Seeking advice or\u00a0 even prediction of life events is not new, but with new tecnology and changing lifestyles, questions arise on whether it is effective. \u00a0 Sandra Wekesa\u00a0@wekesa_sandra It is very common to hear someone talk about themselves by sun, moon and rising signs, or a couple explaining their compatibility and destiny using astrological events. Better yet, in today\u2019s society people always categorise themselves under these Zodiac signs in belief it will get to explain their future. Such is the case with Sheryl Atieno, who believes that astrology plays a major role when it comes to building relationships. \u201cI always find it interesting, plus it explains aspects of who we are as individuals depending on when we were born. For me horoscopes are everything, they make compatible matches, for an instance I can\u2019t date someone who is not within my element or doesn\u2019t share my sign because it will be a disaster,\u201d she says.\u00a0 For Sheryl, when it comes to compatibility, there are people who date within their elements, and if they attempt to go out of them, then things just don\u2019t work out. \u201cIt is said that water signs are compatible with earth sign. And in the case that water (Cancer -people born between June 20- to July 22; Scorpio -October 23- November 22) easyly connect well with fire (Aries -people born between March 20- April 19, Leo July 22-August 22) then, in this case air fuels fire, so they won\u2019t be compatible, For example, if a fire sign dates water sign, water will extinguish the passionate fire sign,\u201d she says. Myths and misconception Unfortunately, many people think this is witchcraft, she says. \u201cI always get curious with people\u2019s relationships, especially those around me. The moment I tell them it won\u2019t work between them and it actually doesn\u2019t, they start assuming I am witch, yet it\u2019s just the Zodiac signs speaking beyond their thoughts,\u201d she adds. In ancient Mesopotamia, Greece, and the Islamic world, astrology helped people decide when to plant crops and go to war. It was also used to predict a person\u2019s fate and interpret his character, and answer questions such as, would he have good luck with money?\u00a0 While people might think astrologers also help people predict the future like diviners, seers and prophets, Ayub Sharrif, an astrologer, disagrees. He says modern day astrologers are actually meant to make people understand themselves. He adds that astrology is the pattern of a person\u2019s life or character, nature that corresponds to the planetary pattern at the moment of his birth. However, he says, there are many things that can affect how someone is and not just the period they were born, for example, their upbringing, culture, experience, beliefs, and the environment they are exposed to. \u00a0 \u201cIn this world of uncertainties, such as divorces, it is good to know who you are compatible with through the study of science. Therefore, with the help of knowledge you can explain why some people are not compatible and this might help someone. This is not related to predicting the future,\u201d he explains. While asked if at all getting a stranger to predict about your future actually works, Sharrif says some people could consult because they want assurance that they will be successful. There are those who might be haunted by spirits that interfere with their lives, making it easier for them to believe any form of consultation they get. He adds that while some astrologers and fortune tellers might be genuine, there are some who are after money, and this builds a bad reputation for the few that are honest. Psychological astrology Dr Geoffrey Wango, a psychologist says one of the major reasons why people seek solace in knowing more about their future is so that they could be confident in themselves. \u201cMost of the time people worry too much about what is going to happen to their future, hence resorting to the divinity process to understand their life\u2019s problems,\u201d he says. For others, love and compatibility is another reason. Romance, being a common thing, makes many consider horoscopes to tell what the future holds for them. This helps them to know whether their relationships are going to work out. However, one thing people fail to understand is some things could be so predictable with past behaviours, that they don\u2019t need anyone to tell them how things will turn out in the future.