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The English word “astrologer” translates a number of Sanskrit terms that, taken together, give us an idea of the cultural perceptions of the astrologer’s role and of the needs and expectations of his or, in modern times, her clients.

Firstly, there are straightforward terms such as jyotirvid, designating a “knower of the [celestial] lights” (occasionally also nakṣatrajña, knower of the stars) or jyotiṣin, a practitioner of jyotiṣa (the science of such l…

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Gansten, Martin, “Astrologers”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 29 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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