[asa] astrology

From: Ted Davis <TDavis@messiah.edu>
Date: Fri May 04 2007 - 15:12:42 EDT

Not so fast, concerning astrology and Xty.

Historically, Xan condemnation of astrology was limited to deterministic
astrology, according to which it was heretical to believe that the stars
themselves actually cause events determnistically, as if they were divine
beings (see Babylon). It was quite another thing, however, to believe that
God, as the cause of events and Lord of history, could use the stars to
reveal his will for future events. Astrology was in no sense blown out of
the water before modern times.

As for Kepler, he believed that astrology was legitimate. He cast
horoscopes for his own private purposes, not just at the bequest of his
patrons. For example, he "calclulated" which of several eligible women
would make the best wife for him, relying heavily on astrology for this
purpose. He also believed, as a neo-Platonist, that the earth's soul
responded sympathetically to specific arrangements (relative to the earth)
of the planets in the sky. This was a "mechanism" of sorts that enabled
astrology to work.

Ted

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