A conference of international astrologers in Kathmandu, Nepal yesterday met with a hitch when the ethnic group Newa Mukti Morcha called a general strike, bringing the capital city to a standstill. Of the nearly 700 national and international conference participants, many were stranded at Thankot (the entry point to the valley) while others were unable to make it to the venue in Kathmandu due to the strike; those that managed to make it to the venue were left wondering how they’d make it back.

Those astrologers that planned the event, including the date, were left red-face; they cited a miscalculation had occurred when they planned the best time for their event.

The real kicker? The conference was to discuss ways to make this ancient science more accurate.

Which brings me to a question: just how accurate is astrology? We plan our lives around this celestial science, from using electional astrology to plan medical procedures, using synastry to chart our compatibility with our partners, even choosing when we want to be born (I was born via an emergency Caesarean four weeks prematurely, at 7:15 on August 22–just in time to make sure that I was born a Leo).

Where exactly does free will come into play? Or are there other forces at work here?

Written by Anna
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