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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Astrology  \As*trol"o*gy\  ([a^]s*tr[o^]l"[-o]*j[y^]),  n.  [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}.] 
  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. 
 
  Note:  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 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  astrology 
  n  :  a  pseudoscience  claiming  divination  by  the  positions  of  the 
  planets  and  sun  and  moon  [syn:  {star  divination}] 




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