Skymates: The Astrology of Love, Sex and Intimacy by Steven and Jodie Forrest
Beginner to Advanced

Love. Sex. Intimacy. Astrology. This book is so lyrically compelling that I’ll just quote page 1, chapter 1, paragraph 1: “Nothing strips us so naked. Nothing is quicker to reveal the angel we hide behind our eyes, and nothing is so quick or unmask our priveate madnesses. Who has not been lifted high by love? Who has not felt the world change in a moment of secret tenderness? And who has not been ripped open by love and left bleeding and alone, wide-eyed at four in the morning?” Yeah, you know it.
What this book IS NOT: a sign-by-sign sextrology guide to pick-up lines, love matches and compatibility formulas (although these are great, see my FUN ASTROLOGY section)

What this book IS: one of 3 books I would take to a desert island with me. This is intimacy as in INTO-ME-I-SEE and INTO-YOU-I-SEE. It covers everything, from Venus (“Venus in Fire people attract by showing us how much fun they are, how colorful, plucky, adventurous and noblespirited…”) and Mars signs, to practical advice: “Sagittarius must choose his or her potential lovers extemely carefully. Our culture attempts to stabilize marriage by engendering an essentially false interdependency between partners…With the Archer’s love of independence, it cannot allow itself to be caught in these snares.” And what happens when your partner’s Venus touches a planet of yours? You’re VENUSIFIED! Genius! I am Venusified by my husband (his Venus is on my Ascendant). When we learned what it meant to be Venusified, we went to town with this word.

The real boon of this book is its enteraining, storytelling style and its breadth. He wrote this with his wife too, who undoubtedly contributed to it’s excellence.