Monday, May 18, 2009

Do you still believe in Astrology ? Read this.


I know, I know what you guys are thinking ...don't make any judgments yet. Let me explain myself. I admit, I'm not an expert in this fortune telling thing, so I'm in no position to make judgments about it, but there are questions that need answering...

According to Wikipedia, Astrology is a group of systems, traditions, and beliefs in which knowledge of the relative positions of celestial bodies and related details is used in understanding, interpreting, and organizing information about personality, human affairs, and other terrestrial matters. A practitioner of astrology is called an astrologer. Numerous traditions and applications employing astrological concepts have arisen since its earliest recorded beginnings in the 2nd millennium BC. It has played a role in the shaping of culture, early astronomy, and other disciplines throughout history.

Wikipedia also states that the history of astrology was first found in a developed form among the ancient Babylonians and directly or indirectly through the Babylonians, it spread to other nations.

Ok, from the above, we know 2 things:

1. Astrology is about studying of "celestial bodies" - study of stars, planets, etc in relation to personality, human affairs etc.

2. The study of astrology has its beginnings in the 2nd millennium BC - the period from the Middle to the Late Bronze Age. Thats a damn long time ago.

BUT

The following is what history tells us:

In 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus published a new theory stating the earth revolves around the sun. Copernicus died before he could prove his theory.

Galileo made a telescope in 1608 based on sketchy descriptions of the telescope, invented in the Netherlands in the same year. With his telescope, Galileo made observations of "celestial bodies" and confirmed Nicolaus Copernicus theory that the earth revolves around the sun.

Before Galileo, people believed the earth was the center of the universe and the sun revolved around the earth.

So the whole concept of astrology cannot be sustained because:

1. As astrology has its beginnings in the 2nd millennium BC, it is based on the belief that the sun goes round the earth - now we know this is bullshit.

2. How did the people before Galileo study the "celestial bodies" ? - they did not have telescopes. The first telescope was only made and used in 1608.

3. In astrology, a horoscope is a chart or diagram representing the positions of the Sun, Moon and the 9 planets etc in relations to a person's birth. But before the year 1781 people only knew the existence of the sun, the moon and 6 planets:

Earth
Mercury
Venus
Mars
Jupiter
Saturn

The other 3 planets were discovered later:

Uranus 1781

Neptune 1846

Pluto 1930

How did the astrologers make their calculations ? on what basis ? They must have very sharp eyes to see the planets and stars without a telescope. :)

Please post your comments.

 

7 comments:

Alan Wong said...

I know an Astrologer believed to be the best in Malaysia. He is an Indian from Kerala, India. His predictions are at least 95% to 100% accurate. Just sharing... I don't work for him... his website is http://abahayam.com and he is based in Wisma Central, Kuala Lumpur in Jalan Ampang, Opposite Avenue K.

The Malaysian Life on August 10, 2007 at 5:27 AM said...

Thanks Alan, Im sure some readers will find your recommendation helpful. I see that this astrologer has utilised access to the internet for his business. Very progressive. Cool.

Karen on August 11, 2007 at 1:28 AM said...

My friend took me to see an astrologer in Brickfields and his predictions turned about to be true. I had to wait for 1 week to see this guy. He can only speak in tamil and a little malay. He charges RM50 per reading - that was about 7 years ago, donno about now. He is quite famous apparently.

Anonymous said...

I heard numerology is more accurate compared to astrology. Anyone heard of nadi sastera ? something about reading the leaf to find out about your life.

Hail Nietzsche on August 11, 2007 at 10:00 PM said...

Astrology is bullshit. Most people who read horoscopes also buy into other new age crap like tarot cards and self-healing. Every time someone asks me what sign am I, I just show them "my sign" - the middle finger!

Anonymous said...

anyone can comment about tarot cards ? can believe or not ?

Anonymous said...

astrology is a study of the planets without using a telescope...

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