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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ And a clear case of life imitating astrology.
▪ I was normally not prone to astrological contemplations, but what harm could there be in a little bit of astrology?
▪ Pempie wanted to go to the psychiatrist because she's very keen on astrology and sends away for readings.
▪ Racing expert John Randall phoned a friend on the £1million astrology question on Monday.
▪ The tarot reading and astrology were presented by my mage at a fairly down-market level.
▪ The use of natural astrology, as it was subsequently called became inseparable from the exercise of political and military power.
▪ Through astrology one could be forewarned of the exact time of his coming.
▪ True, they are playing with great danger, but they may never really experience communion with the evil force behind astrology.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Astrology \As*trol"o*gy\ ([a^]s*tr[o^]l"[-o]*j[y^]), n. [F. astrologie, L. astrologia, fr. Gr. 'astrologi`a, fr. 'astrolo`gos astronomer, astrologer; 'asth`r star + lo`gos discourse, le`gein to speak. See Star.] In its etymological signification, the science of the stars; among the ancients, synonymous with astronomy; subsequently, the art of judging of the influences of the stars upon human affairs, and of foretelling events by their position and aspects.

Note: Astrology was much in vogue during the Middle Ages, and became the parent of modern astronomy, as alchemy did of chemistry. It was divided into two kinds: judicial astrology, which assumed to foretell the fate and acts of nations and individuals, and natural astrology, which undertook to predict events of inanimate nature, such as changes of the weather, etc.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Latin astrologia "astronomy, the science of the heavenly bodies," from Greek astrologia "telling of the stars," from astron "star" (see astro-) + -logia "treating of" (see -logy).\n

\nOriginally identical with astronomy, it had also a special sense of "practical astronomy, astronomy applied to prediction of events." This was divided into natural astrology "the calculation and foretelling of natural phenomenon" (tides, eclipses, etc.), and judicial astrology "the art of judging occult influences of stars on human affairs" (also known as astromancy, 1650s). Differentiation between astrology and astronomy began late 1400s and by 17c. this word was limited to "reading influences of the stars and their effects on human destiny."


n. divination about human affair or natural phenomena from the relative positions of celestial body. (from 14th c.)


n. a pseudoscience claiming divination by the positions of the planets and sun and moon [syn: star divination]


Astrology is the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial objects as a means for divining information about human affairs and terrestrial events. Astrology has been dated to at least the 2nd millennium BCE, and has its roots in calendrical systems used to predict seasonal shifts and to interpret celestial cycles as signs of divine communications. Many cultures have attached importance to astronomical events, and some – such as the Indians, Chinese, and Maya – developed elaborate systems for predicting terrestrial events from celestial observations. Western astrology, one of the oldest astrological systems still in use, can trace its roots to 19th-17th century BCE Mesopotamia, from which it spread to Ancient Greece, Rome, the Arab world and eventually Central and Western Europe. Contemporary Western astrology is often associated with systems of horoscopes that purport to explain aspects of a person's personality and predict significant events in their lives based on the positions of celestial objects; the majority of professional astrologers rely on such systems.

Throughout most of its history astrology was considered a scholarly tradition and was common in academic circles, often in close relation with astronomy, alchemy, meteorology, and medicine. It was present in political circles, and is mentioned in various works of literature, from Dante Alighieri and Geoffrey Chaucer to William Shakespeare, Lope de Vega and Calderón de la Barca.

With the onset of the scientific revolution astrology was called into question; it has been challenged successfully both on theoretical and experimental grounds, and has been shown to have no scientific validity or explanatory power. Astrology thus lost its academic and theoretical standing, and common belief in it has largely declined. Astrology is now recognized to be pseudoscience.

Astrology (album)

Astrology is the second album by the American heavy metal band CAGE.

Usage examples of "astrology".

We had both been born under the sign of Libra, so if one believes in astrology, as Narayan, who once supplied me with my horoscope, certainly does, we were destined by the stars to know each other.

To the extent that either attempts to escape the flatland interlocking order at all, they do so by regression to agrarian alchemy, magico-mythic animism, astrology, horticultural planting mythology, or foraging human-nature indissociationall of which is based, of course, on the new physics.

Whether we choose mediumship, palmistry, astrology, meditation, imagery, visualization or any number of other possibilities, the only prerequisites necessary seem to be that we keep an open mind and make the effort to try something.

Astrology is much more of an art than a science, and the personal factor in both querent and astrologer is a very large one.

Any pairing of poetry, astrology, and ornamental rugs, for instance, can mean synergetic miracles.

Once more, we cannot fail to see that just as astrology has given place to astronomy, so theology, the science of Him whom by searching no man can find out, is fast being replaced by what we may not improperly call theonomy, or the science of the laws according to which the Creator acts.

True, among these sundry things he would indeed have been able to find some newly published books, but not scientific, but rather antiscientific in character: books on astrology, chiromancy, occultism, black magic and witchcraft, and so on, which would have led him to the conclusion that civilization is dead, and the mankind has been thrown back into the Dark Ages.

Everything from Vedic mathematics, physics, geography, Ayurveda and the study of human physiognomy, cosmology, astronomy and astrology to military strategy, self-defense and hand-to-hand combat, mastery of weapons, engineering and architecture .

For you, it could be astrology, numerology, yoga, dance, dowsing, meditation, astral projection, hypnotic regression, dreamwork, breathwork or religion.

There are various manuscripts of Averroes extant treating on physics, pure mathematics, astronomy and astrology, from which it would appear that, in spite of their encyclopaedic attainments, the celebrated men of these times still believed in some popular errors.

I did not indeed run much risk, for everything hung from an if, and in the judicious employment of ifs lies the secret of all astrology.

We believe that morality in the traditional sense, the morality of intentions, was a prejudice, precipitate and perhaps provisional - something on the order of astrology and alchemy - but in any case something that must be overcome.

It is a discussion that flows thematically from the previous section on astrology and relates to the story, two sections back, of the two angelic American girls, Gabrielle and Michelle.

To the extent that either attempts to escape the flatland interlocking order at all, they do so by regression to agrarian alchemy, magico-mythic animism, astrology, horticultural planting mythology, or foraging human-nature indissociationall of which is based, of course, on the new physics.

In being sceptical of astrology, Khayyam was in tune with Avicenna, who wrote a book refuting it.