Recommended Reading List for the 4 Elements

Below is a list of books that are recommended to read from Daniel Giamario and the Shamanic Astrology Mystery School. This is not a complete list but highlights many of the core books shamanic astrologers and others are suggested to read to know more about astrology, mythology, cosmology, history and the archetypes.

In addition, other recent book recommendations and reviews can be found at these links below:

Recommended Reading List – Chapter 2

Recommended Reading List – Chapter 3

AIR:  Astrology, Astronomy and Divination

All of Dane Rudhyar’s Books….truly foundational to the Paradigm
American Ephemeris for the 20th Century 1900-2000 At Midnight Revised 5th Edition by Neil F. Michelsen
American Ephemeris for the 21st Century 2001-2050 At Midnight Revised 2nd Edition by Neil F. Michelsen

The New American Ephemeris for the 21st Century 2000-2100 at Midnight Michelsen Memorial Edition

Jean Meeus: I totally recommend all his reference books.
“Cosmos and Psyche”, by Richard Tarness
“Anthroposophy and Astrology”, by Elizabeth Vreede
Alice Bailey: “Esoteric Astrology” and “The Labors of Hercules”
“The Gods Of Change” by Howard Sasportass
“Myths of the Zodiac” by Kathleen Burt
Liz Greene: “Relating” is a good one to start with.  “The Astrology of Fate” is also useful.
Demetra George Any of her books before her dive into Hellenistic astrology.  Great mythological and matriarchal oriented works.

Mark Jones:  Any of his books

Geoffery Cornelius: “The Moment of Astrology”:  One of the greatest astrology books ever written

Essays on Astrology by Robert Hand; this includes his great research on the precession through the stars of the Fish (Pisces).

Astronomy and Archeoastronomy Books

“Walking in All of the Squares: A Biography of Alexander Thom”, by Archibald Thom
Dark Sparklers: Yidumduma’s Aboriginal Astronomy’, by Hugh Cairns and Bill Harney
The Dawn of Astronomy”, by J. Norman Lockyer
Megalithic Sites in Britain”, by Alexander Thom
Robin Heath books:  All are recommended; he is the true successor to Alexander Thom, and his biography of Thom is excellent as well as his work on sacred geometry, the “silver fraction” and the Wales origin of Stonehenge, and so much more.
Living The Sky” by Ray Williamson
Tony Aveni books: especially “Empires Of Time” and “Conversations With the Planets”
Norman Davidson books:  “Astronomy And The Imagination” and “Sky Phenomena by Norman Davidson  These books were highly influencial influencing the TOTAMS paradigm from the perspective of Astrosophy.
“Movement And Rhythms Of The Stars” by Joachim Schultz; This is also a fantastic view of astronomy from the perspective of Astrosophy.
Hamlet’s Mill” by Giorgio de Santillana and Hertha Von Dechend: This is a monumental brilliant work that inspired so many of us; essential
Myth Of Replacement” by Thomas Worthen:  This is a brilliant, but little known follow-up to “Hamlet’s Mill”.
Star Names, Their Lore and Meaning by Richard Allen: an essential reference
Star Trek to Hawa-ii” by Clyde Hostetter: One of the most influential books of my life; it inspired the Venus synodic cycle research

Thomas Lekson: all of his books, but particularly “The Chaco Meridian

WATER: Helping and Healing

Archetypal and Jungian Psychology Books

Sylvia Perera:  “Descent To The Goddess: A Way Of Initiation For Women” An excellent understanding of Pluto & Scorpio without astrology itself), “The Scapegoat Complex: Shadow and Guilt “(remarkable about Capricorn without being astrological per se), “Celtic Queen Maeve” (marvelous about addiction), and “The Irish Bull God “(excellent concerning pre-patriarchal masculinity)

David Schoen: “The War of the Gods in Addiction: C.G.Jung, Alcoholics Anonymous, and Archetypal Evil”.

Stephen Jenkinson: “Die Wise: and “Come of Age”; Mind-bending and essential end-of life understandings and the nature of elderhood

Martin Prechtel: All of his books are so great, but I especially love “Stealing Benefacio’s Roses” concerning the inner sacred marriage process from a man’s perspective, and “The Smell of Rain on Dust” concerning grief and so much more

Charles Ponce:  “Alchemy: Papers Toward A Radical Metaphysics”, “Working the Soul”, “The Archetype of the Unconscious and the Transfiguration of Therapy”, and the essay “The Game Of Wizards”
Jean Bolen:  “Goddesses In Every Woman” and “Gods In Every Man”

Mary Dian Molton and Lucy Anne Sikes: “Four Eternal Women:Toni Wolff Revisited”

Toni Wolff & C.G.Jung: A Collaboration by Nan Savage Healy

James Hillman  All of his books stimulate the reader in many of the same realms as TOTAMS Astrology especially: “A Terrible Love of War”, “The Soul’s Code”, and “ReVisioning Psychology”

James Hollis: “The Eden Project: The Search of the Magical Other” and “Under Saturn’s Shadow”.

Earth Honoring: The New Male Sexuality”, by Robert Lawlor; a global and historical analysis of sex and gender.  This most corresponds to the approach of TOTAMS

C.G.Jung: “The Red Book”, and “The Aion”  and so many others

Christine Downing: “The Goddess: Mythological Images of the Feminine”
Merlin Stone: “When God was a Woman”, and Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood

Esther Harding: The Way of All Women, and “Woman’s Mysteries”
“Women Who Run With the Wolves”, by Clarissa Estes
“Sex At Dawn”, by Ryan and Jetha
“Jung and the Story of Our Time”, by Laurens Van der Post

Novels related to the Archetypal

Marion Zimmer Bradley: “The Mists Of Avalon” And Most Of The Latter Darkover Series; Beautifully Elucidate The Complexities Of Archetypal Virgo And Other Feminine Archetypes Damaged, Or not understood, by Patriarchy.

Evangeline Walton: The marvelous four books of “The Books of the Welsh Mabinogion” and the brilliant novel: “The Sword is Forged”.

June Rachuy Brindel: “Ariadne: A Novel of Ancient Crete and “Phaedra: A Novel of Ancient Athens”

A Mantis Carol by Laurens Van der Post

“The Overstory” by Richard Powers; a sweeping overview of our times

The Illuminatus Trilogy” by Robert Anton Wilson; a great deal of information about Eris, among other delights.

EARTH: Sacred Sites, Native American, Mayan, Shamanism, Global Earth Traditions

2012: Science and Prophesy of the Ancient Maya, by Marc Van Stone
Maya Cosmos, by Linda Schele
Gary David: “The Kivas of Heaven: Ancient Hopi Starlore” and “The Orion Zone”
The History of the Hopi from their Origins in Lemuria, by Oswald Whitebear Fredricks

Sky Shamans of Mongolia” by Kevin Turner

Voices of the First Day: Awakening in the Aboriginal Dreamtime” by Robert Lawlor

“Secrets of the Talking Jaguar by Martin Prechtel

The Memory Code: The Secrets of Stonehenge, Easter Island and Other Ancient Monuments” by Lynne Kelly;  An essential new approach to what ancient sacred sites were all about

Out of Australia by Steven and Evan Strong; new evidence arguing that original humans are from Australia, not Africa

Polynesia and Hawaii

Tales from the Night Rainbow, by Koko Willis and Pali Jaelee
We, The Navigators: The Ancient Art of Land Finding in the Pacific, by David Lewis
Na Inoa Hoku, by Rubelite Kawena Johnson

Ireland, England and Scotland

The Discovery of the Dingle Diamond, by C.P.R. May
Jack Roberts: “The Sacred Mythological Centers of Ireland”, and “Sun Circles of Ireland”

Martin Brennan: “The Stones of Time: Calendars, Sundials, and Stone Chambers of Ancient Ireland”

Anthony Murphy: “Newgrange: Monument to Immortality”, and “Mythical Ireland: New Light on the Ancient Past” and “Island of the Setting Sun: In Search of Ireland’s Ancient Astronomers” (with Richard Moore)

Michael Dames: The Silbury Treasure: The Great Goddess Rediscovered, and “The Avebury Cycle”

‘The King Arthur Conspiracyby Simon Andrew Stirling; this will overturn a lot of your beliefs about Arthur.

Adam Ardrey: “Finding Arthur: the Truth behind the Legend” and “Finding Merlin”

Alternative and Esoteric History and Cosmology

John Major Jenkins: All his books including, but not limited to “Galactic Alignment”, and Mayan Cosmogenisis 2012”.
Paul La Violette: “Earth Under Fire” and “Genesis of the Cosmos”
Stan Gootch: all his books but especially “Guardians of the Ancient Wisdom and “Total Man”.
Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas: all their books but especially “Uriel’s Machine” and “Civilization One”                                                 Zecharia Sitchen, particularly “The Cosmic Code”, “The Lost Realms” and “The Twelfth Planet”
Dawn Before the Dawn, by Geoffrey Ashe
The Farfarers, by Farley Mowat
“Earth Memory”, by Paul Devereaux
The Mysteries of the Great Cross of Hendaye, by Weidner and Bridges
The Origins of the Mithraic Mysteries, by David Ulansey
Twelve-Tribe Nations, Sacred Number and the Golden Age, by John Mitchell and Christine Rhone
Robert Bauval: So very many great books,; I would recommend everything he has ever written
Graham Hancock: I recommend everything by him, especially his latest: “America Before”.

Andrew Collins:Denisovan Origins”, “The Cygnus Key”. The” Cygnus Mystery”, and “Gobekli Tepe” are very much recommended
The Master Game”, by Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval: a masterwork from two “masters”
Edo Nyland: “Odysseus and the Sea Peoples” and “Linguistic Archeology”; brilliant and controversial, but I believe he was onto something important.
Eden in the East, by Stephen Oppenheimer; so essential to understand the Sundaland hypothesis
Atlantis: The Lost Continent Finally Found, by Arysio Santos; this is one of the most important books ever written about Sundaland and Atlantisr

Sir Lawrence Gardner: So many amazing books, I particularly recommend “The “Magdeline Legacy”, “Bloodline of the Holy Grail”, “Genesis of the Grail Kings” and “The Origin of God”.

FIRE: Philosophy, History and Spirituality

“The Spell of the Sensuous”, by David Abram
Carlos Castenada: all his books, but especially “The Art of Dreaming” and “The Active Side of Infinity”.
The Planetarization of Consciousness, by Dane Rudhyar  one of the greatest books ever written

 William Braden: : ”The Age of Aquarius: Technology and the Cultural Revolution”  An amazing book written in 1972 that completely presages what is happening in the 2020’s.

Sri Aurobindo: any at all that he ever wrote; all about “involution”

A.H. Almaas:  “Facets of Unity: The Enneagram of Holy Ideasand “The Void” and many others; founder of the Diamond Heart Approach

John Moriarty: “Invoking Ireland” and “Dreamtime”; Ireland’s greatest modern philosopher

Thaddeus Golas: “The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment” and “Love and Pain: A Map of Consciousness”

Buckminster Fuller:  pretty much everything, but a good place to start isCritical Path”.

Jaron Lanois:  “You are Not a Gadget” and “Who Owns the Future”; brilliant books about the dangers of Social Media and the Internet from one of the creators of virtual reality.
Dr.David Martin: “Lizards Eat Butterflies” : mind expanding and provocative


William Strauss and Neil Howe: The Fourth Turning”:  indispensible non-astrological guide to our current times.

Riane Eisler: “Sacred Pleasure”and “The Chalice and the Blade”; Seminal books about our pre-patriarchal history.

“The Untold History of the United Statesby Oliver Stone

Charles Mann: “1491” and “1493”; a retelling of our history based on new data