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For the most part, all books about the twelve signs, however they are presented, are sun sign books, as the Sun dominates the signs, it can't be helped. There are sun sign books about work and health and dieting and new age topics galore. I have traditionally stocked a lot of these.

I have not stocked sun-sign books per se, which are books either devoted to a single sign, or books that survey all twelve signs from a general (non-specific) standpoint. My feeling has been that most such books are widely available in bookstores, so there was no point in my trying to compete with them, such as is the case with the long-running Julia and Derek Parker books. It's also true that many of the best sun-sign books (there are many excellent books in this category) are published by the major New York publishers and so are in and out of print in only a couple of years.

Recently Mary Valby's Quotable books have turned up. They are good sturdy things and not likely to be widely distributed. There will eventually be a complete set. Enjoy!


THE QUOTABLE ARIES: Aries traits described by Ariens - Mary Valby, $12.95

Contents:

Introduction
Aries birthday calendar
Talents
Double-edged traits
Challenges
At home
Relationships
At work
Creativity
Sports
Spirituality
Maturity
Words to live by
Selected bibliography
Index of Ariens

Comment:

Here is a survey of what's in the book:

The first chapter, the Birthday calendar, goes day by day through the sign, giving a list of about a dozen notable persons born on each day over the years.

The second chapter, Talents, are unique to the given sign. For Aries, these include Initiative, Courage, Boldness, Individuality, Directness and Zeal. Quotes: Courage: The man who fears no truths has nothing to fear from lies. - Thomas Jefferson. Boldness: If you've earned a position, be proud of it. Don't hide it. When I hear people say, "There's Joan Crawford!" I turn around and say, "Hi! How are you?" - Joan Crawford. I survived because I was tougher than anybody else. - Bette Davis

The third chapter are Double-Edged traits. For Aries, these include: Independence or Loneliness, Confidence or Egotism, Warrior mentality, Action before thought. Quotes: Lonely: You know this fellow is many-sided, a tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure. - Charlie Chaplin. Confidence: The Arien is literally unable to conceive that anything or anyone he believes in, including himself, can fail. - Linda Goodman. I am big. It's the movies that got small. - Gloria Swanson, in Sunset Boulevard. Warrior: I love to fight. I love conflict. Always have. That attitude paid off big time on the baseball fields of America but it sure as hell wrecked havoc in my personal life. - Pete Rose.

The fourth chapter, Challenges, includes the following sections: Temper, Impatience, Starting without finishing, Recklessness, Rebelliousness, No urge to please. Quotes: Impatience: If I slow down, someone is liable to catch me. - William Shatner. I'm a guy who was in such a hurry that I missed the train four or five times. I didn't understand the importance of the crossroads I found myself at. - Robert Downey Jr. Finishing: I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged . . . I had poems which were re-written so many times I suspect it was just a way of avoiding sending them out. - Erica Jong.

At Home follows. For Aries, its divisions are Starting from scratch, Child exhibitionist, Fighting your parents, Part-time parent, and Spendthrift. Quotes: Starting: I remember food stamps and welfare. We were surrounded by pimps and hustlers. There's a possibility I would have been a prostitute for a period of time, too. That's a terrible thing to say, isn't it? But they were always the beautifully dressed girls who seemed to lead such a glamorous life. - Diana Ross. Childhood exhibitionism: I started at five years old on the kitchen table with my family supporting me. I know where I'm from and I know exactly where I'm going. - Celine Dion.

And then Relationships. For Aries, the divisions are: Flirtatious, Passionate, Quick to move on, Antagonistic, and Solitary. Quotes: Flirt: I try to seduce. - Dudley Moore. Moving on: I don't remember having met anyone yesterday. But tomorrow I won't remember having met anyone today. So don't count on me to enlighten you. - Samuel Becket, Waiting for Godot. Antagonistic: My attitude towards men who mess around is simple: If you find 'em, kill 'em. - Loretta Lynn. Solitary: Aries would do well to learn the difference between sex and love, for the latter entails a certain giving up of self, something which he finds difficult. - Alan Oken. This chapter concludes with an analysis of Aries paired with each of the zodical signs, with lists of notable pairings and their fates. Aries Spencer Tracy got on very well with Taurus Katharine Hepburn.

At Work follows. The sections are: Action-oriented, Combative, Instinctive, Great ideas, and Leader. Quotes: Action: Piling up knowledge is as bad as piling up money indefinitely. You have to begin sometime to kick around what you know. - Robert Frost. Instinctive: There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth. - Maya Angelou.

Which is followed by a chapter on Creativity, with Brief, Aggressively individualistic, Controversial, and Moving on. Quotes: Brief: The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do. - William Hazlitt.

The next chapter is Sports: Aries sports glimpses (an overview), Sports birthday calendar, Competitive, Physically combative, High risk, Comback capacity. With quotes and lists of notable players, sorted by sport.

Then Spirituality: Focused on selfhood, Heroic, and Prone to ecstasy. Quote: Selfhood: . . . a different approach to astrology, a person-oriented approach. - Dane Rudhyar.

Maturity, with Still direct, No regrets, Defying age, and Looking forward. Quotes: Direct: I'll be eighty this month. Age, if nothing else, entitles me to set the record straight before I dissolve. I've given my memoirs far more thought than any of my marriages. You can't divorce a book. - Gloria Swanson. Look. I'm too old, too tired and too goddam rich for all this bull. Let's just get on with the scene. - Spencer Tracy. This is an innovative chapter, as I have never before seen the signs considered as changing as one ages. Which of course they do.

The final chapter, Words to Live By, is a collection of notable quotes by notable Ariens, a summing up.

The index sorts the quotes by the person who made them. Easily find all the quotes by Charlie Chaplin or Marlon Brando, for example.

Innovative insights: By comparison with the other books in this series, Aries are exactly what the seem to be. They are what they are, they hide nothing.

This book will make you think more closely, and more clearly, about the sign Aries and all its many nuances.

Quotable Zodiac Publishing, 224 pages.


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THE QUOTABLE TAURUS: Taurus traits described by Taureans - Mary Valby, $12.95

Contents:

Introduction
Taurus birthday calendar
Talents
Double-edged traits
Challenges
At home
Relationships
At work
Creativity
Sports
Spirituality
Maturity
Words to live by
Selected bibliography
Index of Taureans

Comment:

Here is a survey of what's in the book:

The first chapter, the Birthday calendar, goes day by day through the sign, giving a list of about a dozen notable persons born on each day over the years.

The second chapter, Talents, are unique to the given sign. For Taurus, these include Humor, Common sense, Financial management, Art, Willpower, Patience, and Stability. Each section is then illustrated by quotes from notable Taureans. Here are some: Popular music is popular because people like it. - Irving Berlin. Financial management: I goofed. It was a very expensive mistake. - Shirley Maclaine.

The third chapter are Double-Edged traits. For Taurus, these include Need for evidence, Caution, Good looks, Sensation, and Affection for things. Quotes: On caution: I've got a lot more than your average amount of fear of the unknown. - Jack Nicholson. Good looks: Plain women know more about men than beautiful ones do. But beautiful women don't need to know about men. It's the men who need to know about beautiful women. - Katharine Hepburn.

The fourth chapter, Challenges, includes the following sections: Indolence, Forecful anger, Stubbornness, Habit, and Greed. Quotes: Stubbornness: The reason I talk to myself is that I'm the only one whose answers I accept. - George Carlin. Habit: There are so many fixations. - Sigmund Freud.

At Home follows. For Taurus, its divisions are Determined child, Foundation first, Food lover, Pratical parent, Sentimental about family, and Care with clothes. Quotes: Determined child: When I was a little girl, I saw Cinderella with my mother. I started singing songs from it, and I told her, "This is what I am going to do." I was three, and I never changed my mind. - Cher. Food lover: A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch. - James Beard.

And then Relationships. For Taurus, the divisions are Loyal friend, Sensuous partner, Aware of resources, Bullish once committed, and Slow to accept separation. Quotes: Sensuous partner: Its pitch, sex is. Once you touch it, it clings to you. - Margery Allingham. Bullish once committed: The first time I saw her onstage, I said, "I'm gonna marry that girl." It took seven years. - Will Arnett. This chapter then ends with potted overviews of Taurus in relationship with each of the various signs. These are shrewdly done and reflect the author's extensive research. Each comes with a list of couples and how they fared, for better or worse.

At Work follows. The sections are Respect for early failure, Financially aware, Conservative, and Practical. In addition to the usual quotes, there are lists of Taurus politicians, Taurus businessmen, and Taurus politicians.

Which is followed by a chapter on Creativity, with Song, Dance, and Rooted in experience as subsections, all with quotes. As in the previous chapter, there are long lists of famous Taureans.

The next chapter is Sports: Taurus sports glimpses (an overview), Sports birthday calendar, Close to the body, Determined, Consistent, and Loyal. With quotes and lists of notable players, sorted by sport.

Then Spirituality: Doubting Thomas, Connected to things, Simple. A list of notable Taureans, and quotes.

Maturity, with Still dancing, Less rambunctious, Accepting, and Prepared. With quotes. This is an innovative chapter, as I have never before seen the signs considered as changing as one ages. Which of course they do.

The final chapter, Words to Live By, is a collection of notable quotes by notable Taureans, a summing up.

The index sorts the quotes by the person who made them. Easily find all the quotes by Cher, for example.

Innovative insights: Taureans have a sense of humor, they demand tangible proof, they - and Capricorns - make good dictators.

This book will make you think more closely, and more clearly, about the sign Taurus and all its many nuances.

Quotable Zodiac Publishing, 224 pages.


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THE QUOTABLE LIBRA: Libra traits described by Librans - Mary Valby, $12.95

Contents:

Introduction
Libra birthday calendar
Talents
Double-edged traits
Challenges
At home
Relationships
At work
Creativity
Sports
Spirituality
Maturity
Words to live by
Selected bibliography
Index of Librans

Comment:

Here is a survey of what's in the book:

The first chapter, the Birthday calendar, goes day by day through the sign, giving a list of about a dozen notable persons born on each day over the years.

The second chapter, Talents, are unique to the given sign. For Libra, these include: Peace, Justice, Partnership, Charm, Smiles and laughter, Living in the moment, and Idealism. Quotes: Peace: Give peace a chance. - John Lennon. Justice: We at Chrysler borrow money the old-fashioned way: We pay it back. Lee Iacocca. Partnership: What kind of man would I be if I wasn't there for my wife when she needed me? - Chris Spielman.

The third chapter are Double-Edged traits. For Libra, these include: Beauty, Urge to please, Mental activity, and Need to balance. Quotes: Beauty: I think it incredibly boring, these black tuxedos. The women get to wear all the fun stuff. - Tim Robbins. I've always liked clothes and it's part of my job. It's fun to dress up! - Gwyneth Paltrow.

The fourth chapter, Challenges, includes the following sections: Indecision, Laziness, Avoidance, Inertia, Black moods, and Need for a relationship. Quotes: Indecision: I have never stated my belief in concrete terms because almost every element of my nature has been opposed to the hard framework, the finality, of formulation. - Thomas Wolfe. Laziness: I think on the whole that the secret of life is to take things very, very easily. - Oscar Wilde. Avoidance: One of my ambitions used to be to throw a great screaming temper tantrum. I can't see myself actually doing it, but I have fantasized it. - Julie Andrews. Blackness: Over the course of 1994, Fisher spent hunks of time in despair, repairing her world and remaining largely at home . . . This time in her life, Fisher felt, could be divided into two categories: sad and sweet - sweet, after all, being just sad in a dress. - Carrie Fisher, writing in the third person.

At Home follows. For Libra, its divisions are: Appreciative child, Beautiful surroundings, Gracious host, Thoughtful parent, and Spouse first. Quotes: Appreciative child: We all have ideals in life. At least we all should have. Mine is my mother. - Oscar Wilde. Beauty: I can't drive in a dirty car. I have a detailer that keeps my car straight, but if the kids [make a mess], I've got to stop what I'm doing and go take care of it. - Usher.

And then Relationships. For Libra, the divisions are: Good friend, Communicative, Romantic, Idealistic, Committed, and Forgiving. Quotes: Friendship: Oh I'll get by with a little help from my friends. - John Lennon. Communication: Understanding is a two-way street. - Eleanor Roosevelt. Romantic: When the universe was created, Carol and I were in the same ball of steam. - Walter Matthau. This chapter concludes with an analysis of Librans paired with each of the zodical signs, with lists of notable pairings and their fates.

At Work follows. The sections are: Collaborative, Diplomatic, Good in a crisis, Willing to risk, Socially conscious, and Focused on the customer. Quotes: Diplomatic: Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together. - Jesse Jackson. Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. - Dwight Eisenhower.

Which is followed by a chapter on Creativity, with: Seeking balance, Idealistic, Musical, Performance-oriented, and Masters of exchange. Quotes: Idealistic: I was walking along, hands in holey pockets; my overcoat also was entering the realms of the ideal - Arthur Rimbaud. I cry out for order and find it only in art. - Helen Hayes. Performance: Concentration is everything. On the day I'm performing, I don't hear anything anyone says to me. - Luciano Pavarotti.

The next chapter is Sports: Libra sports glimpses, Sports birthday calendar, For the love of the game, Respectful partner, Easygoing, Conscious of appearance. With quotes and lists of notable players, sorted by sport.

Then Spirituality: Action-oriented, Moving beyond intellect, Seeking balance, and Hopeful. Quotes: Action: What is faith worth if it is not translated into action? - Mohandas Gandhi. Beyond intellect: Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level. - Joyce Brothers.

Maturity, with Body-conscious, Youthful, Still balancing, and Approaching wisdom. Quotes: Body-conscious: So many older people, they just sit around all day long and they don't get any exercise. Their muscles atrophy, and they lose their strength, their energy and vitality by inactivity. - Jack LaLanne. I feel young, but my body doesn't agree. - Bryant Gumbel. Balancing: The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down. - T.S. Elliot. This is an innovative chapter, as I have never before seen the signs considered as changing as one ages. Which of course they do.

The final chapter, Words to Live By, is a collection of notable quotes by notable Librans, a summing up.

The index sorts the quotes by the person who made them. Easily find all the quotes by Julie Andrews or Niels Bohr, for example.

Innovative insights: Two things struck me. One, I had never considered Librans as prone to depression. And I have, myself, always considered them as subtly manipulative. As Valby did not find that, I will have to rethink and reconsider.

This book will make you think more closely, and more clearly, about the sign Aries and all its many nuances.

Quotable Zodiac Publishing, 224 pages.


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THE QUOTABLE SCORPIO: Scorpio traits described by Scorpios - Mary Valby, $12.95

Contents:

Introduction
Scorpio birthday calendar
Talents
Double-edged traits
Challenges
At home
Relationships
At work
Creativity
Sports
Spirituality
Maturity
Words to live by
Selected bibliography
Index of Scorpios

Comment:

Here is a survey of what's in the book:

The first chapter, the Birthday calendar, goes day by day through the sign, giving a list of about a dozen notable persons born on each day over the years.

The second chapter, Talents, include Committment: All nor nothing, Intensity, Perception, Investigation, Following your own rules, Personal metamorphosis. Quotes: Committment: I am not one of those who think that coming in second or third is winning. - Robert Kennedy. Intensity: The secret to success in any human endeavor is total concentration. - Kurt Vonnegut.

The third chapter are Double-Edged traits. For Scorpio, these include Controlled presentation, Privacy, Sexuality, Using the resources of others, and Depths. Quotes: Privacy: Yes, I'm pregnant. I couldn't be happier. But no, I'm not going to discuss the father, the method or anything of that nature. - Jodie Foster.

The fourth chapter, Challenges, includes the following sections: The Scorpion sting, Preoccupation with death, Need for control, Jealousy and revenge, Toxic emotions, and Quiet superiority. Quotes: The Scorpion sting: There are not fifty ways of fighting, there's only one, and that's to win. - Andre Malraux. Death: Dying is an art, like everything else. I do it exceptionally well. - Sylvia Plath.

At Home follows. For Scorpio, its divisions are Strangely adult as a child, Resentful teen, Deliberate parent, Retentive about family issues, and Disinterested in household chores. Quotes: Adult child: I was a very quiet and very dull child. I liked things other kids weren't into at the time - movies, theater, ballet. - Whoopi Goldberg. Household chores: My family can always tell when I'm well into a novel because the meals get very crummy. - Anne Tyler.

And then Relationships. For Scorpio, the divisions are Socially aloof, Singular once involved, Sexual, Respectful of the marriage institution, and Irrevocably finished. Quotes: Aloof: I regard you with an indifference closely bordering on aversion. - Robert Louis Stevenson. Sex: I'm a crappy girlfriend. I'm a barrel of monkeys in the sack, but I can't be there for your office party and I can't cook. I know it's a shock, but I'm not girly like that. - Kathy Griffin. This chapter then ends with potted overviews of Scorpio in relationship with each of the various signs. These are shrewdly done and reflect the author's extensive research. Each comes with a list of couples and how they fared, for better or worse.

At Work follows. The sections are Passionate and committed, Skilled at planning, Power-conscious, and Women's rights. With quotes. Women's rights: That . . . man . . . says women can't have as much rights as man, cause Christ wasn't a woman. Where did your Christ come from? . . . From God and a woman. Man had nothing to do with him. - Sojourner Truth.

Which is followed by a chapter on Creativity, with Focused, Glad to borrow, Doing what you want to do, and Setting your own standard With quotes, and lists of famous Scorpios.

The next chapter is Sports: Scorpio sports glimpses (an overview), Sports birthday calendar, Solitary, Intense, Aggressive, Setting your own standards, All or nothing. With lists of famous Scorpios, and quotes.

Then Spirituality: Sections: Acquainted with the Devil, Uncompromising, Ready to regenerate, Change agent. With a list of notable Scorpio religious figures, and quotes.

Maturity, with Still fighting, and Still sexual. With quotes. This is an innovative chapter, as I have never before seen the signs considered as changing as one ages. Which of course they do.

The final chapter, Words to Live By, is a collection of notable quotes by notable Scorpios, a summing up.

The index sorts the quotes by the person who made them. Easily find all the quotes by George Elliot, for example.

Innovative insights: Scorpios are private, they use other people's resources (moochers?), their emotions are toxic, they are adult as children, they dislike household chores, they are socially aloof, they are skilled planners.

This book will make you think more closely, and more clearly, about the sign Scorpio and all its many nuances.

Quotable Zodiac Publishing, 224 pages.


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THE QUOTABLE SAGITTARIUS: Sagittarius traits described by Sagittarians - Mary Valby, $12.95

Contents:

Introduction
Sagittarius birthday calendar
Talents
Double-edged traits
Challenges
At home
Relationships
At work
Creativity
Sports
Spirituality
Maturity
Words to live by
Selected bibliography
Index of Sagittarians

Comment:

Here is a survey of what's in the book:

The first chapter, the Birthday calendar, goes day by day through the sign, giving a list of about a dozen notable persons born on each day over the years.

The second chapter, Talents, include Energy and enthusiasm, Cheerfulness, Honesty, Common touch, The outdoors, Travel, and Luck. Quotes: Energy: I was born excited. - Mark Twain. Cheerfulness: I don't have any depressed moods, and I don't want to have any. I'm hapy, just very, very happy. - Walt Disney.

The third chapter are Double-Edged traits. For Sagittarius, these include Generosity, Spontaneity, Lots of interests, Seing the big picture, Independence, and Risk. Quotes: Generosity: Surely a king who loves pleasure is less dangerous than one who loves glory. - Nancy Mitford. Big picture: filmmakers: People have forgotten how to tell a story. Stories don't have a middle or an end any more. They usually have a beginning that never stops beginning. - Steven Spielberg.

The fourth chapter, Challenges, includes the following sections: Lack of direction, Self-indulgence, Careless appearance, Vulgarity, Foot-in-mouth disease. Quotes: Direction: Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight. - Thomas Carlyle. Self-indulgence: I told him . . . that we ate when we were not hungry, and drank without the the provocation of thirst. - Jonathan Swift. I'm for anything that gets you through the night, be it prayer, tranquilizers, or a bottle of Jack Daniels. - Frank Sinatra.

At Home follows. For Sagittarius, its divisions are Competitive sibling, Adventuresome youth, Animal lover, Humble parent. Quotes: Adventuresome: In the book of life's questions, the answers are not in the back. - Charles Schultz. Not domestic: "I can't cook anything," confessed Gwen, who was unusually accomplished in French, German and music. - Louisa May Alcott.

And then Relationships. For Sagittarius, the divisions are Gregarious, Friend or lover, Noncommittal, Fun partner, and Marriage as a process. Quotes: Friend or lover: Romance at short notice was her specialty. - Saki. I'm dating a woman now who, evidently, is unaware of it. - Gary Shandling. Noncommittal: I always said I wouldn't marry until I go to Japan and see the beautiful women there. I've been to Japan now, and I have to have another excuse. - Maximillian Schell. This chapter ends with potted overviews of Sagittarius in relationship with each of the various signs. These are shrewdly done and reflect the author's extensive research. Each comes with a list of couples and how they fared, for better or worse.

At Work follows. The sections are Straight shooters, People-oriented, Quick to compliment, Big dreamers, and Bias for action. Quotes: On shooting: If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack. - Winston Churchill. Big dreamers: Aim at heaven and you get the earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither. - C.S. Lewis.

Which is followed by a chapter on Creativity, with In process, Involved, Big in scope, Natural, Bringers of cheer. With quotes, and lists of famous Sagittarians.

The next chapter is Sports: Sagittarius sports glimpses, Sports birthday calendar, Playful, Everyday athlete, Strong legs, Confident, Competitive, Team player With lists of famous Sagittarians, and quotes.

Then Spirituality: Sections: Sympathy for the devil, Full of questions, Believer, Ecstatic With a list of notable Sagittarius religious figures, and quotes.

Maturity, with Realistic, Self-indulgent, Still in process, Wise, and Vital grandparent. With quotes. This is an innovative chapter, as I have never before seen the signs considered as changing as one ages. Which of course they do.

The final chapter, Words to Live By, is a collection of notable quotes by notable Sagittarians, a summing up.

The index sorts the quotes by the person who made them. Easily find all the quotes by Mark Twain, for example.

Innovative insights: Sagittarians have a common touch, they like trees, in appearance they are sloppy and prone to vulgarity. They are not domestic but are animal lovers. They see marriage as a process and are quick to compliment.

This book will make you think more closely, and more clearly, about the sign Sagittarius and all its many nuances.

Quotable Zodiac Publishing, 224 pages.


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THE QUOTABLE CAPRICORN: Capricorn traits described by Capricornians - Mary Valby, $12.95

Contents:

Introduction
Capricorn birthday calendar
Talents
Double-edged traits
Challenges
At home
Relationships
At work
Creativity
Sports
Spirituality
Maturity
Words to live by
Selected bibliography
Index of Capricornians

Comment:

Here is a survey of what's in the book:

The first chapter, the Birthday calendar, goes day by day through the sign, giving a list of about a dozen notable persons born on each day over the years.

The second chapter, Talents, include Determination, Discipline, Hard work, Endurance, Sense of duty, Practicality, Surefootedness, Ability to climb from the depths. Quotes: Determination: Energy and persistence conquer all things. - Benjamin Franklin. Discipline: I practice about two hours a day. I think you should approach your hobby with the same ferociousness you bring to your work. - Robert Duvall, on tango practice.

The third chapter are Double-Edged traits. For Capricorn, these include Ambition, Control, Proper appearance, Caution, Conservatism. Quotes: Ambition: The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it. - Moliere. Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine. - Elvis Presley. Caution: A rule of thumb for a warrior is that he makes his decisions so carefully that nothing that may happen as a result of them can surprise him, much less drain his power. - Carlos Castaneda.

The fourth chapter, Challenges, includes the following sections: Low self-esteem, Boastfulness, Seeking status, Guilt, Fear, Gloom, and Resistance to showing emotion. Quotes: Self-esteem: . . . an insecure, career-obsessed, daddy-seeker . . . - Mary Tyler Moore, of herself. Boastfulness: I am the greatest! - Muhammed Ali. Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of seeing me play knows that I am the greatest pitcher in the world. - Dizzy Dean.

At Home follows. For Capricorn, its divisions are Respectful of ancestors, Strong father figure, Mature teenager, Urge for heirs, Stern as a parent, Frugal, Private, Prestigious home, Organized surroundings. Quotes: Ancestors: A home without a grandmother is like an egg without salt. - Florence King. Father: I think my father was the biggest influence in my life. He was such a rough-around-the-edges, meat-and-potatoes guy, and I'm like him as I'm getting older. I realize that more and more. - Anthony Hopkins.

And then Relationships. For Capricorn, the divisions are Shy nature, Respectful friend, Challenged by romance, Committed spouse, Still the boss. Quotes: Shy: On stage I make love to 25,000 people; then I go home. Janis Joplin. Respectful friends: It's the friends you can call up at 4 am that matter. - Marlene Dietrich. This chapter ends with potted overviews of Capricorns in relationship with each of the various signs. These are shrewdly done and reflect the author's extensive research. Each comes with a list of couples and how they fared, for better or worse.

At Work follows. The sections are Business-oriented, Workaholic, Responsible, Natural leader, The boss, Social builders. With quotes. Oriented: You are not in business to be popular. - Kristie Alley. Laws: Laws, like houses, lean on one another. - Edmund Burke.

Which is followed by a chapter on Creativity, with Dark, Controlled, Prolific, Durable, Proud of roots. With quotes, and lists of famous Capricornians.

The next chapter is Sports: Capricorns sports glimpses, Sports birthday calendar, Trained, Determined, Authoritative, Rhythmic. With lists of famous Capricornians, and quotes.

Then Spirituality: Traditional, Rational, Service-oriented, Seeker With a list of notable Capricornians religious figures, and quotes.

Maturity, with Late bloomer, Proud to age, Still productive, and Respectful. With quotes. This is an innovative chapter, as I have never before seen the signs considered as changing as one ages. Which of course they do.

The final chapter, Words to Live By, is a collection of notable quotes by notable Capricornians, a summing up.

The index sorts the quotes by the person who made them. Easily find all the quotes by Edgar Allan Poe, for example.

Innovative insights: Capricorns have long careers, they specialize as dictators, they dress well, they often fall from grace, they temper low self-esteem with boastfulness, they are beset with guilt, fear and gloom.

This book will make you think more closely, and more clearly, about the sign Capricorn and all its many nuances.

Quotable Zodiac Publishing, 224 pages.


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THE QUOTABLE AQUARIUS: Aquarius traits described by Aquarians - Mary Valby, $12.95

Contents:

Introduction
Aquarius birthday calendar
Talents
Double-edged traits
Challenges
At home
Relationships
At work
Creativity
Sports
Spirituality
Maturity
Words to live by
Selected bibliography
Index of Capricornians

Comment:

Here is a survey of what's in the book:

The first chapter, the Birthday calendar, goes day by day through the sign, giving a list of about a dozen notable persons born on each day over the years.

The second chapter, Talents, include Individuality, Freedom, Intelligence, Involvement with social issues, Egalitarianism, High principles, and Vision. Quotes: Individuality: Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it. - Tallulah Bankhead. Intelligence: Though the theory is worthless without the well-observed facts, the facts are useless without the frame of the theory to receive them. Charles Darwin.

The third chapter are Double-Edged traits. For Aquarius, these include Mental activity, Superstition, Independence, Objectivity, Rebelliousness, Unpredictability, Abrupt changes. Quotes: Mental activity: It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing. - Gertrude Stein. Superstition: There is a superstition in avoiding superstitions. - Francis Bacon. It's good to know you're not in control of everything. Superstitions tell you that. - George Stephanopoulos.`

The fourth chapter, Challenges, includes the following sections: Distance, Temper, Extreme behavior, Boredom, and Bluntness. Quotes: Distance: I don't remember anybody's name. How do you think the "dahling" thing got started? - Zsa Zsa Gabor. Anger: I always throw my golf club in the direction I'm going. - Ronald Reagan. Yeah, I had a rage problem. I didn't know how to deal with the situation on Moonlighting. I threw a chair at the wall. I was accused of throwing it at Glenn Gordon Carron. - Cybill Shepherd. Boredom: Every time I've touched bottom as far as boredom is concerned, new vistas of ennui open up. - Margaret Halsey.

At Home follows. For Aquarius, its divisions are Ancestor reverence, Child prodigy, Objective parent, Playful grandparent, Big spender. Quotes: Child Prodigy: It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place. - Colette. Grandparent: I tend to schedule myself around their schedules. Sometimes I have to remember to act like an adult, not just wait for a play date. - Alan Alda. Big spender: I didn't know much about budgeting. I kept asking the Braves for advances on my salary, and they kept sending me money. Hank Aaron.

And then Relationships. For Aquarius, the divisions are The go-between, Interested friend, Aloof date, Experimental lover, Noncommittal partner, Abrupt starts and stops. Quotes: Interested friend: Probably the telephone. I know people who are really good at having a five-minute conversation, but I can't do that. If it's a friend, I want to talk an hour. I spend a lot of time on the phone when I could be getting a degree or learning another language. - Laura Dern. Aloof date: Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinqity with someone who has ceased to communicate. Germaine Greer. Abrupt starts and stops: Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine. - Humphrey Bogart.

This chapter ends with potted overviews of Aquarians in relationship with each of the various signs. These are shrewdly done and reflect the author's extensive research. Each comes with a list of couples and how they fared, for better or worse.

At Work follows. The sections are Looking for change, Experimental, Technological, Focused on self, Team builder. Quotes: Looking for change: It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. - Charles Darwin. Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. - Abraham Lincoln. [Darwin and Lincoln both born February 12, 1809.]

Which is followed by a chapter on Creativity, with Detached, Experimental, Innovative, Popular, and Sometimes Silly. Quotes: Innovative: The people who say you are not facing reality actually mean that you are not facing their idea of reality. Reality is above all else a variable, and nobody is qualified to say that he or she knows exactly what it is. As a matter of fact, with a firm enough committment, yhou can sometimes create a reality which did not exist before. - Margaret Halsey. Silly: Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jujub bird, and shun the frumious Bundersnatch! - Lewis Carroll. With lists of famous Aquarians.

The next chapter is Sports: Aquarian sports glimpses, Sports birthday calendar, Strong mind's eye, Individual genius, and Team player. With lists of famous Aquarians, and quotes.

Then Spirituality: Respect, Action, Tolerance, New age, Nature, Spirit realms, Purification. With a list of notable Aquarian religious figures, and quotes: Tolerance: Beware of the person of one book. Thomas Aquinas. New age: I read the Book of Job last night - I don't think God comes well out of it. - Virginia Woolf. Of the various Quotable sign books I have examined, the Aquarius spiritual section is one of the longest of all.

Maturity, with Moving to a new level, Transcending body, Still contributing, Eccentric to the end. With quotes. This is an innovative chapter, as I have never before seen the signs considered as changing as one ages. Which of course they do.

The final chapter, Words to Live By, is a collection of notable quotes by notable Aquarians, a summing up.

The index sorts the quotes by the person who made them. Easily find all the quotes by Cybill Shepard, for example.

Innovative insights: Aquarians are prone to superstition, they are distant, they are prone to rage, they bore easily, they can be blunt to the point of rudeness. They make good grandparents and can be big spenders and great comics.

Quotable Zodiac Publishing, 224 pages.


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THE QUOTABLE PISCES: Pisces traits described by Pisceans - Mary Valby, $12.95

Contents:

Introduction
Piscees birthday calendar
Talents
Double-edged traits
Challenges
At home
Relationships
At work
Creativity
Sports
Spirituality
Maturity
Words to live by
Selected bibliography
Index of Capricornians

Comment:

Here is a survey of what's in the book:

The first chapter, the Birthday calendar, goes day by day through the sign, giving a list of about a dozen notable persons born on each day over the years.

The second chapter, Talents, include Soul, Intuition, Imagination, Emotion, Music, Compassion, and Unity. Quotes: Soul: The strongest, surest way to the soul is through the flesh. - Mabel Dodge. Intuition: There is no logical way to the discovery of these elemental laws. There is only the way of intuition, which is helped by a feeling for the order lying behind appearance. - Albert Einstein. (This is a correct description of intuition. - Dave) I've always been an intuitive actress as opposed to an instructed one. - Elizabeth Taylor. (Taylor means instinctive. Confusion between intuition and instinct is common. - Dave) Imagination: Imagination is more important than knowdedge; for knowledge is limited, while imagination embraces the entire world. - Albert Einstein.

The third chapter are Double-Edged traits. For Pisces, these include No boundaries, Adaptability, Privacy, Wanderlust, and Dreams. Quotes: No boundaries: I'm a bit of a rebel. I'm not married. I don't have kids. I live in total freedom. - Dana Delaney. There is a theory that if ever for any reason anyone discovers what exactly the universe is for and why it is here it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another that states that this has already happened. - Douglas Adams. (True on both counts. - Dave)

The fourth chapter, Challenges, includes the following sections: Lack of focus, Happenstance, Duality, Drugs and alcohol, Uncertainty. Quotes: Lack of focus: I not only had choices, I had too many choices, so many it was completely out of hand. Where should I go now? - Gloria Vanderbilt. Uncertainty: I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything. - John Steinbeck. I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion. - Jack Kerouac.

At Home follows. For Pisces, its divisions are Imaginative child, Family tragedy, Appreciative of family, Understanding parent, Cluttered homes, Running late. Quotes: Family tragedy: Losing both parents at a young age gave me a sense that you can't really control life - so you'd better live it while it's here. I stopped believing in a storybook existence a long time ago. - Jon Hamm. Cluttered home: My theory on housework is, if the item doesn't multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you? - Erma Bombeck.

And then Relationships. For Pisces, the divisions are Shy, Close friend, Odd romantic attractions, Indiscriminate, Vulnerable, Self-sacrificing, Deep love. Quotes: Shy: I am extremely shy. I am not happy in crowds of people. - Glenn Close. Indiscriminate: Like a pack of tarot cards haphazardly thrown out on a table - pick one, turn it over, turn the page. - Gloria Vanderbilt. I'll describe a goodly number of these hot dudes - and duds . . . Hubbies #3 and #4 might make you want to rush to gargle. There were times I truly wondered, Lord, will I EVER get it right?. Thank God I thrive on variety. - Rue McClanahan. This chapter ends with potted overviews of Capricorns in relationship with each of the various signs. These are shrewdly done and reflect the author's extensive research. Each comes with a list of couples and how they fared, for better or worse.

At Work follows. The sections are No respect for authority, Haphazard path, Need for a goal, Contributor, Conscience, Complexity. Quotes: Respect for authority: Please give me some good advice in your next letter. I promise not to follow it. - Edna St. Vincent Millay. Haphazard path: I did not direct my life. I didn't design it. I never made decisions. Things always came up and made them for me. That's what life is. - B.F. Skinner.

Which is followed by a chapter on Creativity, with Surreal, Shape shifter, Compassionate, Attuned to music, and Inspirred. Quotes: Surreal: As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are uncertain, they do not refer to reality. - Albert Einstein. There is one thing which I wish the reader could keep in mind throughout, and that is: this story is wholly logical, for all that will appear to the contrary. - Ron Hubbard. With lists of famous Pisceans.

The next chapter is Sports: Piscean sports glimpses, Sports birthday calendar, Intuitive, Flowing, Goal-dependent, At one with the sea. With lists of famous Pisceans, and quotes.

Then Spirituality: Accepting, Psychic, The Celestine Prophecy, Cleansing. Quotes: Accepting: I lamented to my Guatemalan housekeeper, "I don't know why I never get called in for movie auditions!" "Turn a glass of water upside down in a saucer," she said seriously. "Light a candle and pray daily to the water goddess for assistance." So I did, and say what you will, within a week, I was cast . . . I did that job, relit the candle, and - hey, that litle water goddess knew her business. I was immediately called to do Garry Marshall's new film. - Rue McClanahan.

Maturity, with Slow to grow, Extended career, Glad to age, Ageless anyway, Death is not the end. With quotes. This is an innovative chapter, as I have never before seen the signs considered as changing as one ages. Which of course they do.

The final chapter, Words to Live By, is a collection of notable quotes by notable Pisceans, a summing up.

The index sorts the quotes by the person who made them. Easily find all the quotes by Albert Einstein, for example.

Innovative insights: Pisceans support controversial causes (pg. 38). Pisceans crave privacy, endure family tragedies, have cluttered homes, and are famously late for appointments. They prefer multiple marriages over serial affairs. They are surprisingly complex and count among them many notable scientists.

Quotable Zodiac Publishing, 224 pages.


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