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From Middle French astrologie, and its source, Latin astrologia ("astronomy"), from Ancient Greek ? (astrología, "telling of the stars"), from (ástron, "star, planet, or constellation") + - (-logía, "treating of"), combination form of - (-lógos, "one who speaks (in a certain manner)"). Morphologically astro- + -logy.
astrology (usually uncountable, plural astrologies)
- Divination about human affairs or natural phenomena from the relative positions of celestial bodies. [from 14th c.]
- c. 1390, Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, Harleian manuscript:
- a pore scoler / had lerned art but al his fantasye / was torned for to lerne astrologye [...].
- 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 274:
- For if astronomy is the study of the movements of the heavens, then astrology is the study of the effects of those movements.
- 2012, The Guardian, (headline), 7 Feb 2012:
- Followers of pseudosciences such as astrology often draw spurious parallels between their beliefs and established science.
2018 January 18, Julie Beck, "The New Age of Astrology", in The Atlantic:
In some ways, astrology is perfectly suited for the internet age. There's a low barrier to entry, and nearly endless depths to plumb if you feel like falling down a Google research hole.