Are our Zodiacs wrong?

Hi everyone,

Like a lot of other people I can’t help but take the occasional look at my horoscope so often found in magazines and online. Although I remain reasonably sceptical about the wide variety of different interpretations of the stars, there’s something that feels quite ancient and magical about using the stars as a means of divination.

I have, for a long time, been fascinated by how its all worked out, hearing phrases such as “Mercury is in Taurus” has often led me wondering what this looked like as the planets move across the skies and constellations. So, typically, I bought an app, SkyViewFree, which shows me the current positioning of the stars, planets and satellites that surround our earth. I was very excited to watch the sun as it moved through the year into the different Zodiac signs, which is how our “star signs” are calculated.

On my Birthday of this year, which falls in the sign of Taurus, I opened my app and aimed it at the sun expecting to see the sun surrounded by the constellation of Taurus. I was somewhat surprised to find that the Sun was actually surrounded by the constellation of Aries, the sign preceding Taurus. I thought at first that maybe there was a bit of a delay as my Birthday falls at the beginning of Taurus therefore quite close to Aries, so I checked back most days to see whether the Sun had moved to Taurus. Annoyingly and bafflingly the Sun didn’t move into Taurus until just before it was meant to move into Gemini, could it really be that the Sun is a whole month behind where we are told it is?

Apparently the answer is, Yes it is a whole month behind. Since my discovery, I’ve done a lot of research on the internet and it turns out that most websites and magazines do not allow for the fact that the Zodiac was first written about 3000 years ago and therefore over time the Stars have slowly moved out of line with our calendar.

So does this mean that we’re reading the wrong signs? Well, yes unfortunately it does, I went on this website and calculated my real sun sign, which at the time of my birth was indeed Aries, not Taurus which I have been led to believe. This is made more annoying by my recent purchase of a Taurus necklace.

Since my Zodiac revelation I have embraced my Aries side, although I still have the same scepticism as before, if not more pronounced seeing as I’d been reading the wrong sign most of my life. However, I find the science behind Zodiacs fascinating and I am now trying to work out my own Astrology using the SkyViewFree app as a guide.

I hope this post is helpful for those who are interested in astrology and good luck in finding your real sign.

Love Cat xx

 

Rosemary is for Revision

Hi everyone,

Like so many others at this time of year I am in the midst of exams, fortunately mine have just finished but I know so many other people are still sitting theirs and have weeks left.

Lets be honest, exams are some of the most stressful things that a person will go through and they’re completely unavoidable, believe me, I’ve tried. One of the things I think makes exams so stressful is the pressure to remember so much information under time pressure. I don’t think I’m alone in being in that situation when you’ve been asked a question about some sort of terminology and you can’t for the life of it begin to remember what that word or question means even though you know you’ve seen it before!

Anyway, whilst perusing the university forums at the beginning of my many weeks of revision someone mentioned seeing online that the scent of Rosemary Oil can help you retain facts. I think it goes without saying, I was more than a little intrigued.

So I did some research and found numerous studies saying that people who inhaled Rosemary Oil whilst revising and subsequently taking their exams found it substantially easier to recall information when needed. Here’s the news article I read with all the science-y stuff, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-33519453.

After I got it out of my head that I wasn’t really hungry for Rosemary Focaccia bread I headed down to my local Neal’s Yard Remedies and got a bottle of the essential Oil. When I got home I put two drops on a tissue which I kept on the text book page I was reading at the time.

I have to say, I was impressed! I was actually remembering things as I was going along, (normally I get to the next page and think, “wait, what did I just read on the last page?”) and even toward the end of my revision I was still linking the information with stuff I had studied much earlier without having to go back to it.

Granted I haven’t done exam revision for 6 years and last time it was for 3 different A-levels that I hated whereas now its for 1 degree that I actually enjoy, so perhaps that meant that I retained the information because I was actually engaging in the subject, but honestly I don’t think I would have remembered as much as I did naturally without the Rosemary.

During my exams, I did the same thing, I put the oil on a tissue and just left it on the desk and I genuinely felt that I was remembering all the terminology and facts that I had wanted to. Perhaps it was a placebo but hey, whatever works right?

Now if only there was an essential oil to make the time between sitting the exam and getting the results go quicker!

Love, Cat xx