No longer something which is read commonly in the daily newspapers, zodiac signs have been appearing on social media such as Tumblr blogs and Instagram posts. When people think of zodiac signs, they usually think of the daily horoscopes which predict how their day will go, and you might have noticed the “Capricorn” needlepoint hanging in the art room. But what exactly are zodiac signs?
Zodiac signs are assigned to a person based on their birthday and whether or not it falls within a month and date range. A zodiac cusp like BSGE Music teacher Ms. Nikkolos, who is both a Scorpio and a Sagittarius, is when their birthday falls in between two zodiac signs’ month and date ranges, so they qualify as two zodiac signs. As Ms. Nikkolos said, zodiac cusps have “the best qualities of each sign.” A person’s zodiac sign is used by some to determine their personality and love compatibility.
People who are cynical about the credibility of zodiac signs as a determining factor in personality argue that the personality traits of zodiac signs are so common that they can be applied to many people. For example, it is supposedly likely that someone born in the month of late September to October is also someone who is neat. The personality traits of zodiac signs are versatile, because being “neat” is vague and it can be applied to almost anything. The personality of a Virgo is typically being neat and organized. However, being neat and organized may not necessarily mean that they have neat handwriting, but they can also be neat and organized in other aspects like having a clean room, dressing in well presented clothes, or having good table manners. This heightens the likelihood of a person agreeing with the traits of their zodiac sign, but it may only be a coincidence. Math teacher Jim Napolitano said, “I don’t believe in Zodiac signs. Constellations are in continuous movement to one another, so the so-called Zodiac is not constant. In other words, it’s nonsense. That being said, if you must know, I’m a Gemini (whatever that means).”
Whether or not the characteristics of zodiac signs are true, they can still be fun. Below is a list of some of the BSGE teachers’ zodiac signs:
Aries (March 21-April 19): Ms. Bullock, Mr. Laskowski
Gemini (May 21-June 20): Mr. Lakhaney, Mr. Mehan, Mr. Napolitano
Cancer (June 21-July 22): Ms. Hunter
Virgo (August 23-September 22): Ms. Dikes
Libra (September 23-October 22): Ms. Mihalache, Dr. Helfenbein
Scorpio (October 23-November 21): Mr. Stone
Scorpio and Sagittarius cusp: Ms. Nikkolos
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21): Mr. Rajiv, Mr. Giraldo, Mr. Anderson
Capricorn (December 22-January 19): Ms. You, Mr. Shantanu, Ms. Schwarz, Mr. Sheridan
Aquarius (January 20-Feburary 18): Sra. Africano
Pisces (February 19-March 20): Mr. Heine, Ms. Lambrini