Once a day, a notification pops up on Iowa State sophomore Caroline Pattison’s phone. It’s from CoStar, a personal astrology app.
“You have all the skills you need to develop,” Pattison personalized the note. “Your life’s path is shaped by good intentions. Let yourself be your curiosity.”
CoStar is an app that gives you a “hyper-personalized social astrology experience,” according to their website.
The app gives you icebreakers, with phrases like “You’ve had a great day…” Pattison, who is majoring in management, likes to see the messages, as she thinks they’re cute and often hers. Brighten the day.
On the other side of the spectrum, she also got one that said, “Your relationships fail because you’re too critical.”
It resonates with her signs as she has a Virgo Sun, Aquarius Moon and a Scorpio rising. He described it as a stab in the back.
In astrology, there are various signs including Sun, Moon and Rising.
Pattison describes your sun sign as who you are as a person, including the core values and beliefs that shape you. This moon sign is more based on emotions, how you are when you are not around people and how you think.
Alice O’Regan is a senior majoring in women’s and gender studies and biology. They have been in astrology for three years and have delved deeper into it within the last year.
Rising signs depend heavily on the time you were born and change about every two hours, O’Regan said. They are connected to your appearance as you look and act. Pattison described the rising signs as your “social mask,” O’Regan said.
“Solar bodies close to us have a strong influence on Earth, the way we see, the ways and climate changes and our orbit,” O’Regan said. “The same is true of astrology, in that those who are close to us have a great influence on our mood and personality.
According to O’Regan, the most common study of astrology is natal astrology, which uses your birth chart. O’Regan is also studying genetic and selective astrology.
“I see astrology as more of a prediction than fortune,” O’Regan said. “It can give you insight and help you prepare, but it’s not always completely accurate. The stars move, as does everything and everyone, so the day-to-day operations are based only on you.” After birth, the opposite may occur.
Trevor Kornfeld is a sophomore studying finance at Iowa State University. He does not believe in astrology.
“What does the line of stars have to do with my behavior?” Cornfeld said. “In what world does science take it back?”
Each sign has different characteristics and messages that go with them.
“These are basic human characteristics for everything,” Kornfeld said. “It’s very broad. Just insert a basic human characteristic, and then it’s, ‘Oh my God, that’s me today, man.’
O’Regan said she enjoys CoStar because it “will tear you apart any day.” On October 26, he read his icebreaker saying, “You’re dreaming about telling your boss,” after which his schedule was changed without notice.
“It was a strange thing because the ice breakers on CoStar are not time-related like horizons are, so maybe it was just a strange coincidence?” O’Regan said.
Coincidence or not, astrology is gaining more and more popularity in this day and age. According to YouGov, younger people believe it more. Thirty percent of people under the age of 30 believe it, compared to 13 percent of people age 65 and older.
Social media has been a huge help, which is one of the reasons why Pattison got involved.
“I think it’s fun.” I don’t think it’s necessarily something that I’m into so much that I base everything off of it,” Pattison said.
Kornfeld said he doesn’t care if people are into it, especially as a hobby.
“But if you’re using it to guide your daily life, I think you need a new perspective,” Kornfield said.