I have been a practicing astrologer for over 16 years, specializing in compatibility astrology. Being a bit of a technophobe, I’ve avoided the internet for much of that time. However, all good things must come to an end, so here I am, now an avid online reader and writer. When time permits, I read and answer questions on various relationship astrology forums. Inevitably I read topics that go like this:
I’m a leo, am I compatible with an aquarius?
Answer 1: Yes!
Answer 2: No! I’m a Leo and I dated an Aquarius. We broke up.
Answer 3: Relationship astrology is stupid. I spent 172 hours researching that every sun sign combination has had divorces.
Each of these answers is incorrect, but each will usually get people to agree. In forums where one of these answers is voted on it is usually selected as correct and archived for future generations of question-seekers.
So what’s going on here?
It seems that whenever and wherever astrology compatibility is discussed on the internet, sun signs are assumed to be the key to astrology. I suspect this is largely due to a desire to simplify, streamline and condense everything. Astrology, however, is a subject where simplification often creates problems.
The sad reality is that people are much more than their sun sign, and if you want a “real” answer to an astrology question, you’ll need a real astrology reading. Following only sun signs is helpful to get a rough idea of what to expect, but there are many other planets that can overrule and trample someone’s sun sign traits. Each person and birth chart is unique.
This has led to the interesting situation where probably 80% of all relationship astrology information on the internet is basically wrong. To qualify this metric, if the sun signs could be looked at in a vacuum, the information would be correct. In practice (and people ask this question to make real-life decisions, not as a hypothetical exercise) it’s not that simple.
An interesting side effect of this seems to be a small army of armchair internet astrologers, dishing out neat and tidy information packets on all aspects of sun signs. Why do they do this? Because the concept of keywords means that a potential visitor won’t search for “Aquarius sun, Leo, Moon, Aries, Mars, etc.”, they will search for “Aquarius” – and woe to any article that dares to lose focus. leaving the topic with qualifications. Anything more complex than that will cause the browser’s back button to take over, and pretty quickly.
Right, maybe this is happening in all subjects. On the Internet, education is clearly student-led, with educators telling them what they ask for, not what they need to know. Search engines force websites to satisfy the need for instant gratification.
The problem with astrology is that this obsession with sun signs is degrading the subject’s credibility. People are right to say “wait, I’m a Leo and I don’t get along with Sagittarius! This astrology stuff is useless!” Are professional astrologers guilty of this too? Yes, we are. Because otherwise, no one would read our articles! However, it would be quite easy for astrologers to put a disclaimer or disclaimer when replying to posts or writing articles, and maybe that’s the solution?
For more information on compatibility with astrology, see http://www.compatible-astrology.com. Just make sure you read the disclaimers…