You May Believe in Anything but Never Believe in Astrology

 

Astrology and astronomy are just like twins born to the same parents. But we can’t trust astrology as we trust astronomy.

Even though astrology was developed on the premise that if we can so precisely calculate the positions of various planets in the sky based on the time they take to complete a round around the sun in advance, it should be also possible to calculate what may happen in our life at any time in advance by studying the type of events that may have occurred in the life of the people once we know what may have been the position of various planets when they may have born because it is possible to calculate their future positions on any date of any year once we compile elaborate data of what may have happened in the life of people born under various positions of the planets in the past. So large teams of people started collecting such data on this premise.

But they missed the target miserably. They lost the track on the way and mismatched the astronomical data and the data of the type of events that had occurred in the lives of various people collected by them for correlation because it could have not been possible to accomplish such a big task manually. Though they did not give up yet whatever they delivered in the name of astrology finally turned out to be a very complex system heavily loaded with inconsistent superstitious beliefs.

Though they could match the data of some particular category such as the type of injuries that could occur in someone’s life or the type of crimes people could commit but on the whole it failed to earn so much credibility that could have given it a prestigious niche.

The worst part of astrology is the fact that whatever they churned out in the name of astrology made it difficult to make any prediction in a very conclusive manner.

If we look into the possible reasons why it should have not made a mark, we may attribute its failures to the following faults.

SOME OF THE INHERENT FAULTS OF ASTROLOGY

Astrology is known as Jyotish in Hindi which has been derived from the word Jyoti. Since the word Jyoti stands for “light” our ancestors seem to have thought of astrology as a “science of light” – of course it is not what is called “Optics”.

They may have conceived it to have been the science of stellar lights such as, solar light, lunar light and the light we get from the planets of our Sun as well as all the stars that shine in the sky.

There was nothing wrong to have thought so but look at the mistakes committed by them while developing astrology.

Mistake # 1

During daytime we are not able to see the stars. We are not able to see even the moon in its full glory. So we have to assign following values to their impact on us during day time and during the night time.

During Day Time

Light of the Planets and Stars .. Nil (round the year)

Sunlight just Before Dawn ..  Nil (round the year)

Sunlight During Day Time … Increasing progressively to 100% as the sun rises into the sky on the new moon days but only up to 95% as the moon size grows to its full size again progressively increasing to 100% again day by day as the moon size starts decreasing to become totally invisible during the night time.

Sunlight After the Dusk … Nil (round the year)

Moonlight …  Nil prior to new moon-day increasing to 98% as the moon–size grows to its full size and again decreasing to Nil as its size diminishes day by day till it becomes totally invisible again during the night time.

During Night Time

Light of the Planets and Stars  … 100% prior to the new moon day declining progressively to 2% as the moon grows in its size to its full moon.

Moonlight … Nil before new moon day increasing up to 98% progressively as the moon size increases progressively to full size during the night and again decreasing to Nil as the moon size again diminishes to become totally invisible during the night time.

Sunlight … Nil (round the year)

Mistake # 2

The zodiac sign of the native should conform to the actual dates of ascension of the constellation that may be ascending on the eastern horizon at the time of the birth and the place of the birth (that is, based on the latitude and the longitude of the place of birth) keeping in mind the days various constellations take to ascend into the sky, on the following pattern.

Name of

Constell-ation

Zodiac Sign of

Constellation

Approximate Period of Ascent of Constellation
Aries 25 days (April 19 to May 13)
Taurus 37 days (May 14 to June 19)
Gemini 31 days (June 20 to July 20)
Cancer 20 days (July 21 to August 9)
Leo 37 days (August 10 to September 15)
Virgo 45 days (September 16 to October 30)
Libra 23 days (October 31 to November 22)
 Scorpio 7 days (November 23 to November 29)
Ophiuchus   19 days (November 30 to December 17)
Sagittarius 32 days (December 18 to January 18)
Capricorn 27 days (January19 to February 15)
Aquarius 24 days (February 16 to March 11) or 25 days if a Leap Year
Pisces 38 days (March 12 to April 18)

Though this table shows the date of ascension of Aries as 19th April, since it keeps on varying year to year, the table should be recast according to actual dates of ascension of all constellations.

While same formats of Natal Charts may be used as being used at present but the House number 8 should be split into two Houses, House numbers 8A and 8B, 8A for Scorpio and 8B for Ophiuchus, instead of showing only one House by drawing a vertical line from its vertex to the base and showing 8A in the left portion and 8B in the right portion of the House.

The Celestial Globe should also have both Houses 8A and 8B as shown in the following table.

House Number Name of Constellation Boundaries of the House
Latitudes Longitudes
South North East West
1 Aries 30º
2 Taurus 30º 60º
3 Gemini 60º 90º
4 Cancer 90º 120º
5 Leo 120º 150º
6 Virgo 150º 180º
7 Libra 180º 210º
8A  Scorpio 210º 220º
8B Ophiuchus 220º 240º
9 Sagittarius 240º 270º
10 Capricorn 270º 300º
11 Aquarius 300º 330º
12 Pisces 330º 360º

The Zodiac Chart on any future date should be drawn based on the location of the Grahas in various Houses as applicable at the place that is, the latitudes and the longitudes of the of the location of the of the native at the time at which any prediction may have to be made for him or her.

Mistake # 3

Since we know that the Grahas are not deities they should not be referred to as deities any more in astrology nor astrology should talk about the necessity of their propitiation since it sounds very fatuous when an astrologer tells that Moon (or Sun or Saturn) may be angry.

Mistake # 4

Even though lunar nodes known as Raahu and Ketu astrology occupy very prominent place in the Vedic astrology, since Jyotish is portrayed as Science of Lights, it sounds ridiculous to enlist the Lunar Nodes as Grahas as they do not transmit or emit any light to the Earth. So it may be perhaps more appropriate to rename them as Neptune and Uranus.

SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS OF THE TRUSTWORTHINESS OF ASTROLOGY

A system of getting feedback on any predictions having turned out to be wrong should be evolved to analyze the dependability of astrological predictions because only such things may get sustained which may be credible.

If we go by the reports of the studies conducted by some psychologists and some physicists cited by Tushar A. Katira on Quora on August 24, 2012 in his answer to the question “How accurate is the Vedic astrology methodology?” astrology does not have a good Report Card.

He has cited the report of the psychologist Bernard Silverman of Michigan State University who looked at the birth dates of 2,978 couples who were getting married and 478 who were getting divorced in the state of Michigan. Most astrologers claim they can at least predict which astrological signs will be compatible or incompatible when it comes to personal relationships. Silverman compared such predictions to the actual records and found no correlations. He found that so many incompatible men and women also got married though they had been declared to have been compatible by the astrologers.

Since many astrologers insist that a person’s Sun sign is strongly correlated with his or her choice of profession and job counseling is becoming an important function of modern astrology, he has quoted the report of the physicist John McGervey at Case Western Reserve University who looked at the biographies and birth dates of some 6,000 politicians and 17,000 scientists to see if members of these professions would cluster among certain signs, as astrologers predict. He found the signs of both groups to be distributed completely at ranoam.

To overcome the objections of astrologers who feel that the Sun sign alone is not enough for a reading, physicist Shawn Carlson of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory who published his observations based on the experiment carried out by him by asking some groups of volunteers to provide information necessary for casting full horoscopes and to fill out the California Personality Inventory, a standard psychologists’ questionnaire that uses just the sorts of broad, general, descriptive terms astrologers use in the December 5, 1985 issue of “Nature” much to the anguish of the astrological community.

A recognized astrological organization constructed horoscopes for the volunteers and 28 professional astrologers who had approved the procedure in advance were each sent one horoscope and three personality profiles, one of which belonged to the subject of the horoscope. Their task was to interpret the horoscope and select which of the three profiles it matched Although the astrologers had predicted that they would score better than 50 percent correct, their actual score in 116 trials was only 34 percent correct – just what you would expect by just guessing!

Other tests show that it hardly matters what a horoscope says, as long as the subject feels the interpretations were done for him or her personally. A few years ago French statistician Michel Gauquelin sent the horoscope for one of the worst mass murderers in French history to 150 people and asked how well it fit them. Ninety four percent of the subjects said they recognized themselves in the description.

Geoffrey Dean, an Australian researcher who has conducted extensive tests of astrology, reversed the astrological readings of 22 subjects, substituting phrases that were the opposite of what the horoscopes actually stated. Yet the subjects in this study said the readings applied to them just as often (95 percent of the time) as people to whom the correct phrases were given. Apparently, those who seek out astrologers just want guidance, any guidance.

Some time ago astronomers Culver and Ianna tracked the published predictions of well-known astrologers and astrological organizations for five years. Out of more than 3,000 specific predictions (including many about politicians, film stars, and other famous people), only about 10 percent came to pass.

Veteran reporters – and probably many people who read or watch the news – could do a good deal better by educated guessing.

If astrology leads astrologers to make incorrect predictions 9 times out of 10, we may say, the credibility of astrology is 10 percent. Should you go for it if it has only 10 percent reliability?

The fact is, we can’t even ascertain to what extent we should rely on the astrological predictions. Just think you got married someone as some astrologer may have told you very much on a date he or she may have set for you. Can you ever ascertain what sort of life you would have led if you would have married someone else or if you would have got married on some other date? It is simply unimaginable.

How many billions of people live on the earth! But there are only twelve zodiac signs. Divide the total population by twelve. Obviously so many people can’t be sailing on the same boat. So is it not foolish to get carried away by the predictions based  on the zodiac sign alone?

We may therefore say, astrology is good only for entertainment – not anything else. You could have relied on it if it would have been possible for it to tell a player who may be participating in Olympics Games whether he or she  would get a gold medal, a silver medal, a bronze medal or no medal at all.

Since no one may be able to remove these flaws perhaps the only choice we have is to dump it in the dump-yard.

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