astrology

Definitions

  • Dance of Death - The Astrologer
    Dance of Death - The Astrologer
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n astrology a pseudoscience claiming divination by the positions of the planets and sun and moon
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In astrology, synastry is the comparison of natal charts to forecast how people will interact.
    • n Astrology 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.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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are approximately 3,500 astronomers in the U.S. - but over 15,000 astrologers.
    • n astrology The science or doctrine of the stars; practical astronomy; astronomy in its earliest form. The term is now restricted in meaning to the pseudo-science or art properly called mundane astrology, which assumes that the heavenly bodies exert, according to their relative positions at certain times, a direct influence upon human life and destiny, and which proposes to determine in any given case what this influence is, and thus to foretell the future. Thus, one's temperament was ascribed to the planet under which he was born, as saturnine from Saturn, jovial from Jupiter, mercurial from Mercury, etc.; and the virtues of herbs, gems, and medicines were supposed to be due to their ruling planets.
    • n astrology An old name for the plant bistort, Polygonum Bistorta.
    • n astrology That branch of astrology which professes to predict natural effects, as changes of the weather, winds, storms, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Astrology as-trol′o-ji the infant stage of the science of the stars, out of which grew Astronomy; it was occupied chiefly in determining from the positions and motions of the heavenly bodies their supposed influence on human and terrestrial affairs
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Quotations

  • Jim Critchfield
    Jim Critchfield
    “Venus is now astrologically square with Pluto. That means there isn't a hip planet left.”
  • Voltaire
    Voltaire
    “Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy; the mad daughter of a wise mother.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. astrologiaastron, star, logos, knowledge.

Usage

In literature:

Her mother might have practised astrology as an amusement.
"Celebrated Claimants from Perkin Warbeck to Arthur Orton" by Anonymous
Astrology was his passion, and the planetary conjunctions seemed then to be in favor of submission.
"Historical Tales, Vol 5 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
The astrologers regarded the bright Venus as lucky and the rayless Venus as unlucky.
"Myths of Babylonia and Assyria" by Donald A. Mackenzie
The chief astrologers have told you that your first child was destined to be an emperor.
"Translations of Shakuntala and Other Works" by Kåalidåasa
The man was an astronomer of sorts; possibly an astrologer into the bargain!
"Four Weird Tales" by Algernon Blackwood
Astrology also has been a great force in Chinese politics.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
Ptolemy (Otho's astrologer), i 22.
"Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II" by Caius Cornelius Tacitus
Astrologer's faithless wife, 36.
"Flowers from a Persian Garden and Other Papers" by W. A. Clouston
Magicians and astrologers were among them, and they boasted of their art and knowledge.
"I.N.R.I." by Peter Rosegger
The strange feats of this man, (hypnotist astrologer and thought-reader all rolled into one) have ever since remained an insoluble mystery.
"Indian Ghost Stories" by S. Mukerji
He had begun to teach her the mysteries of his science of Astrology.
"Within the Temple of Isis" by Belle M. Wagner
The emperor was accompanied by students of the museum, interpreters, priests, and astrologers.
"History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 11 (of 12)" by S. Rappoport
The very lesson on Sunday evening was full of astrology.
"Mystic London:" by Charles Maurice Davies
The astrologer came, and astonished all by the accuracy with which he related past events in their lives.
"With Spurs of Gold" by Frances Nimmo Greene
Morrison is Zadkiel Tao Sze, and declares himself in real earnest an astrologer.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)" by Augustus de Morgan
It's that wretched little astrologer man.
"In Brief Authority" by F. Anstey
From them I learned about philosophy, medicine, astrology, alchemy.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Astrological almanacs and treatises are sold by the tens of thousands, and astrological superstitions are still current.
"The Astronomy of the Bible" by E. Walter Maunder
Among the other grand personages in Yezonkai's train at this time, there was a certain old astrologer named Sugujin.
"Genghis Khan, Makers of History Series" by Jacob Abbott
The history of astrology can now be traced back to ancient Babylonia, and indeed to the earliest phases of Babylonian history, i.e.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7" by Various
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In poetry:

Second Astrologer.
Such recompense becomes Belshazzar's bounty.
Let the king speak the secret of his soul;
Which heard, his humble creatures shall unfold.
"Belshazzar. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
The astrologers did all alike presage
My uncle's dying in extreme old age;
One only disagreed. But he was wise,
And spoke not till he heard the funeral cries.
"On The Astrologers (From The Greek)" by William Cowper
Stars they are, wherein we do read our history
As astrologers and seers of eld;
Yet not wrapped about with awful mystery,
Like the burning stars, which they beheld.
"Voices Of The Night : Flowers" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Second Astrologer.
Oh, mitigate our threaten'd doom of death,
If we declare, with mingled grief and shame,
We cannot tell the secret of the king,
Nor what these mystic characters portend!
"Belshazzar. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
The astrologer at her elbow (a Leo)
Picked his trip-date by the stars.
The is gratified by the absence of icecakes.
He'll be rich in a year (and he should know)
Selling the Welsh and English mothers
Nativities at two and six.
"On Deck" by Sylvia Plath
Merry in sooth! Astronomy was then
Astrology, the chemist's craft again
Was alchemy, and every crone grown old
Died as a witch, and you or I, sad fate!
Had given to fat Mass John our scantiest gold
For his old gown to mask us at heaven's gate!
"Merry England" by William Bell Scott

In news:

You can build an astrological observatory with religious uses, such as Stonehenge.
This question has been the subject of debate among historians, astronomers, astrologers, and theologians for centuries.
I don't believe that astrological signs or charts can tell us anything about the future, nor do I believe that anyone has telepathic powers.
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Here is your Astrological Forecast for the week of November 19th.
As the rabbit gives way to the dragon, the most powerful and auspicious of all zodiac animals, Chinese astrologers are pointing to year of good luck, improved fortune — and more babies.
ARIES (March 21-April 19)Here's the curious message I derived from the current astrological configurations: It's one of those rare times when a wall may actually help bring people together.
Free Will Astrology , Sept 20.
Most likely addictions for your astrological sign.
After evaluating the current astrological omens, Libra, I urge you to pose your own best riddle—a query that will provide maximum stimulation as you meditate on it during the next four months.
Judging from your current astrological omens, Scorpio, I conclude that it's crucial for you to take your cue from Iceland rather than New Zealand in the coming weeks.
Brezsny's Astrology November 8-14, 2012.
Omarr's Daily Astrological Forecast February 21, 2012.
On July 22, veteran travel outfitter Remote Lands ($2,000 per person, double, July 20–23) will bring 20 guests, along with a Chinese astronomer and astrologer, to the peak of the 10,000-foot-tall Mount Emei, near Chengdu, China.
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In science:

This last affirmation smacks simply of defamation though it is interesting, nonetheless, to try to understand why religion for Sokal (and Bricmont) is a pseudoscience in the same way that astrology is.
The Latest on the Sokal Affair: Beyond Three Extremisms
It had been revised at the end of the 17th Century to its current meaning (many dictionaries still retain the astrological understanding of the word too).
Planetesimals To Brown Dwarfs: What is a Planet?
Most definitions of astronomy mention something about stars, including, we guess, the offering this morning from a student in Physics 20A, who described astronomy and astrology as two different ways of studying the stars.
Astrophysics in 2006
And no, his request for additional points on a paper that mentioned only astrology as the sub ject matter of the course is not likely to be granted.
Astrophysics in 2006
That the characteristic time scales for changes are given as 1 − 4 minutes for the sun (Vazquez Ramio et al.) and 8 − 10 minutes for other stars (Regulo et al.) reflects, we suspect, some difference in definition (perhaps an astrological one), not excessive solar haste.
Astrophysics in 2006
Noise traders may be speculators who base their action on astrology, on “fengshui”, or on some “random number generators”.
Modeling Market Mechanism with Minority Game
The original author is thought to have been an 8 th century astronomer and astrologer called Messahalah of Alexandria and was probably written in Arabic.
John Ellard Gore: of immensity and minuteness
CRE: astrology, books, languages, philosophy, psychology, shakespeare, sociology, travel, wine.
Semantic Networks of Interests in Online NSSI Communities
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