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Big Five personality traits and astrology: The relationship between the Moon variable and the NEO PI-R
by Burke, Keith, Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2012, 164; 3534069
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to contribute to the general body of research and literature concerning the horoscope as a valid instrument for measuring personality traits by comparing the natal chart Moon variable, an established major factor in horoscope analysis and interpretation, to personality domains measured by the NEO PI-R. This study was in response to a research gap in testing the Moon as an independent variable in the natal chart, as well as the use of the Five Factor personality model, as measured by the NEO PI-R, as a validated comparison measure. The prediction was that the Moon would be discernible by elevated mean T scores on specific NEO PI-R domains when located in the element that has a theoretical correlation with a particular domain. This study used an archived data sample of 192 participants who volunteered to complete the NEO PI-R and other assessments, as well as provide the birth data necessary to construct a natal or birth chart. In addition to completing the assessments and providing basic demographic information, participants also answered a data control question about whether they had previous knowledge of their Moon sign to control for previous knowledge of astrology as an artifact. Test results did not reveal any significant differences in participants' mean scores in the selected personality domains and did not support the theory that the Moon, as an isolated independent variable in the archived data sample, is a valid measure of personality as assessed by the NEO PI-R. An additional test found no significant difference in the scores between those participants with the Moon in the Fire element who had previous knowledge of their Moon sign and those who did not, which did not support the theory that previous astrology knowledge can affect how participants answer personality assessment questionnaires.

Keywords: astrology, horoscope, Moon, personality, assessment, NEO

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Groth-Marnat, Gary
Commitee: Revlin, Russell, Urban-Lurain, Mark
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 74/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology, Personality psychology
Keywords: Assessment, Astrology, Big Five, Horoscope, Moon, NEO Personality Inventory-Revised (NEO PI-R)
Publication Number: 3534069
ISBN: 978-1-267-79809-1
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