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Why do we read or even have horoscopes?

Why do we read or even have horoscopes?


Every day, every week, every month and even every year millions of people inspect their horoscope for news about their life and whether their life is about to unfold and change. We have all seen words like; ‘your zodiac sign influences your future, discover your horoscope 2018 here’. ‘Select your zodiac sign and obtain your free horoscope prediction for 2018!’. The signs of the zodiac have existed for hundreds of thousands of years. They are ancient signs that people have looked to for guidance, but exactly how truthful is the information, and can it be relied upon?

Evidence from Nicholas Campions’ book, “Astrology and Popular Religion in the Modern West”, suggests that over 90% of adults know their sun (zodiac) signs. Some surveys also indicate that well over half agree that the signs’ character descriptions are a good fit: Ariens are energetic, Taureans stubborn, and Scorpios secretive, for example.

The zodiac signs consist of 12 astrological signs, each based on a single month of the year. The 12 zodiac signs are: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. The ruling planets are one of the following: Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn. There are those who dismiss astrology as false, but the truth is that the signs of the zodiac do have some value to them.

Have you ever wondered why the zodiac has never been dismissed as pseudo-science?

There’s a reason for this and it’s because there’s no way to actually dismiss them entirely. Humans have been using the zodiac for literally thousands of years. Through inspecting the alignment of the planets, masters of astrology have managed to comprehend certain truths of the world.

It works in the same way as the movements of the moon control the tides of the oceans of the world. For example, Mars is the planet of passion. And Jupiter is the lucky star.

Over the centuries, kings, popes, and historical figures from Benjamin Franklin to President Reagan have consulted with astrologers. They trusted that astrology could provide valuable information about the future, insightful analysis of the past and, wise counsel they could depend on as being accurate. In fact, J.P. Morgan once said, ‘Millionaires don’t use astrologers, but billionaires do!’
Two types of people are incredibly passionate about astrology: those who love it, and those who love to hate it.

Astrology sceptics scathingly dismiss the field as false and facile, and those who buy into it as stupid. Certainly it’s easy to mock the notion that the entire universe is aligning itself to tell you what kind of business start-up you should create or what romance you should seek, or whether today is a good day to start that diet.

Bill Nye, the Science Guy does so aptly in the video below:


But it seems rash to think that astrology, which has been practiced by humans for millennia, is complete fabrication. Personally, some of my best friends who enjoy astrology are among the most intelligent people I know. Perhaps they’re seeing something that the eye-rolling sceptics have missed?

Astrology’s belief that individual behavioural traits are linked to the cosmos may sound silly, but similar ideas become significantly more respectable in the mouths of more well-regarded thinkers, from Plato to Jung. And while each school of thought has very different nuances, these philosophical fields do influence each other. “Astrology draws on the main philosophical current that comes down to us from Classical Greece,” says Nicholas Campion, professor in cosmology and culture at University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Astrology’s focus on external forces encourages people to be aware of their limitations (as determined by the planets), as well as how to respond to these limitations. Campion compares this idea to Stoic philosophers’ belief that life is determined by uncontrollable factors, such as where and to whom you’re born, but that we can choose how to respond to these circumstances. Or, as the Marxist philosopher Friedrich Engels wrote, ‘Freedom is the appreciation of necessity.’ “These paradoxes are common to many other philosophies,” says Campion. “They deal with issues of whether we can be free or not.” Whether thinking about the planets or the fates of birth, it’s useful to recognize that one’s own life course is partly determined by factors outside of our control—and even more important to recognize and have empathy with others whose paths are laid (or blocked) by circumstance.

I believe that the true value of astrology is its ability to tap into the part of our minds that naturally gravitates towards things like divination and the occult. By tapping into this inner meaning, it forces the mind to think in a different way. And this alone can generate some meaningful insights.

The accuracy of a horoscope is directly dependent on the power of interpretation of an astrologer. If we consider the power of interpretation of the present astrologer (who is able to predict up to a maximum of 30% accuracy) as 1, then to get a 100 % accurate answer the power of interpretation would need to be 1000 times the present power of interpretation. The power of interpretation and intuition can only be increased by spiritual practice. In this current era 65% of our lives are destined. If we use the 35% of our free will to do spiritual practice we can overcome or be insulated from our destiny. Spiritual practice is the only way to counteract an adverse destiny..

Some people say that astrology is about helping you to understand what you already know. It’s just a matter of forcing it from deep inside you. It’s no coincidence that a variety of successful people have used astrology to further their personal lives and careers.
It’s not compatible with the scientific method. If anything, it’s the polar opposite of the scientific method, and that’s why some people are willing to dismiss it as nonsense immediately. It’s an example of a closed mind. Open your mind and you can unveil hidden insights that you’d previously never known about.

Ultimately, whether the planets really shape our personality or experiences is entirely irrelevant. Astrology is a way to impose meaning on life. “I think that unless we’re capable of making meaning, we probably can’t get out of bed in the morning,’ says Campion. ‘Making meaning is part of functioning.’

The signs of the zodiac do have some value to them. Choose the right astrology expert and you can take advantage of a horoscope that guides you through life and helps you to find new meaning in things.

What is your star sign?



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Geoff Hudson-Searle

Geoff Hudson-Searle

3 years ago #19

#22
Many thanks Kamini Vyas for your wonderful words, I hope that my words help and support you. :-)

Geoff Hudson-Searle

Geoff Hudson-Searle

3 years ago #18

#20
I agree Harvey Lloyd we all have choices, Ella Wheeler Wilcox once said 'No difficulty can discourage, no obstacle dismay, no trouble dishearten the man who has acquired the art of being alive. Difficulties are but dares of fate, obstacles but hurdles to try his skill, troubles but bitter tonics to give him strength; and he rises higher and looms greater after each encounter with adversity. Its a question of 'To be or not to be' I always enjoy our dialogue, great to hear from you!

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #17

#18
Each human experiences storms that we need an emotional rope to help drag us to shore. Science cant offer this. What you choose as your rope is personal but we either choose or fail miserably. No empirical evidence can shake us, we need that thing out front that provides hope, determination and perseverance. This same hope has launched many companies to success and kept folks from the rocky shoals. I'M not a fan of some of things mentioned as a faith/hope based transition. But humans require that "signal" all is OK, i need only proceed. We are wired that way. Thanks for the dialogue and your post, it helps to better understand different points of view and concepts.

Geoff Hudson-Searle

Geoff Hudson-Searle

3 years ago #16

#10
kamini vyas thank you for your valuable contribution and questions. I think we have covered off most of the questions in the thread. To try and put some context to your bigger question. Astrology is the study of the correlation between the positions and movements of celestial bodies and life and physical processes on Earth. Though some astrologers work with stars and constellations, western astrologers work with the Sun, the Moon and the planets (including Pluto) within the Solar System. Astrology goes far beyond the popularised Sun-Sign columns published in newspapers and magazines. Astrology should not be confused with fortune telling, palmistry, psychic or tarot reading. Nor is modern western astrology a belief system like a religion. Never confuse your belief system which is individual with the correlation between the planets and a newspaper report.

Geoff Hudson-Searle

Geoff Hudson-Searle

3 years ago #15

#9
Thank you Harvey Lloyd, I really enjoyed your prospective of the subject. Empirical proof helps us validate what we should and shouldn’t believe, but sometimes cold hard facts just aren’t available. Even when we don’t have solid proof, however, humans still tend to extend their sense of belief to certain phenomenon. I feel the notion of astrology is not a new one; people have been making major life decisions by the stars for centuries. Without any real proof that the way the planets and stars are aligned will actually shape a person, we believe that if we are born under a certain zodiac sign we are bound to a particular disposition and set of skills. Daily horoscopes and astrological charts have become a guiding tool for many people, who truly think that one’s birth date determines his or her fate and can assist in making day-to-day decisions.

Geoff Hudson-Searle

Geoff Hudson-Searle

3 years ago #14

#8
So lovely to hear from you Ian Weinberg it's funny you should mention this fact I did exactly the same in 2016 with a numerology report, the report was 221 pages long with graphs, charts and predictions, in refection it was 100% accurate across all the areas of my life in 2017. It's true to say we do not know it all, I have always said be open to new ideas, learnings and new ways of doing things, your Buzz is superb, fascinating!

Geoff Hudson-Searle

Geoff Hudson-Searle

3 years ago #13

#6
Such a lovely poem it reminds me of a quote by Mother Teresa ' We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls

Geoff Hudson-Searle

Geoff Hudson-Searle

3 years ago #12

#5
Great to hear from you Harley King I have seen this being used in HR and people hiring, I am not sure how effective this is in the work place DISC has been around forever and never broken real ground in management. Many organisations use Myers Briggs profiling.

Geoff Hudson-Searle

Geoff Hudson-Searle

3 years ago #11

#4
Thanks Brian McKenzie for participating to this weeks buzz! :-)

Geoff Hudson-Searle

Geoff Hudson-Searle

3 years ago #10

#3
Thank you Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador I have some amazing friends who are Gemini, I look at horoscopes with the same amount of fascination, I have studied the planets and their movements to events in the world, some quants show numerology and numbers linked to actions and behaviors, which is really interesting stuff!

Geoff Hudson-Searle

Geoff Hudson-Searle

3 years ago #9

#2
Thank you Lisa Vanderburg for your wonderful comments. Well, I am an Aquarian and I have never carried large jugs of water, but I am fascinated by the stars, when I was in the Arizonan desert and over by the Grand Canyon, the stars are so bright, so electrifying that you can see the whole universe. I guess in the days before the world was so readily connected — before the Internet, round-the-clock news stations, telephones and radio — humans relied on the natural world around them to make predictions about the future and help guide their choices. This meant listening to nature and looking up to the heavens for clues from the stars. Many starry superstitions date back thousands of years. Some are inspired by pagan customs and other ancient religions, while others are more recent. From agriculture to sailing, from love to luck, the stars have long been shrouded in superstition and for some beliefs.....

Geoff Hudson-Searle

Geoff Hudson-Searle

3 years ago #8

#1
we all have our beliefs and shape our lives around what we believe in the universe, for some horoscopes and the stars shape the moment and the future. Voltaire once said 'Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth. :-)

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #7

Christianity, Astrology, palm reading, Atheism and all of the spiritual growth journeys exist as man needs confirmation of their existence. Science is needed but is limited to the what. Each human is unique and must find their own path of existence. Science can not deliver a consensus of why. Humans in the early church tried to control science to fit their power base. Science established rules that now inhibits research based on the churches over bearing controls. Unfortunately science has become the leader in stamping out anything that cant be proved. I believe that room in science should be left for what we don't understand but see outcomes. Great thoughts and share Ian's opinion of we need to be explorers and not limit ourselves in our personal discoveries. I like experiencing the things i cant prove.

Ian Weinberg

Ian Weinberg

3 years ago #6

A valid and important conversation Geoff Hudson-Searle Just out of interest, I undertook a small study of astrology several years ago. I set out with the hypothesis that it was all hot air, dripping in emotional needs. I read several contemporary works as well as old classics on the subject. I then personally consulted a highly recommended astrologer who gave me a 3 hour session and left me with computer generated charts for a 2 year period. The predicted trends for the 2 year period were deadly accurate and correlated with much of the body of astrological info that I had reviewed. I came away from all this with a radically different perspective. Indeed a subject worthy of study and application - we don't know it all!! An article which I personally wrote a while back has some relevance here. See https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ian-weinberg/perhaps-we-ought-to-read-the-stars

Ian Weinberg

Ian Weinberg

3 years ago #5

A valid and important conversation Geoff Hudson-Searle An article which I wrote a while back has some relevance here. See https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ian-weinberg/perhaps-we-ought-to-read-the-stars

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

3 years ago #4

Dear Geoff Hudson-Searle 17 years back, I penned down poems (in English), and going through your post, I thought of posting one of my poems: STARS Lo! The scattered beauty in the heavens where countless stars like arranged lamps and as natural signs in the Lord’s empire whose course definite and orderly. Yet, how man interferes its presence and post to calculate destinies by shapes and figures Ay, the progress and ruin of mankind as if governed by the stars in motion.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

My star sign is Gemini. I find astrology fascinating but I don't feel one way or the other about horoscopes. Sometimes I read my daily horoscope at the end of the day and compare it to my day's events. Interesting buzz Geoff Hudson-Searle.

Lisa Vanderburg

Lisa Vanderburg

3 years ago #2

Fascinating Geoff Hudson-Searle that so much can be said about horoscopes - something that I am on the dismissive side of, being Taurus :) To me, it's snake-oil for the soul. Rather like palm-reading or any of that other stuff involving vague innuendo, it's too easy for a even moderately clever manipulator to 'sell'. meh....I'll stick with faith!

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

3 years ago #1

We, human beings are best of the Creation, and in the Almighty Lord's empery, stars, decked like shimmering lanterns, beautify the vast canopy and are guiding lampposts that ease humans to find pathways on the earth and seas. Yet, how we fall into fallacies and blindly cling to strange studies and deem that stars shape our destinies.

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