- the study that assumes and attempts to interpret the influence of the heavenly bodies on human affairs.
- Obsolete. the science of astronomy.
Origin of astrology
Examples from the Web for astrologist
He was an Egyptian astrologist, and flourished under Marcus Antoninus.Chaucer's Works, Volume 3 (of 7)
The astrologist removed them quietly to a settee in a far corner of the apartment and seated herself in the chair.The Rest Hollow Mystery
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He was an Egyptian astrologist, and flourished under Marcus Antoninus.'
- the study of the motions and relative positions of the planets, sun, and moon, interpreted in terms of human characteristics and activities
- the primitive study of celestial bodies, which formed the basis of astronomy
Word Origin and History for astrologist
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."