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Astrology: Psuedoscience or Truth Meets Myth?

March 3rd, 2018 by Michael Dyet

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Hmmm, can we categorically dismiss Astrology as the stuff of phony mystics?

I confess I have never given much thought to the subject of Astrology. It seemed unworthy of my attention. This week I received a flyer in the mail from an Astrology Centre that at first blush seemed to confirm my bias.

This Astrology service claims to be the cure for all ills and evils. It promises a permanent solution for: business problems, money problems, family arguments, childless couples, love problems, enemy problems, jealousy, marriage problems, sexual problems, drinking problems, depression, property issues, negativity, house problems and, yes, even visa or court problems.

The flyer emphasized a special skill in bringing back loved ones, although I am not clear what bringing back means in this context. Back from the dead, I assume, although whether in spirit, in body of some combination of the two, I do not know.

Having a run of bad luck? This Astrologer can also remove and destroy black magic, bad luck, Obeyah, Witchcraft, Obeya, Jadoo and Voodo. There is even a 100% satisfaction guarantee which seems like an oxymoron in the circumstances.

All cynicism aside, I have always equated Astrology with the questionable area of horoscopes and left it at that. But few minutes of Google research turned up a few surprising facts.

First, a formal definition courtesy of Wikipedia. Astrology is the study of the movements and relative position of celestial objects as a means for divining information about human affairs and terrestrial events.

Did you know that Astrology dates all the way back to the 2nd Millennium BCE? I certainly did not. More surprising is the fact that for most of its history it was considered a scholarly tradition and was common in academic circles where it was thought of in the same vein as astronomy, alchemy, meteorology and even medicine.

However, the 20th century brought wide adoption of the scientific method for investigation, acquiring new knowledge and correcting and integrating previous knowledge. Astrology did not stand up against the scientific method and has been relegated to a pseudoscience.

So what are we to make of the once highly regarded practice of Astrology and the current incarnations of it that strain credibility? Perhaps we should think of it as a metaphor for the boundless possibility of mankind and the cosmos which we inhabit. Its validity may lie somewhere in between truth and myth, science and religion, cold hard facts and mysticism.

American writer Kurt Vonnegut may have summed it up best:

“About astrology and palmistry, they are good because they make people vivid and full of possibilities. They are communism at its best. Everybody has a birth date and almost everybody has a palm.”

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