Astrology Plain and Simple by Cass & Janie Jackson

Is it the only book that you will ever need? Don’t make me laugh.

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Everyone reads their horoscope in the newspaper and online; however few really understand very much about astrology. To the uninitiated, astrology can seem rather daunting. All those measurements, degrees, and logarithms–what’s simple about it? This wonderful introduction demystifies a topic that everyone knows a little bit about and provides a basic framework for understanding it.

The Jacksons’ easy and straightforward approach explains how you can learn more about yourself and those around you through the zodiac. They also explore some more esoteric topics in astrology, including trines, aspects, and conjunctions. Look up the characteristics of each sun sign, create a birth chart, find out your rising and moon signs, and more.

Illustrated with line drawings and charts, this plain and simple guide will be received enthusiastically by the novice and the experienced alike.

This book was previously published by Sterling in 2005 as Simply Astrology.

My thoughts:

I didn’t like it.

The cover by Jim Warner looks as though some one had spilled his morning bowl of Lucky Charms, though the interior art by Kathryn Sky-Peck was quite pleasant. The sub-title of “The Only Book That You Will Ever Need” came off as arrogant, Barnumish, and down-right silly. One of my pet-peeves is the huckster bark of “the only *insert item* that you will ever need”.  Why not compete my irritation by turning up your car radio in front of my house with that damn Rap music and drag your fingernails down a blackboard?

The obligatory Zodiac signs was almost too painful to read. My Libra section was about a page and a half, and it was so vague that it could have applied to anyone — anyone. Perhaps the title of the book should have been “Astrology Vague and Murky”? The book was a little more informative toward the end covering the planets, moon signs, the houses of the Zodiac, among other topics. Sadly, the book, at 168 pages, doesn’t go into any subject with enough detail to cover that subject sufficiently. That’s right, if you want to learn more, you’ll need another book.

The only book that you will ever need — only if you are a critic of Astrology.  This book is the perfect example of what is wrong with so many books on Astrology.

I give Astrology Plain and Simple a plain and simple thumbs down.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Hampton Roads. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Reading Astrology by Cass and Janie Jackson published by Hampton Roads (Weiser Books)

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