Putting Horoscopes to the Test

Screen Shot 2013-09-10 at 12.41.42 AMI’m going to make a confession: Overall, I think that zodiac signs and horoscopes are pretty accurate. I always read my horoscope in the back of magazines, and if I just happen to stumble upon it on the web, I’ll probably be on some freaky psychic website a few hours later, debating whether or not to pay for a psychic reading (disclaimer: I’ve never actually gone through with it). I’ve seen many websites that tell you your “strengths and weaknesses” according to your sign, and for the most part, I’m a stereotypical Capricorn: I’m ambitious, humorous, bossy and emotional – just to name a few.

To test my theory that horoscopes are correct, I decided to go about my week (Monday through Saturday) normally and in the evening, looking at my horoscope to see how accurate it was. All excerpts are taken from The Huffington Post.


“Whatever you have relied on in the past is now shifting. Move beyond your fear of the unknown.”

I’ve been sitting here for a long time trying to figure out what this could mean, but I’ve honestly got nothing. Today was a bust. 0-1.


“Consider if your intended retreat is based on practical matters or if you simply want to avoid your own discomfort with the situation. Don’t withdraw from intimacy because you are scared.”

This is eerily accurate. I’ve spent all night arguing with one of my friends about getting to know a cute guy better (she wants me to go for it and I think it’ll just end in rejection). We’re 1-1.


“Putting extra effort into vigorous exercise or a long walk today can bring relief by taking the edge off your feelings. You don’t have to be the Rock of Gibraltar all the time.”

Anybody who knows me knows that I am emotional to a fault and have the world’s worst poker face. 1-2.


“Luckily, your organizational skills are also in great shape, so you should be able to execute your plan smoothly. Don’t hesitate; get busy and use your current planetary advantage wisely.”

I’m reading this and feeling like I’m trying to find a way to incorporate this into my life. Yes, I’m very organized, but it’s also 8 p.m., I’ve been home from class since 3:45, and I haven’t even touched my homework. I did do my least favorite chore – laundry – so I’ll call this a draw: 1-1-2.


“You might feel anxious if your current responsibilities seem overwhelming, but you can’t just walk away from them. Although promising to do even more tomorrow can buy you some time today, this strategy isn’t wise since you won’t likely be able to fulfill your obligations then, either.”

I just found out that I’m starting a new position at work and there’s a very good chance that I’ll be asked to cover somebody’s shift, so now I’m a little nervous about it. Regardless, this one got the best of me: 2-1-2.


“There is a delicate balance between your optimism and pessimism now, but for some reason you can’t hold on to the positive energy for long.”

I’ve been in such a funk lately between coming down with a nasty head cold and trying to find a balance between school, clubs and work. It’s been hard to try to be positive that I’ll eventually be de-stressed… you win, horoscope. 3-1-2.

It was a close call, but at the end of the week when the horoscopes were right, they were scarily accurate. I’m going to consider this a win, but in order not to freak myself out too much, I don’t think I’m going to check my daily horoscope for quite a while.

Photo credit: www.huffingtonpost.com


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