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Is astrology real?

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Astrology has not yet been scientifically proven or disproven, though it is often called a science because it looks at the relationships between the planets and the weather seasons. These are natural parts of the world, and they are studied scientifically in other disciplines such as ecology.

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The Zodiac signs used in astrology (Aries, Libra, Pisces, Capricorn, etc.) were symbols for the division of the year into parts. For example, Aries is the first astrological sign, and starts each year on the first day of spring. The Babylonians were the original creators of astrology, and it was primarily used to aid farmers in knowing when to plant and harvest their crops as a kind of clock. Personality traits and the prediction of people's day-to-day lives would appear later.

Astrology is used today to attempt to predict future events and to understand an individual's personality. Perhaps the most prevalent problem with accepting astrology as scientific fact is that astrologists have not tested their ideas in a way that can be reviewed by other scientists. Astrologists do not bother with the scientific community, and therefore they rarely publish studies or conduct scientific studies, which makes it difficult to prove that astrology is real rather than a made-up, creative, subjective field.

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