Category: Rationalism


Astrology is a coded language that can help us learn about ourselves.

Okay, that sounds like some New Age fairy gobbledegook, right? And inevitably, the question arises: Isn’t astrology just a pointlessly coded language? Doesn’t this just equate astrology with religion? Why talk in this code at all? Why not just speak frankly about whatever it is the code represents?

Astrology has three main purposes:

  • Psychology and Behavior
  • Character and Story Generation
  • Self-Reflection

What do all three of these points have in common? They’re really about learning. People are not rational, they are emotional. They are hard to teach. In order for someone to truly learn, they must buy what you’re teaching – we often use the phrase “buy into” to describe this. So really, learning is really just special type of selling, and people buy on emotion.

Astrology is a way to engage that emotion.

Another piece of the answer can be found in Dan Pink’s observations about autonomy, mastery and purpose, three elements critical to understanding yourself.

While astrology cannot predict events, when deployed as a psychological tool, it can predict behavior. Sort of like psychology with mascots.

Comments, questions, cookie recipies? More to come.

Copernicus’s discovery of the earth going around the sun blows astrology out of the water as a divination tool.

Below are three charts, all from today. The first shows Northern California, the second, Equatorial Guinea and the third, the North Pole.See how the first two are rotated versions of each other but the North Pole chart is a mess?

Northern California

Equatoria Guinea

North Pole

This is a graphic demonstration of how astrology as a divination tool stresses apparent motion. Of course, rational people know that the positions of the planets in reality is no different no matter where on the earth you are.

Astrology is useless for divination or fortune-telling or trend prediction. So what good is it?

The answer in Part 2.

See how the first two are rotated versions of each other but the North Pole chart is a mess?
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