Stephen Arroyo is in my opinion the
best astrologer of our time. He is able
to combine impeccable technique with a
deep understanding of the human being and
its psyche. His astrology is a reflection
of his humanistic orientation and his
keen insight. All his books are an
incredible worthwhile read for both the
beginning and the veteran astrologer.
In his Chart Interpretation Handbook,
Arroyo gives us a way of looking at the
birth chart in terms of the energetic
building blocks within it. Unlike more
cookbook style texts, he does not provide
just a list of planets, signs, houses but
teaches the reader how to tune into the
chart in a more subtle way. At first this
text might seem a bit vague, but it is
ultimately a text in which Arroyo shows
us his particular way of sensing the
subtle nuances of the astrological
Arroyo also in this text is a master
at showing us how to unravel the themes
within the birth chart. I particularly
loved his description of the sub-tones of
planets that is something that I use to
this day in my chart interpretations.
Stephen Arroyo is a fantastic astrologer
and writer. All his books are marvellous
and this one is no exception. I cannot
recommend it enough.
As a new student to astrology I
appreciate Stephen Arroyo's
straightforward style. Easy to read and
easy to understand, Arroyo breaks down
chart interpretation into the basic
elements of astrology.
If you are familiar with Parker's
Astrology, this book is totally
different. While Parker's is very
detailed, a sort of encyclopedia for
astrology, this is a much smaller volume
that gives general guidelines. Arroyo
deliberately kept things general.
Evidently he thinks it's best to think in
broad terms and to only deal with the
essentials of a chart when interpreting
it. By teaching us the basics of
astrology Arroyo helps us do that. I see
Arroyo's book and the Parker book being
very complementary--being a new student I
appreciate what each has to offer.
This is a great place to start of you
are serious about understanding the
fundamentals of astrology.