Friday, January 14, 2011
A big mainstream news story this week revolves around the "discovery" of the sidereal zodiac, something that people who know nothing about astrology, but who are nevertheless interested in discounting it, can't stop writing about.
It's so weird.
None of us who studies astrology is alarmed or surprised. This short essay explains the difference in the two zodiacs very clearly and concisely. The sidereal zodiac is not new to us, but for those who know zip about the art/science of astrology, it is somehow a Big Story. Why now?
One reaction to this "news" is really interesting. Some folks I know have been aghast at the idea that they might have to identify with the sign that precedes the sign they have always identified with. Funny, eh? We are who we are, after all, completely complicated no matter whether we think of ourselves as a Capricorn or an Aquarius, yes? I say yes.
The timing of this "news" is far more interesting than the fact that those who know nothing about astrology are writing about astrology (because they have nothing better to write about?) and subsequently making asses of themselves, though I'll admit I find that part of it kind of hilarious.
I've been meditating on this all morning, wondering. I think the ancestors are whispering to us this week, asking us to revisit what we think we know about ourselves. Are we really who we think we are?
There's more to say about this, but I'm off to work. Any theories about why this is "big news" this week? Why did it go viral? Why now? I'm intrigued.