What are some practical ways to use astrology in everyday life?
Do you apply astrology techniques in everyday life?
What do you use them for? Do you find them helpful?
Answer by Genzai
I mostly use astrology to help me think of how someone else would think and try to view things from many points of views.
Answer by Michael from UK
Use it as a means of duping money out of people lacking any form of common sense.
Answer by Mitch
This question failed as soon as you put “practical” and “astrology” together in the same sentence. They are mutually exclusive, I’m sorry. Astrology is a bunch of bogus crap. If the question relates to Astronomy, then we can have a conversation, but as-typed, this question is bunk.
Answer by CARNETRON
There isn’t. Astrology is a pseudoscience and a scam.
The only thing astrologists do is make broad generalizations and “apply” them to people born at certain times. Don’t base ANYTHING in your life on what they say. You’d be cutting yourself short. Your birth month does not determine what profession you’ll have, your success in love, or you personality type.
Answer by anuraganimax
Well you can say so. The biggest use of astrology in my view is to identify your own potential weaknesses and shortcomings. While it is quite possible for a person with a reasonable knowledge of astrology to use it to manipulate others weaknesses I try to stay away from this path.I use it only to identify my own potential blind spots.
“He who knows others is clever, but he who knows himself is wise.” – some wise man
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How do they come up with the horoscopes for the day?
Just curious with how someone figures that would and such.
Answer by Anonymous
There are these things called “Transit charts” which show the current positions of the planets in relation to a certain star sign.
Answer by Jordie-Boi
Horoscopes use special wording of sentences called “Barnum statements” (made famous by P.T. Barnum). These are statements that appear to make subjective claims about one person, but actually fits the majority of people reading them – they’re actually very objective statements.
It’s a similar technique that is used by many fraduelant psychics and mediums, or tarrot card readers. They produce “insight” into our lives but can merely account for anyone. Here’s a small example:
“You are a person who is prone to bouts of real self-examination. This is in sharp contrast to a striking ability you have developed to appear socially very engaged, even the life and soul of the party; but in a way that only convinces others. You are all too aware of it being a façade.
This means that you will often be at a gathering and find yourself playing a part. While on the one hand you’ll be talkative and funny, you’ll be detaching yourself to the point where you will find yourself watching everything going on around you and feeling utterly unable to engage. You’ll play conversations back to yourself in your head and
wonder what that person really meant when he said such-and-such – conversations that other people wouldn’t give a second thought to.”
This means nothing, it’s essentially saying that “you are the life and soul of the party” and appear “very socially engaged”, but equally it cancels itself out by giving the opposite view, “on the other hand you’ll be detatching yourself” from that situation.
In the end, Barnum statements and Cold Readers use such wording to make it fit our lives. And if they don’t, we disregard is as a “minor hiccup” and forget about it – only remembering those correct statements to back up our beliefs that Horoscopes are true. And while this doesn’t really answer your question on “how they come up with horoscopes”, hopefully it sheds some light on what the content says.
Answer by Aya and baby!
Some invent them entirely on the spot. Others use the sign’s personality to create a situation which that sign would be more likely to find itself in (completely ignoring the fact that every person has an entire chart that makes up their personality but hey, if that’s how they make their money… ) and yet others use planetary transitions in regards to the signs, for example when a horoscope says mercury is in your 12th house for Scorpio, that means mercury is in Libra, but they still interpret it as a 12th house mercury, which will probably make today’s or this week’s horoscope for Scorpio something like: “You can expect people to keep secrets from you as mercury resides in your 12th house.” Of course, people who write periodical horoscopes that way, should be writing them for people with the rising in those signs, not the sun.
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Answer by ChainLightning ⅜
Here is how one person did it.
The American conjuror James Randi recounts in his book Flim Flam how as a young man he briefly got the astrology job on a Montreal newspaper, making up the horoscopes under the name Zo-ran. His method was to cut out the forecasts from old astrology magazines, shuffle them in a hat, distribute them at random among the 12 zodiacal signs and print the results. This was very successful of course (because all astrology works on the “Barnum principle” of saying things so vague and general that all readers think it applies to them.) He describes how he overheard in a cafe a pair of office workers eagerly scanning Zo-ran’s column in the paper.
“They squealed with delight on seeing their future so well laid out, and in response to my query said that Zo-ran had been ‘right smack on’ last week. I did not identify myself as Zo-ran… Reaction in the mail to the column had been quite interesting, too, and sufficient for me to decide that many people will accept and rationalise almost any pronouncement made by someone they believe to be an authority with mystic powers. At this point, Zo-ran hung up his scissors, put away the paste pot, and went out of business.””
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