Andromeda Galaxy (M-31) - Carl Sagan recently traveled to Earth via a worm hole. He stated that he is living comfortably on planet Zicron. He described it as being a peaceful place where common sense rules and the uncrowded population there does not suffer from the various forms of insanity which plague the Earth. He listed some of the insane things they are free from as being : war, organized religion and fundamentalism, crime, greed, pollution, politics, waste, over-population, the prison-industrial complex, the military-industrial complex, injustice, cruelty, and ignorance . He pointed out that it is actually much easier living without all of these burdens than it is to suffer under them.
He said there are colors on his planet not even imagined on earth and the temperature and humidity were always pleasant. The water is kept pure and no additives are added to food. Disease and suffering is almost non-existent.
Carl got to the point about astrology. He explained that astrology is a merely a form of superstition based on mythology and ignorance. He said that the entire premise that astrology is based upon is false in that the constellations that astrological beliefs are based on actually do not look anything like the objects, animals, and people that they are supposed to represent. The inanimate figures, when observed from a flat or one dimensional point of view, are poor and inaccurate enough to begin with. The total picture becomes apparent if one can look at the constellations from a three dimensional point of view. The space where they lie is not a plane but rather a multi-dimensional space and from that point of view these stars lie at points where some are very close to us and others are much further away. Remember we are talking about stars within the same constellation.
Some of the dim stars in a constellation appear dim simply because they are further away and some of the other stellar members of the same constellation are brighter only because they are much closer. Viewed from the "side" instead of from Earth Leo does not appear like a lion at all. In fact even from Earth's point of view Leo is only a triangle of stars linked by a straight line to a semi-circle of stars. If the stars in the constellation of Leo do not look like a lion then those born when the sun appears in this constellation for a month simply have no Lion or dominant characteristics. The same holds true for the rest of the zodiac.
Finally, he explained, that in the grand scheme of things that the Earth is a tiny speck and almost invisible from the outer solar system. It is totally invisible from the nearest star. It is therefore totally presumptuous for Earthlings to think that inanimate and non-existent anthropomorphic figments of the human imagination based on a pre-copernican point of view could possibly have any bearing or control over the insignificant minutia which is our lives. When a person believes in astrology they are basing their belief on the false premise that the earth is the center of the universe and actually on a universe which consists of stars only within in our own galaxy because every star visible to the naked eye lies inside the local section of our Milky Way galaxy.
How sad and ignorant that Nancy Reagan and other first ladies have influenced their husbands and by extension national and international policy due to their belief in such nonsense. Talk about the dumbing down of America?!