This is probably some version of Mercury-in-Aries arrogance but when i first heard of A.D.D./A.D.H.D. as a diagnosis, i just dismissed it. I had this paranoia that it had to do with some profiteering from big pharma and the person who introduced it to me was all over the immediate dosing up of my son on Ritalin as being the only solution for a drastic problem.
I thought it was just the insistence of making a kid sit still for hours on end, all day, crap teaching etc. And he is a Cancerian with Moon in Virgo but my feeling was that as a multiple Leo, he was just bored shitless with the then emphasis on everyone getting an award/there being no ‘winners’ so as to avoid damaging anyone’s self esteem. I mounted an ideological argument against the suggestion of A.D.H.D. and even re-read Ivan Illich, the Virgo author of De-Educating Society and other forward-thinking for his time tomes.
But then the other day, a la the promptings of readings from trusted sources – including some commenters on this site – i went and did a few ‘do you have adult A.D.H.D.?’ quizzes online. So all the results were dinging off the scale yes. I asked my Gemini daughter if she thought i had it and she shrugged “of course, i have it, you have it, my brother is it, i think a quarter of the population has it.” She is not seeing it as a disorder to be treated but as a neurally different tone of being.
Obviously this is not a medical article – it is a post on an astrology blog. BUT it seems like all the traits being “tested” for in the quizzes were the same as demonstrated – broadly – by the Mutable signs, Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. And the lists of “famous people thought to have had A.D.H.D” are thronged with the Mutables: Alexander Bell (inventor of the telephone) – Pisces, Einstein (you know) – Pisces, Frank Lloyd Wright (genius architect) – Gemini, Mark Twain – Saggo, Emily Dickensen – Saggo, Ralph Waldo Emerson – Gemini, Leo Tolstoy – Virgo, Yeats – Gemini, John F. Kennedy…Gemini…
This is just going off Sun Signs but seriously, the shifting consciousness and diffuse focus that is associated with so-called ADHD seems SO in sync with many of the Mutable traits in astrology.
Having first resisted and now feeling intrigued by the A.D.H.D./A.D.D. label, i am curious as to your thoughts on this. Is A.D.H.D. a legit diagnosis of an actual problem that requires the individual to be medicated or given therapy to re-align or is it more of an adjustment that society needs to be making?
Can you see any link with the ‘relishing change’ awareness of the Mutable signs or people who are strong in those?
It is not like ANY vocational/education structure can be set and forget any more…THOUGHTS?
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