新年好 / 新年好
That's a wish of New Year goodness by the way!
Whenever this time of year rolls around, do you find yourself wondering what all this chinese animal year stuff is about, other than a damn good excuse to have a party and a parade in China town with a great big dragon? Mind you, as chinese horoscopes have been around for centuries longer than the western horoscope, maybe the question should be what is all this horoscope stuff about?
My grandfather was a firm believer. He had a detailed reading done for himself and his wife at the time of their marriage, based upon their place and exact time of birth, but made the decision to lock it away in his safe at work. Decades later, when he came across it, there were some surprising facts contained there, even for those of a sceptical disposition. Without knowing the exact time of my birth, I've never been able to test his belief, although I'm not sure I'd have his strength of will to lock it away, so perhaps that's just as well.
Whilst few seriously consider their future could accurately be foretold by the month, or the year of their birth, I can see that it could prove a tool to use when trying to make difficult or scary choices. To know, completely and utterly, that a choice or a decision is the right one for you to take, wouldn't that be a godsend? To discover if something was "fated", or in some way magically right just for you. When we could turn to tarot, psychics, reading of the runes or hands, why not a horoscope?
Could there be some pattern to discern amongst those well-known people who share your star sign, or your chinese animal sign? As a potential writer born under the star sign Taurus, are there any well-known writers amongst my star tribe? A list that includes Charlotte Bronte, Robert Browning, Peter Carey, Nora Ephron, Henry Fielding, Joseph Heller, Edward Lear, Harper Lee, Thomas Pynchon and William Shakespeare seems to suggest that there is no drawback to being born under the sign of the stubborn and industrius bull. But what of the Rooster? Interestingly, the rooster ranks seem to be populated by those who prefer to be in front of the camera, rather than pecking away at the typewriter.
Clearly, if I am to seek encouragement in my desire to be a writer, I should focus on my inner bull and ignore the flashy rooster!
How do you feel about horoscopes? A bit of fun, or a useful tool?