Math (source: Snopes)

I was scrolling through my Twitter feed this morning when I came across a retweet of a post that caught my attention. It was one of those “horoscopes” from a so-called astrologer who was attempting to provide a forecast for their followers. It mentioned that the prediction was relevant to anyone with the sun, moon or Venus in Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces, or anyone with one of those signs on their ascendant.

So, let’s do the math and figure out exactly who that “astrologer” was not trying to reach with their prognostication. Each one of those categories will include one-third of the population, excluding the other two-thirds. So, roughly 66.67% of people do not have a watery sun sign. Two-thirds of that number do not have a watery moon sign, and two-thirds of that number do not have a watery Venus placement. Finally, two-thirds of that number do not have a watery ascendant.

That means that the aforementioned prediction will not apply to roughly 20% of all the people in the world. What kind of idiot writes a horoscope that applies to 80% of the general population?

I try not to get in fights with other astrologers on Twitter, and that’s the reason I mostly keep to myself on the platform. In this case, I did have to resist the urge to tell her how terrible she was at both astrology and math, but I decided to take the high road: something I resolved to do when the sun was transiting my communicative third house about five years ago at this time. Since then, I’ve allowed this blog to turn into a love-letter to myself and my craft. Sure, I wish that I had more Twitter followers who looked to me for astrological advice, but I don’t lose any sleep knowing that people who can’t process simple math equations aren’t retweeting my posts. Besides Donald Trump and the GOP in general, who else wants a legion of mouth-breathing morons repeating their nonsense?

I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing, thanks . . .

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