OK, that may be how the song went so many summers ago, but it has little if anything to do with September 21, 2010. It came, it went, and it was pretty quiet. Why did I even bring it up on the radio program? I'll get to that in a moment. First it's a great segway into discussing an ongoing division amongst Christians and the world at large in regards to whether or not heavenly bodies have any ability to impact life here on earth. It's pretty easy to shoot holes in the whole astrology business, just ask Carl Sagan.
Even if we weren't faced with the Biblical stance on the subject (which we are), you have to ask yourself, after thousands of years is there any evidence whatsoever that the theory of Astrology works? In other words, can it actually be used to predict the future?
We can perform a simple experiment using economics -
If they know anything about the future they would have an edge. But this is not the case. Assuming that astrologers like to make money, they seem not to be able to profit from their own craft. If they could predict the future even in a vague way, they would become rich by playing the futures or the stock market. But as astrologers they get most of their income from selling charts. Now I've known quite a few of these folks in my day, and they all had at least two things in common. They loved money and they were almost constantly broke.
It is no secret that the scientific field of astronomy and its incorrigible cousin astrology have a common beginning. Many of the great astronomers of history owe their ability to conduct research to wealthy patrons who paid for astrological readings. Today, however, the two fields could hardly be farther apart.
The Discovery Channel is now reporting that "One of the largest studies of the possible link between human traits and astrology found little, if any, connection between the traditional sun signs of the zodiac and characteristics of individuals."
Conducted by Peter Hartmann, a researcher in the Department of Psychology at Denmark's University of Aarhus, the study used computer modeling and statistical analysis to study possible astrological connections between over 15,000 individuals. While leaving open the possibility of effectiveness by more personal forms of astrology, Hartmann said, "When considering the current scientific standing with respect to sun signs, it becomes clear that there is little or no truth in sun signs."
So if the moon being in the 7th house can't actually predict that "love will fill the air", how can it control the tides? Scientifically we know that it has to do with gravity even though the moon itself is roughly some 221,463 miles away. Now the oceans are very large bodies of water but then so are we. Right? Lean muscle tissue contains about 75% water by weight. Blood contains almost 70% water, body fat contains 10% water and bone has 22% water. Skin also contains much water. The human body is about 60% water in adult males and 55% in adult females. This is where Astrology and Astronomy really become two different issues.
One is Science while the other lends to a form of creation worship which is in direct conflict with the Bible edict of Creator worship. There is a big difference and it is a big deal. At least in my humble opinion.
If you have any lingering questions about Astrology (not Astronomy) read this.
"When I see Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and stars that You set in place - What are humans that You are mindful of them? Mere mortals that You care for them?"
Jupiter comes relatively close to Earth about every 12 years. In 1999, it passed slightly farther away. What's rare this time is Uranus making a close appearance at the same time, Phillips said. He called it "a once-in-a-lifetime event." While seen right next to Jupier through a telescope, Uranus actually will be 1.7 billion miles from Earth on Monday night.
When was the last time Jupiter passed this close?