I Hope You Never Got Your Zodiac Symbol Tattooed

So how the ancient Babylonians found out peoples zodiac signs, it was based on the constellation the sun was in on the day an individual was born. However throughout the many many years, the moon’s gravitational pull has made earth fluctuate around its axis. This has resulted in adding another month to the stars alignment.

So my birthday is February 26th, which always meant I was a Pisces (sensitive, humane and idealistic) now means I am an Aquarius (friendly, loyal and inventive).

Personally I think astrology is crap and all the horoscopes are so vague and generic that the readings, no matter the sign, can relate to everyone somehow. However I have been reading different polls and according to live science.com 25 percent of people actually believe in astrology, despite its total lack of scientific evidence. What I mean is there is absolutely no evidence that the stars or the day someone was born has any affect on the way someone acts.

The new zodiac sign is called Ophiuchus.

The new zodiac dates and signs are below.

Capricorn: Jan. 20-Feb. 16.

Aquarius: Feb. 16-March 11.

Pisces: March 11-April 18.

Aries: April 18-May 13.

Taurus: May 13-June 21.

Gemini: June 21-July 20.

Cancer: July 20-Aug. 10.

Leo: Aug. 10-Sept. 16.

Virgo: Sept. 16-Oct. 30.

Libra: Oct. 30-Nov. 23.

Scorpio: Nov. 23-29.

Ophiuchus: Nov. 29-Dec. 17.

Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan. 20.  

When I first found out about this I laughed out loud and thought “well this sucks for the majority of people who have a personal zodiac tattoo.”

***UPDATE***

CNN blogged today that the zodiac has not changed http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/01/13/no-your-zodiac-sign-hasnt-changed/ my response to this is WHO CARES!!!  I find it more worrisome that CNN felt that the words of an astrologer was important enough to be spoken on Cable News Network.  

 

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Let Me Tell You Your Fortune!

Welcome everyone!

I would like to try an experiment, it is very simple all you do is read the paragraph below and see if you can identify it with yourself. 

You have a great need for other people to like and admire you. You have a tendency to be critical of yourself. You have a great deal of unused capacity which you have not turned to your advantage. While you have some personality weaknesses, you are generally able to compensate for them. Disciplined and self-controlled outside, you tend to be worrisome and insecure inside. At times you have serious doubts as to whether you have made the right decision or done the right thing. You prefer a certain amount of change and variety and become dissatisfied when hemmed in by restrictions and limitations. You pride yourself as an independent thinker and do not accept others’ statements without satisfactory proof. You have found it unwise to be too frank in revealing yourself to others. At times you are extroverted, affable, and sociable, while at other times you are introverted, wary, reserved. Some of your aspirations tend to be pretty unrealistic. Security is one of your major goals in life.

How did I do?  Was it spot on?  Chances are you were able to relate to this fortune or personality test to yourself.    What you just read was the result of a personality test that was administered in 1948 by psychologist Bertram Forer.  Forer would give his students a personality test to his students and totally disregard their answers.  After the test was finished Forer would tell the students that they would receive a personality analysis unique to each student.  When the students received the analysis they were then asked to give it a rating from 0-5, 0 being worst and 5 being excellent.

However the students didn’t receive a unique analysis, they all received the same exact evaluation, which is what you just read above.  Interestingly enough in 1948 the average rating was 4.26.  Today this test is still administered in colleges throughout the world; it has been repeated hundreds of times with an average rating of 4.2 out of 5. 

Forer assembled his paragraph from a bunch of different horoscopes.  He did this to show that people have a tendency to rate sets of statements as extremely accurate to them even though the statements could apply to many people.  This is now called the Forer effect.  This effect can actually explain why certain people believe in things like astrology, tarot, fortune telling, etc.    

There are also 3 things that help influence this effect.

  • If the subject believes that the analysis only applies to them
  • If the subject believes in the authority of the person doing the evaluating or administering the test
  • The analysis lists mainly positive traits

If these 3 factors are in play, people usually give higher accuracy ratings. 

Thanks for reading Pork Rhine.

Resources:

http://www.skepdic.com/forer.html