(There are those who will tell you that “astrology is a language.” If you know much about languages, you know that sometimes one language will come up with a word or phrase for a unique concept that other languages haven’t caught onto — but maybe should have. In that spirit, we present this series.)
The Sign: Leo (July 23 – August 22)
The Word: Gigil (Filipino)
Meaning: The overwhelming urge to pinch someone or something on the cheek because you think he/she/it is almost unbearably cute.
(LEO is walking though the mall and approaches a woman pushing a small baby in a stroller. LEO runs up to the infant and pinches its cheek)
WOMAN: Stop that!!
LEO: Sorry, I just can’t help it — the gigil!
(LEO walks on and passes a pet shop, with puppies and kittens in the window. LEO squeals with delight and enters the pet shop. After a minute, LEO is ejected by an angry pet shop EMPLOYEE)
EMPLOYEE: Get out of here or I’m going to call security!
LEO: Sorry, I just couldn’t stop myself — oh, the gigil!
(LEO continues through the mall and then encounters a YOUNG COUPLE, clearly in love, sitting on a bench and cuddling each other and giggling. LEO stops to consider this for a moment and then collapses into a sobbing heap on the floor)
YOUNG COUPLE: What’s wrong??
LEO: (wailing with grief) Why does no one feel gigil about ME??
Matthew Currie is an astrologer, counselor and writer with over 20 years of experience and numerous appearances on television, radio and podcasts. He is the author of "Conquer The Universe With Astrology," (available on Amazon) and is available for private consultations. Send him an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Matthew likes hearing from you.
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