Born on a Rotten Day: Illuminating and Coping with the Dark Side of the Zodiac

Born on a Rotten Day: Illuminating and Coping with the Dark Side of the Zodiac

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by Hazel Dixon-Cooper

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In this wickedly funny guide, professional astrologer Hazel Dixon-Cooper casts off sugar-coated astrology in favor of exploring the maladjusted side of the universe.

If you want the inside scoop, the real deal, the lowdown on each sun sign, then look no further.

It's time to forget those traditional astrology books where Sagittarians are gregarious, Capricorns are

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In this wickedly funny guide, professional astrologer Hazel Dixon-Cooper casts off sugar-coated astrology in favor of exploring the maladjusted side of the universe.

If you want the inside scoop, the real deal, the lowdown on each sun sign, then look no further.

It's time to forget those traditional astrology books where Sagittarians are gregarious, Capricorns are ambitious, and Pisceans are dreamers. Instead, enter a world where Archers are loud-mouthed bores, Goats are pompous social climbers, and Fish are chronically helpless. Dixon-Cooper debunks the myths, reveals the flaws, and examines the dubious virtues of each sun sign. Discover how to use your own inner brat to outwit bullies, outmaneuver manipulators, and win those endless games that lovers play. Learn how to deal with those dysfunctional people you encounter every day, including how to:

-contain a Ram's oversized ego
-calm a raging Bull
-keep a fickle Twin faithful

Irreverent, biting, and laugh-out-loud funny, Born on a Rotten Day exaggerates the bad, exorcises the good, and puts a new spin on the age-old question -- what's your sign?

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Jonathan Cainer Britain's No. 1 newspaper astrologer It made me laugh.

Suzanne White novelist and creator of The New Astrology Dixon-Cooper reveals what every astrologer knows but none has ever dared say. Born on a Rotten Day takes us on a seriously humorous ride through the land of truth and consequences. I highly recommend it to anyone who has chosen to go on living and prefers to do so intelligently.

Matthew Abergel author of Gay Stars and Work Your Stars Most astrologers accentuate the positive too much. Not Dixon-Cooper. Funnier and franker than your best friend after three drinks, she reveals the black holes among the stars.

Library Journal
Finally, an astrology book that relays the bad news! While most standard sun sign books tell us the glowing compliments and gloss over the negative personality quirks of each sign, this one focuses on the challenges that we all have to overcome. Are you in love with a Cancer man? Beware of his moodiness. Do you have a Sagittarius boss? Bear in mind that she's easily distracted. For those who want to know what to watch out for with potential partners and friends, how to handle co-workers with finesse while steering clear of those likely to stab you in the back, and why being raised by parents of particular signs seemed especially difficult, this is the guide for you. Dixon-Cooper, a professional astrologer, writes clearly and entertainingly, offering insight into the personalities of lovers, family members, and co-workers. Compact, concise, and affordable, her book should be considered by every public library for its astrology collection.-Marija Sanderling, Nesmith Lib., Windham, NH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Chapter One: Malice in Wonderland

"I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.

"Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat. "We're all mad here."

Lewis Carroll

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

Your Sagittarius boyfriend acts more like a loudmouthed circus clown than a happy-go-lucky charmer. Your Capricorn brother is a social-climbing snob. His Libra lover is shallow, fickle, and spends hours in front of the mirror.

You're confused or skeptical because none of the glowing descriptions in that $1.98 Guide to the Zodiac you thumbed through at the checkout counter match the neurotic bunch you live and work with in the real world.

The ancients believed that each of us contains a Universe. We are the center around which the vast threads and everyday minutiae of our life spins. Aries Rodney King asked, "Why can't we all just get along?" The honest question is, "Why can't you guys all get along with me?" Forget feel-good astrology and take a trip to the maladjusted side of the Universe. Outwardly, each of us may profess to live for others. Secretly, we all want what we want, right now.

Everyone is mad here, just as the Cheshire Cat said; and egotistical, obsessed, controlling, and moody. Knowing how each sign manifests those disagreeable qualities and learning how to control, aim, and fire the force of your own wicked twin within are the keys to staying ahead of that pack of monsters snapping at your heels.

The Basics

In astrology, there are four elements (Fire, Earth, Air, and Water), three qualities (Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable), and two polarities (Masculine and Feminine).

FIRE signs are selfish. Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius are egotistical and demanding. This holier-than-thou bunch thinks the sun rises and sets on them. They attempt to control the rest of the world by force, intimidation, and temper tantrums. These human volcanoes erupt on a regular basis.

EARTH signs are hardheaded. Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn are calculating, critical, and callous. They are preoccupied with work and penny-pinching and they point out everyone else's faults. Boring and churlish, they subscribe to the do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do philosophy of control. They dole out their affections as carefully as their money.

AIR signs are flighty. Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius are fickle, glib, and long-winded. They change lovers, jobs, and their minds as often as the rest of us change underwear. And with just as little thought. Rationalization and justification are Air's tools of control. They want us to think they are logical. In reality we usually give in just to shut them up.

WATER signs are moody. Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces are the drama kings and queens. Self-destructive and manipulative, this awful bunch tries to control the rest of us through emotional blackmail. Water seeks not only its lowest level but yours as well. These characters will stop at nothing to find your weak spot and pick at it until you crack.

As for the qualities and polarities, the following comparisons will give you enough to get started.

Traditional astrology defines Cardinal as the initiator and leader. Rotten-truth translation: a bossy, pot-stirring meddler. Aries, Cancer, Capricorn, and Libra are the Cardinal signs. The Fixed quality is defined as stable and persistent. Translation: a stubborn, exasperating bore. The Fixed signs are Aquarius, Leo, Scorpio, and Taurus. Mutable signs are described as flexible and adaptable. Translation: an inconsistent, self-delusional escapist. Gemini, Sagittarius, Pisces, and Virgo are the Mutable signs.

Finally, each sign is assigned a Masculine (outgoing) or Feminine (receptive) polarity. The rotten truth about this facet of the sun-sign personality is that masculine is an aggressor and feminine is an emotional manipulator.

Use the following tables as quick guides to the basic nature of each sign.


Sign Element Quality Polarity

Aries Fire Cardinal Masculine

Taurus Earth Fixed Feminine

Gemini Air Mutable Masculine

Cancer Water Cardinal Feminine

Leo Fire Fixed Masculine

Virgo Earth Mutable Feminine

Libra Air Cardinal Masculine

Scorpio Water Fixed Feminine

Sagittarius Fire Mutable Masculine

Capricorn Earth Cardinal Feminine

Aquarius Air Fixed Masculine

Pisces Water Mutable Feminine

Rotten Truth

Sign Element Quality Polarity

Aries Selfish Bossy Aggressive

Taurus Hardheaded Stubborn Emotional Manipulator

Gemini Flighty Inconsistent Aggressive

Cancer Moody Bossy Emotional Manipulator

Leo Selfish Stubborn Aggressive

Virgo Hardheaded Inconsistent Emotional Manipulator

Libra Flighty Bossy Aggressive

Scorpio Moody Stubborn Emotional Manipulator

Sagittarius Selfish Inconsistent Aggressive

Capricorn Hardheaded Bossy Emotional Manipulator

Aquarius Flighty Stubborn Aggressive

Pisces Moody Inconsistent Emotional Manipulator

How does it work? Let's look at Aquarius. How can a person be flighty, stubborn, and aggressive? Water Bearers can change horses midstream. Question their decision, and you'll suffer a tiresome, in-your-face dissertation aimed at forcing your agreement. That's aggressive. They can have twenty lovers in a year. That's flighty. The fact that they are determined to keep going until they find true love and dumb enough to think it exists -- that's stubborn.

Down the Rabbit-Hole

Now that you have the basics, it's time to take an in-depth look at the sun signs. Each sign has its own chapter, and each chapter is divided into the following subsections:

Approach with Caution. Regardless of gender, age, or sexual preference, natives of the individual sun signs share some common bad behaviors.

If You Love One, Man or Woman. Everyone's on their best behavior at the beginning of the love game. But before you decide to make it permanent, be warned. You could go to sleep with Betty Crocker and wake up with Lizzie Borden. Or fall for a character who color-codes your closet and tapes a lovemaking schedule on the bedroom door.

If You Are One -- Born Rotten. Yes, this is all about you. But, it's not all bad. Anyone reading it will soon discover that you are a force of nature not to be trifled with, in or out of the sack.

It's All Relative -- The Family. Ever wonder why your parents were so weird and your siblings so selfish, whiny, and mean? Find out here and also how to deal with that nutty bunch into which you did not ask to be born.

Office Party -- Bitches, Snitches, and the Chronically Inert. Life at the office. Who's the worst boss (none of them are good). Who's most likely to stab you in the back, or the front, on the scramble up the corporate ladder. How to handle churlish coworkers, cover your ass, and save your job.

Can't We All Get Along? Tips for surviving the four worst behaviors of each sign (e.g., throw food to calm a Taurus and a brick to shut up an Aries).

Quick Tips for Emergencies. A 911 list that may save your sanity, or at least buy you enough time to leave town.

A List of the Infamous and Ridiculous. There's a little bit of each of them in each of us.

Enjoy your tour and remember, bad behavior isn't only in our genes -- it's in our stars.

Copyright © 2003 by Hazel Dixon-Cooper

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Meet the Author

Hazel Dixon-Cooper has been a professional astrologer for more than twenty-five years. She is the author of the Rotten Day humorous astrology book series. She has written astrology articles and columns for a variety of newspapers and magazines, including Cosmopolitan magazine’s Bedside Astrologer column. She is a popular guest on a wide variety of international, national, and regional radio programs.

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Anita Mullins More than 1 year ago
Its great to know BOTH sides of who we are. A
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I just got my copies of Love on a Rotten Day and Born on a Rotten Day and it is Scary how right on they are on the people you know and love and yourself!!! LOVE THEM!!! A fun read and highly recommended if you have an interest in learning about what makes your friends, lovers, family, neighbors, and yourself tick.. Fun and Funny..
___Desire___ME_____ More than 1 year ago
I looked up everyone I could think of and most of it was correct, this was a funny perspective and I bought all the other books by this author because of this one!!
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If you dare to know yourself and can handle the toughest of tough love this one is for you
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I loved this book. It's so much fun to read with friends and tease each other about our "rotten" sides.
kcstarrynite More than 1 year ago
A great book to help understand the other sign of your birth sign
samm83 More than 1 year ago
i enjoyed this book very much, it made me laugh beucase it couldn't be more dead-on with my zodic sign.... i liked the part that pretty much told you to keep your story short with the sag because when they are bored of you dont stress when they turn the other way and find something else that catches their eye... lol!!!!! its a good read if you like astrology books
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I've followed astrology more specifically zodiac signs for 9 years now. This book is excellent. It literally summed up all of the research I've done on individual signs. A lot of books are vague or state general meaningless facts. This book was well written and right. If your not a believer go straight to your sign and be open and honest with yourself and you'll find it was correct on all your cons. Once you believe you will be able to read up on other signs. And learn a lot about people. And it does mention general things its really specific with every sign. Definitely 5 Stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book made me laugh so hard...because it was so RIGHT! I highly recommend this book to anyone who thinks astrology is stupid or just generally intrested. A must read. I also bought the 'Love On a Rotten' for several friends as a V-day present. They all loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Im a astrolgy buff.. when I saw this (and its evil twin sister Love) I got them both on the spot and marvel at how accurate they are and cant stop laughing at them, even after Ive read them several times over each!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is right on, on most signs. For instants i am a scorpio and it hit the nail right on the head. This is one of the best astrology books i have read.