Space Age Astrology
I don’t understand how astrology still holds any sway over modern society. Given what we know about the laws of physics, it doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. After all, you don’t see many people who believe in alchemy, do you? I’m sure there are some, but alchemy isn’t nearly as popular as astrology. After all, there’s no alchemy column in the newspaper.
Back when I read physical newspapers, I would always start with the comic strips. The horoscopes were always on the same page, so I’d take a quick look at Cancer. Not once did I see anything that was remotely accurate. Of course, it says right above the horoscopes “For entertainment only”, but even then, I didn’t find them the least bit entertaining. Newspaper horoscopes are usually so vague that they could be written by a machine, Mad Lib style, by inserting random phrases about career, health, romance etc. They’re pretty much just fortune cookie fortunes taking up space on the comics page.
Astrology proponents will point out that the newspaper horoscopes are not “real” astrology. And indeed, there are many professional astrologists out there who try to make their work seem scientific. But it’s not scientific. Scientific astrologists will tell you that the gravity of celestial objects affects your temperament when you’re born. And indeed, the gravity of the planets do have tidal effects on Earth. But even if these tidal pulls have some effect on your personality, the truth is that the doctors and nurses in the delivery room have more of a gravitational pull than any of the planets. Their gravitational fields are a lot smaller, but they’re a hell of a lot closer. In any case, it just doesn’t hold up to scrutiny.
What do you think about astrology? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section.