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- The study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies interpreted as having an influence on human affairs and the natural world.
- Ancient observers of the heavens developed elaborate systems of explanation based on the movements of the sun, moon, and planets through the constellations of the zodiac, for predicting events and for casting horoscopes. By 1700 astrology had lost intellectual credibility in the West, but continued to have popular appeal. Modern astrology is based on that of the Greeks, but other systems are extant, e.g. that of China
Late Middle English: from Old French astrologie, from Latin astrologia, from Greek, from astron ‘star’.
i ching (Book of Changes)
- The I Ching is a collection of practical wisdom, pertaining to every conceivable situation. It originates in ancient China and is the oldest Chinese classical text. “I Ching” means “Classic of Changes” or “Book of Changes.” (While mostly the spelling “I Ching” is used, “Yijing” is in fact the official modern spelling.)
- a set of 78 cards with pictures on them, used for trying to find out what will happen to someone in the future.
The word Tarot and German Tarock derive from the Italian Tarocchi, the origin of which is uncertain but taroch was used as a synonym for foolishness in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. The decks were known exclusively as Trionfi during the fifteenth century.