The Pattern review: How the astrology app works and the game-changing accuracy of its predictions

The Pattern review: How the astrology app works and the game-changing accuracy of its predictions

Into the future

Text: Vincent Li

Editor: Aravin Sandran

Image: WeWork

Whether you're a side-eye sceptic or fanatical believer, Gen-Z kids have been obsessing over astrology, horoscopes, and zodiac signs for the longest time in an attempt to understand the course of their lives or figure out their compatibility with a prospective partner.

The free astrology app, The Pattern, went viral last year when actor Channing Tatum uploaded a reaction video after reading its eerily accurate predictions. He even mentioned that the app used similar words as his therapist check out the full rant above. The app has other famous fans too, including American singer-songwriter SZA.

How does it work?

Download the app for free on the App Store and enter your gender as well as the date, time, and place of birth to create an account. You'll probably need to locate your birth certificate to find out your exact time of birth, but trust us, it will only augment the app's forecasting.

After submitting your details, your 'pattern' will be analysed through several sections including "instincts", "relationship experiences", "ideal partner traits", "destiny", and "at work and in the world". Each section contains a summary with an option to "go deeper" into specifics. New 'patterns' are published daily at 9am. The app is social too; add family, friends, former flames, and your current partner to find out similar 'patterns'.

Our experience

Admittedly, I was pretty skeptical at first but I tried to be as open as possible to the experience. Some of the statements about my personal traits were true to a certain extent, while others were straight up false. I did find that the writing was strikingly well-written for something that seemed so user-specific.

Things got a little more complicated when I added my friends to the app.  I found out things that I never knew I wanted to know about: how we support each other, who's putting in more effort into the friendship, and how my friends were actually feeling beneath the surface.

If you're thinking of checking your compatibility with a crush who you've never spoken to, it's not going to happen here. Your current or prospective partner will also have to create an account and submit their details if you're interested to find out more about your romantic compatibility with them. It's a little bit troublesome, but the reward may outweigh the effort for some.

Final thoughts

It's fascinating how the app is able to create seemingly unique 'pattern' profiles for each user in less than a minute. However, at the end of the day, it'll be wise to take its predictions with a pinch of salt or as a starting point to reflect on your future or your connection with your partner.

The Pattern is currently available on the App Store.