April 6, 2013: Brendan Constantine

The nuclear age dawned on July 16, 1945, with the first detonation of the atomic bomb at the Trinity test site in New Mexico. This means the atomic bomb is a Cancer in the popular Zodiac. Yeah, it gets better.

Look what happens if we search for its weekly horoscope in the Internet:

[Atomic bombs] are very sensitive yet strong. They have a powerful attraction to beauty in all its aspects and seek to replicate it in their own lives. Despite their charming personality, they are extremely sensitive and easily hurt.

Think of an invention, good or bad – Polio Vaccine, the Colt 45, the Snuggie, whatever – and determine its birthday (date of invention). Then, using whatever resources, determine its astrological sign, either in the ‘Western Zodiac,’ the Shēngxiào, the Tarot, whatever.  For instance, the Atomic Bomb was born in the Chinese Year of the Rooster.

Now write a horoscope for your invention. YOU ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO EMBELLISH, TO MAKE THINGS UP, AND TO USE IMAGERY.

Some birthdays –

The Internet – September 2, 1969  – Virgo / Year of the Rooster
Rap/Hip Hop – 1974 (no official day) – Year of the Tiger
First Nuclear power plant – December 20, 1951  – Sagittarius /Year of the Rabbit
Morphine – December 30, 1804 – Capricorn / Year of the Dragon

Submitted by Brendan Constantine, Hollywood.

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