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The fault is in our stars. And accord­ing to astrol­o­gy, so is our des­tiny, our moods, and our char­ac­ter. Mars may be in ret­ro­grade, but inter­est in the ancient prac­tice of astrol­o­gy is ris­ing. The fact that it is not sci­ence is irrel­e­vant to those who claim it works.” 

Find out why what’s your sign” is replac­ing what do you do?” as an ice­break­er, the his­tor­i­cal roots of astrol­o­gy and whether its truth-val­ue mat­ters today, and what con­clu­sions we can draw from the many stud­ies exam­in­ing the full moon’s influ­ence on human behavior.

It’s our month­ly look at crit­i­cal think­ing, but don’t take our word for it!


  • Banu GulerCEO and co-founder of Co-Star Astrology
  • Andrew Fra­knoiAstron­o­my pro­fes­sor at the Fromm Insti­tute at the Uni­ver­si­ty of San Fran­cis­co and The Osh­er Life­long Learn­ing Insti­tute at San Fran­cis­co State University. 
  • Eric ChudlerResearch asso­ciate pro­fes­sor, depart­ment of bio­engi­neer­ing, Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton, Seat­tle, and cura­tor of a col­lec­tion of stud­ies about the moon and behav­ior.