Does astrology have any truth?

The scientific community has rejected astrology because it lacks explanatory power to describe the universe. Scientific evidence has found no evidence to support the premises or alleged effects described in astrological traditions. Where astrology has made falsifiable predictions, it has been falsified. Zodiac signs consist of 12 astrological signs, each based on a single month of the year.

There are those who dismiss astrology as false, but the truth is that zodiac signs do have some value for them. These ancient astrologers based their interpretations on centuries of observations recorded by the Mesopotamians who preceded them. Hellenistic astrology describes a causal relationship between the movement of planets and stars and the material world of Earth. In a sense, astrology is a benign pseudoscience and, in some cases, it can even have a minor positive effect on people's mental state thanks to the placebo effect.

Although astrology has no scientific backing, consistency or reproducibility, astrology doesn't really have the negative impact of some of the other pseudosciences, such as anti-vaxing or homeopathy. So is astrology real? While we can't say for sure, we chatted with five of the women about their experience. For example, the seventeenth-century revolutionary astronomer Johannes Kepler, who studied the movement of planets, was considered at that time an astrologer. Modern astrology also hastily assigned a huge influence to the newly discovered planets of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto without the centuries of observational data with which Hellenistic astrologers worked.

So, although astrology seeks answers, signs and predictions in the movements of celestial bodies is not in itself a science, there is a long history of humans looking to the stars to plan their lives. As summer officially begins, with the summer solstice occurring in the northern hemisphere on Thursday, those who enjoy Western astrology will be checking their summer solstice horoscopes to try to use the stars to find out what the season may hold. Modern astrologers today still refer to Jung's interest in astrology as a sign of its legitimacy, even though Jung himself said there was no causal relationship between what happened in the stars and what happened on earth. With the variety of astrology that feels good, pop psychology grows like mushroom spores throughout the millennial Internet covenants, believers and skeptics alike are cause for concern.

While people can now openly preach about crystals or sound vibration healing and just roll their eyes, those looking for answers in astrology are still in the proverbial closet. Astrology is the belief that the alignment of stars and planets affects the mood, personality and environment of each individual and it all depends on when the individual was born. This interpretation leaves too much room for maneuver for astrology to simply sound like affirmations of what people want to hear about themselves and think about the world.

Damian Pestano
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