Do you think there is something to astrology?

Do you think there is something to astrology?

View Poll Results: Do you entertain the concept of astrology?

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  • Yes I believe in it!

    7 8.33%
  • I like the idea, but need more evidence to support it

    17 20.24%
  • I'm sceptical, but perhaps a little open to the possibility

    15 17.86%
  • NO, it's absolute rubbish, hogwash, silly idea

    45 53.57%
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This is a discussion on Do you think there is something to astrology? within the Member Polls forums, part of the Personality Type Forums category; Some subscribe to it, some think it jokingly spurious. But is there actually something to astrology? For whatever reasons astrology ...

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    Do you think there is something to astrology?

    Some subscribe to it, some think it jokingly spurious.
    But is there actually something to astrology?
    For whatever reasons astrology may or may not be valid, does it appear to work from your perspective?
    What do you think?

    For the sake of entertainment and curiosity, here's a (yes I know it's biased, but there are valid trends imo) MBTI/astrotype poll:


    I'm ENTP and Gemini. According to the above poll, my combined astrology and MBTI type seems to be a trend, the descriptions seem somewhat harmonious too, well in my case at least :P

    Coincidence?




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    Isn't believing astrology the same as saying you believe in magic? Has anyone ever come up with a potential scientific explanation for astrology?

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    I enjoy it for entertainment purposes only.

    I also don't think there's anything to MBTI either, that's also only for entertainment purposes for me at least.
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    Quote Originally Posted by charlie.elliot View Post
    Isn't believing astrology the same as saying you believe in magic? Has anyone ever come up with a potential scientific explanation for astrology?
    Mystical thinking might for sure be a factor in predictive astrology, I certainly agree there.
    'Magic' is a broad concept, however, and kind of implies tricks of some kind ;D

    In regards to science, yes in fact there have been some theories postulated.
    I read something in a book I have about electromagnetic discharge from the sun at different times of the year having an effect on melatonin production. I really ought to get that scanned and uploaded at some time. It's certainly food for thought at the very least. I also read some other statistical correspondence between mars sign iirc and vocation. My friend looked into a possible link between astrology and psychology as part of her degree. I'll link/upload that info when I'm less busy if interested.
    Astrology could also be a thing because people who want to believe identify with their astrotype and maybe subconsciously exaggerate those traits in themselves.
    Just some thoughts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xen23 View Post
    I read something in a book I have about electromagnetic discharge from the sun at different times of the year having an effect on melatonin production. I really ought to get that scanned and uploaded at some time. It's certainly food for thought at the very least.
    That is food for thought-- I like it. I'm glad there's at least some possible scientific link -- even if it proves to be wrong.

    Furthermore, though, I have never personally observed anything that backed up astrology. By which I mean, I know a lot of fellow Geminis and we all have completely different personalities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Librarylady View Post
    I enjoy it for entertainment purposes only.

    I also don't think there's anything to MBTI either, that's also only for entertainment purposes for me at least.
    I like to keep my mind open, observe reactions, and derive probability factors from theory.

    TBH, however, essentially I too <3 being a unique and special snowflake.
    But some things fit me pretty well at least, so I'll wear them.


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    I don't think it is valid in any scientific value. It is based on space magic, so it can only really be a fun type of thing.

    But I like it.

    Who doesn't like colorful symbols, and flattering descriptions?

    heh heh heh

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    I think astrology is interesting to learn about, but I don't necessarily believe in it. I don't have to think it is true to find it fascinating and be curious about it.
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    I believe Astrology may have cultural value and can be used to create self-fulfilling prophecies, however I do not believe there is any objective truth to it.

    Even if the time of year you are born (even if it was more the weather than the stars) could have some impact on one's personality and/or "destiny", the impact would probably be insignificant and pale in comparison to DNA, Hormones in the womb, family stability and love, level poverty or privilege (such as wealth, white privilege, personal or business connections, ...) , local culture and culture one has access too (such as what is shown on t.v.), societal structures/safety nets, ...., even level of health, ... I don't see the alignment of the stars as having a noticeable affect (Sure, the gravitational field may be slightly stronger during certain parts of the year, but that would be a negligible effect and is meaningless, especially to things that have a much, much larger effect.

    Also, there is so much variety to humans and human lives that even the somewhat vague Astrology predictions tend to not hold much predictive value and I do not see it relating to MBTI type. For MBTI type that may be easier to test and see it it all seems like random chance. With the Astrology predictions one sees in a newspaper, I suppose one would have to have a control group, but I doubt the results would be statistically significant from a placebo effect in most experiments is such an experiment was done multiple times.

    I voted it as "rubbish".
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    Well I like it, and I like to believe that there is something to it.
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