Myth or Magic?
you read your horoscope in the daily newspaper?
Maybe you call the horoscope hotline on
occasion to find out what a reader has to
say about your future. You might even dabble
in the occult yourself from time to time.
Why do people care about this mysterious
reading of their zodiac sign and the telling
of their futures? Is there any real truth
in the predictions?
Horoscopes have been around for centuries
if not millennia. Humans have long been
fascinated with the earth and its relationship
to other celestial bodies in the solar system
and even the universe. Star constellations
have been particularly interesting to stargazers,
who attempt to make meaning from the constellations
themselves as well as the shift of certain
stars or planets, sometimes called heavenly
bodies. The significance of certain planetary
groupings, as well as solar or lunar eclipses,
is believed to have a bearing on the chain
of events in a person's life.
Such beliefs play a key role in our culture.
Even the Bible emphasizes the importance
of the Star of Bethlehem that showed the
magi, or scholars, in the East where the
infant Jesus was to be born. Nathaniel Hawthorne's
famous novel, The Scarlet Letter, associates
various meanings with a shooting star viewed
one night by Puritans living in 17th century
Salem. The star was believed by some to
stand for "A" with respect to hero Hester
Prynne, the adulteress, and by others to
represent "A" for angel regarding the dying
As our species grew more civilized, we searched
for answers to life's problems among the
things of the earth. When these did not
always pan out, we turned our collective
gaze to the stars of heaven, hoping for
more information there. Some people believe
they can read the stars and planets to make
meaning that will illuminate other people's
lives. People of every land and civilization
have attempted to read those specks of light
that can be seen above us at night to find
the answers to universal and personal questions.
you are wondering whether a horoscope reader
can help you, it may help to ask a few questions
before handing over your credit card for
processing. Ask about the reader's credentials.
Where did he or she study? How much experience
does the person have? What are his or her
specialties (i.e., career, romance, health,
etc.). What happens if the person's predictions
don't come true? Can the reader provide
references for you to consult?
All of us thrill to the prospect of learning
more about ourselves and the possibility
of things to come. But be careful to use
discernment in choosing a guide who will
provide this information for you. Anyone
can set up shop as a stargazer or horoscope
hustler, and in fact, many people do. Their
information will often sound generic, and
it could apply to just about anyone. So
look for someone who seems to be a little
more authentic than just anyone who puts
an ad in the newspaper or sends you email
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