by Divya Bhardwaj

Most people, especially recently, have at least some basic knowledge of their star sign. First, if you don’t know the star signs, here they are:

Aquarius

January 20 – February 18

Pisces

February 19 – March 20

Aries

March 21 – April 19

Taurus

April 20 – May 20

Gemini

May 21 – June 20

Cancer

June 21 – July 22

Leo

July 23 – August 22

Virgo

August 23 – September 22

Libra

September 23 – October 22

Scorpio

October 23 – November 21

Sagittarius

November 22 – December 21

Capricorn

December 22 – January 19

Personally, I think Zodiac signs are cool and it’s fun to look at your horoscope sometimes, but you shouldn’t read too far into them. Sorry, but it is highly unlikely that all people born around the same time have exactly the same personalities, mannerisms, and lives. For example, since my sister and I are twins, we have basically the exact same Zodiac, even when you take into account birth time and place. But anyone who knows us knows we are extremely different people. Think about it in relation to your own life: you probably know people with the same sign as you but you probably are pretty different, and conversely, you are probably very similar to people with a Zodiac sign that is different than yours.

Note that I am not trying to rain on anyone’s parade. As I said, it is fun to look at these sometimes and make jokes about what personality traits you’re going to have and what your day’s going to look like. The problem is when you let this dictate your life; for example, when you just met someone and are getting along, but then shun them because you looked up their Zodiac sign and it’s not “compatible” with you. It also is not a justifier for any bad decisions you make. For example, you can’t be extremely rude to everyone around you and then say “Oh haha I’m a Leo!!!!”

Also, I find that people’s attitude towards horoscopes almost entirely depends on the accuracy of their own. For example, my sign is Capricorn, which means I am supposed to be ambitious, hard-working, logical, pessimistic, disciplined, and harsh. I personally don’t really think these traits fit me, so I don’t pay attention to my horoscope because I think it’s false. On the flip side, I have a friend who thinks she is THE Leo. She is always talking about “Leo Season” and takes her star chart and horoscope very seriously, since she feels that her sign accurately describes her. Because horoscopes try to describe a large group of people with just one specific personality type, obviously for some people it will be completely false, for others it will be very accurate, and for most it makes sense in some ways but not overall.

Altogether, I think Zodiac signs are harmless, but we shouldn’t read too much meaning into them and just look at them as something to amuse ourselves.

Posted by:hbinretrospect

Reporting not for school, but for life.

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