Like reading, the concepts in astrology can open you up to other ways people might experience life

The concepts of ‘astrology’ and ‘astronomy’ used to be synonymous in antiquity. Nowadays they are definitely recognised as separate entities, though with one given more credibility than the other as one can be tested by science.

Though astrology is more abstract, does that mean we should completely sweep it under the rug and wave it away as a cute figment of the ancient imagination?

I have put together four ways even a basic understanding of astrology can be useful for understanding other people and your relationships better.

Presents Many Personality Archetypes That You May Never Have Come Across Before

Before I started looking into astrology, I thought my idea of different personalities…


You don’t need to feel threatened by the achievements of others, be proud of your own

Tall Poppy Syndrome (TPS) is rife in New Zealand and Australia, where people are scared to put themselves out there more than their peers. I was born and raised in New Zealand, and looking back I can definitely see how TPS is so ingrained in the culture, which is super unhealthy.

Tall Poppy Syndrome gets its name from the idea that poppies should grow together, and if one is to grow taller than the others it should be cut down to size.

Most people are too scared to stand out from the crowd. Whether consciously or subconsciously, people who live…


Value what’s on your mind

I really have no idea what to write today.

Inspired by Sergey Faldin’s recent article about continuing to voice your thoughts whether or not you or anyone else thinks they’re good, I have decided to try experimenting with putting my actual thoughts into words, without the need for too much structuring, or a clearly defined purpose in mind.

I think that this practice would help get creativity flowing better, and also help you better understand how and why you think like you do.

Learning to “Go with the flow”

This morning, I woke up early, as the light of dawn was streaming through my bedroom window…


Paulo Coelho invites us to be brave and walk the path of our highest excitement

There’s a reason why Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist is one of the world’s best-selling novels. You know a book is speaking to your soul when you feel a lump of joy forming in your stomach, ready to burst out through a silent sob at any moment.

That’s what I was feeling when I was reading The Alchemist.

A Classic Example of ‘The Hero’s Journey’

There are a few sentences in the foreword of the 25th Anniversary edition which form a good summary of the story:

“A man sets out on a journey, dreaming of a beautiful or magical place, in pursuit of some unknown treasure. …


The Hedgehog Concept — from Brené Brown’s podcast series Dare to Lead

Brené Brown and Jim Collins talk about the Hedgehog Concept for identifying realistic and actionable goals.

The other day I decided to listen to the most recent pod from the Dare to Lead series by self-help guru and social work frontwoman, Brené Brown, with guest Jim Collins, a business researcher and figurehead, Brené with Jim Collins on Curiosity, Generosity, and the Hedgehog.

There are two types of people in the world. You are either a fox or a hedgehog.

Foxes are dynamic and good at getting their fingers in every pie. …


How I Built Routines — Part 3

You’ll be 1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to succeed

Vividly describing your goals in written form is strongly associated with goal success, and people who very vividly describe or picture their goals are anywhere from 1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to successfully accomplish their goals than people who don’t.

— Mark Murphy, Senior Contributor on Forbes

Okay, so I wrote the last article in this little series of mine several months ago now, and yes, I am talking about how I built routines. …


Making the decision guided by your true happiness will lead to the best time for everyone

So there I was, staring at my laptop before I needed to go to sleep to get up at 4:30 am the next morning for training, asking myself if I wouldn’t be too tired tomorrow if I stayed up just a little longer. My 22nd birthday was coming up, and I decided to Google ideas for what I could do.

It was all the usual things you’d expect, of course. Bars, hiring a venue, going on a hike, going on a trip (not internationally right now of course because of Covid), and having a party etcetera.

For my 21st, we…


And how it may manifest between the houses of your birth chart

The three Uranus-Saturn squares occurring in 2021 are thought by astrologers to be the most important transits we’ll see this year, bringing a shake-up to long-held societal structures and norms.

The energy of Uranus moving through Taurus, and that of Saturn moving through Aquarius are uncomfortable transits for both of these planets. Squares between these two planets often coincide with important social movements. Squares can be waxing (the first square after the conjunction of two planets) or waning (the second square possible between two planets, after the opposition between them has occurred). This particular Saturn-Uranus square is waning, meaning that…


But I discovered the roots of its heart are at home

Observing the leaves on a wild outcrop of bush, which has curiously sprouted up from a thoroughly more well-kept hedge, I watch the gentle sway and remember that what I’m seeing is the reality of nature’s movements. The bus gurgles and sporadically bounces slightly from side-to-side. There is a light scent of cleaning product, one aimed to kill and destroy, make nought, anything living. No Covid shall survive the force.

Private wharves stick out from the sides of the lake. There’s no risk of the houses, planted mere metres and with no elevation above the water, becoming swept against the…


The relationship between feeling controlled and trust

I don’t like it when I feel that my emotions are being manipulated. I don’t like it when someone insists I smile for a photo. I would rather just not be in the photo.

When I feel my freedom is restricted to a set of socially-expected actions packaged neatly into a nice, square box, I free myself by rejecting it altogether.

But what happens when you are part of a team, and the team has a vibe, and the leaders want to portray the team in a particular way, and you just don’t fit with that vibe at that time…

Sophie F.

Interested in people. Studying towards a BSc in Anthropology and Geography. I write about astrology, self-improvement, books, and societal issues.

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