There have been some silly arguments for astrology from readers of the Tumblr blogs Scipsy and CWL. They were similar to an argument that I heard recently at a dinner party*, so I thought I would add a couple of facts into the discussion, so astrologists can ignore them.
ON THE GRAVITATIONAL EFFECTS OF THE PLANETS, FROM NASA’S WEBSITE:
Here is a table of tidal forces of the Sun, Moon, and Planets. With the Sun’s tidal force equal to 1.00, the following values are given in Thompson (1981):
ON THE MAGNETIC EFFECTS OF THE PLANETS, FROM WIKIPEDIA
Others have proposed conventional causal agents such as electro-magnetism within an intricate web of planetary fields and resonances in the solar system. Scientists dismiss magnetism as an implausible explanation, since the magnetic field of a large but distant planet such as Jupiter is far smaller than that produced by ordinary household appliances.
Maybe we should have horoscope signs based on the brands of microwave or toaster ovens in our homes.
*I had to leave the room before my head exploded.
I am SO glad I found this post browsing the #Science tag. Thank you for taking the time out to further elaborate my statement of how realistic influences works. I think I’d be more prone to believe in the influence household appliances holds on my life than what planets or stars have. This is the perfect example of people believing what they want or what is reassuring rather than what is real, so thanks for some good old facts to go along with it.
You can’t just say that “Oh well this has influence on the trajectory of my destiny but let me just forget the fact that there are things surrounding me which would exert even more influence had this been true.”