The folks at Natural News, who advocate naerly every conceivable bit of pseudo-scientific bullshit known to man, have decided to explain astrology and the results are everything you might imagine. Jennifer Hollie Bowles, who appears to have no expertise whatsoever, lets loose with this amusing statement:
If we look at Astrology from a logical perspective, it makes sense that the energies of planets and constellations have some effect on earth and its inhabitants; that’s basic magnetic field stuff.
A huge problem with Astrology, however, is that far too many “Astrologers” have used the term synonymously with the word “psychic,” when nothing could be further from the truth. Astrology can never accurately predict even a single outcome, it only indicates an influence, a trend, or energy that can be used as insight or for awareness. Interestingly enough, Quantum Physics scientists run into the same problem with prediction when context and consciousness are put into laboratory research.
Use of the word “energy” without a definition or a source? Check. Pointless and inaccurate invocation of quantum physics? Check. Yep, we’ve got a bit steaming pile of bullshit here.
If we take a look at the intersection of Astrology and health, interesting elements emerge. If, for example, a natal or birth chart has the sign of Virgo in the sixth house along with the Moon, psychosomatic energies will be influential in that particular chart. Virgo is a sign related to health and critical analysis, while the Moon’s energies are about change, sensitivity, and emotions. If we find these energies in the sixth house, which is the house of health, it’s easy to see how this can correspond to psychosomatic tendencies for an individual.
This “psychosomatic” tendency, however, would not be viewed as deterministic by a professional Astrologer, but rather as a tool for insight. Astrologically indicated or not, psychosomatic tendencies can lead to an incredible awareness of the body and then used for fine-tuning personal health. This is but one placement in a huge sea of possibilities when it comes to interpreting a natal chart, which, at minimum, is based on calculations of the exact time, date, and place of birth.
Let me translate that for you: We can say this shit means anything we want without a shred of evidence. And since any outcome whatsoever would be consistent with it because we aren’t actually predicting anything at all, everything counts as evidence for this vague nonsense.