4 Reasons Astrology is Wrong!

4 Reasons Astrology is Wrong Astrology is responsible for the New Age Movement and for the term New Age.  According to Astrology, the time of Pisces, (which symbolizes Jesus and Christianity) has passed away, and the “New Age” of Aquarius, which symbolizes spiritual awakening, has dawned upon us.   What is Astrology?

Astrology is the belief that the position of the sun, moon, stars, and planets at the moment of our birth can effect our life, personality, and future.  As Matthew Arnold says, “Astrology was once practiced as a religion because the ancients believed that the gods inhabited the heavenly bodies.  So, a person who is influenced by Mars is aggressive because Mars is the god of war.  Or if a person is a loving person, they were influenced by Venus because Venus is the goddess of love.”[1]

Astrology is Unscientific – and Inaccurate

While astrologers believe astrology is scientific, real scientists know that it is not.  Here are some problems.  Imagine the zodiac as a perfectly symmetrical circle divided equally into 12 different 30 degree sections.  Each section contains an astrological sign.  Astronomy (which is an actual science and not to be confused with Astrology) tells us that despite what astrologers have told us, these sections are not even close to equal and vary considerably.  “Astronomy tells us that the zodiac constellation are not 30 degrees each, but can vary from as little as 7 degrees (Scorpio) or as many as 44 degrees (Virgo).”[ii]  Also, did you know that when Astrology was created, it was based off the five known planets at the time?  Since then, more planets have been discovered, and yet, astrologers didn’t bother to make the necessary changes.  A bit sketchy, at best.

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Breaking News:  What Does This All Mean?

This means that the astrological signs in the newspaper don’t always match up to the scientific data we have regarding how long the sun stays within those constellations. Another monumental fact that astrologers refuse to look at is that the sun has shifted or “wobbled” (as scientists call it) and has shifted its axis a full 30 degrees over the last 2000 years.  That means the sun has moved one full sign back.  So, people who think they are a certain sign are not.

As astronomer Parke Krunkle affirms, “When astrologers say that the sun is in Pisces, it’s really not in Pisces.”[iii]  This therefore means that people who think they are Pisces are not, in fact, Pisces, and are building their life around something that isn’t true or accurate to begin with.  When I tell people this from time to time, it’s like they just watched their house set on fire.  This revelation blows them away like their whole world just exploded.  Some honest people rightly turn away from Astrology.  Others, after thinking about it, completely ignore the evidence and say, “No, I’m a Pisces, and once a Pisces always a Pisces.”  ::Facepalm::

Newsflash!  Astrology PROVEN Wrong!

Astrologers admit that the science may be off, but they say horoscopes work, so it really doesn’t matter.  But do they work?  The truth is horoscopes, palm readers, psychics, and tarot card readings are almost always fraudulent.  This has been proven again and again.  What follows are the facts that most people have probably not heard, and that Astrologers will not tell you:

#1.  Studies reveal that practitioners who read horoscopes for a living cannot pick out their own reading when placed in the midst of other readings.

#2.  If you send a horoscope to ten different astrologers, you will get ten different readings.

#3. Studies found that, out of 3,000 horoscope predictions, only about 10% proved true.  That is 1 out of 10 odds!

#4. Studies also have clearly demonstrated that people take what they want from the readings, reliable or not.  They often read into the horoscopes and tarot cards falsely and take from them only what seems true.  This was demonstrated by a French researcher who offered a free horoscope reading in a newspaper.  Over 150 people took the test unaware of the study.  Of the people who responded, 94% said that they recognized themselves in the horoscope description, and 90% of their family and friends agreed.  What they didn’t know is that everyone received the same horoscope reading… the horoscope of Dr. Marcel, one of the most notorious mass murderers in all of French history.

Researchers actually call this willingness to read into things “The Barnum Effect,” because P.T. Barnum said that, “There is a sucker born every minute.”

Hey! “The word Gullible is written on the ceiling!”

If you were in a group of people and yelled out, “Hey look!  The word gullible is written on the ceiling,” I guarantee at least one or two people would look.”  Most people would know you’re pulling their leg; however, others are truly gullible.

If someone persists believing in astrology even after all of the facts, then they are no better than looking up at the ceiling.  They are no better than a four year old who plays the “you-can’t-see-me-game.”  They cover their eyes with their hands and say to the nearby adult, “You can’t see me.”

Blind belief without evidence is naive.  Belief when the evidence is against you is superstition. Or, just plain gullible.  Stop making the false practice of Astrology your security blanket!  Take charge of your own life!  Be the person you are or want to be, not the person some dead lifeless planets tell you that you should be.

Christians, God made us.  God knows us.  He alone sees our future.  Turn to him and put your life in HIS hands and He will guide you!  After all, planets and stars cannot love you, but God loves you with an infinite love.  Why not run to Him?

 

[1] CD: Overcoming the New Age Movement, by Matthew Arnold

[ii] Ibid.

[iii] Sun Times Article: Sign of the Times: Astrology story soars like a comet

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About Bryan Mercier

Bryan Mercier is a professional Catholic speaker, retreat leader, author, YouTuber, and Catholic apologist. He has spoken to adults and teens for 20 years the last fifteen years on a wide variety of topics; ranging from catechetics and faith formation, to morality, spirituality, and apologetics. He has spoken at youth and adult retreats, workshops, seminars, Catholic schools, parish missions, local, regional and national conferences. He has spoken in front of crowds ranging from thirty to three-thousand and has and has been aired on TV and radio in different states, including Relevant Radio, Ave Maria Radio, EWTN, and more.
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6 Responses to 4 Reasons Astrology is Wrong!

  1. Sam says:

    LOL

    I laughed out so loud when I read your 2nd to last paragraph.

    “Blind belief without evidence is naive.”

    Couldn’t agree more. And that is exactly what religion and belief in god is.

    FAITH literally is belief with the absence of evidence.

    You are the pot.. calling the kettle black

  2. Sam, I’m glad I could entertain you, lol. And, I would agree with you. Much religious faith is blind faith, but it’s not supposed to be. For example, the Mormons believe the Book of Mormon is true and historical. Yet, the two most prestigious historical societies in our country say it is not true and there is nothing to back it up. Yet, they still believe. That’s blind faith when faith outweighs facts. On the other hand, every historian, history book, encyclopedia and such say that Jesus existed, and these same historical societies have made thousands of discoveries to verify things in the Bible. You may not believe in the Bible, but there have been many confirmations of things in the Bible so it’s not just complete blind faith.

    Same with faith itself. Belief in God for Christians is not blind but based on evidence. Logical deductive reasoning. Hence the 5 proofs of St. Thomas Aquinas. If you want to read more on these proofs which people can’t debunk easily or at all, then check out Edward Feser’s book, “Five Proofs of the Existence of God.” He goes into great detail. Also his book on atheism, called “The Last Superstition,” is also good. These are definitely deeper reads, but both excellent.

  3. Anonymous says:

    This was very insightful until you contradicted yourself with your last two statements. You insisted that we take charge of our own life and be who we want to be instead of adopting the ideas of others to define ourselves, but then will say to lean on “god” to tell you which direction to go because “god predestined your life and only “god” knows your fiture. To me it sounds like trading one superstition for the next and still depending on some comfortable idea of fate to keep from taking charge of your own life.

  4. Steve says:

    Glad to see this was a relatively new post… you are spot-on with your argument about blind belief without evidence. And I have to agree with Sam above regarding a belief in a God in the sense of some separate sentient being that is a creator. I do believe that what is missing is some acknowledgement of how real effects can be misinterpreted. For example, consider this (pardon me if I’m explaining something you are already aware of):

    In early times, before the scientific method, people wanted an explanation for things and attributed them to God’s hand. The tremendous amount of infant death for example. So over time, as we apply our process to facts we learn about the world, it turns out it wasn’t God taking the babies to heaven, it was pneumonia (or diarrhea or …). This is the shrinking “God of the Gaps” argument. The gaps keep shrinking and in the popular imagination I would venture that most christians think of God as a sort of designer and the force that sort of kick-started the universe.

    Suppose there were some subtle, as-yet-undiscovered real effect that correlated with your astrological sign. Those people that had a dogmatic non-believer view would be closing their minds to reality and those that believe in astrology would too!

    One might think about God using the language one grew up using to describe him. Our mental objects evolve over time to adapt to our experiences. Why would someone accept the symbolism and rhetoric of an ancient people that lived 1500 years ago? Why would one restrict the perhaps very real effect of God to fit into a language and symbolism that came from that era? Is it helpful or restrictive?

    Don’t get me wrong- I fall into the camp of “don’t know” and “science hasn’t explained everything”. I just want to work toward seeing the world as it is. I feel a connection, a sense of something bigger, a connection between all beings that is not explained.

  5. Caio says:

    A hard look is required into ones life to see where he/she stands in relation to his/her beliefs. What i have learned so far is that what you believe eventually becomes your reality. It’s up to oneself to figure out if that works or not.

  6. Thank you for your comments. Just wanted to say that ironically, it was the Catholic Church that developed the Scientific method. Also, the Church has rarely used God of the gaps arguements. Thomas Aquinas and others have deeper, more philosophical arguments that are more air tights. I do agree that there are God of the gaps arguments out there though, as well as “science of the gaps” arguments. “We don’t know it but science will figure everything out, every last thing.” Of course, that is impossible and even science is limited.

    I will be having videos soon coming out on the existence of God and evidence for the divine. Check them out. Or my book, “WHY do you believe in GOD?”

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