Before the internet most newspapers had a horoscope section. It might have been a small weekly column or a full-blown page on weekends.
Every morning my family read the local paper. I always managed to get the entertainment and sports sections. And the index. You always needed the index because that’s how you found out where your horoscope was.
Sort of an extra feature, like the comics, the horoscopes were juggled around to fit any blank space in the daily edition layout.
How times have changed… Or have they?
Horoscopes are still popular. Today people read more than a newspaper blurb. Now you can get a complete online reading if, that is, you know your date and time of birth. Press the button and the machine tells your life story.
Why are horoscopes still around?
Science generally says they’re rubbish. Christian theologians don’t like astrology much either (although Hindus consult astrologers during wedding ceremonies).
It seems there’s a middle ground between science and religion that appeals to the public. Something like myth and fantasy. I guess that’s where horoscopes come in.
Whenever updating the astrology entries at Earthpages.ca I feel like a bit of a fraud. I’ll be honest. I don’t really believe in astrology any longer. Not sure if I ever did.
I know some people do believe and I respect that. We’re all different with unique paths. But for me, the power of God and the Holy Spirit makes any kind of “cosmic force” look small. It’s not that I don’t believe in cosmic forces. I do. It’s just a question of magnitude and relevance.
Let’s for a moment concede that cosmic forces affect the psyche. But what about God, the creator of those cosmic forces? God is infinitely larger and more powerful than any influence of Jupiter or Neptune.
Some astrology believers just don’t get this. They see God as the sum of the observable cosmos, known to thinkers like me as natural pantheism.
Still don’t see what I’m saying?
Let’s try this. Instead of the cosmos acting on mind and body, how about something more immediate, like nutrition.
Most people agree that nutrition is important. The substances we ingest directly influence our minds and overall health. But that’s not the whole story. Jesus of the New Testament tells us that we don’t live on bread alone. It’s the “alone” part that matters. There’s something more. Christians call it the Holy Spirit.
Likewise with astrology. We are not influenced by creation, alone. There’s more. The Creator of creation. Simple as that.
Take another analogy. God made the wind which, although invisible, is a powerful force. I believe in the wind from seeing, hearing, feeling and sometimes smelling its perceptible effects.
However, any good sailor can tack into the wind. We don’t have to be blown around just because the wind exists.
God gave us a mind and the ability to choose.
Well, enough preamable. Rather than rewrite my existing entry on Pisces, I’ll just tweak it.
No need to perpetuate the charade. I don’t believe in astrology. Life is too complex and ambiguous to be boiled down to an arbitrary theory. I’m not saying astrology is totally false. Cosmic forces no doubt exist. And astrology has entertainment, mythic and historical value. But to invest too much in it, I think, falls somewhere between spirituality and superstition.
A juvenile distraction, fine. But for spiritual adults, one hopefully moves on.
Pisces (February 19 – March 21) is the twelfth and a winter sign of the zodiac, symbolized by the fish and associated with the planetary rulers of Neptune and Jupiter. Its element is water.
From Jupiter, Pisces is youthful, with all the pros and cons accompanying adolescence. Astrologers say Pisceans are gentle but with fits of rashness, even cruelty.
Sometimes passive and lazy, Pisceans apparently alternate between lethargy and spells of vigor, enthusiasm and hope.
Prominent Pisces include Johnny Cash, Billy Crystal, Elizabeth Taylor, Rihanna, Albert Einstein and Justin Bieber.
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