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The scam of astrology

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scam of astrology

The solar system is relatively flat, occupying an imaginary plane in the sky called the ecliptic. Planets waver 8 degrees on each side of the centerline, in a belt called the zodiac. As the Earth travels around its orbit through the year, 12 different constellations of stars come into the zodiac area.

Centuries ago, ancient mystics thought the position of these constellations, plus the whereabouts of passing planets, were magical signs and portents. They charted the dates when the constellations were hidden behind the sun, and listed supernatural conditions supposedly caused by each passage. The celestial positions at the hour of a person’s birth were especially believed to cast a miraculous influence over the individual.

Today, every reputable scientist says astrology is nonsense. If planetary positions influenced lives, each child born in New York on a certain day would have a similar personality and future.

Worse, the charts devised in ancient times — and still used today — are invalid. The shifting of Earth’s orbit has caused the constellations to enter the zodiac at different dates. For example, on March 23, when the charts say Aries is the all-powerful constellation, the sun actually is in Pisces.

The staid Encyclopedia Britannica states that astrology is “devoid of intellectual value.” It says scientific astronomy discoveries “eradicated a belief in astrology among the educated” and caused astrology to become a “pseudoscience continued among non-intellectuals … becoming more and more fraudulent.”

Astrology is little different from palm-reading, crystal-ball gazing and Tarot card fortune-telling. Yet it remains immensely popular. That’s why many newspapers still publish a horoscope every day.

Horoscopes are harmless when regarded only as amusements. But when they’re taken seriously, it’s disturbing.

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  1. I was also of the same opinion as you when I was young but I have paid the the price for not believing astrology for match making. Instead of going through the pain, it is better to avoid the pain. So I feel that one should not live their life strictly according to astrology but at the same time should not totally ignore this.
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