A cold evening here, the full moon shining brightly, illuminating the walk to the mailbox.
It came today; the book.
It isn't just any book. Like a story straight out of The Twilight Zone, this book has a tale.
It was a week ago, while researching my personal Astrology online, that I again remembered the book. Originally belonging to my step father, it came to me in one of my parents many yard sales.
To them it was never about the money, when they sold their books. It was about finding a good home for the books, with owners who valued and appreciated them; being family, they always let me pick through the books before the sale, for any that I wanted.
He probably bought it new back in 1967, out of a casual interest. He was never openly interested in Astrology, that I ever saw. He is gone now, but this book is one of the things that remind me of him.
Having become part of my collection of books, it remained in a place of honor among the others, until one fateful day when it was loaned to a step daughter of mine. A step daughter I trusted with my treasured book, never thinking that this might be the last time I would see it.
Months later, through the turmoil of her young life, the book was gone. I had thought it lost forever.
Flash forward again to a week ago, and my online research.
While engaged in these astrological studies, the thought occurred that I should look on eBay to see if I might be able to find a used replacement copy of this book, or at least a similar book.
I didn't even remember the exact title or even exactly what it looked like, but I thought I might recognize it if I saw it.
Did I ever recognize it. After a few pages of various Astrology book listings, there it was.
Not just a copy of the book, but THE BOOK!
For sale from an eBay seller in Oregon (the next state over), I recognized the tears in the books dust cover. I was 90% sure.
It didn't take 5 seconds to know the truth for certain. Having it here in my hands I am now 100% sure; this is the book I lost a decade ago. The tearsin the dust cover are unmistakable; even the smell is familiar; this is my old book. Just having it in my hands is triggering memories and feelings of familiarity.
I ask myself about the odds of finding my own book so many years later, and it being the first copy of this book to come across in the listings, but it doesn't really matter. Had I found another copy first, I might not have looked further to find mine; but as fate would have it, mine was the first I saw, and on my shelf it now sits again.
Yes, I believe there is something to Astrology; what this book says about me I have always felt to be correct, for the most part.
I am not an expert in Astrology, but what it tells me about myself is very accurate. I relate to it's description as if I were looking into a mirror.
For those who are interested, I am Sun, Moon, Mercury, Uranus, and Pluto all in Virgo; with Mars and Venus in Cancer, Jupiter in Taurus, Saturn in Pisces, and Neptune in Scorpio.
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