astrology

noun
as·​trol·​o·​gy | \ ə-ˈsträ-lə-jē How to pronounce astrology (audio) \

Definition of astrology

1 : the divination of the supposed influences of the stars and planets on human affairs and terrestrial events by their positions and aspects
2 archaic : astronomy

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Other Words from astrology

astrological \ ˌas-​trə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce astrological (audio) \ adjective
astrologically \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce astrologically (audio) \ adverb

The Difference Between Astronomy and Astrology

Some may find it easy to confuse astronomy and astrology. At one time, these two words actually were synonymous (that is, astronomy once meant what astrology means today), but they have since moved apart from each other. In current use, astronomy is concerned with “the study of objects and matter outside the earth's atmosphere,” while astrology is the purported divination of how stars and planets influence our lives. Put bluntly, astronomy is a science, and astrology is not.

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In addition, his apparent enthusiasm for astrology and seeming fondness for such ideas as astral projection and the possibility of abduction by aliens also led his scientific peers to look at him askance. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Kary Mullis, unconventional Nobel laureate who unlocked DNA research, dies at 74," 12 Aug. 2019 As theologists, philosophers, explorers, and mapmakers debated what might lie at the planet’s very top, a picture emerged rooted in mythology, astrology and biblical literalism. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "In ‘North Pole: Nature and Culture,’ grappling with a place beyond time and measure," 3 Aug. 2019 The bus, a 1963 11-window Deluxe, was covered in symbols and languages, with a dollop of astrology, a sphinx, heavenly bodies, and the Hindu diety Vishnu, conveying messages of hope and enlightenment. David Morgan, CBS News, "A Woodstock icon recreated: The VW "Light Bus"," 4 Aug. 2019 Roughly six in 10 Americans believe in at least one New Age belief like astrology or reincarnation, according to a 2018 Pew Research study. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Crystals, healing, acceptance: Inside the world of Michigan's witches," 2 Aug. 2019 Booth, an astrologer for more than 40 years, explains that there is more to people than just one sign and astrology is really complex in her program, The Wide World of Astrology. courant.com, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 20 June 2019 Booth, an astrologer for more than 40 years, explains that there is more to people than just one sign and astrology is really complex in her program, The Wide World of Astrology. courant.com, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 20 June 2019 In astrology, Mercury rules communication, intelligence, and timing. Erika W. Smith, refinery29.com, "How To Survive This Month's Mercury Retrograde," 5 July 2019 In astrology, Saturn represents limitation, fear, and discipline, but also reps the wise old one and great teacher. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "BTS Are Bright 'Lights' On New Japanese Single: Watch," 2 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'astrology.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of astrology

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for astrology

Middle English astrologie, from Middle French, from Latin astrologia, from Greek, from astr- + -logia -logy

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astrology

noun

English Language Learners Definition of astrology

: the study of how the positions of the stars and movements of the planets have a supposed influence on events and on the lives and behavior of people

astrology

noun
as·​trol·​o·​gy | \ ə-ˈsträ-lə-jē How to pronounce astrology (audio) \

Kids Definition of astrology

: the study of the supposed influences of the stars and planets on people's lives and behavior

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