Is There Anything To Astrology?
"In Search Of", a popular documentary series in
the late 1970's hosted by Leonard Nimoy, decided to do an episode
exposing astrology and horoscopes as frauds because no one acted
like their zodiac signs. However, the episode "In Search of
Astrology" (January 12, 1978) wound up finding that in people did
often behave like their zodiac sings predicted.
Horoscopes are the summaries of helpful advice for life based on
astrology -- the movement of planets, stars and other heavenly
bodies. Astrologers tend to focus on the heavenly bodies in this
solar system. They are usually referred to as "planets" for
convenience's sake, even though the moon, Pluto and the sun are
also included in this category. The sun is given the most
precedence of influencing behavior, then the moon, the inner
planets, the outer planets, Pluto and then other celestial
Astrology is a study of interpreting how the movement of the
planets can affect the moods and behavior of people on the ground.
This may have been inspired by something as dramatic as the moon
pulling the tides. Certainly, a full moon has been known to be the
cause for mating or egg-laying behavior among fish and reptiles as
well as a rise in human births and full emergency wards. If the
moon could affect nature, why not people?
Astrologers learn that if a planet moves a certain way, people born
under a certain sun sign will tend to act a given way. They also
have to consider if the planet is going retrograde (more on that
later), how the planet relates to other planets and what
constellation the Sun is in. So, in a regular newspaper or magazine
horoscope, a very complex formula is often summarized in a couple