HEADS up, astrologers and horoscope readers.

A Belgian professor stressed Astrology’s rational basis last Feb. 22 at the Martyrs’ Hall of the Ecclesiastical Faculties building, during the lecture, “Astrology and Cosmology in Early Modern Europe: Some New Perspectives.”

Steven Van Den Broecke, a professor from the Catholic University of Brussels in Belgium, explained that there is logic in astrology, the study of the position of stars and planets and their relation to fate. He said astrological phenomena may also involve the sciences.

Van Den Broecke cited the effect of a full moon to health, associated perhaps with lunacy.

“Don’t be afraid to accept that astrology might be rational. By taking (astrology) seriously, you can see the idea that astrology might have something to do with astronomy (or even medicine),” he said. “For example, if you go to hospitals (during) the full moon, you’ll probably (run) into doctors and nurses who believe that they have more patients during full moon.”

Van Den Broecke also pointed out that astrology somehow affects theological queries, since the Kingdom of God is often associated with the heavens.

“A change in astrological questions about the heavens, the nature and function of celestial light, also invites different questions about God,” he said.

He added that questions on the existence of science and God’s creations may even be entertained, but only to a “certain extent.” Lady Camille L. de Guia with reports from John Rheeno T. Cabangcalan

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