Astrology: an academic field for the future?
Brandon North, Contributing Writer
October 1, 2013
Filed under Opinions
Astrology should eventually be studied in universities.
You’re probably wondering if this piece is satire, so first off let me assure you that it’s not (as a Scorpio, however, don’t be surprised if something I write is bitingly sarcastic). Now that I’ve addressed my seriousness, let me offer perspectives on why astrology is legitimate enough to be studied in academia.
On one hand, isn’t it logical, what with advances in science producing theories on things like quantum mechanics and dark matter, that we reconsider how bodies in our solar system may affect us on Earth? Neil DeGrasse Tyson himself ended his recent presentation at Wright State by announcing that we were all ‘stardust,’ so why don’t we consider whether or not we are affected by the stars if we’re made of them?
On the other hand, if you’re not scientifically inclined, have you never wondered why astrology in some fashion is so often referenced throughout history? From the Mayan calendar to the ‘three wise men’ in the Bible who come to see baby Jesus, references to using the stars for knowledge are common enough that a whole specialized discipline, falling under a more generalized one perhaps called ‘Esoteric Studies,’ could be devoted to the study of various aspects of astrology.
By the way, don’t forget that people today still believe the full moon causes chaos to occur more than at other times during the month (many ER nurses would stand by this). If this exemplary claim wouldn’t fall specifically under astrological studies, I don’t know where it would.
Though I personally use astrology as a tool for understanding things in my life, I’m not attempting to persuade you to adopt it yourself. I only wanted to present a case for why legitimizing it with university studies would be beneficial. At the very least, it would let people see that astrology as a whole is far more complex and insightful than the dumbed down horoscopes in newspapers indicate.