Why People Read Horoscopes

Updated September 10, 2019
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People read horoscopes for a wide variety of reasons. Some genuinely feel that astrology can predict the future, while others read just for fun. Whatever the reason, there's no denying the popularity of horoscopes.

Reasons People Read Horoscopes

Individuals primarily read horoscopes to find the answers to the questions on their minds and for reassurance in an uncertain world. Horoscopes can lend guidance when it comes time to make a decision and give comfort during stressful times. Even if the forecasts are general and vague, many people still find them comforting and personally meaningful by applying them to their particular situation.

Questions About Yourself

People often read their horoscope to find out what makes them different and unique. They want to understand who they are, and why they act the way they do, as well to gain a sense of meaning in their lives.

Questions About Love

Individuals also want to know about the personalities, attitudes, and behaviors of the special people in their lives, especially a new love interest. They want answers to questions such as: "Are we compatible?" "How long will the relationship last?" "Will we be happy together?"

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Questions About Career, Money, and Luck

Many are seeking guidance concerning their career. They wonder if they're on the right career path and when the best time is to look for a new job or schedule a job interview. Others want to find their lucky days and dates to play the lottery.

To Find Meaning in the Bad Times

People often turn to horoscopes during times of personal, pain, trauma, and heartbreak, because it gives them a sense that what they are going through has some kind of meaning.

To Guide and Reassure

Millennials and Gen Xers use astrology for all the reasons above, plus they are significantly more stressed than older generations. The combination of stress and their uncertainty about the future, as well as horoscopes being so readily available to these tech-savvy individuals, makes astrology their go-to source for guidance and reassurance.

For Entertainment

Many people say the reason they read horoscopes is for entertainment only. However, everyone knows their Sun sign and understands a bit about that sign. And every few years, when it's reported that there are new horoscope dates millions of people freak out. So, it's likely that more people than will admit to it give credence to astrology and look at their horoscopes regularly for more than entertaining fun.

Types of Horoscopes

Horoscopes provide a way to interpret lives. While some avid horoscope readers indulge in the daily online offerings, others might only put their trust into a forecast that was created specifically for them.

Generalized Horoscopes

Generalized horoscopes consider your Sun sign only. These are usually a short creative blurb for each sign that are found in daily in newspapers, popular magazines, and online. They offer broad advice that can be applied to many different people within a broad spectrum of situations.

Personalized Online Horoscopes

Some websites provide more personalized horoscopes based on your date, location, and exact time of birth. These are more detail than a simple paragraph, but they are done by a computer. Which means they give you a bit of information, but it's not synthesized or tied into your life.

Horoscope Reading With a Professional Astrologer

Often an individual's interest is piqued with generalized horoscopes or personalized computer reading, and that leads to consulting a professionally trained and certified astrologer.

Professional Astrological Forecasting

To do accurate forecasting, an astrologer first casts a chart, asks why you're seeking a reading, and talks with you a bit about your life. They will then do the natal chart reading and go on to forecasting using what's called secondary progressions and transits.

Astrological Secondary Progressions

Secondary progressions are a tool astrologer use to bring a natal chart into the present. A progressed chart doesn't replace your birth chart, it reveals your inner development over time and gives context to your transits. The secondary progressed Sun, Moon, Venus, and Mars change signs, houses and make form geometric angles, called aspects, to the planets, angles, and other important points in a birth chart.

Astrological Transits

The transiting planets in the sky also form aspects to the planets, angles, and other points in your birth chart. The transiting planets spark outer events. Knowing your transits can not only give clues about what's ahead, but they can also aid you in understanding the present. The transits of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are always involved during significant life events. Transits and progression together, allow astrologers to pinpoint the timing of the significant events in your life.

Readily Available

Horoscopes are now readily available through a wide variety of sources and professional astrologers now do virtual consultations. Reading Sun sign forecasting serves many purposes, but it's very general. If you're looking for sage astrological advice regarding an important decision or what's happening in your life, it's always best to find a professional astrologer.

Why People Read Horoscopes