Horoscopes, and why you should throw them in the Bin.

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For many thousands of years, in fact ever since man decided to tilt his head upwards and ponder what the hell was going on up there, we've turned to the stars for answers to life's all important questions. Questions like; "what is the meaning of life?" And "When will Mansfield Stags have a good game?" Of course the answer to the latter question is; Never.

It is true that there are identifiable patterns if you follow the stars, such as Leo the Lion, and by looking upwards you can learn a lot. But there is one thing that stars cannot tell you, your goddamn future.

However this doesn't stop people claiming that the future, for you, and everyone can be predicted by checking the alignment of the cosmos.

WHY NOT?!

Okay, so you want to know why you can't tell the future from the stars? Well, when it's night, go outside and look upwards at them. Can you see anything? Anything at all? Do they tell you anything? Hell do you even feel a little different? I didn't think so.

The stars, and all matter in fact, was supposedly created by an almighty expansion of Dark matter well over 15 Billion years ago. This includes the stars. The universe is still expanding too, and as a result all stars, planets and galaxies are travelling at incredible speeds away from each other.
What does this mean? Well, if this alignment has taken over 15 Billion Years to actually be how it is today, what do you really think are the chances that they've come together to tell you that you're going to find something precious to you today? Or that "Red is your lucky color today!" They are extremely remote, at best. So stop being silly and thinking the universe revolves around you, it doesn't. (Unless you're a massive explosion that created all matter, which the chances are that you're not)

But wait, there's more. Let's say, hypothetically of course, you can predict from the stars. How? Seriously, how do you even know where to begin? There are trillions of the buggers, so where exactly does it read "You're lucky number is 12, Ryan". But apparently, it doesn't just tell me my future, it tells EVERYONE their futures. Me, you, even the bloke with the dog that barks a lot at number 42. 
This is ridiculous though. It's a star. An inanimate ball of flaming gas several light years away, it cannot talk, or send messages. It probably doesn't even have Myspace yet.

The real reason you listen.

Today, my horoscope is "Less is more should be your motto for today, Leo. The more you cut back in certain areas of your life, the more room you open up to bring in new and exciting things. Go ahead and say no to people, and don't feel badly about it. Take care of yourself and your needs as much as you take care of the needs of the people around you"
Okay, I'll admit, that reigns some truth in my life. Perhaps less is more. Perhaps I do need to take my own needs into account, but there is no way on Earth (or even space) that the stars just so happened to align themselves after billions of years simply to tell me this Not a chance.

But it's so easy to make you believe it's true. So today dear reader "You're feeling unsure about something. Perhaps you need to take some time out of your day to think about what you want, and where your life is headed before making any quick decisions."
And I just made that up. It might not mean anything to you, but by the same token, it might.
By using a series of open statements that could mean anything, you're willing to believe it's true. Everyone has something that might be bugging them, so these 'psychics' play on it, and make you think about it yourself and put in the missing pieces.

It's the equivalent of some paranormal medium walking around a room shouting "I'm getting the letter J, does anyone have a name beginning with J in their family?" It's just crap. If the 'spirits' could communicate, they'd tell them everything they needed to know, not play a game of Hangman with the audience.

And that my friend, is why you should bin your horoscope.

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Apostle Jack 5 years ago from Atlanta Ga

I agree.Ability and choice of spirit overrides a set pattern.It cannot see the future of things,and it don't change with progress.Great hub.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

So, you planned on proving your horoscope right today?

"Go ahead and say no to people" - check.

"Less is more" - check.

"Concentrate on your own good" check.

Anything else you would want to say that in respect to how the horoscope was right about today, regarding yourself?

Fun blog. Cheers!


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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

It wasn't entirely correct, but the text is so vague it could in fact mean anything, although I'm not entirely sure what you mean by this comment?


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

I'm playin'. Although, it seemed like you said no to people: don't believe in horoscopes. Then, you said it was right about another couple of things. Thus, it seemed like the horoscope worked for you.

I know they are generalizations but still ... there are many people out there - do we all have the same issues so the horoscopes can guess so easy?

Check-out Indian horoscopes - those are much more specific - they rely on all sorts of strange stuff like astrology, numerology, etc. to come-up with a complete profile on each person.


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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

I just wanted to highlight that horoscopes play on people's minds and whilst look like they mean something, in actual fact don't, haha!


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

I'm sorry Amigo. It's the Gemini - they're just goofin' around. Cheers!


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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

Haha, perhaps Leo's are slower than we seem! No problem and thanks for commenting.


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Scarlett My Dear 5 years ago from Missouri

Oh, I see now... You're a L-eeeee-ooooo.

Ryan-Palmsy, you had me with that last line in the second paragraph! Made me spit my drink through my nose with that one. And... Then, you lost me. (;

Horoscopes, like many things are what they are, what they are and will never be anything more to those who look elsewhere in the universe for their answers... which we are ALL seeking.

Fun Hub!

Gemini Here (Both faces)


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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

I'm sorry I lost you! But I'm glad I had you...at least to a point anyway! ;)

"Horoscopes, like many things are what they are, what they are and will never be anything more to those who look elsewhere in the universe for their answers... which we are ALL seeking" could you repeat that please? I got a little confused! I am very slow today!


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

It may not be that you are slow today and that you're talking to Geminis. I think we see Life a little differently - I know we all actually see life in our own ways but Geminis are perhaps a little more inclined to see things from a different perspective so to speak.

Were you a child such a long time ago?


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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

Perhaps, I've never really been inclined to believe things such as horoscopes, especially after seeing how some are put together. (which is what I mentioned about open and closed statements that are designed to make a persons mind fill in the blanks and make it make sense). But hey I'm a skeptic I suppose!


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laddriggers 5 years ago

I agree with you, Ryan. Horoscopes are just plain silly. I love your posts, though, they make me laugh!


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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

Thanks laddriggers! Very much appreciated!


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Scarlett My Dear 5 years ago from Missouri

"Horoscopes, like many things are what they are, what they are and will never be anything more to those who look elsewhere in the universe for their answers... which we are ALL seeking."

Yeah, I thought you might want some clarification on that one! I speak in riddles occasionally. Not intentionally, mind you.

What I mean, I suppose, is it (horoscopes) may not float your boat... but, it and other sometimes "silly", sometimes far-reaching beliefs, opinions, musings are just that. Belief, Opinion, Musings.

I LOVE your take on life, Ryan! I have experienced my share of "skepticism" in my life and still don't have all of the answers. BUT, Behold the Underlying Truth... I like yours! (...even if I don't always agree...)*wink, wink*

Respectfully and With Humor, Scarlett


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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

I suppose you're right Scarlett! A belief is a belief really, but to me the concept it a little far-fetched!

I'm glad you like my, erm...different take on life! Your's is great too, you seem very enthusiastic, which is nice!

Thanks for commenting and sharing your beliefs :)


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Scarlett My Dear 5 years ago from Missouri

Nice. I guess that's not such bad thing. You should see my Gemini twin. Dual personalities are a bitch.


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Life is what you make of it. Yes, there is Karma, but that is impacted by your own actions and thoughts.

Reading a daily horoscope is purely superstitious and coincidental. We believe what we want to believe; most things that happen to us or influence our lives are based on our attitudes and decisions. Great Hub!

JSMatthew~


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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America

Horoscopes yes, but please send all Tarrot cards to me! LOL! I can see my future without that, right now, I'm going to get a soda, and put on a flick and me and my dog are gonna wait for a computer game to catch up to time! LOL. Then I shall go to Beijing via computer and gain much glam in the form of a flat screen and a woman avi to dress and win contest in which gives me nothing more than a tool to wind down with before I go to sleep! Ah HA.. .I shall not hub again for this evening as I have 7 free movies on my stack awaiting a spin! (I look them up at pawn shops, buy the ones that will sell, thus, others are paid for and profited)... pay for the iPhone 4, service bill each month and freebie movies worth nothing to anybody as far as selling them, so free to me! Hey it works! HOWEVER ...::creepy voice::: I see no one in my future helping me build a rack for these movies to stay on LOL! The only star to tell me this, was me! *

I really do want some tarot cards though..


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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

@ J.S.Matthews, horoscopes often force a persons mind to fill in the blanks. As human's we're designed to see and recognize patterns, it's what has helped us survive against all the odds! But some people exploit this...Thanks for commenting!

@ Katharella, that sounds like an interesting night! At least you've got something to do!

Are you implying that you are a star? LOL


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Laura Ginn 5 years ago from UK

Lol another great hub - people will believe anything if they want to and there's always a way to make the horoscope aimed at millions of people to make sense to you. I read them from time to time but I don't seriously believe what they say... they've told me I'm going to be rich quite a few times and I'm still waiting! Here that stars? I'm still waiting!!!


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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

Perhaps your time is coming soon?! ;)

Thanks for commenting and I'm glad you enjoyed it


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Owl Ka Myst 5 years ago from In the Valley of Grapes

I have studied astrology for over half my life, some 20+ years now. And I can tell you that any genuine astrologer will say just what you have said 'throw horoscopes into the bin'.

The newspaper horoscopes are truly garbage.

These horoscopes are based on a person's Sun sign and the current position of the Sun. Here is the flaw in that; there is more to a person than just the Sun. There is the Moon, Mercury, Venus...etc. Horoscopes would be more accurate if the Moon's position was used, but how many people know where their Moon is placed. But even then....there is so much more to factor in.

Now I do need to poke at the stars and future thing...Ryan, I am guessing from your hub that you have not really studied much the mechanics of astrology. When you say 'stars align' you speak of exactly that- stars, the gas balls. In astrology, an 'alignment' is refering to the planets. In ancient times, planets were 'stars' because that is what they look like from earth. But they were different stars, 'wandering stars'. If a person's 'stars' align, it the planets doing it.

Also- predicting the future is not really what astrology is mostly doing these days.

Again, in ancient times, astrology was predominately used for prediction, in the sense of knowing where the planets are in relation to eachother and when it is best to do something. Usually war or a coronation or the like. The idea was not to say, 'you will have X happen on such and such time' it was, 'during X days between A & B, the planetary influences are prime for doing 'said' project/event'. So it is not really telling the future.

Today, astrology is less about this and more about a perso'ns personality and potential.

When an astrologer looks at a natal chart (which was not at all a practice in the old days), they will see that a person has an inclination towards working in the area of healing. They will say just that and not say, 'you will be a doctor/nurse'.

Astrology allows for free will, totally and completely. However, after 20 years of study, the potential seen in a natal chart should not be tossed into the bin. There is value and truth in it.

I have far to many examples to share, but totally willing if one wants to hear more about it.

Let it be known, I am a skeptic as well. If I found some 'formula' in astrology, I would test it. Most times, the test would show that the formula was on the mark.

Don't take my comment as a 'slam' in any shape or form...I enjoyed reading it, and the main message you put out there...I agree with wholeheartedly, I just wanted to clear up some confusion about astrology's mechanics.


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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

Thanks Owl Ka Myst. I haven't studied astrology, no. However I did find this information useful. I didn't know about the mechanics, but even when I didn't know, I could still tell that horoscopes aren't worth the paper they're written on! If I ever get round to it I'll change the hub with your comments in mind to make it more accurate.

Cheers!


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Betty Reid 5 years ago from Texas

Ryan-Palmsy, this is the first of your hubs that I've read, and it was quite fun. I look forward to reading more. Thanks for commenting on my hub!


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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

Thanks Betty! Much appreciated!

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