Saturday, November 10, 2007

Found on a not-so-rotten day.

On the way back from our recent jaunt we stopped off at assorted antique shops and a second-hand book shop. In the latter I headed straight for the back of the shop, towards the most hidden recesses and, sure enough, there so as not to embarrass the shop owner was a small section of books devoted to "weird subjects". I was quite surprised to find a sizeable collection of secondhand books on witchcraft and Wicca here. Is there more going on in Oklahoma than meets the eye?

There were only two books on astrology, "An Idiot's Guide to Astrology" and "You Were Born On a Rotten Day". Now, idiot I may be, but I avoid advertsising the fact more than is necessary - although passing readers may think differently! "Idiot's Guide" would not look good on my bookshelf. The co-authors of the second slim volume had certainly written their book on a rotten day - rotten for astrology that is. I had to chuckle over a few of their quips though, so bought the book for the knock-down price of a dollar.

"You Were Born on a Rotten Day" ("The unofficial horoscope guide that tells it like it really is.....A book that comes to you after years of painful guesswork") was written by Jim Critchfield and Jerry Hopkins, first printed 1969 in Los Angeles. (I should mention that it is not the same as a later book with a similar title, "Born on a Rotten Day", that one is by different authors.)

A collection of spoof Sun Sign interpretations - I suspect the same idea has been better done, with more wit and zing, in recent years, but this early attempt at astrological humour is kind of sweet.

As we're now sailing through Scorpio waters, here are words of wisdom from that section. Perhaps I'll return to the book each month for a little light relief about the other signs.


"Men and women born under the Sign of Scorpio have very active minds, bodies and police records.

This sign is all fuzzed up with mythological happenings about a pretty lady who gave a nice man a scorpion which promptly bit him and gave him such a lump he never got over it.

Much of life is like that for Scorpios.....they never get over it, or in it, or anything about it. Tragic, painfully tragic.

To begin with, Mercury rules the pelvis of each Scorpio. (You can just imagine what that causes when the lights are out). Due to this pelvic problem Scorpio has a thing about love. Crying out for love, but shoving it away when it comes. (Doesn't this one choke you up?)

Scorpio women are very giving by nature, which always makes them sought after by men who throw certain kinds of parties.

Scorpio men, on the other hand, find happiness in the Armed Services, since they are the simply marvelous cheaters at poker and craps. The Scorpio born should try to direct their emotions toward more healthy organising waterfalls...or sending gift packages to needy Admirals.

If you are a Scorpio, never play with your yo-yo in public. (Note from me - Now that IS wise advice, Scorpios!)

Your Lucky Color is fading, and your Lucky Day is worse than most."


Michelle said...


I remember these coffee mugs years ago that had things like this for each star sign. I bought one for a friend (Gemini) that said they were all "liars and cheats".

Interesting side-note here. Have you noticed how few modern astrology books deal with dark issues? By that I mean 90% of the books will tell you who is a born leader, has artistic talent etc etc, but it is very rare to find books that give you who is likely to be violent or dangerous.

What got me thinking about this is that I enherited a set of astrology books from a delightful old lady years ago. In her collection wre Vedic and Rosicrucian astrology books and both are quite happy to point out who might be likely to murder, steal or be your next Hannibal Lector!

As a western society.. are we just too sqeamish or too "nice" to want to look at this side of astrology?

Twilight said...

I don't know, Michelle. Maybe it's a little bit of PC gone awry?

I'm not a knocker of PC-ness in general, but it has been taken too far in certain areas.

Then again, there's plenty of negative stuff going on all around us, all the time, so perhaps astrologers shy away from writing about it or predicting more of it.

Perhaps, too, it wouldn't sell books! ;-)