Astrology: The psychological perspective….

Morpheus: Do you believe in fate, Neo?
Neo: No.
Morpheus: Why not?
Neo: Because I don’t like the idea that I’m not in control of my life.

~Dialogue from the movie : The Matrix

Actually many people believe in fate as well as astrology. They just don’t like the idea they are not in control of their life. That’s what make us humans as we are now. If everyone believed 100% in fate, we would not have seen the birth and evolution of civilizations. And we would have missed the funs of life: love, hate, friendship, betrayals, rich, poor, ego and all other “so-called” essence of life – or we would not have survived this far! Well, even if we had to believe 100% in our free will for things happens in our lives, we would become insane.

Let’s get back to astrology. Note the conversation with some of my friends:

Myself: (Noticing some gem ring in his hand) Good you wearig a pearl ring. Do yo believe in astrology and effect of gems ? Even my amma is asking me to wear cat’s eye. But, I am not showing interest…
Friend : I don’t know what is this. My parents asked me to wear it.

Very few people openly acknowledge their belief. People do not want to give the credit to fate for all the good things that happen to them. But then, when there are failures and tough situations astrology comes in handy :).

I guess, the main reason why high % of people seek astrology ( though they have seen lot of discripancies/anomolies in the predictions ) lies in the pychological nature in it. Many astrologers act as psychologists. They help people believe life is a cycle of good and bad events; they say “Guru(Jupiter) will be in 8th position till Oct”…after that everything will be come all right. That helps to forget the present situation and move towards the hopeful futute. You might ask, everyone knows life has good and bad events- why do we need astrology for this. Simple reason: Everyone does not have similar situation like you. They may not have good friends, parents who can soothe you in the *right way* when you are in trouble.Everyone don’t react to a situation as you do. They might have been influenced by their kins. Everyone believes in certain things – some believe in God alone, some belive in some humans who they see as incarnations of the God. These helps them when they see blankness in life. In the same way some tend to believe in astrology. The cosmic connection involved in astrology makes many people follow it.

With its psychological nature of helping people in trouble/ align your mind, astrology would continue to survive even if millions of proofs is submitted against astrological predictions.

You should have heard people saying that horoscope matching is not required for love marrige(!) ;it may be required only for arranged marriages. I thought about this – in love marriages you know about your partner and you have selected him/her. You *believe* he/she is the right match for you. But, in the case of arranged marriages you’ll be marrying someone you don’t know – who you have not spoken to. You’ll have the question why he/she should be your better half(!) . If horoscope match is done and if the astrologer says, the match is very good, it automatically helps to reduce your anxiousness and start believing you are marrying the right person. Is it not?

Disclaimer: This post is not about whether astrology is true or not. I am not asking you to believe/not to believe in it. I know there are problems that might come out of blindly believing in astrlogy/astrologers.

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Tell a person that there are 300 billion stars in the universe and they’ll believe you. Tell them a bench has wet paint on it and they’ll have to touch to be sure.
~Anonymous

  • Known Stranger

    >hmm love need not give the hurt feeling. but the feeling of that pain is what making the people get lured.

  • NaiKutti

    >that was a wonderful post krish :-)… i too beleive that it is more psychological than anything else but (un)fortunately no one can actually prove it :-).

    and the quote at the bottom was good too 🙂

  • Kars !

    >For a sec, it looked like you were giving us a class on astrology :).

    //i too beleive that it is more psychological than anything else but (un)fortunately no one can actually prove it :-).//

    Well you can indeed prove it. Heres my 2cents on it:
    Universe is 10billion light years in radius. It has zillions of stars/planets/asteroids etc etc which are nothing more than bunch of elements (some known and many unknown to man). Astrologers rely only on a very few of these to so called “predict” whats in it for you as time passes. They see the positions of planets/stars etc and try to derive some bunch of gibberish stuff (That planet is in 3rd house etc etc). Among the zillions, why should just a bunch of celestial bodies concern us? No one knows and no one really cares to even question that. Why should Jupiter have an effect on you when a planet K12X wouldnt? The fact that they do not consider that which they do not know much about, tells you that they are not facts but more like vague “predictions”. Astrology is more an Art rather than science, an art which is interesting and amazing in its own way which i believe should be taken as a hobby not as a profession. Astrologers tell you exactly what you want to hear, they mix a little bit of – and + to make it believable. If someone says you are going to be rich in 6months and half a year later, you are broke and if you were to ask him what the heck happened, they’ll blame it on the stars and not on their “predictions”.

  • Krish

    >//Among the zillions, why should just a bunch of celestial bodies concern us? No one knows and no one really cares to even question that.//

    Only these planes/sun/moon seem to move in the backdrop of stars….that’s the basis of astrology…

    I’ll teach u something more on astrology in upcoming posts 🙂

    Before that read this post

  • Kars !

    >//Only these planes/sun/moon seem to move in the backdrop of stars….that’s the basis of astrology..//

    I do have some knowledge of eliptic plane and celestial sphere etc. Like you said they “seem” to move in the backdrop :).

    //1. Astrology probably gave birth to Astronomy.//

    I dont think so, astrology does a bunch of geometry n arithematic calculations, that info is actually derived from tables n graphs ploted using astronomy!

    My weird theory :):
    (disclaimer: neither am i pro in astrology/astronomy nor am i against it :), believe what you want to.)
    Since long ago people have believed in the concept of god and heaven (people usually tend to look up when asked where heaven is, and conveniently thats where we see the stars/planets etc). Heaven apparently has some influence on us. As Gods/Goddess werent tangible nor could be seen, the only thing that could be seen were the stars n planets. Hence many religions/cultures refer to them as being gods. As gods influence us, so do the planets/stars. Hence came the concept of plotting the position of various gods (a.k.a planets/stars) at the time of birth of the person (which btw was derived from astronomical data). This was further used to supposedly see what purpose that life would serve on this planet. So people started “predicting” what could/would be of that life. I guess a lot of trail n error research went into it and they came out with a bunch of data, when averaged out, they were vague. Hence this vague information could be interpreted the way you like it or the way you want it, hence its all psychological :).

    Check this out.

  • Krish

    >@kars!
    but, even the wiki link does not give a proof that astrology is just psychological….

    i guess…it is not a topic to to be argued about… but i inclined towards believeing there is some stuff in astrology which can’t be explained in a rational way…. it’s time i ask u for ur horoscope… to find why u r against astrology 😀

    okok… me not for any more argument 🙂

  • Twin-Gemini

    >Although I dont agree with this completely, as I believe in astrology, I like the way you have summarized your thoughts. Pretty thought provoking.

    I am coming over to Madras next weekend. I am trying to see if any of the fellow Madras bloggers would be interested in meeting. Do send me an email if you would be interested and anandvis(AT)gmail(dot)com

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