Why Astrology Doesn’t Make Sense (to me) Part 2 (final)
High school is over and now I’m looking into the doctrine.
So who was right? Well I couldn’t say any one thing was wrong – it was an accurate description. I decided to then see what makes astrology what it is. I looked into the arguments as to why it was fake, beyond the “horoscopes can match anybody” excuse. Of course horoscopes match everyone. They are made up! Instead I looked into the ancient religions claim. It is fact that the planets in the zodiac are given attributes spot on to those in Greek mythology. Astrology was created around those times. This lead me to question, “Is the planet Mars really about war and anger?” Well sure, the rovers have constantly found packs of raging “dust devils.” However, just as with “dustnadoes” on earth, the temperature of wind currents is the culprit, not an ancient god. The color red also has nothing to do with it. “Is the planet Venus really about sensuality, beauty and love?” Although dreamy on the outside, with it’s milky clouds and visible glow from Earth, the REAL Venus is a sulfuric “hell,” with acid rain and lots of volcanoes. The Soviet Union tried to land something there, but it was quickly destroyed. One theory about this planet is that in the early days of our solar system’s formation, Venus was like Earth, but as it shifted outside the habitable zone Earth is in dubbed, “The Goldilocks Zone,” the temperatures rose, the water evaporated and now it is in a “green house affect” gone mad. Perceptual global warming – a hostile environment indeed, having nothing to do with the ancient Greek goddess Aphrodite.
Things got worse as I recalled Pluto losing its status as a planet. Found in 1930 by astronomers, Pluto was quickly added by astrologers to the list of planetary objects that purportedly has an effect on human personalities. Despite its small size we welcomed it in as “the god of the underworld.” But in recent days astronomers have come to realize that this small mass of ice and rock is only one of many in a segment of space called the Kuiper belt. It just so happened that Pluto, a dwarf planet, got caught in orbit around the sun with another dwarf, Eris. Now the reason why this also continued my lack of belief in astrology is is that, well, with so many of these sort of objects in that belt, who’s to say if they all have an effect on us just because they are close to our solar system?
Another question popped up – what about other animals? Like the argument that only humans have souls, even though we are just as alive as other creatures, why don’t other animals like dogs or fish have these planetary objects rule over them? What about trees and other plants too? Why not, they are on earth and alive as we are, what else would stop them, other than the lack of this inexplicable soul? And so in questioning souls, my belief in astrology continued to go under scrutiny. Where is the soul? It can’t be found. People think the mind is the soul, but thanks to neurology scans, tests and experiments, we know that the mind is just our consciousness, and our consciousness is something that happens physically in the brain. Personally, I still don’t know if souls exist, but either way that was a blow to the hard faith I had in astrology.
Last but not least, it was the constellations that ended things for me. When you type in your sun sign for image results, usually you get mystical dreamy images of animals, people, and stars. I decided recently to look at the actual constellations.
THIS is Pisces. Pay attention to the lines. Does it REALLY look like a fish? Not really, but why did the ancients see it that way? I don’t know, maybe for creativity and a sense of meaning. People made up these images based on the brightest stars they could see. Are fish really in the heavens, pulling away from one another? If so, why? And how do you arrive at the following depiction with anything other than mythical stories and tales?:
If these constellations really do have anything to do with animals, then does that mean that bulls can live in space? It doesn’t make much sense. This is the website I went to to look at the actual constellations. And this is where I’m stumped today. The confusion escalated upon the news of the “precession of the equinoxes.” Astrologers claim that this is the ushering in of a new astrological age. Astronomers just understand that the Earth has a habit, for lack of a better word, of wobbling on its axis in a pattern of thousands of years. How did this effect my beliefs? Well that changes the way the sun “rises” into constellations. So for who knows how long the sun has started to rise in the following way:
Capricorn – Jan 20 to Feb 16
Aquarius – Feb 16 to Mar 11
Pisces – Mar 11 to Apr 18
Aries – Apr 18 to May 13
Taurus – May 13 to Jun 21
Gemini – Jun 21 to Jul 20
Cancer – Jul 20 to Aug 10
Leo – Aug 10 to Sep 16
Virgo – Sep 16 to Oct 30
Libra – Oct 30 to Nov 23
Scorpius – Nov 23 to Nov 29
Ophiuchus – Nov 29 to Dec 17
Sagittarius – Dec 17 to Jan 20
Oh and look at that, there’s another constellation in the elliptic – “The Serpent Bearer,” “God of medicine”! Yeah that’s right, all those Sagittarius have been duped by ancient calculations, and so have the rest of us. ME, I’m really an Aquarius, which works out because I seem to naturally have those traits, but still what does that say for others? My brother’s lucky, he’s still a Leo, although he doesn’t behave in the slightest like one. All those bad a– Scorpios are actually Libras. That’s hilarious! But it’s also sad – people are going along with things that aren’t true. I’ve been a believer for so long – how do I know if my personality is authentic or just scripted by some guys who belong at the children’s theatre at Central Library? These constellation drawings and their names clearly coincide with Greek myth stories and magical claims and events.
I no longer have any reasons to believe in astrology. Who knows if these constructed shapes have anything to do with the animals that live on Earth. It puts Earth a place of arrogance, as if OUR animals and (white) HUMAN figures and objects are the only things dwelling in space and having effect on our lives. As far as the Enneagram, I’m not sure about that either. The description matches, but I’m not sure if it has spiritual basis. MBTI test results don’t seem sketchy right now but they soon too could fall from rationality. Humans, with their complex consciousness, and behavior, are often so silly and foolish.
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