Astrology is the study of celestial objects. It’s believed that the movement and positions of these objects can affect our lives. Until the end of the 19th century, astrology was a very common belief system for many different religions. However, since science became more prevalent around that time with more plausible explanations for life events, astrology is now considered to be a pseudoscience.
Short Answer: Yes And No
Still, roughly one-fourth of the people in North America and Britain adhere to astrological beliefs. So does this mean there’s some validity to it? If you’re wondering if astrology is really able to predict the future, the answer is both “yes” and “no”. It depends on the exact type of information you’re trying to get out of it. Since astrology can be wrong, there’s no guaranteed end result. But some predictions could come true.
Just The Basics
Planets create psychic environments that are predictable so in essence, many events can be seen in advance. Because we have the ability to direct our thoughts, our future is not predetermined as many people believe. Based on psychological factors that affect our lives, we have the ability to shift the likely outcome and patterns that our minds can play out. In part because we all have the intellectual capacity to do so.
If this sounds complicated, don’t worry! This article will help familiarize you with the basics. Astrology is a subject that you can study for years, and even then it leaves you with questions. But the truth is that astrology can, in fact, predict the future to a certain degree. Think of it this way: The weatherman can predict the weather but sometimes he’s wrong. In many ways, astrology is the same. Astrology is part art and part science so it’s not foolproof. Nevertheless, both the weather and the future can be predicted with relative accuracy if you know how to find someone who can deliver it to you.
A Quick Look At Traditional Astrology
Traditional astrology is the most accurate and consists of several different types. Here are some of them:
- Electional Astrology: This is based on the belief that every entity has a birth moment. This type of astrology can help you decide when you should get married or start divorce proceedings for example. Other examples would be to start a job or ask for a raise, have surgery or a certain type of medical treatment, and open or move your business.
- Horary Astrology: This ancient technique centers on serious questions that relate to relationships and romance. But also business and finance, a lost object, your professional future including your career, buying or selling property, and any health condition you might have. This form of astrology has proven its efficiency time and time again.
- Mundane Astrology: This type of astrology looks at heavenly cycles to determine how it might affect nations and groups. It’s not predictive per se, but can help in predicting national and even world events. It uses several traditional techniques to predict world, national, and even weather events. It’s based on a horoscope assigned to each country based on its official beginning.
Natal Astrology: What It’s All About
In addition to traditional astrology, there’s also natal astrology that uses your natal chart to determine how certain parts of your life will proceed. Natal astrology claims to predict aspects of your life such as how many kids you’ll have, how successful you’ll be in your career, and even how fertile you are. They sometimes make predictions based on the Firdaria. This is a medieval time lord system that operates on the belief that certain places and planets will control your life for a specific amount of time.
Modern Western Astrology: A Different Belief System
In the 21st century, the trend is to combine modern and traditional forms of astrology to better predict the future. Modern Western astrology, instead of claiming to actually predict what will happen, uses probabilities, potentials, and possibilities. This often makes more sense to many people. When it comes to things such as natal astrology, modern Western astrologists see some challenges but also some gifts. Techniques used by these astrologists to “predict” the future include transits, secondary progressions, and solar arcs.
You Can Still Make Decisions
So again, in response to the question of whether astrology can really predict the future, the answer usually depends on the type of astrology you’re using. Most astrologists admit that there are certain aspects of your life that are fated, including certain circumstances of your birth such as your parents, economic status, culture, and others. Traditional astrologers accept this predestined fate but they still allow room for the choices and decisions you make.
In Other Words
In essence, astrologers can indeed predict certain circumstances that are very likely to happen in the future. However, they are unable to predict the end result. This is because the end result depends a lot on a person’s choices and decisions, and what others who are involved in the situation may do. But there are other environmental factors that make a difference when it comes to the end result.
Astrology has been around for about 4000 years and is showing no sign of becoming less popular. Keep in mind that astrology is a symbolic language, which means that when people stare into the “crystal ball” of astrology, they see symbols that some astrologers may misinterpret. In essence, these astrologers are seeing possibilities, not predictions.
One example of astrology looking at possibilities and not predictions is the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Most astrologers said that Hillary Clinton would win. Only a handful of astrologers came close in saying that she would win but would not be inaugurated. Since she won three million more votes than Trump did, this is technically correct. Afterwards, most astrologers blamed the “mistake” on the fact that the exact time of Hillary Clinton’s birth could not be determined. Therefore, the prediction was iffy at best.
Astrology focuses on possible future events, but nothing is set in stone. We humans are able to influence our lives, and the decisions we make for ourselves. Sometimes, and for some people, a certain possibility could come true. On the other hand, some might conclude that it didn’t even come close. In the end it’s a helpful tool a lot of people find comfort in. And that’s what matters.
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