Astronomy versus Astrology

What is the difference between Astrology and Astronomy?

Astrology is astronomy brought down to Earth and applied towards the affairs of men

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Astrology and astronomy are both concepts related to the universe and in fact, in the early ages, astrology and astronomy were terms used indistinguishably. These two concepts were separated gradually from the 17th century onwards until they were declared to be entirely independent of each other.

Before telescopes and similar objects were invented to help see the astral bodies above, humans had to rely on the naked eye. As such, early development in both astrology and astronomy focused on what was visible. Most notably the Sun, the Moon, and the five planets.

Most old societies connected these seven objects with different powerful rulers. Indeed, in Ancient Greece the planets were named after the gods and were credited with holding the powers of those deities whose names they bore. From such thoughts was brought into the world the old framework called astrology (currently undergoing a radical resurgence in popularity). In astrology, the places of these bodies among the stars of the zodiac are thought to hold the way to understanding what we can anticipate from life.


Astronomy is the scientific learning of planets and all other celestial objects to study their origins, interrelationships and future movements. Astrology is the study of how the celestial objects motion and changes affects the everyday human life and nature.

Astronomy uses scientific proof to affirm hypotheses with respect to the universe and its starting points. The science is developing continually as new advances assist space experts with ever changing discoveries and they work with different fields and academics to investigate close-by planets, far-away stars, and different galaxies.

Whilst Astrology has some of the trappings of genuine science, such as the use of certain mathematics and complex charts and a specific terminology, from around the 17th Century began to be cast aside as a science.

Is Astrology a science?

Through scientific examination, astronomy means to assist people to better understand the universe and divine articles through perception and research. As a multidisciplinary field, there is a sum of 17 subdisciplines. Huge progress has been made thanks to the use of innovative strategies and communication across different academic spheres. Astronomers direct this broad research using specialist computer programs and measuring tools. Telescopes and satellites are generally used to dissect and gather information.


There is a lot of discussion about whether astrology ought to be viewed as a real part of a science or deemed merely mystical. Given the name "Mother of all sciences," the focal ideas of astrology are taken from hypotheses that go past the domains of logical examination. Astrology incorporates a few components of genuine science, such as specific vocabulary, math, and puzzling graphs. In spite of this, mysterious speculations have little legitimacy. Astrologers don't differentiate between differing cases using logic. These contentions spin around the idea of energy strategies, like yoga and Feng Shui, which likewise have negligible logical help. With little proof and with prominence given to fantasies and superstition, astrology falls under the umbrella of pseudoscience.

Star map in Astronomy and Astrology

A star diagram or star map like ours are guides of the night sky. Algorithms map the alignment of the stars on any given date. Astronomers partition these into frameworks to render the findings more effective. They are used to distinguish and find groups of stars and cosmic items, for example, stars, nebulae, and galaxies. Note that a star graph contrasts from a galactic index, which is a posting or arrangement of cosmic articles for a specific reason. Devices using a star diagram incorporate the astrolabe and plan sphere. You can read all about the way we make our star maps here!

Numerous Native American clans of the Great Plains, remarkably the Pawnee, Shoshone, Arikara, and Wichita, had complex convictions which incorporated the use of a star chart and astrology. Clans, such as the Cherokee for example, accepted that everything on the planet is an earth impression of the stars. The Pawnee believed that stars were gods who once lived on Earth and afterward were changed into stars at death. Comets, showers of shooting stars and novas were seen as signs of extraordinary disasters. There are photos of a Pawnee Star Chart with unmistakably conspicuous heavenly body designs. Rather than estimating the area of stars to ascertain an area the Native Americans mapped the area of stars and heavenly bodies in the Star Chart and Astrology charts to flag seasons and occasions of the year.

As technology and space instruments improve and we can see ever further into space, astronomers are making new discoveries at an unprecedented pace. Astrology, despite its lack of logical evidence or scientific proof is undergoing a parallel rise in popularity and significance in the popular sphere.

We humans will forever be fascinated by the stars!

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