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  1. Reading your horoscope

  2. The horoscope in the Bangkok Post is written by Jeraldine Saunders, a famous astrologist who lives in California. • Interestingly, she was . once a cruise director on a . big ship and from that . experience, she originated . the very popular “Love . Boat” television show.

  3. Serious physical scientists – like astronomers and physicists – will tell you that horoscopes are nonsense. They are not based on real science.

  4. Social scientists agree, but they also will tell you that the astrologers who write the horoscopes are often very clever observers of people. The advice they give can be very useful even if it is not based on science.

  5. Astrologers will also admit that the horoscopes are not completely accurate. Since they are made for millions of people they can only be very general. • They are like low resolution . photos, they say. They give . you the big picture, but not . the precise details.

  6. Most people understand that newspaper horoscopes should not be taken too seriously. They are mainly for entertainment.

  7. ARIES(Mar 21-Apr. 19): Focus on ambitions and put your philosophy to work to overcome recent frustrations and problems, especially in the business world. Significant others and romantic needs will require more attention. Here are some things you should know when you read your horoscope. Watch for phrases and idioms.Ms Saunders uses a lot of them. Fortunately you can find most of them in a good learner’s dictionary.

  8. You canstrut your stuff proudly, and are likely to be surrounded by an admiring flock. Heightened ambition could lead you to take major steps where business is concerned. Crow a little.

  9. You canstrut your stuff proudly, and are likely to be surrounded by an admiring flock. Heightened ambition could lead you to take major steps where business is concerned. Crow a little.

  10. You canstrut your stuff proudly, and are likely to be surrounded by an admiring flock. Heightened ambition could lead you to take major steps where business is concerned. Crow a little.

  11. Notice that there are actually very few predictions. In most case, Ms Saunders is just giving you practical advice that you can use anytime, not just today. • Be generous and everybody wins. • Be honest about your feelings. • Take a break with a trusted companion this weekend. A short time out will reenergise you.

  12. Notice that the statements in horoscopes are often deliberately vague (not precise or specific). Instead of saying something “will” happen, it is more often “can,” “may,” or “could” happen.

  13. For example: • Misunderstandings with others cancause angry blow-ups. Be careful. • Love is in the air, but small disagreements couldshift the mood. • You feel a surge (increase) of confidence, but others maynot be convinced. Remember, each horoscope has thousands of different readers, so it is not possible to be very precise.

  14. Horoscope readers use their imaginations. When something is unclear, they give it their own meanings – something that is relevant to their own life. Consider the following examples: Your sister wants to borrow your car to go to an important appointment. She is not a very good driver, but she really can’t be late for that appointment. Should you let her take the car? Or perhaps you should drive her yourself. You horoscope says: Use wisdom and generosity to handle intense situations.

  15. You are a university student. You briefly met a good-looking girl / boy at the bookstore yesterday and you had a short conversation. She / He seemed interested in you and you are thinking of calling her / him. Should you? Your horoscope says: New alliances will most likely veer off into eventual trouble. Put off commitments and promises.

  16. Your boyfriend / girlfriend is starting a small business. Should you help him / her? Your horoscope:The determination to succeed has taken hold of a partner. If you go along for the ride, you should profit.

  17. Should you take your horoscope seriously? The daily horoscopes are full of words of caution. They often warn you to be very careful and to avoid making decisions. Is this always good advice? Consider the following situations: ? ? ? ?

  18. You have two different job offers and both of them require a decision by this afternoon. Unfortunately, you horoscope warns you to “put off major decisions or agreements”. What should you do?

  19. Today is your big day. You group has been working all term on a project and you are scheduled to present the report to the class. You have practiced all week and you are confident you will give a good presentation. But before you go to school, you read your horoscope for the day.

  20. It’s a difficult day when your faults could be magnified in public. Fault-finding runs rampant. Be as accurate as possible. Stay out of the limelight so you don’t become a target. magnified = made to look worse then they really are run rampant = to be out of control limelight = the centre of attention Today is your big day. You group has been working all term on a project and you are scheduled to present the report to the class. You have practiced all week and you are confident you will give a good presentation. But before you go to school, you read your horoscope for the day. Here is what it says: What should you do? Should you present the report or should you have someone in your group do it?