Southern Writer's comment on the earlier post below made me realise that I'd made an unintentional assumption in carrying out this experiment. I am assuming the author of the book knows what she's talking about. I've assumed that the book I have is written by an expert and not by some hack out to make a buck. I should know better than to make such an assumption, since several ghosthunting books have followed the trajectory between my chair and the window in the past.
This author, Jane Struthers, teaches at the London School of Astrology (or did, at the time of publication of her book) so I'll continue to assume she's the real thing. The outcome of my little experiment won't conclusively prove anything either way, because it's just a one-off, but I hope it will give some indication.
On with the next sign: Taurus.
As I said, this doesn’t count as a scientific investigation since there’s only one subject of this study—me—and I know which sign each set of questions fits. It is, all the same, an interesting little experiment.
The questions should be answered ‘yes’ or ‘no’, not in the somewhat flippant style I use here. When I’ve done them all, I’ll put up my scores for each one (based on the real yes/no scores) with the flippancy extracted.
Here are the questions, and my answers, for the Taurus test.
Do you think that strenuous exercise is overrated?
By ‘strenuous exercise’ I assume they mean ‘lifting heavy weights that aren’t in anyone’s way’ and ‘running when nobody is chasing you’. Definitely overrated.
Does food ease most of your ills?
Only if I’m hungry. That’s a no.
Do you save money on a regular basis?
Yes, but when it reaches a critical level I might well blow the lot. I’m going to call that a yes.
Do you enjoy tradition?
I’m not absolutely sure what this means. Festivals like Christmas? No. The UK’s obsession with ‘bank holidays’ where everyone clogs up the roads all weekend so they can stand in the rain at the beach for five minutes? No.
Are you scared of being abandoned?
Does your family come first?
There are few of them left, I live a long way from them and I'm happy with that. So, no.
Do you like things that are built to last?
A definite yes. I hate things that fall to bits, or break down the day after the warranty expires.
Do people accuse you of being obstinate?
Obstinacy is a positive character trait. I don’t mind being complimented about it.
Does the prospect of change make you nervous?
Change is important, otherwise life just gets dull. That’s a no.
Do you love being surrounded by nature?
Hmm… I like the great outdoors, but I don’t think I can say I love it. Nature won’t do what it’s told, so on balance I’ll have to give that a no.
I didn’t fit the Taurus test too well. Next up is Gemini but I’m only doing it once.