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LostYonder wrote

The assumption of astrology is that the date of birth informs your personality, your behavior patterns, and your future. It seems to me ludicrous, at best, to assume 360,000 people that are born on the exact same day all are going to have the same qualities regardless of the actual context of their births, their psychological make-up as it becomes formed by their rearing/family, and their socio-cultural worlds.

Even if one was to concede that there is some basis to it - so what? what are you going to do with that information? It seems to me there are much more productive processes of self-reflection and awareness that actually provide us a guide for recognizing/defining, pursuing, and achieving our aspirations...

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mofongo wrote

As a Libra, I don't feel strongly one way or another.

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monkeec wrote (edited )

Surface level astrology is pretty weak, like what you see in the paper or with a quick google search of your birthday. But if you do your full chart which involves everything up to the minute that you were born I think it can be a good way of reflection and meditation, but it's not simple. Considering how civilization and understanding started with tens of thousands of years of staring up at the sky and extrapolating meaningful information I would say it has some merit. You should look into the so-called "Occult" if you're interesting in that type of reflection and understanding. But it's not simple or straight forward and is caked with layers and layers of bullshit and deception. Good Luck!! [Edit] We should have a mysticism/Occult/spirituality forum on here.

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monkeec wrote

How is it anti-science? I think you're making a false dichotomy.

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KacperTheAnarchist wrote

Just like religion, astrology is incorrect.

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dele_ted wrote

Not just incorrect, it's ideas made up from absolutely nothing to earn some cash, or in the case of religion, power, by abusing the ignorance of the general crowd.

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zorblax wrote

It's bullshit. And it's not even fun bullshit like Tarot.

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Catsforfun wrote

I think you don't have to believe in it for it to be fun

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rosalique wrote

It can be a useful icebreaker since everyone has one.

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gamma wrote

Utter nonsense, coming from someone who has decades of knowledge about probability.

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anyan25 wrote

I don't buy into it but i fit my description almost perfectly. Something interesting is that the word "disaster" comes from the Hellenic word "-astria" meaning stars, so if something is a disaster it means the stars are out of alignment

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fjones wrote

Similar to archetypes in Jungian psychoanalysis: metaphors, conditioned by the "times"; stories to which one does or doesn't relate; shorthand for complex psychodynamics; myth-based and therefore thousands of years old; always in danger of falling into interpretosis or over-interpretation; John Cage used astrology to limit his ego-choices as a chance-method, much like his compositions; literary as opposed to scientific; Dom DeLillo's book about Oswald = "Libra"; themes to watch out for in oneself - Oedipus, hero, Mars, co-dependency, Hera, Odysseus, etc.; said to compose a "collective unconscious, but obviously cultural, as chinese astrology is different from the middle eastern version, rarely derogatory towards difference (family, tribal, religious, national), impersonal descriptive device, used by royalty...

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anyan25 wrote

Thoughts on MBTI? Although being based in jungian theory it seems more empirical to me