Hm.. I wouldn't disagree. I mean obviously it's a lot easier to assume that everything we physically experience and communicate to others about is "real" than the would be alternative. You have to draw a line in the sand somewhere. I think my usage of the word "reality" is more... romantic as you say later? As in functional reality. Putting aside literal existence, what we think reality is, or the projection in our minds, is fundamentally wrong, which means it is open for tinkering with. Like with mantras for example. Words like Chi or sign have affects on the brain. Meanings which carry more weight than just their definition. A mysticism of sorts.
When it comes to optimizing one's outlook on literal reality, there are likely many paths. Two of them that are relevant right now are the more scientific "I want to focus on literal reality and directly manipulate that" and the more... romantic, or humanities side of it. It's similar to the left brain right brain idea. One is structured and calculating while the other is creative and flexible. I definitely think that science nerds should exist, but am advocating for an alternative viewpoint where you aren't so much focusing on what you perceive, but working parallel to it. Our bodies and minds have internal processing that creates another variable to the equation, and a lot of our understanding of that is changing by the day.
I think a lot of what the creative side is doing is finding shortcuts to coexisting (synchronicity) with literal reality in a sustainable way. There's a kind of deeper logic to things if you put down your magnifying glass and just observe (irony). Magic then doesn't have to literally exist for it to have an effect on the psyche. Or perhaps the effect it has on the psyche is what magic is intended to be. Okay I'm stopping before going down a deeper rabbit hole, lol.So, something like astrology exists as a construct, but it is not 'reality' any more than the designation of 'C' for a musical note is reality, or a painting of a cloud with a mixture of pigments is truly a cloud.
It is interesting to me in that astrology attempts to validate our existence by aligning it with an unfathomable, external reality - the cosmos itself. That this practice persists and was developed by many cultures through history suggests our faith in synchronicity, that we can be a 'part of' reality on an intimate and yet expansive level even as we can never 'know' it beyond our bodies.
Hm... yes. A painting of a cloud is not a cloud. But it is real, and it depicts a cloud and if you look at it and recognize it you would call it a cloud. The painting is an expression of the idea "cloud," not to be confused with the literal thing. And you can show a painting of a cloud to someone who can't speak your language and they can interpret what you're referring to. At some point, it can become a symbol for something else. Rain, thunderstorm, comfort, sadness, carefree, and each of those carries weight depending on the setting.
...You know what?I don't disagree with any of this. Nevermind, then.Both systems are flawed in terms of reflecting anything in reality. Tropical seems to be more 'accurate', though... you know, for a completely imaginary system. If you have a good understanding of the symbolism of astrology, you relate less to all the flimsy, cookie-cutter definitions of the zodiac out there.So cool...By symbolism I meant the core associations with the planets, signs, houses, points, and so on, and the representations of them. So, Aquarius is 'the water bearer.' It doesn't 'live' in the water as Pisces does, totally immersed in what 'water' might mean (emotions, intuition, fluidity), but it pours from Aquarius, giving it the association of effectively utilizing insight, for example.
Sun sign would not be a great indicator of the 'mind', that would be represented by Mercury, although if you have Sun/Mercury conjunct it can mean over-identification with the mind (I have that aspect...). When you say "wet-minded" it makes me think of a water sign Mercury, perhaps. Moon sign would also show the instinctual/emotional nature of a person according to astrology rather than Sun. Sun is about core identity or sense of self-worth, the 'ego'. Most descriptions for Sun signs overlook all that.
I think I'm Gemini mercury. Pisces sun tho! Aquarius moon.