Amid the depressing news about natural calamities hitting Australia, Brazil, and provinces in the midsection of the Philippines, a welcome distraction came to us before the weekend of last week. What was supposed to be a plain interview about a natural phenomenon took a controversial turn and then got everybody talking.
No newspaper is complete without the daily horoscope section sitting beside comics, crossword puzzle, and sudoku. Even early morning local TV programs dish out what’s supposed to be in store for us for the day, including our lucky colors and numbers. Media weaned us into it because a chunk of the populace asks for it. Daily. It penetrated our system that even in terms of relating with one another some of us would try to rationalize based on personality traits of the signs we were born into. So much so that when Astronomer Parke Kunkle said that due to changes in the Earth’s alignment the dates of many zodiac signs have changed, we didn’t let it escape our attention as we would global warming and lowering carbon emissions. Most of us had something to say. I, for one, initially found it hard to accept that I am actually a Libra, according to the new astronomy-based zodiac sign configuration. Not that I religiously subscribe to the forecasts but I find the scales boring, Scorpio is sexy and enigmatic, more like me. Hehe..
Just in case you’re out of the loop and missed it, here’s a link to an article: New zodiac signs 2011: Why astrology is even sillier than we thought.
My interest in zodiac signs, though not a big deal really, started to wane when the first battle I witnessed between astronomy and astrology was won by the former when it stripped off Pluto its title as a planet. No use having a ruling planetoid over Scorpio. And then there’s precession and this article: Your Astrological Sign May Not Be What You Think It Is. Astronomy won it again.
Anyway, welcome back to the zodiac, Ophiucus!
“The fault dear Brutus lies not in the stars but in ourselves,” said Cassius in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. I agree. Now back to regular programming.