Astrology is an enthralling subject, yet it can also be intimidating. There are countless myths out there which may make it difficult to decipher.
But it doesn’t have to be. Dispel some of the most common misconceptions about astrology so you can stop believing them!
1. Astrology is a religion
Astrology is a belief system that takes into account the positions of stars, planets and other distant cosmic objects at birth. Astrologists believe these positions have an immense effect on a person’s personality and life journey, shaping it in various ways.
Horoscopes have been around since ancient times, connecting the positions of stars and planets far away from Earth with people and events on our planet. People often read their horoscopes to gain insights into their relationships, careers, and general wellbeing.
Astrology is a mythical and natural-philosophy world view that draws elements from scientific, medicinal, psychological knowledge as well as nature-mystical concepts and spiritual teachings. These aspects create an unique astrological world view distinct from other religions.
2. Astrology is based on superstitions
Astrology is founded on a number of misconceptions. Its core assumptions, which have been in place for over 6000 years, are false and have no support in scientific theory.
Astrology, like many superstitions, relies on inaccurate assumptions. A popular belief holds that the planets’ energies come into play at birth and imprint an individual with certain characteristics.
Many astrological believers assert that they “feel” or “see” astrological influences at work in their lives and those of others, but this is often just wishful thinking.
Astrologers use the position of the Sun, Moon and planets in a person’s zodiac at birth to make predictions about their personality and future. Unfortunately, these celestial bodies can shift rapidly; an inaccurate prediction could have disastrous results for those involved.
3. Astrology is a science
Astrology, also referred to as astrology science, is the study of celestial objects and how they influence human life. It’s believed that celestial bodies such as the sun, moon and stars possess immense power over an individual’s personality and emotions.
Many people believe astrology to be a non-scientific practice since there isn’t any scientific proof supporting its claims. On the other hand, scientists use scientific knowledge and research to test ideas, then alter them when found to be incorrect.
American data scientist Alexander Boxer’s new book, A Scheme of Heaven: Astrology and the Birth of Science, asserts that astrology had a pivotal role in science’s history. It illustrates how astrologers and scientists collaborated for years, despite it being discredited as a scientific practice from around the 17th century onward.
4. Astrology is a 12-letter alphabet
Astrology is the practice of making predictions based on the positions of celestial bodies such as the Sun, Moon, planets and stars.
A horoscope is a chart produced through this analysis that displays character and personality traits. They may be based on the birthdate, but can also be created based on other factors like planetary current events (like a new moon or Saturn return) as well as an individual’s natal chart.
Astrology is most often associated with sun-sign astrology, which examines the position of the Sun at birth. However, other types of astrology exist and they can produce distinct results.
Modern astrology divides the zodiac into 12 signs, each associated with a house in an individual’s chart. These houses symbolize specific aspects of someone’s life such as relationships and career opportunities.