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And yet — not that I’m a psychic or anything — I’m pretty sure astrology isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.Aside from the fact that there is a desperate human need to make sense of the frightening and utter chaos that is our universe, why does astrology persist?Maybe because, despite all its faux scientific underpinnings, there is some truth to the astrological idea that our birthdate has some link to certain aspects of our personality.
There’s still plenty of room for more research to firm up some of the findings on this list.
And there are so many convoluted and intersecting explanations for who we are — nature, nurture, biology, sociology, culture, family, environment — so no one’s suggesting anything crazy here.
But science is discovering links between season of birth and personality, and the findings are pretty interesting. Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are more common among people born in winter and early spring.
We’re still unraveling all the contributing factors to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and new discoveries are being made all the time.
A search for the amount of money Americans spend annually on astrology turns up estimates ranging from several million to a couple hundred million dollars, depending on the source.
Astrology is definitely popular, a deduction you could make just by looking at the number of newspapers and magazines with astrology columns.Back in the 1980s, Ronald and Nancy Reagan admitted they’d consulted an astrologer for advice on when to schedule certain events; more recently, a National Science Foundation study found that the number of Americans who say they believe astrology is “not at all” scientific is actually dwindling.I personally think astrology is fun, and also completely useless, an opinion supported by numerous studies and social experiments.But one of the most interesting facts about people with either condition is that they’re more likely to be born in the winter or early spring months.A 2012 study by Queen Mary University in London examined the health records of more than 29 million people in England, 58,000 of whom had been diagnosed with schizophrenia.Researchers determined that January was the most common birth month, with February and March birthdays also overrepresented.