How Astrology is The Science and Philosophy of Fools (2019)

How Astrology is The Science and Philosophy of Fools (2019)


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ignore these signs and portents bad things will happen. Sabertoothed crotch crickets
will infest your… well, crotch. Because I said so. Now, on to my take on Astrology. This is the excellent foppery of the world.
That, when we are sick in fortune, often the product of our own behavior, we make guilty
of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars. As if we were villains on necessity. Shakespeare lived way back in the day, but
even then they had the same kind of conversations we’re having today. Astrology had its true
believers and its skeptics, and those who thought it was outright evil. A distraction
from god and a weakening of his power and the influence in the minds of his followers. Fools by heavenly compulsion. Knaves, thieves,
and treachers, by spherical predominance. Drunkards, liars, and adulterers, but an enforced
obedience of planetary influence. And all that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting, thrusting, thrusting
on. Kepler College has an excellent article on
the subject of astrology in Shakespeare over at their website, which brushes on this topic.
I’ll put a link below. There, I found this great quote by Robert
Gray, a clergyman back in England, 1609: The stars do sometimes foreshow such things
as happen, but they are not the enforcing causes of such things as happen. Most impious
and blasphemous it is, to ascribe these things to the influence and operation of the stars:
for it is to rob God of his honor, to derogate from his power, to overthrow his providence,
and to tie God to secondary and subordinate causes, and in respect of ourselves, it extinguisheth
the fear of God in us, it hinders our repentance and conversion unto God, it draws up to atheism,
and to flat contempt both of God and his judgments.” So, that’s the religious bent back then, or
some of them, viewed astrology, through their little lens of crazy. But hey, even to me
it makes sense. If you believe in god and he has all the power in the universe, yet
you believe you act a certain way or the course of your life is directed by something other
than his divine will, that is sinful. This notion that a pattern of dots in the night
sky when you were born can somehow determine the course of your life or your personality,
without mention of god or his influence is, well, sinful and Robert Gray was right. It
takes your attention away from god and therefore is evil. And you’re removing the weight of
sin that god enjoys having upon you and you’re hefting it upon something other than yourself
or Jesus, and therefore it is evil. An admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to
lay his goatish disposition to the charge of a star. My father compounded with my mother
under the dragon’s tail and my nativity was under Ursa Major, so that it follows I am rough
and lecherous. In reality, I think it depends on what kind
of Christian you are and how mean or forgiving your particular god is as to how severe these
offences are. Of course, religious flexibility being what
it is, the astrologist could argue that astrology is true because god is the mechanic behind
the locus and actions of the stars in the night sky, blah blah blah, but the bible has
a very specific take on such things. Hahaha just kidding. The bible itself is a mix of
nutbaggery when it comes to the subject of astrology. Deuteronomy 4:19 says, ‘And when you look
up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars�all the heavenly array�do not
be enticed into bowing down to them and worshipping things the LORD your God has apportioned to
all the nations under heaven.’ And by that I think it means, you know, anybody
can be born under these signs, so it doesn’t… there’s no power there. You know, the power
should be entrenched with god. And you can find all manner of Christians
on the interwebs explaining why astrology is the work of the devil, or whatever, using
their own forms of what we’ll call, for the purposes of this video, ‘logic and reason’. Yet, the bible, despite warning you against
putting too much stock in the stars, refers to them all the time, both as if they have
power of their own, and as if they are the tools of god, to be batted around at his will.
I don’t think there’s any point in the bible where it actually describes them in any scientifically
accurate fashion, but instead, the bible talks about the stars as if the author(s) had no
idea what a real star was. I’m going to go for the low hanging fruit
here and quickly mention the star of the nativity and the stars that are cast from heaven in
Revelation, etc. Of course, all subject to context, bias and subjectivity. But, surely
at this point, if you have two IQ points to rub together you get what I’m saying, even
if you disagree with me. Again, use your google skills and search for
astrology in the bible. So, personally, I don’t put any stock in astrology.
There was a time in history when we didn’t know much about the world, let alone the universe
around us, and astrology was a tool people used try to understand our lives and make
them better. I get that, but there’s no mystery to these things any more. Science has lifted
the veil of darkness on the sun and moon and stars and we know exactly what and where these
things are and we understand the relationship between them. By doing so, you begin to understand
how silly, no ridiculous, read that as ‘worthy or ridicule’, it is for a person raised and
educated in the modern world to put any stock in these things at all. Astrology is a toy
for the weak minded. And the irony is that the whole time, they
tend to turn their backs on the only true magic that may actually be able to help them
find these answers, science. Oh sure, our first thoughts drift to the obvious fields
like psychology and sociology, but general biology, chemistry, and neurology all give
us more answers as to why we do what we do than astrology. Astrology is the laser dot
of philosophies on the wall of mankind’s psyche, that the foolish chase while the wise shake
their heads and laugh. Fut, I should have been that I am had the
maidenliest star in the firmament twinkled on my bastardizing. Do you or someone you know still believe in
astrology? Did you believe in astrology when you were younger but gave it up as you learned
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