Why is the practice of astrology wrong?

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. People who claim that astrology (as practiced in its current form) is based on thousands of years of tradition are wrong.

Until recently, explorers of modern astrology did not even have adequate access to the classical astrological texts on which their predictions were based. Figures like Nostradamus practiced astrology behind the scenes because if they practiced it openly they would be persecuted. It was a controversial moment in human history when the Church struggled to maintain control of the people. Anything that encouraged free thought was considered blasphemy.

Astrologers had to start practicing behind the scenes, even Christians. The Catholic Church actually has the largest astrological library in the world and in the early church astrology was accepted by many. Astrologers don't love stars or planets. As with Forer's experiment, he sent thousands of copies of the same horoscope to people of all astrological signs.

94% of readers answered that the reading was accurate and revealing. Proving the validity of astrology isn't exactly simple because astrologers themselves can't agree on what it's supposed to do. For example, it is assumed that the distribution of the heavens at the time of birth determines one's astrological sign and, therefore, one's personality and future. Hellenistic astrology describes a causal relationship between the movement of planets and stars and the material world of Earth.

The contemporary flavor of astrology has a closer relationship with the social science of psychology than the observational science on which it used to be based. At the end of the 19th century, a group of German linguists came across unpublished fragments of Hellenistic astrological texts. Astrological symbols are found throughout the Bible and are considered hidden and mysterious because there is so much to be left to interpretation. In the hands of the new-age movement, Jung's forecast reduced astrology to hokey pop psychology, fun to consume but as substantial as sugary breakfast cereal.

Whether you “believe in astrology, 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. Carlson was very careful in designing the study, ensuring that it fit both the requirements of the scientific and astrological communities. Astrology is a pseudoscience based on the idea that stars and planets have a strong influence on human affairs. Astrologer focused on planning, Tabourn believes that prediction provides “more foundation in the present by having some idea of the patterns of the future, including the precious gift of organizing one's life.

Traditional astrology, with its richness of ancient texts, deserves the same respectful suspension of disbelief as other scientific fields of the old world. Renowned astrologer Elizabeth Teissier tried to explain that by saying, “The sun ends up in the same place in the sky on the same date every year, but that couldn't be further from the truth, there is a difference of about twenty-two thousand miles between the Earth's location on any specific date in two successive years. They don't think astrology is their God and many of them just believe that energy impacts us here on earth.

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