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Sextrology: The Astrology of Sex and the Sexesby Stella Starsky
Synopses & Reviews
For years, we've contended that men and women of the same astrological sign are actually different signs. Most astrology books lump males and females together, while those that do attempt to treat the sexes separately have never fully explored the distinctions between the so-called sex signs or even so much as ventured to explain why it is they are, as is so often the case, markedly unlike each other. We maintain that astrology must factor in the great divide between the sexes, that the energies that comprise the signs filter through the opposite sexes as through prisms, separate and unique from one another.
We believe that the zodiac has been ignored as a "real meditative tool for understanding human nature. Even astrologers themselves have had a hand in discrediting its validity, making such a stink about sun-sign astrology, especially horoscopes, being charlatanism while prescribing individual birth-charting. In so doing, the baby went out with the bathwater. Of course, drafting a person's birth chart will outline the potentialities specific to that individual's life. But that shouldn't be used as an argument against a more general sun-sign astrology. Indeed, there is much more to be gained via its exploration than most people realize. Particularly when it comes to sex.
To be fair, we can't completely blame the skeptics. Especially on the subject of sex and astrology, there is nothing cringier than the type of material lining the bookselves on the topic. It's hardly a big epiphany to say, for instance, that Taurus "gal" likes candlelit bubble baths and pink champagne as a prelude to getting laid. We believe that the subject of sex and astrology is vastlyunderexplored, and it's our aim in writing this book to show how rich the subject is with potential revelation.
Let's face it, we all like to read about ourselves. Yet, the biggest argument against astrology remains: The whole of the human race can't possibly be divided into twelve (or in this case, twenty-four) categories. Well, guess again: Just because most sun-sign astrology has been so general and gotten such a bad rap doesn't mean it isn't valid. And, for our money, it is most intriguing when investigated via the sexual natures of the signs. In reading "Sextrology, we believe people will be pleasantly surprised, and in a certain way excited, to discover that men or women of a particular sex-sign share so much more than a string of hackneyed adjectives. They fall under the same personality archetype, the gist of which, as we'll readily explain, you needn't be a Jungian psychologist to comprehend. But let's back up.
The zodiac itself is a dialogue, and often a bit of a battle, between the sexes. And "Sextrology is an exploration of the astrological signs from the perspective of gender, sexual identity, and sexual behavior. The zodiacal wheel is first and foremost divided along gender lines into six masculine (fire, air) and six feminine (earth, water) signs. This reflects universal balance, existence being one big system of yin and yang. The basic premise of "Sextrology is that there are twenty-four signs, not just twelve, each sign being divided again into gender polarities.
Men and women of the same sign can actually be very different from one another as they manifest the dynamic of their sign's energy in opposite fashions. Specifically, if a person is aligned with thegender polarity of his or her sign — men in masculine signs, women in feminine signs — he or she "embodies the elemental-quality of the sign; whereas men in feminine signs and women in masculine signs will "enact this dynamic. First, when we say elemental-quality, we refer to each sign's particular blend of element (fire, earth, air, water) and quality (cardinal, fixed, mutable) — each sign is a unique amalgam of these two zodiacal components that are key to understanding individual character — which, when paired, one category with the other, four times three, gives us the twelve combinations of the traditional signs.
For example, the masculine sign of Aries is "the one and only cardinal-fire sign; in simple terms, the cardinal quality suggests initiative and the fire element represents life-spirit. Aries man, aligned with the gender polarity of his sign, thus embodies this dynamic: He is like a spark, or an explosive fireball. Aries woman on the other hand is a rather cool character who is nonetheless the zodiac's little fire-starter, an instigator, inciting others to explosive action while she remains unruffled. To look at Aries man and Aries woman one would say they couldn't be more different in temperament, because, though they are playing with the same astrological recipe as dictated by their sign, they manifest these specific ingredients in an often diametrically opposed manner. This is where personality archetype comes into play.
In the pages that follow, the zodiac will be illustrated as a mandala of human existence and, specifically, human sexuality. Sex, whether referring to gender or "getting some," is the primal key to life. We are our sexual natures. And so, inexploring the various personalities of the twenty-four astrological gender-signs, it's not only more fun to focus on the sexuality of these characters, it's essential to do so. To appeal to a primarily occidental readership, archetypes for each sign have been drawn from classical models — the pantheon of various gods and goddesses — as well as their biblical Judeo-Christian equivalents and the echoings of these characterizations throughout ancient and modern literature.
The zodiac itself, having originated in large part in ancient Greece, is steeped in classical symbolism, and individual personality archetypes from that pantheon organically emerge within the rich catalog of imagery surrounding each sign. For instance, taking the example of Aries again, the sign is ruled by the planet Mars, and indeed, we see much of that planet's namesake god of war (Greek: Ares) in the aggressive fireball of masculinity that is the Ram man. When meditating on Aries woman, it naturally follows that she then draws upon the archetype of the war goddess, Athena, who is quite different in character from her often bellicose brother. In fact, mythology tells us that of all the gods, she most loathed him. Likewise, Aries man and woman aren't the most symbiotic couple on the astrological block.
And so it goes: Each of the twenty-four signs of the zodiac is endowed with a certain prototypical energy to such a degree that we see these all too human gods and goddesses come alive in the pantheon of humanity, as it is, characterized by the dictates of astrological placement. And like the rose that blooms in summer, as opposed to the chrysanthemum of winter, life-forms that spring up at certain times of yearmanifest the character of that time. It is the same with we humans.
Moreover, each of the signs is associated with a seven-year age span, Aries kicking off the zodiacc with its correspondence to the period of birth through seven years. When taken metaphorically, we not only see, for instance, Aries man's signature sense of feeling himself "born" to do whatever he undertakes, but the metaphor extending further to include comparisons on his nature to the very advent of "big bang" creation on a universal scale. People are that loaded with analogue.
Provided, of course, one accepts the "noble lie" of astrology to begin with, a plethera of truth is to be gleaned from fully analyzing every zodiacal precept and archetype associated with each of the twenty-four characterizations. Particularly when it comes to sexuality, the myths themselves are a steamy enough soap opera that lend great insight into the erotic nature of every individual in whom the particular procl
Sextrologydraws insight from modern astrology to help people find their perfect sexual matches. This book takes an original, smart and sexy approach to evaluating astrological identities, and will again have people asking, 'What's your sign?'.
In sophisticated, uninhibited language, Sextrologyaccomplishes what no existing astrology book has ever achieved: it candidly explores sexual relationships from an astrological perspective without insulting the reader with newandndash;age mumbo jumbo or sugary advice for capturing a mate.
SextrologyS uncovers the naked truth of all possible cosmic couplings with candour, imaginations, and a wry sense of humour. It focuses on the 24 sex signs, pointing out the difference between men and women of each sign, their particular sexual psychology and behaviour, secret desires, and even physical attributes. Both straight and gay sex are explored for each sex sign, while desires, turnandndash;offs, fantasies, and foibles are investigated in titillating detail. No stone is left unturned in this provocative, highly entertaining look at the sexes and sexual relationships.
Sextrology draws insight from modern astrology to help people find their perfect sexual matches. This book takes an original, smart and sexy approach to evaluating astrological identities, and will again have people asking, 'What's your sign?'.
In sophisticated, uninhibited language, Sextrology accomplishes what no existing astrology book has ever achieved: it candidly explores sexual relationships from an astrological perspective without insulting the reader with new-age mumbo jumbo or sugary advice for capturing a mate.
Sextrology uncovers the naked truth of all possible cosmic couplings with candour, imaginations, and a wry sense of humour. It focuses on the 24 sex signs, pointing out the difference between men and women of each sign, their particular sexual psychology and behaviour, secret desires, and even physical attributes. Both straight and gay sex are explored for each sex sign, while desires, turn-offs, fantasies, and foibles are investigated in titillating detail. No stone is left unturned in this provocative, highly entertaining look at the sexes and sexual relationships.
About the Author
Stella Starsky and Quinn Cox are astrologers and writers who, in various incarnations, have contributed to such publications as the New York Times, the New York Observer, the Boston Globe, InStyle, Wallpaper, Detour, Avenue, Cosmopolitan, YM, Teen People, Paper, French Glamour, and Distinction. Under stage names, their combined acting credits include film, regional theater, and Broadway roles. They consult private clients and live in New York City.
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