Who are you? 101 ways of seeing yourself

Check out your chakras, archetype, sun sings and more.

Just who are you? Who am I, for that matter? I like to do a lot of writing prompts in my journal—to keep my mind active as well as to help me make decisions, discover new plots for my stories, and even learn more about myself. Recently I had a prompt that asked me to describe who I am in a single sentence, and if you’ve ever done that, you know that it can be a challenging thing to do!

While checking out the personal development (okay, self-help) section at the library the other day while my daughter was in a class, I ran across a book that goes even deeper into who you are. It’s called Who Are You? 101 Ways of Seeing Yourself: From Archetypes and Chakras to Enneagrams and Sun Signs, An Identity Kit of Physical, Spiritual, Mental, and Emotional Self-Tests. Talk about a loaded title! After reading this book, I should know exactly who I am, right?

Malcom Godwin’s book of self-tests and assessments is definitely an interesting one. Though I haven’t yet done many tests, I can tell you that they vary widely and range from scientific (one even explains different parts of the brain and how it works) to medieval (what grail symbol are you?) to spiritual (chakras and so forth). Each assessment varies widely; you might be given some characteristics to analyze yourself and determine which describes you, or you might have to take a little quiz a la Seventeen magazine to see which applies to you personally.

All kinds of interesting and provocative images are displayed with these various tests—are you phobic? Are you trapped? How joyful are you?—which only adds to the interesting value of the book. Some people might be interested to learn their Dosha balance (and what foods they should eat) while others might want to know their type in Chinese medicine. The most interesting thing to me is that some of the things that I am in my zodiac are completely the opposite in these tests—for example, I’ve always thought I was a complete water sign (creative, intuitive, emotional, passionate) but according to my Dosha, fire might be more me.

This book could be so much fun for lots of people—your spiritual aunt, your woo woo neighbor, your graduating niece or nephew just discovering who he or she is. It could even be used at parties for a fun activity for everyone to do. You could always hire a psychic (they are a lot of fun—I went to a psychic party once) but analyzing your friends could be even more enjoyable (or at least laughter-inducing).

About The Pisces

Between February 20th to March 20th is the time of the Pisces. All those born during this period will be forever connected to each other through a shared astrological sign. As with all the other star signs, those who can claim Pisces tend to have certain attributes and personality traits in common.

When it comes to their positive attributes, those who were born under the sign of the Pisces tend to be of a gentle and malleable nature. The Pisces tends to be quite a friendly person and tend to be generous as well. Because of their friendliness, they tend to be very popular with almost everybody they come into contact with. They are very accepting of others and tend to accept them as they are without trying to mold the other person into who they think they should be.

With all these positive traits, it may be hard to see what negatives the Pisces may have. This isn’t to say that they don’t have any negative traits though. One negative trait that the Pisces has is that they tend to quite emotional in they are life. Instead of thinking rationally, they may let their instincts lead them. Additionally, because of their malleable nature and gentleness, the Pisces is often walked over by others.

The sign of the Pisces is most often represented by the image of two fish. The sign depicts one fish heading upwards while the other is heading downwards. This image represents the how the Pisces is often torn between two different ways or paths in life. The glyph used to represent this sign resembles that of the letter H.

The Libra

"One positive trait that the Libra has is that they tend to be sensitive to the needs of others."

Those who were born under the sign of the Libra have a birthdate between September 24 and October 23. The sign of the Libra is often represented as a picture of scales. As with all the other zodiac signs, the Libra has traits that distinguish it from the rest. These traits, both bad and good, may not be seen in all the people who can claim Libra as their zodiac sign, but they are often seen in the majority of them.

One positive trait that the Libra has is that they tend to be sensitive to the needs of others. This sensitivity often allows them to understand and meet the emotional needs of those they are with. This sensitivity and understanding often make others think of them as a person who makes others feel better just being around them.

In addition to being sensitive, the Libra often has the ability to look impartially at different matters. This impartiality, makes them ideal candidates for solving disputes among others. However, despite this impartiality, they often stick to their judgments once they are made.

Truly negative traits of the Libra show up in the form of shallowness, frivolity, and high flirtatiousness. Because of their flirtatiousness and liking of the opposite sex, the Libra is often seen as a promiscuous person. However, despite this promiscuity the Libra often have a strong chance at a successful marriage. A large part of this success can be attributed to the fact that the Libra is sensitive and highly empathetic.

Chinese Zodiac Elements Continued

Earth, Metal, and Water

Those who were born under the zodiac element Earth tend to be of a practical nature. In addition to being practical, those who have the Earth element tend to be hardworking, industrious people. They tend to ignore the nonsensical and stick with the logical. Additionally, they tend to methodical in their methods and they utilize everything that they can. When they see something they try to see what they can make of it. However, it isn’t to say that Earths have only good qualities. Their negative traits tend to include that they can be insensitive to others, unimaginative  in their work, and they are often considered to be a bit boring.

Those who were born with the element Metal have traits just like their element. They are strong, unbending, and resilient. These factors play apart in all aspects of their life. They support their friends and families, in addition to being able to rely on themselves. Another trait they have is that they have a steel resolve and rarely waver in their determination.

The last element of the Chinese zodiac is water. One of the biggest features of this element is that they are often flexible to situations and sensitive to the needs of others. Those who have the element water tend to be emotional, but not in a bad way. It is easy for Water’s to be friendly with others and quickly gain their trust and influence. As with actual water, those who are of the Water element don’ use force to get their way, but gradually wear down resistances in others.

The Elements of Chinese Zodiac

Wood and Fire

In addition to each person being born under a different sign in the Chinese zodiac, each is also associated with a different astrological element. In Chinese astrology, none of these elements are stronger than another, rather they are all dependent on each other and controlled by one another.

Each of these elements are assigned to a year in a 5 year cycle. When combined with the different animals of the Chinese zodiac there can be a total of 60 different personality combinations. These elements are wood, fire, metal, water, and earth.

Wood

Those who fall under the zodiac element wood tend to be a person who is cooperative with others. However, this could be for many reasons that align with your animal sign. For example, a Tiger may be willing to work in a team so long as they are the leader. In addition to being cooperative, those who are of the wood element tend to be ethical and compassionate as well.

Fire

Two common traits for those who were born with the element fire are flamboyance and charisma. With these skills, those with Fire tend to make great leaders and are perfect for inspiring others. Additionally, those who are a fire have a strong sense of enthusiasm and passion. These features can often manifest as intensity in all things that they do, especially the ones they enjoy. Unfortunately, due to this intensity and passion, those who are a Fire tend to become quickly impatient and often are subject to having a quick-temper.

A Brief History of Astrology

"Astrological information began to be published for the public during the Renaissance. "

Although Astrology is most often referred to as a New Age subject, it has in fact been used for hundreds and thousands of years. This ancient science has been used before either psychology or astronomy and uses mathematical cycles to study the different interactions between the planets and the stars.

The origins of astrology can be traced back to many notable locations and periods of time for both horoscopes and astrological records. One of the earliest records for astrology can be dated as far back as 1645 BC in Babylon. Horoscopes can be dated back as far as 410 BC, although location is unknown. Other locations where astrology has been noted to originate include Egypt, Rome, and Greece.

Astrological information began to be published for the public during the Renaissance. This is largely due to the fact that this was when the was a greater spread of literacy. In fact, during this time there were many notable person who practiced astrology; among them Copernicus and Galileo.

After this time, astrology saw a decline in popularity due to an array of different “predictions” failing to produce true results. After it lost its popularity, astrology saw small resurgences in usage during the 1700s and 1800s, however it wasn’t until 1930 that it had a widespread increase in popularity. This can be attributed to the birth of Princess Margaret when an astrological profile of the princess was released in the London Sunday Express to celebrate the day of her birth. This astrological profile helped to bring about the horoscope columns that many newspapers publish in the current day.

Star Sign Compatibility:

Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius Pisces

As stated in last week’s post, not all star signs are compatible with each other. While not always exact, there are certain star signs that one should avoid creating a relationship with and there are others that should be sought out.

Virgo

Those of the star sign Virgo are highly compatible with both the Taurus and Capricorn astrological sign. When looking for someone to stay away from, their astrological mismatch is that of the star sign Pisces.

Libra

The Libra star sign will find the most compatibility with those who are either an Aquarius or a Gemini. However, for the sake of their sanity they would do best to stay far away from those that were born under the sign of the Aries.

Scorpio

If you are a Scorpio you would best to find a partner who is either a Pisces or a Cancer. This will help to ensure a harmonious relationship. However, if disharmony is your goal, a Taurus is the answer you are looking for.

Sagittarius

Those that are a Sagittarius would find it best to  be matched with either an Aries or a Leo. However, it would be a horrible thing to be matched with a person who can claim the Gemini as their star sign.

Capricorn

A Capricorn would find it best to be in a relationship with either a Taurus or a Virgo. Alternatively, it would be a horrible situation for them to be with a Cancer.

Aquarius

Those under the star sign of the Aquarius would find a perfect partner in those who are either a Libra or a Gemini. Alternately, those who are a Leo would never be their perfect partner.

Pisces

Last but not least is the Pisces. Those under this star sign would be in astrological heaven if paired with either a Scorpio or a Cancer. On the other hand, if paired with a Virgo, they would find themselves in an astrological hell.

Star Sign Compatibility:

Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, and Leo

When it comes to the compatibility of star signs, there are certain ones that tend to get along better than others. For  each sign, there are generally two star signs that make the perfect match as well as one star sign that should avoided at all costs. While there have been cases where these compatibility rating may be wrong, many people have found them to be a good guideline to follow.

Aries

Those of the star sign Aries are highly compatible with those who are either under the sign of the Leo or the sign of the Sagittarius. Additionally, Aries are least compatible with those who fall under the star sign Libra.

Taurus

Those who are a Taurus are highly compatible with those who are either a Virgo or a Capricorn. Additionally, they are extremely incompatible with those who are a Scorpio.

Gemini

The Gemini star sign is highly compatible for those who are either an Aquarius or a Libra. Gemini would be best to stay away from a relationship with a person who has the star sign of Sagittarius.

Cancer

Cancers are highly compatible with both Scorpios and Pisces and should seek out a relationship with them for best results. Additionally, the would do themselves a favor to stay away from those who are a Capricorn.

Leo

Those under the sign of the Leo are highly compatible with those who are either an Aries or a Sagittarius. The Leo is highly incompatible with those born under the sign of the Aquarius.

January Astrology Signs

As with all other months, January has two different star signs that are associated with it. These two signs are Capricorn and Aquarius. Those who were born in the first half of January fall under the sign of the Capricorn while those who were born in the second half of January fall under the sign of the Aquarius.

Capricorn

Those who can claim the star sign Capricorn are born between December 22 and January 20th. Capricorns have many different characteristics that are both positive and negative. Among their positive characteristics are the facts that they tend to be practical, ambitious, and patient. Negative personality characteristics include that they can be overly pessimistic, grudging, and miserly.

Capricorns tend to like it when things are reliable and have a purpose. However, they tend to dislike things that involve wild schemes, ridicule, and fantasies.

Aquarius

Those who fall under the star sign Aquarius are born between January 21 and February 19th. As with every sign, the Aquarius has both its positive traits and its negative traits. Positive traits include being friendly, loyal, honest, and independent. Negative traits that an Aquarius can possess are that they can be unpredictable, detached, unemotional, and contrary.

Those who have this star sign tend to like things such as having fun, dreaming of the future, and enjoying the companionship of friends. In addition to having certain likes, the Aquarius tends to have certain dislikes as well. Among their dislikes are ordinary things, idealistic attitudes, loneliness, and unfulfilled promises.

The Truth About Zodiac Signs

We all are familiar with the world of astrology. We see it on phone apps, online, magazines and other places of that nature. However, many people wonder if there is any truth behind all of the zodiac signs and their predictions.

Horoscopes are something that was introduced by the Greek. They are viewed as a way to be able to predict the future. The Greek feel as though depending on which month a person is born in it is easy to tell a person’s life because in their eyes everyone’s life is predetermined.

Many of us check our horoscopes on a regular basic and we find that what we find ourselves experiencing that day is something that we were already notified of. However, others feel as though our lives are not predetermined and God is the only one who knows our destiny. But, even though this may be true God is not going to send us a text message or a Facebook alert that tells us what is in store for our day or immediate future. So, it seems as though horoscopes are our best option when it comes to determining a little bit of our fact.

What we must remember when we are reading these horoscopes is that the fact of the matter is that they are just an educated guess. For example, if it says that we are going to have struggles one day it does not mean that we have to look forward to it. Instead we should use our horoscope readings to try and make our days/lives turn out more positive. 

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