Reading your horoscope The horoscope in the Bangkok Post is written by Jeraldine Saunders, a famous astrologist who lives in California.
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Serious physical scientists – like astronomers and physicists – will tell you that horoscopes are nonsense. They are not based on real science.
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.
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.
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.
Remember, each horoscope has thousands of different readers, so it is not possible to be very precise.
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.
Your horoscope says: New alliances will most likely veer off into eventual trouble. Put off commitments and promises.
Your horoscope:The determination to succeed has taken hold of a partner. If you go along for the ride, you should profit.
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:
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?
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?