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Sunday, 25 September 2011


The word astronomy dates to the 13th century but originally meant what we now call astrology.

Pope Julius II set the time of his coronation in 1503 according to astrological calculations, despite the fact that the church during the Renaissance frowned on the occult as bordering on heresy.

Astrologer Girolamo Cardono predicted his death on September 21, 1576. When he felt fine for most of the day, he decided to make his prediction come true by killing himself.

Gerolamo Cardano

In Europe during the Middle Ages it had a powerful influence, as kings and other public figures had their own astrologers. Queen Elizabeth I was crowned Queen on a day chosen as propitious by her astrologer John Dee.

Benjamin Franklin, while feuding with Titan Leeds, used astrology to predict his death and published this in the Poor Richards Almanac. When Leeds didn't die on that date, referred to him as "the ghost of Titan Leeds" thereafter and encouraged him to pass on.

In 1981 an assassination attempt was made on United States President Ronald Reagan. For the next seven years his wife, Nancy, consulted a California Astrologer. On May 3, 1988, The White House acknowledged that First Lady Nancy Reagan used astrological advice.

Nancy Reagan

Seventy-five per cent of people who believe in astrology are women.

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