The twelve signs of the Zodiac

Maybe Astrology has something going for it. Not that I believe in any of that shit. But consider for a moment that the typecasting of characters according to the twelve signs of the Zodiac might have some rough worth based not on the supposed ‘causes’ of character, but rather in the groupings of certain characteristics.

Example: I am a Virgo in terms of my date-of-birth in the year. However, in terms of my personality I could be a Leo or a Capricorn. That is to say, my personality is in line with the traits ascribed to “Capricornians” and “Leos”.

This is not dissimilar to the use of the terms Melancholic or Sanguin, even though we no longer subscribe to the original explanations of why a person was such temperament. It is also consistent with my general philosophy relating to storytelling – that metaphors can have significant place in our lives, even though they might be factually erroneous.

As the saying goes, fiction is the great lie that tells the truth. And typecasting, like a documentary or biography, is valuable not in how close to the truth it is, but how
  • easily it is understood on a personal, subliminal level
  • many people can personally relate to it in their own way
  • well it depicts the spirit, and not necessarily the letter, of the zeitgeist or figure in focus.

If you’re still doubtful, (re)watch The Social Network and tell me accuracy is everything.

Incidentally, the ‘Battlestar Galactica’ television series, the names of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol were borrowed from the Zodiac. And in David Brin’s prophetic science fiction novel Earth, many youth have ‘adopted’ patron Greco-Roman deities as their patron saints, whose values and temperaments they endeavour to live by.

But as Jim Morrison says:

“I don't know how many of you people believe in astrology ... Yeah, that’s right baby, I am a Sagitarius ... The most philosophical of all the signs ... But anyway, I don't believe in it. I think is a bunch of bullshit, myself. But I tell you this man ... I tell you this ... I don’t know what's gonna happen man ... but I wanna have my kicks before all the whole shithouse goes up in flames! All right? All right!”

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