You could say that the first decision of the day that we make is whether or not to get up when the alarm goes, or to sneak another few minutes in bed. This could be affected by a number of factors, such as:
- What time we went to bed;
- What the weather's like - a dark, wet morning is less likely to encourage most of us to leap out of bed than a bright, sunny one;
- Our plans for the day - an attractive or unusual schedule is more enticing than a run-of-the-mill one.
Other everyday decisions might include what to wear, how to get to work, what to have for lunch or other meals, who to contact, which book to read or how to spend our evenings.
For many of us, part of our daily routine includes taking a peek at our daily horoscope, whether this is a free horoscope online from a company such as My Fortune Teller or in a newspaper or magazine that we read on the way to work.
Of course, if consulting our horoscope is a normal part of our lives, then there is nothing unusual about this, as a Gallup Poll mentioned in a recent article in the Daily Telegraph states. Apparently around 23% of men and 28% of women in the UK regularly check their horoscopes. Many people also seek advice on the future by consulting a fortune teller or by having a tarot card reading.
Does our horoscope influence our decisions?
The majority of people wouldn't check with their horoscope before deciding what time to get up, nor for most of the simple, everyday decisions that we all have to make. What might be beneficial, however, is a bit of direction about some of the more serious decisions we have to make in life, such as how suitable a potential partner might be or whether or not to apply for a particular job.
The key thing here is that we are all directly responsible for our actions and, sometimes, being aware of and understanding what our own intuition is telling us can give just the steer we need. We've all probably experienced the situation where we are thinking about a particular person, then suddenly have a phone call, e-mail or text message from them. It's not uncommon for a friend of mine to know who is at the other end of the phone (- and this happened before caller display was widely available!) My son, when a baby, had been as good as gold and interested in what was going on around him on a visit to a stately home. The moment he was carried into the "haunted" room, he started screaming, then stopped as soon as he was taken back into the corridor.
On a more serious note, there are many proven instances of a person avoiding a particular flight, or other journey, for a reason that they cannot explain, only to find that they have avoided being in an accident by changing their plans. Such seemingly inexplicable actions can often be put down to intuition and the more self-aware we are, the more we are likely to trust our own intuition. If we really sit down and think about it, we know that the gorgeous new boyfriend isn't likely to be the most reliable future partner, or that our current employment isn't giving the kind of job satisfaction we want. Our daily horoscope might state something that we take to be significant, but could also be confirming what we already believe.
Whilst some horoscopes are probably so general that they could be interpreted to fit many different circumstances, they are generally based on Astrology, which has been around for thousands of years - oh well, I think that's for a completely different article!