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Astrology is both an art and a science.
A great deal of astrological interpretation is subjective; that’s what people mean when they talk about the art of astrology. All forms of art combine
objective standards with
subjective expression. Objective standards are not always obvious; often they require training to understand. You
may not be able to
tell the di erence
between a paint spill
and a Jackson Pollock
worth millions of dollars,
but that doesn’t change the fact
that one of them is art, and the other is a clean-up on aisle  ve.
 ere are parts of astrology that overlap with science. Because astrological research follows the scienti c method, it is entirely objective. A hypothesis must be tested, validated, and con rmed.  e methodology has to be analyzed and veri ed, and independently reviewed to con rm that the results actually mean what you think they mean. Anecdotal, subjective evidence
and personal experience has no place in astrological research.
I point this out because whether or not it’s possible to determine sexual orientation from the birth chart is a science question, not an art question.
Science follows objective rules of logic.
When astrologers insist there’s a “gay signature” in the chart, they are making an argument that everyone who
has a particular signature in his or her natal chart will be gay.  is can be expressed as “If x, then y.”
For that statement to be true, every instance of x must correspond to y. All that’s needed to disprove the argument is to present a single example
of x that isn’t y.
A more reasonable
argument would be that it’s more likely for someone with a
“gay signature” in the chart to be gay than it is for someone
without that signature to be gay. Instead of trying to prove causality (x causes y), you
are looking for a correlation between x and y.
You can validate the hypothesis by showing statistical signi cance.
 is isn’t quite as easy as it seems.
First, you have to be able to isolate the variables and
parameters you’re testing for. You have to clearly de ne x (in this case, the speci c astrological signature) and y
(an objective de nition of gay).
Next, you need to set up both a test group and a control
group.  e test group consists of a large enough sample of people who have x (the signature in their charts) and you would see if a statistically signi cant percentage of
that group is also y (identi es as gay).
Statistical signi cance uses the average rate of y in the
general population as a baseline, and notes signi cant di erences from the expected norm.  is is problematic because no one knows what percentage of the general
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