Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Milky Ways and Dog Houses*

In the working-world part of my life, I have a free-spirited approach to interacting with my colleagues. I have this silly little thing about me that makes people arch an eyebrow occasionally, especially when I'm in the company of senior leaders.

What silly little thing would that be, you ask? Why, the one that is most appropriate for a workplace environment, of course. Yes, the one that just screams "Respect me!" in a management meeting. The one that no one will admit to being even remotely interested in until...

...The Reading. I'm talking Astrology. Natal charts to be exact.

And hooooOOOOOO boy, does the office get interesting when the natal charts come out.

I've been unabashedly sharing my hobby with co-workers for over 12 years. I have a well-worn, dog-eared book called Do It Yourself Astrology by Lyn Birkbeck with mini-reports for planets and signs. It's always provided an entertaining but not really individualized natal chart experience. I've used it mostly to lighten up office birthdays...you know, to complement the inevitable nails on a chalkboard rousing and pitch-perfect rendition of "Happy Birthday to You."

Although the book can conveniently be carried into a conference room tucked under a jacket when necessary, I'm all about growth and learning. So Mr. Outdoors rolled his eyes and reluctantly agreed I could buy delighted me by giving me natal charting and reporting sofware for Christmas last year. Oh, the journey I'm on!

Speaking of journeys, I've worked for my current company since last summer. It's a company that prides itself on intellectual property that is based in behavioral research data. LOTS of research data. Proven theories...evidence-based methods...PhDs coming out of our ears.

My first week on the job, I got prodded into the conference room for An Office Birthday. Oooh! An opportunity to bond with my new colleagues and read from my handy-dandy little book!

The collective pucker as I started quoting natal chart reports was undeniable. The PhDs were shifting in their shoes. Tachycardia was passing like a wave through the Programmers. Even the Receptionist was staring blankly at my neck as I read about Venus in Leo and Sagittarius Rising.

But being the stubborn Taurus that I am, I've persisted with my little workplace hobby. And, with the help of a particularly crafty co-worker, have succeeded in extracting the sparkling fairy dust (translation: birth date, birth time, and birth place) to produce natal charts on one who is regarded as possibly the most untouchable person in our midst.

Yep, it's gonna get interesting. I have his charts and am ready to debunk his myth.

*Title courtesy of a former boss who had more than mild disdain for my hobby.

2 comments:

Sara Hurd said...

Hoho, I don't know the person in question, but wish I could be a fly on the wall! :)

Call me Ms. Maxwell said...

Oh, Sara...you of all people know about this! And yes, the fly would have the very best perspective where this guy is concerned! Thanks for the note. I still owe you the charts for your girls (working on them...promise...).