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astrology  

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  • Information a pertendida arte de adivinhar , e predizer os futuros contingentes , por meio da posição , movimentos , conjunções dos astros , e sua influencia , e diz-se Astrologia judiciaria , para a não confundir com a Astronomia , que talvez se designa pela palavra astrologia. f. Mart. c. 166 ,, Para vos querer ensinar estas Astrologias agora (pt)
  • Information A pertendida Arte de adivinhar , e predizer os futuros contingentes , por meyo da posição , movimentos , conjuncções dos astros , e sua influencia ; e diz-se Astrologia Judiciaria , para a não confundir com a Astronomia , que talvez se designa pela palavra astrologia. B. 3. 5. 10. “Leixando a Astronomia convertia-se á Astrologia.” fig. Mart. C. 166 Para vos querer ensinar estas Astrologias agora. §. antig. Astronomia (pt)
  • Information A pertendida Arte de adivinhar , e predizer os futuros contingentes , por meyo da posição , movimentos , conjuncções dos astros , e sua influencia ; e diz-se Astrologia Judiciaria , para a não confundir com a Astronomia , que talvez se designa pela palavra astrologia. B. 3. 5. 10. “Leixando a Astronomia convertia-se á Astrologia.” fig. Mart. C. 166 Para vos querer ensinar estas Astrologias agora. §. antig. Astronomia (pt)

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  • Information Astrology is any of various ceremonial, religious, and divinatory practices which claim to discern information about human affairs and terrestrial events by studying the movements and relative positions of celestial objects. Astrology has been dated to at least the 2nd millennium BCE, and has its roots in calendrical systems used to predict seasonal shifts and to interpret celestial cycles as signs of divine communications. Many cultures have attached importance to astronomical events, and some—such as the Hindus, Chinese, and the Maya—developed elaborate systems for predicting terrestrial events from celestial observations. Western astrology, one of the oldest astrological systems still in use, can trace its roots to 19th–17th century BCE Mesopotamia, from where it spread to Ancient Greece, Rome, the Arab world, and eventually Central and Western Europe. Contemporary Western astrology is often associated with systems of horoscopes that purport to explain aspects of a person's personality and predict significant events in their lives based on the positions of celestial objects; the majority of professional astrologers rely on such systems. Throughout most of its history, astrology was considered a scholarly tradition and was common in academic circles, often in close relation with astronomy, alchemy, meteorology, and medicine. It was present in political circles and is mentioned in various works of literature, from Dante Alighieri and Geoffrey Chaucer to William Shakespeare, Lope de Vega, and Calderón de la Barca. Following the end of the 19th century and the wide-scale adoption of the scientific method, researchers in the natural sciences have have successfully challenged the predictive capability of astrology on both theoretical and experimental grounds. Astrology thus lost its academic and theoretical standing in the West, and common belief in it has largely declined, until a resurgence began in the 1960s. Outside the West, namely in India and China, astrology maintains cultural relevancy. As a result, astrology is used as a classic example of pseudoscience, such as by Karl Popper and Thomas Kuhn. Conversely, anthropologists and other social scientists, including Clive Ruggles and Nicholas J. Saunders, theorize astrology as a sort of cultural astronomy or archaeoastronomy. Ruggles in particular notes that astrology is broadly used as a synonym for Indigenous astronomy, especially those systems native to South Asia or the Americas. Historians such as Frances Yates and Tamsyn Barton are similarly critical for what they view as the application of anarchronistic categories to ancient practices. Philosopher of science Paul Feyerabend famously defended astrology as part of his program of epistemological anarchism.

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