students of the history of astronomy.
World Mythology by Roy Willis. A great compendium of ancient myths
from around the world, contains lavish illustrations.
The Oxford Dictionary of Classical Myth & Religion by Simon Price &
Emily Kearns. Reads like a Who's Who in the classical world. Very
complete but does not go into a lot of depth.
Mythology by Edith Hamilton. Narrative accounts from classical
mythology: creation, heroes, Trojan War, love and adventure, families of
mythology, less important myths and Norse myths.
Bullfinch's Mythology by Alberto Manguel & Thomas Bullfinch. Written
in 1855, this has become a classic on ancient and medieval myths.
Sumerian Mythology: A Study of Spiritual and Literary Achievement in the
Third Millennium B. C. by Samuel Noah Kramer. This is a scholarly
book. Comes with narration and transliterate copies of the original
Mesopotamian Myths: The Legendary Past by Henrietta McCall. Covers
the earliest myths: Gods and mortals, Gilgamesh and the flood, the epic
of creation and shorter myths.
Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others
by Stephanie Dalley. Reprints actual texts with narrative explaining
Gods, Demons and Symbols of Ancient Mesopotamia by Jeremy Black &
Anthony Green. This is a dictionary style book.
Ancient Egyptian Myths and Legends by Lewis Spence. This collection
of myths covers a lot of territory
Gods and Pharaohs from Egyptian Mythology (The World Mythology Series)
by Geraldine Harris, David O'Connor, John Sibbick.
Egyptian Myths (The Legendary Past) by George Hart. Covers the major
motifs with background to their origins.
Heroes, Gods & Emperors from Roman Mythology (The World Mythology
Series) by Kerry Usher, John Sibbick.
The Myths of Greece and Rome by H. A. Guerber. An excellent
collection of thirty myths. In narrative form.
Persian Myths (The Legendary Past) by Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis.
Myths of the Hindus and Buddhists by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy & Sister
The Origins of the Mithraic Mysteries: Cosmology & Salvation in the
Ancient World by David Ulansey. Discusses the evolution of scholarly
research that went into understanding what Mithra and the bull
Old Testament Parallels: Law and Stories from the Ancient Near East
by Victor H. Matthews, Don C. Benjamin. Arranged in biblical order.
Shows similarities with other ancient texts.
The Gilgamesh Epic and Old Testament Parallels by Alexander Heidel.
Covers the full text of the Gilgamesh epic, death and the afterlife,
flood myths and others.
The Origins of Biblical Traditions: Hebrew Legends in Babylonia and
Israel by Albert T. Clay. Explains the origins of the Garden of Eden
and the Fall, the Sabbath, Antediluvian patriarchs and the flood story.
Parallel Myths by J. F. Bierlein. A collection of myths from around
the world. Arranged by category.
The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm by Johnny Gruell &
Complete Hans Christian Anderson Fairy Tales by Hans Christian
Anderson & Lily Owens.
Aesop's Fables: Oxford World's Classics by Laura Gibbs
Weekly Astrology articles and information updated
Starry-Eye.com The stars tell all. They provide guidance indicating
time, direction and possibility. They give knowledge describing
creation, existence and dissolution.
Christianity condemns astrology Somehow over the centuries, the
astrological foundations of the Bible was lost. Church officials condemn
astrology in no uncertain terms.
Constellation Myths An anthology of the constellations and their