Astrology has been
around for a long, long time. During
the ancient period of Greek and Indian civilizations it was extremely popular.
Astrologers were well respected. Today
astrology doesn't quite enjoy that status for a variety of reasons.
For one, with the advent of scientific progress and development over the
last several centuries, for any science to survive, its basis must be tested and
verified. Astrology, unfortunately,
over these years has been neglected as a thing of the past and labeled as a
satanic practice. Apparently it is
perceived as a negative force that causes one to lose control over his life. As a result, it has primarily remained in the hands of those
who are unable to treat and respect it as a science. It never had a chance to bloom, and to further develop based
on research. Thus, mostly it
remains mired in skepticism with its orthodoxy tinged.
So it's not surprising that the popularity of astrology has become
limited to just a passing interest, and at least on the surface, it has been
ridiculed and made fun of, perhaps by the very people who are dying to know what
lies ahead in their future.
In my opinion, one of the biggest obstacles keeping astrology from universal acceptance is its very nature of affecting an individual. Assuming it is reasonably perfected as a science for making future predictions, it is very easy for a normal individual to become overwhelmed with it to the extent that the individual loses control of his (or her) life by literally becoming a slave of astrology.
But if the very same individual looks at astrology as a guide or means to understand unique happenings surrounding him in his life, astrology becomes a blessing. It allows a person to enrich and enhance his life by helping uncover his hidden talents and abilities, it further helps him discover who he or she is, and even helps provide meaning to life.