There are (and were) many things in the world that we simply do not understand yet. Take the compass, Before we knew how it worked people trusted in the efficacy of it. It was not until Gauss discovered the Earth’s magnetic field that finally proved the value of it. Another example is Semmelweis, A Hungarian physician that began practicing sanitary habits like hand washing. Others ridiculed him, But he continued and mortality rates dropped. So you see, Not understanding something does not make it any less real or valuable.
Secondly, We know that the celestial bodies have an effect on Earth. We know the four basic forces of the universe are gravity, Weak nuclear, Electromagnetism, And strong nuclear. These four forces affect the entire universe, And therefore Earth. We know the gravitational pull of the moon moves the tides, So if the moon can control the tides on Earth, Why is the idea of astrology different? I assume you will say because we do not have proof, But as I talked about above, Lack of proof does not disprove.
Third, Astrology is a science just as astronomy. Johannes Kepler was a German astronomer and astrologer who discovered three major laws of planetary motion:
The planets move in an elliptical orbit with the sun as the focus
The area law
How did he discover these things? As anything is, The scientific theory! You know this one, Making a hypothesis, Testing, Collecting data, And evaluating it. This is how astrology came about as well, And how Kepler analyzed the planets to create the first foundation for astrology. This is still how astrologers analyze new asteroids large enough to generate enough energy to influence Earth.
Fourth, Astrology is more than being one sign. An issue I see in the arguments against is that a person is more complex than one sign. This is true, You are correct. People are incredibly more complex than that, And we cannot simply put someone in a singular box. Astrology consists of 12 houses, 12 zodiac signs, 12 planets, Lunar nodes, Sects, The midheaven, Ascendant, 8 aspects, And 10 asteroids. Do we want to do the math on how many possible combinations there would be? I think you get it. No one person is exactly the same as another, Even a person born on the same day, Time and location as another. Astrology is more than saying “I’m an Aries so I’m impatient”. It is the culmination of all things listed above that make someone who they are.
Fifth, Astrology does not dictate the future, And the future is not set in stone. Though it can predict phenomena, Just as the four basic laws do. If I throw a ball in the air, Will it come back down? This is the same concept used in astrology. When Pluto and Saturn enters aspect, We can predict massive stress in political landscapes, Policies and especially countries borders which ultimately leads to change. How do we know this? History.
Scientists did not know about many things that we now know today a long time ago, That we now state as truth today. It can be true because how can it so accurately state what you are like and yet not know who you are in the beginning? I can say that there may be error and corruption in it, But there is also truth to it.
I personally think that people desire a type of identity and in some cases, A sense of purpose in believing in astrology. People want to believe that they are unique in some sort of way and something like astrology provides a bunch of differentiation in a person judging on their birthday. Just as there are personality types, Human beings enjoy being grouped while also being told that you are unique. I also believe that those who dabble in astrology can also find some sort of meaning in it just as others find meaning in religion or in their job. Mercury is in retrograde y'all.
Honestly, I just wanted to make this comment to refute the idea that "Just because you cannot prove it is not is not disproof". This is the fallacy of the burden of proof, The claim astrology is accurate is the positive claim.
"The burden of proof lies with someone who is making a claim, And is not upon anyone else to disprove. The inability, Or disinclination, To disprove a claim does not render that claim valid, Nor give it any credence whatsoever. However it is important to note that we can never be certain of anything, And so we must assign value to any claim based on the available evidence, And to dismiss something on the basis that it hasn't been proven beyond all doubt is also fallacious reasoning. "
Of course, It is impossible to say that it does not exist. However, This alone does not mean we should make illogical leaps to conclude that it does.
The last point is the problem-solving principle Occam's razor. In order for us to believe astrology is real we must make more assumptions than we need to in order to come to the opposite conclusion.
"Occam’s razor (also known as the “law of parsimony”) is a problem-solving principle which serves as a useful mental model. A philosophical razor is a tool used to eliminate improbable options in a given situation. Occam’s is the best-known example.
Occam’s razor can be summarized as follows:
Among competing hypotheses, The one with the fewest assumptions should be selected. "