“We are born at a given moment, in a given place, and like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more.” — Carl Jung
For the last few months, I’ve enjoyed watching YouTube videos about people’s experiences with various zodiac signs. I’ve never been one to believe in them but it was fun to nod in agreement with the videos’ depictions of each signs from time to time.
When I heard them mention sun signs, moon signs and rising signs, I realized there was more to this astrology stuff than I thought. I did a more thorough online quiz where they asked date of birth, time of birth and city of birth. In reading through my results, I started to understand why people swear by this stuff.
However, it wasn’t until I read more about my moon sign that I began to defend astrology. I always wondered why such a renowned psychologist like Carl Jung gave this topic the time of day. Now I know.
Your sun sign is what where most people think astrology begins and ends. I’m a Gemini and while I can agree with some of those traits, I knew other people who did as well. It wasn’t unique enough to warrant belief.
Your moon sign is your inner world, but I’ve also heard that it’s how you are when you’re drunk or your shadow side. My moon is in Scorpio and when I read this article, I felt a huge part of a shadow being illuminated by every point I read.
Scorpios moons take everything personally.
- Well, yeah. I know I do that. I probably haven’t accepted it, but it’s true.
They have giant egos.
- Oh… maybe that’s why I hate Leos. They just go about it in a different way. They act like they’re super important. I just fantasize about it and hate that I do it. (I really didn’t enjoy learning that because I spent so much time trying to avert the ego.)
They hold grudges.
- Oh no.
If you hit them, they’ll hit back harder.
- I mean, I was a kid. I was vengeful then. But then again, I just became passive-aggressive instead. And I like when people really try to make amends after they hurt me. I need to know if you’re actually sorry.
They’re very sensitive.
- Ain’t that the truth.
I had to sit with these realizations for a while. Nothing that I read was news, yet it felt like I had been ignoring or even denying these. But as I sat with these facts, I felt… good. I started to replay some bothersome thoughts and all of a sudden, I could handle them.
Because I wasn’t saying no to my sensitive nature, I could respond instead of react.
Because I wasn’t saying no to my wanting to get even, I felt my vengeful side and then decided to react in kindness.
Because I wasn’t saying no to my desire to be seen as important, I had no problem accepting my humble stations in life.
All this transformation completed by taking a simple quiz? Hard to believe, and maybe a solution that not everyone will benefit from, but there was no way I couldn’t share this with other people who could be just as skeptical about astrology as I am.
I don’t use astrology as an excuse to be mean to people who hurt me. My values aren’t in line with that. But I had to accept that I had those feelings before I could transcend them.
Now I see my shadow and I really don’t hate him at all. He’s just trying to protect me and I love that.
Scorpios are among my favorite people but I always wondered why they don’t seem as spiteful as some people say they are. Now I think it’s because the ones I know have embraced who they are, while others have yet to do so.