Astrology is taken very seriously in Sri Lanka with many people, including politicians and businesspeople, not taking major decisions without first getting advice from astrologers as to what the decision should be and the proper time to take action. When my daughter was born in the US, we refused to tell people back in Sri Lanka what time she was born in order to thwart some relatives there who asked for that information because we knew that they would use to create a horoscope for her and we did not want her to be saddled with this nonsense.
Even in the USA astrology is extremely popular. Many people consult their horoscopes and some do so with great devotion based on strong beliefs in the preposterous idea that the distant stars can have an effect on their lives. Because of this, even in these days when newspapers are cutting back on the number of print pages, they still devote space to publishing daily horoscopes.
While I can understand papers publishing horoscopes as a means of boosting sales, one presumes that the editors at least realize that it is pure bunkum. But maybe not. I was amused to read that the online news outlet Politico actually commissioned horoscopes from at least three different astrologers for the new granddaughter of Hillary and Bill Clinton.
They got back the usual drivel. The baby was apparently born in the ‘Scorpio Moon’ position that “sets her up for a strong relationship with her grandmother.” What was clear to me from reading the astrologers’ ‘predictions’ was that they knew full well who their audience was and what they were looking for and obligingly dished it out.
I can’t bear to extract and quote any more of this rubbish but I invite you to follow the link and see for yourself.