Astrology is the set of ideas and practices that hold that the celestial bodies possess significance for human and terrestrial affairs. It relies primarily on interpreting the positions of the planets as seen from the Earth, located in the zodiac, divisions of the Sun’s apparent annual path through the sky, and is popularly associated with the notion of the ‘birth sign’, the zodiac sign in which the Sun is located at one’s birth. Astrology is commonly thought to be primarily concerned with predicting the future but to do so is itself a prerequisite for managing the present.

Management can be a matter of the astrologer acting as an external agent, manipulating cosmic forces, or as a participant, in which case astrology functions as a form ...

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