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A while ago I decided I wanted to take a closer look at astrology. For those of you who have been living in a cave in the Arctic tundra, astrology is the attempt to determine the influence of the heavenly bodies on our lives. This is not to be confused with astronomy, which is the study of the content of outer space itself.

Astrology holds that the stars and planets in our sky exert a certain spiritual pressure on our planet that causes us, as individuals and as a people, to behave in certain ways and develop certain characteristics. Now, I have always been skeptical that constellations millions of lightyears away have any bearing on our growth and development. That isn’t to say that the idea behind astrology doesn’t have something to it. It’s entirely possible that the practice of astrology does measure something that has some type of influence on us.

So to take a deeper look at this somewhat controversial practice, I decided to go to a website and get an astrology chart done. Since it’s all done by math, this should be accurate whether or not an actual person does it. However, I am aware that since the interpretations are pre-scripted and heavily generalized, an automatically generated chart will necessarily return more contradictions than one done personally; but since I can’t do it myself and I’m not going to pay someone to, here we are.

What I’ve done here is posted the results of the astrology chart, with my thoughts interjected here and there. It may seem a bit lazy, but it seemed like a good idea at the time, so I’m gonna roll with it. This way you can see for yourself what it looks like, and what I was thinking when I read through it. My thoughts are in italics.

LivingNexus astrology chart

 

Rising Sign is in 14 Degrees Aquarius

You like new ideas and concepts, but you prefer to discover them by yourself — it is not easy for others to convert you to anything. You form your own opinions, but once you do form them, you then want to convince everyone else that they are correct.  Except this always turns out to be a waste of time.  Try to be more tolerant of the opinions of others. You have a deep and abiding interest in science, mathematics, and the great social problems of the day. Very sympathetic toward the downtrodden, equality is your battle cry! You demand that those in authority be fair to all. You are an intellectual — emotions and emotional people are difficult for you to understand.  Very true.  You are known for being calm, cool, detached and objective.

Sun is in 20 Degrees Cancer.

Very emotional and sensitive, you have an intuitive understanding of the “vibes” around you. You tend to be quite generous, giving, loving and caring, but only when your own needs for emotional support, love and security have been met. If they are not met, you tend to withdraw into yourself and become very insecure and selfish. Your home and family (especially your mother or the person who played that role for you early on) represent security for you and thus assume a larger-than-life importance.  Not really.  Very sentimental, you have vivid and long- enduring memories of the past.  True, although I detest nostalgia, or being ruled by the past.  No matter how well adjusted you are, you will always need a secret quiet place of your own in order to feel at peace. Feeding others can give you great pleasure  Yep.  you would enjoy being part of a large family.  Nope.

Moon is in 11 Degrees Cancer.

For the most part, you are very strong and secure emotionally. You intuitively know what to do to make others feel comfortable, loved, accepted and needed. Not really.  Doesn’t this contradict me being unable to understand people?  You naturally enjoy feeding and taking care of others. Be careful that your mothering does not turn into smothering. At times, you tend to feel that those to whom you are attached can never do anything without your assistance and support.  Moreso in the past.  Extremely sensitive by nature, it hurts you deeply whenever anyone criticizes you.  Maybe if it’s someone I really care about.  You have an almost desperate need to be loved and wanted and needed by everyone with whom you come into contact  Not really,  and you go out of your way to be accommodating to them.  I do try to be accommodating, as a rule.

Mercury is in 01 Degrees Cancer.

Your emotions tend to rule your thought processes.  Not any moreso than any other human being.  You have difficulty seeing life objectively.  Actually I spend a great deal of time trying to be objective. Didn’t you say that’s what I was known for?  You have an excellent memory, especially about things to which you have formed an emotional bond.  Emotion and memory are well known to be linked, so yes.  You prefer ideas and thoughts that are known and familiar, and therefore tend to dislike fads or radical ideas.  I dislike fads as a rule, but I also love trying new things, even if for no other reason than to prove myself right by writing it off.  The beliefs and traditions of your family and culture are very important to you.  Not any more.  Your thinking becomes quite unclear when you are emotionally shaken — try not to make major decisions when you are upset. Let things calm down first.  This is just general advice applicable to anyone.

Venus is in 15 Degrees Gemini.

You are friendly, warm, open and tolerant toward others. You love variety in relationships, indeed you may even prefer to maintain more than one relationship at a time!  Um? Maybe if I’d had more than one.  Very witty and humorous, you have the ability to amuse and please others. This makes you quite popular. You love to play the field and thus find it difficult to settle down and make any deep emotional commitments.  Not sure what this means. I tend to only have one or two close friends at a time, but not for some desire to “play the field.”  Your innate charm and vivacity makes you welcome most everywhere you go. It’s sweet of you to say so.

Mars is in 29 Degrees Pisces.

Very sensitive and vulnerable, it is difficult for you to assert yourself.  Definitely.  At times, you feel quite tired and you will require a lot of sleep in order to maintain your health and your strength.  God, I’d sleep 12 hours a day if I could.  You are at your best when you act without your ego being important. You can be very unselfish and considerate of the needs of others. You get the most satisfaction by giving to others when you expect nothing in return. Beware of a tendency to want always to work behind the scenes or to become overly deceptive by doing things behind others’ backs.

Jupiter is in 28 Degrees Taurus.

Growth only occurs for you after you have found a stable lifestyle and a dependable, protective and secure environment. You are at your best when those around you provide you with a great deal of affection and support. When you feel insecure or threatened, you tend to become possessive and grasping and self- indulgent.  Not so much on the grasping, definite check on the self-indulgent.  You are an inveterate collector with an expensive preference for all the good things that life has to offer.  I guess you can say I do have expensive taste, and I do have a tendency to collect things I wouldn’t call it “inveterate.” I don’t collect compulsively just for the sake of collecting.

Saturn is in 27 Degrees Sagittarius.

Basically quite conservative, you respect traditional authority figures and are very thankful and supportive of the laws and institutions which govern your life.  Depends on the context, but not really. I have little faith in our government and there’s never any guarantee that the police aren’t corrupt. I’m glad that we have laws, but I don’t necessarily trust in our laws when the ones making them and enforcing them are so untrustworthy.  You learn and accept new ideas only after having very thoroughly examined them. Ideals and abstract concepts are important to you only if they can be used in some practical fashion.  I prefer practical theology, yes.  You are so practical and so orderly that you have natural skills in planning, administrating and organizing.  Why, thank you for noticing.

Uranus is in 28 Degrees Sagittarius.

You, and most of your peers, have the tendency to think that all ideas, customs and traditions from the past are outmoded and irrelevant.  Doesn’t this go directly against respecting laws and tradition mentioned earlier?  You are attracted to radically new ideas, philosophies and religions that will, hopefully, cause sweeping changes throughout the world.  Basically true, although I prefer to think of it as illuminating our past rather than burning it down. It’s plain that we need a change.

Neptune is in 08 Degrees Capricorn.

You, and your entire generation, will idealize work, practicality and the ability to attain reasonable goals. But, because you will also stress the need to be selfless and giving, you may find it difficult to attain your goals unless you have lowered your expectations on all fronts.  I don’t know about my generation, but I’ve never idealized work, or felt the need to derive my identity from what kind of job I had.

Pluto is in 09 Degrees Scorpio.

For your entire generation, this is a period of intense research and discovery in areas that were heretofore considered mysterious, remote or taboo. The root causes for many complex occurrences will be unearthed due to the intensity and thoroughness of the search.  Well that’s encouraging at least.

N. Node is in 15 Degrees Pisces.

You’re attracted to others who need your assistance. You seem to go out of your way to form relationships with those who are weak, sick, injured, addicted or troubled in some way or other. At your best you can indeed provide the relief that others need. But at times you can be victimized by those who would prey on your good nature and take advantage of you. This can lead to all sorts of negative situations — make sure that those you assist are truly worthy of your time, energy and commitment. A little enlightened self-protectiveness on your part can make your life work much, much smoother!  This is true, I’ve learned the hard way that I need to be careful about who I help.

 

Messing with the formatting on this post was a nightmare, so I’m calling it a day here. I hope that this post illustrated that individual experiences always trump cosmic forces. As you can probably tell, I don’t necessarily believe in the Law of Beginnings as such. Some time soon I might make another post looking into the nature of astrology and how people use it. Feel free to comment with your own astrology experiences, or any thoughts you had while reading this post.

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2 Comments

  1. I do remember one astrology report that gave me a good laugh. It claimed because some planet or something was in the constellation Sagittarius at my birth that I would struggle with aggression and controlling my temper.

    Aggressive! Compared to what? A sloth? In fact, I am the least aggressive person who is not the Dalai Lama that you will ever encounter. My problem is that I avoid conflict; I certainly don’t start them. 😀

    Tarot is useful because it is an exercise in understanding your present self and the course your life may take. Astrology offers none of that. For one thing, the stars in most of those constellations aren’t even from the same galaxy much less neighbors to each other. Also, many people are born on the same day. Is astrology suggesting we’re all personality twins?

  2. SO many people are born on the same day. That’s one of the other main issues with astrology that I’ve never heard being properly addressed. Like, there were probably ten other babies being born around the same hour as me, just in the same hospital. Now factor that up by about a thousand and you have the number of babies (approximately) born within an hour of myself.

    Now I have actually met and gotten to know some people who share my birthday, and while we do share similar interests, our experiences have made us very different people. Even when we do some of the same things, it’s for different reasons. There are so many factors at play.

    I’d really love to see someone collect testimonials of people who are just completely contradictory to what their astrological sign says they should be like.


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