How do I Stop Reading Horoscopes?
“I’m addicted to reading and watching horoscopes, can you please help me stop this madness?”
We humans have all kinds of ways that we hold on to attachments and the need to control and predict outcomes!
The obsessiveness can show itself in many ways, such as for example as watching horoscope and astrological predictions on YouTube for hours on end.
If you’re obsessed with having the need to always know and control everything that happens, then you’re holding yourself hostage in the limited consciousness of the small self.
Doing that actually prevents you from experiencing the magic of life because the small self is resisting the unknown where all the magic happens.
It’s not in the known, or in the predictable, and there’s no way you can control the magical aspects of the unfolding of your life, you can only experience it, and the experiencing of it is your main purpose for being a human being.
Attachment is the root of all suffering.
The divine aspect of you is the leader, the cause, the giver, the doer, the manifestor, the Creator, and you are the experiencer, the channel and receiver (and co-creator) of Life.
Astrology for example can give you a sense of comfort; to think you know or that you can predict what’s going to happen in your life is comforting for the small and limited self.
In times of uncertainty like we’re experiencing globally right now it can be very reassuring and give a sense of hope to many people, but it can also become a crutch, and a very unhealty one too.
When something becomes an addiction it’s time to take a step back and realize that you are giving away your power to the external, and instead acknowledge your own internal power, which is the only actual real power.
And believe me when I say this because I’ve been one of the biggest horoscope junkies you’ve ever known!
Horoscopes can be very comforting to read during times of insecurity and uncertainty because the small self wants to find answers and see the way forward.
And there’s nothing wrong with that! But it also prevents you from recognizing your own power and ownership that you have over your life and yourself.
Instead of tuning into your own inner self and voice where true peace can be found, the horoscopes become an external voice that is comforting you and telling you that everything will be alright.
It becomes like security blanket for the ego.
If something (anything) has become a crutch, it’s time to let it go.
It’s not serving you anymore, simple as that.
And I’m not saying astrology and horoscopes are wrong or bad, I’m just saying that if there’s something ‘out there’ that you come to rely upon and it becomes unhealthy, then it’s time to do something about that.
Here’s a short blog that came to mind that you might like: “The messenger is never the Truth“
If astrology and reading horoscopes has become a problem for you and you want to stop, then here’s what you can do:
Take a horoscope/astrology fast for 10 days. 10 days of no reading and watching horoscopes whatsoever.
Letting go of the need to control allows for you to make room for the universe’s way (and what actually wants to happen in your life), and for hearing your own inner voice which is your true divine guidance.
During those ten days do not watch or read anything related to astrology, period. Just like you would do with any other fast.
Want your own reality instead. It will help you stay centered in the present moment.
As with any other fast you might feel a lot of resistance at first and even withdrawal symptoms, because here’s the truth:
To challenge your beliefs is to threaten your very identity.
It’s our patterns, beliefs and values that make us who we are as human beings, and to challenge them, and attempting to change ourselves, is literally an act of self-destruction.
The small, limited self will not like it, but the choice you have is this:
You can continue to read and watch horoscopes for the next ten days and beyond, and nothing will change.
That’s your choice, but you have another alternative for the next ten days that you also can choose if you want to.
You can STOP.
Ten days is not a long time, but if you’re addicted to them then it might feel like a long time, and it might feel even more challenging now when the yearly horoscopes are being published everywhere..
But, it can also be very empowering to actually start the new year in a totally new way! – Where you don’t allow yourself to be influenced by what other people ‘say’ 2021 will be like for your sign!
So again; the choice is to either go ahead and read the yearly horoscopes for 2021, or don’t do that this year, skip it and see what happens.
If you decide to read them you could be hugely limiting yourself and cutting off the flow of magic for what actually wants to and can happen in your life moving into the new year.
If you are 100% open to anything, then anything can happen! Not just the things you think will happen, or hope will happen, because you read it somewhere online or in a magazine.
It’s empowering and liberating to let go of things that hold you back.
First: You give up the dependence on outside sources to dictate your life. Even if it’s in innocent ways they are still affecting you on subconscious and psychological levels.
Second: You realize how the time spent on watching YouTube videos can now be spent on something more productive and enjoyable, such as actually living your life.
Third: You realize things about yourself that gives you deeper insights and awareness into your own nature, and that in turn that can help you change your life for the better.
By simply asking ourselves why we need something so much that it has become an addiction reveals a lot of valuable information to us that we can use to free ourselves from what is holding us back in life.
“What is the gain here, really, what am I feeling this (reading horoscopes) is giving me?”
The insights and awareness you gain and receive helps you pinpoint exactly where the obsessiveness and addictive behaviour comes from.
Addictions and external dependency is a psychological issue and it almost always has to do with some kind of needs not being met so you seek them outside of yourself.
That of course never works in the long run as all it does is that it cuts you off of being able to hear your own intuition and being fully present and responsive to your own, true natural instincts and hunches.
Letting go of horoscopes and astrology even for ten days will help you to again start hearing yourself and your own internal voice and guidance.
It also allows the element of surprise into your life again – the place of the Unknown where everything and anything can happen, and in ways that you can’t even begin to predict!
It’s okay to not know and to feel uncertainty, it’s okay to feel scared even. It’s okay.
It’s only the small self that is frightened, and reading horoscopes makes it feel safe, that’s all.
What you find out when you loosen the grip you have on trying to control and predict your life and future is that you find yourself able to relax and breathe again.
And then uncertainty and the unknown is no longer so frightening and scary anymore.
Then it suddenly feels more reassuring to just Be, flowing with your life and showing up and living in the present moment, knowing that you can’t know what will happen even later this day.
You don’t know, and that can be very freeing to realize and really take in.
Here’s a post that can inspire you to respond to any urges with a detached attitude if you decide to not read or watch anything related to astrology for the next ten days:
“Short Story by Alan Watts to Help Relax Your Mind: The Taoist Farmer“
Because unless you find some kind of app or extension that blocks out topics on your computer and phone etc, you will most probably see things related to astrology when you’re online.
But you can choose to ignore them and not look at them, and this (as described in the post) is a healthy way of soothing yourself and talking yourself out of taking the external voices as fact.
Tell yourself that astrology and horoscopes might be true, but that they might not be true as well, and do it without judging it as either good or bad, or right or wrong.
Have the same kind of attitude I share in the post, and that will help you loosen the grip of the need to know what will happen or how things will go.
Remember, it’s just the ego needing to feel safe, so make yourself feel safe in other, more healthy ways. That’s the need in you that is not being met, so give it to yourself.
Be kind and compassionate with yourself and sooth yourself in other, more healthy ways such as through meditation, positive and empowering inner self-talk, and journaling for example.
Have dreams and goals for 2021 that are totally unaffected and uninfluenced by what’s happening ‘out there’, or what the horoscopes are telling you that your life will be like.
Truly let yourself go into the Unknown and create your own vision for how you’d like your life (or day, week, and month) to be.
So my suggestion is to do an astrology and horoscope fast for the next ten days.
See what happens and pay attention to how you feel when it’s suddenly only You, and you alone that has the answers.
Let go of any planetary aspects and imagine they don’t even exist. Allow yourself to pretend that you’re a person who doesn’t believe in those things anymore, or maybe never even have believed in them.
Imagine what your life would be like if you didn’t believe in, or put so my faith in horoscopes anymore.
You might already now sense an openness of your mind and heart that feels liberating and freeing as you imagine how that would be like.
If so, trust that feeling and go with it!
Here’s a few questions you can ask yourself that will help you connect more with your own inner power and truth:
Regardless of any planetary aspects and sun signs and Mercury being retrograde or whatever it may be; how do I prefer my life to be and what would I like to see happen in matters of love, career, money etc.?
“Where do I feel (internally) lead, what feels right to me?”
Lastly, here’s a prayer that you can say to your Self:
“Show me what’s important for me to know and put the wheels in motion.
Align me with what is appropriate for me, with what is the highest for me, the path and place and people that are right for me.
Let me be uninfluenced by the beliefs of others and fully receptive and open to be surprised by Life itself.
I choose to be independent of external predictions and I’m unconditionally all in for whatever wants to happen in my life for my highest good and greatest benefit, in whatever way it shows up and at whatever time they show up.
I now let go of any and all unhealthy and limiting expectations, I am set free and released from the tension and stress that came out of the harmful obsessiveness I had with astrology and horoscopes.
I am hereby set free and 100% unconditionally ready and open to everything that Life has in store for me.”
Another great article, so much resonates me, e.g. the words “fast” and “crutch”. I really WILL go with the flow in 2021.
Thanks, Maria. Love you and blessings.
That’s awesome Stephen! You’ll have an amazing life when you do 😊
Love and blessings back!