It’s in the stars

as·trol·o·gy
əˈsträləjē/
noun
noun: astrology; noun: natural astrology; noun: judicial astrology
  1. the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies interpreted as having an influence on human affairs and the natural world.

Astrology has always blown my mind a little. I’m not talking about those generalized could-be-applicable-to-anyone horoscopes that get sent to your phones or that you read in the newspaper… that’s a bunch of malarkey and you know it. I’m talking about the idea that our personalities are somehow at least a little predetermined by the time of year we were born. That because I am a Scorpio, I’m predisposed to certain personality traits that I share with other Scorpios. That there may be a part of me that involuntarily reacts to a situation based solely on how the stars were aligned on the day of my birth. Like, think about how CRAZY that actually is?

I guess my post on the new moon may have sparked my serious interest in this kind of stuff, because there was a new moon last night and not only did I read about it, but I embraced the hell out of it. And the night was alive. Terminal Tower was lit up my favorite shade of purple, the Browns crushed the AFC rival Bengals 24-3, the beer went down smooth, all my friends were giving off good vibes, and I slept so damn peacefully. Was this spectacular evening concocted all in my head because I read that article on what to expect with the night’s full moon? Or were the stars really aligned in all of our favors (minus you Bengals fans)? I don’t even know. I just know this morning I read this BuzzFeed post giving 23 characteristics of a Scorpio and it seriously tripped me out (there’s that 23 number again, too… WUT). I just want to send it to everyone I know and be like, HERE. READ. UNDERSTAND ME. APPARENTLY I HAVE NO CONTROL WHATSOEVER OVER HOW I THINK/ACT/FEEL.

Do we have as much control over our actions as we think we do? Or are we prompted to act based on the movements and positions of these celestial bodies… where they are located in this instant, and where they were located when we first entered the world?

Am I just buying into the hype? Is a deeper study of astrology nothing more than that generalized could-be-applicable-to-anyone crap they put in the Sunday paper? Was last night awesome because I made it that way?

I don’t think we’ll ever find a real answer. But it’s kind of cooler that way.

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