astrology

[uh-strol-uh-jee]
noun
1.
the study that assumes and attempts to interpret the influence of the heavenly bodies on human affairs.
2.
Obsolete. the science of astronomy.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English < Latin astrologia < Greek. See astro-, -logy

astrologer, astrologist, noun
astrological [a-struh-loj-i-kuhl] , astrologic, astrologous [uh-strol-uh-guhs] , adjective
astrologically, adverb
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astrology (əˈstrɒlədʒɪ)
 
n
1.  the study of the motions and relative positions of the planets, sun, and moon, interpreted in terms of human characteristics and activities
2.  the primitive study of celestial bodies, which formed the basis of astronomy
 
[C14: from Old French astrologie, from Latin astrologia, from Greek, from astrologos (originally: astronomer); see astro-, -logy]
 
as'trologer
 
n
 
as'trologist
 
n
 
astrological
 
adj
 
astro'logically
 
adv

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astrology
late 14c., from L. astrologia "astronomy," from Gk. astrologia "telling of the stars," from astron "star" (see astro-) + -logia "treating of," comb. form of logon "one who speaks (in a certain manner)." Originally 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 stromancy, 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." Astrological is recorded from 1590s
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astrology definition


A study of the positions and relationships of the sun, moon, stars, and planets in order to judge their influence on human actions. Astrology, unlike astronomy, is not a scientific study and has been much criticized by scientists. (See zodiac.)

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It is said to signify instinctive and emotional intelligence in astrological charts.
Each mount correlates to a planetary influence in the astrological sense.
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