Emily Perry / Equinox staff

Emma Connelly

Equinox Staff

Today many have become jaded and frustrated with the state of the world, making it seem trivial to believe in something such as Astrology in modern society.

But astrology has stood the test of time, providing people with personal insight for 2,000 years. It’s 2018, and I believe astrology is thriving because of our humanistic desire to understand ourselves on a deeper level.

Due to social media, it’s easy to be caught up in what everyone else is doing. While we observe everyone around us, we in turn end up neglecting ourselves.

This is where astrology comes in. Through this ancient craft, we can finally begin to understand our true selves, and the grand realization that your life and spirit are completely yours — wholly. It also leads people to understand that they exist for a reason, and they aren’t just another speck of dust floating through the universe.

I discovered astrology when I was a young kid — around seven or eight years old.

My mom had told me I was a Cancer. Of course, when she said that, my first thought was, ‘do I have to go to the hospital?’ but my mom quickly reassured me it was only my Zodiac sign. She then told me she was an Aries, and how when she was a teenager in the 1980s her favorite section of her magazines were the horoscopes.

I ended up forgetting about it for a while, until one day during my first year of high school I started really reading into it. It was during a time when I was feeling unsure about myself, and anxious about how I fit in the order of things — everything I read resonated with me deeply. I came to find out it is more than just being a Cancer, Leo, Aries, Taurus, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces or a Gemini. You had a moon sign, a rising sign, and even different asteroid placements that affected you.

The sign you most likely know, based on your date of birth, is your Sun sign.

This is the background of the painting that is you. Your moon sign is what happens within, how you process your emotions on an internalized level. Your rising sign is said to be how you come off to others. This made me realize that there was so much to my soul and my personality that I had just discovered about myself or had finally been able to put words to. Many say that astrology is incorrect because they don’t relate to their sign, or any of the traits that come with it. If they only explored a little bit past the surface, they’d understand the beauty and soft comfort of it. The world puts too much focus on your life, compared to the life of someone else.

At the end of the day, everyone is on a different path and has different purposes. The world needs to at least give astrology a chance, and put in some research. It’s interesting what you may find out about yourself.

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