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Why Astrology Matters

Updated on January 26, 2018
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What is Astrology?

Astrology is defined as the study of the movement of the stars and other celestial bodies, and how that movement affects humanity as a whole. While many people may be skeptical, astrology has had a powerful influence on our lives. Many people rely on the stars to identify their true loves, tell their futures, or chart the course of their life. Many shows have featured astrology, such as the anime, Fairy tail. Even Ronald Reagan, former President of the United States, had consulted an astrologer concerning the scheduling of his meetings.

But why? Why does astrology have such a huge impact on us?

Astrology has a rich history dating back to the 2nd millennium BCE. Many court officials have used astrology to help and provide comfort to their leaders. A village have a wise woman that have told fortunes and healed diseases based on the stars alone. And even now, astrology still contains many benefits, primarily acting as a belief system that provides answers as to why strange events happen.

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The Basics of Astrology

In astrology, the planets represent different aspects of humanity. For example, the sun usually represents identity, while the moon, emotions and mood. The scrutinization of the lunar cycle, the constellations, and even tarot card readings: however, the most recognizable is the Zodiac chart.

The Zodiac chart consists of 12 different star signs, each of which coinciding with a specific set of dates. Whichever day your birthday lands on, that is your sign.

  • Aries (March 21st - April 19th)
  • Cancer (June 22nd - July 22nd)
  • Libra (September 23rd - October 22nd)
  • Capricorn (December 22nd - January 19th)
  • Taurus (April 20th - May 20th)
  • Leo ( July 23rd - August 22nd)
  • Scorpio (October 23rd - November 21st)
  • Aquarius (January 20th - February 18th)
  • Gemini (May 21st - June 20th)
  • Virgo (August 23rd - September 22nd)
  • Sagittarius (November 22nd - December 21st)
  • Pisces (February 19th - March 20th)


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The Star Signs

But why is this important? What value could these signs possibly have? For one thing, the Zodiac has been used to determine personality traits. From then on, these traits can be used to evaluate which person is the most compatible with you, which job you're perfect for, and how to communicate in your relationships. Below is a general overview of each of these signs.


Aquarius

Aquarius are generally independent, and while they can be shy, they can also be energetic. They're intellectual, and enjoy helping others. They are able to see without prejudice, and are able to see both sides. People who are born under Aquarius have many possibilities open to them.


Cancer

People born under cancer are incredibly imaginative, determined, and loyal. They are sentimental and emotional, and as such, can be difficult to get to know. Even so, they are highly sympathetic, and are able to empathize with other people's suffering.


Libra

People born under the Libra sign are peaceful. Cooperation is important to them, and as such, they gravitate towards other people. They are balanced, and oftentimes, chase after justice and equality. However, they can also be indecisive, and have a tendency to confrontations.


Capricorn

Capricorns are known for their self-control. They are often very serious and independent, which helps them grow in both their personal and professional lives. A good characteristic in the is that they learn from their mistakes, and move on.


Taurus

People born under the Taurus signs are reliable, patient, and practical. They are well-grounded and stable. However, they can also be stubborn. They're conservative, and are often surrounded by love and affection.


Leo

People born under the Leo sign are leaders. They have a domineering, creative personality that allows them to achieve whatever they have to do. They have a certain strength that can more often than not be inspiring. They are also loyal and confident.


Scorpio

The Scorpio is determined and stubborn, able to do things with such tenacity. And like the Leo, they are also natural leaders who fight for their friends. They are resourceful, and as such, have many options at their disposal.


Gemini

People born under the Gemini sign are often expressive. They have a tendency to talk quickly, and are very sociable. They are curious about everything in the world, though they can also be quite inconsistent.


Virgo

The Virgo is loyal and hardworking, though they can also work too hard, to the point here they have no time for others. They are also analytical, and pay attention to the smallest of details.


Sagittarius

People who are born under the Sagittarius sign are often idealistic. They are curious, and often are travelers. They are philosophical, enthusiastic, and enjoy change. However, they promise more than they can deliver, and are impatient.


Pisces

People born under the sign of Pisces are compassionate and artistic. While they are friendly and selfless, they also have a desire to escape reality, and are often overly critical. Still, they understand empathy, and are more intuitive than others give them credit for.

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Do You Believe It?

In an article written by Dr. Ben Hayden, there is some evidence that a schizotypal personality is correlated with the month of your birth. In the same article, a Japanese study found that the month you're born also tends to have different personality traits. Even without science, astrology has never been dismissed simply because of the anecdotal evidence presented. It has an incredibly rich history, a lot of which people have testified for astrology.

However, there is a lot of skepticism. Again, there hasn't been a lot of scientific evidence that definitively proves astrology can predict personality traits. There are also many horoscopes that tend to, more often than not, try to predict every detail of your day. Then of course, there are the leeches who try to take advantage of your star sign, just to make a quick profit.

But of course, it all depends on you. People have been known to use astrology, simply because it gives them something to believe in. And while there have been some studies done on astrology, a healthy amount of skepticism still exists. For me, personally, I tend to believe my star sign.

Whether or not you choose to believe it however, depends on you.

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    • holliesandhealth profile imageAUTHOR

      Robin Goodfellow 

      4 months ago from United States

      I agree with you. While I am a Christian, I don't doubt that there are other mysteries in the world, mysteries that we could be ignoring because people think they're always right. Being open mind is an important part of living, after all.

    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 

      4 months ago from U.S.A.

      Hi, Robin,

      Great article. I have always been interested in astrology because it is another tool for us to understand our humanity. I don't criticize individuals who have a strong belief in the star signs. we have yet to understand dark matter, dark energy, all of the impact of quantum mechanics, etc.). I do remember reading about the Dogon tribe, once populating Mali, who worshiped a star that scientist did not discover until recently. My point is that in our arrogance, we forget how much knowledge our ancestors accumulated. We also forget many books were left out of the Judeo-Christian Bible as well.

      Thanks for feeding my curiosity. Thanks for a well researched and presented article.

      Sincerely,

      Tim

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