Epistemology of Astrology

Epistemology of Astrology

The proponents of astrology were of the view that once they gathered information on the sort of things that happen in our life when some particular planet is occupying certain house (segment of the ecliptic belt) for all the houses and all the planets as well as for all the Ascendant Signs; it should be possible for them to predict what should happen in the life of anyone on any future-date by calculating where various planets shall be situated on such date, based on their position at the time of his birth. 

So, they gathered such information from far and near on a war-footing about the type of things that happened when various planets sojourned in each zodiac house and announced that they could, now, forecast the future events based on the position of the stars.

But they were astonished to find that many things did not happen according to the forecasts made by them.  

Though they must have tried to find out the reasons, we don’t know  – how far they should have succeeded.

The fact is – the way, it is not possible to ascertain which line of our palm should be “Knowledge-line” or “Life-line” or whether it is even  possible to find out what could happen in someone’s life by seeing his palm – the story of astrology is also much the same.

It is not, at all, possible to confirm whether the specific aspects of mundane life as conferred by the proponents of astrology have to be taken for granted and if so – on what grounds.

Actually, there is no ground for anything that was devolved to prepare a base for astrology.

For instance, they assumed that the planets that are situated in the first house decide how the native (the person whose astrology is under review) would present himself to others and how they would view him, his demeanour (whether he is shy or confident, for example) or how he would behave in groups and how he would generally view the world – as astrology assumes?

Likewise, the planets in the second house shall affect – how he shall deal with money and how he shall view his self-worth. 

The aspects assigned to various houses is the centrepiece of astrology and if the centrepiece, itself, is under a cloud – just imagine how much we may rely on the technique used to forecast what may happen in our life.

Some other mistakes committed by the proponents of astrology

We don’t know – why the proponents of astrology should not have tagged the “Probability Figures to the data collected by them related to what sort of things are supposed to happen in anyone’s life under different positions of various planets.

It would have made a big difference if they would have kept records tagging percentages of the observations that conformed to the spelt-out effects of the planets, on the following pattern.

  • “Such and such thing” happened in the life of 70 per cent people having “such and such ascendant sign” when, say, Mars was in the first house.
  • “Such and such thing” happened in the life of 55 per cent people having the same ascendant sign – when Mars was in the second house.
  • “Such and such thing” happened in the life of 60 per cent people having the same ascendant sign –when Jupiter was in the first house.
  • “Such and such thing” happened in the life of 75 per cent people having the same ascendant sign – when Jupiter was in the second house and so on for the rest of the planets for the rest of the houses having same Ascendant Sign and on the same pattern – for the people of all other Ascendant Signs.
  • If they would have kept a record of the figures of probability also, the astrologers would have been able to calculate – to what extent a prediction could be “relied upon” by their clients. 
  • In this case, for instance, if some astrologer would have based his prediction only on the above four observations, the probability of his prediction not going wrong would have been 65 % calculated, as follows.

(70 + 55 + 60 + 75) / 4 = 65%   

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