What kind of career will I have in the future? This question is rooted in the uncertainty I, and many of my fellow freshman, feel coming into college. Your professional career has an impact on many aspects of your life, from where you live to how much you travel to the likelihood of having a family. Knowing what kind of job and career you’ll have can illuminate so much about your future, especially in a time when most are in a state of flux and barely know what they’ll major in.
Obviously, this question is not like predicting the weather. You can’t analyze previous data to attempt to forecast the future because life has so many unforeseen twists, and human behavior (even your own) can sometimes be impossible to predict. However, people may still attempt to glean information about the future using other methods, one of which is astrology.
The invention of astrology, the study of the celestial bodies, their movements, and the impact theses bodies have on the human world, is credited to the Babylonians, who used it as a science to predict seasons and other celestial events. Many recognizable historical figures and powerful empires made use of astrology, from Plato and Aristotle to the Ancient Romans and Arabs. Astrology quickly spread and gained popularity in various societies around the world. Originally it was used to predict weather, but as it became more popular it was used to forecast wars, natural disasters, and political affairs. Like the oracles of Ancient Greece, astrologists often found a seat at the table with kings and other rulers and were in a powerful position to offer counsel and advice.
Today, you can find horoscopes in magazines, newspapers, and hundreds of online Buzzfeed quizzes. I even took a free horoscope profession quiz on clickastro.com, which generated pages of information on my career, my romantic future, and various objects, numbers, and symbols that would bring me luck. The long, sometimes contradictory answers predicted me being anything from a lawyer to a workman in a fishery. It’s always exciting to read a horoscope and sometimes even a little shocking when they manage to correctly identify your favorite ice cream flavor just by knowing you’re a Gemini. Some people believe that the forces of the planets truly have an impact on the “energy” of the world; however, I personally place very little faith in the truth of astrology. Evaluating uncertainty in astrology is difficult to do because the science behind whether celestial bodies and their orientation to each other have an impact on the world is relatively unproven, and, because the predictions generated in this field are so vague, general, and sometimes contradictory, you could argue that at least one part of any generated horoscope report will come true. Personally, I would take a horoscope quiz for fun, but would never place any real faith in horoscopes. I guess I’ll just have to wait to see if I’m destined to smell like fish for the rest of my life.
“History of Astrology.” Astrologer.com, American Federation of Astrologers, Inc. Accessed 11 Sept. 2017.
Handy link added by AG: Here's the "Practitioner's Guide" page on Astrology from PredictionX.