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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




    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                   AriesLeoSagittarius
      EARTH                    Taurus,Virgo,Capricorn            
      AIR                          GeminiLibraAquarius
      WATER               CancerScorpioPisces


    II) Then, there are... other phenomena.

     supernatural  a clairvoyant 
     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...

     magic  black magic 
     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
     voodoo                           an alchemist 
     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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    Then she decided nobody could and that she would make it with her own free will!

    No need to have a gift to understand that she wants someone to her happiness with Leo...'

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