Now, I had assumed that this was hardly news. We surely no longer need to hammer out the mantra:
- Astronomy and astrology are not the same thing.
- Astrology has no scientific basis. It's something newspaper editors do to fill up the space. It's a bit of fun.
Like alchemy, astrology does have an interesting history, and just as alchemy started people on the way to real science, so did astrology, and for that we should be thankful - but it's time to put away childish things. Interestingly, in medieval times, some people espoused a version of astrology that had more chance of having a scientific basis than the current version. My old mate Roger Bacon held that it was silly to suggest that astrology could predict the future, but it seemed reasonable that natural conditions, including the state of the heavens, could influence a baby's development, so could shape, to some extent, its personality. He was wrong - but there was a kind of sense to this thirteenth century astrology, unlike the modern, future predicting version.
For goodness sake, astrologers. You are just as entitled to write fiction as J. K. Rowling - but please don't expect us to consider it in some sense valid as fact. There's a great Monty Python sketch where someone's horoscope predicts all sorts of strange things about them (including 'you have green scaly skin'). After hearing all this rubbish, the recipient picks up on the one thing that was true - she wears glasses. 'It was good about the glasses!' That's astrology, folks.
Original story from the Guardian - image from Wikipedia