The Weekend - The Zodiac and Horoscopes (C0273)

Angela:  Hey Lydia, what are you reading?
Lydia:  I’m looking at my horoscope for this month! My outlook is very positive. It says that I should take a vacation to someplace exotic, and that I will have a passionate summer fling!
Angela:  What are you talking about? Let me see that… What are horoscopes?
Lydia:  It’s a prediction of your month, based on your zodiac sign . You have a different sign for the month and date you were born in. I was born on April 15th, so I’m an Aries. When were you born?
Angela:  January 5th.
Lydia:  Let’s see… you're a Capricorn. It says that you will be feeling stress at work, but you could see new, exciting developments in your love life . Looks like we’ll both have interesting summers!
Angela:  That’s bogus. I don’t feel any stress at work, and my love life is practically nonexistent. This zodiac stuff is all a bunch of nonsense.
Lydia:  No it’s not, your astrology sign can tell you a lot about your personality. See? It says that an Aries is energetic and loves to socialize.
Angela:  Well, you certainly match those criteria, but they’re so broad they could apply to anyone. What does it say about me?
Lydia:  A Capricorn is serious-minded and practical. She likes to do things in conventional ways. * laughs * That sounds just like you!

Key Vocabulary

horoscopefuture predictions based on person's birth
outlookforecast; the way that a person thinks about things
flingshort romantic relationship, a romantic encounter
Ariesthe first sign of the zodiac
Capricornthe 10th sign of the zodiac
zodiac12 imaginary areas in the sky
astrologythe study of how the positions of the stars affect our being

Supplementary Vocabulary

Psychica person who professes an ability to perceive information hidden from the normal senses through extrasensory perception
TarotAny of a set of cards depicting vices, virtues, and elemental forces, used in fortunetelling.
Fortune TellerA person that is able to predict your future by reading cards or your hands
Voodooa religious tradition originating in West Africa, also called black magic
Oraclea person or agency considered to be a source of wise counsel or prophetic opinion

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