So I’ve been thinking about this topic for a while now: are star signs trustworthy?
I know that it’s a huge generalisation to make but in my experience people tend to possess certain character traits depending on their respective zodiac signs. For instance, Leos are usually assertive, Scorpios are known to be passionate, Cancerians are notorious for their emotional tendencies, etc etc. And I can’t deny that I retain almost all of the qualities that an Aries is ‘expected’ to have, as do most other Ariens that I know.
All this horoscope-talk takes place in my office on almost a daily basis (which probably explains why it’s been on my mind so much as of lately!). I’ve been assured that the main reason for why I get along so well with a couple of my work colleagues is because the three of us happen to belong to the fire signs: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius, which I’m told are extremely compatible. The happy idealist inside me proclaims, ‘of course, that explains it!’ while the snarly sceptic says, ‘sure buddy, whatever you say’.
If we go along with the ‘happy idealist’ wave of thinking for a minute, is it then acceptable to make judgement calls on people based solely on their star signs? Hmmm I think not. That’s essentially ‘judging a book by its cover’ and I’m pretty sure that we’re not supposed to do that…
While you do indeed get people who personify their star signs to a T, on the other side of the coin are people like my dad. He shares absolutely NO similarities with his star sign. He’s a walking-talking example of why horoscopes are complete hogswash. So should people like him be treated as the exception or the rule? My sentiments are that it’s entirely up for interpretation.
Now while I’m on the fence when it comes to using horoscopes as a character analysing tool, I know where I stand on one thing: I don’t believe that star signs can be referred to as a means of mapping out/predicting anybody’s life pattern. All of the daily newspaper/website horoscopes that I come across are so general and vague that anybody could relate to all twelve of them if they really wanted to!
My personal opinion is that a lot of people endorse astrology because it allows them to feel as if they’re in control of their lives. They relish in the abundance of answers that come along with it. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. We all yearn for answers and reassurance, to feel like we’re moving forward in the right direction and as if we’re connected to others. So although I don’t necessarily share the viewpoint, I understand it and I don’t judge it.
I guess to put it simply I think that as a character analysing tool horoscopes can be fun to look into and at times seem freakishly accurate, but as a predictor of the future, for me… not so much.