Adia watts, Copy Editor
Do you believe in horoscopes? Most people would say they don’t, that horoscopes are a complete joke, that there’s no way their birthday could have any influence on their lives and who they are as a person. I wouldn’t say I rely solely on the predictions of an astrology app on my phone, but I think there is definitely some truth to what the stars have to say.
Although astrology is seen as a modern trend, it is actually an ancient science that began before astronomy and psychology. According to Astrology.com, the earliest horoscope was traced back to 410 BC and was very popular during ancient times. But astrology started to lose popularity around 1500 when some of the predictions failed to come true. However, in 1930, Princess Margaret of England was born and a London newspaper wrote an astrological profile on her, which began the tradition of the modern newspaper horoscope column.
There are twelve astrological signs—Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius—that all have very different personality traits. I’m a Cancer, born July 8. That means I’m moody, sensitive, insightful and love everything that has to do with family. All of this is true for me and I find it incredible how accurate my horoscopes usually are. So once in a while, when something has gone awry in my life, I look to the stars for some guidance.
My roommate and I have a nightly ritual of reading our daily horoscopes before we go to bed. Each night, we like to know what the stars have in store for us, whether it be about boys, school, or situations with our families. And if we’re really curious, we’ll even look up the horoscopes for people in our lives that we’re dealing with.
When I meet someone new, especially guys, I may ask them their sign to see if we are compatible. It’s a silly thing to do and I don’t take it too seriously. My roommate is a Gemini and apparently, we would make great friends because there’s a lot we can learn from each other. That’s definitely true because she’s a biology major and I hate math and science. I love to write and read, and that’s not her favorite thing to do. We complete each other. There’s a Sagittarius in my life that I’m not supposed to get along well with according to the stars. The relationship is certainly difficult, but we manage to make it work. My mom, a Scorpio, and I are best friends because we’re both water signs, which means we’re ruled by our emotions, so we understand each other.
It may seem like I’m contradicting myself by saying that I don’t take astrology too seriously and then writing a whole article on it. So maybe I do take it a little too seriously. But honestly it’s all in good fun and it gives me something to do. Whether or not horoscopes are true, I know I can’t be the only one who wonders what the stars are trying to telling us.