Zodiac People And Personality

Conversation In Thin Air Continues
July, ’80

After finding a good place to make camp, the two of us, along with Tony, the Physics Professor, took off to climb one of the surrounding peaks. We were looking for a good place to watch the sunset and we weren’t disappointed. The sunset turned into an orange and yellow hued mountaintop spectacular, and things only got better after that. Back at camp, after eating our fill of Stan’s delicious stew, Noel, the Philosophy Professor, pulled a fifth of Crown Royal from his backpack. I wasn’t a big whiskey fan, especially straight from the bottle, but on that night, high in the mountains, sitting around a blazing campfire, and exhausted from a hard day of hiking, the whiskey was duly appreciated. In fact, we were all about to fall asleep when Tony pointed out the constellation, Draco. That reinvigorated the group, especially Peter, who, apparently, had an intellectual investment in the workings of the zodiac. When Tony began to treat the whole “zodiac thing” with disrespect, Peter got angry.

“You see,” said Tony, “identifying personality traits with the constellations is just plain stupid. The movement of the earth around the sun, and the movement of our solar system within the plane of the Milky Way galaxy, reconfigured the location of the stars relative to the observer on earth. A Greek born under the sign of Virgo in 300 BCE, today is born under the sign of Leo. Over a period of 2500 years the constellations have retrograded an entire sign. Astrologers do not take into consideration the changing plane of the rotating earth. A Leo is still a Leo to the astrologer, even though the Virgo of yesterday has become the Leo of today, and the Leo of tomorrow will become a Capricorn in the future. Change is pervasive. That’s just the way the universe operates.”

“You’ve got your signs out of order,” said Peter.

“Yeah, I probably do; but you still know what I mean,” responded Tony.

“Well maybe you’re wrong! How do you know that anyway?” said Peter. “If that’s the case, if everything changes anyway, maybe some day the zodiac will find its way back to where its supposed to be, to its original path above the earth.”

“You’re not following what I’m saying, “replied Tony, “what about the in-between time?”

“Isn’t the first law of physics the one that ties theory to evidence?” Peter shot back. “If that’s the case, then how do you explain the fact that zodiac people almost always answer in the affirmative when they’re asked if their sun sign fits the description of their personality?”

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About me: Marvin Gaye’s song, "What’s Going On" was playing on the jukebox when I went up to the counter and bought another cup of coffee. When I got back, the painting on the wall next to where I was sitting jumped out at me, the same way it had done many times before. On it was written a diatribe on creativity. It was the quote at the bottom, though, that brought me back to this seat time after time. The quote had to do with infinity; it went something like this: Think of yourself as being in that place where infinity comes together in a point; where the infinite past and the infinite future meet, where you are at right now. The quote was attributed to Hermann Hesse, but I didn’t remember reading it in any of the books that I had read by him, so I went out and bought Hesse’s last novel, Magister Ludi. I haven’t found the quote yet, but I haven't tired of looking for it either.
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6 Responses to Zodiac People And Personality

  1. @Peter: For the same reason “Fortune Tellers” manage to hit the mark? We all will meet a tall dark stranger this year…and we humans are extremely suggestible.

    • bwinwnbwi says:

      I am extremely suggestible sometimes too, but sometimes that’s great. Yesterday, sitting in front of my stereo with the Christmas tree lights blinking their beautiful colors at me, I enjoyed the “pure cool jazz” sounds of Chet Baker, Nat Cole, Julie London, Cassandra Wilson, etc. as I anticipated the coming visit from my daughter and her boyfriend. I wish that joy—the peace and tranquility that the holiday/festive season represents to all (thanks for those words aawwa). Happy holidays to all (and thanks for the comments)!

  2. aawwa says:

    Interesting post as always! I just dropped by to wish you peace and tranquility for the holiday/festive season 🙂

    Take care and keep blogging 😉

    Cheers
    Lorraine

  3. ElizOF says:

    Sadly, we are suggestible but there are some gifted seers out there too… 😉

  4. My mother was a fanatic believer in influence of the stars and it colored the way she raised me–had to quash my Aries temper. Result I agree with the first comment. and I agree with ElizOF. My Mom wouldn’t predict the future, but she was tuned into many people and in many ways served as a helpful therapists.

    And peace to all, we had dinner with our agnostic kids, their born again in-laws, lit the Hannukah candles, ate fantastic Chinese Vegan take out and all wished only for peace on earth.

    Stay strong.

    • bwinwnbwi says:

      If only everybody could be so tolerant (your description of family) when it comes to opposing viewpoints, there would be, if not peace on earth, at least a viable way to create peace on earth. Thanks everyone for all these comments.

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