Wednesday, January 19, 2011

What's Your Sign?

Do you believe in astrology? I can't say that I believe in the whole horoscope thing. I very seldom read my daily or monthly horoscope because they're so broad in their predictions and open to interpretation.One day many, many years ago, I don't know what made me do it but I purposely looked it up in our daily newspaper. It said that "some very important papers would be signed today". Pretty specific eh? At the time I had been waiting months for my soon to be ex husband to sign divorce papers which he'd been dogging. My lawyer called the next day to tell me he'd signed them yesterday! I dug the paper out of the garbage, cut out the horoscope and still have it today. While I don't subscribe to the telling of the future by the stars I do believe in zodiac traits.

Last week when the Star Tribune in Minneapolis published a story regarding Parke Kunkle, a teacher at Minneapolis Community and Technical college who stated that the astrological signs are wrong and off by a month. I was horrified.
I am a Leo through and through and proud of it. The new star chart says I am a Cancer! I don't want to be that sign, the name alone, Cancer, is awful. The reason for this Kunkle says is due to a "wobble" in the Earth's axis that created a one month hic cup in the alignment of the stars. Well holy shit, I'm not changing my sign because of this.
Astronomers and Astrologers don't often agree with each other but on this point they do. While the ancient Babylonians established the zodiac periods, astronomers have known since 130BC when Hipparchus ascertained that this "wobble" would happen. He realized that over thousands of years the gravitational pull of the moon over the Earth would cause the Earth to tilt a little on its axis, changing the placement of the stars in the sky. The wobble also has a name, it's a process called precession. So it turns out this is old news. Both astronomers and astrologers have known the stars and signs have not matched up but it's no big deal. Susan Miller, a popular astrologist said this, "We've known about this for ages. The constellations don't suggest what's coming up , it's the planets! The constellations are a measuring device."
Phew, I feel so much better.
Now as I said I'm pretty much a Leo. I don't fit every trait but who does? I've had the Leo traits since birth in both the good way and bad. Leos have the following traits, if there's a Y= that's me, N=No, S=sometimes.

Good traits:
Generous Y
Warm hearted Y
Creative Y
Enthusiastic S
Broad minded Y
Expansive N
Faithful Y
Loyal Y
Loving Y
Dominant Y
Extroverted N
Ambitious S
Courageous Y
Strong willed Y
Independent Y
Born leaders Y
Strongly idealistic S
Humane Y

Not so good traits:
Pompous N
Patronizing S
Bossy Y
Interfering S
Dogmatic N
Intolerant (of stupid people)
Dominant y

Strong Likes:
Speculative ventures N
Lavish living S
Pageantry and grandeur N
Children YY
Drama N

Doing things safely N
Ordinary day to day living S
Small minded people Y
Penny pinching Y
Mean spiritedness Y

In the long run a person can justify any traits they want and these traits fit many zodiac signs but as for me; I am a LEO. There was a reason I was called Queenie when I was younger. I thought I should be Queen of the Jungle.

What's your sign?
Do you fit the profile?
Would you want to be a different one?