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I just saw a friend of a friend’s post on Facebook about his astrological sign. I always chuckle at stuff like that. I was an astrologer for a long time. I enjoyed it for most of those years. One thing I do not enjoy is lies and deception. That’s exactly what I believe the astrological community has begun to engage in. I’m not talking about their belief in it. You can believe in something I don’t think is real and as long as you truly believe it I’m not going to say you are liar, misguided maybe but not a liar- I think there is a difference. But astrologers are using the zodiac in a way that it no longer exists.

Precession is a word used to describe the change in the orientation of the rotation of a rotating body. Axial precession, the kind we are referring to when we discuss astronomy, is the movement of the rotational axis of an astronomical body, whereby the axis slowly traces out a cone. In the case of Earth, this type of precession is also known as the precession of the equinoxes. Earth goes through one of these cycles about every 26,000 years, during which the positions of stars as measured in the equatorial coordinate system will slowly change. Over this cycle, Earth’s north axial pole moves from where it is now, within 1° of Polaris, in a circle around the ecliptic pole, with an angular radius of about 23.5 degrees. The shift is 1 degree in 72 years. Hipparchus is the earliest known astronomer to recognize and assess the precession of the equinoxes at almost 1º per century, so it’s not like the current crop of astrologers doesn’t know.

The effect this ends up having is that the millions of people who buy or read astrological products are being told about a sign which is actually not their own. The sun moves about a degree per day. The current number is off about 24 degrees. So unless you were born at the very tail end of your sign, you belong to the sign that precedes it. If you were born the first week of September you are not a Virgo, you are a Leo. If you were born December 10th you are not a Sagittarius, you are a Scorpio. How much money have astrologers made selling people the wrong goods? Yet, they keep just plowing along. Vedic astrologers take this change into account, but most Western astrologers don’t. The newspapers you are reading sure don’t. Lots of astrologers employed by magazines and newspapers giving a lot of false information. If you are going to bother believing in something shouldn’t you trouble yourself to get it right? Or have we all just gotten to the point we don’t give a damn and just want to collect our money?

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