December 04, 2008

Criticism of Astrology

Something that came up recently that sparked my interested and eventually a topic for this blog is the criticism of Astrology. We spend a great deal of time convincing people of the validity of Astrology. Of course in every field there are skeptics. I admit that I am also a skeptic of certain issues (especially in the field that Astrology is classified under) but has it occured to anyone that the only person who has the authority to question the validity of Astrology is Astrologers themselves?

When a skeptic criticises Astrology as being purely hocus pocus, generalities and providing no proof, have any of these individuals actually researched Astrology? Have they cast their own chart and read from that? Have they predicted future events with their chart? In order to criticse something in any scientific circle you must be an authority on the subject you are criticising. Why is Astrology any different? Would a chemist debate the validity of economics to an economist without having any knowledge of the field of economics? And further, would a chemist accept any arguement about chemistry from an economist who knows nothing about chemistry to begin with? The clear answer to this is no. So why do we as Astrologers accept arguements from those who have no authority in the field they are attempting to debate?

I am all for educating people to the truth and validity of Astrology, however this does not come from your mouth, my mouth or anyones claimed experiences but from the experiences of the querent. The people who question the validity of Astrology are the only ones who can answer their question. For if they put in the time and research (as many good Astrologers have done) and through their research, produced results and created authentic experiences based on this research and results, they would show themselves the proof of the validity of Astrology. No one can convince a skeptic. A skeptic can only be converted through their own experiences.

So for those Astrologers who are faced with those questioning the field of Astrology, I suggest to you to provide them with materials, help them research themselves and thus provide their own answers to their own questions. Tell them in order to accurately judge anything, they must make themselves an expert in their field. Once they have done this only then will you debate with them concerning the validity of Astrology.

For those skeptics, I suggest instead of debating, picking up a book (or two or three dozen) and becoming an expert and an authority on Astrology. Only then will your skepticism be dismissed and your understanding deepened.