Madame Clairevoyant's Guide to the Stars: Astrology, Our Icons, and Our Selves

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5.6 X 8.4 X 1.2 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Claire Comstock-Gay writes weekly horoscopes for New York magazine's The Cut and is the author of Madame Clairevoyant's Guide to the Stars. She lives in Minneapolis, MN. Visit her at


"Comstock-Gay is a luminous guide through the world of astrology. More so than the mathematically-minded manuals that I've paged through in learning about the heavens, her guide to the stars reads as a fascinating narrative, no matter what your sign. A fine, affirming study of humanity." -- Esmé Weijun Wang, author of The Collected Schizophrenias

"Claire Comstock-Gay has 'wrested abundance from a stingy world, ' giving us a book that is about both the fun of astrology and how it can be taken seriously, analyzing public figures as various as Cardi B, the Olsen Twins, Wislawa Szymborska, and Susan Sontag. Comstock-Gay complicates the simple archetypes that undergird our culture and our sense of ourselves and, with revelatory rigor, presents more productive ones." -- Alice Bolin, author of Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession

Not just a shimmering guide to our personal cosmologies written in precise and lucid prose, this book is also a devastating collection of cultural criticism essays cum meditations on the very nature of being alive. -- Emma Copley Eisenberg, author of The Third Rainbow Girl

A fresh, profound, and fun way to look at all things astro while also making spot-on observations about your pop culture faves. -- Cosmopolitan

Compulsively readable, both a balm and an inspiration. Claire's own lived experience becomes a lens for the reader that begets an elegant, understated wisdom. -- The Believer

"Even before COVID-19 we lived in unpredictable times, and astrology layers an interpretative framework over the chaos of existence. But to its practitioners, astrology is more than just a pop culture phenomenon.... It was only when [Claire] learned about other aspects of her chart that she began to see astrology as capable of nuance and inflection rather than blunt, blanket assertions. Madame Clairevoyant's Guide to the Stars takes a more thoughtful approach." -- Los Angeles Times