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Find out what's between their ears -- and other places -- before you hit the sheets.
on January 15, 2007
I happened upon this book while perusing the shelves at my local library. I was lingering by the "133.5" section when its bright-red cover caught my eye. After reading the title, I knew that I would be taking it home. I thumbed through the pages to my own section and that of my partner. I didn't find anything too objectionable, so I checked it out.
Unlike a seemingly-similar-and-also-excellent tome, "Linda Goodman's Love Signs," this book does not discuss in length signs in combination with each other. It does, however, give in-depth interpretations of each individual sign with a cursory list of the different combinations for both straight and gay couplings. The format separates men from women so that the nuances of each gender may be better understood.
I really like the construction of this book. Each sign/gender has a one-page introduction followed by the subheading "Sign + Mind." This first section describes the psychological makeup of its natives, using the cosmology of astrology (polarity, rulership, element, quality, etc.) in association with and represented by mythological and Biblical archetypes. If examples exist, modern literary characters are cited as well.
The second section, "Body + Soul," illustrates how the psychology of an individual expresses itself in corporeal form. I do find this section to be less "on the money," because an individual's physical form is highly colored by the Ascendant sign at birth; thus, making morphological generalities based upon sun sign alone somewhat less accurate. If you know your own (or your partner's) rising sign, you can cross-reference the corresponding section for this other sign.
The third section, "Sex + Sexuality," addresses the reasons most of us are interested in this book in the first place. It synthesizes the previous two segments in order to tell us how we like it and why. The language is of an adult nature, but this is an adult topic meant for adults, so it is wholly appropriate. I don't have enough experience to know whether all the sexual proclivities are spot-on, but after reading the corresponding "sign + mind" divisions, I can see that there is quite a bit of congruence.
Throughout the book, there are informative asides for each sign/gender in the margins of the pages -- "principle," "planetary symbol," "sign quadrant," "sign glyph," "element + quality," "polarity," "sign number," "sign-age association," "psychology," "archetype + myth," "Bible + literature," "keywords for the astrological house," "keywords for the sign," "body rulership," "list of famous people," "straight turn-ons," and "gay turn-ons" -- which serve as a sort of "Cliffs' Notes" for this hefty tome. In fact, the reader can get a heck of a lot out of just reading the margins without ever delving any deeper into the chapters.
In summary, I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in knowing themselves, and their partners or prospective partners, intimately. You will not be disappointed!