A sign of the times

A sign of the times

We are living in a world that is more data laden and technology dependent than ever before, but in spite of that–or more likely because of it–we are seeing a renewed interest in books on astrology, crystals, and chakras.  It’s a funny time we’re in; even as gardens are being planted and chicken coops built, it’s all being documented via the same social media platforms that are changing the way we meet our mates, interact with our friends, and measure our self-worth. So why not conjure up positive energy with pretty rocks and see what love signs have got to do with it? Doesn’t seem any crazier than choosing a date based on Photoshop, I mean, photographs, and a directional thumb swipe. Here are a handful of recent releases for those interested in this growing trend that is a blast from the past. 

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Astrology: Using the Wisdom of the Stars in Your Everyday Life by DK

I love the layout of this one.  The user-friendly style provides all the basic info on each sign in short, easily digestible, paragraphs.  The different houses, and positions of a sign are also thoroughly covered so you can begin to understand how the astrological elements interact with one another. A solid starter book for those with a budding interest in astrological signs and how to use them to make changes or decisions in everyday life.

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The Crystal Fix: Healing Crystals for the Modern Home by Juliette Thornbury

I’m pretty fascinated by this one.  Crystals are for the most part quite beautiful, so the idea of placing them around the home in order to promote harmony and ward off negative energy seems like a win-win.  The Crystal Fix explains how to use healing crystals in conjunction with feng shui, and is organized by room so you can think about what stones to use according to the energy you are looking to achieve in each place. 

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Chakra Balance: The Beginner’s Guide to Healing Body and Mind by April Pfender

Chakras are said to influence both physical and emotional well-being and this is a great beginner’s guide to identifying possible imbalances.  Simple yoga poses, crystals (see previous book–two birds, one stone. So to speak), and essential oils can pave the way to better mental and physical health.  In this book you’ll learn about each of the seven chakras and a symptom chart makes it easy to find the chakra related to the concern.  A  great introduction to this self-healing practice, I took this one home right away after it came across my desk.

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Friendship Signs: Your Perfect Match(es) Are in the Stars by Brianne Hogan

We’ve all heard to using astrological signs to find out perfect mate–or avoid the worst matches–but what about finding our closest friends?  This fun guide includes quizzes and characteristics for all the sun signs to help you figure out why you get along so well with some and not-so-much with others. I really like how in-depth the sign profiles are in this one, providing a well-rounded picture of what each has to offer (good listener, loyal, etc.,) as well as what they need in return.  Written in friendly language and colorful font, this is something a little different and equally as interesting as looking at the best signs for a romantic relationship.


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Star-Crossed: A Novel by Minnie Darke

For daily horoscope readers, this novel is an especially fun read.  Star-Crossed is a romantic comedy about childhood sweethearts, Justine and Nick, who reconnect as adults and it would seem that love is in the air. The only problem? Nick is obsessed with horoscopes and uses the one in his favorite magazine like a guide to life.  It just so happens that Justine works for said magazine and decides to take matters–and Nick’s horoscope–into her own hands.  A charming story about friendship, choices, and of course, astrology.

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