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Horoscope or Horror-scope?

by Sadhguru Email by Sadhguru
August 2013
Horoscope or Horror-scope?

Horoscopes are about how the planets are influencing your life. Planets are inanimate objects. Should inanimate objects decide the course of your destiny, or should human nature decide?

Nowadays, for anything people want to do, they first want to look at the planets and stars. Before they step out of their house, the planets should align themselves properly. People are looking at the right time, the wrong time, and whatever else. If they want to get married, they will go and ask a third person, “Can I live happily with this person?”

If your intelligence is functioning, nobody can predict what you will do tomorrow and how you will live your life. Can you predict what an intelligent man will do tomorrow? No, because he may do something that has never happened on the planet. Predictions are about things that have happened, but someone may do something that you have never even imagined. If any human being’s life can be written before he lives it, that is for sure a “horror-scope.”

Horoscopes are about how the planets are influencing your life. Planets are inanimate objects. Should inanimate objects decide the course of your destiny, or should human nature decide? It is human nature that should decide. If planets are deciding the course of your destiny, it means your human nature is not even functioning at the level of inanimate objects.

So, is there nothing to horoscopes? There is something to it, but human beings exaggerate things. On a full moon day and new moon day, if a person has any kind of psychological ailment, he will become a little more imbalanced. But do we all go crazy on full moon days and new moon days? No, because compared to that person, you are a little more stable and established in your mind. That person cannot control it, just the position of the moon is driving him crazy. It is happening to everybody, but not to such a point that it will decide the way you are.

Similarly, if you are truly stable within, let every planet go wherever it wants to go, you will go where you want to go. Otherwise, if you are in a certain state of susceptibility, every little change will influence you. But if you are well-established within yourself, no planet is going to decide the course of your life. You will go where you want to go. When somebody says, “I am on the spiritual path,” what it means is, “It does not matter where the planets are, it does not matter what nonsensical karma I have, I am going the way I want to go. I am going toward liberation. It does not matter what other factors there are—what society may be saying, who my father was, what my genes are, what the planets say—I will go where I want to go.” That is what spirituality means—taking destiny into your hands.

You can either empower yourself so that you decide the course of your destiny, or you can allow the planets and a million other things to decide the course of your destiny. It is up to you. Unfortunately, people are looking too much at other planets. I hope they will pay a little more attention to this planet. We are all interested in Mars and Venus, but it is time we became more interested in the earth itself and do something about it. That is what is needed right now.


Named one of India’s 50 most influential people, Sadhguru speaks before millions annually around the globe, including to prominent leadership forums such as the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, TED, and the World Peace Congress. From ground-breaking yoga programs to projects for rural communities and the environment, Sadhguru’s Isha Foundation (www.IshaFoundation.org) serves as a thriving model for human empowerment, which is reflected in the Foundation’s special consultative status with the UN.


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