Before the dawn of the written word, humanity communicated through symbolism. Tales passed down through generations explained our common experience using symbols from our environment that we all recognized and understood.
Then, we developed a shorthand. We invented words and defined them. The birth of language. Astrology, a practice born in just as ancient times, is a combination of the two—a symbolic language.
Astrology uses the 12 signs of the zodiac to describe the 12 types of energy that exist in our universe.
There’s no mistaking that there’s something significant and complete about the number 12. 12 months to a year. 12 inches in a foot. The 12 Steps to Recovery. 12 Apostles. 12 stages of The Hero’s Journey. Even that 12 days of Christmas song. 12 parts consistently make a whole.
Through studying the zodiac, one realizes that any thing, feeling, concept, personality quirk, fits within the traits of one of the signs.
For example, the sign of Gemini represents adaptability, the sharing of ideas, curiosity, and the power of the mind. People with Gemini chart placements are chatty, quick-witted, and love to gossip. Even the concept of social media is a classically Gemini concept. And guess who has Gemini hanging out in his 10th house (the house of career and legacy)? Creator of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg.
Astrology provides a language for those indescribable things that we all experience in life.
What makes you get your lazy ass out of bed in the morning, even though you are so NOT on board?
That’s Aries energy—fiery; initiating.
What makes you get dressed up and look decent, disguising the disgusting slob that you actually are?
That’s Libra energy—appreciation of beauty; consideration of others.
The feeling that you get while eating your favorite home-cooked meal that you’ve had a million times?
Cancer energy—comforting; safe; familiar.
That wave of relief when you take off your pants/bra/painful shoes at the end of the day?
That’s Sagittarius—honest expression of self; freeeeeeedom!
Astrology categorizes and puts a name to those nebulous concepts. Begin to use the zodiac as shorthand, and guess what? You just learned a new language.
- Didn’t I sound like Neil deGrasse Tyson back there for a bit?
- How did I miss the boat to write for Cosmos?