Astrology, Infinity Stones, and the Multiverse

Astrology, Infinity Stones, and the Multiverse

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It is not surprising that the topic of astrology comes up several times a year, usually in the form of someone asking me what sign I am. Over the years I have seen some former students on Facebook posting about it, and over the years I have heard people make decisions based, in part, on what their horoscope says. 

For some, this is just a conversation piece, just something to talk about with only mild interest. In Sept. 2010, the Pew Research Council did a study on a variety of topics to see what percent of the public actually believed in issues such as UFOs, evolution, ghosts, afterlife, and astrology, to name a few. “Among the public, one-in-four (25%) believe in astrology, (including 23% of Christians)”1

One-quarter of the population (that’s 1 in 4 for the math-challenged) believe there is some truth to astrology, and nearly as many Christians. As a young man, I occasionally read my horoscope and was amused by how seemingly accurate it was. Other times, when friends would talk about different people, we were sometimes surprised at how precisely astrology would fit their personalities. Was it that accurate, or was it just worded so that it ‘seemed’ to be true? And really, what did it matter? For many, astrology seems to be a harmless past-time, like bowling or knitting. But is it harmless? Do people hold it more credible than they should? Are some people making serious lifelong decisions about their jobs, careers, marriage, health, or children based on their sign or what their horoscope says for that day or week? The answer to that is yes.

The underlying message of Astrology is that the sun, moon, planets, and stars influence and even determine what our personalities will be. In other words, everyone born under a particular sign should have certain personality traits. For example, Aries should be adventurous and an outgoing individual. On the other hand, someone born under the sign of Taurus should be physically and emotionally strong and have a dislike for change. Virgo’s should be quiet and family-oriented, while Capricorn’s are hardworking, reliable, short-tempered, and have a hard time with authority.

Throughout history, people have struggled to find meaning in their lives and direction for decisions they have to make. But unfortunately, they fall prey to others that use astrology to make money, manipulating those foolish enough to believe astrology may actually work. 

You can find volumes about astrology, the different personality types, and how they relate to each other. Astrology sites make tens of millions every year, and on Amazon, if you search for astrology, you will find nearly 60,000 references. Some popular titles include The Magic of Manifesting, Christian Astrology, The Complete Guide to Astrology Understanding Yourself, Your Signs and Your Birth Chart, You Were Born for This, Astrology for the Soul, The Stars Within You, Predictive Astrology: tools to Forecast Your Life and Create Your Brightest Future. That last one sounds like a title Joel Osteen would have come up with; Osteen’s book, Your Best Life Now, comes to mind. If something in our popular culture has such an impact on the lives of millions of people, you would think it would have some empirical (verifiable) evidence to support the claims it makes.

You will find Horoscopes listed under “entertainment” in most newspapers, which should tell you something, but that does not excuse the fact that for some, this ‘entertainment’ influences, if not directs, the lives of millions. The fact that it is listed under entertainment does not excuse its negative consequence and impact on our culture. Thousands of movies and books written yearly for entertainment have no part in a supposed intelligent, moral, and ethical society. 

Just because a culture becomes accepting of a behavior does not make it right. Thousands would be entertained in Rome each year by watching gladiators fight to the death, but did that make it morally right? Atheist Richard Dawkins, who is no friend of Christianity, said, “We should take astrology seriously. No, I don’t mean we should believe in it. I am talking about fighting it seriously instead of humoring it as a piece of harmless fun.”

Over the years, science has researched the validity of Astrology and placed it in the same category as pink magic unicorns, the Multiverse, flat Earth, Putin Prices, and the continuum of Gender identity (currently at 72 and rising).

One example that shines a light on the folly of Astrology is twins that have the same sign, and despite being born under the same constellation position, and solar position, their personalities, and lives come out quite different.

Another example can be found in an article written by April Lorier, “…studies have shown that horoscopes themselves are inaccurate. For example, a study of men re-enlisting in the Marine Corps from 1962 through 1970 showed that their astrological signs were just as likely to be ruled by Venus, the planet of love, as they were by Mars, the god of war.”((Lorier, April. “Astrology Disproved by Science.” Christian Nature. Christiannature.blogspot.com, 8/13/2010. Web. 7/2/2013. http://christiannature.blogspot.com/2010/08/astrology-disproved-by-science.html)) In other words, those under the sign of Mars should be the majority of those who enlist in the Marine Corps or at least have a higher enlistment rate compared to those under the sign of Venus.

Let’s look at another issue with astrology concerning the ever-changing position of the Earth’s axis. Hipparchus (c.190 BC – c.120 BC) was the first astronomer to recognize the precession of the Earth’s axis. This is significant because the Earth’s axis has a slight change, to the tune of 1 degree every 72 years, in its precession. Much like the slight wobble you would see in a spinning top, the Earth, if you can picture it, has a wobble as it spins. According to Livescience.com, “Unbeknownst to the ancient astrologers, the Earth continually wobbles around its axis in a 25,800-year cycle. This wobble—called precession—is caused by the gravitational attraction of the Moon on Earth’s equatorial bulge. Over the past two-and-a-half millennia, this wobble has caused the intersection point between the celestial equator and the ecliptic to move west along the ecliptic by 36 degrees, or almost exactly one-tenth of the way around. This means that the signs have slipped one-tenth—or almost one whole month…”((Braganca, Pedro. “Astrology: Why Your Zodiac Sign and Horoscope Is Wrong.” Live Science. Livescience.com, 10/23/2007. Web. 7/2/2013 http://www.livescience.com/4667-astrological-sign.html))

So the sign that everyone thinks they are could be off by about four weeks. That could throw a huge wrench in the astrological match-making industry, but you never hear that from astrologers. 

After reading about astrology, I took a moment and looked up my astrological advice for this today and thought I would share it. “Something sudden and unexpected might affect your public reputation or your career. A boss or someone in authority might praise you. You might even get a promotion or a raise. You might develop a crush on a boss. Admittedly, it could be a different surprise. Something not as nice.”

I love that rainbow of possibilities and the use of the word “might.” It just builds my confidence in the validity of astrological advice. 

Just a few years ago, a census and survey center in the United Kingdom did one of the largest tests on Astrology ever taken. It investigated the marriages of over ten million people and found, “This research shows that astrological sign has no impact on the probability of marrying – and staying married to – someone of any other sign. For decades, popular astrologers have promoted the idea of ‘love signs’: compatibility between partners with certain combinations of birthdays. If the more than twenty million married people in England and Wales offer any indication, lonely hearts who worry about the zodiac [signs] are wasting their time.”((Voas, David. “Ten million marriages: A test of astrological ‘love signs.'” Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research. ccsr.ac.uk, 3/25/2007. Web. 7/5/2013. http://www.ccsr.ac.uk/research/VoasAstrology.pdf))

Horoscopes, Zodiac signs, Tarot cards, Chinese horoscopes, Mayan horoscopes, and Numerology can all be found in major newspapers worldwide, and all would fall under astrology. People pay good money for books written about Astrology and all its sub-topics. People also pay others to give them serious advice based on beliefs in astrology. Do yourself a favor. Next time you’re tempted to read your horoscope for today, don’t waste your time. Just follow my advice for any day, and go read a good book.

The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable. – John Kenneth Galbraith

Deuteronomy 4:19

And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars—all the heavenly array—do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the Lord your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven.

Deuteronomy 18:10-12

Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you.

Isaiah 47:13–15

Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you. Surely, they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves from the power of the flame. . . . Each of them goes on in his error; there is not one that can save you.

 

Sources:

1. Allen, Jodie T. Auxier, Richard C. “Why should we care what people think when so many are do dumb.” pewresearch.org. Pew Research Center, 10/30/2010. Web. 7/3/2013. http://www.pewresearch.org/2010/09/30/why-should-we-care-what-people-think-when-so-many-are-so-dumb/

2. Lorier, April. “Astrology Disproved by Science.” Christian Nature. Christiannature.blogspot.com, 8/13/2010. Web. 7/2/2013. http://christiannature.blogspot.com/2010/08/astrology-disproved-by-science.html

3. Braganca, Pedro. “Astrology: Why Your Zodiac Sign and Horoscope Is Wrong.” Live Science. Livescience.com, 10/23/2007. Web. 7/2/2013 http://www.livescience.com/4667-astrological-sign.html

4. Voas, David. “Ten million marriages: A test of astrological ‘love signs’.” Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research. ccsr.ac.uk, 3/25/2007. Web. 7/5/2013. http://www.ccsr.ac.uk/research/VoasAstrology.pdf

 

Other Sources:

http://undsci.berkeley.edu/article/astrology_checklist

http://christiananswers.net/q-eden/astrology.html

http://www.equip.org/bible_answers/what-is-wrong-with-astrology/

  1. Allen, Jodie T. Auxier, Richard C. “Why should we care what people think when so many are do dumb.” pewresearch.org. Pew Research Center, 10/30/2010. Web. 7/3/2013. http://www.pewresearch.org/2010/09/30/why-should-we-care-what-people-think-when-so-many-are-so-dumb/ []

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