Alternate title: Unusual and Endlessly Interesting
I have a list of monthly subscriptions I’ve been cancelling. (As per NYE resolution to be a better financial grown up)
One of those things is two magazine subscriptions that get delivered to my Kindle.
While on my Account page on Amazon I cancelled my Kindle Unlimited subscription (not Amazon Prime – that I’m keeping – step off, Dave Ramsey)
While I’m on the Kindle Unlimited page I look to see if the book Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green happens to be included. (It’s not.) But a book called Do You Love Me by John Green pops up. I think to myself… I’ve not heard of that book of his before….it is available to borrow for free, I click to borrow it. Turns out it’s actually a book on complex Astrology and Relationships by a John Green who is not the young adult author. I clicked through a few pages. Too much talking about charts and houses for me.
This reminds me to go sign up for Wine & Psychic night (I budgeted it in!). It is already sold out.
For funsies, I Google “free astrology charts online” to take away the pain of missing out on Wine & Psychic night.
And that’s the train that got me here.
During one grad school weekend we were talking about small group and individual effectiveness. Our professor gave us an assessment. When we finished there was a legend, our results correlated to some letter and she handed us a piece of paper to read the analysis of our answers. The 16 of us are all blown away by the accuracy of the analysis – “It’s like it knows my soul!” Well, the jokes on you master’s students – every piece of paper she handed us had the exact same thing on it. It didn’t matter what letter we got, we all got the same results and we all were SO SURE it was reading our minds.
Today in a meeting someone brought up StrengthsFinders. It’s an assessment that tells you what your strengths are, encourages you to stop trying to build up your weaknesses because you’re only going to get marginally better at those and be miserable trying, instead capitalize on your Strengths. I feel only medium about the whole SF thing. It’s good direction, but people tend to stop there. Anyway, that’s a post for another day.
I tell both of those stories to illustrate the following:
- I absolutely put no real stock in horoscopes. You could probably all read my daily horoscope and find a way that it revealed itself in your life today.
- After I read my astrology chart, I think I’d rather give that to my work team that my SF profile. I must say, the insights here are more interesting than Responsibility and Individualization.
To get your chart (side note: I keep wanting to put quotes around that because it sounds so stupid when I type it and hear it in my head) you enter your date of birth, time of birth and place of birth. It all matters! I got pages and pages of stuff back. I’m pulling out some of my faves.
(Also, in the interest of full disclosure, I may have done it three different times on three different “chart” websites. I will give it to the astrologers, they were very consistent.)
My chart. So much more than, “I’m a Libra.”
There’s also….whatever the heck this is.
Ascendant in Gemini
Those born with Gemini rising see the world as a place to learn. They are curious about the people around them. Gemini is mostly interested in moving about in their social circles. These are people who love to ask questions, to move around freely, and to mingle. Definitely restless and often quick in physical expression, natives of the Gemini Ascendant exude an air of impatience even if they don’t mean it. (It’s true – I rarely mean to be a jerk. I know I can be. But I didn’t mean it. The sense of urgency is high with this one.)
Gemini rising people are bubbly, changeable, talkative, and a little quirky. These natives are interesting and fun. They constantly explain things, whether it’s their own behavior and opinion or those of the world around them. (It’s not lost on me that I have a blog full of me explaining the nonsense in my world.)
Rising Sign is in 11 Degrees Gemini
Extremely active by nature, you like to get around, meet people and do different things. Very restless, you just can’t seem to stay put. You need to be involved in several projects at once in order to keep your mind stimulated. You like to read books and to write letters and to talk — constantly. (Someone did once suggest I go as Chatty Cathy the doll for Halloween. It’s not a bad idea.) Seemingly ageless, you will always appear to be much younger than you really are. (Woooooo!) Very adaptable and inquisitive, you are always open to new ideas and experiences. A “jack-of-all-trades”, you are lively and versatile. Because of the high nervous tension that you always seem to have, athletic activity (True story: right before my 30th birthday I was at a drag show and there was a tarot card reader. Naturally, I got a tarot card reading. She looked at me, told me I liked to write. Then said, “I like exercise for you.” That I should participate in athletic endeavors came up more than I would have liked in my “chart”.) would be a good way for you to burn off energy. But be careful of a tendency to experience things only superficially — try to dig in and absorb things at a deeper level. (This is the Universe making fun of me for buying that violin years ago. I was going to learn to play!!)
I can see now that this post is going to be a mess of me interjecting in my celestial reading. Sorry friends. Try to go with it. Or, stop now. This really isn’t that interesting to anyone but me.
Saturn is in 19 Degrees Virgo.
Doing useful, practical things boosts your self- esteem. (See the post about me needing to do well on tests and not just talk about learning in grad school. Give me a test! Or the post about me needing to help Meg the bride. I wasn’t the most fun bridesmaid, but when that chick showed up at my door at 3am soaking wet and drunk? I had that under control.) Abstract concepts and reasoning seem frivolous and a waste of time to you. You are very critical of yourself (and others), indeed at times quite self-deprecating. (The line I’ll never forget from a performance review that I got in 2006, “Sarah has high expectations of herself and others, to the point of being judgmental.” Well, don’t be stupid and I won’t judge you.) Try to relax a bit and allow yourself the freedom to fail once in a while. (I think we can all agree I’ve failed plenty by now. No worries, universe.) However, you probably won’t fail very often because you are such a perfectionist.
Mars is in 03 Degrees Leo.
You are a very proud person. Strong, bold, courageous and self-possessed, you love to be the one to initiate significant actions. When people expect a lot of you, you respond positively and will work hard in order to maintain their respect. (That is actually in line with one of my SF qualities: Responsibility. That’s how it manifests, in responsibility to others. i.e. I’m actually a pretty chill traveler when I’m traveling by myself. Stuff happens, you figure it out, no big deal. If I have a travel partner that I worry I may upset or look bad in front of? Then I’m a stressed out nutter about plans, schedule, etc because if something goes wrong they’ll think I’m an idiot. I can really only travel with people who I know will still like me if something goes awry, realizing that I didn’t have the power to control it.) But when your dignity or pride is threatened, you tend to become sarcastic, arrogant and domineering. Try not to take any challenge or resistance that you meet as a personal affront. You are very stubborn about your right to live your life according to your own principles.
This is one of the more sexual positions of Mars. (hubba hubba) While they are rather easy to arouse, their passion is long-standing. Mars in Leo natives enjoy sex more than most, as long as heavy doses of love and romance are part of the package. (I just had this conversation this week. I think we can have it all, friends.) In partnership, they demand loyalty and admiration. Impatient with small-mindedness and disloyalty, Mars in Leo natives generally have a strong idealistic streak. They easily get fired up when they feel they’ve been humiliated, (yeah, I can take a lot of things, but embarrassment is really hard for me to get over. Not in a “ha ha I slipped and fell and that was embarrassing” way. I can handle that. The making a fool out of me thing…no good.) is and they defend their high principles with ardor. Mars in Leo natives act with their heart. (Ugh. I know. We’re not even getting into this right now.) Their ego is tied up with their actions, so that most anything they do becomes a source of great pride.
Venus is in 17 Degrees Libra.
A very friendly and outgoing person, you hate to be alone. Beware of a continuing tendency to compromise yourself in order to avoid being lonely. Try to be yourself, not what others would like you to be. (The struggle is real, yo.) You have an innate desire to be in refined and elegant surroundings and will go out of your way to create a plush and comfortable atmosphere around you. You have heightened aesthetic sensibilities and are attracted to music and the arts (Also a recurring theme.).
Moon is in 02 Degrees Aquarius.
Very freedom-oriented, you must always be able to do what you wish, no matter what. You become stubborn and recalcitrant when others try to force you into a mold. (This sounds harsh. I just don’t like it when people think they know me better than myself…oh, you’ll want a baby someday – you should have it just in case.) You are a true democrat — you are not a follower, but you enjoy being with those who are like-minded. You appreciate emotional self-control — you practice it yourself and you look for it in others. You solve problems, including emotional ones, with your brains and intellect, not your feelings. Try to be tolerant of those who have powerful and obvious emotional responses — not everyone is as objective, cool, dispassionate and detached as you are. (I kind of love this description. Because I’m a nice lady, because a lot of my job is to help others, people sometimes wrongly assume I care a lot of about everyone’s life. I don’t. Unless we have some kind of connection, I am going to smile, nod, and find a way to get away from you. D once called me out on bypassing several empty chairs, only to grab a chair from another table, drag it to where my favorite friends were, and make them make room for me. I did do that. I wanted to sit by the fun people I liked and was willing to overlook a polite social norm to do it.)
Sun is in 07 Degrees Libra.
Very sociable, you enjoy being with others and definitely prefer not be alone. (Enough with the “You don’t like to be alone, okay, “chart”? I get it. You don’t need to rub it in.) Warm and affectionate, you go out of your way to make others like you. You despise ugliness, for you being surrounded by beauty and harmony is a necessity of life. At times, you are very indecisive you waver and falter when forced to make a choice because you have the ability to see both sides of any question. (Seriously, you should see me try to choose a paint color.) The positive part of this is that you are very fair-minded and can be trusted to settle disputes. (There’s a lot of this, too. I may look into becoming a professional mediator.)
Moon in Aquarius people are rarely flighty people, but they can be unreliable when it concerns the little things in life. Often, this is simply an assertion of their independence. In the long haul, however, they are rather constant, as Aquarius is a fixed sign. As long as they have their own space and the freedom to be themselves, however kooky that may be, (universe knows I’m a nutter) they are trustworthy and loyal. (Loyalty is my best trait, if you ask me.) Lunar Aquarians generally make wonderful friends. (Aw, shucks, universe. Thanks.) They’ll make a point of leaving nobody on the outside. What may be surprising is that Moon in Aquarius people have a lot of pride. In fact, when they’ve been attacked in any way (especially regarding their character), they can become very inflexible and cool. It can be difficult to know just how sensitive to criticism Lunar Aquarians are, simply because they hide it so well! (#preach) When their character or behavior has been criticized, they tend to dig in their heels and keep right on doing it. They fully expect others to accept them exactly as they are, or they don’t have much use for them in their lives. These sometimes maddeningly unpredictable people are nevertheless quite charming. They have an unmistakable stubborn streak, but when left to be themselves, they make unusual and endlessly interesting (If I ever decide to online date again, that’s going to be my headline – “Unusual and Endlessly Interesting”. It will beat my last headline of “I make the perfect chocolate chip cookies, but burn bacon every time.” Perhaps these headlines are why I’m still single.) people to be around. Life just wouldn’t be the same without Lunar Aquarians’ unusual spin on the world and the people in it!
Opposition Moon – Mars
You can be precocious, animated, and passionate. You seek emotional excitement in your life. Although you often project a brave and tough image, your skin isn’t as thick as you’d have others believe. You tend to put up defenses due to your emotionally vulnerable and excitable disposition. (Yes, yes, underneath it all I’m a delicate flower.) Unrest is characteristic, as you are bored by routine and become easily frustrated when life is “too easy”. There’s a buzz of energy surrounding you.
If you can channel your excitable energy into sports (What is with the sports? Was this a missed opportunity of my youth? I hope tap dancing counts as a sport.) or some other competitive field, (Will Friends TV Trivia count?) all the better. Although you can be a decidedly amiable and interesting person, others always seem to sense your boundaries. Something is bound to get you worked up, and it’s not always clear what that something will be. (Like the last time I was in a car accident because I was too busy yelling at the idiot on NPR who wanted to pass a bill to pay retail employees 3x their pay on Thanksgiving. The amount of money and time and governing that bill took, for a measure that was never going to pass, so he could be a righteous jackass made me so mad. Hospitality employees, medical professionals, MOVIE THEATRE employees, gas station attendants… we’ve all been working Thanksgiving Day for years. But you decide you want to be a hero over this new travesty? ….Maybe I’m still worked up over that. My car had to be towed, I had to get a rental, I didn’t know anyone well enough in Columbus at this point to call for a ride, Uber wasn’t a thing yet, it’s dark and late, and the thing I was still most upset about when I was telling D all about this hours later was the idiot congressman.) Your bluntness can be both appreciated and considered offensive, depending on your audience! (i.e. calling the Dean of my college a mockery of student leadership in an email to him the night before graduation got me a present on stage as I walked to get my diploma. Calling my boss a mockery of HR leadership got me fired.) (OMG – maybe I should stop calling people mockeries of leadership.) (Refer back to “Sarah has high expectations of herself and others, to the point of being judgemental.”) You are eager to make a personal impact on those around you. It is possible that you are too eager in this sense, and you come across as self-absorbed and difficult to stomach. (I actually do know that not everyone thinks I’m adorable.) Patience is definitely not your strong point! (No duh) Your responses are quick, and your are a passionate person who is usually quite courageous although your energy is sporadic and sometimes wasted. You are sexually responsive.
226 Sextile Venus – Neptune (I have no idea where this is represented on the chart)
Her professional life is unstable. (Compared to my friends at the N-Dubs it sure is. I only have five co-workers in my immediate department. Next month, one is celebrating her 35 year anniversary there, another is celebrating her 25th. The other three have all been there for an average of 17 years. I can’t even fathom this.) She has a taste for the Arts, is a dreamer, is easily influenced and romantic. She is emotional and very sensitive.
Romantic, creative, gentle, and adaptable, you naturally express the finer qualities of mysterious and dreamy Neptune in your love relationships. Your imagination is rich and your fantasy world well-developed. (I almost didn’t share this paragraph, but I like the call out to my well-developed imaginary world. I like it there. Everyone knows me. Plus, I’ve got all this lonely to deal with…”what do you mean you can’t see all my imaginary friends?”) You are turned off by rudeness and crudeness, and are drawn to beauty in its many forms. You are very giving and generous.
Venus in V
She wants to succeed in her love life. She meets pleasant people and has very good friends, usually without too much conflict. She likes amusements, parties.
Interest in the opposite sex for you started young. Playful, sensual, and amorous, you are in love with love! (I know, Claire! OK? Gosh!) You thrive on romantic attention, and it is easy and natural for you to always have a crush or romantic interest. (There are at least three TV character crushes happening at ALL TIMES.) There is a romantic, playful side to you that is unmistakable. It keeps you young at heart! You are sensuous and enjoy indulging in the pleasurable senses to the fullest possible extent. (Actually where my head went first with this is my regular attendance at historically accurate themed cocktail parties the Historical Society here hosts which are called “Pleasures of the Cup”.) You enjoy surrounding yourself with beautiful art and music, and these may play a role in your ideal date scenario. There is a touch of the dramatic (WHAT? Me? Dramatic? Why, I’ve never!) (Kidding!) in you when it comes to love and sex. You are generally quite loyal to your partner, and you are both charming and easily charmed. It’s also easy to turn your head. You are a warm, fun and playful date. (I am actually a pretty good date. Unfortunately, see that part about me thinking everyone is stupid and being judgmental.)
The heart has its reasons which Reason knows nothing of… Your balance is based on the richness of your affective life. Without love, the Venusian is resourceless, lost, and deprived of any reason for living. (Laying it on a little thick, “chart”. Jumbo lump crab meat on top of a medium rare filet is also a pretty good reason for living. Also, Downton Abbey.) You have an obvious and strong will to charm and to arouse the attachments without which you cannot properly function. Every area of your life is thus marked by your affectivity. The danger is that you may “be taken in” by charm. (100% I am. “Hey Sarah – what do you find most attractive in a guy?” “Charming arrogance.” What can I say – I like them charming and confident. Hot.) In such cases, you would prefer to keep your emotions under better control. (Easier said than done, “chart”!) Thus, hyper-sensitivity has its own inconveniences. Nevertheless, better than anyone else, you know how to play with feelings and attractions. Although you are sometimes caught in the traps of an over sensitive emotionalism, feelings remain your best assets in many circumstances. There is another aspect to the Venusian dominant. According to the Tradition, this planet rules the Arts, and you are endowed with some degree of artistic dispositions, ranging from good (dancing it out) to excellent (painting).
Mercury Conjunct Venus
You have a love affair going with the mind and you value all of its offspring: words, ideas, thoughts, and such. In particular you appreciate good conversation, and you feel that stimulating mental adventures (either alone or with others) are among the most exciting experiences life offers. You have a built-in sense of discrimination when it comes to the intellect — all mental activities. (Sigh. I am a sucker for clever and witty banter.)
Mercury Conjunct Pluto
Anyone who tries to get you to play with words is in for a big surprise. Your mind cuts right through all the window dressing and gets right down to the quick. (Yes. Let’s just get to it.) Before anyone knows it, you have the heart of the matter out front for everyone to see. You would make a great investigator, either in scientific research or undercover work. It makes no difference. Your ability to get to the point is all but phenomenal. You can talk and put into words areas of the psychological that others wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole. (I like that we’re wrapping up with a boost to the ego.)
Saturn Sextile Uranus
You are very skilled at implementing change and improving existing circumstances. (Thank goodness, because this is what I’ve chosen to do with my life.) You seek to understand and improve situations, finding new but secure ways to better conditions. Inventions and discoveries, in particular in communications, computers, and electronics, may be possible. You bring order and organization to areas where new development is taking place, also emergency situations (Like the drunk, soaking wet bride at 3am I mentioned above.). You can teach and help others to understand this as well.
Well. There you have it. Hours of my life sucked into trying to understand the plan the universe has all laid out for me. While I do know this is all just for funsies, I’m okay making connections to the things I laid out as goals for myself this year – which were in line with my core values. It’s impossible to miss the themes of social recognition, creativity and having people feel drawn to me and comfortable around me. Magic 2016 continues…