Mad For Star Gazing & Zodiac Living
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How much overthinking is too much overthinking? Mad is a “look-up” kind of gal, with one eye set on her mind, another on her heart, and one hand pointing at the road. Wandering through life, she puts her words to paper, sharing her wonders with whoever is willing to read and share their thoughts. This column is here to make you feel understood and to be the voice of every little silly thought we’ve had. Follow Mad @madforyou_lhm
Life comes in crosswords, and for some reason, many of us don’t want or don’t believe any of the advice our family and friends give us. In the hopes of listening to what we want to hear, we go broader for words of wisdom.
We gaze up to the moon and the stars. Search planets and constellations. And hope to decipher our destiny through the help of the celestial beings looking down on us.
While you might be tempted to think this is a new-age philosophy. In fact, historians say the use of astrology as an integrated system of knowledge dates back to the first dynasty of Mesopotamia (1950–1651 BC). Since then, star gazing appears throughout the history of humanity in both social and physical interpretations.
Stone monuments have been built for eclipses. And pagan holidays were defined through moon cycles. With each cycle, a new ritual was born. The beginning, the middle, and the end. Somehow it was clearer then to understand life and how swiftly it could be taken away.
Moving forward in civilization, looking up to the stars even became a romantic gesture. “Do you want the moon? I’ll give you the moon!” Growing up with movies with quotes like that embellished the starry sky. They defined the perfect date ending as a walk by the river, with the light of the moon guiding a couple.
The light of the night sky, with its moon and stars, has long been enough. It was enough to guide fishermen through the mighty undiscovered sea. It was a guiding token given by nature to all of us. This token, however, has since materialized.
In 1950 Van Cleef & Arpels designed medals and charms to bring good fortune to anyone who would have them. The tradition behind charms quickly turned into a favorite collection and has since valued itself enough to be part of the brand’s heritage. Since the French fashion houses’ first Zodiaque collection, they have relaunched new charms, brooches, and necklaces, all considering the sky and constellations.
Regardless, everyone can have their sun, moon, and rising signs on their heart and their sleeve on a more conscious level. Either by getting pieces from the trendiest online stores or Reels and TikToks on our screens.
By now, with a mediocre age around the late twenties, I’ve had many conversations I proudly participated in. Defending all sorts of perspectives to explain the reasoning behind a relationship not working well, a relationship going well, a job loss, or a boss lashing out at their employees.
The reasons often go around sex, and lack thereof, but also some simple moon transition and planet movement research. The planets and their starry companions hear our cries and can give us an answer. Or do we research enough until they do?
The depths of what a new and full moon can do to the human body may amaze you. The male spectrum that is at least, the other half of the world is very well educated in that field.
Nonetheless, we know to take astrology with a grain of salt. Can we say the type of technology we use says a lot about a person? Do you think Mozilla Firefox is still relevant against Google Chrome and Safari? We all know Safari is only for mobile use. Safari on your computer? You’re definitely a Gemini!
Social media has also made it easier for us to be open to more information. We see multiple people talking about astrology in our Instagram feed (if the algorithm allows). We then rely on someone else rather than our best friend’s opinion. They don’t quite give us all the options we want, but at least we know when it’s Leo season.
We make fun of the apps (that we knowingly download), but some part of our brain enjoys the corny daily star gazing notifications from Co-Star. Even though we know damn well, The Pattern is the superior player. Where we check moon cycles and relationship bonds and understand the many zodiac signs that rule our chart. It seems like a lot, which it is. And many of us don’t know what it means, but it’s best to know a little than to know nothing.
And yes, our friends, work colleagues, or partners may make fun of us for not wanting to do the next iOS update because Mercury is in retrograde, when in fact, it is due to the storage space we are lacking. But the next time they do, name-drop Christian Dior.
A clairvoyant constantly chaperoned the French designer, helping him in times of need. Dior relied many of his professional decisions on Madame Delahaye. He also had a particular attraction to the numbers 13 and 8. Present in the 13 models presented in each and every collection. And the date of the launch of his brand—October 8th, 1946.
It is said the only time a piece of helping advice was not carefully listened to resulted in the sudden death of the designer.
Sometimes we can simply accept life happens the way it does. Funny things happen by chance. And that stranger things have happened in the world.
We are not the first and won’t be the last to look up and follow the rules of the moon to understand how things work. Even if it’s only the strength of the ocean we can all agree on.
At the end of the day, we should ask ourselves, if Christian Dior could star gaze his way to success, why shouldn’t we?
Words by @madforyou_lhm
Feature Photo by Nahil Naseer