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Astrology. The Library of Esoterica

Hardcover, quarter-bound, 6.7 x 9.4 in., 3.89 lb, 520 pages
US$ 40
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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. From its birth as astronomy’s sister science, to our current Age of Aquarius, 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.

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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 a foreword by legendary astrologer Susan Miller and 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 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.

The contributing author

Internationally renowned astrologer, author, and businesswoman Susan Miller is the founding editor of the website Astrology Zone, which is visited by six million readers a month. She writes for a dozen magazines, including Elle and Vogue Japan.

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 designer

Thunderwing is a Los Angeles-based multi-disciplinary studio co-founded in 2007 by Nic & J. B. Taylor. Collaborating on a diverse array of projects, Thunderwing creates branding and design for film, publishing, fashion, food, music, and interior design.

Astrology. The Library of Esoterica
Hardcover, quarter-bound, 6.7 x 9.4 in., 3.89 lb, 520 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
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.

Customer reviews (14)

Wonderful stars

Vladimir, November 01, 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.


Juan Luis, October 27, 2021
Como introducción a la astrología, es un gran libro

Top 1 Quality

Micaela Zua, October 27, 2021
The content of this book is so good that I want to study astrology ;)

Real coooooool

J, October 27, 2021
What can I say dude, this book is siiiiiiiick.


Vincent, November 02, 2021
Magnifique livre pour les fan d'astrologie. Chaque signe est très bien expliqué et accompagné de superbes images très variées. Je recommande totalement.

Inhalt und Gestaltung hervorragend!

Detlef, November 02, 2021
Dieses Buch macht schon beim Anschauen einen überwältigenden Eindruck. Hier finden sich astrologische Zeichnungen, Bilder und Erläuterungen in übersichtlicher und hervorragend gestaltetem Layout wieder.
Der Inhalt ist übersichtlich in vier Kapiteln gegliedert und lässt sich auch kapitelweise in anderer Reihenfolge lesen.
Es ist auf - und anregend in dem prachtvollen Buch zu lesen, zu blättern und zu studieren. Jede neue Seite bietet eine Überraschung.
Astrology. The Library of Esoterica
The Library of Esoterica
US$ 40
Astrology. The Library of Esoterica