Is Astrology Real? We Asked 5 Women to Put Their Horoscopes to the Test

Gabrielle Savoie

"What's your sign?" may be a great conversation starter—usually igniting answers like "Oh, I'm such a Leo!" or "I get along so well with Capricorns"—but whether or not we can factually describe our personality based on a zodiac sign or predict life events from a horoscope column has yet to be proven. While some anecdotal evidence might be scarily accurate—like the time your flight got delayed seven hours while mercury was in retrograde or how you are as indecisive as your Libra personality suggests—astrology has yet to be proven as a factual science, even if the zodiac signs are rooted in astronomy. Sure, planets rotate and align, but does it have meaning in real life?

A couple of months ago, we put this to the test with celebrity astrologer Rebecca Gordon of Harper's Bazaar. We met Gordon at an Alise Collective retreat at The Surf Lodge in Montauk. On a rainy afternoon, a group of girls gathered around in the cozy sunken lounge to hear the astrology expert speak about the August eclipses and what it meant for each sign of the zodiac. Immediately, the readings seemed to resonate with many of the women present: One was told she would undergo big changes with relation to her home—she had just moved in with her boyfriend; another was told she had to listen to her heart and take a leap of faith—she was preparing a move across the country. After the group session, each participant had their own personalized reading focusing on the lunar eclipse happening that week, and the much-anticipated solar eclipse—August was an eventful month in the astrology world, to say the least. That evening, the chatter around the dinner table turned to how accurate some of these readings felt to each woman present.

So is astrology real? While we can't say for sure, we chatted with five of the women about their experience. Here's what they had to say—you'll be surprised at how accurately some of these predictions turned out.

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