Word of the Day

astrologer

Origin of the word

Appearing during the 14th century, the term astrologer has its origins in Middle English, translating from the Latin ‘astrologia’, the Greek for star, ‘astron’, and the Old French word astrologie. Referring to the search for humankind’s meaning in the sky, astrology has existed for many thousands of years. Its use in the English language, then, is a relatively young one.

Examples

“Through the millennia, eclipses have been an object of cultural superstition, says Baltimore astrologer Eliza Graney. ‘Historically, eclipses were always viewed as bad,’ she said. Astrologers even had a name for it: ‘the death of the king.’” – The Baltimore Sun, Monday 21st August 2017: A Baltimore astrologer’s insights into the eclipse.



“Princess Diana’s astrologer predicted a ‘huge event’ the weekend of her death – but Diana believed that it would be something positive.” – The Metro, Monday 28th August 2017: Princess Diana’s astrologer ‘predicted eclipse in her stars’ weekend of deadly crash.

“Usually, an astrologer creates a horoscope for the time of an event, such as an individual’s birth, and interprets the different celestial points and their placements at the time of the event to understand the characteristics of that person.” – The World of Yagyas: Who is an astrologer?

Definition

someone who studies astrology to tell people about their lives
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