Yes, thanks to alert reader Rodger, I discovered that the Yahoo SCIENCE FEED sends horoscopes to the readers. Here’s a headline; click on the screenshot to see the “change”. (Hint: it’s not about a change in the brightness at night.)
What’s the change in store. I quote from Yahoo:
When darkness descends and you look to the night sky tonight, what you’ll be seeing is a very special full moon. Not only will the moon be in the realm of Aquarius, but it will soon be depicting a lunar eclipse on the night of August 18th.
So, what exactly does this mean for us sisters of the moon?
Well, to put it simply: There are going to be some changes heading our way. As you look forward to many new beginnings and possibly unexpected endings, it’s important that you fall back on what makes you unique. There may be a side to you others don’t often see, but now is the perfect time to use this part of yourself as you work to embrace all the newness in your life.
This particular full moon – which is also called the “Sturgeon Moon” – can also bring about a bit of chaos, especially since it’s in conjunction with the lunar eclipse. With this in mind, we should all see this Aquarius moon as a signal that it’s time to begin a self-care ritual.
While aiming to embrace your unique traits, you should also set aside time to take care of yourself in ways you normally wouldn’t. Sign up for a class that will allow your artistic side to shine, go to bed earlier, treat yourself to a manicure and pedicure, or maybe even schedule some time to volunteer at a local organization. Ultimately, with change on the horizon, it’s important that you batten down the hatches by establishing some inner peace and love.
Screw that! And indeed, judging from the comments, the readers were pretty ticked off.
Now I know there are some petulant readers out there that are gonna ask this, “Hey, Professor Ceiling Cat (Emeritus), how come you’re okay with cupping at the Olympics but not with horoscopes?” If you read that earlier post, you’d see the difference. For one thing, I said at the time that while athletes are welcome to participate in woo if it has a placebo effect, it’s the responsibility of the press to point out that cupping has no known medical benefits beyond a placebo; and they should also point out the dangers of cupping (yes, there are some).
While there are few dangers of horoscopes (except for those credulous souls who believe them and act on them), it is the responsibility of Yahoo Science News to point out that there is no evidence that astrology “works” in the sense of connecting personality with the configuration of stars and planets. In fact, double-blind testing shows that it doesn’t work (if you want the article, ask me). It’s the responsibility of any site, especially one that says it’s a science site, to note this, and to add (if they must publish astrology, and they should do so on the “entertainment” site) that “this information is for fun only; do not expect it to be accurate.”
Speaking of accuracy, here’s the picture of the “lunar eclipse” at the head of the article. See any problem with this?