Complete Bullshit

According to a recent study published in the journal of Comprehensive Psychology, our date of birth may actually influence our personality traits, such as being introverted or extroverted.  Astrology supposedly uses scientific knowledge about heavenly bodies, including scientific-sounding tools like star charts.  In the West, astrology most often consists of a system of horoscopes purporting to explain aspects of a person’s personality and predict future events in their life based on the positions of the sun, moon, and other celestial objects at the time of their birth.  I am skeptical, and I will never believe that the stars have a message in store for me.

Astrology is a pseudoscience because it claims to be using facts, such as the movement of the planets, to predict human behavior.  But in reality, there is no factual evidence that supports the idea that the position of the stars and planets affects or predicts how humans behave or how this could affect someone’s personality traits.  Astrological horoscopes are no different than fortune cookies.  The people who write these things out make the fortune or horoscope as vague as possible so that it can apply to virtually anyone.

The stars are giant flaming orbs of gas, floating in a vacuum.  They dictate nothing.  They determine nothing in your life.  They do not care about you, or your girlfriend, or your job, or if your sister was jilted and left at the chapel, or whether or not your car not started up this morning, or why the dough that you put in the oven is not rising.  The position of the stars and how they align with the planets does not get to decide whether you get along with Libras, or can’t stand Cancers, and they are not concerned with your image and if you are having a bad hair day.  They don’t care about anything, because they are just giant orbs floating in the vacuum of space.  You can’t blame the stars for your problems, it’s most likely your own fault, not the galaxy’s and maybe you should have eaten more grain or oats for breakfast.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Astrology, for the Daily Spur prompt – Personality, for FOWC with Fandango – Dough, for Ragtag Community – Image, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Grain Oats Chapel and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Message.

19 thoughts on “Complete Bullshit

  1. Horoscopes work but not in the way they purport to work. We have been given a mind that likes patterns and at least frameworks of stability. Horoscopes are satisfying to the mind and can bring peace to the reader.

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  2. Last i remember checking horoscope was in 9th or 10th grade, with friends on school’s newspaper’s stand. throughout the day we would very deliberately try to match the prediction with our normal day incidents.

    Don’t believe in horoscope, but I feel my personal traits do match quite accurately with my zodiac sign. (could be a complete coincidence )

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  3. I am skeptical, too, Jim. I agree that the stars neither determine nor influence human life. And yet so many people believe that they do. But then again, so many people believe in a supernatural, magical being who created everything. 🙄

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    1. I guess it is not hurting anybody what ever they believe. What hurts people is scammers and I saw on the news that several groups of people set up these illegitimate Covid-19 testing stations on the roadside and they were wearing HAZMAT suits to make them look like they were the real thing and all they did was steal people’s information. What scumbags.

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  4. Yes, it’s true that it’s a lot of bunk, but it’s also a little fun to play around with it. In my family, we’d read each other’s predictions and laugh about them. It was just a bit of fun. Nothing more.

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  5. Have you read “The Secret Language of Birthdays”? (1994) Gary Goldschneider. It gives a rationale as to the why of “our date of birth may actually influence our personality traits,”. It is scientifically based, in that it uses a data base (7, 320 public personalities) and scores the data points (personality traits). I’ve found it to be remarkably accurate (90%).

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