Definition of astrology in US English:



  • The study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies interpreted as having an influence on human affairs and the natural world.

    Ancient observers of the heavens developed elaborate systems of explanation based on the movements of the sun, moon, and planets through the constellations of the zodiac, for predicting events and for casting horoscopes. By 1700 astrology had lost intellectual credibility in the West, but continued to have popular appeal. Modern astrology is based on that of the Greeks, but other systems are extant, notably those of China and India

    • ‘It is unlikely that he ever practised astrology in the sense of drawing up charts and interpreting them.’
    • ‘What is remarkable is that medieval astrology can get such complexity out of only a few techniques.’
    • ‘Real astrology is horary astrology, or divination, and can never be other than divination.’
    • ‘In astrology, it is the Moon's association with water that dominates its influence.’
    • ‘Horary astrology is a technique used to answer specific question by using astrological guidance.’
    • ‘He studied alchemy, astrology and the Kaballah as a boy and later became a doctor of medicine.’
    • ‘This book is the best introduction to astrology that I have seen so far.’
    • ‘The planets, signs, houses and aspects are the nuts and bolts of astrology.’
    • ‘This is often regarded as the most problematic component of modern astrology.’
    • ‘There is so much more to astrology than the sun sign and horoscope columns you read in the papers.’
    • ‘If one believes that astrology can predict death, then one must believe in fate and that we have no free will.’
    • ‘Since then he has also learned to read tarot cards, and continues to pursue his studies in astrology.’
    • ‘In astrology Mars represents the compelling force of action and initiative.’
    • ‘She is currently researching the history of astrology and religious thought.’
    • ‘This is certainly an interesting theory for all those who seek a practical application of astrology.’
    • ‘Its influence was always dreaded in mundane astrology, being unfavourable to the farmer's work.’
    • ‘Keeping a moon journal is an easy, enjoyable and insightful introduction to astrology.’
    • ‘Modern texts often refer to Uranus as the planet that governs astrology and astrologers.’
    • ‘It has been instructive to comb the literature for evidence of when astrology has made a difference.’
    • ‘Electional astrology is using astrology to select the best date for an important event.’
    • ‘On the internet we find thousands of sites dealing with just about every aspect of astrology.’
    • ‘Since then she has studied astrology broadly and now has a wealth of experience to draw on.’
    horoscopy, stargazing
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Late Middle English: from Old French astrologie, from Latin astrologia, from Greek, from astron ‘star’.