Which is the better astrology app: Co-Star or The Pattern? | The Tylt
Which is the better astrology app: Co-Star or The Pattern?
According to Co-Star's website, the app merges NASA data with the "insight of human astrologers." The app tracks your birth chart down to the very minute you were born and combines the methods of professional astrologers with a proprietary algorithm in order to give users "unique, slightly robotic horoscopes for users each day, delivered in the form of push notifications," per The Verge's Allie Jones. According to Jones:
It is the perfect app for the current moment: spare and stylish, more than occasionally nihilistic in tone, and made to be shared on social media.
The Pattern, however, has earned a reputation for its unrelenting accuracy and honesty. This app was not made to spare your feelings. It tells you the truth like it reads it. As Refinery29 puts it:
This mysterious app launched in 2017 and has skyrocketed in popularity thanks to its detailed analysis — which does not sugarcoat anything ("You're a newcomer when it comes to paying attention to how you feel or even acknowledging that you have feelings"). Part of the appeal of the Pattern is that it doesn't explain the readings. Instead of reading an explanation about trines, you simply get an alert telling you what to expect.
According to the Daily Dot'sSarah Jasmine Montgomery, The Pattern might also be easier to use for those new to astrology. By avoiding lingo, it's a great gateway to greater understanding:
Unlike other astrology apps, The Pattern avoids lingo about sun signs or aspects and instead opts for user-friendly personality passages that read like a Myers-Briggs result. These passages are broken up into three sections—Foundation, Development, and Relationships—which are then broken up into subsections for a total of six aspects of your personality, each with about 15 to 20 slides of text.
Co-Star has a number of differentiators going for it, not least among them the quantity and quality of readings, as well as the athestetic with which they are delivered. Per Vanity Fair's Kenzie Bryant:
Co–Star’s edge is that it uses A.I. to organize avalanches of information on a daily basis. Where you once read what your sun sign was up to that month in the back of a Seventeen in the grocery-store checkout line, now your entire natal chart is at your fingertips. And where human astrologers were once the interpreters of the complex art of transits and houses, Co–Star spits it all out automatically. A human could never hope to keep in lockstep with an app’s quotidian hyper-personalized updates mapped to infinitesimal planetary movements.
What The Pattern might lack in design, it makes up for in accuracy. Fans agree insights from The Pattern are eerie in their relevance. According to the Pedestrian's Melissa Mason:
Look, it’s absolutely not for sceptics. This is a hard-core astrology app for people who dabble or truly believe. But of the ones I’ve tried, both online horoscopes and daily apps, this is by far the best – the readings are spot-on, but the advice is really wise and timely, too. And at the end of the day, don’t we all want to not just understand ourselves more, but actually be better people?