How much truth is there in horoscopes?

Zodiac signs: why astrology is nonsense - and you still believe in it

Helena is not even born when her godfather-designate asks about the zodiac sign. After all, that determines their nature and their future. The father-to-be shakes his head in irritation.

Power of the stars, what nonsense. The scene exemplifies the rift that divides society when it comes to astrology. Some believe it or at least don't want to rule out the power of the stars. Others consider astrology to be harmless or even dangerous.

“The stars determine or influence our lives.” That is the basic assumption of astrology - and about every third woman and every sixth man agrees with this statement in surveys.

Personality analysis based on date, place and time of birth

Astrology, from the Greek “astron” and “logos”, literally means “star theory”. It assumes that there is a connection between the movement of certain celestial bodies and events on earth. Above all, the personality and fate of people should depend on which heavenly bodies were where at the time of his birth.

"I am sure that I can do a differentiated personality analysis with the date, place and time of birth, which has a hand and foot," says Klemens Ludwig. He is chairman of the German Association of Astrologers, which has almost 650 members nationwide.

Like most astrologers, Ludwig does not want to be associated with newspaper horoscopes. They also apply to them for entertainment purposes only.

Concrete predictions of life events are not possible

On the basis of predictable star constellations, however, prognostic statements are definitely possible - if you approached it correctly. The cosmos keeps turning and certain celestial bodies such as Jupiter, Pluto or Uranus would then be in new constellations to the natal chart, says Ludwig. Trends, he believes, can then be clearly identified. But concrete predictions about divorce, job loss or the date of death are impossible, according to Ludwig.

Ludwig stands for so-called psychological astrology: Its representatives do not believe that the stars actually have a physical effect on people and thus influence them. But they believe that the constellation on a person's birthday is representative of their inner world.

This assumption is based on the synchronicity principle of Carl Gustav Jung: He described how two events that are not causally related can still be perceived as meaningfully connected.

Missing a car in the fog - a life full of fog?

For example, if you overlook a car on a foggy day, you can suddenly notice that in life as a whole you often have the feeling that you are groping in the fog, that you are not aware of a lot or that you do not know where you are going. “It's not a causality, but an analogy,” says Ludwig. And thinks: The stars do not influence life on earth, but they are related to it.

Klaus Jäger sometimes pissed off such statements. He is a board member and spokesman for the Astronomical Society. “As an astrophysicist, you come across astrology again and again, even among friends,” he says. From a scientific point of view, the topic has long been clarified. There have long been carefully prepared studies that show that there is no reliable connection between the stars and the fate of people.