Growing up in a strict religious household, horoscopes and astrology were taboo. In fact, unless you were talking about the Holy Spirit, there weren’t any discussions about spirits…or for that matter, ghosts, the afterlife (outside of heaven, hell, and judgment day), psychics, telepathy, or any of those other “new age concepts”. Although many of these concepts have been around for centuries, the internet has allowed unprecedented access and information to those curious about these “pseudosciences”.
Wikipedia defines astrology as a group of systems, traditions, and beliefs in which knowledge of the apparent relative positions of celestial bodies and related details is held to be useful in understanding, interpreting, and organizing information about personality, human affairs, and other terrestrial matters. Also…astrology can be defined as the study of the positions of celestial bodies in the belief that their movements either directly influence life on Earth or correspond somehow to events experienced on a human scale.
Wiki goes on to say that most modern astrologers no longer try to forecast actual events, but focus instead on general trends and developments. Skeptics respond that this allows astrologers to avoid making verifiable predictions, and gives them the ability to attach significance to arbitrary and unrelated events, in a way that suits their purpose. Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, jump right into it!
About 3 years ago, I came across a forum discussion on attributes of zodiac signs. Out of pure curiosity, I decided to take a look at the qualities of a Virgo. After I picked myself up off the floor, I recovered from the pure shock of those attributes matching so closely to my personality. Perfectionist, critical, intelligent, overly analytical, very picky when it comes to relationships…yep, all me. Hence, my journey started into the world of astrology and horoscopes. I have to admit, some horoscopes have no symblance of reality and while others showed some promise. Overall, it was hit and miss.
However while living in Chicago, I would came across Jennifer Sheperd, the Lipstick Mystic, in one of city’s minipapers, The Red Eye. The accuracies of Jennifer’s predictions again piqued my interest in horoscopes. And most recently, I came across Forecaster’s Horoscopes, which seemed to be a strange mix of daily positive inspirations and astrology. I was so impressed with the site, I added their daily horoscopes to my website. Forecaster’s seems to use general trends (as discussed earlier in this post) and, drum roll please, their horoscopes were for the most part accurate and/or helpful in understanding my current situations.
So while visiting the site this weekend, I noticed they are offering the August 2008 horoscope free of charge (the daily and weekly horoscopes are free and there is normally a charge for the monthly horoscopes). According to the site: “August is such a huge month, starting with a total solar eclipse on the 1st August. If how a month begins is any indication of what to expect, then there couldn’t be a better start…This is followed on the 17th August by a lunar eclipse and during the course of the month Venus, Mercury, Mars and Saturn will all come together in Virgo. The last time that happened was in 1891, in the 19th Century.” You can find out more about this free offer by visiting their website.
Of course, everyone’s experience is different and some people have no interest whatsoever in astrology. And then, there are some that become dependent on the daily readings, which I suppose is why I like the Forecaster’s site since much of their readings sound alot like daily positive motivations. Anyway, take a look and tell me what you think. Also, tell me about your past experiences with the accuracy of horoscopes and your view of astrology.