Astrology is Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus

Recently the television show Unsolved Mysteries did an astrological study about serial killers. A well-known astrologist, Carolyn Reynolds, was given four astrological charts of four serial killers but the twist was that she did not know that they were actually serial killers. She thought they were four people chosen at random for her to try to read. Carolyn analyzed the charts and the people: “To be possible serial killers, which she was completely correct. She was also able to give other specific information to prove correct just by analyzing their astrological birth charts.”

So what is astrology?

Astrology is the study of correlation between the positions and movements of celestial bodies and life and physical processes on Earth and their resulting practices.”

Many believe that astrology is just a bunch of “hocus pocus” and has no scientific proof especially when it tries to tell you who you really are as a person. But is it really?

“Astrology believe it or not, follows a set of rules by relative positions and movements of heavenly bodies to generate predictions and explanations for events on Earth and human personality traits.” Some ideas of astrology and how people come to their beliefs of their zodiac sign are not testable at all. So far on the astrological research train there have been no documented cases of astrology leading to an actual scientific discovery.

Is astrology just a belief?

To some astrology is complete rubbish; to others, astrology is a verifiable, testable theory. Some people say that the twelve zodiac signs are completely wrong since they have been shifted and some are even missing.

[Video by: Kio Fresco on YouTube on the summary of astrology and our beliefs]

Could months of the year that people are born in be a prediction of a disorder that you could have?

It all started with a well-known disease, schizophrenia. Scientists found that most schizophrenics are born in the months of January, February, and March. This was actually significant to scientist’s research. Then they noticed something with the disease, bipolar disorder, which research connecting to when people are born to diseases they have continue to show: “Winter and spring birthdays have bipolar disorder at most harsh of the disease and people with early fall and late summer birthdays had a low effect. Suicidality appears to be the strongest and highest in April through June birthdays. Dyslexia may be strongest in summer babies. The scientists also looked at the southern hemisphere and realized that their results are reversed there.” Which this might make sense to you since it is the opposite hemisphere to us. To all the skeptics, this all is just scientists going out on a limb and making random connections.

A Japanese study  was done to determine what astrology has to do with personality traits: “People born December through February have lower agreeableness.” A Swedish study found in mostly women: “February through April birthdays led to increased novelty-seeking behavior, which is basically impulsive decision making.” Another study found: “Summer born males are less conscientious, which means being less careful or vigilant.”

The famous world renowned psychologist and founder of analytical psychology, Carl G. Jung, believed that when anything happens in our lives, it is from forces of the planets. In 1944, Jung had a heart attack which resulted in a near-death experience. His encounter with the light, as he put it, and insights he was told, helped Jung develop: “His own ideas on how archetypes and his near death experience relates to concepts found in astrology.” He studied 483 married couples and noted the connections within astrology between their birth dates between the couples. These findings concluded: “Long lasting relationships had certain astrological patterns which were found to be three times higher than what he called the rate of coincidence.”

So what is astrology?

According to a recent study that was published in the journal, Comprehensive Psychology, “Our actual date of birth may influence our personality traits such as whether we are introverted or are extroverted.”

Mark Hamilton, study author and a social scientist in the Communication Department at UConn, believes that although astrology does not truly resemble what it is said to, it could be helpful for people to remember the different timings of nature and our universe. He says seasonal effects may not be as clear in individuals, but they can be better understood through averaging personality traits in a larger group born at the same time of the year. Hamilton looked at a data set of 300 celebrities from different careers. He used the following elements of traditional Western astrology: “water, earth, air, and fire; bright and dark” along with “sign qualities like cardinal, mutable, and fixed.”

Through his discoveries he found: “December through early March is viewed as a “wet” time of year. Wetness is connected to creativity. Meanwhile, signs that are considered “fixed” are more likely to be stubborn and persistent than others. Again, skeptics find these traits to be unlikely true, due to the mere fact that the seasons make those months be the wet months, which has no connection to what a personality would be like.”

Everyone has a right to their own opinions. Within the world of astrology, that is all it seems to be is everyone’s opinions of whether it is real, partially real, or not at all real. Some think is has nothing to do with our personalities and only something to do with how to tell whether a person has a disease or an illness or anything along those lines. With astrology you can see with all the research, that nothing is for sure but there definitely is proof in it to have something that has to do with how we act or how when we are born we are more prone to certain personality traits or even how bad of an illness is that you have.

So, is astrology for real or just a bunch of hocus pocus?

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