In this day in age, mention that you’re an astrologer and a lot of people assume you’re absolutely insane. But this was not the case for thousands of years, where astrologers were considered highly respected members of society. In fact, many of the greatest minds throughout history appreciated the language of the cosmos.
While astrology has always remained in the cultural consciousness, the current attitude towards the practice is often skeptical. Typically, when a skeptic tries to debunk something, they delve into the subject and build a case from there. Not usually the case for astrology. Perhaps it’s the curse of being associated with the mystical side of life—but those modern scientist-types write astrology off right away, not even willing to carry out an experiment of their own. Ironic, isn’t it?
[in defense of astrology to skeptic Edmund Halley] “I have studied the matter. You sir, have not.” – Sir Isaac Newton
Without further study, most never realize the incredibly logical structure behind astrology. It’s like putting together the pieces of a puzzle, where you know the characteristics of each piece. This sign + this planet → this set of results. Take Mercury in Virgo, for example. If Mercury is the signifier for the mind—thought, speech, writing—then how would a person approach the world if their mind is wired to express Virgo qualities— attention to detail, analyzing, and critical thinking? If you easily notice the littlest details, you will respond to your environment in a certain definable way.
“Perhaps there is a pattern set up in the heavens for one who desires to see it, and having seen it, to find one in himself.” – Plato
Astrology is rooted in pattern recognition.
How did we figure out that people act ridiculously during Full Moons, or that Mercury retrogrades seem to match up with communication problems and flight delays, or that people with their Mercury in Virgo easily notice and point out the littlest details? Observation. Sound familiar? Observation and data collection are the backbone of the sciences. So why are Carl Jung or Sigmund Freud’s mere decades of observing personality, more widely accepted than the millennia of data and observations that formed the basis of astrology?
“Astrology is one of the most ancient sciences, held in high esteem of old, by the wise and the great.” – Benjamin Franklin
You may ask, “but why does this crazy astrology thing work out so logically?” And honestly: no one knows. I can’t offer any explanation that isn’t esoteric in nature. But haven’t the biggest “whys?” about our universe always been just as fuzzy? It is that same inescapable quest for “why?” that led to the birth of belief, religion, and of course, modern science.
We’re so quick to dismiss the natural world in this age of technology, but where would be today without our ancestors living by the stars?
So, all I ask is for you to suspend your skepticism for a moment and learn a little bit about this ancient science. The more you learn, the more your skepticism will melt away. And soon even you, little skeptic, will find yourself texting me in the middle of the night asking for a chart reading. Believe me. Happens allllll the time.