Though my faith in horoscopes is limited to non-existent (see Wikipedia's explanation of the Forer effect for details), I thought it might be fun to reflect on 2007's predictions. Here goes.
"Balancing acts are something you do very well, and you'll be regular tightrope walker this year! You have a natural ability to patiently give people your valuable time, and weigh new ideas without jumping to conclusions. Lots of rewards both personally and professionally will come from being able to work hard creating various successful projects in your career."
Despite the bad metaphor, self-inflating language and cringe inducing grammatical error, not terribly far out. This year was certainly one of variety, thanks to IHSSA, the school play, mimes, Second City, Central, and work.
"Long-deserved appreciation for all the love, respect and uplifting energy you exhibit will connect you with new opportunities for advancement in 2007. It may be time to do some public speaking engagements. You have spent a lot of time mastering your communication skills, and you'll experience personal transformation in a deep and profound way. People listen to you because you have something important to say and know how to articulate what you mean. You could easily find yourself in the public limelight."
There were definitely some "opportunities for advancement" that came about (as previously listed), but they were borne more out of prior engagement/right-place-at-the-right-time than my oh-so-revered displays of love, respect and uplifting energy. Now that'd be something funny to see on a professional evaluation. "Subject is merely competent in workplace duties, however, we recommend this promotion based on the subject's love, respect, and uplifting energy." Sigh. I can only dream.
The home fires burn strongly this year as your interest in your family life sustains you. You are proud of your roots and your family bonds are very strong. Your softhearted nature -- exemplified by giving to your family without asking for anything in return -- comes naturally to you. Your nurturing gives people a deep sense of security and stability, and helps them to be more successful in their own lives.
The nature of the language used here fascinates the hell out of me. My family life sustains me? Hopefully "sustains" as in "The cheering crowd sustained the unconfident singer" rather than "after sustaining a major concussion, the patient passed away".
Also: these things are never depressing. I haven't bothered to look at each astrological sign's prediction, but I've yet to see a particularly pessimistic horoscope. There's something else I'd like to see. One day, I want my horoscope to say, "Are you really sure you want to read this? We suggest you browse through the comics. Perhaps you'd like to attempt today's crossword? Your Two Cents Worth is always a hoot. Well, if you insist...If we were you, we'd be saying one word right now, and that word would be: shit."
It's the astrological equivalent of your doctor saying "Uh-oh."
Anyway. This reflecting thing isn't going so well.
"Short trips and travel will intellectually stimulate you this year, and provide a refreshing change of scenery. Since you see the value of different pursuits and are optimistic to change, you will start new creative projects using your idealistic visions and wonderful imagination. You'll benefit from finding your inner resources and expressing them artistically. Creative writing could be greatly profitable for you this year. Sharpen your pencil and get going!"
Trips were indeed stimulating - particularly one to Chicago. And yes, it begot many creative projects, not to mention enhanced many in-development projects.
Kind of appropriate, the creative writing thing: I concluded this year that it was what I was interested in majoring in. Hopefully it's profitable beyond 2007.
And that's the horoscope analysis.
As for the reflection itself: this year was very good and I was happy with how it played out. If 2008 turns out anything like 2007, it will be all the easier to consider myself particularly blessed.
Happy past year, happy past years, and happy new year. Thank you for being a part of my past, present, and (hopefully) future.