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Horoscopes #3 – The Horror of the Scope

My daily experiment continues to prove or disprove the legitimacy of horoscopes – genuine predictions or sheer unadulterated nonsense?  Some may question my findings and any conclusions I may draw from this ongoing experiment.

Warning:  The following experiment should only be replicated in a controlled environment under strict adult supervision.  I will not be held accountable for horoscopes that go wrong.

Day Three

20 February 2011

“Sun, Mercury and Mars move into your social sector, new faces appear. There will be new places of work or perhaps you get involved with some folks whose real job is to help you heal?” [Courtesy of Daily Mirror http://www.mirror.co.uk/life-style/horoscopes/taurus/]

Now let’s start and decipher this one.

Hang on a minute – this is exactly the same as the one yesterday.  [Takes closer look]  It IS yesterday’s!  Well what does that mean ladies and gentlemen?  Obviously it means today does not exist.  Wow – now there’s a thought… No Sunday lunch to prepare, no catching up with laundry chores, no boring Sunday afternoon television to endure, and more importantly no hangover from a boozy Saturday night!  In all seriousness though, for me personally it doesn’t really mean anything, except I am unable to continue with my ever so accurate and 100% reliable experiment.

My heart however does go out to those who live their life by whatever the horoscopes dictate to them.  What do they do?  I cannot even begin to imagine the fear and panic that they must experience on days when the newspaper isn’t printed.  Ah but, hang on a minute.  These people will be serial horoscopers (or whatever the term is).  They will have a contingency.  Maybe they don’t only rely on one prediction.  Maybe they have a whole army of them.  Right then – I’ll follow their lead.  Google – here I come.

I type ‘daily horoscopes’ into the search engine.  Blimey – how many results has that returned? 6,240,000. Right I think I may need to narrow this down a little.  I enter ‘daily horoscopes 20 February 2011’ and …………. What? 58,800,000 – This is getting ridiculous.  Right then, one last try although it’s immaterial really as everyone knows that no-one ever clicks beyond the first page of Google returns do they?  (I should know, I probably appear way down on page zillion as very few people ever seem to find my blogs on there!)

Sorry, I seem to have gone off on a tangent – back to it.  Final search.  Let’s see ‘daily horoscopes Taurus 20 February 2011’.  That’s better, a much more manageable 672,000.  So then first one:

“In all probability, it is a favourable day to begin financial planning, says Ganesha. You will focus on your relations and leave no stone unturned to make them prosper. You may yearn for a quiet getaway and end up spending a small fortune to get what you want” [Courtesy of GaneshaSpeaks.com http://www.ganeshaspeaks.com/ ]

That seems pretty vague.  Can’t be bothered with that one.  Wonder what the next one on the list has to offer:

“Work that could advance you professionally could take you away from loved ones, Taurus, and cause some emotional tension. You might feel down because you’d rather be with your loved ones but feel it’s important to move ahead now. Try to make up for it with some quality time. It’s crucial to make the most of the current planetary positions. Everyone will be glad when you see results” [Courtesy of Glomsn.com http://glo.msn.com/horoscopes/ ]

No – I don’t think that one applies to me today.  I have no work planned today that would advance me professionally – not unless you include mastering the art of ironing which could see me through to starting my own business as a professional ironer.  Chance of that happening – virtually zero – I hate ironing and I acknowledge that I am absolutely rubbish at it!  Right then onto next one:

Right then, either my internet has just gone down, or this link is not working.  Not to worry, onwards and upwards (well downwards I suppose it is when clicking on Google returns), I will try the next.

“An encounter with an old coworker sparks a surprisingly nice walk down memory lane” [Courtesy of Shine from Yahoo http://shine.yahoo.com/astrology/ ]

Now then this one seems nice and short to analyse.  Nope this has not happened today. 

I’ll try one more for luck. 

“Sometimes the best action is no action. Another person may make comments that sting but if the shoe does not fit, so to speak, do the best you can to make light of someone’s bad mood. Taking responsibility for errors of the past and the ways you contribute to your own undoing are very important issues now. Most of the people you are around today have errands to run, places to go, and a great deal on their mind. You will be wise in taking advantage of this time to busy yourself with your own work, hobby or creative endeavors. Others value you for your independence and unique qualities. A young person needs your praise for the work that has been done. The evening will bring about a more peaceful time to communicate and laugh with your loved ones” [Courtesy of dailyhoroscopes.com http://www.dailyhoroscopes.com/ ]

Ah now I like the look of this one. [Eeeek – slight distraction here.  Got so engrossed in my in-depth research project that I forgot all about the white sauce base that I was slowly preparing on the stove in order to turn it into a cheese sauce to pour over the cauliflower for Sunday dinner!  Bit lumpy – but think I’ve managed to salvage it.  I don’t think anyone will notice when it’s poured on top of the cauliflower – well they’re lumps aren’t they?  None of the horoscopes I have looked at predicted a culinary disaster did they?!]

Right, back to the analysis.

Sometimes the best action is no action…

Ah with my recent narrowly averted kitchen disaster, I can categorically confirm that a lot of action was needed! So false then.

Another person may make comments that sting…

My hubby tends to do this every day, so it is not exclusive to today – I will therefore disregard this as being inaccurate.

…but if the shoe does not fit, so to speak

 It generally doesn’t fit where hubby’s remarks are concerned!  So again, I will discard this one too.

…do the best you can to make light of someone’s bad mood

Don’t really care either way.  He can stop in a bad mood.  If he wants to sulk, he can sulk.  It gives me time to myself as he generally sulks in another room anyway!

Taking responsibility for errors of the past and the ways you contribute to your own undoing are very important issues now

Ah, back to the kitchen / cheese sauce incident – ok I accept that I was responsible for getting sidetracked with all this astrology nonsense.

Most of the people you are around today have errands to run…

Yep that’s true – although can’t actually see any evidence of them actually being done – that’s a different matter altogether!

… places to go, and a great deal on their mind

Can’t speak for the content of their minds – at least not without being facetious.  Cannot say whether this is true or not.

You will be wise in taking advantage of this time to busy yourself with your own work, hobby or creative endeavors

Research and writing – good plan.  So yep this is true.

Others value you for your independence and unique qualities 

Absolutely true.  I cannot deny it, although it’s not specific to today, I know this is relevant the whole year through!

A young person needs your praise for the work that has been done

Ok so my daughter HAS finally tidied her bedroom.  I say tidied, that is a very loose description of the task.  I suppose you can now see her bedroom floor and her toys are in a tidier pile.   Hey, I’ve been nagging her to do this for weeks now so yes, she indeed needs praise [breaks off to praise daughter].  Another true prediction.

The evening will bring about a more peaceful time to communicate and laugh with your loved ones

It’s too early to say whether this one is true.

Well, finally, I think my research is complete for today.  One the whole, I think this is a difficult one to call.  What I will say is that I have wasted an awful lot of time on this today.  I can see how some people can get sucked into the world of horoscopes.   Bearing in mind that some of these sites ask for payments, subscriptions and money for personalised charts, I am also beginning to realise how some of the more easily swayed and indeed vulnerable people could have their lives influenced and changed, probably I suspect not for the better.

It is indeed a dark and mysterious world.  More to explore tomorrow.

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Horoscopes #2 – The Disappointment

My daily experiment continues to prove or disprove the legitimacy of horoscopes – genuine predictions or sheer unadulterated nonsense?  Some may question my findings and any conclusions I may draw from this ongoing experiment.

Warning:  The following experiment should only be replicated in a controlled environment under strict adult supervision.  I will not be held accountable for horoscopes that go wrong.

Day Two

19 February 2011

 “Sun, Mercury and Mars move into your social sector, new faces appear. There will be new places of work or perhaps you get involved with some folks whose real job is to help you heal?” [Courtesy of Daily Mirror http://www.mirror.co.uk/life-style/horoscopes/taurus/]

Just how did this prediction measure up today?  Right here goes.

 Sun, Mercury and Mars move into your social sector…

Eh? What exactly does that mean?  Google help required me thinks.  After typing in obvious keywords I eventually come up with a number of sites which seem to be offering similar information.  Now, the Sun, Mercury and Mars ARE apparently moving out of my career sector and ARE moving on into my sector of friendship and networking.  Aha – a definite link here that I can work with.  Networking – social networking, friendship – Twitter perhaps?  I have recently signed up to this modern phenomenon, and building up my following slowly, yet steadily.  Today I have gained 12 new followers – the biggest daily total to date.  Great, so far so good.

 …new faces appear 

Now this one is definitely true.  I was struggling at first with this one to get a ‘fit’ to the horoscope.  Then it dawned on me as I looked out of my kitchen window at the three new faces which had appeared in my garden.   Today, only with the help of some unexpected (albeit forecast) flurry of overnight snow was this fulfilled.  My daughter made this come true, without me realising it at the time. Lovely proof below.

 

There will be new places of work…

If this is specific to today – then I’ve waited all day and nope, no new place of work has materialised.  Let me double check this to be absolutely sure.  (Job list in no particular order):

Washing – kitchen

Cooking – kitchen

General housework – my house

Writing – dining room

Ironing – dining room

Personal grooming and hygiene – bathroom

Definitely all carried out in the usual places of work.  If I had thought about it more, I could have influenced the outcome of this experiment by changing my usual ironing environment to the living room – but I didn’t.  This element fails.

…or perhaps you get involved with some folks whose real job is to help you heal?

Now then, yesterday I was involved with the dentist.  When I say involved, what I mean by that is I had an appointment to sort out my toothache which had been troubling me for almost a week.  He helped me heal, ah but that was yesterday and this is a prediction for today isn’t it?  Have I been involved with anyone else today?  Only the usual suspects, hubby and daughter.  Is it their job to help me heal?  Generally I would say no, however, applying just a little more thought to this – if it meant that they would not have any new laundered clothes to wear, no nutritional hot meals prepared for them, no clean house to live in, no food to make those nutritional meals, then it would be a resounding ‘Yes!’  They would do everything within their power to help me heal. 

I have to consider this further though, have they needed to heal me?  No, have they heck.  I am a woman and by default that means that I will be there no matter what to maintain the routine and equilibrium required to maintain a family and household.  I have had no involvement with any other ‘folks’ today – healers or otherwise.  This too fails.

I think the only conclusion I can draw from today’s experiment is that it does not make the grade.  In fact it fell so short it was positively microscopic.  On the surface it almost sounded prophetic, yet was so generic it essentially said nothing whatsoever.  So unfortunately, my newly restored faith in the authenticity of horoscopes has been very short lived. 

However, tomorrow is another day.

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