I would not categorize myself as a left brain thinker. It’s not that I am bad at math and science—they just never really interested me. Give me a lesson on human interactions, the psychosis behind a person’s actions or the interpretation and creation of a history and I am enthralled. Give me a lesson about pumping numbers into equations to get answers and I want to slowly pull on my hang nail like Natalie Portman in Black Swan.
This is why Astronomy surprised me. I took the class on a whim to fulfill one of my science requirements for my bachelor’s degree. In comparison to the other science courses that were available, it was the subject that I knew the least about. I heard warnings of the use of physics and the amount of work needed from previous students, but everyone stated it was worth it—and they were right!
Professor Theo Koupelis at the UW-Marathon County was a wonderful teacher. He kept his students rapt in lecture with theories, physics and calculations. I was astounded by the revelation that Jupiter helps protect the Earth from debris in the universe, forced to question the existence of god and the frailty of human kind when learning about solar flares, and distraught when we discovered what our true signs were after adjusting for the wobble of the Earth’s axis.
This revelation, however many centuries old, threw me for a loop. It is not that I live by my horoscope or have a ram tattooed on my body, but being an Aries was a part of my understood identity. Aries are strong, ambitious, entrepreneurs. But I was a Pisces.
This disturbing concept had been blocked from my memory for quite a few years, but when news broke about the changing of signs this week I decided to take another look. Regardless of debates about whether or not people accept the change of the zodiac signs, I figured it was worth comparing my ‘new’ and ‘old’ identifiers. I found the below personality descriptions on buzzle.com (further down are the 12 old signs if any of you would like to compare your identities):
Pisces: They are sensitive and sympathetic. They are kind and helpful. They can go out of their way to help their dear ones. This makes them excellent friends. Opinions of others can easily influence them due to which they can easily get carried away. They are not very determined or courageous. They are often vague in thinking and behavior. But their idealism is their true differentiator.
Aries: People falling under this sign are adventurous. They are generally self-willed and courageous. They may be seen as short-tempered individuals. They are often clever and confident. On some occasions they act impatiently. Their impulsiveness and quick temper can be their potential enemies. If they overcome these weaknesses, they can achieve success in life, owing to their confidence and clarity in thinking.
I believe that if I read these descriptions to those close to me and asked them which best described me, they would pick Aries. I am a go-getter, I will take risks, I crave adrenaline… and however disappointing to admit, I have a hot temper. It could be argued I am sensitive and caring, but I do not think these are the dominant traits of my personality. So is this a case of predetermination, an argument for the accuracy of the zodiac or mere coincidence. At the risk of being too obtuse, is the changing of my sign a sign that I should make changes to my personality. Nah, but maybe I should focus on embodying the good in both signs.
This blog is a key example of my focus on many things Aries–adrenaline seeking, trying new things, being impulsive… Maybe, this is a reminder that I have other goals too–I must not forget the humanitarian desires I have or my want to do better for others. I cannot let my impulsiveness get in the way of the nurturing and empathetic side that is oh-so important in life. Maybe this Wannabe Aries should consider being a Wannabe Pisces.
Taurus: Those belonging to this sign are romantics. Their love for style and beauty is apparent in their way of living. They are warm at heart and prefer being secure in life. As friends, they are trustworthy and helpful. But they can be possessive about everything they have. This may translate to selfishness and greed. If on guard about these negativities, a Taurus can make a good company and an excellent friend.
Gemini: People belonging to this sign are versatile and quick-witted. They are spontaneous in communication. They come across as intelligent people. Their love towards life is evident from their living! But they tend to worry too much on certain issues and fail in managing their stress. They form opinions pretty quickly and sometimes appear to look superficially at life.
Cancer: Those falling under this zodiac sign form the sentimental lot. They are of a loving and a caring nature. They are cautious in their actions. They are very protective towards their loved ones. This nature makes them excellent and caring parents. Cancers often have an imaginative and artistic side to their life. They are subject to varying moods. Their overly emotional nature needs to be worked on. On the whole, they are good human beings.
Leo: Leos are generous and open-minded. They are quite caring in nature. They possess a dominating nature coupled with a knack of taking everyone along. This combination of traits makes them true leaders. They may be egoistic and bossy. They tend to easily lose their temper. They are both open-minded and openhanded and show deep love for magnificence and luxury. Leos are real kings!
Virgo: They are very analytical. They tend to think overly on any given subject and base their conclusions on a long thought process and deep analysis. They have unidirectional talents. They are absolute purists. Their overcritical nature can become a cause of their troubles but otherwise they are intelligent and good decision-makers.
Libra: Their romantic nature is coupled with serenity. They are balanced in nature and know how to keep their cool at all occasions. At times, they find it difficult to express themselves. Though they appear aloof, they are attached to their near ones. They tend to get influenced by the views of others. It makes them indecisive. Apart from these lacunae, they are on the whole reasonable and thoughtful.
Scorpio: Scorpios are passionate individuals with a magnetic personality. They are forceful about going by their opinions. They have clarity of thought and expression. Due to their possessive nature, they become jealous quite easily. They are clever and courageous. They can be resentful and obsessive. They seek to take revenge of the wrongdoers. So be careful while dealing with Scorpios.
Sagittarius: They are intelligent and philosophical. They know how to lighten up any atmosphere. They are fun-loving in nature. Sometimes their excessive optimism makes them behave carelessly. Their moods and whims can be bothersome but on the whole, they are intelligent people with a good sense of humor.
Capricorn: They are prudent and practical. Their ambitious nature does not allow them to ever give up. They are vigilant. They plan before playing any game of life. They may come across as sadistic individuals who are orthodox and rigid. Perseverance and tolerance are their greatest qualities. They are generally upfront in fighting whatever comes in their way.
Aquarius: They are among the intelligent in the crowd. A sense of humor, coupled with great intelligence and deep thinking make them stand out. They make loyal and honest friends. They are independent thinkers with great originality in their thoughts and actions. They may appear indifferent and less emotional. If you have an Aquarian around you, you may find it difficult to understand him/her.