The modern world has a fraught relationship with astrology and commonplace dogmas, religions and humanist dialectics.
The weakness is that those waiting for a predicted lotto win will wait in vain. This year, astrologically, all of my friends would have variously become happy, treacherous, loyal, ill, pregnant, menopausal and cancerous. Few have actually transpired - but each prediction forces contemplation and allows a sequential focus on a different possibility. Other dialectics, humanist and religious, provide tools for helping to identify vulnerabilities that might not have occurred naturally to any of us.
A couple of years ago i did a good deal of background research on palmistry for a book i was writing (Catalyst). I ending up reading a 700 page comprehensive guide to the art and a ton of scientific papers from the 50s and 60s on palm crease association with clinical disease or behavior. While i approached skeptically, i left with greater caution. For fun, i took on volunteers from work, to practice reading. It ceased to be fun very quickly, for me, for when i started to explain how a life line or health line worked, i sensed great discomfort and anxiety in the person concerned. So i always trivialized and ended the sessions in fun, rather than being serious.
Despite living in an age dominated by secular scientific humanism, we are just a heartbeat away from reaching for superstition. In this i see a battle between the comfort and stasis of certainty, and the desire to dance in the winds of uncertainty.