Proof before belief

Taken from Stephen Arroyo’s “Chart Interpretation Handbook”

After twenty-five years, I am still waiting to meet someone who has investigated serious astrology for themselves first hand, and not come to the conclusion that there is a large amount of demonstrable truth involved.

Of course there are millions of people who don’t believe in astrology. When I first became seriously interested in 1986, I did not believe in it. I still don’t, as such. Someone saying they “believe” or don’t “believe” in astrology is missing the point really – it’s not a religion! Perhaps it is a “belief system” of sorts – at the same time, serious astrology is based firmly on observation. This careful definition by astrologer Robert Currey as good as any:-

“Astrology is the study of the correlation between the positions and movements of celestial bodies and life and physical processes on Earth. Though some astrologers work with stars and constellations, western astrologers work with the Sun, the Moon and the planets (including Pluto) within the Solar System. This is not Sun-Sign astrology that you read in newspapers and magazines. Astrology should not be confused with fortune telling, psychic reading, palmistry or tarot reading.”

Many scientists and rational sceptics happily dismiss astrology (or more accurately, what they believe astrology to be) for any number of reasons. As it happens, my (admittedly limited) scientific background played a part in developing my passion for astrology. I could see very quickly that there was and is way too much evidence from first hand observation to ignore. 

These issues are explored in great depth at Why it is no longer acceptable to say astrology is rubbish on a scientific basis by Robert Currey.

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