Horoscopes: are they true?
Horoscopes forecast a person’s future based on the alignment of the planets on the day they were born. Astrologers use intricate charts made by computers to reveal detailed personality traits about every zodiac sign. Your horoscope might just be something to read and wonder about, but what if it’s true? What if the day we were born solidifies our personality for the rest of our lives? The universe could be the roadmap of your relationships, finances, and obstacles, yet we are ignoring it. So the real question is: are they real?
The zodiac was developed in ancient Egypt as early as 475 B.C., long before the creation of the computer. Based on their knowledge of lunar cycles, the Egyptians identified 12 constellations and assigned them names of animals (zodiac, meaning “circle of animals”). They then divided the signs into 4 subgroups; Fire Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, Water Signs: Cancer, Pisces, Scorpio, Air Signs: Libra, Aquarius, Gemini, Earth Signs: Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo. Each of these groups is placed on a circle, and predicts your relationships, travel, etc based on the daily rotation of the Earth. However, the individual 12 signs are based on Earth’s rotation around the Sun, and they predict your personal traits.
Horoscopes are made from a chart of the Sun’s relative position to the Earth in the center, as well as the other planets. To find a horoscope chart, an astrologer calculates the time you were born into sidereal time, measured from Earth’s position to other stars. Then they use an astronomical ephemeris, or a list of the positions of the planets and Sun at any time, to construct the chart. While this used to be a tedious task, modern computers have made it effortless. The interpretation of the chart is left to the professionals, as this is a scientific and difficult task.
The truth is, if you’re scrolling through zodiac characteristics on Instagram, it is probable that someone created general traits to get more likes or views. For example, Gemini, (latin for “twins”), might be called “two-sided or fake” by an amateur, but to a professional they could just possess opposite traits.
The usage of planets in zodiacs is the most convincing piece of the zodiac. Egyptians observed the characteristics of each planet and assigned to it certain associations. Mars appears red and is given traits of aggression and war, Venus affection, and Mercury speech and writing.
Whether or not you believe in the zodiac, it can be uplifting to read the positive predictions, true or false. Take a look at your horoscope and read over your supposed traits, you might be surprised by what it says!