Astrology and the Power of Prediction
1 According to astrologers, the month in which an individual is born is associated with one of twelve constellations found in the zodiac. These signs, according to astrologers, are used to predict personality traits and future events. The scientific community now considers astrology to be a pseudoscience and places it in the category of “superstition.”
2 Yet despite the scientific community’s general agreement, belief in the tenants of astrology is still widespread: 31% of Americans believe in it and 39% consider it scientific.
3 While astrology had its place in the historical transmission of traditions and life lessons from one generation to the next, there are real present day consequences to adhering to its suggestions, including: • Expending Money for False Advice: As a result of misinformation on the robustness of astrological predictions, hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on astrology every year in the United States alone.
4 • Tainting the Real Science of Astronomy: Astrology is often confused with the science of astronomy, tarnishing the reputation of astronomers and their work. • Relying on Uncritical Thinking: Astrology encourages people to rely on providence rather than action to address life’s challenges.
Astrology, on the other hand, is a creative, symbolic, and oftentimes spiritual interpretation of astrological data. Variants of astrological systems can be found worldwide and traced back to the earliest civilizations in recorded history, such as the Babylonians, Greeks, Indians, Egyptians, Nubians, Iranians, Chinese, and Maya. Our ancestors all performed methodical observations of the night sky (early astronomy) and then used those observations to devise sophisticated and nuanced application for human benefit (astrology). Ancient Indian astrologers were highly valued as advisors to royalty, military, and priests for their ability to predict events, assess character and make accurate medical diagnoses.