OPINION | Stars aren’t at fault—don’t blame your horoscope for why things go wrong

Pictured is a graphic of the different moon phases and astrological signs that correlate with what time you were born, where, and your birth date. Although zodiac signs can be fun to study, they aren’t to blame for our actions. Cora Mark | Sun News Daily

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Even though it may be easy to reassure ourselves that our signs are the reason things are going bad, sometimes there is just not a reasonable answer for why bad things happen to good people.

However, some people have found the easiest way to get through the pain is to blame their zodiac sign for all of the shortcomings life brings.

With that mindset, we can believe that the reason why your boyfriend broke up with you is because your horoscopes aren’t compatible. You are a water sign, and he’s a fire sign. Sorry. 

This breakup has nothing to do with the fact that he has been cheating on you. It has everything to do with the fact that he is a Leo man. 

According to astrology, Leo signs need constant attention and affection. Since you went and spent time with your friends for a night out, he was just lacking that closeness from you. Ultimately, he found it in your best friend. Just blame his sign because it was nothing personal.

We all would love to have an excuse for why things just don’t line up, but you can’t blame your horoscope.

Your boyfriend cheating on you is not because he is a Leo. It’s because he’s probably a man who has narcissistic tendencies with severe jealousy and insecurity issues.

Just because he’s a Leo does not mean that he can be possessive. He makes choices for himself, and his sign does not rule over him.

With this way of thinking, it would be possible to blame every time someone has mistreated you based on their astrological sign.

Your mom yelling at you for not picking up your laundry in your room is not because she’s a Libra.

Your teacher telling you tough luck when you forgot there was a test and didn’t study is not because he is an Aries.

Horoscopes are about the positioning of the planets and stars. To figure out your sign use your birthday to see what zodiac sign date you fall into.

My birthday is Dec. 9, so my zodiac sign is Sagittarius. Women with this sign are known to be independent, spontaneous and optimistic.  

I am very optimistic about my time management skills. I always believe that the universe will help me. I stay prepared by calculating the amount of time I need to leave for an event in my head every time.

For example, I figure that if I wake up at 6:50 a.m., I will have time to eat breakfast, brush my teeth, get ready and start my walk to the gym by 6:56 a.m. I am supposed to be arriving at 7 a.m. Yes, it might be an eight-minute walk to the gym, but I choose to be optimistic and believe I am going to make it in time.

Seeing the glass half full is just in my nature because I am a Sagittarius.

The reason why I’m late to the gym in the morning is because I don’t like waking up early. I sleep in until the very last second and run around my house trying to get my ducks in a row in under 10 minutes. I am late because I choose to not leave myself enough time in the morning.

It’s time to allow ourselves to take responsibility for our behavior. Our signs are not a scapegoat for our poor decision-making. The stars won’t align perfectly in order to help me teleport to the gym, and your boyfriend won’t magically become less controlling and considerate when Mercury is in retrograde.

People have the ability to choose their choices and think of how they may affect others. Even though astrology can be an entertaining and fun discussion, zodiacs will never be able to justify the poor behavior people choose.