The Day of the Astute Examination

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The August Twenty-Fourth Personality

Those born on August 24 have the urge to untangle mysteries that capture their interest. All the dark, misunderstood or uncharted areas of human knowledge attract them. Not only students of the human condition, those born on this day often pursue objective knowledge for its own sake.

Unraveling complexity is something that comes naturally to August 24 people. Puzzles of all types, paradoxes and riddles are their forte. But though those born on this day may be difficult to pin down or understand, they themselves rarely feel lost.

Unfortunately, August 24 people are often unaware that they, in fact, are just as complex as the demands of their work, areas of investigation or creations; they generally see themselves as simple and direct.

In order to uncover the truth, it is possible that an August 24 person will not only dig into books and human character. On vacation, most August 24 people like nothing better than to explore something completely new to them. Their hobbies and perhaps their careers reflect this desire for discovery.

August 24 people can make good parents, so great is the interest they show in their children’s development. They must make an effort, however, to allow for the privacy and living space that every individual needs.

August 24 people would do well to simplify their own lives as much as possible, and avoid much of the endless complexity which they not only discover but so often themselves create.

(Source: The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider)

Though I was never a hardcore believer of horoscopes, I started reading Astrology books at an early age because the mystery and the ambiguity of it all interested me. Now I wouldn’t say my beliefs have completely shifted, but all those years of immersing myself in zodiac signs and birthday languages have surely caused me to appreciate and understand a huge portion of the subject.

If I were to thank a non-living thing for somehow pulling me in to the phantasmagorical world of the written word, it would be my aunt’s antique bookshelf in her room. It is the place where I first spent hours and hours just reading on my own, getting to know the world one page at a time. And that bookshelf contained all of the areas of knowledge I needed to be exposed to as a child – fine arts, general science, photography, Tagalog short stories, dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, history, sociology, thriller and mystery. And then one day, I found this book called The Secret Language of Birthdays. At the time I thought that finding the book amid those other “more important” areas of Humanities was just a bonus, but as I grew up this book began to communicate with me, like a bestfriend I never had. When asked what superpowers they would like to possess, you know how people say, “I’d love to have telepathy! It’d be super dope if I could like talk to someone and know what’s on his mind without actually talking to him!”? Well The Secret Language of Birthdays has sort of given me that ability.

I am here because today is the 24th day of August. No, it’s not my birthday but yes, it sure is somebody else’s. In fact, there’s three people I personally know in real life who are turning a year wiser today. So I guess, before anything else, I would like to greet them here in my humble cyber abode. Happy birthday!

Now, here’s the thing: August 24 has always reminded me so much of Virgos. Well obviously, people who were born on this day are all Virgos, but there’s more to it than that. What I’m trying to say is that to me, August 24 people seem to be the epitome of the overall Virgo personality. Observant, investigative, thorough; overanalytical, stifling, obscure. These are the people who are generally organized, disciplined and loyal, and the same people who prefer to keep their emotions veiled, making them seem cold and critical. I can go on and on with this, but I don’t think I need to. There are already hundreds of thousands of books out there that will tell you exactly what you want to know more about people under this sign.

What interests me more, however, is the way a Virgo (e.g. my college bestfriend Rean) and a Gemini (e.g. me) take in one another. I mean, I personally think there’s probably nothing more complex than a relationship between a Virgo and a Gemini, and this is mainly due to both signs being opposites in extremes. At first look, we both seem to like the same things, talk about the same topics, listen to the same music and mingle with the same groups of people, but this is where the stealthy devil comes in – we are different from each other on a deeper level. A soul level. That can mean a lot of things, but for now let’s allow this excerpt from another Astrology book to fill us in:

The attraction of Virgo to Gemini will probably be that of giving the appearance of being solid and dependable, which represents security, and the willingness to do anything for the loved one. Virgo can provide a scope for the Gemini intelligence, as well as mental stimulation. However, with the passage of time, the Gemini will likely become restless due to the Virgo inability of going along with Gemini’s rather unorthodox ideas and the Virgo’s sensible approach to matters may well prove to be a deep-seated cause of rebellion in Gemini.

In addition, the somewhat petty attitude of Virgo regarding finances will also become irritating and may breed a good deal of resentment on the part of Gemini toward the Virgo. The critical attitude of Virgo may be another bone of contention, which will invariably cause some distress to the Virgo, particularly since those governed by this sign seldom recognize this trait in themselves. Due to the Gemini lack of being constant in most things, Virgo will certainly come to doubt the Gemini’s ability for anything but self-love. This could result in a claustrophobic reaction from Gemini to the Virgo’s insecurities and could bring about violent actions on the part of Gemini. Initially, the physical attraction between these two will be strong, but when Gemini feels that his or her ego is threatened, then it is easy for the Gemini to turn off desire for the person perceived to have given the offense.

While this is unlikely to bother the Virgo, Gemini may go in search of love elsewhere. Crucial to the survival of the Virgo-Gemini relationship is that each individual take time to learn about the other’s approach to life and love, and to remember that the attitudes of both are worth understanding. It is in the Gemini nature to see both sides of any given story, but there is a tendency to vacillate between two courses of action and on occasion, the Gemini native does seem to possess a split personality. This match will be greatly strengthened when steady Virgo can provide one aspect of the Gemini character with a firm and emotional anchor, while allowing the other aspect of the Gemini personality to flit about at will. However, Virgo may be a little too serious and demanding for Gemini especially if this occurs early in the relationship, before Gemini has fully committed. If the Virgo partner can just give it some time, there is a good chance that things will smooth out. Nonetheless, the approaches to life are vastly different here and mutual acceptance can be difficult to come by particularly since Virgo tends to be so critical and exacting. The Gemini is sure to strain against Virgo’s ultra-practical stance in the world and the Virgo will certainly tire quickly of Gemini’s flighty ways.

So there you go. I’ve read approximately a hundred different excerpts about the Virgo-Gemini compatibility (or lack thereof) that sound ninety-nine percent similar to the one I just quoted. But this is why I am here today, writing this rather unexpected expression of examination. Yes, Virgo is an earth sign and Gemini is an air sign. The Virgin and The Twins. The Stable and The Flighty. Things couldn’t possibly go any more opposite. But despite all that, I can never seem to not like Virgos. I love them, and I hate them, and I don’t get them, and I am irked by them, and I am intrigued by them. And sometimes I just want to be anywhere but around them.

But I always (always) like them.

P.S. My grandma is one of those three August 24 people I was talking about. HAPPY 79th, mama Au! Love you lots!

Hugs and kisses,

Gemini

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2 thoughts on “The Day of the Astute Examination

  1. Amazing how “The Secret Language of Birthdays” accurately describes me in under 250 words. It’s practically a cheat sheet!
    Although, air and earth signs are not the best of combos in romance, Virgos and Geminis share Mercury as their ruler, which makes them ‘related’ in a sense. They’re not exactly the extreme opposites of each other. We both love knowledge (you and I can attest to this, Kenn); Gemini’s strenght is on the breadth of knowledge, Virgo’s strength is on the depth. Astrology dictates that Gemini’s opposite is actually Sagittarius, while Virgo’s is Pisces.
    I suggest you also look up on Numerology, too. This may explain why you share a deep affinity with people born on the 24th of August because you were also born on a 24th. Plus, our life path numbers (yours is 6, mine is 9) are deemed “very compatible.” Haha.
    http://seventhlifepath.com/life-path-number-compatibility/

  2. [Edited 12:50AM 8/25/2013]
    Amazing how “The Secret Language of Birthdays” accurately describes me in under 250 words. It’s practically a cheat sheet!
    Although air and earth signs are not the best of combos in relationships, Virgos and Geminis share Mercury as their ruler, which makes them ‘related’ in a sense. They’re not exactly the extreme opposites of each other. We both love knowledge (you and I can attest to this, Kenn); Gemini’s strength is on the breadth of knowledge, Virgo’s strength is in the depth. Astrology dictates that Gemini’s opposite is actually Sagittarius, while Virgo’s is Pisces.
    I suggest you also look up on Numerology, too. This may explain why you share a deep affinity with people born on the 24th of August because you were also born on a 24th. Plus, our life path numbers (yours is 6, mine is 9) are deemed “very compatible.” Haha.
    http://seventhlifepath.com/life-path-number-compatibility/

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