It’s Time We All Stop Lying to Ourselves, Astrology Signs are Bogus

Jack O'Connor, Photo Editor

Recently, I was scrolling through the internet, and decided to take a Buzzfeed quiz to figure out what kind of bread I am. It turns out that I’m banana bread. Some people may call this a waste of time, and that may be true, but if I truly wanted to waste my time, than I would’ve looked up what my astrological sign is.

For those of you who have been blessed to not have to suffer through the agonizing ordeal that is talking about astrology signs, then you might currently have no idea what an astrology sign is. So, let me be the one to break the bad news to you.

Essentially, the simple-minded souls among us believe that the position of planets, the Sun, and the Moon on the Ecliptic of our Earth at the moment of a person’s birth can tell you  their basic characteristics, preferences, love life and fears, along with many other attributes.

There is simply no reason as to why the planets, stars, or the moon would have any impact on personality. What is it about the objects in our galaxy that could influence us to make certain decisions? How do the planets, stars, and moon determine our personality?

After listening to thousands of inane discussions concerning astrology signs and studying for what seems like an eternity of endless torture, I’ve finally come to a conclusion as to what each sign means. Every single sign can mean . . .  drumroll . . . anything. If you go to any website, look at their description of one of the signs, then compare it to five other websites, you’ll find that most of the time, these websites describe the same sign differently, often times contradicting each other.

Personally, I’m a Taurus, and according to five different websites that means that I am stubborn, patient, quick to anger, radiate a sense of serenity, and mean.

Essentially, what this means is that if you don’t agree with one website’s description of you and your sign, than just go to a different website until you like the personality traits you are given. For example, if you’re an Aries, one website says you are ultra-competitive, but why listen to that website when another one says Aries are confident?

This scenario gets to the root of the problem with astrology signs. The purpose of astrology signs is not to tell you with absolute certainty what your behavior is or what you would do in any given circumstance. Instead, the purpose of astrology signs is to reinforce our own preconceived notions about ourselves. 

Many people are able to see past the propaganda of astrology signs that constantly appear all across the internet in blog posts, on the Instagram explore page, and even in memes; however, there is another group of people who have different views with both astrology sign believers and the high-minded intellectuals who don’t fall for those lies.

Some people believe that the concept of astrology signs are stupid, but at the same time also think that Enneagram tests are totally accurate, or that palm readings are always spot on, or maybe some other random personality test actually works and is definitely based on real ‘science’.

But this opinion is simply just another way we attempt to convince ourselves that the way we act has some sort of deeper meaning.

Deep down, everybody knows that there is absolutely NO TRUTH behind the claims of the astrology sign supporters. The star you were born under will not change your future and the planet your sign is related to has no impact on your love life.

But that brings us to the dilemma as to why people, whose intellect is only challenged by the McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish Sandwich, believe in this nonsense.

We all want some sort of reasoning as to why we act and behave the way we do. No one wants to believe that the characteristics which make up our personality merely resulted from random, arbitrary experiences we lived through as a kid and that there is no deeper, cosmic reason for our individual actions and beliefs.

It’s not an easy truth to admit; however, we need to realize that our purpose in life and our reason for acting the way we do does not need to be justified by the universe. At the end of the day the cosmos don’t care about us, and despite our seemingly pointless existence in this universe, there is no greater purpose that we can all serve in life than us simply being us.