Thursday, November 10, 2011

Astrology: When East meets West


It's my birthday!!!! How cool a date is it today: 11-11-11. There's got to be something special on the astral plane that goes with this. Just sayin'. Hope somebody out there in the universe is listening. :-D

I'm a Scorpio. I have to admit I'm not into insects and technically speaking, a scorpion is an arachnid (7th grade biology to the rescue), but I've always loved the fact that by it's very image, Scorpio screams "Don't mess with me unless you want to get stung." Found this awesome site that tells me what it means to be born on November 11th and it's pretty spot on as it applies to me. This in particular resonated:


November 11 Scorpios are the world's true mystics. Unable to live life on a strictly material level, they depend upon knowledge and experience to take them where they wish to go. They have marvelous creative powers. They are natural storytellers. An interest in all facets of human experience is an illuminating influence in their lives.


In Japan, though, I discovered a new facet to astrology: the Chinese calendar or zodiac. Every year, post cards are sent out at New Year's with an image of the zodiac sign for that year. Already cards with images of a dragon are popping up in the stores. Every zodiac sign has a meaning to it just as our astrological signs do. There are twelve signs in total. Mine happens to be a snake.

Think about that for a minute. I'm a Scorpio and a snake. Doesn't that strike you as rather deadly? I'm such a gentle creature, truly!

People born in the year of the Snake often have a good temper and a skill at communicating...They are determined to accomplished their goals [and] hate to fail. Women under the sign of the snake do well in housework but are irritable.

Okay, the last is so not true, except the irritable part, which is how I feel whenever I have to do housework. This came from www.travelchinaguide.com. Have to say reading through the strengths and weaknesses I didn't connect with a lot of it. Maybe I'm just a poor snake. Now there's a thought!

But interestingly enough, what Japanese really consider is a person's blood type. Yup, you heard me right--Blood Type. As in A, B, O or AB. And no, we're not talking closet vampires. Japanese people are very likely to know little about their astrological sign, slightly more about their zodiac sign and quite a bit about their blood type. I've lived here long enough that I don't find it odd anymore. I'm type O and my husband is type B. So what does this mean?

Well an O type is pretty much interested in the big picture, details just don't matter all that much. That is soooo me. Os are very "about" in what they do, which is something else I excel at. Drives my husband crazy.

This is from askville.amazon.com

Type O:
Type O's are outgoing, and very social. They are initiators, although they don't always finish what they start. Creative and popular, they love to be the center of attention and appear very self confident.

Oh, yes, I'm all those things...well maybe not popular, but I'm working on it. :-D

So what's your sign or your blood type? Let me know and I'll see if I can tell you what it means.


11 comments:

Ana Morgan said...

I'm blood type A 2.
My Sun sign is Sagittarius, Mercury-planet of communication in Sagittarius in the 3rd house. An astrologer told me in a taped chart analysis I should be a writer. I didn't 'hear' that until many years later, when I listen to the tape again. The light switched on and I've been learning to write ever since.

Anonymous said...

Patrizia-- HAHAHA I am O type too. That is awesome.

I love the description of the snake and Scorpian, they are so you:)

Sasha

Melissa Cutler said...

Hi, Patrizia! *waving from San Diego*. I was born the chinese year of the snake too, but I'm a gemini with A negative blood. How fascinating to learn about the Japanese culture looking toward our blood types for answers about our personalities. Thank you for teaching me something new today.

Gabriella Hewitt said...

Ana--Type A from what I understand sounds somewhat similar to Type A personality as we understand it in the west. This is someone with a plan and a goal to meet. This person usually likes to write lists and is organized in at least some areas of their life if not all.

Thanks so much for commenting.

Gabriella Hewitt said...

Sasha, honey, why am I not surprise? LOL! We were so made for each other. ;-)

Gabriella Hewitt said...

Melissa, thank you so much for coming by to the blog. I am so glad you got something from it. I don't what effect positive and negative have but an A type is like I said above for Ana. Are you into lists? Are you a bit of a perfectionist (something I am so far from as to be laughed off the planet)? LOL!

Linda Thomas-Sundstrom said...

Gabriella - I'm a triple CANCEREAN. Yep, true. WATCH OUT! Moon, sun, etc. My husband is also a Moon Child, as is my brother and five of my best friends. I guess there must be something to it, eh? Like minds stick together? I'd like to thinks so, anyway, because it makes for some fun times... like howling at the MOON when it's full.

Oh, wait! Howling is a Werewolf thing, right?.... My books are melting into my real psyche. Help!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, by the way. Hope your day is special.

Linda
www.lindathomas-sundstrom(dot)com

Josie said...

Hi Gabriella,
Interesting blog. My daughter is from S. Korea, so east meets west is always on our minds.

Gabriella Hewitt said...

LOL on letting your inner werewolf out! Sounds like you found the perfect mate. ( :

Gabriella Hewitt said...

Josie, I don't think Korea does the blood type. I think it's mostly a Japanese thing. My guess is that the zodiac is more important to Koreans but I'd have to ask. Any time one culture meets up with another it leads to fascinating conversations and explorations.

Thanks for stopping by!

morgan said...

Hi Gabriella,
Did you hear the deal that we are no longer the zodiac sign we think we are since the universe is expanding which makes us go one zodiac sign back to allign when our birth date? I heard this almost twenty years ago in astonomy class...and now it has finally been confirmed. I'm unsure what to read in my horoscope now---so I read both, and go with the one I like.