Even if you’re asking yourself, “Why am I so different from everyone else?” Astrology can provide insight. Astrology can help you understand the people around you and support your social life. People frequently use astrology to pass judgment on others rather than learn about them. If handled with respect, astrology can help you perform even better in any social circumstance by preparing you to face whatever comes your way. You’ll discover what makes each of us unique, and you’ll learn to accept our differences for what they are.
What are the benefits of astrology?
It employs scientific understanding of celestial bodies as well as scientific-sounding instruments such as star charts. Some people use astrology to build expectations about future events and people’s characteristics in the same way as scientific theories do.
How can astrology help you live a better life?
How to Improve Yourself Using Astrology
- Find out more about yourself. How can you better yourself if you don’t even know who you are?
- Find a sense of security and control. The world can be overwhelming and chaotic at times.
- Make Valuable Connections.
- Align yourself with the cosmos.
- Unleash Your True Potential
result in you winning the lottery, for the simple reason that it never happens in the real world.
Yes. But it has nothing to do with the accuracy of the horoscopes. Because of a psychological impact known as the placebo effect, horoscopes make individuals feel better. The placebo effect occurs when a person’s belief in a useless procedure makes them feel better. The improvement is caused by the belief rather than the method. The placebo effect has been shown scientifically. If you give ten sick patients water-only pills and tell them it’s a powerful new drug that will help them, and then have ten sick patients refuse to take the pills, the patients who take the pills will improve in health over time. Because of the placebo effect, a new treatment must be shown to make patients feel better in addition to making them feel better. It must be demonstrated that it outperforms a placebo. The control group in accurate medical experiments is not a group of untreated patients. The control group, on the other hand, is made up of patients who were given a placebo. The placebo effect is at work when it comes to astrology. A large number of people believe in astrology. They feel better when they read their horoscope and follow its advice. However, it is their belief, not the astrology, that makes them feel better. The placebo effect is used in many pseudoscientific treatments, from crystal healing to homeopathy. Believing in a treatment that doesn’t work may be beneficial, but believing in one 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.
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Is it true that many believe in astrology?
Christine Smallwood’s fascinating piece, “Astrology in the Age of Uncertainty:
Astrology is currently experiencing widespread popular acceptability that has not been seen since the 1970s. The transition began with the introduction of the personal computer, was expedited by the Internet, and has now reached new levels of speed thanks to social media. According to a Pew Research Center poll from 2017, about a third of Americans believe in astrology.
Astrology, like psychoanalysis before it, has infiltrated our collective vernacular. At a party in the 1950s, you could have heard someone talk about the id, ego, or superego; now, it’s normal to hear someone explain herself using the sun, moon, and rising signs. It isn’t just that you are aware of it. It’s who’s saying it: folks who aren’t kooks or deniers of climate change, who don’t find a conflict between utilizing astrology and believing in science…
I ran a short Google search and discovered the following Pew report from October 2018:
The religion breakdown was the only thing that surprised me about this table.
I had the impression that mainline Protestants were the rational ones, but they believe in astrology at the same rate as the overall population.
But, hey, I guess they’re ordinary Americans, so they have average American ideas.
Only 3% of atheists believe in astrology, which is also unexpected.
This makes sense, yet it seemed reasonable to me that someone may not believe in God but believe in other supernatural things: in fact, I could see astrology as a type of replacement for a traditional religious system.
But it appears that is not the case.
Brian Wansink has been compared to an astrologer who can make astute observations about the world based on a combination of persuasiveness and qualitative understanding, and then attributes his success to tarot cards or tea leaves rather than a more practical ability to synthesize ideas and tell good stories.
Does Brian Wansink, on the other hand, believe in astrology?
What about Marc Hauser, Ed Wegman, Susan Fiske, and the rest of the bunch who call their detractors “second-string, replication police, methodological terrorists, Stasi, and so on?”
I doubt they believe in astrology because it symbolizes a rival belief system: it’s a business that, in some ways, competes with rah-rah Ted-talk science.
I wouldn’t be shocked if famous ESP researchers believe in astrology, but I get the impression that mainstream junk-science supporters in academia and the news media feel uncomfortable discussing ESP since its research methods are so similar to their own.
They don’t want to be associated with ESP researchers because it would devalue their own study, but they also don’t want to put them under the bus because they are fellow Ivy League academics, so the safest plan is to remain quiet about it.
The greater point, however, is not astrology believing in and of itself, but the mental state that allows individuals to believe in something so contrary to our scientific understanding of the world.
(OK, I apologize to the 29% of you who don’t agree with me on this.)
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It’s not that astrology couldn’t be correct a priori:
We can come up with credible hypotheses under which astrology is real and amazing, just as we can with embodied cognition, beauty and sex ratio, ovulation and voting, air rage, ages ending in 9, and all the other Psychological Science / PNAS classics.
It’s just that nothing has come up after years of rigorous research.
And the existing theories aren’t particularly convincing: they’re speculative world models that may be good if the purpose was to describe a real and enduring occurrence, but they’re less so without actual data.
Anyway, if 30% of Americans are willing to believe such nonsense, it’s no surprise that a significant number of influential American psychology professors will have the kind of attitude toward scientific theory and evidence that leads them to have strong beliefs in weak theories with no supporting evidence.
Indeed, not only support for specific weak theories, but support for the fundamental principle that pseudoscientific views should be treated with respect (although, oddly enough, maybe not for astrology itself).
P.S.In defense of the survey respondents (but not of the psychology professors who support ideas like the “critical positivity ratio,” which makes astrology appear positively sane in comparison), belief in astrology (or, for that matter, belief in heaven, gravity, or the square-cube law) is essentially free.
Why not believe these things, or not believe them?
Belief or denial in evolution, climate change, or unconscious bias, on the other hand, can have social or political consequences.
Some opinions are purely personal, while others have a direct impact on policy.
I have less patience for famous academic and media elites who aggressively support junk science by not just expressing their trust in speculative notions supported by no real data, but also attacking those who point out these emperors’ nudity. Furthermore, even a hypothetical tolerant, open-minded supporter of junk sciencethe type of person who might believe in critical positivity ratio but actively support the publication of criticisms of that workcan still cause some harm by contaminating scientific journals and the news media with bad science, and by promoting sloppy work that takes up space that could be used for more careful research.
You know how they say science corrects itself, but only because individuals are willing to correct themselves?
Gresham’s law is also true, but only when people are willing to distribute counterfeit notes or money they think is counterfeit while keeping their lips shut until they can get rid of their wads of worthless stock.
P.P.S.Just to be clear:I don’t think astrology is a waste of time, and it’s possible that Marc Hauser was onto something real, even while faking data (according to the US government, as mentioned on Wikipedia), and the critical positivity ratio, ovulation, voting, and all the rest…
Just because there isn’t enough evidence to support a theory doesn’t mean it’s untrue.
I’m not trying to disprove any of these assertions.
All of it should be published someplace, along with all of the criticism.
My issue with junk science proponents isn’t simply that they advocate science that I and others perceive to be rubbish; they can also be wrong!
However, they consistently avoid, deny, and oppose valid open criticism.
P.P.P.S.Remember that #notallpsychologists.
Of course, the problem of junk research isn’t limited to psychology in any way.
Professors of political science, economics, sociology, and history, to the extent that they believe in astrology, spoon bending, or whatever (that is, belief in “scientific paranormalism as describing some true thing about the natural world, not just a “anthropological recognition that paranormal beliefs can affect the world because people believe in it), this could also sabotage their research.
I suppose it’s not such a big problem if a physicist or chemist believes in these things.
I’m not attempting to shut down study into astrology, embodied cognition, ESP, beauty-and-sex-ratio, endless soup bowls, spoon bending, the Bible Code, air anger, ovulation and voting, subliminal smiley faces, or anything else.
Allow for the blooming of a thousand blooms!
Given that a sizable portion of the populace is willing to believe in scientific-sounding notions that aren’t backed by any good scientific theory or evidence, it should come as no surprise that many professional scientists hold this viewpoint.
The repercussions are especially evident in psychology, which is a vital field of study where theories can be hazy and where there is a long legacy of belief and action based on flimsy data.
That isn’t to say that psychologists are awful people; they’re merely working on difficult challenges in a field with a long history of failures.
This isn’t a critique; it’s just the way things are. Of course, there is a lot of excellent work being done in the field of psychology. You’ll have to work with what you’ve got.
How do you put astrology into action?
One way to expose the LOA processes that serve you best is to examine your sixth house (of ritual magic, daily routines, and how we get things done).
Before reading about the greatest ways to materialize, get your natal astrological chart. (Here’s a quick and easy tutorial from Kim Falconer on how to make your chart.)
Then, for the planets that apply, read the entries below to find out which manifesting habits and exercises will work best for you. (If you’re new to astrology charts, this 3-minute video can help you discover houses and rulers.)
My sixth house, for example, has no planets but is ruled by the moon (Cancer on the cusp). That suggests that consistency or a cyclical process would be beneficial to me, and that self-love practices would be a good focus.
Examine your sixth-house activities to see what manifesting rituals you’re drawn to:
If the Moon is in or rules your sixth house (Cancer on the cusp), you’ll benefit from being more consistent with your manifesting routines. Observe the natural cycles on a daily, weekly, monthly, or seasonal basis. Engage in processes that will improve your self-love as well as your love for others. Consider the following options:
- Speak words of self-appreciation to yourself on a daily basis (eye to eye in the mirror)
- Make a list of good aspects.
- Connect with nature by tending to animals or planting a garden.
- Experiment with lazy manifesting.
- Feel the emotions.
Your best manifesting rituals will be ones that make you feel special when the Sun is in or rules your 6th house (Leo on the cusp). Take control of the limelight and make it all about you.
Consider the following:
- Pose in a powerful manner
- Dress the part a few times.
Mercury in or controlling the 6th house (Gemini or Virgo on the cusp) will find that rituals involving words are more effective than those involving pictures or imaginations.
- Recite mantras or affirmations over and over.
- Keep a prayer notebook and make lists with a magic pen.
- Make a list of your goals.
- utter a magical spell
- Rehearse the new narrative
Venus in or controlling the 6th house (Taurus or Libra on the cusp) is drawn to tactile, sensuous rituals. Remember that your body is your friend, and that when you listen to it, it may provide you with invaluable advice. When you work with a manifesting partner, you’ll get a lot more juice. Put Venus to work by employing techniques like as:
- Wearing magical oils
- Crystals are fun to play with.
- Make use of props and surroundings cues.
- Pay attention to your body.
- Find a manifesting partner.
If Mars is in or rules your 6th house (Aries or Scorpio on the cusp), the greatest way to materialize success is to be fiery, bold, and take inspired action! Consider the following possibilities:
- Make use of your decision-making abilities.
- Follow your most ecstatic feelings.
- Take action based on inspiration.
- Make it a competition or a game (LOA Treasure Hunt)
When Jupiter is in or rules the 6th house (on the cusp of Sagittarius or Pisces), you should let your imagination run wild with huge goals! Don’t be afraid to go all outthis isn’t the time to hold back. How much longer can you take it? Jupiter wants you to elevate your standards, and he also wants you to expect the bestand to loosen up and have fun!
- Increase the size of your dreams.
- Increase the value of your set points.
- Yoga of Laughter (gigglefest to manifest)
When Saturn is in or rules the 6th house (on the cusp of Capricorn or Aquarius), the ‘task master’ is your manifesting ruler. Working on your manifesting endeavor is the path to allowing (no slacking! ), and sticking with it will pay off. Consider:
- Boot camp for vibrations
- Knowing what you truly desire
- Tolerances are being released.
- Identifying gremlins or self-defeating thoughts
- Getting rid of a decision
It’s critical to follow your heart while Uranus is in or rules the 6th house (Aquarius on the cusp). Dare to be different and take the way less traveled. Rebellion is good for you! Make a radical change to your manifesting approach, and success will follow in your newly blazed path.
- Make your own rules, or break the ones that already exist!
- Don’t give a damn about what other people think.
- Leave the gurus outside.
- Pay attention to your inner voice.
Those with Neptune in the sixth house or Pisces on the cusp should remember to trust, have faith in the unknown, and accept. Surrendering and letting go are valuable skills to develop. You’ll also prosper if you connect with others to feel connected and love the art of manifesting. Consider investigating:
- Manifesting slacker
- Using OutSourcers or a higher level of authority
- Group meditations on Pure Awareness
- Mind movies and vision boards
- Relax your grasp on reality.
When Pluto is in or rules the 6th house (Scorpio on the house cusp), remember that being aggressive with your manifesting process is not only okay, but preferred. Consider it for a moment as if it were a life or death situation. Many LOA teachers suggest relinquishing attachments; disregard this advice. Your methods are supposed to be transforming and intense, and you might love using anything that is considered “taboo or occult in nature.”
- 68 seconds of all-positive thinking
- Shifting identities
- Detox from emotional enslavement
Of course, there are more astrological insights and horoscope interpretations concerning your best manifesting methods to be had. Have faith in your instincts!
If you’d like to learn more, Kim and I discuss the power of ritual on our Good Vibe Astrology free calls page. (To hear the call, go to “Power of Rituals.”) Meanwhile, have fun manifesting!