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Back to this week … Well then…. What star sign are you?
I would be surprised if you didn’t know, as at some time most of us have either looked it up ourselves or been told by someone else. ‘Oh, you are an Aries, just like me, both with birthdays at the beginning of April’ … but how much more credence do you put on this beyond ‘knowing your sign’
A few weeks ago my lovely proof-reader not only took over my blog but also admitted that she was a ‘Virgo’ and that one thing they ‘are supposed to be, is perfectionists.’ This was followed up by another person with the same star sign commenting that ‘perfectionists we are and we can’t help it’
Now, if you believe in Astrology you will want me to point out that the brief snippets that you get in the daily newspapers are merely broad-brush notes on the effect that the alignments of the stars and planets will have on anyone born under that star sign – not meant specifically to guide an individual in any specific way. After all if one twelfth of the population were ‘likely to get a promotion’ it would be a weird effect on the world of work. A consultation, they will point out, involves much more, starting with the precise time and place of your birth, following which an elaborate chart is prepared and following that, the predictions are not for your future as such – but for the astrological influences on your life and world.
Back to that over heard piece on the radio – yes, it seems there are many top business women who consult an Astrologer, as did a couple of ex-presidents of the USA! And they are not alone as the report went on to say that
“On the first of every month, 6.5 million people around the world — hundreds of thousands from the UK — visit one of the most popular stargazing websites, Astrology Zone, to find out what astrologer Susan Miller’s horoscopes have in store for them. According to Miller, a recent survey found that 43 per cent of visitors to her site were university-educated, a third have annual household incomes of over £65,000 a year, and another third earn more than £100,000.”
Astrology all starts with when you were born, which gives you your star sign. These star signs have personality traits attributed to them. Now, I can look at mine and say, yep, about 70% of my star sign traits fit me (this of course means that 30% don’t) If I look at the traits for a different sign I can also say, nope, these traits don’t fit me as well at all, so this suggests some relevance…
So I tried a simple experiment – I looked at the star signs of my family and compared the traits assigned to their star sign with the people. Some star sign were remarkably on the ball for that person – but some were way off!
My simple experiment leads me to suppose that if you know your star sign traits and they fit your personality – then you may be more inclined to believe there is something in Star signs…
Astrology has had more detailed experiments than mine, of course, as the report quoted before added “Hundreds of studies disprove astrology,’ says Professor Chris French, a parapsychologist at Goldsmiths, University of London. ‘You tend to find people are more likely to turn to astrologers, as well as psychics and tarot card readers, in times of uncertainty — when events feel out of their control. Very often the message from astrologers is: ‘You’re going through a rough time but things will improve’, which, understandably, makes people feel better.”
So, if we bother to read the star signs do we only approve of those comments that fit us, our lives at that time and our hopes, and dismiss and forget those that don’t? Do we fool ourselves to make ourselves feel better – after all, if it is ‘written in the stars’ we relinquish some responsibility and sometimes that can be a comfort …
Well, what do you think about Astrology?
Do you find it worrying that people in power consult their stars?
What sign are you and do you fit your star sign personality?
Is it all a ‘bit of a laugh’ or worth pursuing?
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