Are Horoscopes True?


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It has become an industry. Horoscopes and astrological readings are advertised everywhere, from the radio to magazines. They produce an annual revenue of $700 million in the US and Europe alone and that number is rising. People flock to astrologers and rely on them to interpret the stars so that they bear meaning in the lives of believers. But is the information spread by horoscopes truly accurate and relevant to people’s lives? While astrological readings can be innocent amusement, they are not a true science and have the potential to cause harm to those willing to take them literally.

Although today it is considered to be a New Age science, astrology, or the interpretation of the movement and constellations of stars, predates most art and science. The first recorded horoscope dates back to 410 B.C.E. Astrology has since remained a constant field of study, from the ancient Greek philosopher Ptolemy to enlightened scientists of the renaissance such as Galileo and Copernicus. The birth of the English Princess Margaret in 1930 marked with it the birth of newspaper columns dedicated to horoscopes, the most popular source for astrological readings today (source:astrology.com). However, even though astrology has been a staple of the human belief system for millennia, it is still not accepted as a true science. The main reason for this is simply that it is not science. Unlike other ancient sciences, such as geometry or chemistry, that were theorized centuries ago and then continually tested and revised, astrology has undergone no such evolution.

Horoscopes today remain just as primitive and vague as they were when they were first conceived. The Astropoetic School of Soul-Discovery writes that in addition to the lack of improvement, astrology is not a science because its conclusions vary and are context-based, approaches differ widely from astrologer to astrologer, and the techniques from which results are derived have never been tested under rigorous scientific standards. Because it fails to meet scientific standards, astrology cannot be proven to be true or reliable. What are the reasons then that people continue to seek out astrologers and what dangers can they pose?

Astrologers operate under the belief that three factors, the houses, the planets, and the Zodiac signs – all related to the alignment of the stars – in some inexplicable way influence every aspect of a person’s life, including finances, career, and relationships. Practitioners make educated guesses, known as cold readings, about their clients who then take head of the advice the astrologers offer. The danger comes when examining the clientele. The Seattle Daily Times reported that astrology thrives during periods of religious decline and social unrest (source:preciousseed.org). This means that the people who seek out astrological advice often do so during a time of personal confusion and vulnerability.

Astrologers take advantage of that weakness and provide what is often life-changing direction, such as ending a relationship or quitting a job, under the guise of knowing what is best for their client as indicated by the stars. Believers are open to taking this advice because it offers meaning to their life, as astrology preaches that every person is in direct connection with the entire cosmos, and it offers explanation to seemingly random occurrences (source:atheism.about.com). However, when examining a horoscope, the most striking features are its vagueness and lack of detail. They are easy to believe because they offer large room for interpretation.

Not all features of astrology are negative. Horoscopes in newspapers and magazine can be amusing and should be taken lightly. However, too often do people take them literally or seek out astrologers who offer nothing but the exploit of personal issues. Astrology isn’t a science and therefore shouldn’t be taken as such. People should rather become informed on what it truly is and be skeptical of its practitioners.

If you want to be a specialist in horoscope readings there is a book on Amazon named Llewellyns 2014 Daily Planetary Guide based on how to understand basic astrology and all the people who already bought are happy with its purpose and it can be seen from great customer reviews.

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Edited by: Rajesh Bihani ( Find me on Google+ )

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