Of Zodiac Signs and Personalities

According to one of the world’s most reliable news sources, our Zodiac signs haven’t changed.

“When [astrologers] say that the sun is in Pisces, it’s really not in Pisces,” noted Parke Kunkle, a member of the group’s board. Your astrological sign is determined by the position of the sun on the day you were born, so that means everything you thought you knew about your horoscope is wrong.
It turns out that astrology has had issues from its inception. (Aside from the fact that it tries to link personality traits with positions of the stars.) Ancient Babylonians had 13 constellations, but wanted only 12, so threw out Ophuchicus, the snake holder. Libra didn’t even enter the picture until the era of Julius Caesar.

It seems as if everyone’s world has been rocked. We’ve lived our whole lives believing that some part of our mannerisms, qualities, and personalities fall under a common denominator through our birthdays. But according to recent science and history research, we’ve got our stars all wrong.

I’m slightly frazzled, of course. Once in a while, it’s fun to check my horoscope and convince myself that this random website has the coming year predicted correctly. Also, I am was honored to be a Capricorn, as being practical (the sign’s supposed number one trait) has usually determined my actions.

But is the sudden update of astrological information enough to change the entire course of our lives? We seek out astrology’s explanation to better understand ourselves. But we also find other ways to figure out our doubts and to better comprehend why we act in specific ways. We claim we are like certain TV personalities. We diagnose ourselves with psychiatric disorders (obsessive compulsive disorder is a LOT different from being ‘OC about things). We do all this with a certain understanding of who we are. Astrology, personal-diagnosis-psychology, random Internet quizzes, and the like, are all just there to confirm what we already know. We grow up, reflect on what has past, and each day, we live to better ourselves and move forward with time. The media simply provides outlets for us to reassure these decisions and actions.

If you’re still stumped about your Zodiac, why not just go closer to home and look up your Chinese Zodiac instead? February’s just a few weeks away after all.


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