We have been discussing astrology elsewhere and it reminded me of my concerns about the damage it can do.
I have had only a casual interest in astrology. There are certainly things that appear to be right on, but for someone who is totally addicted, it becomes a crutch and a way of abdicating responsibility for their decisions. "It's all fate" "It is written in the stars" "It was fore-ordained, I couldn't help it"
I have always had a very negative attitude toward astrologers and fortune tellers. The gifts we receive, the talents we are given on the path, are given to us for the purpose of truly helping others, not for personal gain and not for parlor games or for self aggrandizement. Should someone have those talents and miss-use them, I believe they are lost to that individual, who then has to rely on a good knowledge of human nature and the ability to read the face, posture and voice of those they read for.
Are "psychics" picking up on something? Yes, at least the good ones see "shadows of what might be." Is it set in stone? No. Unfortunately, it is so often a trap for the Ego and the "psychic" loses any ability they had to perhaps help people to guide their lives on their individual road maps.
Because we have free will within the road map we are born with, it is not possible to predict events with any kind of certainty, only to glimpse the possible consequences of following the road the client is currently on. The great danger with Astrology, is of self-fulfilling prophecies. Predictions that come true because of the client's belief in the fortune teller, store up karma for the fortune teller to work through in future life times. That is a responsibility I would not care to carry, or a debt that I do not care to incur.
I have had far too many experiences to dismiss it as nothing, but I do refuse to either read or be read for. I find that my connection to the All provides me with guidance and answers when I listen. I try very hard to simply carry a lamp to light the path and a mirror to reflect each person's own truths.
Meditation keeps me centered and allows me to listen to that still small voice within.