For all the talk of horoscopes being a silly superstition, they are perhaps more popular than they have ever been. There are thousands of horoscope websites across the internet, hundreds of astrologers offering paid fortunes, and almost every magazine and newspaper printing a daily horoscope, including DivyaBhaskar. Quora estimates that thirty percent of people globally believe in astrology and twenty percent check their horoscope every day. Horoscopes aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Here are some facts on horoscopes and astrology, including some you might not know:
1-India is the only country where astrology is a trusted science
India is so horoscope mad that it is the only country in the world where a high court has declared astrology to be a trusted science. It hasn’t fully stopped the scepticism but it does go to show you how serious India is about astrology and how much it affects the lives of many Indians.
2-You can get a master’s degree in astrology
While it is still true that anybody can claim to be an astrologer to scam money from people, the declaration of astrology as a science means that India is the only country where it can be studied as an academic discipline. HTCampus has a whole list of universities and educational institutes that offer astrology courses, from a basic six month course in vastushashtra to a master’s degree in jyotish.
3-Your star sign might be wrong
Whether you believe in horoscopes or not, you probably at least know which star sign you are. Or at least you think you do. Scientists have discovered that the astrology we use to write horoscopes is based upon star charts from 2,200 years ago. Slight changes in the Earth’s axis plus new astronomy discoveries have made these old charts out of date. Now might be a good time to re-evaluate your star chart to check if your star sign and horoscope is accurate.
4-Hindu and Greek astrology has crossed over
Many cultures have their own version of the zodiac. The twelve signs that are the most well-known today are from the Greek zodiac, using famous figures from Greek mythology. For instance, Tauros the bull stems from the Minotaur legend. The Hindu and Greek zodiac have merged together over time and now use the same symbols, as seen in the case of Mithuna, the twins, corresponding with Gemini. This goes to show you how astrology changes and adapts over millennia, but still retains its early roots.
Many people claim that reading your horoscope, even for fun, is superstition or even that people are stupid for doing so. While it is true that perhaps we shouldn’t make every major life decision based on our horoscopes, the wide spread usage and belief in horoscopes, particularly in India, shows that there must be something to it. If anybody wants to put down astrology, remember that for as long as human civilization has existed, we have been fascinated by the stars and it has formed a major part of our history and culture.