- astrol. (abbreviation)
From Middle French astrologie, and its source, Latin astrologia (“astronomy”), from Ancient Greek ἀστρολογία (astrología, “telling of the stars”), from ἄστρον (ástron, “star, planet, or constellation”) + -λογία (-logía, “treating of”), combination form of -λόγος (-lógos, “one who speaks (in a certain manner)”). Morphologically astro- + -logy.
- Divination about human affairs or natural phenomena from the relative positions of celestial bodies. [from 14th c.]
- 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society, published 2012, page 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.