Like Jeff, I've got an April birthday, only mine is at the end of the month, making me a Taurus, which got me thinking about horoscopes and, you know, whether or not they're full of crap.
I'll preface this by saying that I grew up in Southern California, where astrology loomed large. It may have even been a required class in certain high schools in my area, that's how big it was. People would ask you at parties, "What sign are you?" And they didn't care if it sounded like they were auditioning for the dating game, the information was that deathly important to them. "Really? ATaurus?" the would say. "What's your rising sign?" And they were serious.
I've known for years and years that I'm a Taurus with Sagitarius rising, which I believe makes me both stubborn and flashy. I know too that I am an earth sign, while Jeff, being an Aries, is fire. (You'd think he'd be water, with all that surfer stuff he cranks out... Whereas Jim Born, with his talent for male erotica, might be more of a fire sign, but I digress...)
Anyway, I still think astrology is fun, but despite my upbringing -- and despite the fact I live in Woodstock where I STILL get asked my sign all the time -- it's hard for me to take it very seriously. For one thing, I share a birthday with Eve Arden and Willie Nelson. I'd be hard-pressed to say what those two have in common with each other, let alone what they have in common with me. And my daughter shares a birthday with Jerry Mathers and the Marquis de Sade.
I got my chart done once. I do have to say, I was pretty amazed at how accurate it was -- but was that because it really was accurate, or because it was general enough, I could read into it what I want?
I have a writer friend who, when coming up with a new character, thinks long and hard about that character's birthday, making sure they're the right sign. Others I know won't sign a contract when Mercury is in retrograde, and another friend of mine once turned down a date with a perfectly great guy, because, "I mean... he's a Pisces."
I don't understand any of that. But I do know a lot more about astrology than I probably should.
Do you believe in astrology? If so (or if not)... what's your sign?