astrology

If you don't leave your house without checking your horoscope, and you’re always asking people, “What’s your sign?” you’re likely a fan of astrology — the idea that the stars and planets and their movements influence human life.

Astrology comes from the Greek astron "star" and the suffix -ology "study of." The actual science of the celestial bodies is astronomy, which also includes the Greek word for "star" but with a suffix that means "arranging." Astrology has been around since ancient times, and while it requires some knowledge of astronomy, it’s about as scientific as fortune telling and palm reading.

Definitions of astrology
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n a pseudoscience claiming divination by the positions of the planets and sun and moon

Synonyms:
star divination
Types:
horoscopy
the drawing up and interpretation of horoscopes
Type of:
pseudoscience
an activity resembling science but based on fallacious assumptions

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