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Are conspiracy theories just astrology for dudes? Its a question that came up recently, while musing over the ludicrous allure of QAnon.
The question has also been posed on Twitter by comedian Cathy Heller.
Conspiracy theories are just astrology for white guys
— Cathy Humes (@CrappyFumes) September 10, 2019
As the Daily Dots resident astrologer, Ill say this: Whatever your gender, we all need something to believe in.
Both astrology and conspiracy theories rely on specific observable detailslike planetary movements or factoids from sensational news storiesto extrapolate a greater truth. The same reasons some dudes gawk at astrology are the exact reasons why conspiracy theories feel so absurd to non-believers: in order to believe in either, you have to allow for some suspension of disbelief.
You could also say the opposite is true. We love to pore over birth charts and detailed monthly astrology forecasts for the same reasons that we get consumed with deep dives of conspiracy theories: we love to make sense of the tough-to-explain parts of our lives.
So whether youre a white dude who hates astrology, a recovering zodiac-memes addict, or simply a non-binary with a love for falling down Wikipedia holes, Ive created a new zodiac for you. What follows is a conspiracy theory for every sign, and a sign for every conspiracy theory.
Read on, but only if youre ready for the truth.
The Signs as Conspiracy Theories
Aries: Flat Earthers
You are a mover and a shaker! You love to stay active, whether youre going for a morning run or boarding a plane with a level to prove it doesnt move, youre always on the go! Youve got a child-like sense of wonder. Isnt it amazing how the horizon goes on for miles and miles and looks so straight? Youve also got a knack for leadership! Youll speak about your mission to whoever will listen. Youll start a YouTube channel.
Heck youll organize an annual International Conference just to share your message with the world.
Taurus: The Denver airport is a secret apocalypse bunker
Youre practical and reliable with an artsy side. You dont just have one story about odditiesyouve got several. Whether its a creepy horse sculpture, insane apocalyptic art, or rumors of underground baggage tunnels that are really bunkers for the apocalypse, you will slowly and diligently amass your theory piece-by-piece. You never rush, so those who hunker down to listen to your tale had better pack a snack. Thiscould take a while.
Gemini: John Travolta is a lizard
You love duality. Nothing makes you happier than everything being two things at once! Lizard people light you up. Who cares if theres no logic to it? Its fun and fun is what youre all about! You love to fire off jokes at parties and pointing out the similarities between celebrity face structures and lizard memes tickles your brain. You can often be found by the punchbowl, riffing on your theories and punctuating your one-liners with finger guns. You make finger guns too much. Please stop making finger guns.
Cancer: Chemtrails are poisoning us from above
Youre a nurturer at heart. You love to take care of your loved ones and feed them fresh, home-cooked meals. You also love to freak yourself out. Sometimes things just feel a bit off and youre convinced that something must be to blame. So you look to the skies. Oh hmmm that smoke coming off that jet definitely looks suspicious. And ouch your throat hurts. Ugh do you have a rash? Better search a forum for your symptoms and see if others have noticed that this weird tickle in your throat happens every time a jet flies by. Some say youre playing the victim but you are doing it for the children! If you dont think of them, who will?!?
Youre dramatic as hell. Youve got the energy to do a power hour of beer shots or to spin a hell of a tale. Some would say you are the life of the party, but you have a tendency to go overboard. A little juicy gossip is fun! And embellishing it can make it even more scintillating. But in some cases, like falsely claiming that John Podestas emails contained evidence of a child sex-trafficking ring run via a network of D.C. pizzerias, can lead to actual harm! Lets not forget that a North Carolina man got so riled up that he literally traveled to D.C. and fired a rifle in Comet Ping Pong! You may believe youve got a heart of gold, but youve got to be careful with your fiery side or it can lead to real damage!
Virgo: The moon landing was fake
Youre a perfectionist with an eye for details. You love to polish and improve things, and youre obsessed with finding flaws, whether they be your own, your best friends, or the quality of footprints left in moondust. You swear that your high standards are in everyones best interests, but lets be honestyou love to nitpick! Youll spend hours rewatching footage and scanning it for too little or too much wind, or suspect lighting. Heck, youll even meticulously research the science behind how well film holds up in space, all so you can prove that youre never ever wrong.
Libra: The Illuminati (including Jay-Z and Beyonc) secretly run the world
You live for luxury and glamour, but above all love! And what could be more romantic than a society formed in the late 18th century that continues to exist! Add two superstars in love running the world in secret and you are sold! You dont need much evidence. The furs, the diamonds, the yachts all of it looks great to you, and it looks even better to imagine it dripping with unparalleled levels of power. Who cares about how it actually works! That said, you do need a lot of reassurance. Thats why you text your boo, your crush, and your bestie on the daily with screenshots of Beyonc giving what you swear must be an Illuminati symbol to her many adoring fans.
Scorpio: The Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax
You trust no one. Not even grieving parents whove lost their children in the most shocking and awful way possible. Youve got an incredible threshold for pain so you dont mind replaying videos of their grief over and over to scan them for signs of phony emotion. Some may say youre too dark, that your heart is twisted and cruel. But you couldnt care less. No ones pulling a fast one on you. Not even parents who are rallying for gun control to prevent another senseless tragedy. If youve hurt anyones feelings in your quest for the truth, you cant be bothered. Lifes harsh and youre not here to protect anyone but yourself!
Sagittarius: Stevie Wonder isnt really blind
Youre funny and good-natured but sometimes youre a bit too blunt. Sometimes what you think is a good time is actually stomping all over something people really love. But you feel youre just pointing out the obvious! Like Stevie Wonder steadying a mic stand, or turning to a guest who got up to sing with him on Oprah and offering him a one-armed hug! Nevermind the fact that these are things blind people are totally capable of doing, youve got tunnel vision baby! You will take your theory and run with it, with enthusiasm, until the rainbow burns the stars out in the sky, always!
Capricorn: Elvis and Tupac are still alive
You value hard work that leads to high achievements, especially if those achievements are backed up by awards or money! Thats why you simply cannot believe icons like Elvis or Tupac are dead! Come on, how can someone with all those achievements experience an early death? In your view, thats way too wasteful. You much prefer the idea that they made some wise investments so that they could enjoy an early retirement in solitude on a private island, surrounded by wealth and unbothered by the glare of the spotlight. I mean, who doesnt want to count their money and achievements in peace and quiet?
Aquarius: 9/11 was an inside job
You are quite the brainiac. Youre capable of following elaborate reasoning and youre often are able to convince others that youre right simply by exhausting them! You can literally go on and on about your theories for hours. Whether youre going on about Tower 7s delayed collapse in painstaking detail, or critiquing the way the debris was collected and melted down instead of being investigated for signs architectural integrity, you never seem to run out of steam! One thing you dont have time for is emotions. You could care less if your theories offend those who lost loved ones, because, in your opinion, nothing is more valuable than the cold hard truth. You can be pretty convincing and youve won over some devoted followers like gorgeous French actress Marion Cotillard! But dont let it go to your headyou still get on most peoples nerves!
Pisces: Water turns frogs gay
Youre an escapist. Youd rather zone out in the bath, or lose yourself in a haze of weed and wine than deal with reality. So its no wonder youre willing to dive deep on the idea that water is turning the frogs gay. You would research the science behind it but you are probably too high to do so and/or having a nap. Youre murky on the details. Generally speaking, youre driven by envisioning all the possibilities. What if the frogs turning gay is a good thing? What if love is love is love?