The Evolution of Astrology and Horoscopes

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       Horoscopes, and more specifically the whole science of astrology, have been a hotly debated topic for years. Created in ancient cultures, systems of reading the stars and the cosmos have always played an important part of ancient societies. Take the ancient Aztecs, Mayans, Babylonians, Greeks, or Egyptians for example.

       The Great Pyramids, the only remaining wonder of the ancient world, heavily rely on the positions of the Sun and planets in its design, while other aspects of astrology have been incorporated into the architecture. Another example of celestial bodies being incorporated into the architecture of ancient civilizations is El Castillo at Chichen Itza, an ancient Mayan society. The steps of the temple are aligned with the equinoxes, and on those days, it looks like serpents are running up and down the steps. There are a countless number of other examples of the positioning of celestial bodies incorporated into architecture, not only in ancient civilizations, but also in modern day society.

       Horoscopes, for lack of a better word, are more or less a prediction of the future. The predictions are determined by the positions of certain celestial bodies, including the Sun, the Moon, the planets, though Earth is not included as a planet, asteroids, and even the metaphysical second moon of Earth, Lilith, with respect to their positions within certain constellations, determined by your time of birth. The position of the Sun within these constellations is known as your star sign or Zodiac sign, though it can be referred to as a House. There are twelve zodiac signs, each which is named after characters in ancient Roman legends and myths.

       They are Aries (The Ram), Taurus (The Bull), Gemini Cancer (The Crab), Leo (The Lion), Virgo (The Virgin), Libra (The Scale), Scorpio (The Scorpion), Sagittarius (The Centaur), Capricorn (The Sea-goat), Aquarius (The Pitcher), Pisces (The Fish). Each of these star signs has an Element, either Air, Fire, Water, or Earth, a ruling planet, and certain personality traits that the people born with this sign all share. Today's system of astrology and reading the stars is based on that created by the ancient Greeks, which is known as your horoscope. The word horoscope comes from the Greek words achoroac, meaning hours, and acskoposac, meaning to look at.

       Though our current system of astrology is based on that of the Greeks, many horoscopes are still an interpretation of what the astrologer believes. These systems usually include Sun sing astrology or are based on the significance of calendar events. In most cases, the horoscopes that we see in news papers or magazines or online are predictions based on the position of the sun at the time of day the person was born, with respect to one of the twelve zodiac constellations. These horoscopes are not as detailed as a complete horoscope, which takes into account the position of the Moon, the planets, and other celestial bodies. A complete horoscope can be surprisingly accurate if done right. Scope My Future now offers free daily horoscopes that can be emailed to you daily. These horoscopes are specific just to you.

Why the Best Horoscopes Online Don't Come For Free

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       For many of us, the Internet is a mecca of free things. From free MP3 downloads to free ring tones to free porn to free screensavers. "Free" is a favorite word of Internet users who readily combine it with just about anything. Free anything is the motto, it seems.

       No doubt the Internet is democratizing everything, and astrology is no exception here. Enter online horoscopes, the unlikely but exciting intersection between technology and astrology. When was the last time you checked your horoscopes? -Did you find yourself nodding? Did you wish to go the other way, and in effect prove your horoscope wrong? Or perhaps you can't help but wonder how it is that a few lines of general-sounding prescriptions and cautions can be so predictive. And tempting.

       Horoscopes' appeal to people is not just because they are free, that they are widely available in dailies and magazines and on the Net too. Nuggets of advice just waiting for us to look into them. And we, well, we are inquisitive creatures, forever curious about the future, not just ours, but other's as well--our loved ones' perhaps, friends', enemies', anyone we come in contact with. We just have to take a peek.

       Horoscopes offer us a neat capsule of our fate. They're there, for free, and there is certainly is no harm in consulting them, so much the better if things turn out well because of them.

       But free horoscopes aren't always the best. Daily horoscopes found at the newspapers and in the Internet may be free, but unfortunately this virtue is also their weaknesses. The price people pay in getting free horoscopes is the fact that they share the same predictions with everyone else who shares their star sign. The principle of Barnum Effect operates in this scenario. Quite bluntly, the Barnum Effect states that "there is a sucker born every minute." In the realm of astrology, this means people can be so gullible as to believe that their horoscope for the day applies to them perfectly, even if virtually anyone can claim that. Daily horoscopes, in fact, are deliberately prepared by astrologers to make them apply to almost anyone, so that it serves as sneak previews for the day. Of course, the astrologer doesn't sacrifice the quality of divination.

       For more accurate horoscopes though, the astrologer needs to study and calculate alignments of the stars and planets, birth date and location, cusps, aspects, patterns, and relationships with other signs in the Zodiac. Needless to say, these crucial factors are all absent in the generic horoscopes we get for free in newspapers. Truly predictive horoscopes then are those that are personalised and tailor-fitted to individuals, carefully prepared by a credible astrologer. They may come with a price, but it is a price always worth it.