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Astrology is not  astronomy.   Alchemy is not chemistry.  A squirrel is not a sock.   Yet,  both start with the letter S! 

Are you a Libra?:  Look for a new opportunity.  Signs indicate intimacy mid week.  Be open minded during a short trip, number 2, 7 and 9 will pay big.  Sounds great!  But astrology is not a science; it is a system of very wishful thinking.

That said, it is impossible to say there is nothing to Astrology. There is no evidence that the stars millions of light years away will affect Tuesday’s lunch, but, since YOU are human, and since YOU are aware Astrology exists, it could very well influence an outcome.  This is because the power of suggestion works very well on our psyche.  Let’s do a little thought experiment.  You are born under the sign of Leo.  Your Auntie immediately buys a royal crest bonnet and booties. Others see your little crown t-shirt and coo of a born leader.  People continue to contribute to your little monarchy.  Someone realizes you are also a born actor, so lots of laughter, hand clapping, and smiles reinforce you every time you kick, or tumble, or make funny faces.  It is not hard to imagine, that even unconsciously, people are reinforcing a certain pattern they think they see, and that you unconsciously, and pick up on it.  Has any one of us gone years of our lives without no subtle prejudice sinking in somewhere in the tiny cracks of our easily influenced psyches?

Another way people are influenced by the stars is that we too are carbon born of the stars.  There is of course a huge difference between astrology and astronomy, but like alchemy and chemistry, their very ancient beginnings were fairly well muddled together.

Language links us to the stars.  We say the sun sets, when clearly it is the earth that rises. If we cannot, on a very Basic English language level, be very accurate about what we really mean, who is to say what anyone is thinking when they say “the stars are just not aligned on this romance, house hunt, career move, stage debut, or so on.”  They may be picking up on some subtle and unconscious knowledge somewhere.  The only thing Science can really be certain of is that the odds are astronomically against the probability that Gemini going retro, or not, had anything whatsoever to do with it.

We want to believe we matter.  We created almost everything invented from stick ball to satellites because we seek to know ourselves and to find our belonging.  The important thing to know is that if you are human, you are gullible.  There is no one alive who does not believe at least one wrong detail due to their need to do so.  You want to belong on levels you may not even be aware you have.  Astrology is like all mysticism, an all human endeavors a seeking of finding who we are, what should we do, where is security?  What makes us connected to the cosmos?  The answers, in this case, are in the stars, in the laws of motion, matter, space, time, consciousness and our inter-woven complexity.