Do astrologers tell the future?

Contrary to popular belief, its purpose is not to guess what will happen to you in the future. Instead, it aims to be a guiding tool that allows you to make conscious decisions and avoid the ditches of life. Does the position of astronomical bodies affect a person's life (beyond the basic climate)? Not. The position and orientation of the sun in relation to the earth do cause seasons.

Anyone who has removed snow from their walk in January, when they would rather be on the beach, can tell you that astronomical bodies definitely affect our lives. Solar flares cause electromagnetic disturbances on Earth that can disrupt satellites and even cause blackouts. The position of the moon causes ocean tides. If you're a fisherman, the position of the moon can have a significant effect on your livelihood.

The solar wind produces beautiful auroras, and sunlight itself is the main source of energy on our planet. But all these effects fall under the umbrella of basic climate, not astrology. Astrology states that astronomical bodies have an influence on people's lives beyond basic weather patterns, depending on their date of birth. Numerous scientific studies have refuted that astronomical bodies affect people's lives according to their date of birth.

For example, Peter Hartmann and his collaborators studied more than 4000 people and found no correlation between date of birth and personality or intelligence. In one of the most famous experiments, Shawn Carlson had 28 astrologers make predictions and then tested the accuracy of their predictions. Before conducting the experiment, he adjusted the method so that several independent scientists agreed that the method was scientifically sound, and also so that all astrologers would agree that the test was fair. As published in Nature, he found that astrologers could not better predict the future than chance.

These results are consistent with fundamental science. The nature of these elements and the way they interact with each other has been recorded in many civilizations around the planet for centuries. For example, Ptolemy recorded Western astrology, while Parashara recorded Vedic astrology. The better the astrologer is, the better he can decipher the birth chart and extract the maximum amount of accurate information regarding what has happened and the likelihood of what will happen in the future.

Before denouncing astrology altogether, it's probably a fun idea to check at least your own zodiac sign or birth chart and see if anything rings true. However, if tomorrow someone comes to ask me about children and parents when the information is not so clear, then the risk of off-target predictions is greater because I have not yet had many opportunities to apply astrological rules related to parents and children. Whether you “believe in astrology” or not, I personally don't believe in astrology; I practice it, let's consider that its many millennia of history point to something valuable and meaningful within it. A survey by the National Science Foundation found that 41% of respondents believe that astrology is very scientific or somewhat scientific.

Similarly, as an astrologer, most people come to me with problems about their relationships or their career, and I have practiced enough cases to know what astrological rules should apply, when and where. Which means that if someone feels that they are an honest person, they are likely to pay more attention to astrological information that supports their preformed idea of themselves and ignore or leave out information that contradicts them. Throughout the pandemic, some astrologers have been trying to predict the decline of cases; during election years, efforts are made to predict the winners of political races; attempts to use astrological prediction for profitable purposes have a long history, and now it also applies to cryptocurrencies . The similarities between astrology and astronomy in what is observed or used to reach conclusions (locations of celestial bodies) often cause confusion between these two subjects, which makes many people wonder if astrology, with foundations and history similar to astronomy, is also based on science.

If astrology can help determine “the right time to make decisions”, it follows that astrology can also help us discern “the wrong time”. For example, astrological history includes life-span techniques, which essentially calculate death. Astrology has foundations and historical beginnings similar to those of modern sciences such as astronomy, but the conclusions that astrology proposes about the future of people are not based on scientific experiments or tests. .

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Damian Pestano
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