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Horoscopes as CNY Approaches

Horoscopes as CNY Approaches

So as Chinese New Year (CNY) approaches, we got to talking about horoscopes. This coming year is my year as I was born under the sign of the horse, though for years I never knew this due to the fact the American Chinese restaurants have the dates as '66 being the horse and '67 the goat. But it turns out the CNY came after my birthday that year, so I was born at the end of the year of the horse.

Here is what they say about people born under the sign of the horse:
People born under this sign are characterised as happy and having a positive outlook on life. These people are also very independent, well-liked and bright, with an amazing ability to manage wealth. They are insightful and chatty and have an alluring personality. They may be fiery-tempered, impulsive and stubborn at times due to their capricious nature. They are highly unpredictable and are indecisive when it comes to relationships. They are very decent people but their stand on certain issues can sometimes make them very inflexible. Their swift and elegant body movements and quick speech make them stand out from a crowd. They possess quick reflexes and can make decisions instantly. Being nonconformist, they are able to compensate for their possible insecurity by being highly adaptable.

Cool, right? I can even see much of myself in this description, but then again in the western zodiac, I'm an Aquarius.

Here is what they say about people born under the sign of the horse:
Aquarius is the sign of visionaries, unconventionality and intellectual independence. Aquarius are the people who deviate from the crowd and go their own way. They are always after intellectual stimulation, constantly discovering something new, forming new opinions and stubbornly traveling their way regardless of what other people think. Aquarius are filled with paradoxes, they are interested in the opposite ends of the spectrum, they like to be alone yet are social butterflies, they like to experience both sides and see both opinions as they formulate new ideas with their forward thinking, active mind. Aquarius have a 'live and let live' policy where everyone is free to be themselves, an Aquarius never judges others because as human beings, we are all equal and entitled to our own opinions. They are verbally skilled and very witty, they observe people and learn how to interact with others through observation. They can be masters of manipulation justifying anything they do or think. As a result, they can deal with any type of personality and adapt to any situation. They welcome change because boredom is their enemy. Anything new is an opportunity to Aquarius. Aquarius can act as an expert on any topic, they are very good at inflating their own importance, they feel it is deserved because their eccentricity makes them unique. Conventional people beware, Aquarius likes to shock and deviate from the norm, this is how they live. Aquarius is known to pick at anyone they find weak or dull-minded. It is simply an easy target for verbal exercise for them, no harm is meant but it might be taken from the other person. Deep inside, Aquarius would never intentionally hurt anyone, they have respect for every human, even though this might not seem apparent to the more emotional types.

Wow, again this sounds like me. Then I see this video:

So I get to wondering if my characteristics were shaped because in my search for discovery, I read things like horoscopes and let that influence me. Or what’s exactly going on here? I've always thought that the stuff you get in a newspaper was about as accurate as getting a fortune cookie after a meal in that American Chinese restaurant. But to learn that the whole thing is off kinda makes me wonder more about this and could the stars and calendar also be off for the Chinese zodiac.

Well, the Chinese zodiac works from the lunar calendar and the signs (animals) last a whole year long. I haven't found where it is said that each sign has to do with a constellation like the western zodiac. So perhaps the wobble thing wouldn't have affected it so much. Besides if it only moved things about a month forward, then I would have been perfectly safe as a horse as I was born towards the end of that sign. But let’s say I had not learned of the CNY being after my birthday and had continued to believe myself a goat. Well, it says that goats are:
People born under the sign of the 'Goat' are generally characterised as gentle, compassionate, amiable and generous. They are nice to their friends and loved ones. Because of their alluring personality, they attract people to help them wherever they go. Goat is the 8th zodiac sign. The Chinese believe number 8 brings prosperity and good blessings. They will marry well. They are not only cherished by their spouses but also by their extended families. They are close to nature, love animals and kids, and are generally homebodies. The 'Goat' is creative, artistic and has a great sense of fashion. They are also indecisive, gullible and dislike criticism. They find it hard to work under duress. They can and are easily taken in by sad stories. They are more likely ruled by their hearts but their heads often distract them from the truth. Because of this subjectivity brought about by their emotionality, being objective is hard for them. With regards to their professional and personal lives, they often mix these up and end up being confused. Yet, they have incredible luck in their life. They have an extravagant spending habit.

Again I can see bits of myself in this one as well. So is it that the writers deliberately make it about things we aspire to with a hint of negativity to give us bits to work out? Do we just want to fit in so much that we will bend the words to suit us? Do the horoscopes work for you? Of course, having said all this I also need to share the wise words from Carl Sagan:

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