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Are Horoscopes Hooey?

My title might be a little misleading, but it sets today’s stage pretty well and has a nice ring to it.  What I’m really wondering is how much validity there is to the zodiac and sun signs.

My last post talked about my periodic midlife crisis outbreaks and how I’ve theorized they’re triggered by too-lengthy bouts of rigidity.  This makes a lot of since in my world because I’m all about balance.

Libra Scales

Libra Scales


If you know anything at all about the zodiac, you probably know the scales are a representation of the Libra sign…which I am and, therefore, stirred this post.

My first exposure to sun signs came at a very impressionable age, somewhere around ten or eleven.  My mom had this hardback wonder called Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs. 

Linda Goodman

God only knows how long this thing has been in print, but you can still get it on Amazon.  The online details show an issue date of December 1, 1984, but I assure you I had my grubby paws on it way before then. 

Back then, my young mind accepted most of what the author said as fact because, well duh…it was in print.  When you’re a kid and something is stated in print not bound by a Dr. Seuss cover, its fact.  Right? 

Nowadays I vacillate between, “Oh, the similarities are just coincidence,” and “Wow, that’s spot on!”  Reviews of the book on Amazon are pretty dog-gone strong; 4.5 Stars with 139 reviews.  So there’s a possibility I’m not completely batty.  (Well, not about this topic anyway.)

Now, while I confess I read my horoscope every morning, I don’t put much stock in them.  It’s more of an, “early-morning-drinking-my-coffee-and-reading-something-not-too-heavy,” kind of thing.  (Though I confess, the dire ones make me consider calling in sick and crawling back into bed.)  But sometimes I think there might be validity in the alignment of the stars attributing to how we’re screwed together–the cosmos impacting our personality and quirks, so to speak.  Our family certainly rubs off on us, why not the heavens?

The one (and probably only) thing I know with absolute certainty:  Mystery is one of the yummiest parts of life.  If we had all the answers, a lot of life would be downright dull.

So, what do you think?  Have you ever looked up the “alleged” characteristics of your sun sign?  (Don’t worry, I won’t tell.)  Did they match the way you perceive yourself?  Or is it all just a bunch of hooey?

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