In some ways, astrology seems to be a science. It uses scientific knowledge of celestial bodies and scientific instruments such as star charts. Astrologers make use of a tool such as a horoscope to create expectations about future and personal events, and some argue that astrology is supported by evidences.
However, even with these signs of science, is astrology really a scientific way to answer questions? Can a daily astrological map direct people to make decisions?
The purpose of astrology to explain the natural world.
The basic assumption in astrology is that celestial bodies such as the sun, the moon, the planets, and the stars all influence earthly events. Astrology uses a series of rules about the relative positions and movements of celestial bodies to create predictions and explanations of events on earth and human personality traits. For example, weekly astrology predicts that a person born in the first week of a certain month is likely to be motivated.
Can astrology be tested?
Certain expectations developed by astrologers such as horoscopes are so general that almost any outcome can be construed as fitting expectations. If this is the case, astrology is not testable.
However, different astrologers make use of astrology to create very specific expectations which can be verified with results in the natural world. For example, according to astrology, the zodiac of a particular person can affect his or her personality. Since such features are important in the world of politics, one might have expected that if astrologers were able to explain or predict people’s characteristics, scientists would have a higher chance of having a “positive” zodiac. If you use the zodiac specifically as this, then astrology can be tested.
Does astrology rely on evidence?
In the few cases where astrology was used to create testable expectations in which the results were examined carefully, the evidence did not support the validity of the assumptions. This is a common case in the world of science. Scientists often encounter assumptions that, after examining them, turn out to be wrong. However, one of the hallmarks of science is that assumptions change when they are supported by evidence. Astrology did not change its assumptions in response to conflicting evidence.
Horoscope in the newspaper.
Weekly astrology forecasts or daily astrology appear mostly in newspapers. These are mediums that are not examined by the scientific community.
Is the scientific community involved?
Sharing the findings and evaluating the results of others is an inseparable part of scientific practice. An astrologer can go through his entire career without having published even one article. When astrologers publish articles, they are not usually articles that their colleagues can read or critically examine by the scientific community.
Is there an ongoing research?
Astrological scientific studies were stopped after they tried and failed to validate their assumptions. To date, no documented studies have contributed to a new scientific discovery.
Are scientists behaving scientifically?
Scientists do not wait for others to support or contradict their assumptions. Instead, they seek to corroborate their assumptions, seek out counterclaims, and find as much evidence as possible. On the other hand, astrologers seem to be in no hurry to examine the astrological assumptions they receive. As it arises from a minimal level of research in the field, they rarely attempt to attack their theory. In addition, the astrology community largely ignores evidence that contradicts its assumptions.