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Mine is July 23rd :grin:

July 23rd ~ The Day of Uncertainty Resolvers

Strengths: Compassionate

Sharing

Human

Weaknesses: Depressive

Crisis-Prone

Overly Vulnerable

Those born on July 23rd face a recurring theme of uncertainty in their lives. More highly evolved people born on this day are ultimately successful in resolving uncertainties, either personally for themselves or professionally for others. Less highly evolved people born on this day suffer from periodic identity crises in which profound doubts about themselves and highly self-critical attitudes surface.

July 23 people are basically traditionalists, and no matter how far out some of their views may be, they remain firmly rooted in conservative traits. Whatever their area of interest, be it their profession, hobby or art, they seek to know as much about its history as possible, in order to erase uncertainties; indeed, those born on this day investigate any area of which they are unsure in as thorough a manner as possible. Such investigations may range from detective or police work to scientific or social work.

July 23 people have a highly mental bias in approaching the world. Consequently, their emotional life may remain obscure and unexpressed; in fact, those born on this day sometimes suffer psychosomatic and addictive disorders due to suppressed feelings. Instead of spending all of their time resolving worldly or intellectual concerns, they might pay more attention to their own inner emotional state. Since July 23 people are often spiritually and religiously oriented, cultivating meditative practices may be of great help to them. If, however, they insist on pursuing external problems to the detriment of their inner life, they will only grow increasingly nervous and stressed.

Retreating into a protective shell is not the solution either. July 23 people must make a conscious effort to integrate their social activities with their inner emotional life. Often a positive primary relationship of long standing with a lover, mate or friend can be an essential bridge to the world. The dangers of dependency on such a person are obvious, but July 23 people also have a great deal to offer the other party in a relationship: their highly developed problem-solving abilities, compassion, understanding and human qualities are invaluable.

As mentioned, no matter how developed their egos, July 23 people are periodically assailed by doubts. Each time those born on this day resolve such difficulties they grow stronger, and take another step towards self-realization. Those July 23 people who can share their rich fantasy life with others are indeed blessed, and will be very much appreciated; they are capable of earning great esteem as social workers, psychologists, lawyers and physicians. Those July 23 people who have experienced serious emotional problems have a marked insight into both illness and the process of healing, and may even be able to help others while they themselves are still recovering. The depth of gratitude and positive validation of such an experience can be mutually rewarding. The emotional complexity of those born on this day, their warmth and human struggle, generally makes contact with them meaningful.

Taken from “The Secret Language of Birthdays†by Gary Goldschneider and Joost Elffers.

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Feb. 27th!

February 27th ~ The Day of the Reality Masters

Strengths: Magnetic

Capable

Worldly

Weaknesses: Self-Unaware

Demanding

Emotionally Chaotic

Those born on February 27 are extremely insightful into the workings of the world around them. They spend a great deal of energy coming to understand the basic elements of everyday life – how things work, why people act the way they do, how to work to advantage with the environment – but this is only the beginning. From this solid reality base, February 27 people allow their questioning spirits to explore outward to social, international and universal spheres as well. Because they build solidly at each step of the way, they can confidently count on the wisdom they have culled from experience to see them through new and perhaps increasingly ambitious endeavors.

The greatest difficulties for February 27 people usually surface in their personal lives. Because they are extremely demanding individuals, and also since their intuitive choices in relationships are often not the most suitable for them to say the least, they can have tumultuous and often chaotic love lives. For some reason, for all of their understanding of the world and their capacity to make their way in it, they often know surprisingly little about themselves, other than what they think they want. To learn the difference between what they want and what they truly need is an important distinction for them to grasp and one which they hopefully make sooner rather than later in life. By satisfying their true needs they can, of course, find greater emotional stability and happiness. Too often they feel that their problems can be solved by another person, and put much too much energy into their romantic love lives, instead of seeking the solutions to their needs at a deeper level inside themselves. Given their emotional makeup, it is unlikely that those born on this day will experience much “downtime†between relationships, but an extended period alone could actually do them some good. Because of their thoughtful and sensitive nature, they should be able to accomplish much personal growth without outside help.

February 27 people are happiest when they can let their minds roam freely over a wide variety of subjects, and generally demand friends and mates who are also intellectually active. Those born on this day often struggle with their social environment in an attempt to somehow master it or perhaps redirect it. Their urge to dominate is very strong and because their magnetic powers are among the strongest in the entire year, they must be extremely careful not to overwhelm everyone around them.

If February 27 people lose moral direction they have a great potential for bringing destruction on themselves and others. Their capacity for not only seeing the truth but also bringing what they desire to pass, through a rare combination of empathy and willpower, presents them with great ethical and moral challenges.

Taken from “The Secret Language of Birthdays†by Gary Goldschneider and Joost Elffers.

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April 13th, looks like you've got quite a few orders in already, lol

April 13th ~ The Day of the Iconoclast

Strengths: Strong-Willed

Pioneering

Outspoken

Weaknesses: Misunderstood

Alienated

Rejected

Those born on April 13 attempt to solve their conflicts with the world through their work. Exceptional individuals born on this day are often forced to be true pioneers, blazing new ground in an attempt to find a place in a society with which they are basically at odds. But even those who operate within a more mundane social context generally manifest a desire to rewrite the rules of their field. Powerful in their expression, April 13 people are capable of working alone and perhaps unappreciated for years. Finally, if they are successful, they force others not only to recognize the validity of their often radical approach but perhaps to adopt it for themselves. If unsuccessful, they can naturally suffer from feelings of rejection or inferiority, but most likely will continue along their chosen path no matter what the world thinks of them. Less highly evolved individuals born on this day may attempt to deny their inborn talent for individual, innovative actions by adopting a repressive, reactionary stance or assuming a powerful social position.

Strong-willed, April 13 people have unconventional methods which they exercise to the fullest whether those around them accept it or not. If members of their family or friends disapprove strongly of what they see as a bizarre or eccentric behavior, April 13 people generally go down one of two paths: internalize the disapproval of others and possibly fall ill, or fight for the recognition and acceptance they believe they deserve. Those April 13 people who are sufferers from chronic physical ailments may, as a consequence of coping with their own problems, come to work with illness as physicians, nurses, or psychological and social counselors. As for April 13 people of the second type, they will not give up until they have succeeded in establishing their worth.

Possessed of unusual habits and personalities, April 13 people most often maintain a strictly private personal life, away from the world’s scrutiny. This need for seclusion can in rare cases assume almost pathological proportions. Strangely enough, those born on this day may desire an individual or even several companions to join them in their living situation at home, while still maintaining their own strict laws of privacy. Because of their unusual nature and lifestyle, all sorts of stories about April 13 people can circulate within their social sphere, some of them true. These rumors can cause a great deal of pain as those born on this day are extraordinarily sensitive to the opinions of others. Since, as mentioned, they tend to be highly private individuals, curiosity as to the nature of their private habits is likely to be intensified.

April 13 people have outspoken tastes and are generally open to less conventional art forms, diversion and entertainments. If they themselves are not artists, they are often art or antique collectors with an eye for those apparently ordinary items from bottle caps to brass door knobs which later can assume great worth. Although idealists, April 13 people are realistic enough to know how to be financially successful if they choose to be.

Taken from “The Secret Language of Birthdays†by Gary Goldschneider and Joost Elffers

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july 20th?

July 20th ~ The Day of Ups and Downs

Strengths: Adventuresome

Active

Practical

Weaknesses: Restless

Dissatisfied

Those born on July 20 often live lives where they rise to the heights and descend to the depths. This metaphor of being alternately up and down can be central to their occupational, emotional, family or social life, as well as their dreams and hobbies. Such rising and falling activity is as integral to their personality as the seasonal changes are to nature.

In order to truly understand those born on this day, one must observe them in transition, as they are so often passing from one state to the next; it is actually not up or down, win or loss, or any state in between which defines a July 20 person but movement itself – going somewhere. Thus becoming is more important to July 20 people than being, and they are markedly dynamic rather than static. In so often changing their state, those born on this day run the risk of becoming highly unstable personalities, like a radioactive element. Yet it is within this constant process of change that highly evolved July 20 people find stability and repose. They are living proof that the center of the hurricane, the eye, can be the calmest point of all.

Though most successful July 20 people have this calm center within them, they must beware of complacency and stagnation, especially if they are seduced by social position or monetary reward. If they can motivate themselves to seek higher and more challenging peaks while at the same time maintaining their balance, they will remain productive. Their twin pitfalls are excessive behavior on the one hand and complacency on the other, both equally dangerous and needing to be brought into line with reality.

Mates to July 20 people or those involved with them in partnerships of any kind will be fortunate to live or work with an absolutely reliable team member. Yet they have to be very understanding of a July 20 person and just as patient, since it often takes those born on this day a long time to reach their true goals in life.

Strangely enough, July 20 people can be unhappy after achieving a measure of success, for what they may need most is to experience the little failures and frustrations that might motivate them to make fundamental changes in their lives. Again, the greatest danger to such a personality is to become too “comfortable†or “satisfied†with their efforts or life situation. It may be especially difficult for those closest to them (friends, mates, lovers, children) to understand the July 20 need for struggle; these loved ones may not wish to share in a process of growth that seems to embrace angst at the expense of happiness. But those born on this day can never be satisfied through a mediocre existence. If they can find the excitement and challenge they need in their career or everyday life, perhaps they can strike a balance between seeking and having. If not, they run the danger of suffocating in “contentment.â€

Taken from “The Secret Language of Birthdays†by Gary Goldschneider and Joost Elffers.

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april 27th but do't worry if it's too much for you!!

April 27th ~ The Day of Self-Sufficiency

Strengths: Self-Sufficient

Dedicated

Centered

Weaknesses: Withdrawn

Overserious

Repressed

Those born on April 27 can usually be found working behind the scenes; generally they do not assume the leading role unless drafted or forced to do so. They are happiest when they can function undisturbed, tucked away in a safe place where they give their all to private endeavors. It is rare to find those born on this day preoccupied with a highly developed social life; it is usually within an institution (e.g., school, work, church) that they are able to relate best with others.

April 27 people can manifest a strong presence in human affairs without being physically present. They have great projective powers; their thoughts, initial actions, even their image alone may serve to set things around them in motion. In solitary activity they are never lonely. Nor are they jealous of those who have greater popularity in the public eye or in the eyes of their family and friends. They seek to be useful, to get the job done, and have no time for sophisticated criticism or praise. They feel it is they themselves who know best, only too well, whether they have succeeded or failed and have little need for outside evaluation. Those born on this day have a rare capacity to handle their occasional failures well, moving on undaunted to their next project, building on a knowledge culled from previous mistakes.

In personal relationships as well as in family activities (such as raising children), April 27 people function very well as long as others understand their need for privacy and desire to be alone when working. After hours they can enjoy a quiet evening at home with their spouse and/or children as well as anyone. If they are homemakers, their home will be their castle; most needs and wants can be met in this sphere. They will demand faithfulness and dedication, however, as they are faithful and dedicated themselves.

The less highly evolved of this day must beware of becoming withdrawn, sullen or abrasive to others. Such April 27 people can be blunt to the point of rudeness. Finding social outlets which they truly enjoy, and perhaps smoothing down some of the rough edges in their personality, they can begin a much needed socialization process. If not, they may be dooming themselves to being alone and unhappy.

Those born on this day are often quite accomplished in their craft. Moreover, they know their limitations and capabilities, rarely misjudging the latter. They may, however, push themselves too hard and because of a lack of emotional maturity or suppressed feelings allow destructive outbursts which can drive others away. Their temper is not easily aroused, but once it is, watch out! The destructive powers of April 27 people are considerable.

Those born on this day should seek friends who can help them lighten up. To laugh and to be less serious are two important needs. In this respect thy do well with devoted companionswho are free-spirited and playful.

Taken from “The Secret Language of Birthdays†by Gary Goldschneider and Joost Elffers.

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You guys have no idea - I'm really enjoying this! It's making my day go by so much quicker... put dates of anyone you want done and I'll get to them in order!! :grin: :grin:

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You'll have a lot of typing to do, Shawna... perhaps there's a small summary form you can put up instead? Mine's Januray 20th! :P

January 20th ~ The Day of the Freewheeler

Strengths: Expressive

Resilient

Big-Hearted

Weaknesses: Chaotic

Unrealistic

Upsetting

Those born on January 20 are intensely alive individuals who are very comfortable following their impulses wherever they lead. The capacity to make snap decisions and act on them is highly characteristic of people born on this day. Improvisatory rather than painstaking, they take life as it comes – no matter how chaotic or upsetting it is, they feel they can handle it. Their own internal state is often chaotic as well, although they miraculously impart an orderliness to their work, most often due to technical ease in their particular medium

Humor figures prominently in the makeup of these vibrant people. The most dire circumstances are often alleviated, lightened by their ready wit. But such a fine sense of irony also serves to protect a profound inner sensitivity. Though they are fond of jokes and will even play the fool themselves if it suits them, they are proud individuals who take themselves very seriously indeed.

January 20 people have a deeply human quality which endears them to their family and friends. Despite the fact that they can display a nasty temper and are sharply outspoken in their views, they are quickly forgiven by others, for there is no malice in their outbursts. Because of their love of fun they may be taken for superficial, except by those who really know them. Actually January 20 people often lead a highly private, even secret life, and share their hopes and dreams with but a few intimates. Most January 20 people are by nature big-hearted, and therefore share without a second thought. However, later they may well feel a bit put upon if they find the other party unworthy of their generosity.

Although not always in the best health, January 20 people are highly resilient physically, emotionally and mentally, and capable of surviving many catastrophes in their lives. Somehow, they always seem to pull through, buoyed by an incurable optimism. Although they are generally on the side of the underdog and have strong protective sympathies, January 20 people can themselves be very dictatorial, a role for which they are hardly suited. They are not particularly adept at forcing others (including their children) to obey the rules they set down, and perhaps because their own freewheeling style implies a kind of disregard for such restriction, others don’t take their authoritarianism seriously.

Emotional, expressive and caring, these larger-than-life people may have glaring faults and make many mistakes of judgment, but do so with a singular absence of malice. Their insistence on a positive attitude toward life, and their courage and stick-to-it-iveness are an example to others.

Taken from “The Secret Language of Birthdays†by Gary Goldschneider and Joost Elffers.

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I´m writing down all this information to post greetings when it´s time to... :)

Shawna, mine is Dec.19th.

December 19 ~ The Day of the Hellraisers

Strengths: Deep

Daring

Indomitable

Weaknesses: Suffering

Inscrutable

Dark

Those born on December 19 are powerful in eliciting reactions from others, principally because of their at once daring and persevering attitude as well as their refusal to compromise. It is difficult or impossible for them to be anything but themselves; putting on a mask for society is something for others to do. Their attitude is more often – “That’s how I am, take it or leave it!â€

It can be quite astonishing how December 19 people manage to overcome difficulties. Yet struggle seems so much a part of their fate that it is hard to imagine them leading a serene life, without challenge. Their lives can be a kind of ongoing battle in which they pit their concentrated energies against great odds and win out, again and again. This is not to suggest, however, that they do not experience crushing defeats as well. But while they may suffer deeply, and sometimes even think seriously about giving up, their spirit remains indomitable. Thus their triumphs are deeply meaningful, born not of a blind heroism but of a kind of gritty determination.

Despite the great difficulties that fate has in store for December 19 people, their most serious confrontations come with themselves at a deep personal level. For example, lethargy and lack of energy may dampen their spirit and refuse to abate. Or, on the other hand, a storm of violent emotions may unexpectedly seize them, first manifesting in private, perhaps later bursting forth in their public life.

It is hard to blame December 19 people at such times, since they are in the throes of dark, powerful forces. To see them suffer arouses the sympathy of any sensitive onlooker, but such sympathy may naturally be less forthcoming if those born on this day direct negativity outward. Passionate, perplexing, maddening – December 19 people can truly test one’s patience. But indeed life would be far less exciting without them.

In fact, by going their own way and displaying freedom of spirit, December 19 people are often admired by younger persons, who see them as romantic figures. Those born on this day are not necessarily responsible for younger people emulating them, but if they have a direct relationship with a child, they should try to even out some of their more volatile behavior.

December 19 people have a great need for levity in their lives, but detest flabby or phony humor. Generally their own sense of humor has an ironic edge, or even a mocking quality. Those born on this day most often present a serious face to the world accompanied by a somewhat forbidding posture. A great deal of self-work may be needed for them to break out of this mold and become fully expressive, in an easy, flowing manner.

Taken from “The Secret Language of Birthdays†by Gary Goldschneider and Joost Elffers.

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Oh go on then, mine's 10 January :)

How about when Shawna has posted about your birthday you say which bits are spookily accurate?

January 10th ~ The Day of the Hard Look

Strengths: Tough

Authoritative

Realistic

Weaknesses: Insensitive

Armored

Jealous

Those born on January 10 are realists first and foremost, capable of taking a hard look at most any situation, sizing it up and acting accordingly. Rarely prey to false optimism, dreamy hopes or visions, they are somewhat proud of their realistic assessment of things. Whether they are sensitive people or not, January 10 people do not let either their own or other people’s sensitivity get in the way of telling it like it is. Uncompromising in their views, those born on this day are not accustomed to sugar-coating the pill or honeying their words. Things simply are the way they are – take it or leave it.

January 10 people may thus be accused of being blunt or undiplomatic, but rarely of being dishonest. Even their detractors have to admit that they do not operate by a double standard – they apply the same strict and unyielding standards to themselves as they do to everyone else. Not necessarily analytical or critical types, it is more their own forthright views and uncompromising attitude that can bring them into conflict with others. Indeed, most born on this day do not hesitate to flaunt unpopular opinions or behave in a manner at odds with convention, particularly when they feel that the dictates of convention are unwarranted or unreasonable. Not all January 10 people are exhibitionistic or colorful, however. Some prefer to understate their no less realistic view of the world, or perhaps on occasion keep silent where others would speak. In that silence, however, they can convey the heaviest brand of judgement, simply by withholding their approval, endorsement or enthusiasm.

January 10 people are not averse to leadership roles, but dominating a situation, even from behind the scenes, is usually good enough for them. In personal combat, their attacking style need not be a wading in there and landing of first blows. They are very good counter-punchers and know how to wait for their opportunity. Because they are good at eliciting desired reactions from people, they often maintain the upper hand right from the start. When hurt by an opponent, or for that matter a friend, they may reveal little of the pain they suffer.

It seems as if very little surprises January 10 people, and indeed they enjoy living as if prepared for anything. Yet, of course, they have their vulnerabilities. Like anyone else they wish to be appreciated and admired by those close to them, and perhaps by a wider circle as well. But they have few insecurities in this respect, and consequently do not display an overt need to be liked.

Respect is something else, however. This they do demand, perhaps too often in an overt fashion. One weak spot of January 10 individuals is that they are rather thin-skinned when unfavorably compared to others. Prone to jealousy in this area, those born on this day are likely to reveal their Achilles heel even when only indirectly challenged by their rivals or competitors being praised. In such an event they should just learn to laugh, shake it off and forget it.

Taken from “The Secret Language of Birthdays†by Gary Goldschneider and Joost Elffers.

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Quite accurate in a lot of places - although I would definitely disagree about not revealing pain when I have been hurt and the straight-talking, uncompromising bit - unless I have learned to be different or different situations have taught me to adapt accordingly.

It does make me sound like a complete b*tch though :P

Cool, thank you Shawna :)

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I'm March 25th. Hit me, Shawna.

March 25th ~ The Day of Dynamism

Strengths: Energetic

Loyal

Independent

Weaknesses: Highly Critical

Blunt

Self Destructive

People born on March 25 are unstoppable and dynamic. They are among the most active, energetic people in the year. Many seem cut out to be leaders, but perhaps could better be described as pure loners or soloists. When they head up group efforts, it is usually due to the force of their talents or the demands of circumstance rather than their own desire to lead.

Those born on this day are not driven by blind ambition. They know their capabilities and are very aware of what they can and cannot do. They also have a great need to seek peace when they are away from the hectic professional life in which they are so often cast. Without this they cannot function. Their private life is sacred to them.

Marriage is difficult for these individualists, perhaps because they can only serve on their own terms. Their partner not only has to be a real pal, but also has to be a “someone†who can balance their own energetic personality. March 25 people often do not find their true partner until later in life, if at all. Ultimately, they may make the choice to live alone rather than settle for anything less than the perfect mate. A March 25 woman is extremely capable of looking after herself, while a March 25 man desires the warmth and affection of a family situation – a secure nest.

At times it seems that the energy of March 25 people is limitless, but in fact they can get run down and become irritable. In this state, they take offense very easily and consider even the slightest sign of being ignored a personal affront to them. March 25 people can throw tantrums or, even worse, be devastating in their cutting criticism. They are faithful to those they love but in their own strange way can believe they are faithful even when not entirely committed or even monogamous. They are loyal to their families but are often fated to have unconventional family lives.

March 25 people may display a measure of tact but are rather frank and also possessed of a quick temper that can land them in trouble. Fortunately, they are easily forgiven, probably because their human qualities (and therefore faults) are so obvious and others know their heart is in the right place. Key friends are essential to March 25 people, forming a kind of inner circle around them. These close friends will be a protecting buffer, not only against the world’s criticism but also against self-destructive impulses. What do the friends get out of it? Usually, the satisfaction of knowing such a forceful person, who can always be called upon (if available!) to give advice, time or even money. Those in relationships with March 25 people must quickly learn to leave them completely alone in their assault on the world – to travel, to experience, even to love in their most independent manner. Only when allowed freedom will they themselves give their love freely, both emotionally and physically.

Taken from “The Secret Language of Birthdays†by Gary Goldschneider and Joost Elffers.

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Strengths: Compassionate

Sharing

Human

Weaknesses: Depressive

Crisis-Prone

Overly Vulnerable

Strengths and weaknesses spot on.

suffer from periodic identity crises in which profound doubts about themselves and highly self-critical attitudes surface.

Again, completely true.

those born on this day investigate any area of which they are unsure in as thorough a manner as possible.

Yes, yes and more yes.

their emotional life may remain obscure and unexpressed; in fact, those born on this day sometimes suffer psychosomatic and addictive disorders due to suppressed feelings.

Past history agrees, having dealt with an addiction after a life-changing event a few years ago.

Since July 23 people are often spiritually and religiously oriented, cultivating meditative practices may be of great help to them.

I do have quite a private, spiritual side of me which definitely needs more development and more attention paid to it as I have neglected to do for a long time.

July 23 people must make a conscious effort to integrate their social activities with their inner emotional life.

I do tend to analyse my emotional well-being alot, and at the cost of my social life the majority of the time. I find it hard to 'grab the bull by the horns' and step into somthing new.

Often a positive primary relationship of long standing with a lover, mate or friend can be an essential bridge to the world. The dangers of dependency on such a person are obvious, but July 23 people also have a great deal to offer the other party in a relationship: their highly developed problem-solving abilities, compassion, understanding and human qualities are invaluable.

When in a relationship I am devoted totally to that one person. May be called a dependency, but not at the risk of becoming 'the only two people in the world'....

Those July 23 people who can share their rich fantasy life with others are indeed blessed, and will be very much appreciated; they are capable of earning great esteem as social workers, psychologists, lawyers and physicians. Those July 23 people who have experienced serious emotional problems have a marked insight into both illness and the process of healing, and may even be able to help others while they themselves are still recovering. The depth of gratitude and positive validation of such an experience can be mutually rewarding. The emotional complexity of those born on this day, their warmth and human struggle, generally makes contact with them meaningful.

I tend to find myself talking to people about their problems (especially at work) because I take the time to listen. I find myself asked to sit in on discussions with learners who are 'emotionally distressed' as I seem to be the person that has had a steady relationship with them throughout their time on training, probably because I pass the time of day with them when I'm having a cigarette outside. It's amazing what a 10 second conversation can do for someone. I enjoy helping people out of sticky situations, or tracking down the right help for them, as I go home feeling I'm helping someone better their life, especially the youngsters who have been subjected to mental/physical/sexual abuse who need someone who takes time with them to ask them how they feel. I hope it makes a difference. I've been told to pursue a 'Social Worker' type job role, but I think I would take too much on board and would find it difficult to switch off and find my own life, so it could be detrimental instead of helpful.

Overall, it doesn't sound all that great - obsessive, addictive, emotionally-shot, vulnerable - but that a big part of me. Thanks Shawna, very enlightening!

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May 24th. (I feel so bad with the begging.)

May 24th ~ The Day of the Magnifier

Strengths: Expressive

Incisive

Socially Involved

Weaknesses: Self-Centered

Caustic

Closed

Those born on May 24 seem to have an opinion on every issue under the sun. Their main interest, however, is in society and their orientation toward it can range from mildly critical, to outspoken or even revolutionary. Usually possessed of a quick mind and caustic tongue, May 24 people rarely leave others in the dark very long about where they stand on a subject. The problem is, however, that every few years (or even weeks), their viewpoints may shift, and therefore people around them may be left bewildered, standing with their mouths open in amazement.

Although they have a lot to say about society, and may be in the limelight, May 24 people are usually quite reserved. Indeed, they can be resentful of encroachments on their private life. Basically they only want to say what they have to say when, where and how they wish. Because of their outspoken attitudes they give the impression of being approachable and open – but this may not be the case. For some born on this day, communication is not a two-way dialogue but a matter of the world listening to what they have to say. Friends and family of May 24 people may grow used to hearing pronouncements and in extreme cases facing merciless, satiric criticism.

Most often those born on this day side with the proletariat rather than with the privileged classes. Battlers by nature, they feel akin to the underdog in a fight. Unfortunately, they may lose objectivity and come to ally themselves with a political entity or faction ultimately unworthy of their support.

May 24 people are extremely facile in their use of language, and also highly adept at turning emotions in their favor. They have an incisive, philosophical manner that is attractive. May 24 people inhabit a world of ideas, usually very expansive ideas concerning broad issues. When necessary, however, they can concentrate intently on a pressing matter at hand. Not specialists in attending to themselves or others on a day-to-day basis, those born on this day are usually too wrapped up in their own world to bother with mundane chores like taking out the trash or doing the laundry. Many depend on a support system to care for them, otherwise they would fall into very sloppy ways.

Although their influence may at times seem divisive and negative, May 24 people serve a highly important function in bringing out what has hitherto been suppressed in others (possibly anger, resentment, even violence). After the smoke has cleared, the situation is probably improved, or at least clarified, for all concerned (even if something unpleasant has occurred). May 24 people must avoid becoming dictatorial, overbearing personalities, and should keep their attitude light. Cultivating a healthy sense of humor plays a great part in this.

Taken from “The Secret Language of Birthdays†by Gary Goldschneider and Joost Elffers.

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July 26th

Jane, you share a birthday with my brother...

July 26th ~ The Day of the Symbolic Herald

Strengths: Dynamic

Influential

Attractive

Weaknesses: Provocative

Blunt

Difficult

July 26 people are strongly dominant personalities. However, the authority they wield is rarely of a physical or financial nature, but rather lies in understanding the truths of their times, not only understanding them but also personifying them in their activities and actions. When July 26 people comment on the state of things, they usually know whereof they speak, for their authority is deeply rooted in experience (and often a profound knowledge of their discipline as well). Exceptional people born on this day may be regarded as prophets of a kind, trumpeting their message to all that will heed it.

July 26 people may appear a bit one-dimensional, for rather than seeking widely varying forms of experience they usually limit themselves to one important field of endeavor. In this specialized area they bring to bear everything that they know about life. Many born on this day come to hold extensive influence in their family, social circle, or society at large. This is because they have a way of expressing what those around them are feeling, perhaps even becoming living symbols of unconscious social attitudes which have lain dormant. This may have the unfortunate result of them so completely filling a role that they become unable to make contact with the deeper, more feeling parts of themselves necessary for creating a well-rounded personality. At some point in their lives they may have to make a firm decision to come down off their pedestal and refuse to allow others to put them up there again.

July 26 people are anything but conservative in their outlook. They often espouse quite outrageous viewpoints which can arouse antagonism from those who uphold the status quo. Fortunately, they display a self-confidence that rarely wavers, regardless of the opponent.

Not surprisingly, those born on this day are gamblers by nature. Often fatally attracted to difficult and even dangerous situations, they tend to lay it on the line when the going gets tough and hang on until a satisfactory resolution or conclusion has been reached. With their combination of stamina and strength they are well equipped to get their way.

July 26 people make little effort to sugar-coat the pill of truth. They tell it like it is – straight out and blunt, sometimes displaying more concern for the safeguarding of “truth†than for the feelings of their fellow man. However, individuals born on this day who take the time and trouble to get to know themselves as flesh and blood people, develop greater empathy and tame their aggressions, will be better equipped than most to express the best they have inside them.

Taken from “The Secret Language of Birthdays†by Gary Goldschneider and Joost Elffers.

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August 11.

August 11th ~ The Day of Validation

Strengths: Truth-Seeking

Powerful

Insightful

Weaknesses: Somber

Disturbing

Hurtful

Those born on August 11 have a strong desire to reveal the truth. They also have a feeling for the dark side of life and for topics that others may be uncomfortable with. It is their job, they feel, to courageously bring what is hidden to light: to test, to probe, and if necessary expose those who pretend to be what they are not. In this last activity they can be quite merciless. Substantiation and documentation of the truth, no matter how unpleasant, can amount to a mania with them and even become their life’s work.

More highly-evolved August 11 people can deal with such subjects in a positive and creative fashion, enlightening and teaching others. The less highly evolved born on this day may come to embody those unpleasant truths in themselves and be driven to antisocial activities. These latter individuals may, however, raise their level of consciousness through becoming aware of what they have done, commenting on it and seeking to move to a higher plane of existence. In this respect they have a chance to undergo great personal evolutionary change within a single lifetime.

August 11 people possess a subtle understanding of human nature and are difficult to fool. If money-oriented they will invest wisely. However, in their emotional life they may be very difficult to reach, since they are not overly trusting. Nor do they necessarily believe that sharing and acceptance will take them very far. Many born on this day deliberately make themselves invulnerable to sentiment in order to travel unencumbered along their chosen path.

It is extremely important for August 11 people to have an audience for their challenging, sometimes disturbing views and unusual behavior. What they know has to be exhibited, put on public display. If they are critics, their views must be published and examined; if athletes, their feats of skill or strength must be at least acknowledged, whether or not they are admired. Those born on this day seek respect, but do not live for the approval of others. In fact, the opposition or antagonism which they often raise only acts as a tonic on them and strengthens their life force and resolve to succeed. They must, however, beware of raising to much opposition that negativity and destruction follow them through life.

August 11 people can be highly successful once they learn to present their insights at the right time and in the most productive manner possible. In family situations they must beware of being at the center of trouble. Catalytic by nature, those born on this day tend to arouse controversy in whatever social sphere they find themselves. Violence, dissension, strife and struggle seem to swirl around them. Yet more highly evolved August 11 people manage to integrate such wilder energies in their conversation, work or creative projects while keeping them from disturbing their personal lives. Growing older, and hopefully wiser, generally tempers the rebellious side of August 11 people.

Taken from “The Secret Language of Birthdays†by Gary Goldschneider and Joost Elffers.

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april 30

April 30th ~ The Day of Dutiful Overload

Strengths: Protective

Professional

Resolute

Weaknesses: Demanding

Immoderate

Self-Indulgent

April 30 people are dominating personalities, but often have a desire to give up positions of responsibility and retire to a life of gracious ease. In discharging their professional responsibilities, they live by the book, not easily granting exception or specializing in shows of human understanding, unless it lies in the general interest to do so. Though they make exacting bosses and managers, they are good enough to hold themselves to the same standards.

Because, for many born on this day, duty is a god, they can be too reluctant to question their own basic assumptions or those of their superiors and thus run the risk of doing a “good job†while heading off in a wrong direction morally. Those that become aware of this tendency stand a greater chance of success over the long haul, though they may at first be uncomfortable with the uncertainty they will experience.

Probably the greatest need of April 30 people in an authoritative position is to be loved and respected by those working under them. As colleagues, they both enjoy and thrive on the warmth of comradeship. In return, they tend to be highly protective towards their staff or fellow workers, who remain in their favor as long as there is agreement on certain basic issues. For those they dislike or consider beneath their dignity, those born on this day generally exhibit scorn or contempt.

The need of April 30 people for affection from family and friends is also great. What they prize in relationships is freedom from irritations and strife, wishing both to be cared for and left alone. Children learn soon enough how to get what they want from an April 30 parent, who may seem intractable but in reality is putty in the hands of a cleverly manipulative son or daughter. Those born on this day are particularly vulnerable to the charms of a child of the opposite sex.

The way to persuade an April 30 person is most certainly not head on. Like a true Taurus bull, he/she will prove stubborn and immovable against what is perceived as aggression. On the other hand, those born on this day admire grace and cleverness, even when they see that a subtle argument is being used to turn them around. They must beware of their tendency to bully others psychologically, intimidating through silence or implied threats.

April 30 people sometimes reject their own power, particularly women who may relinquish authority to their father, brother or mate. They should consider such a choice carefully, for it may eventually cause them unhappiness and frustration. Often mothers born on this day sublimate ambitious desires in their offspring. The nurturing qualities of this day tend to be very great, but April 30 parents must avoid smothering their children with too much (well-meant) attention.

Taken from “The Secret Language of Birthdays†by Gary Goldschneider and Joost Elffers.

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