People in my extended family take astrology very seriously. So seriously, in fact, that I remember being punished as a child for being too noisy while the daily horoscopes were being read on the radio. Many of my relatives, including my mother and sisters, believe that there exists a very real and powerful connection between the alignment of the stars and occurrences in the real world. They also believe that the time of year in which a person is born affects that person’s personality and character.
“Oh how sweet – a little Sagittarius! They are so much fun!” my sisters cooed when one of my sons was born near December. And then, “Uh-oh, look out! Cancer babies are moody,” they warned when my third child was born one July. I just rolled my eyes. Really, even though my Sagittarius son is actually the happy-go-lucky playful type, and even if my little Cancer is the moody male version of a drama queen, I still think that star signs and horoscopes are a bunch of superstitious hooey.
“That’s because you’re a Virgo,” my mother and siblings tell me whenever I dismiss the zodiac as ridiculous pseudoscience.
Well, according to the internet, Virgos are critical, fussy, down-to-earth, sensible, reasonable, practical, analytical, creative, distant, nature-lovers, aloof, shy, intelligent, prudish, earthy, perfectionists, organized, imaginative, insightful, and shrewd. See? That doesn’t describe me at all. Okay fine – it describes me to a tee (except, perhaps, for the organized part). But still, I find the whole thing silly, especially when people feel compelled to check their horoscopes before making decisions about who to love or where to go or whether to leave the house that day.
Maybe I am not being very kind, looking down on the beliefs of my extended family, and of so many people around the world. This is something that I have observed: people just need something to believe in. Whether they turn their beliefs toward God, toward humanity, or toward the alignment of the stars, I suppose it is not up to me to judge them for that faith, no matter how unbelievable I may find it. Isn’t that so Virgo of me?
My Zodiac Playlist
Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19) Money (Pink Floyd)
Aquarius (January 20 – Feb 18) – Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine in (Hair by James Rado & Gerome Ragni)
Pisces (Feb 19 – March 20) – The Joker (Steve Miller Band)
Aries (March 21 – April 19) – We Are Young (Fun. ft. Janelle Moráe)
Taurus (April 20 – May 20) – Our House (Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young)
Gemini (May 21 – June 20) – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (U2)
Cancer (June 21 – July 20) – Bitch (Meredith Brooks)
Leo (July 23 – Aug 22) – All Star (Smash Mouth)
Virgo (August 23 – Sept. 22) Down to Earth (Peter Gabriel)
Libra (Sept 23 – Oct. 22) Peaceful Easy Feeling (The Eagles)
Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21) Superman (It’s Not Easy) – (Five for Fighting)
Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21) Pocketful of Sunshine (Natasha Bedingfield)