Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: zodiac signs, spirituality.
Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
Throwing you all a curve ball this week with this book. If you’re the kind of person that meets someone new and immediately ask what their sign is- this book is for you. Personally, I’m not one to immediately ask, but I find the study of astrology and horoscopes fascinating and I’m always eager to compare reality with theory. This book is all about compatibility between signs and their relationships, and it was fascinating.
I didn’t bother to read about other signs’ compatibility unless it was with a Libra (which I happen to be), because it’s A) a long read and B) non-applicable to me, in that I can’t tell you personally if an Aries/ Cancer relationship (for example) is as the author describes, because I’m neither sign.
So for the purpose of this review, I’m going to keep using myself and my sign as the example. I read through the introductions (which has a lot of Peter Pan references that continue throughout the book, just FYI) and jumped into reading about my Libran compatibles, starting off with Aries and working my way through the Zodiac (which is also how the book is laid out), all the way to Pisces.
Beforehand, I had written a list of the zodiac and the corresponding family and friends that I have surrounded myself with. Here are the mind-blowing revelations that I found out.
Aries. My dad is an Aries, my mom is a Libra. This is significant because these signs are complete opposites, but like they say, opposites attract. They’re a great example for these signs, true to their descriptions, and they’ve been happily married for 27 years. But what I found even more interesting is when these two signs can’t find the harmony in their opposition- enter my “other brother”. He’s a classic Aries too, and I really am a classic Libra. But where my parents mesh, he and I clash- not in a bad way, because we both love and appreciate each other, being like siblings. But when we fight, each of us knows exactly what to say to get under each other’s skin. I never really thought about it until I read this book. And because of it, I’m aiming to try harder about working with his Aries characteristics, and not against them.
Cancer. One of my best friends happens to be a Cancer. What this book pointed out to me is how AMAZING this relationship is, because it’s not a very common harmonious combination.
“Theirs (Cancer and Libra) is the most interesting and challenging association of all. It’s also the most difficult kind to bring into harmony. Once (they) have learned to genuinely appreciate one another, great magic can result.”
My bestie and I have been friends for over 10 years. She’s one of the few people besides my family that I’ve said “I love you” to, and meant it. She understands me, and I understand her. And apparently that’s a rare thing, that makes it even more special to us (because of course I told her all about it!).
Scorpio. I happen to have two close Scorps in my circle of friends, both older than me. I found out that the Scorpio tends to be the instructor to student Libra, and I’ve always felt like I could learn a lot from them. One of them in particular deals with me on a regular basis (who also let me borrow this book!) and because she sees me so often, she’s seen me on my good AND bad days. So when this quote popped up, I had to share with her:
“Scorpios can rather smoothly handle Librans who are temporarily behaving like cranky crocodiles.”
My friend is very good at helping me get over my cranky crocodiles- usually by pouring margaritas or taking me thrift shopping! And then she gives me a good “learn from what’s making you cranky” pep talk, and I feel better. She’s like my Yoda.
And finally, I have one more tidbit that equally shocked and amused me. After reading about Libra/Sagittarius relationships, the Sag in my life is my sister and because the reading was so accurate of our relationship, I was curious to see what the book said about her relationship with her longtime Taurus boyfriend. Now, as I said before, I’m not one to judge the accuracy of their zodiac pair description, but I sure got a surprise and giggle out of the this when I opened ‘their’ chapter:
“On the other hand (there’s always a Libran trying to get into each chapter of this book to start an argument)…”
Caught red handed, by a book! I didn’t want to start anything, I swear, but I thought it’d be interesting to see how they balance each other out (which they do, so well!)
So maybe these are all just coincidences (to you naysayers), but I think this book is scary-accurate. Try as my Libra-self might to argue its inaccuracies, I’ve made the firm decision to get my own copy of Love Signs because it’s too good to doubt. For now, it’s a great reference for the non-romantic relationships in my life- but who knows, it may come in handy in the future for when Mr. Right comes along! 😉
Also, feel free to comment- what’s your sign?
Published: January 1978
Publisher: Harper Perennial
TL/DR: Love Signs by Linda Goodman is a reference guide to astrology signs and their compatibility with other signs.
Read it? YES! At least read the section about your sign, anyway.
Recommend it? Yes, to those interested in astrology.
Buy it? Yes, reference novels are best hanging on your bookshelves, ready to be referenced!
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