Scientific American (USA): does astrology? Here’s what science says

Does astrology? The reading of horoscopes is popular entertainment, but what does this account of science?

Everyone is looking for that is closer to him:

Inspiration will find you if you are willing to dedicate themselves to a cause.

Problems can arise if you give in to the usual disorder and your willpower will weaken.

Even something pointless you can extract a good lesson.

70 million Americans read horoscopes every day. That’s according to the American Federation of astrologers. According to the research of the Forum on religion and public life Pew conducted twenty years ago, 25% of Americans believe that the position of stars and planets affects our daily lives. In 2012, the poll showed that 34% of Americans believe astrology is “very scientific” or “somewhat scientific” discipline. Along the way, it turned out that the share of those who think astrology is “not science” has fallen from two thirds to about half.

Under astrology is usually understood as the belief that astronomical phenomena, for example, the constellation at the moment of your birth, or decreasing mercury in some way affect the daily events in our lives and determine our personality. This, of course, very different from astronomy that scientifically studies the celestial bodies, outer space and the physics of the universe.

Gaining popularity special, applied side of astrology — predicting the future and household tips on how to live, that is horoscopes. Magazines such as The Cut reported that in 2017 the attendance of pages, horoscopes increased by 150% compared with the year 2016.

It is obvious that many people try to interpret the stars and come to him for advice. Astrology is based on the position of the stars — which in itself seems fairly academic exercise. But is there any scientific evidence that astrology somehow affects our personality and destiny?

So, in short, no.