Friday, January 14, 2011

Your Astrological Sign Didn't Change

This will probably baffle most of you, being literal-minded programmers, but if you (like me) have actor friends or musician friends, you're going to hear this bullshit a lot. Your astrological sign did not change. The procession of the equinoxes does not mean SHIT. A Greek astrologer-astronomer (there was no difference back in the day) discovered it in 125 AD, which means Western astrology has known about it, and been able to plan for it, for just under two thousand years.

Just to show you what horseshit this is, CNN interviewed the astrologer Susan Miller, who told them the "new signs" thing was bullshit, and they quoted her as saying "read both your old sign and your new sign."

@astrologyzone vs CNN 1
@astrologyzone vs CNN 2
@astrologyzone vs CNN 3

I'm not even saying astrology has any value, I'm just saying, if you're going to talk about astrology, talk to an expert, don't just repeat whatever you hear from the mainstream media - everybody knows they lie just to fill airtime - and if you've got two thousand years to plan for something, you're probably going to be able to figure out a plan for it. If you see something coming from two thousand years away, and you don't put together a plan for it, it's probably not a big deal.

So, if you have friends who are into astrology, explain to them that if this had any validity at all, they would have been hearing about it for decades already. Consider the dawning of the age of Aquarius, which occurred in 1997. This is an actual astrological thing related to the procession of the equinoxes. People sang and recorded countless folk songs about it in the 60s. There were books, there were lectures, there were deranged theories, and it even showed up in a KRS-ONE rap in the 90s. People knew it was coming for decades. Whether you attribute any meaning to astrology or not, a system based on the movement of the planets in space is not going to be a system which gets taken by surprise all that frequently. These objects are large and slow-moving and it is easy to predict their movements very, very far in advance.