The 10 Most Popular Myths About Astrology You Should Stop Believing
Many popular myths about astrology limited its exploration and usage among modern thinkers. I am going to discuss the most popular myths about astrology and going to give the actual facts that may help the readers to take rationale decision by themselves.
Myth #10: The Sun sign reveals your complete personality
Every newspaper has a column to discuss the Sun sign that is based on the birthday and it is the easiest way to fit the predictions for the majority of the population. Astrological predictions are not simply based on the Sun sign, rather the accurate conclusions are drawn based on the ascendant sign. I have explained the difference between Sun sign, Moon sign and the ascendant sign in this article.
Believing that the Sun sign decides the personality of the individual is like believing blood groups decide the disease.
Myth #9: Astrology only helps predict life events
Many think that astrology is a tool to predict concrete life events. In fact, astrology is a much more powerful tool than predicting mundane events. It is a tool for self-improvement, as it can reveal which area one has to improve their skills so they can lead a prosperous life. For example, if a person’s horoscope indicates financial instability then he/she can look at their financial decisions and alter their strategies to minimize the losses. One who effectively uses the astrological guidance can take advantage of knowing that good times are ahead, and similarly, be more cautious during a bad time.
Myth #8: You don’t need to work hard if your birth chart has a good number of ‘yogas’
Having a good number of yogas (certain specific planetary combinations in a chart) in the horoscope is a gift, but one can’t realize their result without putting in any effort. I have seen many natives being jobless and aimless in life despite having multiple Raja Yogas (a higher form of yogas), primarily due to their limiting beliefs and not doing anything to advance their life.
A good astrological indication is like having the best plan (blueprint) for the house that you are planning to construct. Would you be able to live in the virtual house without building it?
If you have most sophisticated GPS in your hand but you haven’t started your vehicle, would you be able to reach the destination? If you have the most luxurious car with you, but you are unwilling to drive, would you be able to enjoy it?
Myth #7: You can’t overrule Karma by choosing an auspicious birth time for a child
Astrology has a strong connection with karma. Astrology is incomplete without the concept of karma. See this article for a detailed explanation about Karma and how astrology relates to Karma.
Karma can simply be related to cause and effect. Though it is true that we can’t change the cause, but with conscious effort, humans can alter the effect to some extent. A planned C-section on an auspicious time is one such effort to alter the effect of past karma. But in my personal experience, it happens rarely due to the following facts:
- Many times parents may not be going to the right astrologer. Some astrologers just focus on nakshatra or Moon sign without seeing the entire planetary setup.
- If parents go to a skilled astrologer, the astrologer has to choose the best possible time according to planetary setup. In reality, no one can decide on when to do a C-section advance. In most cases, this will be decided by the doctor during 37th or 38th gestation week. So every planet during that time may not be in the best position, so there is no guarantee that we can get all the planets in its best position.
- Even if both cases are being taken cared of, in practicality, it’s not all the time that doctors will agree to the time set by the astrologer due to their different schedules.
So if someone is successful in all the above steps and able to deliver a baby during an auspicious time, then the child will have a good future according to good planetary set up during its birth.
Myth #6: You don’t have to match the horoscopes for the couples who are in a relationship
There is a myth that astrological indications don’t work when two people are in a loving relationship. This far from the truth. The planetary influence will work irrespective of someone’s current state of relationship.
The horoscope match before marriage is one of the best ways to mitigate the risk. For example, if the native horoscope has the combination of separation after marriage, the possibility of separation can be nullified by properly choosing your potential partner’s horoscope without any combination of separation. Thus if someone uses astrological guidance intelligently, then they can neutralize the negative indication in the horoscope by properly choosing a partner horoscope.
Myth #5: You can solve all your problems through astrological remedies
Most of the astrological consulting today comes along with remedies, thus creating the notion that the two are inseparable. While most of the remedies are really focused on removing psychological impediments, the same result can also be attained by taking a conscious effort to alter decisions every day and stay in that decision for a long time.
One who understands that remedies are just placebos can alter their future with conscious effort. I have explained how remedies work at the psychological level in this article.
Myth #4: Retrograde planets always gives bad results
There are so many misconceptions about retrograde planets. “Retrograde planets determine our past karma; retrograde planets would give eccentric results; retrograde planets are unpredictable etc.” As far I am aware, ancient seers never mentioned such theories in any classical text. Later people devised such theories based on their own interpretations.
Retrogression occurs during the planets at aphelion (farthest distance from Sun). It is during this time the planet will move slower and hence when viewed from earth it will appear to move backward. For example, when Jupiter is at aphelion, it will move in slow motion, looking like it is moving backward. You can imagine retrograde motion as like an overtaking car. While overtaking with respect to the speeding car, the slower car appears to move backward. The retrograde planet would get highest chesta bala and thus increasing the overall shadbala of the planet. I will discuss the technical details about shadbala in a separate post. As per classical Vedic text, the retrograde planet should be analyzed in the same way as the planet moving in normal motion.
Myth #3: Astrology can’t be true since twins don’t lead the same life
Many reject the subject of astrology, thinking that it doesn’t justify disparity in the life of twins, despite having the same horoscope. Some astrologers would give variations in the divisional chart as the reason for the difference in the life of twins. But if you apply this scenario for two people born in the same hospital at the same time, then the divisional chart would also be the same thus failing to address the question of scholars.
If you go one step further and apply the scenario to any other creature on earth, then it would still increase the confusion. For example, a cow can give birth to a calf at the same time when a child is born. So if you can cast a horoscope for the calf, it would be the same as that of the child. So any answer to this question without touching the karma theory wouldn’t give justification.
Every person takes birth according to his past karma (i.e. Sanchita karma). So the past karma decides whether a person will be born as a human or calf in the subsequent birth. A child born in a particular family will possess noticeable mental inclination according to its stored karma. A person will reap his results according to his own karma. For example, there may be many children born in Mumbai during the same time when Rajiv Gandhi was born. But not all of them became prime minister of India.
Myth #2: Astrology encourages fatalism and denies free will
Many think that believing in astrology makes one believe in fatalism and conclude that it is a hindrance to progress. But this is a pessimistic call. In my personal experience in this field for more than 15 years, astrology works in another way. Astrology has helped many individuals make a better decision based on their inherent strength. To explain this with an analogy, seeking an astrologer’s guidance is like taking a map with you during your travel which helps you reach the destination quickly with less confusion.
Many fatalist astrologers tell that life is all about fate. On the other hand, many so-called positive thinkers say that there is no fate and life is full of free will. But nature is a mix of fate and free will. There are certain factors in life which are beyond our control (our parents, our birth, death etc) which is called fate. Then, there are certain things we can control in life like our behavior, attitude, hard work etc.
Astrology simply helps us understand the uncontrollable factors based on our past karma so that we can learn and vary the controllable factors.
Myth #1: Astrology bases Earth as the center of the universe
Many people including astrologers confuse the Geocentric model with Geocentric observation. We humans live on earth and our observation of the universe is from the earth. So all the astrological readings are based on geocentric observation of planetary motion. However, this had resulted in confusion among modern thinkers that astrology supports Geocentric theory. With this single misinterpretation, many come to the conclusion that Astrology is not scientific.
I would recommend reading this article to understand the rationale behind why astrology doesn’t support the geocentric theory.
I hope I am able to substantiate reasons that could help you rethink on some of the beliefs you had about astrology. Please feel free to state your opinions and thoughts in the comments section.
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