There was a time in my life where I gave some credibility to Astrology but I think by the time I was in my 30s any faith I may have had in it was gone.
Last night with an open mind I engaged conversation with a brilliant and charming sincere believer in astrology and while I found the conversation and look at astrology entertaining I remain a skeptic and these links explain many of the reason why….
Who isn’t obsessed with the stars in the sky? They look as if they were a beautiful landscape made for us to observe and enjoy. While staring at their radiance, we feel like we know everything. They remind us of how small we really are when compared to the entire universe.
Astrology, better known as “Asstrology”, is the mass cultural delusion that the apparent position of the sun and planets relative to arbitrarily defined “star signs” at the time of your birth somehow affects your personality and future.
This is an edited repost of an article which first appeared here in August 2010. You can also download a similar classroom discussion pamphlet (and a lot more) from our USEFUL INFO page. The basic proposition of Western Astrology is that your personality and fate are influenced by the apparent positions and motions of heavenly bodies….
“It should not be considered unbelievable that one can retrieve useful knowledge and sacred relics from astrological folly and godlessness. From this filthy mud one can glean even an occasional escargot, oysters or an eel for one’s nutrition; in this enormous heap of worm-castings there are silk-worms to be found; and, finally, out of this foul-smelling dung-heap a diligent hen can scratch up an occasional grain-seed — indeed, even a pearl or a gold nugget.”
Sections: Astrology refers to a number of ancient systems of belief that relate the positions of the planets and constellations to events on Earth. In Western culture, the Zodiac is central – twelve constellations that the apparent position of the sun moves through throughout the year – Cancer, Leo, etc.