Metaphysics are nothing more than fiction

Lindsey Layton, Staff Writer

Astrology has been viewed as a science, an art, and a sort of divination magic throughout its history. Personal horoscopes are printed by birth date in astrology and give general predictions about a person born under the same horoscope sign’s love life, success, and health. But these signs are inconsistent and vague causing anyone to make it relatable to one’s life. I believe that astrology is fiction and is used for people’s amusement rather than giving actual facts.

People believe in astrology because it provides them a reason for who they are, as well as a purpose for their past, present, and future, alleviating tension and anxiety. But I believe that there are more efficient and more reliable ways to relieve stress and anxiety. Exercise, meditation, talking to a therapist, journaling, taking a bath, and using essential oils are all excellent ways to release stress and are tools that may be used on a regular basis. 

Astrology can be found through different forms like crystals, fortune balls, jewelry, and tarot cards. These are physical objects that are used for comfort and relaxation like a teddy bear. These things are sold at stores such as Patina, Urban Outfitters, and Claire’s in order to generate revenue for the companies rather than to provide items that assist people’s mental health. These objects, in my opinion, detract from meditation and what it is supposed to do. These give individuals false hope and cause them to develop an unhealthy attachment. They’re adorable and look great in your room or as jewelry, but I believe there are other ways to deal with stress and anxiety than astrology.

Chakras refer to different energy points in the body to focus on in meditation to help resolve specific stressors. I believe that energy is formed by the body’s food and nutrition, rather than by Chakras. What you eat gives you energy to accomplish your daily activities, making you more productive and allowing you to focus on physical and mental challenges if necessary. Other established methods for increasing energy include getting enough sleep, taking vitamins, exercising, drinking coffee, and going outside. 

I feel that believing in spiritual things is beneficial, but in this situation, I believe that the use of crystals and other astrology-related items has become an unhealthy preoccupation that has blinded people from discovering actual and consistent coping techniques.