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Astrology. The Library of Esoterica

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Looking to the sky, the second volume in TASCHEN’s Library of Esoterica series delves into the vibrant visual history of Western astrology. The story of this ancient practice is told through more than 400 images — from Egyptian temples to contemporary art — sequenced to mirror the spin of the planets and the wheel of the zodiac.
Hardcover, quarter-bound6.7 x 9.4 in.3.90 lb520 pages
“…a vivid visual history and field guide to the esoteric practice featuring thousands of years of art.”
“A visually lush survey.”
The Art Newspaper
“ comes away with an understanding of astrology’s place in history, pop culture, art, mythology, and psychology.”
Los Angeles Times
“The 'Library of Esoterica' acts as a bridge between the dark halls of history and the vast data at our fingertips.”
Los Angeles Times
“This book reminds us of our eternal and universal search for meaning, purpose, and the divine.”
Astrology. The Library of Esoterica

Astrology. The Library of Esoterica


A Date with Destiny

The art of astrology, from ancient science to modern-day practice

From the beginning of human history, individuals across cultures and belief systems have looked to the sky for meaning. The movement of celestial bodies and their relation to our human lives has been the central tenant of astrology for thousands of years. The practice has both inspired reverence and worship, and deepened our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

While modern-day horoscopes may be the most familiar form of astrological knowledge, their lineage reaches back to ancient Mesopotamia. As author Andrea Richards recounts in Astrology, the second volume in TASCHEN’s Library of Esoterica series, astronomy and astrology were once sister sciences: the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid at Giza was built to align with constellations, Persian scholars oversaw some of the first observatories, and even Galileo cast horoscopes for the Medicis. But with the Enlightenment and the birth of exact science, the practice moved to places where mystery was still permitted, inspiring literature, art, and psychology, and influenced artists and thinkers such as Goethe, Byron, and Blake. Later movements like the Theosophists and the New Agers, would thrust the practice into the mainstream.

Edited by Jessica Hundley, this vibrant visual history of Western astrology is the first ever compendium of its kind, exploring the symbolic meaning behind more than 400 images, from Egyptian temples and illuminated manuscripts to contemporary art from across the globe. Works by artists from Alphonese Mucha and Hilma af Klint to Arpita Singh and Manzel Bowman are sequenced to mirror the spin of the planets and the wheel of the zodiac. With wisdom from new interviews with astrologers like Robert Hand, Jessica Lanyadoo, and Mecca Woods, Astrology celebrates the stars and their mysterious influence on our everyday lives.
The editor

Jessica Hundley is an author, filmmaker and journalist. She has written for the likes of Vogue, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times, and has authored books on artists including Dennis Hopper, David Lynch, and Gram Parsons. Hundley often explores the counterculture in her work, with a focus on metaphysics, psychedelia, and magic.

The author

Andrea Richards is a writer, journalist, and the author of four books. Her work concerns a variety of esoteric subjects, from forgotten philosophical systems and hidden histories to alternative wellness practices and religions. She is a managing partner in the Los Angeles-based creative collective Narrated Objects.

Astrology. The Library of Esoterica
Hardcover, quarter-bound17 x 24 cm1.77 kg520 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-7988-9

Edition: English

ISBN 978-3-8365-8522-4

Edition: French

ISBN 978-3-8365-8524-8

Edition: Spanish
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The Library of Esoterica explores how centuries of artists have given form to mysticism, translating the arcane and the obscure into enduring, visionary works of art. Each subject is showcased through both modern and archival imagery culled from private collectors, libraries, and museums around the globe. The result forms an inclusive visual history, a study of our primal pull to dream and nightmare, and the creative ways we strive to connect to the divine.



19 Ratings

Wonderful stars

Vladimir,November 1, 2021
Super nice art.

Beautiful & Informative

Destiny,October 28, 2021
I love this book! it has so many beautiful illustrations for each zodiac sign which makes it fun for guests to look through. Has a good amount of informative astrology info, more than i’ve seen in other general books (includes houses, aspects, etc).


Marc,October 27, 2021
Great book to give a holistic overview on esoteric.


Lara,October 27, 2021
I adored this book. The artwork is beautiful throughout.


Riley,October 27, 2021
This book takes the reader on a beautiful journey exploring the art of astrology. Very in depth and interesting.

The Library of Esoterica