Friday, January 8, 2016

Astrology: What a Cool Tool

I'll admit, I'm not one for superstitions. But when it comes to astrology, I can't help but dive in and savour the information you can get simply from someone's birth date.

With evidence proving a correlation between the constellations and a reflection of human personality characteristics since the Sumerian civilization of 2700 B.C., its hard to discredit this seemingly mythical legend of time and space.

Many cultures have studied the signs of the zodiac, from the Egyptians to the Mesopotamians, and the people of China.

I stumbled onto the zodiac's stories as a child, when my aunt would have conversations at family gatherings. She would appear to "predict" the personality traits of her other family members or even acquaintances at these gatherings. Much to their surprise, by telling her only their birth date, my aunt could "assume" certain mannerisms or habits about them, that were often accurate.

Now I'm not going to suggest that one can concretely and exactly conclude people's entire personalities based on their date of birth. But over the years, I have observed and researched, and found quite a few, (though not all) traits to have some type of grouping or correlation between people of the same birth sign.

Not to sound judgemental, I've used this knowledge to "prepare" myself before a conversation, outing or activity with one or more people of whose signs I know. I've found it easier to navigate a conversation, being aware of how a person's mood can change, or who may fight for the spotlight in a group of yappers. And being a content introvert, I am more than happy to let others take the stage at a party, or speak to another quiet mind to stir up dialogue.

Knowing birth signs, and then seeing evidence of a person's zodiac tendencies, makes you more aware of how you both may get along, whether it be at the workplace, at home, or elsewhere.
Here's a chart of the zodiac signs and a summary of traits:

We all want to get to know people, especially those we admire. And by this point some people may disagree with the zodiac method of observation, but as I've said before, it is never 100 percent accurate, though I have observed far too many similarities to dismiss the phenomenon.

So next time you're out on a first date, or at a relative's, or in an intense all day meeting with your cohorts, by casually discovering their birth sign, it may help you decide where to sit, what to say, or how to go about tasks. What a wonderful tool the zodiac is.

Additionally, the Chinese zodiac of the years, offers additional information about personality traits, habits and tendencies based on one's year of birth. Sometimes I've found the year's traits to overpower the month's traits in a person, and vice versa.

Here are two charts. The first chart reveals your Chinese zodiac sign based on your year of birth:

This next chart describes the general traits of each sign in the Chinese Zodiac:

I feel this type of system can be used in addition to regular conversation and observations, to help determine someone's general mannerism, traits and even problem solving attributes. This way, when you get to know someone, you are better prepared to interact with them in a positive, polite and peaceful manner in the future. You can even find books or websites that suggest which signs are the most compatible in a variety of scenarios. How's THAT for a relationship starter?

All it takes is a simple question, "Hey, what's your sign?" and you can start unravelling the uniqueness of the person in front of you, bound for a positive experience!

Thanks for reading!



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