50 Mind-Blowing Horoscope Facts

Every wondered what "Mercury in retrograde" really means?

50 Mind-Blowing Horoscope Facts

Every wondered what "Mercury in retrograde" really means?

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It’s human nature to want to know more about ourselves. And for many people, astrology—studying how celestial bodies align and how that may influence our lives—presents a golden opportunity. Some go as far to swear by it as divine fact, an invisible hand shaping and molding lives at every turn. Others insist the whole practice is crock, and that keeping up with your weekly horoscope is a total copout. But no matter where you fall on the spectrum, the far-reaching influence is undeniable: astrology is a multibillion-dollar industry.

What’s more, it’s a rich field—and more than just monetarily. In fact, the practice stretches back eons—well over 2,000 years. And even if you consider yourself an astrology buff, there’s a good bet you don’t know it all. To that end, we’ve rounded up 50 crazy horoscope facts that are sure to be news to you—whether you’re a certified expert or a mere daily reader. And to quench your thirst for knowledge further, don’t miss these 50 Amazing Facts for People Who Can’t Get Enough Amazing Facts.

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Two Signs Rule the Presidency

In a breakdown of all the presidents, Scorpio and Pisces birthdays pop up more often than any other sign. There have only been three Gemini presidents, making it the least common sign. And if you want more info on our commanders-in-chief, check out 10 Major Etiquette Gaffes By U.S. Presidents Abroad.

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Cancers Are the Most Dangeous

An analysis of data from the FBI found that Cancers are the most frequently arrested of all the zodiac signs, and their crimes are often more serious too.

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The Oldest Horoscope Is Really Old

The oldest horoscope that has yet been discovered was for April 29, 410, BC. This is considered the beginning of astrology. And for fascinating history, discover The 28 Most Enduring Myths in American History.

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Leos Are More Likely to Hit the Gym

A survey of  10,000 UK women found that Leos were twice as likely to go to the gym compared to any other sign.

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Blood Type Is Used in Japan Instead of Signs

Instead of astrological signs, in Japan, people attribute personality traits to blood type, so it’s not uncommon for a someone getting to know you to ask you what your blood type is. And for the flip side of this oddity, check out the 30 Things Americans Do That Foreigners Think Are Super Weird.

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Virgos Are Discriminated Against

In China, one employer posted job listings looking specifically for candidates who specifically weren’t Virgos. Scorpios were also not wanted. The woman who posted the ad said it’s because they have a tendency to be “feisty and critical.”

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Sagittarians Are Twice As Likely to Become Famous

Research conducted by Cartoon Network found that Sagittarius-signed people are twice as likely to become famous, with one in five child stars being born during that time of the zodiac.

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Leos Are the Worst Drivers

Australian car share service Go Get parsed through information on 100,000 of its users to determine that Leos are the most likely to get busted for speeding. According to the data, Leos are 40 percent more likely to get a ticket than Libras.

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Capricorns Have Wandering Eyes

Of all the astrological signs, Capricorns have the most accounts on made-for-adultery website Ashley Madison. They also reach out to more people. And if you want to see cheaters get their comeuppance, check out the 20 Dumbest Ways Men Have Been Busted Cheating.

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Aries Make Up the Bulk of Billionaires

Analysis of the Forbes list of billionaires found that more of the people on the list were Aries than any other sign. The sign is known for its determination. And if you want to know how they do it, learn the 5 Ways Billionaires Think Differently Than Most People.

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World Leaders Are Most Often Scorpios

Data analysis by Vocativ found that more world leaders are Scorpios than any other sign, with 22 leaders. Scorpios are known for their independence and ambition.

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Your Chart Might Be Wrong

Earth wobbles on its axis in a phenomenon called “precession,” which leads some people to claim your astrological chart might be incorrect. Most astrologers say not to worry about it, though.

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A Pope Drew His Own Horoscope

Although astrology was never embraced by Christianity, that didn’t stop Pope Sixtus IV from becoming the first pope to draw and interpret a horoscope for himself in the 15th century.

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The Zodiac Was Originally for Farming

The zodiac was originally used as an agricultural calendar to help people track when to sow seeds and harvest crops by using the position of the constellations in the sky.

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An Astrologer Predicted Hitler

A German astrologer named Fran Elsbeth Ebertin was given Hitler’s astrological chart in 1924, and she predicted his rise to power.

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Top Athletes Are Frequently Aquarians

An analysis of top athletes found that they had Aquarius as either their sun or moon sign 21 percent of the time. The next most frequently appearing sign was Cancer, at 12 percent.

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Serial Killers Are Two Signs Typically

Going through a list of America’s most notorious serial killers, two signs stand out above all the rest: Pisces and Gemini. Pisces are known for being loners, and Geminis are known for their charm.

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One Man Brought the Horoscope Back From the Dead

The popularity of astrology was in sharp decline, but an astrologer named R.H. Naylor managed to bring it back from the dead when he wrote a horoscope for Princess Margaret after she was born. He then began a weekly newspaper column that kicked off a trend, and now astrology is popular all around the world.

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Democrats Believe Astrology More Than Republicans

The Chapman University Survey on American Fears found that Democrats are about twice as likely to believe in astrology as Republicans are. Democrats believed in the paranormal more in general.

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Benjamin Franklin Used Astrology to Predict a Man’s Death

Benjamin Franklin used astrology to predict Titan Leed’s death and published it in almanac. When the man didn’t die on the predicted day, Franklin began calling him “The Ghost of Mr. Leeds” and asking him to leave the earth.

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There’s a 13th Abandoned Sign

When the zodiac was originally created, it had 13 signs, but one of them, Ophiuchus, got dropped because the Babylonians used a 12-month calendar so there wasn’t room for it.

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Schizophrenia Is Most Common Among Two Signs

Scientists noted that schizophrenics had a statistically significant chance of having a birthday in February. The two next closest months in terms of rate of occurrence were January and March, meaning schizophrenics are more like to have Aquarius or Pisces as their sign. There is a catch however. The data was flipped in the Southern Hemisphere, where August was the month with highest schizophrenia rate, indicating it may have more to do with the weather.

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You Have Other Horoscopes

You are probably used to the Western zodiac, and maybe know your year in the Chinese zodiac, but horoscopes are huge in India, where vedic astrology has been practiced for over 2,000 years.

President Theodore Roosevelt

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The Roosevelts Loved Astrology

Both Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt were into astrology and would both occasionally quote horoscopes.

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Virgos Are to Blame for Crop Circles

A theory among some astrologers is that Virgo, who is the grain mother of the earth, is sending humans a cautioning message via crop circles.

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A Few Signs Earn the Most Money

A survey from CareerBuilder found that people born under Scorpio, Leo, Cancer, and Taurus signs were the most likely to earn $100,000 or more annually.

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These Signs Earn the Least

Unfortunately for them, Aquarians and Capricorns were the most like to make less than $35,000 a year.

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Tauruses Have a Heightened Sense of Touch

Astrologists believe Tauruses are more sensitive to touch, so if you were born between April 20 and May 20 and are exceptionally ticklish, now you have a reason why.

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Pisces Have Dark Thoughts

A study published in Perceptual and Motor Skills to determine whether internalizing traits of your astrological sign encouraged suicidal ideation found that only the Pisces sign had a significant association.

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Geminis Switch Jobs More

Because of their supposedly dual nature, Geminis have a reputation for frequently quitting their jobs.

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“Mercury in Retrograde” Isn’t What You Think It Is

When Mercury goes into retrograde, the only thing about it that changes is that it appears to be revolving in the opposite direction. It doesn’t actually change direction.

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Reagan Hired an Astrologer

After an assassination attempt on President Reagan’s life, Nancy Reagan hired an astrologer to predict the future. Rumor has it that the astrologer also provided guidance on policy, although this has always been denied.

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Aries Are Accident Prone

Aries have a reputation for being accident prone, because of their unbridled nervous energy.

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Americans Believe in Astrology

Despite all points to the contrary, only 55 percent of Americans think astrology isn’t scientific at all. Somewhere in the range of 40 percent of Americans think it is very scientific. according to research from the National Science Foundation.

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Scorpios Are Considered the Sexiest

Because of their mysterious personalities and knack for persuasion, Scorpios are generally regarded as members of the sexiest sign.

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Aquarius Is the Least Common Sign

The Aquarius has the distinction of being the least common sign, at least in America, because birthdays in the States most commonly fall during summer and early fall months.

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The Most Common Birthday Is in September

More people are born on September 16th than any other day of the year, so if that’s your birthday, you’re a member of a very large club of Virgos.

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Scorpio Is the Most Common Sign

Despite not having the most common birthday, Scorpio is still the most common sign in America. This may or may not have something to do with its position in the calendar relative to Valentine’s Day.

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Sagittarians Have Long Legs

Every sign is associated with physical attributes. And astrologers frequently associate long legs with people born under Sagittarius.

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Pisces Are Most Likely to Run a Red Light

Leos might be the most likely to get a speeding ticket, but Pisces are more likely to run a red light or park in a no parking zone.

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These Signs Love Their Jobs

Sagittarius, Capricorn, and Pisces reported having the greatest satisfaction in your present job. Unfortunately, if you hate your job, you can’t exactly change your birthday.

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The Moon Used to Be Considered Evil

The moon plays a huge role in western astrology, but in ancient Egypt, it was believed that the moon was an evil star.

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Leos Are Known for Their Manes

Leo is the sign of the lion, and just like a lion, Leos like Chris Hemsworth are known for having noteworthy hair.

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Geminis Commit Soft Crimes

Cancers are the most frequently arrested sign, but when Geminis do get busted, it’s for crimes like fraud or stealing, generally speaking.

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The Calendar Used to Match the Astrological Calendar

The zodiac begins in March with the sign Aries, and the year used to match the zodiac, until Caesar changed the calendar to begin in January.

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46
Your Zodiac Year Is Unlucky

In the Chinese zodiac, the zodiac cycles through years and repeats every 12 years. You might think when it cycles back around to your year you’re going to have good luck, but the opposite is actually believed to be true, and people are advised to be careful making decisions in their 12th, 24th, and 36th years (and so on).

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There Are Thousands of Astrologers in the US

If you want to take your knowledge of your personal horoscope and astrological chart beyond a weekly column, you’re in luck. There are over 7,000 professional astrologers in the United States.

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Your Moon Sign Might Be More Important

A lot of emphasis is placed on your sun sign, but some people think your moon sign is just as, if not more, important as your sun sign. Your moon sign is determined by the location of the moon at your birth. While your sun sign relates to your personality, your moon sign is all about your emotional side and the way your subconscious works, so you can see why some people might think it’s more important.

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49
Self-Validation Is Crucial

Many scientists believe that part of the reason astrology is so successful has to do with something called “self-validation,” which has to do with a person shaping a vague description to match what they already believe about themselves. Add to that confirmation bias, which is a way to interpret information in a way that matches what you already believe, and science makes a compelling case.

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You Can Get a Degree in Astrology

If you’re really passionate about astrology, there is one school you can go to to get a degree. The Kepler College of Astrological Education in Washington has a degree program in astrology. And if you find that hard to believe, check out the 20 Most Ridiculous College Classes You Won’t Believe Are Real.

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