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Category: Space Published: March 23, 2013
Hardened scientists will tell you astrology doesn't work. Believers will tell you it does. Who is right? They are both right. It depends on what you mean by the word 'work'. Astrology is the belief that the alignment of stars and planets affects every individual's mood, personality, and environment, depending on when he was born. Are horoscopes really accurate. Astrologers print horoscopes in newspapers that are personalized by birth date. These horoscopes make predictions in people's personal lives, describe their personalities, and give them advice; all according to the position of astronomical bodies. A survey conducted by the National Science Foundation found that 41% of respondents believe that astrology is 'very scientific' or 'sort of scientific'. Let us break the original question into two separate, more specific, questions: 1) Does the position of astronomical bodies affect a person's life? 2) Can horoscopes make people feel better? These questions are both very different. Both can be determined scientifically.
Does the position of astronomical bodies affect a person's life (beyond basic weather)?
No. The position and orientation of the sun relative to earth does cause seasons. Anyone who has shoveled snow off his walk in January when he would rather be at the beach can tell you that the astronomical bodies definitely affect our lives. Solar flares cause electromagnetic disturbances on earth that can disrupt satellites and even cause blackouts. The position of the moon causes ocean tides. If you are a fisher, the position of the moon can have a significant effect on your livelihood. The solar wind causes beautiful aurora, and sunlight itself is the main source of energy for our planet. But all of these effects fall under the umbrella of basic weather; not astrology. Astrology purports that astronomical bodies have influence on people's lives beyond basic weather patterns, depending on their birth date. This claim is scientifically false. Numerous scientific studies have disproven that astronomical bodies affect people's lives according to their birth date. For instance, Peter Hartmann and his collaborators studied over 4000 individuals and found no correlation between birth date and personality or intelligence. In one of the most famous experiments, Shawn Carlson had 28 astrologers make predictions and then tested the accuracy of their predictions. Before conducting the experiment, he fine-tuned the method so that various independent scientists agreed the method was scientifically sound, and also so that all of the astrologers agreed the test was fair. As published in Nature, he found that the astrologers could do no better at predicting the future than random chance. These results agree with fundamental science.
Fundamentally, there are four forces of nature: gravity, electromagnetism, the strong nuclear force, and the weak nuclear force. If an object affects a person, it must do so by interacting through one of these fundamental forces. For instance, strong acid burns your skin because the electromagnetic fields in the acid pull strongly enough on your skin molecules that they rip apart. A falling rock crushes you because gravity pulls it onto you. A nuclear bomb will vaporize you because of nuclear forces. Each of the fundamental forces can be very strong. The problem is that they all die off with distance. The nuclear forces die off so quickly that they are essentially zero beyond a few nanometers. Electromagnetic forces typically extend from nanometers to kilometers. Sensitive equipment can detect electromagnetic waves (light) from the edge of the observable universe, but that light is exceptionally weak. The gravity of a star technically extends throughout the universe, but its individual effect on the universe does not extend much beyond its solar system. Because of the effect of distance, the gravitational pull of Polaris on an earth-bound human is weaker than the gravitational pull of a gnat flitting about his head. Similarly, the electromagnetic waves (light) reaching the eye of an earth-bound human from Sirius is dimmer than the light from a firefly flitting by. If the stars and planets really had an effect on humans, then gnats and fireflies would have even more of an effect. Even if the gravity of the planets was strong enough to affect you, an alignment of the planets would not lead you to win the lottery for the simple reason that a literal alignment of the planets never happens in the real world.
Can horoscopes make people feel better?
Yes. But it has nothing to do with the horoscopes being right. Horoscopes make people feel better because of a psychological effect known as the placebo effect. The placebo effect is when the belief in a useless method actually makes a person feel better. It is the belief itself, and not the method, that causes the improvement. The placebo effect has been scientifically verified. If you give pills to ten sick patients containing only water, but tell them it is a powerful new drug that will help them, and then have ten sick patients not take the pills, then over time the patients taking pills will show better health. Because of the placebo effect, a new drug must not just be proven to make patients feel better. It must be proven to perform better than a placebo. In accurate medical experiments, the control group is not a collection of untreated patients. Rather, the control group is a collection of patients receiving a placebo. The placebo effect is the mechanism at work with astrology. Many people believe in astrology. When they read their horoscope and follow its advice, they feel better. But it is the belief itself and not the astrology that is making them feel better. Many pseudo-scientific treatments – from crystal healing to homeopathy – help people through the placebo effect. Believing in a treatment that does not actually do anything may help, but believing in a treatment that does is even better. Sticking to scientifically proven treatments gives you the benefit of the belief and the benefit of the treatment's action. For instance, instead of reading your horoscope each morning, go for a walk. Exercise is proven to be good for body and mind, and your belief in its effect will also help you.
If you're anything like me, you were hooked on astrology the minute you got a taste of it. You probably discovered your Sun sign, studied a few of its basic qualities, and felt totally seen. The stars know who you are better than even you do, it seemed, and you wanted more. Over the years, you've probably been taking in astrological knowledge by osmosis. You may have even gotten your birth chart read so you could reveal even more of the hidden secrets your astrological persona has been containing. Mars sign, Venus sign, Moon sign, ascendant: you want to develop your understanding of them all. The nuances of your birth chart are endless. There are even signs not even the most astrologically-informed of us all are aware of and if you've taken a confused peak at some of the smaller planets in your chart, you've probably wondered what does Ceres mean in astrology?
You're thinking, 'I probably need a PhD in astrology to even begin to fathom that,' but truthfully, we're all learning about this stuff together, one sign at a time. The smaller, more obscure planets in our chart explain various subtleties in our personality that our more major planets might not—Ceres being one of them. Ceres, Chiron, Pallas, and Juno are all known as dwarf planets or asteroids, and in fact, some astrologers even say they could never explicate an accurate horoscope for someone without also identifying their Ceres sign. For everyone who feels their Sun sign might be missing their more complex qualities, look no further than Ceres.
If you aren't sure what your Ceres is (or any of these strange signs I'm mentioning right now), check out this birth chart calculator and find out yours.
There are a number of asteroids floating around between Mars and Jupiter, but the four biggest and, in our opinion, most important are Pallas, Juno, Vesta, and of course, Ceres. She is the largest of the four and on January 1, 1801, became the first of the four to be discovered by astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi in Italy. After a year of research, he was able to prove it deserved to be known as a dwarf planet (making it just as influential to our charts as Pluto!).
In terms of Greek and Roman mythology, the four asteroids are all named after the female relatives of Jupiter (AKA Zeus). Juno is his wife, Pallas Athena, his daughter, and both Vesta and Ceres are his sisters. Like the way Venus and the Moon influence our chart, these four planets also represent the intrinsically feminine aspects of our personality.
The most all-encompassing way to describe Ceres is the Earth Mother. She rules over health, nutrition, agriculture, and overall, a universal nourishing that permeates everything we touch and are touched by. She also symbolizes fertility, the transitions a woman experiences through the various stages in her life, motherhood, and the fierce energy that family relationships are intertwined with. Ceres describes what we need to feel nurtured in this life and how we nurture those around us.
You know how deep, dark, and beautiful a mother's love is? It's so strong, the sharpest and most indestructible knife couldn't carve a mark into it. Ceres represents that depth of love that sits within all of us. It's kind of amazing to think that there's a Ceres breathing fire into every loving act we commit, isn't it?
Just take whatever astrological sign that is associated with Ceres in your chart and let that inform how exactly that invincible love takes shape in your world. For example, if it's a Gemini, maybe your love extends through conversations, art projects, and cultivating freedom and independence for your loved ones. If it's Taurus, your love might take the form of fierce and uncompromising devotion, as well as a foundation of stability.
On the other end of the motherhood spectrum, Ceres also represents grief, loss, and even our response to the abduction of whomever we love most (namely our children). She also represents the issues we may have in our parent-child relationships.
Mythologically speaking, Ceres nearly lost her daughter, Persephone, to Pluto (AKA Hades), after he kidnapped her. With the ferocity of a mother's love, she was willing to do anything to get her back, even strike a deal with Hades that allowed her to return home for eight months out of the year. The four that she remained with him were during the winter season, which explains why our Earth is without harvest and barren from food when Persephone is away; Ceres, ruler of agriculture, is in pain and missing her daughter. Feminine love is truly a force to be reckoned with.