Why Astrology is Science but Horoscopes are Pseudoscience

Genius Turner

"God does not play dice" —Albert Einstein

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I. To Know a Science

When Auguste Comte was asked why he spent so much time studying history books, given the need for formulating his own theory, he answered: “to understand a science, it is necessary to know its history.”

Indeed, for those scholars well-versed in history, it's apparent that astronomy can no more be divorced from astrology than can a child disown her mother. After all, astronomy is the child of astrology!

"The beginning of wisdom," said Socrates, "is the definition of terms."

Armed with the Socratic method, it becomes apparent the prefix astro- simply means "relating to the stars or outer space."

And so, whether it be astro- + logical (astrology) or astro- + nomo + logical (astronomy), perhaps those of us today who outright dismiss astrology as pseudoscience overlook why it's long been said—it requires ignorance and arrogance to know anything for sure.

Even the Wikipedia article on astrology smugly opens as follows: "Astrology is a pseudoscience . . ."

Ahh—come, come now. ...

Here we are—mere newbies to the world's stage—yet in all our pomp and splendor, we feel justified in outright dismissing a worldview that dates back to the Babylonians some 2,400 years ago. But as Orwell pointed out: "Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it."

In short, so far as it concerns the matter of astrology in general, not horoscopes in particular, perhaps disbelievers would be wise to take heed of Robert Genn's sage advice:

Wise people suspend judgment in the presence of mystery.

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II. Example is Better Than Precept

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When Einstein said "I am a determinist," he in effect gave voice to the ultimate takeaway of science. In other words, as Einstein would later note:

Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for the insect, as well as for the star. Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.

To truly grasp Einstein's above insight is to come to grips with why astrology is inherently a science.

If I may define astrology in layman's terms, just know this much:

Ages ago those ancient stargazers figured out that the time and location of each mortal's birth in relation to the Sun, which lies at the very heart of our solar system, comes equipped with certain distinct qualities.

Because example is better than precept and we're currently in the house of Aquarius, take for instance the following.

If I asked the average person to name the greatest hockey player in history, most would say Wayne Gretzky. (Born January 26th in the house of Aquarius.)

If I asked the average person to name the greatest basketball player in history, most would say Michael Jordan. (Born February 17th in the house of Aquarius.)

If I asked the average person over 60 to name the greatest football player in history, most would say Jim Brown. (Born the same day as Michael Jordan . . . as for the current debate regarding whether Brown or Brady is the GOAT, just know Brown accomplished more with less—scored touchdowns independent of receivers catching passes and required no offensive lineman for pass protection.)

If I asked the average person to name the greatest baseball player in history, most would say Babe Ruth. (Born February 6 in the house of Aquarius.)

If I asked the average person to name the greatest golfer in history, given that he holds the record for major championships, the numbers say Jack Nicklaus. (Born January 21 in the house of Aquarius.)

If I asked the average person to name the greatest soccer player in history, most would say Cristiano Ronaldo has surpassed Pelé. (Born February 5 in the house of Aquarius.)

In short, given that "nature is written in mathematical language," noted history's greatest astronomer Galileo (born February 15 in the house of Aquarius), and mathematics has long been dubbed "the science of patterns," is not the above astrological pattern so clear that even Ray Charles could see it?

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III. The Takeaway

I recall a friend of mine texting me a daily horoscope for Pisces. After the second or third day, I kindly suggested she send me something about the astrological sign of Pisces in general, not the horoscopes in particular.

Her blank expression suggested I needed to fill in the blank.

Tell me people born as Pisces are stamped as the "genius/weirdos" of the zodiac, and then—show me how Einstein (Pisces) revolutionized physics while also marrying his first cousin . . .

And then—show me how Steve Jobs (Pisces) revolutionized the tech industry while refusing to furnish his home . . .

And then—show me how George Washington (Pisces) fathered a nation while refusing to make biological children of his own.

And then—show me how Schopenhauer (Pisces) revolutionized philosophy while being notoriously antisocial . . .

In short, for any field to qualify as a "science," a distinct pattern must present itself clearly to view. Perhaps for this reason, given my grasp of the -logical character that flows from the general astro- of each zodiac sign, on a number of occasions I've wowed total strangers upon first meeting them and accurately guessing their astrological signs.

Yet never once have I ever attempted to predict what shall unfold within the course of someone's day, due merely to the time and location of their birth in relation to the Sun.

After all,

Astrology is science but horoscopes are pseudoscience.

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