Ever since I was small I was really into astrology — you know, the Zodiac, horoscopes and all that jazz. I mostly loved reading about my own Sun sign, Sagittarius, and the Sun signs of my family (Mom=Cancer, Dad=Aries, Mika=Libra), to find the similarities in personality. I didn't understand it much back then, but it was pretty cool to me at the time.
As I got older this interest stayed with me, and I delved deeper into researching this fascinating branch of study that's been with mankind for several thousands of years. I asked my mom for my birth time so I can look up my birth chart, found not only the effects of my Sun sign but also my Rising sign (Libra) and Moon sign (Virgo), the effects of the positions of the planets at the time of my birth. After a while I started to question this, because it seemed rather arbitrary: the characteristics attributed to the celestial bodies used in astrology (the Sun, Moon, and planets) are related to mythology.
For example: I'm a Sagittarius, and my 'ruling planet' is Jupiter. Jupiter is the Roman god of the gods, equivalent to the Greek Zeus. His personality is grandiose, lucky, philosophical, and intelligent, pretty much what it says for Sagittarius. This is subjective, and permeates only really through Western culture. Who was to say it really worked for, say, people of the ancient Orient, who didn't exactly buy into such beliefs? However, they did have their own beliefs, their own form of astrology that I haven't actually studied in length: Chinese astrology. And although I wasn't raised on such beliefs, I find myself marvelling at the accuracy of my own Chinese sign of the Dragon.
So from all this confusion, I asked: what gives?!
What significance could something so arbitrary as the position of the stars on our celestial sphere have on human lives? How can something so big and seemingly disconnected and far away, effect something so local and familiar? In my searches I have not found an explanation for this... but in my own moments of deep thought I had come up with what I feel is a rather innovative theory. Here's where it takes a turn for the "wait, what?" but I ask that you bear with me through the rest of the entry.
I think it's God.
Or, or or or it could be any number of omnipotent powers or universal unconsciousnesses or what have you, that you believe in. I happen to believe in the Judeo-Christian God, so for the purposes of simplicity, I will use Him for this entry. But do know that it can be applied to any form of cosmic permeating giant mindthing you feel more comfortable with.
So, as a bit of a 'backstory' to let you know how I can believe in such a notion, I sort of settled the whole science vs religion deal by myself by saying that science is the method, and God is the scientist. It made enough sense in my mind, and there's a quote by Galileo concerning the study of astronomy (not astrology) that supported this belief: "The Bible tells us how to go to Heaven, not how the Heavens go."
If I were to argue in the case of, say, the dinosaurs, I'd tell you that the Bible says that creatures were placed on Earth before man. The dinosaurs could have been part of that bunch, and subsequently destroyed for whatever reason. There's also the argument that the Bible counts the development of everything in "days," which, for all we know, could be billions of years in "our" time relative to God's time. And as for evolution, who is to say He didn't intend that either? Basically, I believe God had a system set up, a system by which all nature runs, unless He steps in for some divine intervention and stuff.
So, with that said, let's get back to astronomy.
What part could God possibly play in it?
Well, I believe He made the connection between the big and the small: the movements of the celestial bodies, the grandest things in the Universe, to the local and familiar human beings, the crown of His creation. He is the one that breathes life into human beings when they are born, so to speak, but if I wanted to break that down like I did with my dinosaurs, His "breath of life" is slightly evidenced in the positions of the stars themselves at the exact time of birth—the exact time you take your very first breath. God was there to give you that first breath, and He is hinted at in the stars, just like the Greek and Roman gods of old. Of course, I say "slightly evidenced" because your entire birth star chart alone is not sufficient enough to determine one's personality, which is, in my opinion, mostly shaped by your experiences (nurture over nature), but the tellings of astrology are a guideline. It reveals the general traits that underscore a person's entire personality, traits that constantly reveal themselves, making you read your Sun sign description and go, "Hey, that's eerily true."
So there you have it, a multi-paragraph buildup towards a theory I basically summarized in a paragaph. I hope I did my crazy electomagnetic bullet-train of thoughts justice enough.
Where is the thank you portion of this entry, you ask?
Thank you for reading this far!