Please support your belief or non-belief...
I do in that I am very much a Pisces and most people I've met have at least some of the characteristics of their sun signs.
While I will put stock in the millennia of research done by astrologists, many decades ago I attempted the research and became almost immediately disinterested by the conflicts in the histories and "mysteries" of the available books of the time. I'm sure that any such study would be further complicated by the vast amount of "data" now available on the internet.
Still, when the day is done, I've seen MUCH more validity in astrology than any mainstream religions!
Isaac Asimov pointed out decades ago that the constellations have shifted since the 2000 years or so that the astrological signs and the time ranges were defined. So Pisces belongs in Taurus (or vice versa, I don't remember). That's enough for me to call out astrology as the nonsense that it is.
Kind of a vague question, as astrology is a pretty wide-ranging and complex discipline.
I study archetypes and mythology, personality development, relationship dynamics, trauma and analytical (Jungian) psychology, and use astrology in that context.
Predicting the future is against my religion (sic) and synastry is an invasion of privacy.
But I'm a triple 12th house Scorpio with Neptune/Mercury rising and a water South Node in the 8th. And an INFJ.
Not even a little bit. To say that every person born with the same period of time during the year will have the same personality traits is absolutely absurd. I can see some of my traits described in nearly every sign, but I am a Scorpio, and most descriptions I read of Scorpios are not me at all.
Do I believe it's valid? No. I have not had much to do with astrology, but to me, it's voodoo science. Imho, astrology is for believers in astrology. In other words, people looking for explanations of cause and effect outside of themselves. It can be entertaining, but I would personally put no stock in it. No offense to believers, just my opinion. I will say this, however, I'm a Libra, and my sense of justice and fairness is one of my strongest character traits. So...?
Astrology just makes a bunch of personality traits everyone has and says you belong to this group. My personal experience I could fit myself into several of the signs easy. When I was a teenager I believed in astrology so much I bought a book about it and even got my sign tattooed on my arm. After reading into it more I came to the conclusion that there was no evidence for the stars forming my personality, just claims. I don't regret the tattoo by the way it's still a decent piece of artwork.
I'm a Scorpio and I'm not going to lie, the traits behind being one are scarily accurate to who I am and I have no idea how that is... it's something I don't understand too well but I believe perhaps more so in the alignment of stars and such perhaps... it's such a weird topic to consider because often it never is accurate and then... the traits are always on point.
Hi Goodman! My position on Astrology is it's not a consistant or reliable path to the truth. It seems to rely on conformation bias and is, at best, a pseudoscience (without the science claim).
In my Street Epistemology practice I have a few encounters with believers in Astrology and they have been some of my most productive and fun ones. One aspect I like about astrology is there many of the believers in it also learned some Astronomy as a bi-product. And that is GREAT!