Moon Over The Mountains, Duncan Friend
In a country bereft with issues like climate change, animal abuse, dire poverty, dirty politics, bullying and more, it seems that many people turn to the stars to live their lives. There is no doubt that there is something in the fact that many people’s personalities appear to match their star sign, but leave it at that. Any more turns into naval-gazing. Even an astrologer would tell you that he or she can’t make plans to help you (or predict the future) without charging several hundred pounds for a personal chart. So the fact that millions begin each day reading a newspaper, magazine or online column to plan what they will do, is anyone’s guess.
We are born at a given moment in a given place. And like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year, and of the season in which we were born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything else. Carl Jung
Are you The Sign You Think You Are?
Let’s start by beginning with the fact that even according to astrologers, you are likely not the sign you think you are. This is because in modern science (and Vedic astrology from India), they have taken into account the axis of the earth’s rotation around the sun (this gives us daylight and nighttime). The small tilt means that not only are you often the sign next to the one you think you are: does your astrology column includes the sign of Ophiuchus?
Living your life by astrology is akin to limiting your life, due to the beliefs of others. Years ago, people would say that you were not a nice, good or clever person, just because you were a woman, gay or black. Astrology in its own way, plays to the same vibe. If you are someone who gets bullied a lot because you have a ‘Pisces Moon’, then you are subconsciously perhaps going to walk into situations not defending yourself, because you feel that is you. Likewise if you are a Cancer Sun, you may have been told that you are too sensitive, so that subconscious belief may act itself out in your behaviour. How about just striving to be the best you can?
Living your life by astrology disempowers you. Your future is usually determined by you (with sometimes fate thrown in). But planning your life and wedding day etc due to the actions of a paid newspaper columnist, is simply not healthy behaviour. At its best, it gives you no power to feel optimistic about your own life. At its worst, it turns into narcissism and anxiety. If you’re a worrier and the astrologer gives bad omens, are you going to lock yourself in the house all day?
If you want to drastically change your life for the better: clear all the clutter in your home and environment, get rid of toxic friends, change your home and job, train to do something you love, get yourself a new haircut and start reading good books.
You don’t need to ask an astrologer about your future. Pay attention to your thoughts and how you feel, to determine what you’re creating in the future. If you don’t like it, work on transforming your state. Vex King
More Affected By Surroundings
Manifesting expert Melody Fletcher is a Swiss-American (she says that makes her an ‘efficient cheerleader’). She’s not a fan of astrology either, saying that although there is some science (determining our personality and possible strengths and weaknesses), it is not good to let it rule your life. She says BS2 (BS squared).
She asks how anyone can follow the same life path, if a 12th of the entire population is the same as you? She believes that rather than being influenced by the planets, it’s the energy and global vibration that influences us more (her site even answers readers’ questions on why children starve in Africa, which again often comes down to the global vibration of what we’re doing to the planet). We are also very influenced by our own home and people around us, So in her words ‘the housefly you’re watching buzz around your living room, has more power to influence you, than Jupiter’.
Astronomy Vs Astrology
So what is the difference? Astronomy is the study of the planets and the Universe (taught by TV’s Dr Brian Fox, professor of particle physics at Manchester University).
Mark Thompson is one of England’s top astronomers, and has remained in his native Norfolk, simply because he says it’s the best place for stargazing, due to the wonderful night skies. He is more concerned about light pollution than astrology columns, and regularly tries to debunk some of the myths perpetuated in the press.
The wobble of the Earth means he is not a cancer, as most astrologers deem him to be. He is in fact a Gemini. There were only 5 planets until 1781 (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn). The others had not been found (Uranus and Neptune). Yet they were never mentioned by astrologers. Why do the 200 billion stars in the Milky Way not affect us?
In an article for Seeker, he writes how his heart drops, when he hears that so many people live their lives by astrology. At a time when our lives depend on climate scientists trying to convince Trump and others to take action: people live their lives from newspaper columns.
In the 17th century, there were serious attempts to test the validity of various aspects of astrology. They failed. Astrology was put to the test and found wanting. Astrologers should be prepared to accept this kind of evidence. Dr Rebekah Higgitt, Curator of Science & Technology, Royal Observatory, Greenwich