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Writer's Block: Under the Same Sign

Today is chockfull of celebrity birthdays—Brad Pitt, Keith Richards, Christina Aguilera, and more. What celebrities do you share your birthday with? Do you find any similarities between you and those who share your birthday?

Absolutely none. I was MIFFED to find out I did not share my birthday with any Famous Writers such as Poe or Shakespeare. I share my astrological sign with a poet that I don't like, Emily Dickinson, and that is about IT.

This proved to me that astrology was a complete crock long before I started sorting out how many other ways the astrology charts and sign descriptions did not fit my character. It was the simplest most obvious thing. If your birthday had anything to do with who you are, mine should have been Chock Full of Famous Writers with a few Science Fiction luminaries thrown in like Ray Bradbury or Isaac Asimov.

Seriously, this is where I emotionally rejected it and became critical enough to find the rest of the inconsistencies. I'm still annoyed. However, when I get famous it'll change for anyone else born on my birthday.
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Dec. 18th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
Technically, astrology at it's simplest (month of birth) is absolute bullshit. The more in-depth, that takes into account birthplace coordinates and exact time, is a little more accurate. For some people. Mine is crazy accurate, even on points that I'd rather not admit. I was shocked when I had my chart done up online and it "predicted" that I would be into kink, polyamorous, and a writer or other creative persona. Seriously, my jaw dropped, because that shit isn't supposed to be right.

If you remember Allikat, hers was as crazy accurate as mine. We both did it as a lark and were shocked.

Then you have people like my boyfriend Paul, whose charts, even when everything is filled in right... are the polar opposite of who they are. According to his chart, he's supposed to be money-grubbing, lacking compassion, and harsh. He doesn't really give a shit about money except that it's useful, and he's one of the most compassionate and caring people I know, to the point of his own detriment at some times.

ISTR at one point you mentioned your egg donor had a chart done up for you and it was similarly ass-backwards. It's interesting how it's accurate for some and almost completely opposite for others. I've never seen anything about why that's the case, but it's... quite interesting, imo.
Dec. 19th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
Actually both in childhood and later on when an astrologer acquaintance did one, it came out that totally ass backwards. Both of them described the person my abuser wanted me to be and thought I was but wasn't even diametrically opposite, was so completely No Relation that it was impressively inaccurate at random.

It's nice to hear about another guy who is so unlike his chart that it's someone he wouldn't even talk to. Someone said once that it represents the likeliest path a person's life would take but if you head off in another direction it becomes irrelevant and you cut your own channel.
Dec. 19th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
Yeah, that would make sense. Astrology is basically predestination, and a lot of that is very dependent upon free will. Maybe it's the most likely path, but so many different things can happen to influence and change a person. For instance, despite how hurt I got there by certain people, I'd probably be a very different person now if I'd never joined Forward Motion.
Dec. 19th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
Yeah, that may well be true. Especially given everything else in your circumstances.

For me it wasn't that life-changing because I was old and had been through a lot long before then. It was rough but it wasn't as much of an eye-opener.
Dec. 19th, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)
Right, I meant it as an example for me personally. Given that I grew up extremely sheltered and had essentially no external contact, it was my first real look outside, so to speak. If I hadn't joined FM, I probably would have just continued on to college and got dumped into the social pool the hard way. Who knows where I'd have gone from there? I might still have ended up on a similar path, but a lot would be different.

For you, it was more another social circle, vs. something life-altering.

Still a pity that it went the way it did.
Dec. 19th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
I know. It was most frustrating because I enjoyed it that much before it went bad. I got way too involved, enjoyed being around other writers so much. I got burnt out after that and much less sociable about writing.

You could have run into far worse if you'd hit that social wall in college in person, with far greater problems in life coming out of it. And carried massive debt afterward too.
Dec. 19th, 2008 04:31 am (UTC)
It's kewl... no one is born on my birthday either (March 1st). However kewl people do share my same sign, umm like Chester Bennington (singer from Linkin Park), Kurt Cobain, Buffalo Bill, Lou Reed, Johnny Cash, Elizabeth Taylor, Ralph Nader, Dr. Suess, John Bon Jovi, Prince Edward, Spike Lee and other random people and I have NOTHING in common with any of them...
Dec. 19th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
Sounds like these things focus a lot on musicians and actors. I don't tend to follow musicians or actors, so don't really think about it -- I don't have anything in common with them really.
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