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Submitted by Mohammed Waza Khiddif id'Ullah (Australia), Sep 18, 2016 at 02:22

That was a good elucidation - and I can see what you're getting at. I used to argue with a girlfriend who was right into it that it was bunkum - and that pigeonholing a person into a 'Gemini' or 'Taurus' affected the way you treated them and the way you interpreted them. On another occasion - some time later another female friend who was right into it asked me my star sign. I told her 'Gemini' - which I am not - in order to see her reaction. Straight away she could see all my 'Gemini' attributes.

Some obvious points : Pluto's gravity would influence me less than the gravity field of my car. And constellations are totally arbitrary.

Australian aboriginals living in far north Queensland for example would see the pretty much same stars as people living in far south USA or Egypt but saw totally different constellations because of their cultural heritage. i.e no bull, ram, scales, goat, archer, water bearer (they had no pottery) or lion to base their constellations on. Fish, twins, virgins and scorpions of course were around. There'd be no proud Leos, skittish, vacillating Geminis or fair minded Librans identified. http://www.emudreaming.com/whatis.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Aboriginal_astronomy

So instead - they had amongst others, an 'emu' constellation. Did people born under that sign have long necks and a very curious nature?

That said, it is possible there are totally unseen, and unexpected subtle influences that affect human behaviour. The Moon is an obvious example - its gravity affects tides and seemingly people's behaviour. Quantum mechanics shows we live in a bizarre universe where information is king - you'd probably enjoy this conference: http://www.informationuniverse.rug.nl/. It also shows 'spooky action at a distance' as you've covered.

So - there are deeper and deeper levels of 'reality' - and consciousness itself is affected by if not derived from the quantum world. So nothing can be ruled out - but superstitious beliefs are not helpful. Until it is proven otherwise I will continue to live my life giving no consideration to the 'stars' in that way. It seems that people live mostly unconsciously - but when the effort is made to wake up and that is achieved to one degree or another - these possible outside influences have less and less power.

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