As defined by astrologers, astrology is the study of stars, motion of the planets and how it affects people living on earth. It is based on the idea that movements of the planets and the positioning of stars at the particular time a person is born has a profound impact on the life and personality of that person. This is a bold assumption which raises fundamental questions about astrology. Is astrology a set of superstitious beliefs or an old science whose theories have remained beyond the test and grasp of the limits of current (dominant) scientific paradigms and technology?
Astrology vs. Hard Science
Astrology is an old field of study, and humans from various cultures have been interpreting life on earth by studying and analyzing the celestial bodies. Research shows that astrology has existed for thousands of years, and is said to give meaning to time.
This is what astrologers believe and not everyone agrees with them. Hard science and its believers totally reject astrological believes and studies. According to them, the positioning of sun and other celestial bodies in relation to earth causes seasonal variations, day and night, eclipses, and other natural phenomenon in the skies. However, this is the only way positioning and/or movement of celestial bodies can affect the lives of human beings. These factors do not affect the life and personality of any human being. Scientists completely reject the claim of astrologers that there is a strong link between time, celestial movements and events taking place during a specific time period.
Astrology, Quantum Mechanics, and Synchronicity
Astrology, believed, studied, and followed by millions of people all over the world, can be seen as an illustration of Quantum Physics and Synchronicity (the idea of synchronicity was given by the psychiatrist Carl Jung). According to Quantum Physics, objects have the capability to influence each other, regardless of the distance between two objects. It believes that each atom, and hence each object, has some kind of force that connects them to one another and through which it affects another object. However, it has not yet been discovered what these forces are. The discovery of these forces by physicists could verify astrological believes.
Carl Jung’s idea of Synchronicity is based on the belief that there is a connection between our lives (psychological states) and other events. According to Jung, this relationship is not causal. He says that every person and planet has a specific cycle that mirrors each other through, what he identifies as, the symbolic language of archetypes.
Astrology does not believe that everything is predetermined, rather it is based on the idea that every individual is likely to develop specific personality traits because of the time he/she was born and the positioning of celestial bodies at that particular time. On the basis of this believe, astrologers calculate and then suggest people what choices will yield best results for them.
The idea that movement of celestial bodies affects the life on earth is validated by the fact that it is on the basis of these very movements that we have been predicting weather on earth. A fisherman can predict the condition of the sea by looking at the moon, or the condition of the sea.
Researchers, like Stephen Kane, and a large number of other people, including kinesiologists, yogis, and many others, believe that human bodies continuously interact with our environment at different levels, due to numerous radiant frequencies. But, science has not yet been able to find those frequencies.
There might be some gaps that astrologers have not yet been able to fill and questions that have not been answered. Perhaps it is science that has yet to tap into this field of study and interpret the theories in its own paradigm. And perhaps, it is the inability of science and technology to test what astrology has been postulating for centuries. As a result, its wisdom has remained beyond the scientific grasp (as with quantum physics and string theory) and hence relegated to superstition for the time being.