Personally, I love a good horoscope. When situations seem to be tough, and a rough week full of tests is right around the corner, a horoscope that reads "good things are in your future" always brightens my mood. When I read magazines, I always flip to the back to see what's in store for my life for the upcoming month. They don't always fully relate, but they do always seem to have some weird correlation with the exact things that are occurring in my life. This magical form of prediction is used by many. So many, in fact, that they've even developed apps for it, so you can get your horoscope on the run, throughout a busy day. But how accurate are horoscopes? Is there any real truth to the predictions we read about our potential futures?
According to an article written by Pacific Standard, horoscopes are great for entertainment, but horrible for exposing truth. They mention a study conducted in 1948 that had subjects fill out a personality test. The results he showed them all came from a local newspaper. When he asked them to assess how true the results were, they all claimed that they were accurate. This study shows that the results were correlated to the people at all, rather the people made the results relate to them. Over the year, different studies have been done, but the same results are concluded, horoscopes just aren't true. However, humans have an outstanding talent that makes horoscopes so popular, the ability to read into what we want to believe.
Horoscopes seem relatable to most, because we make them relatable. The slightest similarity we will convince ourselves correlates to a specific situation occurring in our lives. An article written on the validity of horoscopes says that we should be very cautious when reading horoscopes because we could be putting our faith into the wrong hands. So, the next time I read my horoscope, while it may have similarities or not, I'll be sure to take it with a grain of salt, because they really are just for entertainment.