One of the most frequently asked questions that I get about astrology is regarding where I get my information from. In my experience, finding books that go beyond the basic stereotypical knowledge of astrology is difficult; finding people who do “proper” astrology is truly harder – which is why I turn to books. The great thing for those who are serious about deepening their astrological knowledge is that there are resources out there! Unfortunately, you have to scour for them yourselves. Yes, it’s a trial-and-error process.
I had my start with shallow online descriptions of astrological signs. Being a believer in astrology and all things occult since the beginning, reading those did not allow me the footing nor the integrity to study astrology seriously. Reading this book helped me gain confidence in the discipline of astrology. Now, this book is a staple in my shelf. Linda Goodman speaks with such authority (whether the people gave it to her or not is a different issue) on a field that is constantly belittled by the “rational” world. Goodman’s voice is fresh and at times, funny. I admit that her approach to reading the sun signs are highly gendered, and therefore, antiquated. After all, this book came out in the 70’s – so read it with a grain of salt.
I think it’s important to read astrological work with a critical mind. It certainly deserves the same kind of seriousness that we give to the academic/scholarly work that we frequent in university. That being said, this book is thorough in describing the male versus female manifestation of each sun sign, as well as their manifestation in children and bosses. Yes, an interesting and somewhat useful categories. Yet, I would be very careful in allowing her descriptions to become stereotypes that we hold on to. I know many people end up stereotyping signs, and I am highly against that kind of thinking. Reading this book and stopping here will certainly do that. Consider this book a first entertaining glance at the astrological world that is yet to unfold, not a bible! (Did I mention she prefaces each section with quotes from Alice in Wonderland?)
I highly recommend reading her Foreword as it sets the context for this book. Many astrologers have different angles, and it’s worth your time to know Goodman’s. Like any academic, Goodman is a part of a certain school of thought. I, for one, know that she would not really get along with Dane Rudhyar’s meta-astrological camp.
For those that have read this book, any thoughts? Did it ever impress you – or the opposite? Book available here.