Astrologer



the study that assumes and attempts to interpret the influence of the heavenly bodies on human affairs.
Obsolete. the science of astronomy.
Contemporary Examples

“The last thing we need is another layer,” says astrologer Miller.
Astrologers Predict Holiday Hell Gina Piccalo November 20, 2010

We had the better team and anyhow our astrologer had picked the day.
Obama’s Awkward Indonesia Trip Sahil Mahtani, Kenneth Weisbrode November 6, 2010

Historical Examples

“That they will also do, noble sir,” asserted the astrologer.
Lachmi Bai Rani of Jhansi Michael White

The astrologer sighed in relief, nor did the captain seem disappointed.
Morning Star H. Rider Haggard

He was also an astrologer, pretending to magical knowledge, and persecuted, as Mr. Browning relates.
A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.) Mrs. Sutherland Orr

astrologer, you shall have a gift from me, for you are a wise man.
Morning Star H. Rider Haggard

Bipin had scarcely left the astrologer’s presence, when the curtain was thrust aside and Ahmad Khan stood in the aperture.
Lachmi Bai Rani of Jhansi Michael White

Happily, he consulted his astrologer and was warned against it.
Buchanan’s Journal of Man, September 1887 Various

At the residence of the astrologer they found all the arrangements of the most singular character.
Graham’s Magazine, Vol XXXIII, No. 6, December 1848 Various

“Thou shouldst have been placed with an astrologer,” said Haran to him one day.
Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends Gertrude Landa

noun
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
noun

See astromancy
n.

late 14c., from astrology + -er (1). Drove out French import astrologein, which, had it survived, probably would have yielded *astrologian; cf. Chaucer’s “The wise Astrologen.” Earliest recorded reference is to roosters as announcers of sunrise.
n.

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.”

A study of the positions and relationships of the sun, moon, stars, and planets in order to judge their influence on human actions. Astrology, unlike astronomy, is not a scientific study and has been much criticized by scientists. (See zodiac.)

(Dan. 1:20; 2:2, 10, 27, etc.) Heb. ‘ashshaph’, an enchanter, one who professes to divine future events by the appearance of the stars. This science flourished among the Chaldeans. It was positively forbidden to the Jews (Deut. 4:19; 18:10; Isa. 47:13).

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