The truth to astrology and debunking the misconceptions and myths: Sun, Moon, Rising signs, and more
Stars are aligned
There are two varying camps when it comes to the wonders of astrology. If you belong to the sceptics, all I ask is that you leave any preconceived notions of astrology you have at the door. Modern astrology may seem like a bunch of fluffy woo-woo to you (like how Starbucks drinks have been priding themselves on), and I can definitely agree that things have gone out of hand. However, there's real value to be reaped from reading about your star sign, so bear with me here.
Astrology is more than what these Instagram meme pages make it out to be. The image that comes to mind when someone mentions astrology is probably that of crystal balls and walking through a beaded curtain to be greeted by someone in billowing velvet fabrics. In reality, your astrological sign is a lot more complex, but oversimplified for ease of commercialisation.
It's more than just your Sun sign
You may have heard critics who are eager to debunk astrology, making condescending remarks like "So do you mean that two people born on the same day have the exact same personality?". The answer is, of course not. There are also Moon and Rising signs at play, which involves the time and place of birth; hence no two people will have the exact same personality, no matter how similar their Sun signs are. Let me break this down for you:
Your Sun sign rules your personality, your Moon sign rules your emotional core, and your Rising sign rules your outer appearance. They're all different facets and layers of one person, and don't even get me started on the other planets. These are the three basic "categories" of your personality that you need to know about (especially when you're having fun checking them against those meme pages).
That leaves us with the other important planets in the solar system: Mercury, which dictates how you communicate with others, Venus which rules your style of romance, and Mars that indicates how you pursue your goals. Each "category" has 12 zodiac signs, namely Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. Each sign indicates a different style of approaching a specific area in your life. For example, my Venus sign is in Leo, which makes me especially drawn towards over-the-top and dramatic romantic gestures. If this seems like a lot to digest right now, wait till you get a full reading of your birth chart that's available online — free of charge. All you need is your date, time and place of birth, and you're good to go.
There's different types of astrology, so find one that works for you
Believe it or not, there's different types of astrology. The kind that you see in mainstream media that's been popularised through meme pages and parody videos on Youtube and TikTok — that's modern Western astrology. It's easier to classify (and poke fun at) because the traits are so easily identifiable. If you thought astrology was complicated enough, try reading up on Numerology, Vedic astrology, and other more traditional forms of astrology. Who knows? You might even find something you truly resonate with.
Have an open mind
Astrology is about self-introspection and understanding the world around you. Renowned psychologists and sociologists like Carl Jung have supported the claim that astrology is very real, and a great way to gain a better understanding of your emotions and psychological processes. Either way, rather than putting people down for believing in astrology, having an open mind works best when approaching these topics. Some of us might think of astrology as a mere hobby, while others may use it to guide them in making life decisions. At the end of the day, there's no shame or harm in wanting to know which Starbucks drink you are, based on the day and time you were born. All in the name of good fun.