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    Do You Read Your Horoscope?

    I've to admit eventhough I don't believe in these things, I always read my horoscope when I browse through a magazine or listen to the radio.

    It intrigues me, but in most cases it doesn't happen as they predict.

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    No...

    I believe in Astrology and planetary influences but horoscopes are overly simplistic and silly.

    That's because you can't have an accurate prediction based solely on your Zodiac Sign...there are so many other factors such as moon sign, other planets, place of birth, etc.

    Also, by working in a magazine I have found out that in most of the cases, the horoscopes are "written" by simple columnists like myself

    Either from the top of their heads or by plagiarizing other sources on the internet. It is too costly for most magazines/news papers to buy a "real" astrologer, and even then, you never know who's an impostor and who's not. So most papers do not even bother.

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    I usually don't read the horoscope... just for the reasons Blood_Axis already mentioned. My father worked at a newspaper and I know how horoscope, in general, is written...

    I know that planets and all the other bodies in the universe may have an influence on us... and I have read many things on Astrology topics... but the horoscopes in the magazines and so on are not worthy to believe them. I have to admit that I sometimes read them, rarely indeed, but just for fun. If it happens to be exactly as it's written there, I don't wonder, as the predictions are very very general.

    Even if someone reads in a book related to Astrology about his/her sign, there are very general aspects for each sign. In fact there are many aspects and energies which define our personality and our lives, and which depend on the natal map of each person.

    If it happens to read my horoscope, I also read it for the sign of my ascendant, but again, just for fun... and it usually happens to be more close to the reality than the description of my natal sign...

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    The Simpsons once hilariously spoofed horoscopes. It told Homer that he would be killed by Marge, it told Marge she would kill her husband.

    Astrology is one thing, horoscopes quite another. Newspaper horoscopes always have the same type of thing written. And if they put the "really bad things" into the horoscope, it could become a self-fulfilling prophecy: If it told you you were going to be killed on the road on September 29, you'd drive so over-careful that day that you'd probably make a driving mistake anyway.

    Even with the things it says: If it tells you you will meet the love of your life, you're already going to approach people of the other gender somewhat differently, chances are that that's what will make it happen.

    But for entertainment purposes, your newspaper horoscope has its merit. Nothing better whilst munching away at the baker's after a Friday night out and reading horoscopes to your mates for a laught.
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
    -Die alte Seele trauernd und verlassen / Verblassend in einer erklärbaren Welt / Schwebend in einem Dunst der Wehmut / Ein Schrei der nur unmerklich gellt-
    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

    (Heimdalls Wacht, In kalte Schatten versunken, stanzas 4-6)

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    No - I'm a Pisces, and Pisces don't believe in that sh*t.

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    I am also a Pisces and share the general sentiment, but I find it nevertheless fascinating that even someone like Kepler created horoscopes, for Wallenstein among others. That was at a time when the sciences were still a sacerdotal art.

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    I'm a Leo, though I think it doesn't matter. Everyone who has found out I am a Leo tells me that I don't fit the sign. Not sure what they mean. Just about all things that contradict the idea of 'Free will' I find absurd and only serve to drive most people into a fatalist notion of their own life/the world at large.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sigurd
    Astrology is one thing, horoscopes quite another. Newspaper horoscopes always have the same type of thing written. And if they put the "really bad things" into the horoscope, it could become a self-fulfilling prophecy: If it told you you were going to be killed on the road on September 29, you'd drive so over-careful that day that you'd probably make a driving mistake anyway.
    I once had a discussion with one of my professors over a similar theory in regards to Oedipus Rex. The idea that I put forth (and it probably isn't a unique one) was that if the oracle had been removed from the story, would Oedipus still be condemned to his sufferings? He tries his best to not fulfill the prophecy but in leaving the city so that he does not kill his father, he only cements his doom. I think Frank Herbert [Dune] would have agreed with the notion of if you removed external notions of 'prophecy', you free yourself. Why did the God-Emperor reign in tyranny for a millenia? So that when the peoples had their freedom again, they would always remember their enslavement and never again allow themselves to be subjected/controlled by religions and oracles.

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    Yes, I am totally guility like I want to convince myself that they are bullshit..but some of the things are accurate and keep me interested..Self fufilling prohecy or whatever I still love those things...I think it's a woman thing more so , breaking out the magazines.

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    I don't read week horoscope forecasts from magazines. But otherwise, I am interested in astrology.

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    I think that believing in horoscopes is about as ridiculous as believing that black cat brings bad luck and so on .

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