The Accuracy of Zodiac Signs Are Up For Interpretation

Ariella Kandkhorov, Staff Writer

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Sometime around 5,000 to 2,500 years ago in Mesopotamia, the 12 astrological signs were created. These signs, known more commonly as zodiac signs, include: Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius. Each person has a sign according to the month and day in which they were born, and allegedly these signs determine each person’s personality. 

However, the many complex characteristics of a human are not determined solely by one sign. The placement of each planet, excluding the Earth but including the Sun and Moon, are determinants of different aspects of a person. Most people only know the more commonly known sign, which is the one determined by the placement of the sun, their sun sign. 

 Placement means what constellation the sun was “in” at the time of birth, since each zodiac sign is a constellation. The placement of Neptune, for example, describes their fantasies and imagination. 

For this reason, some people can be cusps, or a mixture of two signs. This is because the sun, the moon or a planet was traveling from one sign to another as the person was born. People born between 19 and 23 days into the month, depending on the month, are usually cusps for their sun sign. Cusps usually have a mix of personality traits from the two signs their birthday transitions to and from. 

In short, it’s a bunch of ancient space stuff. There’s plenty of people who say their sign doesn’t agree with them, but perhaps it’s because that specific quality isn’t assigned to the sun sign, but maybe instead is what their sign is in Venus. Most people don’t bother to really learn about their signs, so only those who care enough to learn about them will be able to tell how accurate or inaccurate they are. 

Personally, I choose to believe them, but I don’t necessarily live by them. I don’t go about my day and make decisions because my horoscope says something will or won’t happen. But the way my sign is described fits my personality much more than it doesn’t, which makes the whole concept of zodiac signs seem much more believable to me, and I know many other people who feel the same. 

There’s a valid reason to not believe in them. There’s not much evidence to back up the horoscopes’ accuracy and they’re all very vague. But if millions, even billions, of people are under the same sign, there’s no possible way that horoscopes can be extremely specific. Humans vary in the way they behave from person to person, so it makes sense that zodiacs are general and not precise in detail.  

Not to mention, they’ve been around for thousands of years and still exist to this day. If they really were complete nonsense, it’d make sense for them to not last this long. But they have lasted, so there must have been enough believers throughout the ages to bring zodiac signs through generations.