Astrology can feel like an iceberg — a system of symbols, signs, houses, planets, and aspects that requires study and analysis. And that’s why ELLE asked Tali Edut, one half of The AstroTwins, to break down the basics of sun signs, houses, modalities, and birth charts.
The article also tackles what makes astrology different from astronomy, which is the scientific study of celestial bodies like planets, stars, asteroids, and galaxies. It also covers why astrologers believe that the positions of these bodies, and their movements in relation to each other, affect events on Earth.
Throughout history, many astrologers have claimed to use the stars to predict the future and determine the fates of individuals, communities, and nations. But while astrology has been considered a science in the past, it is now widely believed to be pseudoscience. In fact, it is not only diametrically opposed to the findings of modern science, but is actually based on false assumptions and beliefs.
This is because, unlike a placebo (a fake treatment that makes people feel better), astrology has no objective proof to back up its claims. In accurate medical experiments, for instance, a new drug must perform better than a placebo in order to be approved by a scientific panel. Astrology, however, continues to enjoy popularity, despite the fact that it is not backed up by any evidence at all. This may be due to the fact that astrologers are able to tap into the placebo effect by making people believe that their predictions will come true. astrologer