(I’m… so, so sorry, this turned into an essay ) Astrology is fascinating!! I’m a Scorpio (Sun, Mars, and Pluto so I describe myself as super Scorpio since the last two have direct ties to the sign) and have been obsessed with astrology for about… like 14 years now? Back in high school, I had at least twenty books on the subject.
I’m really just into the personality aspects of astrology–specifically, the western zodiac’s signs and the concept of natal charts. I tried at least reading into horoscopes more when I did all my nerdy “research” back in the day, but just couldn’t get into it. It gave me that eyeroll enough-with-the-bs type boredom that most religious texts do, so to be clear I have no belief in horoscopes or the ability to read into one’s future through astrology.
I think there’s still two major general misconceptions about astrology, though: one is that astrology = horoscopes, when horoscopes are simply a(n easily detachable) part of astrology. The other is slightly more nuanced, I suppose? It’s the misunderstanding that your astrological sign is just dependent on your birthday and year. That actually just determines where the Sun was positioned (on an astrological map, I’m not pretending this is a pinnacle of science ) in relation to Earth when you were born. A natal chart takes into consideration one’s location and time of day at their birth and then shows you where all the other (again, astrological) planets were on said map with some precision–and each of those have different influences on different aspects of a person’s behavior or personality.
Lol it def ain’t science.
Someone I know once casually said that astrology was like my religion and I was lowkey very offended lol. I’m a hard atheist, I’ve been an atheist for just a little longer than I’ve been into astrology, the majority of my life at this point. But that being said, I can’t deny the positive effect my astrology books have had on me, even in some ways others might describe as “spiritual.” (I wouldn’t.)
My absolute favorite astrology book is Sextrology by Starsky & Cox (highly recommend!!). Despite the book exclusively describing sun signs, it actually dares to divide the zodiac by 2 and describe each sign in terms of a person’s sex. I dare a skeptic to read any one of the chapters and tell me it’s easily applicable to anyone who reads it. There are astrologers who are very serious and detailed in their work and I feel that when you’ve found one, it shows.
My personal experiences with astrology have been very empowering. I still read the ‘Scorpio female’ chapter of Sextrology over again every couple of years and it genuinely stuns me at how the more I mature, the more I understand myself, the more accurate the book is. Something about which I’d thought, "Well, maybe I’m like this but I’d never do that, two years later, I’d find that I’d since learned the hard way that I was “like this” and I’d actually “done that” to excess. It’d be almost spooky (or alarming in the sense that I used to worry I was trying to mold myself into its description) if it weren’t so, like… reassuring. During a time where I was learning to be an individual for the first time. I’ve struggled with anxiety, depression, suicide, self-harm–a lot since I was a literal child. Reading my scary accurate, and sometimes unflattering as hell, zodiac entry in that book helped me learn to take time to self-reflect, assess my flaws, think about what was causing my unhappiness and about how much of that was internal (arrogance; denial; stubbornness; self-pity), and not external like it felt. Reading my zodiac, and lots of people’s interpretations of it, helped me like track who I actually was among all of it. What do I identify with? They say your sun in Scorpio means this, and your moon in Libra means that–is that true in my case? If it isn’t, why? And how would I describe myself instead?
I’m not as actively into astrology as I used to be, but I am not exaggerating when I say it helped me survive my early-twenties. I think the absolute best thing about it is that it encourages people to try to understand who they are–um, if you use it like I do, I suppose there must be people out there who treat it like it must just always be right. To get back to what my triflin’ friend said, astrology is not my religion–as corny as it is, I’d probably describe it as a lifestyle.