CNN, Yahoo, MSNBC, and numerous astrologer sites, were in a rush yesterday to calm the nerves of astrology aficionados in a panic that their astrological sign may have changed. All the while, a whole other group of believers used the opportunity to try to persuade nearly one-fourth of the population that the practice is somewhat, ‘inconsistent’.
“Zodiac”, “Ophiucus”, and even “tattoo” were popular topics on Twitter throughout Thursday when the news first surfaced, while search engines were overwhelmed with questions about latest uncertainty. In reality this news is anything but new. Astronomers worldwide have been aware of this contradiction for some time and are still baffled that the seemingly breakthrough news happens to reappear every couple of years.
The Christian Science Monitor took advantage of the situation to relay some facts about astronomy, astrology, its foundation, and why this circumstance is an example of how unreliable a zodiac can be for determining one’s destiny.
Although astrology may not be considered by most to be synonymous with Christianity, a large percentage of the American pop culture follow purely for entertainment purposes. Marisol, a So Cal native, and devout Catholic, working abroad in South Korea, was able to detail some insight about the entire controversy from an Eastern perspective. While being immersed completely in the Asian culture, she picked up on the immense difference on dependency in astrology between her current locale and her native Los Angeles. She states that, while considering the overall practice of astrology as ridiculous, her interests were sparked by the recent confusion.
Another San Fernando Valley resident exclaimed, “I’m still a Libra!” When asked if the news made a difference to him he answered with a chuckle, “Not really”, with no future intention of updating himself on the daily going-ons of his astrological sign.
With astronomical updates, and a strong underlying astrological fan base, it wont be long before the general public moves forward beyond this bewilderment to return to their daily lives, and horoscopes.
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