Work Title: Book Stars
Work Author(s): Alex Moore
Byline: Alex Moore
"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves..." said Cassius in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Astrologers would disagree, as they believe stars and other heavenly bodies can be useful in understanding, interpreting, and organizing information about personality and human affairs.
Astrology is the study of the heavens and their relation to life on earth. Originally the science of Astronomy, it created its own sphere in the seventeenth century when "science developed an empirical imperative and based its activities on strictly rationalistic data." The "superstition of hyperrationalism," however, continues today with thirty-one percent of Americans believing destinies are written in the stars. The fact is that astrology books can produce profits if aligned properly and marketed perceptively in book form.
Lately, there has been a meteor shower of astrologically themed books that has landed in this office. An introduction to the basic principles is The Weiser Concise Guide to Practical Astrology (Weiser Books, 978-1-57863-423-1). Historic traditions are discussed, followed by the philosophical and esoteric language of symbols as well as the meanings of signs, planets, houses, and aspects. Author Priscilla Costello, a counseling astrologer, demonstrates how to read a horoscope using Aquarius Oprah Winfrey as an example; significant traits are friendliness, independence, a tendency to opinionate, and braininess.
If one is a girlfriend of Oprah and wanted to remain as such, Friends on a Rotten Day: The Astrology of Friendships (Weiser Books, 978-1-57863-412-5) might be the volume to consult. Hazel Dixon-Cooper, Cosmopolitan's Bedside Astrologer, says an Aquarius is, "Strong willed, opinionated, even defiant, she's also compassionate, liberal, and easygoing." Armed with these insights, a girlfriend can survive. A boyfriend reading the subsection on "Romance Rating" will be happy to learn, "She has a powerful romantic streak."