Astrology as a science or as a pseudoscience


For any theory or field to be termed as a science, it is essentialfor such field to demonstrate basic aspects of science such asconsistency, have evidence for various claims, empirically testableand based on progressive and repeatable experiments (Noonan, 2011).Astrology, unfortunately fails to meet some of the above standards ofscience and therefore it is regarded as a pseudoscience. Astrologyhas been described as a belief that has no scientific basis orarguments (Noonan, 2011).

Astrology lacks consistency. This disqualifies the field as ascience and only describes it as a pseudoscience. The claims made byastrology have neither internal nor external consistency. The claimsmade by astrology are not consistent with previous theoreticalstudies and findings. It is also useful to mention that there areextraordinary claims that are made by astrologers which lacksufficient evidence to back them. In science, any claim that is mademust be backed up by sufficient and testable evidence (Noonan, 2011).Unfortunately, this is not the case in astrology hence the decisionto term it as a pseudoscience.

The other reason why astrology is termed as a pseudoscience is thefact that its experiments are not controllable and or repeatable. Inscientific study, independent researchers should be able to conduct asimilar experiment and find the same results. However, this is notthe case in astrology (Noonan, 2011). The experiments that theastrologers conduct cannot be repeated and when they are, the resultsare different. There are also no controlled experiments in astrology.

It is clear from the above arguments that indeed pseudoscience wins.Astrology is a simple and misguided belief that has no scientificroots or arguments. The field fails to meet the basic scientificrequirements such as consistency, sufficient evidence and controlledand repeatable experiments (Noonan, 2011).


Noonan, G. C. (2011). Classical scientific astrology. Tempe,Ariz: American Federation of Astrologers.