Astrology – What’s Its Worth

Has astrology any relation with astronomy? Has astrology anything to do with astronomy?

Astrology is commonly known as ‘Jyothi Shastram’ or ‘Jyothisham’ in most of the Indian languages. ‘Shastram’ and ‘Shastra’ are terms used to refer to science. ‘Shastra’ word-connection with Jyothisham, that is astrology in Indian linguafranca, gave credence to the belief that astrology is a branch of science.   However there is absolutely no relation between astrology and astronomy. Astrology has nothing to do with astronomy. Astrology and Astronomy are two different branches of knowledge, the latter based on science while the former based on beliefs. There is nothing common in between astrology and astronomy. Astronomy is the scientific study of cosmos whereas astrology is a belief of falsehood. Astrology is a story book off assumptions; astrology assumes and professes to interpret the influence of heavenly bodies on human affairs on the basis of the assumption. Some pretentious intellectuals therefore prefer to call astrology as pseudo science: Astrology does not deserve to be qualified even in that way.

The perceived basis of astrological evaluations and predictions of past, present and future of individuals or entities, is the supposed position of planets, stars and moon at the time of birth of the individual or at the time of emergence of the entities. Astrologer prepares astrological chart for predictions on the premise that the position of the celestial bodies at the time of birth dictates the course of events during the life span of the individuals or the concerned entities.

Stars, planets and other celestial bodies in space have gravitational pull on Earth. But it is ridiculous to imagine that the gravitational influence decides the fate of humans who live on the earth; the gravitational pull decides the fate of people depending upon the planetary position at the time of birth of the individual or occurrence of events on earth.

Astrology developed hundreds of years ago when study of space and the celestial bodies was not even heard of. There was no scientific methodology to measure and to confirm the position of stars and planets in the space when any event took place on earth.

Scientists have irrevocably established that the light rays of the stars, planets and other celestial bodies one sees in the sky should have started traversing   through space many light years ago and by the time one sees the star or other celestial bodies in the sky, the actual position of the object of vision might be thousands of miles away from where light rays started to traverse. It is therefore abundantly clear that the father-formulator of astrology could not have been able to decide the actual position of the celestial body in the astrological chart for predictions based on the position of the stars and planets as viewed from earth. This apart, till now no astrologer or proponent of astrology could prove with evidence that the astrological charts, the basis of predictions and the astrologers themselves, hold any validity in areas other than subjective beliefs as against objective reality.

Astrology is a farce, the ‘names’ of the very few celestial bodies among the millions, mentioned in astrological charts may   be   the   only   common   link   that   can   be inferred as existing between astronomy and astrology because astronomy is the study of stars, planets and other celestial bodies in space and the universe.

During the course of existence, hundreds of events and happenings take place in the life span of individual humans. If at all any of the predictions charted by an astrologer coincided with a factual happening, such occurrence could be the result of accidental coincidence: A close evaluation of astrological predictions will undoubtedly show that the percentage of such accidental coincidences never exceed more than one percent. It establishes the truth that astrology is a farce because science does recognize coincidences only if they exceed twenty percent for being studied further.