A submitter sent me this book to peruse. Of course, I went straight to the chapter on Aries to see how Mary and I can improve our fitness routines, both being Aries and all. Say what you want about astrology, but there are definitely people into it and public libraries should have books on the subject. That said, I have two big problems with this book.
Number one, the author is described on the back cover as being an “astrology buff.” I’m a gardening buff and a beer buff, but I’m certainly no expert in either subject! What qualifies Ms. Shaw to write a book on either fitness or astrology? It also says she’s “one of America’s most prolific physical fitness writers,” but anyone can write about anything and be prolific. What are her credentials? I question this book’s authority. I’d like to see some sort of training or certification in one subject or the other. There is apparently an American Federation of Astrologers, and they have a certification exam. Let’s start with that.
Secondly, and this might show my complete ignorance of astrology so feel free to correct me (and you will…), but being an Aries can’t possibly imply that I have a certain body type that is conducive to a certain fitness routine, or that my body will respond to specific activities in specific ways. Mary and I couldn’t be more different physically – she’s tall and I’m barely five feet, for starters – and yet we are both Aries so that chapter applies to both of us. I don’t get it. Someone please enlighten me.
Calling all Aries to join my new water polo team.