Sunday, February 25, 2007

New Star Signs Down-under

The hotter the weather, the more likely a turtle egg will hatch into a female. It’s one of countless examples of the environment affecting a creature’s traits. And it’s now solid empirical science.

The book on us — humans — is still sketchy. But we already know that we have not one but many internal clocks, taking their cues in different ways (which is why long-haul flights leave us feeling so jetlagged). There seems little doubt that our bodies are in tune with the monthly transits of the moon, and it makes clear biological sense for our ancestors to have had, for instance, a biological urge to ‘make hay while the sun shines’...

But of course not all humans are conceived in midsummer. So if the process of natural selection determines that a society is most successful with a population composed of a certain percentage of one personality type, a different percentage of another, and so on, what better key for that than the 12 months?

Right, so four paragraphs in and we’re finally getting to the astrology! My contention is that the human traits laid out in the 12 Signs of the Zodiac are nothing to do with the constellations but actually built upon observed character differences of people conceived in different months.

And. That would make Southern Hemisphere star signs all wrong!

Coming up next time: a handy table for finding your adjusted star sign in two seconds flat, and some blurb on what strengths and weaknesses that sign is known for. Stay tuned...

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