ASTROLOGY

one of many pseudoscience that is based on the belief that the movements and positions of the planets in relation to the constellations of the zodiac, influence the lives of individuals, the course of events,, and even personality structure. The systematic study of astrology originated in ancient Babylon and spread to Greece, China, India, as well as the Islamic world. Despite the disapproval of the Church, it remained widely influential during the medieval and Renaissance periods in Europe. Even in the modern scientific world, many people believe that their horoscope (which represents a map of the heavens at the time of their birth) determines their personal characteristics, romance matches, tendencies to particular diseases, and probability of experiencing good or bad fortune. Astrology is mainly of interest to psychology historically, because it involved a preliminary theory of personality types, relating to the physical and psychological characteristics of individuals to the supposed influence of the heavens.

ASTROLOGY: "A person who believes in astrology also believes that the star constellation at the time of their birth influences their personality."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "ASTROLOGY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/astrology/ (accessed October 25, 2020).
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