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Hell hath no fury like Astrology Twitter.
Whether a crush, a nemesis, or your very own congressional representative, nothing exposes someone's true self like a complete birth chart. (OK, there are lots of things that show your true colors, but your star placement is much easier to obtain.)
Twitter users who care deeply about astrology are convinced that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez faked her birth time for ... a better natal chart.
Finding out someone's birth time is the achievement to end all achievements. A natal chart is essentially pseudoscience for explaining why you are the way you are; Co-Star, an astrology app, describes it as an "astronomical snapshot of the sky based on the exact day, time, and place you were born." The placement of certain stars, astrology enthusiasts reason, can influence your behavior and desires.
While birthdays and places of birth of celebrities and politicians tend to be publicly available, birth times are a bit trickier to obtain. Shortly after Ocasio-Cortez was inaugurated, a constituent and astrologer asked one of her staffers for her time of birth to complete her natal chart.
GUYS I GOT ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ’S BIRTH TIME
Thank you THANK YOU @AOC and your staff for being willing to share this information! The astrological community thanks you! pic.twitter.com/wbCi8CIZ0G
— Arthur Lipp-Bonewits 💘✨ and 82 others (@lipandbone) January 14, 2019
The representative was born at 11:50 a.m. on Oct. 13, 1989 in The Bronx. That means she's a Libra sun with an Aries moon and a Sagittarius rising — Allure sums it all up as "a person who is passionate and action-oriented, an idea-driven communicator with a strong grasp of the intangibles."
Which is a pretty dope combination of traits for a legislator, but some people think Ocasio-Cortez lied about her birth time so her chart would show more desirable characteristics.
The January tweet proclaiming her birth time resurfaced on Monday when Desus and Mero producer Muna Mire quote tweeted it, shedding a light on the heated debate in the comments.
"How accurate is this?" one Twitter user commented. "Because people will say anything ... and I wouldn't put it past a Libra woman to say anything to not be bothered."
A discussion followed, and some Twitter users insinuated that Ocasio-Cortez wasn't giving out her real time to protect herself.
This. Especially given the rumors of politicians giving false times to throw people off their astro scent. I'm not making any definitive claims about this case, but the fake out possibly is good to remember as one that's plausible.
— S.J. Anderson (@sjanderson144) January 14, 2019
It’s more like what she’d lose from the truth. It’s only relatively recently in human history that people stopped using magic and astrology in government and there is a part of my brain that says they did not actually stop.
— Astro Cat ⚕ (@occultproblems) January 15, 2019
One Twitter user compared it to the birther conspiracy that Obama dealt with all throughout his presidency.
AOC’s birth time is for astrology twitter what Obama’s birth certificate was for Tea Party land https://t.co/K6K55CZ8SC
— Alex Tsioropoulos (@Alexwtsi) March 26, 2019
While others on the site pointed out just how ridiculous the whole thing is.
i cannot make this up: there is an actual debate in the comments about whether AOC deliberately lied about her birth time in order to make her birth chart seem more appealing...
— Vivian (@perlucidum) March 26, 2019
We're about to enter the age of the Co-Star primary. https://t.co/YxlhOaW7Iy
— Brittany Shepherd (@blrshepherd) March 26, 2019
Imagine demanding every candidate show us their astrological chart. We'd learn more than tax returns or birth certificates could ever show us. (But seriously, AFAIC astrology is WOOWOO)
— (((Ari DubLion))) PowTown GetDown Radio Show (@AriDubLion) March 26, 2019
AOC HAD HER SATURN RETURN **DURING** HER ELECTION??? (I just had a bunch of nervous breakdowns, tbqh.) https://t.co/ZCL9wRbkqz
— Esmé Weijun Wang • 汪蔚君 (@esmewang) March 26, 2019
Maybe this is a wake-up call for greater transparency in politics — specifically because we don't have time for another Gemini president.
We reached out to Ocasio-Cortez's Washington, D.C. and Jackson Heights offices to confirm that the screenshot of the email with her birth time is real, but neither office picked up and both mailboxes were full.