Your star sign is wrong, probably

This is not new news, this story comes up every now and then. However I am using it to illustrate a point so forgive the click bait. Google it yourself if you are into that.

I write this partly in jest as I don’t believe in astrology, however humanity has always clung to labels as a means of identifying groups and creating identities. Whether it be race, religion, nationality, language, political beliefs or even in this example star signs. The universe expands, constellations move, society’s views evolve and move too, Human history often looks back at moments in our brief existence with wonder, awe and moments of shame.

Ok, the constellations have always been different sizes and shapes, so the Sun spends different lengths of time lined up with each one. The line from Earth through the Sun points to Virgo for 45 days, but it points to Scorpius for only 7 days. To make a tidy match with their 12-month calendar, the Babylonians ignored the fact that the Sun actually moves through 13 constellations, not 12.

What did I draw from this fanciful news bite?

  1. Humans are often wrong
  2. Dogma is never good
  3. Labelling people seldom helps
  4. Yesterday’s heroes could be tomorrows villains and vice versa
  5. You cant see the picture when you are in the frame.
  6. Manipulating data to make something mathematically attractive or visually appealing will come back to bite you.

What else in life do you know for certain to be true, which might not be seen so in the future with clarity and distance?

Published by NCS

reader of great literature, teller of tales, photographer of mostly awful snaps but on occasion I am half decent.

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