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Religion is superstition! So say many. Newspapers generally treat it as such and only cover a negative approach to it.  Each day, I read what they themselves consider a fairly serious newspaper - not a red-top. Each day a half page is devoted to horoscopes.

The "science" of astrology makes the pre-assumption that our mind is connected to the universe. As I understand it, the sun would appear to "enter" or pass through a different constellation each month. These twelve constellations are called the Zodiac.

Is not this absurd? Has the theory been supported by science? Surely not. The whole thing is hogwash.

Astrologists believe that a person's behaviour, emotions, and fate are heavily influenced by the month of that person's birth--i.e. that person's astrological sign.

My date of birth is in June. Apparently my own Zodiac sign is therefore Gemini.  My newspaper today tells me to tread lightly, that my hunger for the big wide yonder may be heightened as claustrophobia sets in, I'm advised to take little steps towards my goals, not to jump in with two feet, to mellow out a bit more, and to be philosophical about a changing landscape.

What poppy-cock! Does my newspaper take this rubbish seriously? If not, why waste half a page each day on it while the practice of my religion is considered superstition!


It was, of course, considered to be as important to certain religions as anything else branded purely as superstition these days and in my period of history in the 17th century, astrology was still thought of as serious science.

Views on all sort of things change over time.

Being philosophical about a changing landscape may just be very good advice! :o)

Edited at 2016-08-18 12:41 (UTC)
i'm not a believer
but the concept of astrology is fun to work with as an artist

today is my birthday and i AM a LEO!
and that is fun!

i don't read horoscopes (except on my birthday lol)

but in view of our recent exchanges here on your site

"mellow out a bit more, and to be philosophical about a changing landscape."

might be good advice

have a good day!
i really enjoy and treasure our exchanges

HAPPY BIRTHDAY or as say in Gaelic: Lá Breithe faoi mhaise
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Does your newspaper take this rubbish seriously?

I'd be surprised if it does. They do know it sells copies though - and quite a few of the buyers/readers no doubt see no contradiction in being good Catholics and also believing in this.

Of course, many people, whether or not otherwise religious, also see reading horoscopes as 'just a bit of fun', and don't particularly believe in them, just as people will joke at being afraid of Friday the 13th or black cats.
The idea that one piece of advice could be appropriate to one-twelfth of the people on the earth on a specific day (and not to the other eleven-twelfths) does seem silly to me.

But there are greater ills to address. I'd rather spend time trying to convince a friend of the benefits of immunizations, and the importance of renewable energy sources, than of the fallacy of calendar-based life choices.
Did you ever read the Dirk Gently books? An editor hated the title character so much he made sure Dirk's horoscope was always along the lines of 'Today you will be uncovered as the pustulant excuse for a human we know you to be.' Their readership dropped by 1/12, but he considered it worth it.
Newspapers usually look upon horoscopes as entertainment, not religious or superstitious. I doubt whether they would categorize horoscopes as anything for the serious practitioner, since the generalized dates are rather like buying generic coffee - it has the basic smell of coffee, but lacks the depth that a well-roasted and freshly ground bean made in a good press or machine can have. A true practitioner of astrology will do far more than the standard "today is your day" type of rote response.

- Erulisse (one L)
I've worked in magazines and newspapers for many years. Most take the whole thing very seriously because they know there are people who like to 'read their stars' every day. They pay 'serious' astrologers who do their 'research' and provide their columns. A couple of times, though, there have been shrieks from the editorial office: 'The astrologer's sick! Who wants to write it?'

I took time out from a holiday to help a friend in an emergency on one magazine. One of their columns was 'Advice from the Angels'. I was torn between laughter and 'But surely they stand there in blazing light with flaming swords and just tell you to be holy?' However, I did end up liking the woman who wrote that column. She had a letter saying 'Can you ask the angels what I should do about my boyfriend? He keeps refusing to set a wedding date and he hasn't officially asked me to marry him yet. He hasn't even left his wife.' The angels had very firm views: 'The guidance they are giving me is that he is definitely not the man for you. Staying in this relationship is keeping you from your true love who will love and respect you as you deserve. Your true love is not in another relationship and he is a good man who is a good friend to all those around him. You will find him not long after you end your current relationship with this man who is never going to be a good man.'

I was left thinking that sometimes maybe you need to pretend it's the angels talking to get people to do something blindingly obvious, and that in some cases, I could accept that. (Though I still think that I'd not be bothering anyone with a flaming sword with questions about my bad relationships.) It's all nonsense, but then, so is a distressing amount of what's presented as actual news.
I certainly don't believe the stars predict our fates, but I do think what time of year you are born in can influence your personality.