It was just another Tuesday night; a night perfectly suited to be labeled a Tuesday. I was up much later than I should have been, clumsily strumming my guitar and trying to sort out the headaches on paper disguised as guitar tabs. A dear friend of mine was keeping me company, and we were merrily chit-chatting away about anything and everything. If someone decided to listen to us from outside the door, I’m sure they would have assumed there were five people in the room and not just simply two. While in the middle of describing to my friend all about my latest potential love interest, I thought out loud to myself, “I haven’t asked him what his sign is yet…”
It was an innocent and natural thought to think, right? It was, until about a split second after the words left my mouth, I remembered exactly which friend I was saying this to.
The room went dead silent. I looked up at my friend to find him frozen-faced, bewildered, and with eyes so wide they could have been screaming, “What did you just say?”
I sighed the King of Sighs and took a gulp, preparing myself for what was about to come. The bomb was about to explode.
“WHAT did you just say?!,” my friend roared.
“Nothing, err. I was just wondering what his sign might be, that’s all.”
“Astrology is nonsense. I don’t waste my time believing in it, and neither should you. It’s all fake and doesn’t help you see anything about yourself or the world around you. Unless you can present me with scientific evidence right now that astrology is somewhat true, then it isn’t true. Don’t even dream of telling me that horoscopes are accurate – a vague random one-liner that’s supposed to sum up my day and turns out being fairly accurate doesn’t cut it as evidence.”
Here I was, a firm believer in astrology for what has been years, being asked to prove to a skeptic within one conversation that astrology is not fake. The truth is, I didn’t have any scientific evidence. I didn’t have textbooks, quotes made by any scientists or philosophers, or theories. I wasn’t prepared, and I wasn’t prepared because of one simple reason. It never once crossed my mind that people get angry over subjects as harmless as astrology. It’s just astrology, I thought.