Do astrology and astronomy really work?Do astrology and astronomy really work?

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clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Though I do not trust astrology as a form of "religion" per se, I will admit that there is something to be said for centuries of recording patterns, behaviorally and otherwise.

Do I plan my life around horoscopes? Absolutely not. But have I noticed similarities in the personalities of people with the same zodiac signs? Absolutely. I can't speak to any formal method of proof for this, but even outside of the "generalities" that could apply to anyone, I've noticed distinct personality and behavioral similarities in people who have birthdays close to one another.

I can also say that since having children, I've noticed distinct behavioral patterns that certainly were not "learned" (as many of them showed up immediately in my children as infants) that later corresponded to patterns shown in astrology.

I admit. It is very strange and intriguing, but part of me tends to believe it isn't magic, but simply another form of statistical research and centuries of documentation.

We trust statistics in our health, our economy, even in weather prediction, but somehow when it comes to something as ancient as astrology, we tend to get skeptical.

rrteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Astronomy is a science. Astrology is now widely regarded as a pseudoscience. Basically, astronomy, like all the sciences, relies on observations to generate and test hypotheses. There was a time, long ago, when astrology was based on observation, as people perceived that certain events would be more likely to happen when the heavens appeared to be oriented in certain ways. The causal relationship between the position of the planets and stars and events on earth, however, has long been discredited, and is frankly without basis. Astronomy, grounded in much more precise observation and without all the metaphysical aspects of astrology, makes no such grand claims. But it is worth noting, at least, that astrology and astronomy have not always been separated in people's minds.

e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Astronomy is a particularly interesting science, I think, for its history. This is one of humanity's oldest sciences and the theories of ancient times have been recorded and sometimes proven to have been accurate. 

Also, more recently, phenomena like Hubble's red-shift/blue-shift method of discerning whether objects in space were moving away from earth or toward it have been proven through further observation and testing. These kind of insights are truly exciting. 

This is a very popular science, perhaps because it is partly available to everyone, and its theories have had a significant impact on discourse in our life-times and will potentially continue to do so. 

Lorraine Caplan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Astrology is not a science, and it most emphatically does not "work."  The reason people believe it does is because what is provided to them is general enough for them to think that it applies to them, just as a fortuneteller gives a fortune that will fit most people. 

Astronomy is a science, and it does work, to the degree that it helps us understand the world beyond the earth, with the promise of learning much more about other celestial bodies, other forms of life, and possibly even more travel. 

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

These are two very different things.  Please be sure not to confuse them with one another.  Astronomy is simply descriptive, telling us facts about the heavens.  Astrology tries to predict human events using the stars and planets.  I am highly skeptical about astrology.  I do not believe that there is any scientific evidence to show that the positions of stars and planets relative to the Earth have any impact on human life.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It seems like there is an astronomy component to astrology.  There are factors that have to do with gravitational fields and so on that seem to impact behavior.  Honestly, I think people can believe what they want to believe.  If you believe in astrology and it gives you a framework for your life, then go for it.  We all have to have something to believe in.

karnishekhawat | Student

if that question came out of curiosity i would say yes it does work but i don't have any scientific explaination to this .

Even i was not in to all these astrology and astronomy things but when i saw that it actually happening the way it was told to me as per astrologer then i have no other option but to believe.

The only thing is that there are so many fake people in this field that it is losing its authenticity. Of all the astrologers  99.99% are fake and making a money out of it.