In this way, astrology purports to help people understand their lives and the world around them — and who doesn't want that? In a sense, astrology does work. As practiced today, it can work quite well. After all, most of those who visit an astrologer end up feeling satisfied and feeling that they have benefited.
What this really means is not that astrology has accurately predicted the person's future, but rather it means that visiting an astrologer or having a horoscope cast can be a fulfilling and personally satisfying experience. Think about what happens during a visit with an astrologer: someone holds your hand even if only figuratively , looks you in the eye, and explains how you, as an individual, are actually connected to our entire cosmos.
You are told how mysterious forces in the universe around us, far greater than ourselves, work to shape our intimate destinies. You are told relatively flattering things about your character and life, and in the end, you are naturally pleased that someone cares about you.
In the hectic and generally disconnected modern society, you feel connected — both to another human being and to the world around you. Most likely, you even get some vaguely useful advice about your future. Daniel Cohen wrote in the Chicago Tribune in that:. In an uncertain time, when religion, morals, and ethics are shattered so regularly that one hardly notices that they are gone, the astrologer holds out a vision of a world ruled by forces that operate with clockwork regularity.
In addition, astrology is glorifying. In ancient times, they did this mostly for political and religious reasons. If an astrologer could predict some wonderful thing for his or her patron or king or queen, they might get to eat again.
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Or get a nice house. Or score some gold. Astrology diverged from astronomy as a scientific practice during the years of the Enlightenment in the Eighteenth Century, when scientific studies became more rigorous.
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It became clear to scientists of that time and ever since then that no physical forces could be measured emanating from stars or planets that could account for the claims of astrology. In other words, the position of the Sun, Moon and planets at a person's birth have no effect on that person's future or personality. In fact, the effect of the doctor assisting with the birth is stronger than any distant planet or star. Most people today know that astrology is little more than a parlor game.
Except for astrologers who make money off of their "art", educated people know that the so-called mystical effects of astrology have no actual scientific basis, and have never been detected by astronomers and astrophysicists.
Edited by Carolyn Collins Petersen. Share Flipboard Email. Millis, Ph. Key Takeaways: Astronomy vs. Astrology Astronomy is the scientific study of the stars, planets, and galaxies, and their motions. Astrophysics uses principles and laws of physics to explain how stars, planets, and galaxies form and function. Astrology is a non-scientific form of entertainment that draws connections between human behavior and the alignment of the stars and planets.
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