Synonyms for astrology

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I am versed in the great sciences of astrology and astronomy.

There he hunted and studied astronomy and astrology with the canons of Bolton.

In the days of astrology it was customary to unload it upon a star.

The clearest minds accepted the chimeras of astrology and magic.

Astrology and magic were the monstrous fruit of a hybrid union.

Astrology, then, was religious in its origin and in its principles.

The most essential principle of astrology was that of fatalism.

This applies to popular superstition rather than to astrology.

Astrology, however, revealed the future not only of the universe, but also of man.

This was the starting-point of the system of astrology and the belief in Fates.

WORD ORIGIN

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).

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 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."

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