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Running head: Astrology and astronomy

Differences Between Astrology and Astronomy


Brandon J. Olah
Coleman University

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Abstract

Astrology is the thought that our solar system effects our bodies and minds every day.
Astronomy is the actual scientific study of the known Universe. Both these subjects use Outer
Space as their home. Ill be discussing the differences between the two and how theyre both two
totally different aspects from the same space.

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Differences Between Astrology and Astronomy


The stars are an amazing mystery. They make up our universe of planets, nebulas,
galaxies, blackholes, suns. What does it all mean though? There are two major sides to the view
of stars from our little planet called Earth. On the first side you have Astrology, which
google.com defines as, the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies
interpreted as having an influence on human affairs and the natural world. The other side is
Astronomy which google.com defines as, the branch of science that deals with celestial objects,
space, and the physical universe as a whole. So one is the mentality that the stars and universe
effect our physical bodies depending on what year youre born, or month, or the alignment of the
planets in our Milky Way galaxy. Astronomy, on the other hand, is purely scientific research on
the entire day and night sky. These two sciences, if you could call Astrology a science, use vastly
different mentalities for the same thing, the stars and items in our known universe. Ill be
attempting to show the differences of the two and similarities, if there are any.

Astrology is more of a superstition, supernatural, faith type mentality when it comes to


the stars. If you look online for information on Astrology you will find a lot of articles on
debating whether Astrology is considered a science or not. What does Astrology actually consist
of though and how do they get the information to begin with? Whats the reason behind it and
why do people believe in it or study?
These questions are pretty important when it comes to the Astrology community and Ill
attempt to address these questions. Writer B. I. Pruzhinin stated in a journal entry for a Russian
Social Science Review that, Astrology is not at all interested in the whole starry sky. So
contrary to the belief that Astrology deals with the entire night sky its just not true. Astrology

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focuses on our solar system, our sun and our planets only. Pruzhinin goes on to say, The
constellations on this strip of the heavens are in fact the well-known twelve constellations of the
Zodiac. Hes referring to the constellations that everyone should have some idea about; Aries,
Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.
You hear it all the time, What month were you born in? Oh youre a Virgo. What does
being a Virgo mean though? Whats the difference between a Virgo and a Leo? Thats where
Astrology comes in and tries to explain. The common traits for a Virgo are, Loyal, analytical,
kind, hardworking, and practical. How did these traits get applied to people born between August
23rd and September 22nd? Astrology always has more questions to answer once you look into it.
After searching for hours trying to find where the source of the horoscopes come from, how the
traits were decided for each Zodiac sign, I gave up looking.
The internet is saturated with different websites trying to give you your horoscope,
defined as, a forecast of a person's future, typically including a delineation of character and
circumstances, based on the relative positions of the stars and planets at the time of that person's
birth, by google.com. I honestly just gave up at this point, it seemed as if I was running around
in circles trying to find more scientific information about a subject that was purely faith driven.
Long story short, Astrology is the belief the sun and planets cast physical and mental effects on
the human body every day and horoscopes are an outline of traits of a person depending on when
theyre born.

The other side of the spectrum is Astronomy. Astronomy, which I previously defined in
the first paragraph, is based purely on fact, in most cases. Astronomy is an actual degree you can
get from a College, its factually based and scientifically relevant. William H. Waller in an article

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he wrote in the Journal of Geoscience Education in 2011 stated, At the undergraduate level,
approximately 250,000 students take an astronomy course each year in the United States.
Classes on Astronomy are much easier to find in a college curriculum compared to Astrology
classes. The actual study of stars and the way they move using math is a far more solid subject
then what one might philosophically think about Jupiter for example.

That in itself shows the differences between Astrology and Astronomy. Astrology is based
solely on an idea that the planets in our solar system effect our day to day life. Whereas
Astronomy is the scientific study of the stars and is physics based, using a lot of math to prove
theories and the such. Both use Space as their sources of their ideas, one is closer to home, our
solar system, while the other looks throughout the entire Universe and tries to dissect it as if it
were a lab rat.

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References

Pruzhinin, B. I. (1995). Astrology: Science, Pseudoscience, Ideology? Russian Social Science


Review, 36(5), 75-94. doi:10.2753/rss1061-1428360575

Waller, W. H., & Slater, T. F. (2011). Improving Introductory Astronomy Education in American
Colleges and Universities: A Review of Recent Progress. Journal of Geoscience Education,
59(4), 176-183. doi:10.5408/1.3651408