Astrology is the belief that the alignment of stars and planets affects every individual’s mood, personality, and environment, depending on when he was born.
Astrology is an effort to find meaning and understanding of what our place in the universe is. It’s similar to why people have faith or follow religion, to find purpose. Horoscopes are effective on so many people because humans naturally can’t help but find meaning in things, especially things that reassure them or give them a sense that things are happening for a reason.
Astrology’s basic premise is that the sun, moon, planets, and constellations have an effect on humans and earthly events. Further, it uses a set of rules about the relative positions and movements of the stars and planets to predict and explain worldly events and human personality.
Believing in astrology means believing that a planet’s position, the time of the year, and the relationship between various planets affect human lives at a psychological level. Some people only identify with horoscope names like Gemini and Taurus. Some regularly read horoscopes for entertainment or superficial guidance. A few enthusiasts invest time in studying it. And a desperate few pay big money to know their future through a customized analysis of their sun-sign and moon-sign.
Metaphors about personality, thoughts, life-events are used to glue psychology and planets. And they are often conflated with each other. For example, Jupiter’s presence in some sections of a grid diagram based on time can represent something significant. In this case, Jupiter’s size and ‘something big’ corresponds with each other, which may be metaphors for each other. Another metaphor is associating the proximity of Mars and a person’s rage. These types of associations stem from the ability to make abstract connections between two unrelated things.
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