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Astrology is out, Therapy is in

Updated on September 10, 2017

We can achieve Peace and Order only by coping with our Mental Illnesses


Astrology is Out

The influence of the twelve signs, as described by astrologers, is a delusion, because in all ages they are reported the same; whereas we know that every 2160 years each sign retrogrades to the extent of thirty degrees, and, as your art does not make allowance for this, it is false. For, if the influence of the 12 signs does not emanate from the stars occupying the space of those signs, it must emanate from nothing – a doctrine well suited, no doubt, to musty old sages of your superstition.

The Light Of Egypt, by Thomas Burgoyne.

The problem results from a phenomenon called “Precession.” The seasons and the apparent path of the Sun, Moon, and other objects across the sky is due to the tilted axis of rotation of the Earth, relative to the relatively horizontal plane of the Solar System. That is, the orbits of the planets around the Sun are mostly along a single plane, but the Earth is tilted about 23.5° relative to this plane.

This tilt of the axis points almost to the star “Polaris” known as the North Star, and is constant all year long.

In the short term, this angle, and its effect on the seasons and the path of objects in the sky appears to be unchanging, but over thousands of years, the Earth experiences a wobbling effect, called precession, by which the axis itself actually rotates.

Therapy is In

So let us stop asking, "What's your sign?" and ask, "What's your diagnosis?" It is time we realize the extent of mental illness in humanity; get a diagnosis, and learn to cope.

The Mental Health Association of Texas reports:

  • HALF of all Americans will experience a mental disorder at some point in their lives.
  • 4.3 million Texans (3.1 million adults and 1.2 million children) had some form of diagnosable mental health disorder in 2002 (20%).
  • There are 1.5 times more suicides than homicides, with an average of 6 deaths each day by suicide in Texas.
  • In 2001, 121 more people committed suicide than the previous year. This was a six percent increase in one year. The gender breakdown is about 4 men for each woman.
  • Highest rates of suicide are in the 45-54 age group, with the second highest being the 75 year only and older age group.

Common myths about suicide

MYTH: People who talk about suicide won't commit suicide.

MYTH: People who commit suicide are, "crazy."

MYTH: Once the person begins to improve the risk has ended.

MYTH: Prior unsuccessful suicide means there will never be a successful suicide.

"There is no typical suicide victim. It happens to young and old, rich and poor." - American Association of Suicidology

Suicide and its relationship with mental illness

  • 90% of suicides are reportedly related to untreated or under-treated mental illness with the most common being depression.
  • Nearly 20% of people diagnosed with bipolar disorder and 15% diagnosed with schizophrenia die from suicide.
  • Incidents determined to be suicide by cop accounted for 11% of all police shootings and 13% of all fatal shootings.

Common Myths about Mental Illness

Myth: Mental illness does not affect the average person.

Reality: No one is immune to mental illness. More hospital beds are filled by individuals with mental illness than those with cancer, heart, and lung disease combined.

Myth: Mental illness is an indication of weakness of character.

Reality: A combination of factors contributes to mental illness, including malfunction of neurotransmitters, heredity, stress, and recreational drug usage.

Myth: A person with a mental illness is also mentally retarded.

Reality: There are some persons with a dual diagnosis, but the conditions are fundamentally different.

Myth: If you have a mental illness, you are, "crazy" all the time.

Reality: Mental illness is often temporary. People suffering from even the most severe mental illness are in touch with reality as often as they are actively psychotic.

Myth: If people with other disabilities can cope on their own people with mental illness should be able to do so as well.

Reality: Most people who have a disabling illness need help to return to normal functioning. Physical therapy fills this role for a physical illness just as therapeutic rehabilitation is needed for mental illness.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after you have been through a trauma. A trauma is a shocking and dangerous event that you see or that happens to you. During this type of event, you think that your life or others' lives are in danger.

Going through trauma is not rare. About 6 of every 10 men (or 60%) and 5 of every 10 women (or 50%) experience at least one trauma in their lives. Women are more likely to experience sexual assault and child sexual abuse. Men are more likely to experience accidents, physical assault, combat, disaster, or to witness death or injury.

PTSD can happen to anyone. It is not a sign of weakness. A number of factors can increase the chance that someone will develop PTSD, many of which are not under that person's control. For example, if you were directly exposed to the trauma or injured, you are more likely to develop PTSD.

Here are some facts (based on the U.S. population):

  • About 7 or 8 out of every 100 people (or 7-8% of the population) will have PTSD at some point in their lives.
  • About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year. This is only a small portion of those who have gone through a trauma.
  • About 10 of every 100 women (or 10%) develop PTSD sometime in their lives compared with about 4 of every 100 men (or 4%).

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


Everyone could use a little help in the mental health area. Go to a professional, get a diagnosis and learn to cope.


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    • Jay C OBrien profile imageAUTHOR

      Jay C OBrien 

      20 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Thank you Kathy, you got it.

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      Kathy Burton 

      20 months ago from Florida

      A good article - lots of factual information and a strong push to for people to get help. Medication, therapy, and some lifestyle changes helped me get through a major depression. Time to correct the myths and stop the stigma.

    • Jay C OBrien profile imageAUTHOR

      Jay C OBrien 

      2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      Thank you Audrey

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      Audrey Hunt 

      2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      What a good quote. There is no shame when going through a mental illness. The symptoms of mental illness are often misunderstood, and a significant amount of false information and stereotypes are perpetuated about people with mental illnesses. Education is the most important step to understanding mental health problems.

      Your hub is informative and very helpful. I will be sharing with family and friends. Thank you.

    • Jay C OBrien profile imageAUTHOR

      Jay C OBrien 

      2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      Thank you Tamara. You got the message.

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      Tamara Moore 

      2 years ago

      Thank you for this article, Jay. I think it is important to help dilute the stigma associated with mental illness, so that people will not be be apprehensive about it, for fear of judgement by society, and even possibly by that of family members.

      Many mental illnesses and disorders can be treated through various types of therapy given time, and patience, but of course, first the sufferer needs to desire the help. PTSD and ADHD are two familiar issues that I face, and reading articles, such as yours, educates others and myself on the fact that we are not alone.

      Thank you!

    • Jay C OBrien profile imageAUTHOR

      Jay C OBrien 

      2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      Nadine, I tend to agree with you. Astrology can be used as a tool if used aright. Carl Jung used Astrology kind of like an Ink Blot test, to see what the person is projecting. Astrology is itself a projection of the mind. We must learn the stars do not control us, we control ourselves.

      Therapy should be as open and common as Astrology in the 60's. Instead of asking, "What's your sign?" we should ask, "What's your diagnosis?"

    • Jay C OBrien profile imageAUTHOR

      Jay C OBrien 

      2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      You can always start an ARE Study Group. I understand they have some training at Va. Beach. They also have a group called, "Glad Helpers," which is a prayer group. There are four or five study groups in Houston.

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      Nadine May 

      2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I was attracted by your article title for the simple reason that for me Astrology is just a tool to wake up from...meaning once people realize ( my personal observation) that we are biological simulation programs and that it is our consciousness ( the I Am) that expresses itself through a physical body in order to wake up from; Astrology can get in the way if it becomes yet another belief! For me, any believe we hold dear is a form of mental distortion!

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago from Beautiful South

      A.R.E.? I'm a member of A.R.E. We don't have any A.R.E. study groups in my area that I know of, but I intend to see John Van Auken speak in my city this November, for the 3rd or 4th time, I believe.

    • Jay C OBrien profile imageAUTHOR

      Jay C OBrien 

      2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      A large portion of people suffer from some type of PTSD. When I realized I got it from my stepfather, I learned to cope with it. As I write and speak on the subject I get better. I am now healed. Everyone can heal, but only if they recognize, diagnose and treat the problem. This recognition partially came from an A.R.E. Study Group. I recommend it.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago from Beautiful South

      I agree with you, Jay. After reading what I posted, I apologize for sounding harsh. It's just that it sounded like people who consulted astrologers were mentally ill. Some of them may be, but others are just playing around having fun.

    • Jay C OBrien profile imageAUTHOR

      Jay C OBrien 

      2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      Thank you MizBejabbers, the article is to encourage people to use professional mental health workers to get a diagnosis and learn to cope with any mental/emotional problems. It is my hope people will discuss their diagnosis as easily as their Astrological sign. Remove the stigma from mental/emotional illness.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago from Beautiful South

      Jay, I really don't get the connection, or lack of, between astrology and mental illness. I'm not an astrologer, but I've been around it enough to know that astrologers use a thing as an ephemeris, which takes the factors mentioned in Burgoyne's argument into consideration. Also, metaphysical people know that there is such a thing as Esoteric Astrology, which I won't go into here. This stuff isn't even remotely related to mental illness.

      My sister committed suicide because the incompetent doctors refused to look at the physical signs of thyroid disease to make a diagnosis. They relied strictly on fallible tests, which failed to find a low TSH that runs in our family. Her violent suicide was the beginning of my PTSD, then came domestic abuse, and the wreck of a city bus on which I was a passenger. I went through treatment at the VA along with my present husband (not the abuser) who suffers from PTSD related to his military service. So I know what I'm talking about when I say that it had nothing to do with the tilt of the earth on its axis, but it certainly turned my world upside down.


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