Astrology has been rejected by the scientific community because it has no explanatory power to describe the universe. Scientific tests have found no evidence to support the premises or alleged effects set out in astrological traditions. Where astrology has made falsifiable predictions, it has been falsified. The zodiac signs consist of 12 zodiac signs, each based on a single month of the year.
There are people who dismiss astrology as wrong, but the truth is that the zodiac signs have some value to them. However, when it comes to the position or orientation of different astral or planetary bodies, the scientific evidence is similar to a black hole. A study in the journal Nature (from 198) found no connection between birth signs and character traits. Other older studies revealed similar disconnections.
In fact, you have to go back several decades to find researchers who have studied astrology long enough to write a paper that exposes it. There is no scientific evidence that planets or stars influence human behavior, Raison assures. Most astrological charts or calendars are based on old, erroneous world views. Astrology originally flourished in the Hellenistic period alongside various sciences such as mathematics, medicine and technology.
Jung, who created the psychological categories of introversion and extroversion and formed the basis for the popular Myers-Briggs personality test, put astrology on par with mythology in explaining how the human psyche works. Another reason why astrology has never been completely rejected is because of the anecdotal evidence available. Sandhya says she turns to astrology to seek help in times of despair, “when I am like this, ‘Someone tells me that the future will be alright. Astrology is based on understanding the positions of the stars, which in itself seems to be scientific enough.
Modern astrology also hastily attributed an outsized influence to the newly discovered planets Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, without the centuries of observational data that Hellenistic astrologers worked with. Astrology expresses complex ideas about personality, life cycles and relationship patterns through the shorthand of the planets and zodiac symbols. Astrologer Wonder Bright, a former student of George, believes that modern astrology’s consulting approach also makes a positive contribution to art. The people I spoke to in this piece often referred to astrology as a tool or a type of language that for many is more metaphorical than literal.
This attitude is illustrated by The Hairpin’s “Astrology Is Wrong” column, by Rosa Lyster, with headlines like “Astrology is wrong, but Leos are famous, and “Astrology is wrong, but Taurus hates change. In the early 1990s, a group of astrologers decided to translate this and other classical works in the hope that they would find something valuable again. In the last 20 years, traditional astrological texts have been translated into modern languages for the first time. Astrologers say if the sun is in the sign of Sagittarius on the day you were born, then you are a Sagittarius man.
As summer officially begins, with the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere on Thursday, those who like Western astrology will try out their summer solstice horoscopes to find out what season might be in store based on the stars.