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Vocabulary: astrology and horoscopes...
Astrology often looks irrational, belonging to beliefs or superstition rather than to Science. Famous people and politician resort to astologists ; Plain Jane and Joe Bloggs study their horoscopes every morning or before any event of major importance. The stars and their position are speaking... the ligns of our hands are shouting... the crystal ball is lighting up.... and cards are howling... Therefore, we can't ignore them...
Obviously, you should feel free to accept the phenomenon, or reject it. Yet, you might as well know the different terms to talk about it...
with a crystal ball...
|Astrology||An astrologer/ astrologist|
|to cast sb's horoscope||destiny|
|the signs of the zodiac||fate|
|to tell the future||a prediction|
Aries Taurus Pisces
I) THE SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC:
1. Aries (March 21-April 19) 2. Taurus (April 20-May 20) 3. Gemini (May 21-June 20) 4. Cancer (June 21-July 22)
5. Leo (July 23-August 22) 6. Virgo (August 23-September 22) 7. Libra (September 23-October 22)
8. Scorpio (October 23-November 21) 9. Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) 10. Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
11. Aquarius (January 20 to February 18) 12. Pisces (February 19 to March 20)
Those signs are associated to ELEMENTS to which they correspond:
|FIRE||Aries, Leo, Sagittarius|
|AIR||Gemini, Libra, Aquarius|
|WATER||Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces|
II) Then, there are... other phenomena.
|to predict that||to foresee something|
|a fortune-teller||to tell sb's fortune|
|to read somebody's palm||palmisty: chiromancy|
|a crystal ball||the tarot|
|to read the tea leaves||= to read the teacups|
A fortune-teller Reading hands Reading tea-leaves
III) and even more...
|a magic wand||a magician|
|a charm||a lucky charm|
|a magic spell||a witch/ a sorceress|
|to put a spell on sb||to cast a spell on sb|
|a sorcerer||= a witch doctor|
|witchcraft/ sorcery||a marabout|
|alchemy||the philosopher 's stone|
A ghost scaring a black cat Good luck charms Charms
|a ghost||a spectre|
|an apparition||to appear to sb|
|to haunt sb/ stg||haunted|
|a spirit||a medium|
|a seance||the occult|
Some people smile when they hear about these phenomena; others mock openly... A large majority of the people remains informed and suspicious, simply because, very simply... you never know... Good luck for the test !
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