astrology, star divination(noun)
a pseudoscience claiming divination by the positions of the planets and sun and moon
The study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies and their supposed influence on human affairs.
Origin: Surface form . From astrologia, from ἀστρολογία, from ἄστρον + -λογία, combination form of .
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
Origin: [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.]
Astrology consists of belief systems which hold that there is a relationship between astronomical phenomena and events in the human world. In the West, astrology most often consists of a system of horoscopes that claim to explain aspects of a person's personality and predict future events in their life based on the positions of the sun, moon, and other planetary objects at the time of their birth. Many cultures have attached importance to astronomical events, and the Indians, Chinese, and Mayans developed elaborate systems for predicting terrestrial events from celestial observations. Among Indo-European peoples, astrology has been dated to the 3rd millennium BCE, with roots in calendrical systems used to predict seasonal shifts and to interpret celestial cycles as signs of divine communications. A form of astrology was practised in the first dynasty of Mesopotamia. Chinese astrology was elaborated in the Zhou dynasty. Hellenistic astrology after 332 BCE mixed Babylonian astrology with Egyptian Decanic astrology in Alexandria, creating Horoscopic astrology. Alexander the Great's conquest of Asia allowed astrology to spread to Ancient Greece and Rome. In Rome, astrology was associated with 'Chaldean wisdom'. After the collapse of Alexandria in the 7th century, astrology was taken up by Islamic scholars, and Hellenistic texts were translated into Arabic and Persian. In the 12th century, Arabic texts were imported to Europe and translated into Latin, helping to initiate the European Renaissance, when major astronomers including Tycho Brahe, Johannes Kepler and Galileo practised as court astrologers. Astrological references appear in literature in the works of poets such as Dante Alighieri and Geoffrey Chaucer, and of playwrights such as Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
as-trol′o-ji, n. 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.—n. Astrol′oger, one versed in astrology.—adjs. Astrolog′ic, -al.—adv. Astrolog′ically. [Gr. astrologia—astron, star, logos, knowledge.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a science founded on a presumed connection between the heavenly bodies and human destiny as more or less affected by them, a science at one time believed in by men of such intelligence as Tacitus and Kepler, and few great families at one time but had an astrologer attached to them to read the horoscope of any new member of the house.
The numerical value of astrology in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of astrology in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Examples of astrology in a Sentence
The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.
Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother.
Before a war, military science seems a real science, like astronomy. After a war it seems more like astrology.
Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy but after a war it seems more like astrology.
Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems more like astrology.
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- التنجيم, علم التنجيمArabic
- astrologiaCatalan, Valencian
- ستارهشناسی, نجومPersian
- asztrológia, csillagjóslásHungarian
- stjörnuspeki, stjörnuspáfræðiIcelandic
- kaji bintang, astrologi, ilmu nujumMalay
- astrologie, sterrenwichelarijDutch
- astrologiNorwegian Nynorsk
- звјездогатња, astrologija, астрологија, zvjezdogatnjaSerbo-Croatian
- strolog, lustelavVolapük
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