I’ve been a little reluctant to write the sequel to my last post. Why? Because then I have to admit that the “endpoints” come from an astrology book. That’s right, astrology, not astronomy! I used to be pretty hard on astrologers, and since I worked as an astronomer, I figured I had every right to be. I mean, how did they get off saying that the stars or planets could affect anything on Earth? I’m a scientist, and there’s nothing scientific about astrology. But since my honey is interested in astrology (so I was pretty hard on him, too), I decided that I shouldn’t judge it completely until I had learned more about it. Darren gave me the same book that he first read about astrology, The Inner Sky: How to Make Wiser Choices for a More Fulfilling Life, by Steven Forrest, so I started reading it. His main point at the beginning of the book is that astrology is not about predicting the future. It is about learning about ourselves. “Astrological forces provide us not with answers, but with questions. The answers we give are our own. Those astrologers who for centuries have been trying to determine our behaviour from our birthcharts have been barking up the wrong tree. Astrology provides the terrain. How we navigate it is our business.”
So this makes me feel a little better about it! But every now and then I still think “how can the stars affect who I am?!” Then I remember something Darren said – it’s not about the stars, it’s really about the season that you are born in. This I can understand a little better; for example, someone born in summer, a year later learns to walk outside, on the grass, in the sun. That’s a developmental milestone, and another person born in winter might turn out to be a little different than the summer child. I still don’t get how the planets affect things, but maybe as I read more, that will make sense. I am only about halfway through the book.
Pop culture astrology, which is ridiculously over-simplified and is focused on future-predicting and superficially trying to control people’s lives, has strayed far from its potential. Those astrologers have let their ego get in the way, thinking they know it all, and dictating to people what will happen or what they should do. Because of this misconception, I don’t even want to admit that I’m interested in astrology; it’s a shameful thing, or at least it is for me, a scientist. Astrology could be thought of more as an exploration of personality types, which is how I’ve been thinking of it. I still don’t quite believe in all of it, and won’t be adopting it as a religion (as some people do), but I am enjoying learning about personalities, and the goals, struggles and tendencies that each one has.
I’m also reading Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type by Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger, which is the application of the Myers-Briggs personality typing to employment. It’s interesting, too, and I am starting to see different personality types in those around me. It helps me understand people better – perhaps why they do things they do. You can do a quick personality type inventory here.
But, back to the “endpoints.” If you are curious to know what astrology signs correspond to the endpoints from the previous post, send me a comment and I’ll get back to you (I won’t post your email address for all to see)! If you aren’t interested in astrology at all, I hope you’ll at least realize that we’re all made up differently, and applying your feelings/goals/way of doing things to another person isn’t a healthy strategy. We all have our own lives to live; let’s live them to the fullest!