8 Weird Historical Reasons To Maybe Take Your Horoscope More Seriously

Reading your horoscope has become an activity synonymous with Instagramming your latte levels of basic-ness. But what you probably don't know is that a lot of very famous and very smart people not only studied it, but believed in it as well — names ranging from presidents to billionaires to the most famous poets and philosophers the world has ever known. (Yeah, it's a pretty tall order.)

The "pseudoscience" has picked up a lot more popularity over the years. Whether it's a hoax or not, it's helped a lot of people understand themselves better and understand what's happening in their lives and why. One of the simplest (and best known) facets of astrology is that crime rates (among other things) spike on the night of a full moon. These little bits of evidence keep cropping up, pointing toward the fact that whether it's valid or not, we all seem to be affected by something that's beyond us (and maybe beyond our understanding, too).

The idea is, essentially, that the stars that surround our planet affect the energy of the planet. Like Feng Shui, things affect things. We may not know why, but some people swear by their horoscope religiously, as it aligns with their personalities (and lives!) to a startling degree. Call it self-fulfilling prophecy, but I personally was someone who didn't completely understand themselves until they read the description of their horoscope (yes, seriously, it was a big "oh!" moment for me).

I'm still not 100 percent sold on the logistics, and I don't expect you to be either... but there's enough mounting evidence (between historical data and personal belief) to say that there's at least something worth evaluating. Here, a few historical references to astrology that may make you a believer after all:

It's Rumored That DaVinci's "The Last Supper" Is Based On Astrology

Jesus is the sun, and as you'll see on either side of him, each of the disciples' gestures matches an astrological sign. Oh, and they're in perfect order (Pisces, holding the fish, is last; Libra, holding the scales is to his left, etc.)

It's Apparently "Common Knowledge" That A Large Percentage Of Wall Street Brokers Use Astrology

... That is, if Donald Reagan (Ronald Reagan's Chief of Staff) is anyone to go by. The president and his wife confirmed that they were believers (but seemed to pad their words with a little explanation, as anything extreme doesn't fair well for a public figure).

J.P. Morgan Used It To Create His Fortune

To quote him directly: “Millionaires don’t use astrology, billionaires do.” (He was the first billionaire of the United States.)

Shakespeare's "King Lear" Was A Believer

The quote goes: "The stars above govern our condition," and continues: "I was born sir, when the Crab was ascending: all my affairs go backwards."

Mark Twain Was Born With Halley's Comet And Died When It Returned... Just Like He Said

Because it's not creepy enough that he both came into this world and left it on an extremely rare astrological event... but that he predicted it would be the case. (Self-fulfilling prophecy, eh?)

Dante Called It "The Noblest Of Sciences"

And while Dante was a world-changing poet and linguist (not a scientist) his words are still as valuable.

Isaac Newton Threw Shade At Edmund Halley In Defense Of Astrology

"I have studied the matter. You sir, have not."

Carl Jung, A Founding Father Of Psychology, Saw A Correlation Between Personality And Traditional Astrology

He said: “Astrology is assured recognition from psychology without further restrictions, because astrology represents the summation of all the knowledge of antiquity. The fact that it is possible to construct, in adequate fashion, a person’s character from the data of his nativity, shows the validity of astrology.”

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