My Stars have shifted!
I was surprised to learn recently that revisionists have attacked Astrology and added a new constellation- Ophiuchus – to the mix. As you might expect this creates quite a mess and one of the results is that I learn I am really a Leo and not the Virgo I always believed myself to be. Oh, I know that astrology is bunk but still, I always accepted the Virgo generalizations as accurate assessment of my personality. So what do I make of astrology now that the revisions evict me from Virgo to Leo? If I am really a Leo then why was I so compatible with the characteristics of a Virgo? Inquiring minds want to know.
All through my life, I never gave much thought to who I was supposed to be. I didn’t really believe in Astrology even though I would look at the horoscope from time to time. But still, I was comfortable with the introspective, sensitive Virgo characteristics just as I am now uncomfortable with the outgoing, attention-grabbing characteristics of a Leo. I don’t believe that astrology controlled my life and destiny, particularly now. But it does make me question how my thinking might limit my possibilities in life.
Who defined me?
The Virgo personality I embraced was clearly not written in the stars (certainly after this revision). But it was one I accepted and embraced. I never considered that there might be other possibilities. I never stretched or tried to change my nature even when it was handicapping me. No matter where my personal personality definition came from, I accepted it without question. I accepted that I could not change my nature. I was always going to be the quiet, introspective and sensitive guy in the corner.
Out of my comfort zone!
In recent years, I have gotten wiser and realized that I can change my nature. I know that who I am right now is not all that I can be. And I know that my personality style is not a limit but merely a measure of where I am. Lately, I have pushed myself out of my old comfort zone and into uncharted territory. Maybe I haven’t changed very much but I have embraced change.
Make my own Stars!
The message I take from this shakeup in Astrology is that any personal definition is arbitrary. I was never locked into a Virgo personality. I just chose to accept it and refuse to consider stopping outside it’s limits. Now that I am a Leo, I may play around with who that defines me to be. It will be fun considering a whole new range of possibilities and recognizing that my life as a Virgo was all bogus to begin with. The truth here is that I have no limits to who I am and what I can be except those I put on myself. I’m the one who told me that I could not change. I am the one who set limits on my development. Now I need to be the one deciding who I really want to be – and then making it happen.