Many consider astrology to be a science rather than an art. Most people have varying beliefs when it comes to astrology and everyone has a right to his or her own opinion. Some believe that the stars can foretell the future. These beliefs don’t harm you in any way, so you should allow people to have their opinion. Since human existence, astrology has been tested across many fields. Some seem genuine and meaningful, whilst others are more abstract. Here are 8 bizarre ways in which people use astrology.
8. Breeding Animals:
You might have heard of astrologers generating the horoscopes of humans. Have you ever considered that astrologers generate horoscopes for animals as well? You might see a Cancerian horse, or a Libran dog, and so on. This seems a bizarre idea if you started believing that animals born under different sun signs display the respective traits. In fact, animal breeders in 17th century England started believing in this practice and began drawing charts for newborn animals based on the position of the stars and constellations. This meant the stars would decide the correct time for castrating, weaning, or docking these newborn animals. This also resulted in people counting backward to decide on the correct time for breeding, much to the consternation of the animals!
7. In The Bible:
The Bible says and preaches that God is above everything in the world. Trying to use astrology to know the future was a sure means of angering God. It amounted to challenging the supremacy of God. There are references to astrology in a number of places in the Bible, each time reinforcing that God is the true source of all knowledge in the world. It infers that astrology is a way to cheat God and know the future. It preaches that true Christians need not believe in astrologers and leave their fate in the hands of God as he is the ultimate saviour. Even today, you can find Christians who neither believe in nor resort to astrology in difficult or weary times.
6. Predicting Weather:
There was a belief that astrology and astronomy form two ends of the scientific spectrum. Both these sciences deal with stars. There was a huge controversy in the 16th century between astronomers and astrologers about the prediction of weather and the movement of planets. One group did not believe that planets could move whereas the other strongly advocated the movement of planets around a centrally placed Sun. They agreed on one major factor that the position of stars could foretell changes in weather. Later on, science proved that planets do move and their movement and positions define the various seasons.
5. Prediction During World War II:
Did you know that Hitler was an avid believer in astrology? He used to consult astrologers before commencing on any war mission. The British planned to counter Hitler with false propaganda regarding astrological predictions about the war. They caught hold of self-styled German-born Hungarian astrologer named Louis de Wohl. The British instigated Wohl to start making predictions, that the stars did not favour Hitler and that the stars foretold about his defeat. Wohl had stipulated that the British make him an army captain before taking on any mission. The British conducted a fake swearing-in ceremony and packed him off to the US to carry out the false propaganda. Meanwhile, the British continued on their secret mission to finish off Hitler without Wohl’s knowledge.
4. Figuring Out Details Of Our Future Birth:
All of us wonder what happens when we die and if there is an afterlife. This often makes people resort to astrology to know details about their future reincarnation. Some believe that their soul never dies and takes another form after death. They believe that doing good things in life would ensure a better life in the next generation. Obviously nobody knows as to how much of this is true. However, one thing is certain, if everyone started believing in this theory, there would not be any bad deed in the world. The world would be a beautiful place to live.
3. Predict Loyalty Of Your Potential Spouse:
People who have a deep belief in astrology consult astrologists for many of life’s aspects. It would not come as a surprise if such people resorted to the stars to predict the loyalty of a potential spouse. In fact, many strongly believe that stars do have the power to foretell the loyalty of their spouses. However, you do require the exact birth details of both people. Any wrong information can result in an incorrect prediction. You should not blame the stars if you give the wrong input data!
Most of us believe that experience and expertise for a job should be the prime reason for recruiting a particular person. However, one company in Austria ran an advertisement seeking people born with specific star signs for a job. They were only interested in meritorious candidates if they had the particular zodiac sign they were seeking. The advertisement was very clear about the fact that only people born under the sun signs of Leo, Aries, Capricorn, Taurus, and Aquarius could apply for the job. The most bizarre of events was when the Austrian Government backed the Company as the matter went before the court!
1. Use In Medicine:
Before modern advancements in the field of medicine helped us to understand the human body, astrology had a great impact in the medical world. There was a belief that the stars were responsible for the various diseases of Man. They believed that Pisces ruled the feet whereas Saturn was responsible for the proper functioning of the genitals. Physicians used to draw charts based on the moment the patient became unwell to determine the nature of affliction and its resultant cure. That could be the most bizarre use of astrology to this day!