is astrology science?
It’s a question that has been asked for millennia and one that is still hotly debated today. The answer, according to some, is yes; others say no. But what exactly do we mean by’science’? And how can we test whether astrology works?
The word ‘astrology’ comes from the Greek words for’star’ and ‘knowledge’. It was coined in the sixth century BC when Hippocrates first used it to describe his study of the stars. In the early days of medicine, people believed that diseases were caused by the influence of planets on human bodies. To treat these conditions, practitioners would look at the sky and interpret the patterns of planetary movement.
In order to understand why this might have worked, we need to know more about Hippocrates’ thinking. He believed that all disease came from an imbalance between four bodily fluids: blood, phlegm, yellow bile and black bile. Imbalances of these fluids could cause disease. If you had too much blood, your body couldn’t get rid of waste products because there wasn’t enough space in your vessels for them. This led to illness, which he described as being like a blocked nose or watery eyes.
Hippocratic treatments included diet, exercise, purging and herbal remedies. When patients got better, they often kept their new lifestyle habits. So if someone who’d previously suffered with high blood pressure now ate less salt, then their blood pressure would drop back down again.
Hippocrates also thought that certain stars influenced our health. For example, he said that the star known as Regulus made us brave and strong. He also claimed that Mars influenced our behaviour and temperament.
Regulus is a red giant star that lies just below the constellation Leo. It’s easy to find with a pair of binoculars. You’ll see that it looks like a bright star but it dims noticeably every few years. This star is important to ancient cultures because it represents courage and leadership. Its name means king.
But while many people believe that Regulus influences our character, scientists are sceptical about its power. They point out that the star is so far away that it takes light over eight hours to reach Earth. This makes it impossible for any effect to be felt immediately.
Astrologers also claim that Mars affects our moods and temperaments. However, modern science disagrees. Studies show that the amount of radiation we receive from the Sun is the most significant factor affecting our moods and emotions.
Where Do Zodiac Signs Come From?
The zodiac signs are an essential part of astrological lore. They’re used in everything from fortune telling and tarot card reading to horoscopes and even birthdays! But where do they come from? And why do we care so much about them?
The word “zodiac” comes from two Greek words: zōdios meaning “circle” or “sphere,” and kyklos meaning “wheel.” The term was first used to refer to the 12 constellations visible in the night sky, which were thought to represent the path of the Sun through the heavens during the year. These constellations were arranged into groups of three based on how long it took the sun to travel through them.
These 12 constellations
Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricornus, Aquarius, Pisces.
According to myth, the god Apollo established the constellations after killing his twin brother, the monstrous Typhon. His mother, the goddess Leto, supposedly scattered the pieces of Typhon’s body across the sky, giving rise to the stars.
Although the zodiac has been around in one form or another since antiquity, the current version dates back to 15th century BC. In 1413 BC, the Babylonians created a zodiac calendar that divided the ecliptic into 30 equal parts – called degrees. Each degree represented 10 days. The zodiac itself wasn’t officially adopted by Western culture until the 16th century AD.
As for what the zodiac sign actually stands for, here’s some information from the Museum of Natural History:
- Aquarius: Water Bearer – independent thinkers who enjoy freedom of expression. They have a tendency to idealize others and expect more than usual effort from those close to them.
- Taurus: Taurians are practical and down to earth. They like routine and stability and are very loyal friends.
- Gemini: Twins : sociable and fun loving. They tend to seek new experiences as well as different ways of thinking.
- Cancer: Crab – emotional and sensitive. They often feel deeply about their relationships with other people.
- Leo: Lion – confident and outgoing. They love to be admired and adored.
- Virgo: Virgin – Virgos are extremely careful and orderly. They prefer to work alone rather than in teams.
- Libra: Scales – balance both sides of themselves. They can be selfish at times but are usually fair and just.
- Scorpio: Scorpion are mysterious and secretive. They keep things inside and don’t always show emotions openly.
- Sagittarius: Archer: adventurous and spontaneous. They are curious and constantly looking for something new.
- Capricorn: serious and responsible. They take life seriously and are known to be hard workers.
- Aquarius: Fish – Aquarians are free-spirited and unconventional. They are not attached to any particular place or thing.
- Pisces: Fishes – Pisceans are imaginative and artistic. They are dreamers and daydreamers.
Precession and astrology
In addition to the fact that the sun isn’t always in the same constellation, there’s another reason why your horoscope might be wrong. Precession means that the apparent positions of the stars do not stay fixed in space. Instead, the stars move slowly around the celestial sphere, like a giant gyroscope turning ever so slightly. This effect causes the constellations to gradually drift apart from each other over time.
astrology predict future?
Astrologists have long since abandoned such forecasts as being inaccurate and useless. But if you mean a prediction of future events, then sure, some of them may be accurate. For example, someone born under the sign of Aries would likely be impulsive and headstrong. Someone born under Taurus would tend to be patient and reliable. And someone born under Libra would be diplomatic and easygoing.
But even if you were able to predict the future with 100% accuracy, it wouldn’t matter much. You’d still be subject to the laws of probability.