Can astrology be proven by statistics? That might satisfy science. It might even convince a few sceptics. Unfortunately, it never works. In fact, it’s quite wrong to test astrology using statistics, for the following five reasons.
ONE – THE TRANSITS
The transits, or travelling planets, asteroids and points, form patterns which are like the images you see at the end of a kaleidoscope. They fall together in different ways, each time. Even next Wednesday, in astrology, the patterns you have in your horoscope now are unrepeatable in your lifetime – and the lifetime of any scientist looking for proof.
TWO – THE ASTROLOGER
In the world of horoscopes, the personal chart of the astrologer (the person peering into the future) is just as important as the birth chart of her subject. Why? She might have a birth chart which makes her a poor predictor of events. In the quantum world the observer affects the experiment. It’s the same in astrology. The stargazer is a factor.
In 1999 when I wrote Astrology for Women (HarperCollins) a famous sceptic and scientist challenged me on the radio. He wanted to talk about statistics. I was trying to explain to him how astrology actually worked. He talked over the top of me. He valued computers over the people who actually make the horoscope happen.
THREE – ASTROLOGY
There was a study of suicide in New York some years ago. It tried to prove that astrology could predict who would take their own lives and who would not. Of course it failed. Astrology has no symbol for suicide. There is no zodiac sign nor planet which translates as death, even. Testing astrology for this is like testing fish for tap-dancing. It is amazing how often people test horoscopes with trials it was never designed for. When astrology ‘fails’ however, it is the test which is the problem, not the horoscope.
FOUR – THE QUESTIONER
Just as you need to take the personal birth chart of the astrologer and her situation or abilities into account, when you test astrology – you also need to look at the questioner. Is the scientist a Leo? That will affect the research until 2018. Why? Uranus is transiting Leo’s solar Ninth House of academia. At this point any scientist who starts scoffing should probably just give up and go home. They are not suited to test astrology.
FIVE – ALCHEMY
The combination of the questioner, the client, the time the question is asked (the transits) and the nature of astrology itself makes for alchemy. You might call it a cocktail, or a unique recipe. There was only one Moon Landing. We will never have the kaleidoscope patterns of July 20th 1969 back again. We will never have the unique combination of those two astronauts (and their horoscopes) back again. And we haven’t even factored in the charts for NASA.
I’ll give you another example. People complain that twins are different. Well – of course. They may have the same birth charts and transits, but the alchemy of the areas they move to and work in – and most importantly, their lovers, parents, friends, children, colleagues – creates a cocktail that is unique to them. Some factors will be the same, but many will change.
If you want to test astrology try testing the Moon Landing. Try repeating the experiment. You can’t do it. Astrology is about who and what is unique owing to the combination of factors involved. There are a handful of horoscopes which are involved in this famous film footage, below. They made up a kaleidoscope pattern which is unrepeatable and thus can never be tested by hypothesis and statistics.
WANT TO TEST ASTROLOGY? TEST THE MOON LANDING
On the day that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the Moon, the world experienced the historic meeting of two planets. Jupiter stood at 0 Libra and Uranus stood at 0 Libra. A conjunction like no other.
It is a good example of The Moment of Astrology, to quote the book by Geoffrey Cornelius. Horoscopes were never about statistics, and never will be.
Jupiter – Expansion. Hope. Optimism. Growth. Opportunity.
Uranus – Revolution. Independence. Freedom. Progress.
Libra – Partnerships. Duets. Pairs. Balancing Acts.
Only one Neil Armstrong, only one Buzz Aldrin, only one NASA, only one date in 1969. You cannot run the astrology of the Moon Landing through a hypothesis and statistical test but the horoscope is still telling the truth about the symbolism of the event.
And that’s what astrology is. It’s synchronicity. And you can’t test that on a computer!