There is a weird thing about millennials, they find comfort and insight in things even though other things they believe in suggest it isn’t exactly the kind of thing they should believe in . But don’t mind me , this isn’t peculiar with millennials, I just find it attractive to join the bandwagon of humans who see an opportunity in every social anomaly to call out millennials.
I do not know if astrology and it’s corresponding signs are getting increasingly popular or I am getting increasingly interested in it which creates a false euphoria of it’s popularity . Either ways , we can at least agree that these signs and their meanings are becoming more visible . If you allude to the role of the internet in the propagation of this cause then I very well wasn’t too forward in calling our millennials after all, technology is our thing.
So what is Astrology ? Let us see some not so weird facts .
Astrology is the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies interpreted as having an influence on human affairs and the natural world. It’s failure in scientific conviction places it firmly as a pseudoscience . A pseudoscience which lays claim to divine information about human affairs . Now let’s rephrase it in a way we would normally explain similar things , it is “spiritual information about human activities”. Now let’s go back to the earlier description ;pseudoscience .
What in God’s green earth is pseudoscience ? I’ll have a crack , pseudo actually means “not genuine” “pretentious” and of course we know what science means . Beliefs are usually either scientific or religious , while religion goes with faith , science is a fact and now we have astrology which is neither of the two .
So basically , astrology is not a religious belief but suggests spirituality , not science but suggests science through the study of scientific objects . I don’t know how you define interesting but this is one of the most interesting phenomena I have come across for one reason; their conclusions usually seem true even though how they arrived at it looks pretty bogus . But something can’t be untrue Simply because you don’t understand it right ?
There are musings and opinions which are sometimes corroborated by forceful philosophical arguments that science and religion are connected . However the resounding fact that supernatural entities cannot be investigated through science makes a mess of every positive argument .
I do not have any further knowledge on constellations beyond the good old zodiac we grew to be fond of neither am I an expert of spirituality on the other hand . Yet , I feel the definition of spirituality is slowly and steadily getting broader to a point where constellations and it’s particulars can be comfortably accommodated . Yet, rather than offer a route to its simplification , it lends its weight for more ambiguity . According to Wikipedia , Western Astrology , astrological signs are the twelve 30° sectors of the ecliptic, starting at the vernal equinox (one of the intersections of the ecliptic with the celestial equator), also known as the First Point of Aries. The order of the astrological signs is Aries ,Taurus , Gemini, Cancer, Leo , Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius , Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. Each sector was named for a constellation it was passing through in times of naming.
Did you understand any of the above ? Needless to show off , I know you didn’t and you know you can be excused for not understanding non basic science . Yet, this supposed science is used to show behaviors in humans . I also know you don’t have any interest in the movement of celestial bodies, however you find it curious the way they affect you and even believe where they were when you were born plays a role in your behavior . This has neither religious nor scientific backing yet it enjoys great emotional patronage.
There has been a multiplicity of newspaper horoscopes and I have always had this sneaky suspicion that you can make up any horoscope you like simply by sitting in your room and knowing the language . And maybe that’s why astrology has a not so good reputation .
If honesty is still a thing , if you read the same horoscope for a year and compare, you will see that in some cases they have copied and pasted a horoscope from a previous day. Professional astrologers insist that what you get isn’t astrology because it does not demonstrate a firm understanding of the zodiac. I understand experts go far deeper than , such as employing tarot cards .
Even though there was a famous test headed by Shawn Carlson, a team of scientists and astrologers which led to the conclusion that astrology performed no better than chance, those signs of wonders keep getting attention . Although part of this is due to man’s relentless desire to know what the future holds even when the means to that told fortune is unexplainable . We simply love any sort of divinity about our behavior even though we see ourselves and know exactly how we behave .
One of the reasons astrology would not be entirely dismissed by society is maybe because of the anecdotal evidence it presents.
Humans are testifying time and time again that things they found in their horoscopes come true. And it probably happens way too often to simply dismiss it.
Astrologers have for thousands of years studied signs and insist they could from our birth sign tell how we behave . They insist each sign is peculiar to the behavior of the human born on it .
But here is an unexpected plot twist , there has been a 13th zodiac sign discovered or added in 2020 by NASA which changed our signs . NASA also pointed out that the Earth’s axis doesn’t even point in the same direction as it did when the original constellations were drawn, so all our signs have different date ranges now anyway. Unfortunately , what this means for zodiac adherents is that according to horoscopes, your life is a lie.
You see, this might come as a difficult news to hear for the Aires who might no longer be passionate and courageous. Or the genius in the making Aquarius .What I am really bothered about is my friend, a proud Leo who got a tattoo of the famous Lion only to discover now that what he actually needs is the crab of Cancer . Well I reckon there is enough space on the body for the lion and the crab, no hating .
On the good side , I have moved on from a cancer to a Gemini , I always knew I was a Gemini man.
written by Ebubechukwu Ibecheozor