But I like to apply my skepticism evenly. And there's one thing that we astrology doubters like to say that sticks in my craw. It all started with schizophrenia. Some scientists noticed that schizophrenics were more likely than others to have February birthdays.
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Also, January and March birthdays. It wasn't a huge effect, but it was statistically significant nonetheless. And schizophrenia definitely affects your personality. Then scientists found the same for bipolar disorder , winter and early spring birthdays have it worst. They also noticed that the incidence of these diseases was particularly low for people who were born in late summer and early fall.
Dyslexia may be strongest in the summer babies. The first thing these scientists did is the same thing you or I would do. They looked at the Southern Hemisphere. They quickly found that these effects are reversed there. Since the seasons are reversed below the equator, it seems like the weather has something to do with it. But what? So many things vary with the season. Disease levels, temperature, seasonal affective disorder, diet , activity level, many organisms, pollen in the air, school attendance, and consequent disease exposure—these things all vary with the season.
Most research now focuses on temperature and on viral infections, especially the flu, but the mechanisms are still mysterious.
A Japanese study found that people born December through February have lower agreeableness this term has a precise definition to personality psychologists. Another study reported that summer-born males are less conscientious another term with a formal meaning. Now, this doesn't support astrology, not even close. From my limited knowledge, adjacent signs often have opposing, or at least unrelated, personalities, while science says that adjacent birth months are similar.
And of course, no one thinks that the position of the stars in the sky has anything to do with it. It's stuff happening here on earth that is the culprit. Conversely, when someone says there's no possible way the month you are born could have any influence on your personality, they aren't exactly correct.
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One final note. Schizotypal personality is also correlated with the month of birth. And schizotypal personality different from schizophrenia may be associated with many personality traits. One of them is interest in, and belief in, astrology. So maybe there is something to the old joke: "I don't believe in astrology, but then I wouldn't. I'm a Gemini, so I'm skeptical. The month of birth determines the age a child starts school at a time when a few months or a year make a big difference.
I don't know if this is at all related to the result, but there are bound to be other experiences age-affected by birth month.
This is a good point. Many of these effects are consistent across various states and countries that have different school start dates, but I bet that school start date has some effects on personality nonetheless. When will the world tire of people dismissing that which they do not understand It's like dismissing the usefulness of a vehicle you don't have the keys to. What about all the interest in stellar motion that was witnessed on many occasions throughout human history - the celebrations of different seasons.
How about the negative psychological effects of winter it meant death for a lot of people - no food grown and very cold temperatures? Then again I imagine that the -full- moons' effect on people shows a lot more statistical deviation then that of the researches you mention. Human senses are not tuned to all frequencies. Our cognition is also limited, and in evolution as well. We know that radiation of certain wave lengths do affect our bodies and minds. There is no evidence as yet that celestial bodies affect us on earth, but the prerogative of belief should not attract opprobrium in a forum such as this one.
Scientific ignorance as a whole is harming this planet. Bad ideas should not be immune to criticism. The fact that one has a prerogative to believe something idiotic does not make that belief any less idiotic. I have been using astrology since I was It definitely shows something that nothing else does. But it's not fatalistic. That's where most people get it wrong. An astrological chart may give insights into a person's mind and body, but it doesn't make anything "happen". We do. You might enjoy visiting a research project at Astrofaces.
Do they resemble when they share those most prominent factors? Send your photo! Like X said The effect of the moon on personality can be quite noticable. The astrological personality traits depend on much more than just the month you were born. If done thoroughly it considers the position of the planets on the day, year, time and location of your birth, as just the tip of the iceburg.
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Infact the complexity involved in studying the principles actually mirror the that of stats in psychology. Astrology, particularly the recent discovery of the asteroid chiron, can help to uncover subconcious issues which may cause huge problems in a persons day to day functioning.
If birth charts were incorporated into psychological sessions it may even in theory be possible to help a client without the invasive probing techniques which are currently necessary in providing successful treatment. Astrology can be a tricky thing to add to your carrer, especially in America.
The problem is that there are far more people who exploit it in order to profit, then there are those who genuinely try to use it to help people. Additionaly my post mostly reffered to the fact that we don't necessarily have to look to the stars to explain certain patterns based on specific behaviour of those born in a certain month.
Afterall you must consider that if these deviations are bound to Earths year cycle then their cause is Earth itself for no other star, galaxy or moon moves in coherence with Earth except for our Moon. For example I usually only get sick once or twice a year and that always happens during winter - the problem is not in the position of stars but it's in the fact that the temperature drops, our immune systems are put to the test and more often than not dozens of ill people continue their daily rituals making even more people fall ill.
Thank you, Sally.
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Well said! I read through the comments before I posted to be sure I wasn't repeating. I am currently learning Intuitive Astrology, using my own natal report and that of several people I know very well, to help understand the intricacies of the topic as well as the people. Naysayers should know that there are many aspects and variables in real Intuitive Astrology and when you look deeper than just a Sun sign all of which share two months you will change perspective in your beliefs, or become more open minded at least.
The learning experience for me has been very enlightening, though I have never been a naysayer on the topic. Love and Light! I'm currently battling an astrology addiction. I don't believe in it but I find it fascinating, or not so fascinating but they have all these planets and points and factors to play with - I call it an imaginary adventure map. I will accord the internet a lot of influence in this. Before the internet the only time I ever thought about it was if someone would ask me my sign and I would always preface my answer that I didn't believe in it but I'd still supply an answer with a sort of whatever-sneer.
Then the internet came along and all this instant access to so much totally useless information - oh there's moon signs too?