As much as some might scoff at the idea of astrology, there’s certainly an argument to it. If we, as humans, are made of the same elements as stars and planets, it would seem almost silly to dismiss the fact that we’re all interconnected. And, according to a 2017 study 150,000 stars, humans and the galaxy are absolutely made of the same stuff — 97 percent of the same stuff to be exact — so it would make sense that the placement of the planets, moons, and stars affect humanity in one way or another.
“Astrology has a far-reaching history,” astrologer and psychic, Cindy Mckean, tells Bustle. “Markings on bones and cave walls recording cycles of the moon were found dating back as far as 25,000 years ago. By 3000 B.C., widespread civilizations developed sophisticated systems for astrology to help them determine when to expect changes in their environment which were extremely useful for agricultural purposes and navigation.”
Astrology, according to Mckean, didn’t evolve in just one part of the world. It was prevalent in East Asia, India, the Middle East, Europe, and Mesoamerica, as each culture used astrology in their own way.
“Astrology soon spread to the rest of the world from the main origins,” Mckean says. “The type of astrology popular in the West today, Western Astrology, gained popularity through personalization of the horoscope so that people were able to forecast what to expect in their lives.”
Although astrology isn’t an exact science, it definitely has its merits. All you have to do is look at how your zodiac affects your personality as proof. Here are six astrology myths to stop believing, according to Mckean.
1Astrology Is Just A Trend
A trend is a flash in the pan with a short shelf-life that goes out of fashion as quickly as it comes into fashion. But astrology has existed as far back as 25,000 years ago.
“In the Middle Ages, astrology flourished and was part of daily life and culture in many parts of the world,” Mckean says. “Cambridge University in England had astrology chairs. The royal court was known to have astrologers on staff. Many popes supported astrology and even when Copernicus, a Renaissance-era mathematician, and astronomer who formulated that the Earth isn’t the center of the universe and that it rotates around the sun, he dedicated his main work to Pope Paul III.”
But, by the end of the Middle Ages, when the church pretty much ruled the world and the people on it, all that changed. The church declared astrology heresy, forcing even Galileo to renounce his astrological beliefs so he would not be killed. To believe in or practice astrology under the church’s reign, was like playing Russian roulette with someone’s life. When The Age of Reason rolled around in the 17th and 18th centuries, astrology’s credibility diminished even further. During this time, emphasis on analytical reasoning and scientific methods reigned supreme, pushing astrology into a box labeled sinful and nonsensical.
“Given that astrology articles and Google searches have increased over ten-fold in the past decade, it indeed looks like a trend,” Mckean says, “but given the historical existence of astrology for thousands of years, it’s more like a reemergence of a highly detailed system our ancestors relied on.”