rafaela decided to figure out my sign more exactly. I know I'm a Scorpio, and I was born in the 1970s when people were really invested in knowing astrology sign stuff, but I didn't know anything more specific than that. Now I know: Scorpio, with moon in Capricorn, and Sagittarius rising.
Adding "rising" to almost any word adds drama to it, right? Even "pancakes rising." Try it: "Ghost rising." "Teeth rising." "Zamboni rising." Anyway. I'm digressing.
And because I'm feeling lazy, I'll leave it to anyone interested to ponder what that might mean. But I'll add that I've been intrigued since he wrote it by what Douglas Adams wrote about astrology in his novel Mostly Harmless:
In astrology the rules happen to be about stars and planets, but they could be about ducks and drakes for all the difference it would make. It's just a way of thinking about a problem which lets the shape of that problem begin to emerge. The more rules, the tinier the rules, the more arbitrary they are, the better. It's like throwing a handful of fine graphite dust on a piece of paper to see where the hidden indentations are. It lets you see the words that were written on the piece of paper above it that's now been taken away and hidden. The graphite's not important. It's just the means of revealing the indentations. So you see, astrology's nothing to do with astronomy. It's just to do with people thinking about people.
Also, while idly Googling, I learned that presidential Scorpios include John Adams (I'm very not surprised), Teddy Roosevelt and Warren G. Harding.