Some people don't like the idea, or don't believe, that we are subject to planetary or energetic influences. Just as the tide ebbs and flows with the phases of the moon, so too we are influenced by the movements of the planets, solar activity and non-physical energy.
Unlike the ocean who goes with the flow of nature, we like to feel in control and we like to talk about the fact we have 'free will'. While it's a good thing to feel like you, not something external, is at the wheel of your car, it's a sad thing that in our Western society we haven't been taught to acknowledge energetic activity that is influencing us, whether or not we consciously acknowledge it. I have a saying: Do we really have free will if we are only aware of three of the ten doors that are potentially open to us? By blocking our innate knowledge of energetic influences, I feel it's like throwing away vital tools from our life backpack. This knowledge has the potential to help us see more clearly, make better decisions and choices, understand our patterns and circumstances and step into far greater versions of ourselves than we have been led to believe is possible. With greater energetic knowledge as part of our daily toolkit, now that is when we can truly say we are living our life with free will. Far from being encouraged to acknowledge and work with energy, it is ridiculed by the mainstream which is ridiculous and disempowering - especially when the most powerful members of our Western society use knowledge of energy to its fullest and often to the detriment of others.
I think people don't like the idea that they are at the mercy of something we can't see or totally understand with the mind, or even fully (yet) measure with our science, but acknowledging energetic influences is not at all about being at the mercy of something. Quite to the contrary, I think it is when we don't know about how energy plays a part in our life (whether internal or external) that is when we are most likely to feel like random victims of random events. Planetary movements for example don't throw us about for fun or to make hapless pawns out of us. They offer us opportunities for growth. Knowing why something is happening, knowing that there is a specific deeper or higher transformational process at play, helps us navigate our life with greater emotional peace and balance.
As much as we like to think we can, we can't control everything that happens to us - but we can control how we respond. A knowledge of all the energetic influences at play, be they subconscious, be they astrological, be they your belief in a higher power, can help us move through life with strong, healthy, conscious responses to all we encounter day to day.