Is Astrology science

Addy Dean, Reporter

According to the American Federation of Astrologers as many as 70 million Americans check their horoscope every day. So, chances are you have heard of the science of Astrology, which shouldn’t be confused with Astronomy. So, what’s the difference? 

     Astrology is the study of the stars and the movement/positions of celestial beings (things in space) and connecting their influence to explain events in the natural world. Astrologers and people who read up on astrology generally believe the stars and space hold some sort of divine power. 

     If you’ve ever heard of zodiac signs or mercury going into retrograde; that’s astrology. 

     The culture surrounding astrology is astonishing to say the least, there are a plethora of products and tools that can be purchased to help enhance your ability on reading your zodiac signs and relating the energy of celestial bodies back to your own human experience on Earth. 

     Whether you like to admit it or not I bet you’ve read your horoscope at least once or maybe you’ve just looked up what zodiac sign you belong to. Astrology has taken the world by storm and for good reason.  

     In a year like 2020 the unexpected has become a part of our daily lives so searching for answers and attempting to shed light on the unexplained couldn’t be any easier then looking up at the night sky. 

     Astrologers and people who believe astrology to be scientific use the stars and positioning’s of constellations to make predictions about people’s personalities and the path their lives may take. 

     According to Astronomer Neil Degrasse Tyson many astrological beliefs were based during pre-Copernican which means during the time we thought the earth was the center of the universe. Which clearly wasn’t a time where science was most accurate. 

     Astrology fails to connect a why. Why do the stars influence our daily life? They don’t, astrology is simply a pseudoscience which basically means it’s just not real. Astrology also fails to provide a mechanism to how it works. 

   There’s no real rhyme or reason to say, “oh I’m a Scorpio so on December 7th of 2020 will be the luckiest day of the year for me” (that was a completely made-up horoscope) 

     However, Astronomy is a natural science that uses mathematics, physics, and chemistry to explain the origin and evolution of celestial bodies. 

      Unlike astrology astronomy is backed by countless hours of studying, experimenting and observing.