My transformation started innocently enough. I was scrolling through my news feed and came across this headline: “5 Zodiac Signs That Thrive Under Pressure.”
The last time I paid attention to my zodiac sign was probably fifty years ago—I’m a Capricorn (December 25)—when I would read my horoscope every morning in the long-defunct Buffalo morning newspaper, The Courier Express. It was fun. Not to be taken seriously. Astrology was on par with mood rings that change colors and the fortune-telling Magic 8 Ball, both of which I had as a kid.
But I’m always on the lookout for fresh (or retro) forms of inspiration and new ways to live my life and find meaning and purpose. Some embrace Buddhism or other spiritual practices. Some become do-gooders. Others go all-out hedonistic. But no matter what system of living we embrace, whether we’re idealists or anarchists, who among us doesn’t want to thrive under pressure?
Could Capricorns be known for thriving under pressure? I clicked the link. Oh grace and blessings! We Capricorns are indeed one of the 5 zodiac signs that thrive under pressure. Not only that, we were the first ones listed:
Boy did I feel good reading that. I think the Babylonians were on to something. Those folks, who were based in Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq), are credited with developing one of the earliest astrological systems around 2000 BCE. They believed that celestial events and the positions of planets and stars held significance for human affairs.
Maybe I was becoming a believer too.
I decided I’d better check my horoscope for today. That’s when I realized there are many places to do so.
First, I went to horoscope.com, which had this to say about Capricorn:
You know, that made a lot of sense. I do think there is someone close to me who might be more concerned with their own issues than they are with mine. How selfish is that? I almost, but not quite, clicked on the link to speak to a live expert (not a dead one). A ten-minute chat was only $1.99.
First I decided I’d better do a fact check on my horoscope, so I went to that Murdoch rag The New York Post to see what they had to say about Capricorn today:
I’m starting to get suspicious that other people may not have my best interests in mind.
But can I trust the right-wing Post? I’d better check the left-wing post—The Washington Post.
I was a little puzzled to find horoscopes listed under the entertainment section, but I pushed aside that cognitive dissonance. Here you go, Capricorn:
I was starting to get a little confused. Start a few new social endeavors? I thought I was supposed to be wary and put myself first.
One more try and I’m sure everything will be stitched together. Astrology.com:
Now I understand—and feel a whole lot better and confident in how to go about my day. That’s because the Virgo moon connects with Chiron and Uranus activates my solar fifth house and Luna blows a kiss to Venus.
Look out life, I’m going to be living you today!
What’s your sign?