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Not sure what to major in when you get to college? Well, MSN’s astrology department just published an article on which majors fits you best based on the time of the year you were born in.

I would quote the one which says which major would best suit me but I don’t want to make it too easy for somebody to find out what my sign is so that they can stereotype me. I’ll just quote a sample sign and reccommended major:

Aquarius
The innovative Aquarius is suited for any major that is new and unusual. Aquarians are the innovators of the Zodiac, and a major in science could spark your already creative mind. A way-out-there individual makes a great scientist and engineer and enjoys working for humanity. Specialties for this sign would be electronics, electrical engineering, or computer science. Other examples of a unique course of study to suit you would be holistic medicine, organic farming, or performance art.

I hate to say it but if you’re any sign and you’re checking astrology to decide to go into science you’re not getting off on the right foot. An unskeptical individual does not make a great scientist since science kinda, heh, asks for evidence to back up its claims.

Here’s a really wacko entirely radical way of deciding what to major in…

Do what you’re interested in.

Do what appeals to you.

Do what you thinks will get you a good career.

Do what you want.

Why do we decide that we need to turn to somebody who has never met us for guidance based on the strange notion that the stars somehow control our personalities and future? Why don’t we simply do what makes sense?

I suppose there is quite a bit of fear that we might make the wrong decisions, but we’re even more likely to make the wrong decision if we make it based on irrational reasons. Then again, I still understand how it’s easier to have things out of your own hands sometimes so that you don’t have to put the blame on yourself.

How many lives, I wonder, have been ruined because some form of woo told the person to do something that they really didn’t want to do? What if I were to choose to major in tax law because a horoscope told me to even though I was really passionate about, say… geology? I could get stuck with a boring desk job doing other people’s tax returns instead of doing something I was genuinely interested in. At least there would be hope that I might go back to school to get a different career.

These are life-changing decisions which people look to the stars to make for them. I’d be the last person to say that the stars aren’t the least bit interesting, but they have nothing to do with how out-going I am or how well I can write or who I should marry or what I should do with my life.

Why can’t we just accept the fact… no, not just accept… take solace in the fact that we have control over our own destinies? Isn’t that the point of living life?

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6 Comments

  1. August 11, 2008 at 10:07 pm —

    If one is unable to decide a major even after serious consideration and self-introspection, one might as well look to astrology for guidance. Although throwing dice would work just as well and would be much easier …

    On the other hand, if you don’t have a clue what you want to major in, you should probably be wondering whether you should be going to college in the first place. And if you do have a clue, looking to astrology would probably be a really bad thing to do …

  2. August 11, 2008 at 11:49 pm —

    Ha! I’m supposedly Arien, so I should “thrive in any occupation that permits advancement and promotion” (couldn’t care less about such things). As I am “an excellent promoter” (news to me) “majoring in marketing (blech!) would bode [me] well in public relations (god, no!), sales (kill me now), or just about any other direction you move” (wiggle me a hole as wide as the universe and I’ll fit anything though it).

    I “would [also] make an exceptional police officer, soldier, or fireman, and Aries does love a uniform.” Okay, as a teenager I did consider a career in the military, but I reckon more than 1 in 12 boys would flirt with the idea of one of those three career choices, so it’s a pretty safe bet including them.

    So, there is one hit there.

    But that’s just the Tropical Zodiac. According the Sidereal Zodiac I’m a Piscean. There the recommendation is either study English (i.e., the Humanities) or Chemical Engineering (i.e., Science & Technology), as a good use of my “probing mind would be teaching, research, or investigative work of some kind.”

    That’s more my style, but then again there’s a lot of wiggle in the recommendations that it could apply to many, many, non-Pisceans.

    But I didn’t need zodiacial prognostications to tell me what I’m interested in. Amazingly enough, I worked it out for myself. And I chose my major course of study at university based on those very recommendations that you have made, Elles.

    I seem to be doing okay.

    And for the record, my major is Archaeology & Palaeoanthropology. With minor studies in History and Philosophy. Hey, whaddaya know! Science and Humanities. Spooky, huh? 😉

  3. August 12, 2008 at 3:01 am —

    Yeah, I know what you mean about stereotyping. I’ve had to put up with that crap my whole life. The fact that I actually AM an egocentric narcissist only reinforces the rest of the crap they’d like to saddle me with, and makes them feel better about doing it to other people, too.

  4. MaggieMoo
    August 13, 2008 at 3:47 pm —

    ok so I’m a Cancer. I was informed that I am ‘nurturing and caring’ (they youngest of three girls…all the nurturing i have is dead) and that I should study medical stuff, banking, or culinary arts. Well, I hate caring about random strangers, suck at math, and i like food, but i hate cooking for other people. I plan to go to Cal Tech or Norhtwestern to study chemistry. they got me soooooooooo right 😀

  5. Cassie
    August 13, 2008 at 6:47 pm —

    Capricorn
    It’s difficult to keep a Capricorn in an entry-level position, and a degree in business administration and management could be the ticket for this sign, whose path of least resistance is to climb. Banking, building, and manufacturing are all good industries for you to pursue. Some of today’s finest young actors and actresses are Capricorn natives, and it could be attributed to their sheer will and ability to stick to it through thick and thin. It wouldn’t hurt to add some drama classes and give acting a try.

    😥 But… I wanted psychology. My dreams are now shattered.

  6. August 14, 2008 at 12:06 am —

    Wow, I am Leo, and the thing in the horoscope is so far from what I really want to do, which is science. Though, you know, it is kind of fun, these things. 🙂 Unfortunately, people really believe in these stuffs. Anyways, it said Leo goes to politics (blech!). I love learning about stuffs from social science like politics, but it is one of the least of the things I want to do.

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