Astrology is the esoteric study of the stars and planets on the premise the heavenly bodies rule or influence events on Earth.
The planets and stars all align with the 12 astrological signs, known as the zodiac, which themselves derive from Babylonian mythology.
Today, daily horoscopes are read to answer questions about the future, personal relationships and financial concerns.
From an outsider’s viewpoint, astrology might seem scientific because it tracks the positions of stars and the planets – but is it in any way real?
Are daily horoscopes and astrology scientific?
According to the University of Berkeley, California (UC Berkeley), astrology uses a defined set of rules to predict how the horoscopes will affect our lives.
These predictions are based on the positions of the planets and the stars in relation to the Earth and the zodiac.
For instance, a person born right after the Spring Equinox is believed to be more like to develop entrepreneurial skills in life.
But there is no scientific basis to these predictions beyond the deeply held beliefs they are real.
In “Understanding Science – How Science Really Works” – a series for the UC Museum of Palaeontology, UC Berkeley said there are zero cases of astrology contributing to any scientific discovery.
Similarly, astrologers do not use the scientific method to create their predictions and forecasts are typically too vague to be trusted.
UC Berkeley wrote: “In the few cases where astrology has been used to generate testable expectations and the results were examined in a careful study, the evidence did not support the validity of astrological ideas.