This Astrology App Uses Data From NASA, Gives Daily Horoscropes With Zero Chill
Before, we only ever mention our zodiac signs when we’re filling out our grade school friends’ slambooks. Now, though, the entire world wide web has taken particular interest in astrology and what they say about our personalities, down to the point where seeing memes about our zodiac sign makes us feel validated and being told “you’re such a Libra” becomes a compliment (or an insult, depending on how you view it).
Enter Co-Star, one of the many astrology apps that sprouted at the sudden interest of the new generation in astrology. According to its website, the app is “a filter to express what can be hard to say of emotions and reactions, strengths and weaknesses, pasts and futures. It’s a tool to connect meaningfully with friends and lovers, or to tread lightly with strangers and enemies.”
When you first download the app, you’ll be asked to input your birth place, birthday, and even the time of your birth in order to map out your natal chart. Doing so lets you know beyond your sun sign, which is the sign we’re most commonly familiar with. The natal chart will point out which sign and house the planets and other celestial bodies are specifically positioned at the time you were born (which is why you often hear astrology enthusiasts say phrases like Sun in Aquarius or Moon in Leo). Each planet and celestial body characterize a certain energy, which the app explains further here. The Sun, for instance, represents our identity while the Moon represents our emotions and moods. The chart can then be interpreted to describe your personality traits and even the goals and desires you are inclined to pursue.
Sounds pretty much like your typical astrology app, right? Besides giving you the lowdown on what the planets’ positions say about you, the app lets you have a mini profile where you can change your photo and add your astrology-loving friends. It lets you compare each other’s charts and see how you would get along and how compatible your personalities are with each other. Were you ever curious why you just don’t vibe with that blockmate of yours no matter how hard you try to be friendly? The app might just give you a reason or two. Of course, there’s also an option to keep your chart private if you’re not the type to share such info.
Aside from allowing you to connect with friends, what’s interesting about Co-Star is that it claims to use data from NASA that’s interpreted by top-tier astrologers to provide us daily with detailed, hyper-personalized readings about the different aspects of our lives—ranging from love, social life, career, self, to spirituality. Since the planets and stars have moved considerably since the time we were born, the app—through NASA’s data and AI technology—analyzes and interprets their positions at the moment in relation to where they were when we were born. Every day, the app gives you a new update about how the celestial bodies are affecting your daily life. Fair warning, it may also come with little chunks of advice that have ZERO chill.
The app also churns out readings that may come in long paragraphs or in two sentences. Either way, these updates are meant to provide us insights about which course of action to take at a given moment, which aspect of our daily lives we must pay attention to, or what we should be wary of in our surroundings.
There are also daily notifications that pop up to give you random advice and reminders. Most times, they won’t really make sense to you, but they actually seem like snippets of validation about the feels you’ve been secretly keeping. They sometimes also help you pay attention to certain aspects of your daily routine that you otherwise would’ve just overlooked. TBH, the ambiguity of the “day in a glance” reminders are what makes the app all the more interesting. Here are some examples:
If you’re trying to convince yourself to give astrology a try, or a budding enthusiast with little knowledge about it, Co-Star, might be a good place to start to make sense of the unfamiliar using tools and resources that are familiar to us. Or if you're just here for the daily cryptic messages, that's cool, too.
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Outdoors Danielle Flestado @artdkf | May 1, 2020 "I miss the outside world. The last time I went outside of our house was on my birthday. We just bought coffee across our village and went back home immediately. This painting made me feel that I'm in a field, just appreciating the beauty of God's creation. Can you imagine the green grass and pink flowers?"
When everything around you suddenly turns dark, the first thing we'd prolly do, as humans, is to find and grab anything that is closest and nearest to us. We'll hold onto them for as long as we can, trying to collect ourselves and gather courage to adjust our eyesights to the pitch black environment that's consuming us minute by minute. And then you'd hear nothing. Your sense of hearing would somehow go off after not seeing anything for quite awhile. You'll let loose. Cry. Panic. You'll be exhausted for fighting your way out. Then just when you're about to stop and give up, you're no longer afraid. There's only this deafening silence and pithole of darkness that's gonna eat you up alive. And surprisingly, you'll make a home out of it.
You'll make a home out of the darkness that when a ray of light suddenly hits you, you'll try to avoid it. You'll try to cover your eyes. You'll try to cover your ears from the voices trying to help you get out of it. You'll try to hide because your mind and body will go against your will to come out and live. Because the darkness that used to scare you, now comforts you in a way you thought has helped you survived life. And you'll try to live. Day by day. In the darkness. Not knowing where to go. Not knowing where to start. Not knowing who is with you. You will try to live until the darkness that once surrounds you is now within you. And everyday, it's gonna be a cycle of subtle torture. But let me tell you a secret. The darkness won't make you whole.
You'll be broken. And in those hair-like cracks, the light will stubbornly fight its way through until it warms you up. Until you realize to check the switch and turn it on. Until you allow other people to help you find your way back in the light. Until you realize you're ready to live in light again. There's a light at the end of this long and dreading tunnel. The only question that matters: will you let them in?
I always thought of life, like a bead where each piece makes it worth sewing together with other piece of beads to make a stronger bond and to create a beautiful result. Today, how do we bond well with different people especially this difficult time? As this day challenges us to a new normal, may we continue to bead along positively with our life.