Is Astrology really so harmless? Or is it comparable to the worst prejudice imaginable? Take a closer look.
The Psychic Rabbit can read your mind. Sure, it can.
In the Euro 2004 soccer championship, two Danish astrologers tried their luck in predicting the outcome of the matches. Based on the thousands of years of experience, it should be a relatively easy task to determine such a binary result. Alas, it turned out to be yet another astrological failure of cataclysmic proportions.
One of the more amusing aspects of an astrologer’s life is to predict who will be suitable as a partner for the client. This can be done in seconds: Merely compare the two persons’ astrological signs and you have the answer. There are many astrologers who advocate this procedure, often very famous ones, so you would think that it really works. Hey, Astrologer X wouldn’t be successful if it didn’t work, right? Wrong.
A good, hard look at Sylvia Browne’s predictions for the next 100 years. It’s rather depressing how little imagination she has, given the fact that she is in the lucrative business of presenting fantasies as facts.
Astrologers have a hard time explaining what really is making astrology “work”. Most claim it is gravity, based on the old analogy of the Moon causing the tides: If the Moon can cause the waters on Earth to move, then why not the water in our bodies? After all, we consist of about 70% water, so it follows that the Moon has a similar effect on us. So should the rest of the planets, the logic goes. How much of a pull is this anyway?
Robert Zoller is the self-proclaimed “world’s leading proponent of Western Predictive Astrology also known as Medieval Astrology.” Among his feats, he claims to have predicted the events on 9-11 no less than twelve months in advance. Better look into that one.
Sylvia Browne is a modern-day preacher and founder of her own religion, replete with ordained ministers in robes, a “portable philosophy” and a 24-hour crisis line.
One thing immediately strikes the student of Astrology: The predominant feature is confusion. No consensus seems to be achievable on just how Astrology works. Sure, it’s the planets that “”influence”” us humans here on Earth, but that’s about where the agreement ends. And when we look at the basic piece of data that all Astrology centers around – the time you were born – it turns out that it isn’t as simple as one might have hoped.
Next time you meet an astrologer, ask what sign E.T. is. A Leo, a Spronx or a Zqlot?
When astrologers claim horoscopes work, they often point to celebrities, lay out a chart for them and interpret their (already known) lives as proof that astrology works. But what if nobody knows who the charted person is, yet is still part of our “common conciousness”? Can an astrologer tell something decisive about an unknown person?
John Hogue is a self-anointed prophet, born in 1955 in Hollywood, CA. He has a high-school degree, but claims to have read enough of his own to “become a Rhodes Scholar”. He, of course, could not be bothered with the dumbing-down process of academia. Maybe that’s why he makes uneducated guesses that turn out to be less accurate than he would have us believe.