Monday, February 24, 2014

The Astrology Game

Last night I met some friends out for a drink, and in doing so was able to catch up with an old acquaintance, "Kay", whom I hadn't seen in a while.

Kay and I have several friends in common, and we always have a great time chatting every time we see each other. She's a very bubbly, upbeat person -- exactly the type of person I enjoy hanging out with, because her positive attitude is so infectious.

One of Kay's favorite things to talk about is astrology -- she's very interested in the types of different personalities and traits of those around her. She insists that in understanding someone's astrology sign, she's able to better understand and appreciate their own individual characteristics.

Now, I've never really spent much time studying astrology, so it's interesting to hear what Kay has to say about the whole thing. She's incredibly knowledgeable about all the signs, so she's able to pinpoint the quirks and tendencies of other people she barely knows. If you believe in the whole astrology game, Kay's approach to life is kind of genius. She can walk into a room full of strangers, knowing only their astrological signs, and be able to gage their personalities right off the bat.

While we were talking last night, she asked me when my birthday was.

"September 15th," I answered.

She nodded. "I thought so. You're a textbook Virgo."

Of course, upon hearing this, I asked her to elaborate.

"Virgos are overly analytical. They tend to be perfectionists, and often need things done in a specific way. When they feel like their needs aren't being met, they can take on a controlling type of personality. Basically, they're the 'my way or the highway' type of people."

I laughed. "So basically, Virgos have all the negative traits."

"No," she said, shaking her head. "I don't see any of that as being bad. Virgos know what they want, and they know how to get it. They always have a strategy for success and an attention to detail."

Her description of me was dead-on. It made me think maybe there was something to this astrology game after all.

"Overall, how would you sum up the Virgo personality?" I asked her.

"Well, here's the bad news. It's nearly impossible for anyone to make a Virgo happy. Virgos are never satisfied with the outside world because their expectations are set too high. That being said, they need to learn to make themselves happy."

All night I kept thinking about what Kay had told me. So this morning, before I left for work, I looked up some more information on my astrological sign online.

What I found was almost uncanny. Everything I read describing the characteristics of the typical Virgo sounded as though the author knew me personally.

On the outside I appear to be calm and collected, while on the inside my mind is usually constantly at work. I'm often sensible, critical, and meticulous. I'm often skeptical of the motives of others, and I'm quick to sense when someone or something is "off". I take my outward appearance very seriously --while I appear to be a clean and tidy, I typically have a messy closet behind closed doors. I don't do well with displays of emotion, which makes me seem "cold" and "detached". I'm quiet and observant, usually finding ways to keep myself busy without engaging in interaction with others. In relationships I don't do well with PDA, and I need someone upbeat and positive who doesn't mind my constant nit-picking. More than anything, I need intellectual stimulation. Decision-making is incredibly difficult for me, because I constantly question my choices. I can be almost too analytical logic-oriented, which often gets in the way of my ability to relax and enjoy the moment. I crave stability and structure in my day-to-day life.

More than anything, I think reading these descriptions helped me better understand why I am the way I am. Too often I'm harsh on myself and tend to be a constant worrier. By understanding that these traits apply to a specific personality trait, it's easier for me to pinpoint the areas I really need to work on.

What is your astrological sign? Do your characteristics match up to it?

I'd really love to know -- I'm starting to think there might be "something" to this astrology game.


  1. I am a cancer and if you want to know about my personality go read about my sign - it's me to a t.

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