In 1999, the words ‘horoscope’ and ‘astrology’ were the most widely-used search terms on the Internet, and their popularity has remained strong ever since.
In an age where astrology apps are everywhere and the significance of each full moon circulates Twitter and Instagram days before its arrival, the fact is that a significantly large portion of the population consider themselves to be amateur astrologers.
A recent study conducted by the National Science Foundation reported that more than a 3rd of Americans believe that astrology is in fact, science.
It may or may not surprise you, that generally women are more likely to believe in astrology than men.
Even those who dismiss astrology as pseudoscience or mere coincidence can often write out a pretty detailed description of astrology. After all, it’s pretty simple and easy to understand, right?
Well, regardless of what many of us may believe, astrology makes up a bigger part of our society than just vague fortune telling and personality quizzes on Facebook.
Here is a list of eight little-known astrology facts:
1) Many astrologers foresaw Barack Obama’s victory in the 2008 presidential election
Keen Astrologists claim that this can be put forward as evidence in favor of astrology. This prediction, which as we know turned out to be accurate, was made at the United Astrology Conference.
The United Astrology Conference, or UAC, is the world’s largest astrology gathering.
It occurs about every four years. This same group claims to have utilized astrology to predict, among other things, natural disasters and stock market cycles.
2) Astrology has been around since before the dawn of astronomy
This isn’t just some social media fad! Unlike MySpace and selfies, astrology has been operating far longer than its more-respected sister science.
Scientists we still admire today often utilized astrology in their daily lives and in their studies.
Some well-known scientist-astrologers are: Galileo, Vettius Valens, Nostradamus, and William Lilly.
3) Astrology predicted Hitler’s reign
This one is a little unnerving. In 1924, Hitler’s speeches grew in popularity as his charisma reeled in fans from all over Germany.
One of his fans sent Hitler’s chart to a female astrologer from Hamburg by the name of Frau Elsbeth Ebertin, who was a writer for Germany’s most popular astrology magazine, “Zenit.” Frau Elsbeth Ebertin wrote an article about him that accurately detailed his personality and predicted the times and the nature of his arrests.
She also predicted that he would become a Fuhrer, which is the first time that term was used to refer to him.
Following the popularity of this article, a slew of other astrologers began to write about him. This continued until 1934, when Germany’s Ministry of Propaganda outlawed publishing Adolf Hitler’s horoscopes or any predictions pertaining to the Third Reich.
4) The five most common zodiac signs
They are, in order, Scorpio, Virgo, Gemini, Pisces, and Libra. The five least common signs are, in order of rarest to more common, are Aquarius, Leo, Sagittarius, Aries, and Capricorn.
5) The three most common zodiac signs when it comes to world leaders
Well, they shouldn’t surprise anyone. 22 countries are led by strong-willed Scorpios, 18 countries are led by prideful Leos, and Sagittarius leads 18 countries.
6) Signs aren’t considered absolute
This is one thing that the most dedicated practicing astrologers would like you to know.
Here’s the problem, often we will look at our stars for the week and think nope, that’s not me and then we easily become convinced that astrology is a bunch of hocus pocus.
However the believers will tell us that although your sign often says a lot about you, your sign isn’t the end-all, be-all. They will go on to point out that if your sign doesn’t match up perfectly with who you are, it doesn’t mean that astrology is flawed.
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This just means that you are an individual, and your sign’s characteristics may be more subdued. If you take a long look at yourself, you’ll probably notice that you display many of your sign’s core traits. If signs were absolute, there wouldn’t be individuals! Every Leo would be exactly the same person.
7) If you were born a Sagittarius, you are twice as likely to become a world-famous celebrity
Yes like Britney Spears, Scarlett Johansson, and Christina Aguilera.
Among child stars especially, one in every five was a Sagittarius. This is little surprise among most astrologers– after all, Sagittarius is ambitious, driven, blunt, and argumentative, all of which would come in handy for anyone trying to navigate the sink-or-swim Hollywood atmosphere.
8) Mesopotamia is the birthplace of astrology
In Babylonia over six thousand years ago, tribal people used the stars and the moon for guidance.
They counted the phases of the moons to organize months. Whenever the crescent moon showed up, they used it to signal the beginning of a new month. The Babylonians noticed that the moon grew full in a different constellation every month, but the Greeks were the ones to identify this circle as the zodiac.
What does it all mean?
Whether you believe in astrology or not it has become a core part of our culture.
Trying to prove that astrology is not real is next to impossible, as is of course trying to prove that it is real.
Some people pay a great deal of attention to the promises and warnings from their daily horoscopes and astrology in general.
What about you – do you believe in astrology?