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Why do people still believe in astrology?

The entire concept of astrology relies on the assumption that the stars are in set formations that orbit the earth.

As anyone would be able to tell you, this is not the case. The stars orbit the galactic core, which is also orbited by our sun, which is in turn orbited by the earth.

The constellations are not set, and only appear that way when viewed from earth. From Mars, the next planet over, they would appear very different, because they are actually thousands of light-years apart.

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Carl Freaking Sagan
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@Stella

Or maybe they’re just hot balls of gas thousands or millions of lightyears away that in no way affect anything on this planet other than the beliefs of some people.

What you described disproves your point. I would eat lunch around the same time each day regardless of if I had a clock. Some people watch the clock and do things based off what the clock shows, and after a while the idea that lunch happens at noon becomes commonplace. With this, people will say that the clock causes lunch, but in actuality, lunch just happens.

Stella
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Stella

As an actual astrologer, I can tell you that assumption is thoroughly incorrect. ๐Ÿ™‚ This argument, and many others like it, show a total and utter lack of understanding of what astrology actually is and what it actually does. You can be forgiven though, as some that call themselves astrologers don’t even know the reason why things are done the way they are anymore. To rattle off a few… We know all about the two different zodiacs (sidereal and tropical) and their uses, we know about the Precession of Equinoxes, there is no 13th sign because zodiac signs are *not*… Read more ยป

Reverend Shistain Brown
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Reverend Shistain Brown

I agree. I don’t understand why a random collection of stars should have anything to do with us.

an_gel_on
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an_gel_on

Dang! I never thought of that before! GREAT POINT!!!!! LOL! I always knew astrology was silly. Now you’ve given me something tangible to share with those nuts! Thanks!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

< )))>< EDIT: You just made me think of a great idea! To illustrate your great point one could build a small model of a constellation and show it to the astrologer crowd, then turn it so the angle changes the whole thing. What a brilliant way to expose their stupidity!

sparton223
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sparton223

Meh, it has roots, and some people are traditional. It’s really just about location and stubbornness.

drasago
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drasago

For the same reasons people still believe in Christianity, Judeaism, Islam, or any mythology.

humynism
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humynism

People who have no faith or who are desperate feel comfort in assigning heightened significance to random events like the fairy tales that horoscopes promise.

Luis
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Luis

because they didnt finish High school or went to college. There simple as that

sailormandave
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sailormandave

I don’t know. Probably for the same reason many adults still have a make believe friend.

Victory is Mine!
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Victory is Mine!

Why do people still believe in god, or ghosts, or angels?

Because it makes money for some, and provides entertainment for the others sans skeptics, such as you and me.