Horrible Horoscopes: the facade of zodiac signs

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One quarter of Americans “believe” in astrology, yet there exists no science to back up horoscopes and traits based on astrological signs. The question arises: why does so much of the population follow star alignment? Horoscopes are general statements or pieces of advice that are created to appeal to specific zodiac signs based on one’s birthday, but can apply to anyone; similar to fortune cookies.

Those not familiar with horoscopes and zodiac signs, the concept and reason for following the signs may seem puzzling. Senior Julieta Peiretti explains her use of the star signs. “I find it typically more beneficial in allowing for someone to discover and apply it in terms of self reflection upon your personality in all formats,” she said. For some, astrology can be glorifying in the sense that it gives one purpose. In a world full of humans, the idea that people and the stars are linked somehow can bring comfort. Julie Beck, writer for The Atlantic said, “A small 1982 study by the psychologist Graham Tyson found that ‘people who consult astrologers’ did so in response to stressors in their lives—particularly stress ‘linked to the individual’s social roles and to his or her relationships.’”

The cold hard truth? Horoscopes and zodiacs use broad applications to society as a form of entertainment that in no way is scientifically proven. Berkeley Education explained, “In the few cases where astrology has been used to generate testable expectations and the results were examined in a careful study, the evidence did not support the validity of astrological ideas.” A lot of scientific theories can be apparently wrong, but new evidence will influence modifications in the original idea. What stands out about astrology is that despite constantly emerging contradicting evidence, astrology stands with its original key beliefs. 

“I don’t follow horoscopes too intensely, just in a way that it offers words of wisdom or inspirational quotes that adds to my day,” Peiretti said. Throughout its popularity gain, researchers have halted digging into the ideology due to lack of evidence. According to Berkeley Education, “Scientific studies involving astrology have stopped after attempting and failing to establish the validity of astrological ideas. So far, there are no documented cases of astrology contributing to a new scientific discovery.”

The main takeaway of zodiac signs is that it serves as a source of entertainment rather than factual predictions in life. The ideology’s generalization maintains an appeal, but shouldn’t be mistaken for the truth. 

Noor is a sophomore at American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla. She has always been passionate about her writing, and is looking forward to being a part of the Patriot Post. Noor is a passionate Arab-Muslim American who is proud of her heritage. She loves trying new things and traveling the world and hopes to broaden her horizons as a part of this team.

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