Facebook has inadvertently created the world’s largest (albeit cyber) high school cafeteria. All the social anxiety we adults pretend to have shed in our teenage years has returned as we post something on Facebook and no one “likes” it.
While some revile Facebook for creating social tension as we develop a culture regarding how to respond social media postings, I’m not sure it deserves that stigma. Facebook has simply brought out into the open what actually occurs.
You don’t like some people and some people don’t like you.
The situation reveals another little secret – adults fear social ostracism as much as teenagers.
The current awareness of bullying is brought about by many in their mid-to-late 40s who were born with Pluto/Uranus (in Virgo) opposing Saturn/Chiron (in Pisces). Pisces and Virgo are extremely sensitive both emotionally and to the environment.
This is a generation with severe allergies, severe reaction to the particles in the air with the body and soul rising to fight off perceived threats.
This generation in their mid-to-late 40s have children with Neptune in Capricorn and maybe even Uranus and Saturn in that sign. The children are more serious, thoughtful and will be taking the social order into their own hands to shape and mold. The children have thick, Capricorn, skin and can handle what comes their way.
Who’s teaching whom here?
Which sign of the zodiac most wants to be liked?
To me, air signs are most concerned with what is called popularity and being liked, even the rebellious fixed air Aquarius. The other two air signs are mutable Gemini and cardinal Libra.
Air is interested in intellect and social interaction. More than other elements, air seems concerned with the image of things. Air would be the first to don the hippie gear, the Mohawk, the tattoo, the apron, the straw hat or any other affectation that provokes a vivid image and reaction in others.
Air can sometimes get stuck in image if the action-oriented planets and signs are not strong in the horoscope. The rebellious behavior that challenges unfair social systems is different from the rebellious behavior that simply wants to evoke a reaction.
Aquarius Johnny Rotten (moon in Libra) provoked British culture by looking disheveled, having green teeth and singing angry songs about the Queen. While he added to the history of music, he did not change the British monarchy.
Aquarius Rosa Parks (moon also in Aquarius), in contrast, sat in the “whites only” section of the bus and provoked true social change.
Facebook is the perfect venue for promoting image, the perfect venue for personal brand management. But does it provoke action?
It’s interesting too that to like something is represented by a “thumbs up” symbol. Aquarius Gene Siskel and Gemini Roger Ebert had a TV show for years that provided movie reviews where each gave a thumbs up or down for the movie. Two thumbs up was an indication of strong approval.
Thumbs up is interesting because Gemini rules the hands, the lungs, speech and fingers. Gemini also rules siblings and neighbors.
Is wanting to be liked simply a way to get along with the community? Is “like” the grease that keeps the social engine running smoothly?
Earth, Water and Fire Signs
And what about the other elements – do they want to be liked?
To be liked seems just one point on a longer continuum. The other elements might not want to be “liked,” but they want something else.
Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces) want to be loved.
Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn) want to be respected.
Fire signs (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) want to be admired.
If Facebook has only a “like” indicator, then it is serving only one of the four elements. We use the heart symbol for love, so water signs are covered.
Now we need “respect” and “admire” symbols.
Respect and Admire Symbols
Since Facebook clearly lacks the social acceptance indicators for earth and fire signs, it’s time we make some up.
Earth signs like authority so maybe the “respect” button can look like a badge or award of some sort.
Fire signs like to be heroes so maybe the “admire” button can look like a fireman or emergency medical squad personnel. Maybe a little fire truck?
If you agree, simply click on the “like” button below.