Why astrology signs are wrong?

However, the main reason why astrological signs do not align with the zodiac is an oscillation in the Earth's rotational axis called precession. As a result of its rotation, the Earth bulges slightly at the equator, not unlike how a skater's skirt is fanned as it turns. Astrology suggests that each sign of the zodiac fits perfectly into a 30 degree portion of the sky that multiplied by 12 adds up to 360 degrees. In reality, this is not the case, since the constellations vary greatly in shape and size.

For example, the Sun passes through the constellation of Scorpio in just five days, but it takes 38 days to cross Taurus. This is one of the reasons why astrological signs do not align with the constellations of the zodiac. In fact, it has been unconditionally rejected by the scientific community, and many point out that astrological predictions are too general, too unspecific to be subjected to scientific testing. Traditionally, the 12 signs of the zodiac refer to 12 constellations that cross the ecliptic; that is, the apparent trajectory of the Sun in the sky.

Ptolemy used the same names for the zodiac signs as for the constellations, so there is confusion around the horoscope's birth date range. In response, NASA has since clarified that it did not change the signs of the zodiac and that the space agency studies the science of astronomy, not astrology, “which is not a science. The NASA publication, which was apparently updated in January, but had been published on the site some time before, also explained that the Earth's axis has shifted since the Babylonians created the signs 3,000 years ago, and the dates astrologers use to determine someone's “sign” have never been adjusted. Astronomy can explain the position of stars in the sky, but it's up to you to determine what, if anything, their alignment means.

Those small differences add up, which is why the traditional astrological signs and the constellation in which you were actually “born” are almost a month behind, which means that most people need to check which horoscope they should be reading. As expected, Ophiuchus shares many of the same characteristics as Sagittarius, and people with his sign are described as healers and bearers of light. 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. Many people believe in astrology, and when they read their horoscope and follow its advice, they feel better.

The practice of astrology, which predicts one's fate and fortune based on the positions of the Sun, Moon, stars and planets, dates back to ancient times. 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. There is no mechanism explaining how it could work, no force to support it, and besides, there is no rational reason to divide the entire human population into 12 groups symbolized by randomly assigned constellations. Astrology is glorifying, it gives a sense of communion with the cosmos and promises to bring a little magic to your daily life.

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