Savoring the heavenly stars on Twelfth Night

Who in this Age of Aquarius doesn’t love to dabble in astrology, reading horoscopes and checking out the compatibility of your particular sun sign with that of a loved one?

Astrology books also make a great parlor game for socially distanced parties, like an impromptu one for Twelfth Night, tonight Jan. 6. Twelfth Night marks the end of the 12 Days of Christmas and the feast of the Epiphany, which Christians celebrate as the revelation of Jesus, Son of God, to humanity. Indeed, the Magi who came to worship Baby Jesus, bringing him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, may well have been astrologers following a star that came to rest over his manger.

Twelfth Night was a time for revelry in the Middle Ages and Renaissance and remains so to this day. Stage your own mini revels by passing around an astrology book and having those in your social bubble take turns reading aloud the descriptions of their signs. Others can then comment on how true the descriptions are.

Those looking for some high-end books on this and related subjects need look no further than Taschen’s beautifully illustrated “Astrology” and “Tarot” from its “The Library of Esoterica” series ($40 each).

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