I'm slightly embarrassed to admit that I just today learned that astrology does not totally follow observable astronomical data.
Astrology has always been a hobby of mine, but this year I've been getting more and more into it. Because this is a safe space and no one reads this blog anyway, but especially if anyone reads this, I wanted to dive deeper into it first to explore my past lives. Now, I don't know if I totally believe in that, but like a lot of the woo-woo I enjoy, it helps with self exploration. Then, I thought it would be beneficial for me to learn how to apply the transits (the daily positions of the heavenly bodies) to my own natal chart and just read my own horoscope. Lastly, I thought how amazing it felt to know where Jupiter was, to know that there is an astroid out there in a certain place, right now as the world feels like it's ending on Earth.
But, the astrological charts don't reflect actual, observable astronomical charts. For example, a scientific astronomer and an astrologer (and anyone who can see the moon) will report that the moon's phase is waning Gibbous right now, but the former will tell you based on observation that the moon is in the constellation Virgo while the latter says it's in Libra on its way to Scorpio.
For weeks I've been following what Jupiter and Saturn are telling us from the constellation Aquarius, what they have in store for big changes and how we should manage them. Only, they've been in Capricorn. Yet the Great Conjunction, where the two "generational" planets appeared next to each other from our POV on Earth, was very real in late December 2020. And, all this time, I was born under the sign of Virgo, not Libra. Yet, I am diplomatic, idealist, and non-confrontational just as a Libra is expected to be. Well, it's time I've had a talking to me about astrology.
Like most of the people I've come across in astrology groups or astrologers I follow online, I discovered it as a kid and was smitten. I've always been drawn to New Age-y, woo-woo, and "weird" stuff. You'll find many articles about how astrology has made a comeback among the "self-care" millennials, and it makes sense. These are really hard times; some, maybe most people, need something to believe in, something predictable in a mercurial climate, they want to ride along with the rhythms of the cosmos in all this chaos. I'm absolutely one of those people. I want to believe. And, I totally knew it's freaking fake as fuck. Now, I know even more so how much of a creation it is. Not unlike so, so very much in our world - like the myth of America that has pushed people away from traditional faith and into communities like astrology.
So, I wonder why is this practice, pseudoscience, cult of magic thinking following outdated math and the beliefs of ancient Greeks? Probably because it's easier, more predictable, just esoteric enough, more convenient? But, why not Vedic (from India) or Chinese astrology? Because it's Western? Because astronomers still refer to the Greek constellations, even though in other parts of the world at the same time as the Greeks, the same stars had different takes on them?
So today, after learning about what February and this year has in store for me, which is in a nutshell that I'll have the opportunity to challenge my life's work, either in my everyday job or in a bigger sense. Yes, vague, but that's astrology. I may be compelled to challenge old thoughts within myself or my periphery.
I have to admit I was a little shook just how scientifically fake astrology is. I at least thought that it simply applied a prescription of meaning to what is going on out there way out of our reach. But it's not even that. It's not even completely made up. It's half-wrong, following an old, old, old out of date map that was made before people really understood that the Earth wobbles like a top.
So, there I was having challenged some of my personal beliefs. Just saying.
All those questions I ask above, perhaps that's what I can follow this year as part of my purpose exploration. I can't keep going with the daily horoscope if I very well know that the planets aren't where the charts say they are. What a bummer. But, what's not a bummer is that there's always something to learn. It's not frivolous to want something to help guide you through tough times or even good times, and it's certainly not frivolous to explore why something like astrology has survived since ancient Babylonian times in the way that it has.
We'll see what the stars have in store for me on my journey.