On a weekly basis, Jacqueline Akiki, a presenter on the Iraqi Alsumaria TV channel who defines herself as an “astronomer”, publishes her predictions for all horoscopes in the professional, emotional and health aspects on her Facebook page, which has about 1.47 million followers. Or five hundred likes, but her weekly post about horoscopes in particular receives more than four to five times this number of likes.
As for YouTube, Akiki’s predictions for the most important events of the past year, which she presented over an hour and a quarter, were viewed more than 2.7 million times, and this is not a special case in any case. , more than a million times, and programs on almost all Egyptian television channels are hosting a “horoscope expert” to tell us about the events we will see in the next 12 months.
But with the spread of the Internet, and the subsequent revolutions of social communication, the matter has become in a degree of depth, and instead of half a line, all people were able to learn full pages about the characteristics of their medical and behavioral horoscopes and their position in relationships with friends, relatives and loved ones. Smartphones, which provide you with the details of your astrological sign or the so-called “Birth Chart”, and alert you with detailed daily predictions based on the positions of the stars and planets, on the other hand, advice on this matter has spread through messages on several platforms, from WhatsApp to Messenger.
It can be said that this was the reason for a more widespread spread of horoscopes in today’s world, especially since paper newspapers were usually the area of interest for age groups starting from the thirties, but now you can find images suitable for almost all ages of horoscope predictions, especially adolescence, and in this category Confused age in particular, the world of horoscopes is an ideal way to learn about the features of the personality, and the opposite sex as well, a simple conversation that begins with “What is your sign?” It can last for hours, especially if they are the same tower.
But despite this, the nature of the digital age makes the towers and their services more available to people compared to newspapers and magazines, but this does not explain their demand for them. This raises an important question, in fact, the age of the towers is about 2500 years and is still receiving more intense acceptance by people than before, and although scientists have refuted this phenomenon in more than one place, this did not reduce its spread, one of the reasons is that scientists’ refutations It does not reach the public as much as the constellations reach them through social media. In fact, the author of the report, as the founder of one of the largest virtual astronomical clubs in the Arab world, receives this question periodically.
For example, many do not know about the experiment of “Shawn Carlson”, a physicist at Lawrence Barclay Physics Laboratory, in 1985, and 28 relevant astrologers joined it. The experiment is based on the idea of studying 100 cases with accurate birth dates and drawing the astrological map of the position of the sun, moon and planets and constellations at the moment of their birth, after which detailed psychological tests were conducted for the personalities of these individuals participating in the experiments.
Now this data, without names on it, is placed before the astrologers, and they are asked to match the people’s horoscopes with their psychological tests. The study was published in the famous journal (1) “Nature” to confirm that the claims of astrologers were not in any way greater than the results of pure chance. Astrologers were unable to reconcile personal test files with dates of birth.
Another famous experiment (2) was carried out by quantitative sociologist David Fauss, when he decided to look for any trace of the importance of the horoscopes in the results of 10 million marriages in Britain, whether by agreement or discord, according to what astrology books say and agree on about the horoscopes that it is preferable to They are compatible in relationships with each other, but unfortunately it has not reached anything. So, the female Leo may or may not be suitable for marrying a Scorpio man, it depends on a lot of things, of course, but the horoscopes are not one of them.
On the other hand, the psychological aspects of the matter can give us a closer understanding of the truth about the spread of the constellations, at that point let us return again to Al-Aqiqy, who addresses the Gemini, saying that this week, the last in January 2021 while this report is being written “The faithful open the appropriate doors for you, and the atmosphere changes for the better, so you know abundance, success, and good conditions.”
The first observation that you can take in the worlds of the zodiac is broad or loose speech, you will find talk about the fact that the Aries has a good heart that cannot hate, where he can forgive his enemies after a series of repeated damage, and that the Leo is creative, emotional and positive in his dealings, and that the Virgin is loyal, wise and sane. , and all of these traits can apply to any person to a large or small degree, but there are two psychological tricks that make us believe that these are really our traits.
The first is what we call the Barnum effect, or the Forer effect, and he says that most people tend to accept any loose description of personality as accurately describing them, without realizing that this same description can also apply to anyone else.
Bertram Forer, the American psychologist and the owner of this term, had convinced students in several classrooms that they would take a new personality test produced by the Department of Psychology, and they are required to contribute to evaluating its accuracy by passing it and then evaluating the results, if their personalities actually agree with the test results. It would mean that the department had succeeded in its task and the test was accurate, but after completing these tests, Furer neglected the students’ answers, and gave each of them a paper with the same words as a description of his personality as a result of the test he passed.
The character descriptions that Forer suggested included: “You need love and appreciation”, “You are self-critical”, “You certainly have some weaknesses in your personality, but you usually make up for them”, “You have potentials and abilities that you have not yet invested in your favor”? Notice the similarities between these sentences and what the horoscope predictions say? It’s pretty much the same, and surprisingly, students’ agreement about how good, even great, this test is and how accurately it describes their personality is crucial, with 40% giving the test a perfect score (5 out of 5) and on average the rating was 4.2 out of 5.
As for the second psychological trick, it is what we call (4) “the self-fulfilling prophecy”, and it means the prediction that makes itself true directly or indirectly, such as telling a colleague before a test of abilities in a university, for example, that you know that he will fail, here he will have a feeling He is very afraid of failing, and this causes him to become nervous that prevents him from paying attention to the test, and he actually fails. His failure wasn’t because you expected it, but because you pushed him to actually fail.
In the world of the zodiac, all you need then is a broad, loose prediction that can be attached to anything. The zodiac will say that you will “get a new love this week”, then you see a girl, any girl, and you seek to fulfill the prophecy without knowing, trying to get close to her Then you say to yourself that the prophecy was fulfilled, but you were the one who deliberately fulfilled it.
The matter, then, is that you are the one who sculpts your personality so that it fits perfectly with the template of horoscope predictions and not the other way around, but because nerve impulses run through our brains at tremendous speeds, you do not realize what just happened, and it seems that you saw a perception of one of the horoscopes telling about the nature of your personality, and then you actually found it In your personality, that’s why the constellations seem charming to us, but do you know when they are more charming than any other time?! In times of stress and uncertainty.
A small study (5) released about four decades ago in the journal “Personality and Individual Defense” indicated that people tend to turn to the astrologer and his predictions while experiencing degrees of anxiety resulting from problems at work or relationships, and therefore we can expect that the matter – On a social level as a whole – it can be related to the current societal situation.
Take the situation, for example, in the Arab world. Ten years after the Arab Spring, political, social, political, and economic changes were at their height. Instability was the official mark of almost everything in our lives. Governments changed, currencies collapsed, and people for as long as we trusted in their abilities to support us with their wise opinions turned out to be They were like the scum of a torrent, which put us in a state of constant tension and uncertainty in almost everything.
But we, humans, are creatures that hate uncertainty, always wanting to control the surrounding world as much as possible, and because that is impossible to happen, we have developed many psychological mechanisms to adapt to that, including, for example, (6) “the illusion of control” (Illusion of control) which means giving yourself Greater possibilities in your ability to control things. The objective truth says that the possibilities are less than that. This is what motivates some to continue participating in the million and billion contests, the lottery, etc., because deep down they think that they are able to control something so random.
At that point, the role of the horoscopes comes, and we can also add to it the current Arab obsession with personality tests such as “Myers-Briggs”, which is a picture of the horoscopes but takes a scientific form, and both play the role of the one who is able to control your future, describing it with a degree of accuracy, when the special horoscope predicts With a close love, or a personality test saying that you are able to pass through professions such as medicine or engineering, you prepare yourself for this future with a degree of certainty, a degree that you wished deep down, you just wanted someone to say that your future is predetermined and you have to go to achieve it. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Unfortunately, we do not have sufficient studies on the extent of the phenomenon’s prevalence in the Arab world, but a quick reading of YouTube and TV views, Facebook and Twitter followers, and the song of the most famous artist in the Arab world, “Amr Diab” by Pisces, can give you an indication of the extent of the prevalence of star constellations in our Arab societies today. Compared to decades ago, but it’s always more interesting when you ask someone about it, the answer usually will be: “I don’t believe in horoscopes, it’s just curiosity that makes me look here or there.”
At this point, an important idea becomes clear. For many, the horoscopes are not necessarily true, which removes religious problems from their shoulders, because Islam forbids astrology, which is based mainly on claiming to know the unseen, but it – the horoscopes – may only be useful, giving them this degree of peace that They seek him – through this curiosity – in a well-governed world, in which their personalities are clear, and his future is already known.
And it may even go deeper than that, according to a 2016 report (7) issued by the Walter Thomson Foundation, human societies are increasingly inclined to pay attention to magical and spiritual practices as a reaction to a global situation governed by scientific studies, big data and extreme transparency. For the Web, according to the report, this pattern has been observed before as a reaction to the Enlightenment, rationality, and the scientific method in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when the Romantic movement emerged that pushed people towards intuition and the supernatural.
Could this explain the increasing prevalence, in the world in general and the Arab world in particular, of pseudosciences such as NLP, energy science, feng shui, the law of attraction and other practices? The answer to this question can lean towards “yes,” especially when you know that these practices are currently associated with contemporary religious movements such as the “New Age” and the New Thought.
The followers of these religious movements(8) believe that there are hidden sciences or secrets that belong to the elite of scholars and thinkers who receive their knowledge through intuition and personal revelations, not revelation. In fact, one study (9) had argued that the growing prevalence of interest in horoscopes in Britain is also linked to a growing interest in those religious movements, which are associated with horoscopes as primarily promoting a degree of interdependence between everything in the universe, which is also based on the horoscopes.
At that point, the astrologer, and the human development coach as well, is like a contemporary clergyman who wears an elegant suit and says that everything is connected, everything is governed, so do not worry about the epidemic, climate change or the coming war in the Middle East, against all ” There is no certainty surrounding you, these people have a corresponding “certainty”!