astrology

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

Definition of astrology

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

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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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My interest in astrology began in my dentist’s waiting room in 2008. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "What I Learned From Having an On-Call Astrologer for a Week," 1 Apr. 2019 The study of astrology is expansive, complex, and transformative. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Each Zodiac Sign's Unique Personality Traits, Explained by an Astrologer," 28 Oct. 2018 Take a look at the science, history, and lure of astrology in this week’s episode of Explained, now on Netflix. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: 1,427 dead. Not 64.," 10 Aug. 2018 After miles of scrolling down astrology meme pages on Instagram, we were inspired to put our own Curbed twist on Halloween costumes, based on your zodiac sign. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Based on your zodiac sign, what should your Halloween costume be?," 10 Oct. 2018 That name comes from astrology, as do the other nicknames for the various full moons of the year. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "How a Total Lunar Eclipse Works," 18 Jan. 2019 Within astrology, each planet has a different responsibility: The sun, though not a planet, also matters in the birth chart and manages your ego and sense of self; the moon, on the other hand, governs your inner world and emotions. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What the Position of Venus in Your Birth Chart Means for You," 31 July 2018 Despite the nuances, the most fundamental principle of astrology centers on the twelve familiar signs of the zodiac. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Each Zodiac Sign's Unique Personality Traits, Explained by an Astrologer," 28 Oct. 2018 Here’s an account that blends steamy lingerie spreads with astrology — and here’s one exclusively for admiring men’s sculpted butts. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Google’s appearance before Congress will mark a turning point for its CEO," 5 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of astrology

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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