Franklyn M(ansfield) Branley

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Marilyn Kaye

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Beginning with a simple, cursory description of each of the 12 zodiac signs and their alleged characteristics, this coherent, if somewhat lifeless, discussion [Age of aquarius: you and astrology] offers an explanation as to how the belief in astrology developed and spread from ancient Babylonia through the Eastern world. There is a thorough account of various symbols and meanings that are involved in astrological forecasting, and detailed instructions are presented for readers who want to try their hand at casting their own horoscopes. Although Branley consistently treats the subject in an objective fashion, he dismisses belief in astrology at the end of the book by stating, "Astrology will continue to be popular as long as people allow themselves to believe in magic rather than in themselves." While it is certainly true that astrology has no credibility as a science, the sudden appearance of this skeptical line seems abrupt and rather curt. Despite this minor flaw, the book has value in its serious approach to a trendy topic. (pp. 553-54)

Marilyn Kaye, "Children's Books: 'Age of Aquarius: You and Astrology'," in Booklist (reprinted by permission of the American Library Association; copyright © 1979 by the American Library Association), Vol. 76, No. 7, December 1, 1979, pp. 553-54.

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