Within Orb Episode 4 with Clarissa Dolphin

ISAR president and Mountain Astrologer horoscope writer Clarissa Dolphin joins the podcast to talk about the astrology books she loves (as well as the books she’d steer clear of as a beginner)! Host Jenn Zahrt and Clarissa also get deep into harmonic (vibrational) astrology, midpoints, and also offer up some Sun Sign realness. Plus: Nothing wrong with hybrid freak astrologers!; Can you have synastry with a lizard?; and careful what you lay around the coffee table!


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Song “Wake Up” used with permission by The E-Block Band.



Episode timestamps (conversation recorded April 2023):

00:32 – Clarissa is bringing some big vibes to the show today! Let’s talk vibrational (harmonic) astrology.

04:30 – Clarissa’s first encounter with an astrology book? Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs for the win! (Some books mentioned are available on our bookshop.org page, so do check it out! And feel the warm fuzzies: By purchasing books through this site, you help support CAELi!)

08:42 – What 3 astrology books would Clarissa take to a desert island? First up: Reinhold Ebertin’s The Combination of Stellar Influences and Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation.

09:31 – Clarissa’s next pick: The giant tome The Secret Language of Relationships by Gary Goldschneider and Joost Elffers. It’s cool how this book breaks down the decans, and tackles synastry, too!

11:41 – Let’s talk about midpoints! (And Clarissa gets two extra points for bringing up the hilarious phrase “hybrid freak astrology” again!)

12:26 – Visit our sponsor, Rod Suskin School of Astrology!

21:40 – What books would Clarissa recommend folks start with related to vibrational astrology? Of course, any books related to what harmonics mean, as well as planetary pairs. But, well… then it gets complicated, LOL.

22:57 – And what astrology books for beginners are worth a mention? Anything by Robert Hand, like Planets in TransitThe Mountain Astrologer magazine! Linda Goodman, always. And Dane Rudhyar deserves a mention, too. Don’t start with Marc Edmund Jones, though! (But hey – phooey on where you begin. Just start where you start!)

25:41 – Any final books? Horary Astrology Re-Examined by Barbara Dunn. Any of the 5 million books by Demetra George! And Chris Brennan’s Hellenistic Astrology.

27:10 – Thanks for listening to Within Orb! If you love the show, please help support it at no cost to you: Follow or subscribe wherever you listen, rate it five stars, or write a kind review! And if you’d like to become a CAELi member or support our work with a contribution of any amount, we’d be delighted! Thanks!


Show notes by Jen Braun, JJ Boots Productions LLC.

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