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Astrology
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In contrast to astronomy, which operates mechanistically, astrology rests on the conviction that the character and destiny (Fate and [Good] Fortune) of people can be decisively affected by the position of the stars at the moment of their birth. Only heavenly bodies that may be seen with the naked eye are relevant: the sun, the moon, the planets, and the “houses” to which these belong in the zodiac. Fixed stars outside the zodiac may figure in the calculations in a supplementary capacity. The demonstrable physical influence of heavenly bodies (esp. the sun) on terrestrial processes,…

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Hoheisel, Karl, “Astrology”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 19 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_A665>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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