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Astrology: Science Or Superstition?

This question has been highly debated all over the globe, owing to the Achilles' Hill of astrology – failed predictions. Here's the deal – astrology is more than just a faith; it is not a pseudoscience either. There are valid reasons that back its existence. You can experience it, study it, and apply it as well. Although in a science-oriented world it is difficult to prove its potential, it's effectiveness cannot be rubbished out.

Let's Talk About The Common Arguments People Put Forward Against Astrology:

  • Astrology defies common sense.

  • Understandable enough, if you look at the overall concept, astrologers have been trying to relate the motions of the planet with human being’s fate. It sounds weird. How can the heavenly bodies correspond to what’s happening on the Earth? And, even if they are relatable, there’s no way to test the validity of the same. Well, astrology is more of metaphysics. If we say it defies common sense, it could only be for this while. Arguments and opinions without knowledge can be counterproductive. Think about it like the Black Swan. It was once a mythical bird. Nobody believed its existence until Cygnus atratus was discovered in the year 1797 in Australia. Ignorance is a part of human nature. People do not feel comfortable to change what’s conventional. And to learn something already known in a whole new light seems like a daunting task.

  • The zodiac signs are not valid.

  • Critics opine that the zodiacs keep on shifting. Their instability declares the signs null and void. No one can affirm a fixed zodiac for an individual; it has to be dynamic. Well, you’ll be surprised to know that the signs could be based on the solar calendar as well as the lunar calendar. They could be based on the four seasons. They could even be based on the celestial stars. Different regions predict the twelve zodiac signs in different ways. For instance, the sun signs and moon signs of an individual could differ. However, his characteristic features owing to them would remain the same. In fact, both would define his personality. Now that defines the ‘instability’ of the signs. You have to consider everything.

  • The natal chart is based on the time of birth; it should be based on the time of conception

  • Think about this – is it practically possible to keep a track of the seminal moment? And, does it matter? Is the individual in his proper being at that moment? Nay. However, the time of birth is trackable. It is the time when the individual sets his first step on this planet. The solar system begins exerting its influence on a baby at the moment. Until this, the being was a part of his mother, ruled by her planets and influenced by her energy. Gestation is a dynamic process. You cannot confine it to a single energy or a specific planet.

  • Astrology is not a science as it cannot provide any evidence.

  • This largely depends on your perception of ‘science.’ If you cannot look beyond physics, chemistry, mathematics, and biology, you’d always cling on to your belief. By the same token, astrology cannot be defined if you stick to laws, measurability, and predictability. It is not conventional and covers many other aspects. You would be surprised to know that astrology also encompasses psychology, economics, sociology, horticulture, seismology, climatology, and meteorology. It’s multifaceted; there’s no single aspect that can define it all by itself. It’s profound and thus, beyond the reach of mundane knowledge. As for the evidence, if there can be a scientific explanation for the sixth sense, need we say more?

  • Astrologers are so-called. They use this pseudoscience to make easy money.

  • There are two popular terms in psychology: ‘ad hominem,’ in which an argument is directed to a person rather than the position he holds, and ‘bulversim,’ also called ‘psychogenetic fallacy,’ in which the motive of an argument is inferred and associated with a psychological reason, making it null and void. The idea is, if person A with a biased mind is putting forward an opinion, his notion is false and his motive flawed.

    This is a wrong way to assume things. Something similar happens with the astrologers as well. People try to undermine their opinions thinking there’s some kind of monetary or psychological benefit they seek. The merits of the opinion are, thus, cast aside. However, in reality, astrologers strive for more knowledge and accuracy in their predictions; money comes way later. If what people believe were true, astrologers would be ruling the world, governing countries and making big money.

To call astrology a pseudoscience or superstition, thus, would be unfair. Only he who has the willingness to believe and the strength to absorb the intensity of the knowledge can get the hang of this wonderful science. Ignorant minds, however, will always remain to be so. Now it is completely up to you to decide which way to go.

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