Astrological Planetary Alignment and Personality Differences: Saving us from Ignorance

By Renier Steyn.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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Astrological information often appears in newspapers and magazines. This suggests that there are readers who may believe that their birthdates relate to astrology and that this phenomenon influences their everyday lives. Many scientists, particularly psychologists, have attempted to link astrological signs with personality traits on an empirical level. The results have often been ambivalent and sometimes even controversial. Scientific evidence generally indicates that zodiac star positions do not influence different personalities. The study of planetary alignment, however, seems more complex. Results in this field often involve smaller research groups, are more difficult to interpret, and can therefore be considered as ambivalent. In this specific study a large group of 65 268 job seekers was assessed by means of a personality questionnaire, the so-called Basic Traits Inventory. The personality traits of four groups of individuals (N = 49, N = 48, N = 39, N = 36) were compared. The groups differed from each other in that all the members of a specific group shared the same planetary alignment and zodiac sign. Chronological age, as a mediator, was not taken into account as the individuals were all born in the same year (1983). No significant differences in personality traits between the groups were found. The results of this study confirm that neither zodiac star signs, nor planetary alignments, influence personality. This affirms, through scientific investigation, that astrology should be seen for what it is; namely an outmoded, archaic belief system based on mythological assumptions.

Keywords: Astrological Signs, Planetary Alignment, Personality

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.117-122. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 330.402KB).

Prof. Renier Steyn

Senior Lecturer, Graduate School of Business Leadership, University of South Africa, Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa

Renier Steyn worked for 18 years as a psychologist in the South African Police Services and is presently an Associate Professor at the University of South Africa where he teaches in the field of human resources management and leadership. His academic interests include applied social psychology and research methodology. He obtained a Ph.D. in Industrial and Personnel Psychology as well as a D.Litt. et Phil. in Psychology. He is a registered research psychologist and a post-doctoral research fellow at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior-situated at the University of California (UCLA)-as well as a member of the UNISA International Fellowship Programme.