Is astrology a science? This is the most common question posed about astrology by both sets of people - the non-believers and the rationalists who claim that astrology is bogus and that it exploits the fear and insecurity of people. The believers of astrology and the astrologers themselves stoutly defend the stance that astrology is a precise science.
To my mind, both are wrong and both sets of people approach this question from a predefined mind set.
For nonbelievers, it is fashionable and politically correct to denounce any system of knowledge, which does not fit into the 19th century definition of materialism and physical science.
For astrologers, the mind set is that unless Astrology is a science, it is not respectable in today's world, and for believers, anything that is termed as science can be blindly believed or accepted.
The new millennium is called the Age of Aquarius, and astrologers claim Aquarius is ruled by the planet Uranus. Uranus signifies new science and technology.
So in the Age of Aquarius, I propose to examine this question in an objective fashion without any preconceived mindset.
The first question that comes to mind at this stage is, "What is the meaning and definition of science and astrology?"