Astrologers vs Astronomy


In the past, astrologers often relied on close observation of celestial objects and the charting of their movements. Modern astrologers use data provided by astronomers which are transformed to a set of astrological tables called ephemerides showing the changing zodiacal positions of the heavenly bodies through time.
Although the principle that events in the heavens are mirrored by those on Earth was once generally held in most traditions of astrology around the world, in the West there has historically been a debate among astrologers over the nature of the mechanism behind astrology. The debate also covers whether or not celestial bodies are only signs or portents of events, or if they are actual causes of events through some sort of force or mechanism
The core beliefs of astrology were prevalent in parts of the ancient world and are epitomized in the Hermetic maxim, “as above, so below”. Tycho Brahe used a similar phrase to summarize his studies in astrology: suspiciendo despicio, “by looking up I see downward”.

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