Why do you believe in astrology and how do you explain that it could be real?
I’m not anti-astrology, but this has always bothered me. So how do YOU explain it??? I mean at some point some guy sat down, divided the sky into 12 signs, named them, gave them random characteristics then took the parchment to someone in power who multiplied the writings and spread them around.
Am I missing something here? If this is not how it happened then please explain to me how and why I should believe in it or why you do??
I mean how else do you figure astrology came to be?
@Chain: wow! Thank you! =)
Answer by Jubal Harshaw
The relative positions of burning spheres of hydrogen/helium and the courses of planets have no effect on human life. Astrology is a pseudo-science believed out of the sheer ignorance of the community that practices it. A mental image invented by ancient people does not affect my love life.
Answer by Chainlighning⅜
Astrology is best understood by learning how it began. Like most urban yet agricultural peoples of the day, the Babylonians had a pantheon of many gods. They also had a well-developed science of observational astronomy, which served the highly utilitarian purpose of providing a calendar— times to plant and to harvest, as well as times of religious festivals, etc. In this observational scheme each bright planet was important, and the priests whose task it was to make the observations naturally named the planets for the gods in their pantheon— Marduk, Isthar, Nergal, etc. It was a fateful naming. By about 1000 BC there was an extensive Babylonian literature of “planetary omens” based entirely on the arbitrary names of the planet-gods. Since Nergal (Mars) was the god of war, a summer in which red planet Nergal shone down brightly from the sky was a good time to wage war (or a time in which risk of war was great). Since Ishtar (Venus) was the goddess of love, a spring night in which Ishtar shone brilliant and high in the West after sunset was a good time to make love, or go looking for love.
By about 600 BC the Babylonians had devised the twelve-sign zodiac: markers in the sky along the ecliptic, the apparent path which the sun, moon, and five naked-eye planets— Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn— appear to follow in their apparent motion across the sky. The “horoscope,” a crude earth-centered chart of the positions of the planets along the zodiac at a given moment of time, was devised soon after. The oldest known horoscope was made for April 29, 410 BC; historically, this is the true beginning of astrology. During the classical era dominated by first Greece and then Rome, Babylonian astrologers (called “Chaldeans”) set up shop in most of the large urban areas throughout the civilized world. Greek astronomers scoffed at the Chaldean cultus as a ludicrous combination of primitive astronomy and primitive religion, but to no avail— the Greek and later the Roman public embraced astrology as lovingly as they embraced most of the other bizarre and barbaric cults that wandered toward the shores of the Mediterranean looking for converts. That astrology makes no sense with its Babylonian religious underpinnings removed was apparent to thinking people from the very first. Roman statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 – 43 BC) wrote, in 44 BC, a devastating critique of astrology, which is well worth reading today. Among the points made by Cicero was that no one sees or expects any correlation between the weather conditions at the time of birth of a child and the child’s later personality or fortunes. Yet clearly the weather— extreme cold or heavy rain or harsh heat— has far more effect on a living thing than dim lights in the night sky. And even if all children born in December were similar in some way— which they are not— how would an astrologer know that these similarities were thus not due to the weather, due to all the children being born into a cold environment, rather than to the environmentally meaningless situation of the sun being in “Sagittarius,” or whatever?
Astrology such as we have today really originated at the ancient world’s closest equivalent to a university, the great Library of Alexandria. Here scholars of what we would now call pseudoscience performed a synthesis of star-lore from several cultures, Babylonia still dominating. By about 1 AD the dogmas of astrology had reached a state that has not further evolved or developed in any significant way since, despite the incredible advances in astronomy in particular, and science in general, since the late 1500s.
With the coming of Christianity, the Chaldeans had hard going, since the early Christians (like the Hebrews before them) had the typical bumpkin’s intolerance of all other gods and religions. And of course, there was no way to disguise the essentially religious underpinning of astrology. During the early Middle Ages, astrology nearly became extinct in Europe, but was kept alive along with the rest of prominent Greek and Roman cultural artifacts, by Islamic scholars.
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What do you think? Answer below!
Who believes in horoscopes, or in zodiac signs?
I check my horoscope just about every other day, I am not sure if i believe what it says, but its kinda fun…and sometimes interesting! Does anyone believe in them, or have a great website that is always on que? why or why not
Answer by Dave F
I believe it 50/50 , I do believe 97% of “charts”. Why? I just do.
Answer by Kristy B
i sometimes do its hard to say, sometimes they are accurate, but other times they just seem too generalised
Answer by wahida
try this ink . . .
its astrology based deeper than just zodiac signs . . .
no 1 sign is the same . . . everyone has aspects in their birth chart that makes them unique . . .
Answer by dpepperdrinker
Here are some websites you can just google them they are all newspapers:
Nypost Sally Bromton
Ny Daily News Jennifer Angel
The Sun(uk) mystic Meg
The mirror(uk) Debbie Frank
TMS features Jeraldine Saunders
creators.com Holliday Mathis
Dailey Express UK Justin Toper
and of course yahoo!
I kinda believe them but they are usually vague. I check them everyday when I am under stress but not when things are normal.
Answer by greentreegirl2001
I be-live in my horoscope 100% bbecause It always happen to me.
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