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Welcome to my page of quotations about astrology, astrologers, etc.  —ღ Terri

NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.   —ღ Terri, April 2021

The stars dot out the plans of God. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

How can one possibly believe... that every ray of a star is a thread attached to a man's head? ~Victor Hugo, Notre Dame de Paris, 1831, translated from the French by Jessie Haynes, 1902

We are born at a given moment, in a given place and, like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more. ~Carl Gustav Jung

The planets are God's punctuation marks pointing the sentences of human fate, written in the constellations. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

A wise man shall overrule his stars, and have a greater influence upon his own content than all the constellations and planets of the firmament. ~Jeremy Taylor

Failure and success seem to have been allotted to men by their stars. But they retain the power of wriggling, of fighting with their star or against it, and in the whole universe the only really interesting movement is this wriggle. ~E.M. Forester

Bear in mind that in old Egypt the science of Astronomy began and was developed to an extraordinary height; and that Astrology followed Astronomy in its progress. And it is possible that in the later developments of science with regard to light rays, we may yet find that Astrology is on a scientific basis. ~Bram Stoker, The Jewel of Seven Stars, 1903

Astrology: do we make a hullabaloo among the stars, or do they make a hullabaloo down here? ~Mason Cooley

About astrology and palmistry: they are good because they make people vivid and full of possibilities.  They are communism at its best.  Everybody has a birthday and almost everybody has a palm.  ~Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Astrology is just a finger pointing at reality.  ~Steven Forrest

A child is born on that day and at that hour when the celestial rays are in mathematical harmony with his individual karma.  ~Sri Yukteswar

All anyone can see in a birthchart are tendencies that will become facts if he does not do something to alter them.  ~Isabel Hickey

I do not believe in astrology. They can not tell from a chunk of mud millions of miles away what is going to happen to me. ~Harry Houdini

Astrology is one of the earliest attempts made by man to find the order hidden behind or within the confusing and apparent chaos that exists in the world.  ~Karen Hamaker-Zondag

We need not feel ashamed of flirting with the zodiac.  The zodiac is well worth flirting with.  ~D.H. Lawrence

The starry vault of heaven is in truth the open book of cosmic projection...  ~Carl Jung

There is no better boat than a horoscope to help a man cross over the sea of life.  ~Varaha Mihira

I have been told that one of the reasons the astronomers of the world cooperate is the fact that there is no one nation from which the entire sphere of the sky can be seen.  Perhaps there is in that fact a parable for national statesmen, whose political horizons are all too often limited by national horizons.  ~Adlai Stevenson

Men at some time are masters of their fates:
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.
~William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, c.1599  [I, 2, Cassius]

I don't believe in astrology.  The only stars I can blame for my failures are those that walk about the stage.  ~Noel Coward

Madam, though Venus govern your desires,
Saturn is dominator over mine...
~William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus, c.1593  [II, 3, Aaron]

I came into the world under the sign of Saturn — the star of the slowest revolution, the planet of detours and delays. ~Walter Benjamin

I wonder that thou, being, as thou sayest thou art, born under Saturn, goest about to apply a moral medicine to a mortifying mischief. I cannot hide what I am: I must be sad when I have cause and smile at no man's jests, eat when I have stomach and wait for no man's leisure, sleep when I am drowsy and tend on no man's business, laugh when I am merry and claw no man in his humour. ~William Shakespeare, Much Ado about Nothing, c.1598  [I, 3, Don John]

Figure-flingers and star-gazers pretend to foretell the fortunes of kingdoms, and have no foresight in what concerns themselves.  ~Roger L'Estrange

No date prefixed directs me in the starry rubric set.  ~John Milton

There's some ill planet reigns:
I must be patient till the heavens look
With an aspect more favourable.
~William Shakespeare, Winter's Tale, c.1610  [II, 1, Hermione]

Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy:  the mad daughter of a wise mother.  ~Voltaire

[D]reams, and predictions of astrology.... ought to serve but for winter talk by the fireside.  ~Francis Bacon, "Of Prophecies"

Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems more like astrology.  ~Rebecca West

We are merely the stars' tennis-balls, struck and banded
Which way please them.
~John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi

Know thus far forth.
By accident most strange, bountiful Fortune,
Now my dear lady, hath mine enemies
Brought to this shore; and by my prescience
I find my zenith doth depend upon
A most auspicious star, whose influence
If now I court not but omit, my fortunes
Will ever after droop.
~William Shakespeare, Tempest, c.1611  [I, 2, Prospero]

This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are sick in fortune, often the surfeit of our own behaviour, we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars; as if we were villains on necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and treachers by spherical pre-dominance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforc'd obedience of planetary influence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on. An admirable evasion of whore-master man, to lay his goatish disposition to the charge of a star! My father compounded with my mother under the Dragon's Tail, and my nativity was under Ursa Major, so that it follows I am rough and lecherous. Fut! I should have been that I am, had the maidenliest star in the firmament twinkled on my bastardizing. ~William Shakespeare, King Lear, c.1605  [I, 2, Edmund]

The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.  ~John Kenneth Galbraith

Before one accepts spirituality, astrology is very powerful, like a lion.  Then when one enters into a deeper spiritual life, astrology becomes a tiny household cat.  ~Sri Chinmoy

Saturn and Venus this year in conjunction! What says almanac to that? ~William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part II, c.1597  [II, 4]

Astrology is a language.  If you understand this language, the sky speaks to you.  ~Dane Rudhyar

The vast majority, who believe in astrology and think that the planets have nothing better to do than form a code that will tell them whether tomorrow is a good day to close a business deal or not, become all the more excited and enthusiastic about the bilge when a group of astronomers denounces it.  ~Isaac Asimov

Astrologers are agreed that the squiggles called a horoscope contain some sort of message to be decoded...  ~Dennis Elwell

I know that astrology isn't a science... Of course it isn't.  It's just an arbitrary set of rules like chess or tennis.... The rules just kind of got there.  They don't make any kind of sense except in terms of themselves.  But when you start to exercise those rules, all sorts of processes start to happen and you start to find out all sorts of stuff about people.  In astrology the rules happen to be about stars and planets, but they could be about ducks and drakes for all the difference it would make.  It's just a way of thinking about a problem which lets the shape of that problem begin to emerge.  The more rules, the tinier the rules, the more arbitrary they are, the better.  It's like throwing a handful of fine graphite dust on a piece of paper to see where the hidden indentations are.  It lets you see the words that were written on the piece of paper above it that's now been taken away and hidden.  The graphite's not important.  It's just the means of revealing their indentations.  So you see, astrology's nothing to do with astronomy.  It's just to do with people thinking about people.  ~Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless

The cosmos is a vast living body, of which we are still parts.  The sun is a great heart whose tremors run through our smallest veins.  The moon is a great nerve center from which we quiver forever.  Who knows the power that Saturn has over us, or Venus?  But it is a vital power, rippling exquisitely through us all the time.  ~D.H. Lawrence

HELENA.  Monsieur Parolles, you were born under a charitable star.
PAROLLES.  Under Mars, I.
HELENA.  I especially think, under Mars.
PAROLLES.  Why under Mars?
HELENA.  The wars have so kept you under that you must needs be born under Mars.
PAROLLES.  When he was predominant.
HELENA.  When he was retrograde, I think, rather.
PAROLLES.  Why think you so?
HELENA.  You go so much backward when you fight.
~William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well, c.1602  [I, 1]

Failure or success seem to have been allotted to men by their stars.  But they retain the power of wriggling, of fighting with their star or against it, and in the whole universe the only really interesting movement is this wriggle.  ~E.M. Forster

Who needs astrology? The wise man gets by on fortune cookies. ~Edward Abbey

Astrology can clear up or mix up a person as much as any other psychological, philosophical or religious mirror, a looking glass in the endless mirror hall of life.  ~Markku Siivola

Mercury passed among the ancients for the planet of intelligence and science.... Venus... has been considered, time immemorial, the planet of love. She owes her name to her splendour, for she appears the most brilliant planet of any to the inhabitants of our globe. She has long been called Lucifer, or the morning star, when she precedes the rising of the sun, or Vesper when she comes forth after his setting.... But the heavenly bodies are, doubtless, governed by laws totally unknown to us, and inexplicable either by attractive or centrifugal powers... ~J.B.H. de Saint-Pierre, "Harmonies of the Sun and Planets," 1815

The heavens themselves, the planets and this centre
Observe degree, priority and place,
Insisture, course, proportion, season, form,
Office and custom, in all line of order;
And therefore is the glorious planet Sol
In noble eminence enthroned and sphered
Amidst the other; whose medicinable eye
Corrects the ill aspects of planets evil,
And posts, like the commandment of a king,
Sans cheque to good and bad: but when the planets
In evil mixture to disorder wander,
What plagues and what portents! what mutiny!
What raging of the sea! shaking of earth!
Commotion in the winds! frights, changes, horrors,
Divert and crack, rend and deracinate
The unity and married calm of states
Quite from their fixure!...
~William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, c.1601  [I, 3, Ulysses]

A mind is accustomed to mathematical deduction, when confronted with the faulty foundations of astrology, resists a long, long time, like an obstinate mule, until compelled by beating and curses to put its foot into that dirty puddle.  ~Johannes Kepler

...My father named me Autolycus; who
being, as I am, littered under Mercury, was likewise
a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles....
~William Shakespeare, Winter's Tale, c.1610  [IV, 3, Autolycus]

You stars that reigned at my nativity, whose influence hath allotted death and hell.  ~Christopher Marlowe

[H]is gaze wandered from the windows to the stars, as if he would have read in them something that was hidden from him.  Many of us would, if we could; but none of us so much as know our letters in the stars yet - or seem likely to do it in this state of existence - and few languages can be read until their alphabets are mastered.  ~Charles Dickens, Edwin Drood

Astronomy to the selfish becomes astrology.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Well, one gets out of bed and the planets don't always hiss or muck up the day, each day. ~Anne Sexton

      Fable XCIV: An Astrologer and a Traveller.  A Certain Starr-Gazer had the Fortune, in the very Height of his Celestial Observations, to stumble into a Ditch: A sober Fellow passing by, gave him a piece of Wholesome Counsel. Friend, says he, Make a Right Use of Your Present Misfortune; and pray, for the Future, let the Starrs go on quietly in their Courses, and do you look a little Better to the Ditches.
      The Moral of the Fable.  There needs no more than Impudence and Ignorance, on the One Side, and a Superstitious Credulity on the Other, to the Setting up of a Fortune Teller.
      Reflexion:  This serves for a Reproof to the Ignorance and Confidence of Figure-Flingers, Starr-Gazers, that pretend to Foretell the Fortunes of Kingdoms and States, and yet have no Foresight at all in what concerns Themselves. ~Fables of Æsop and other Eminent Mythologists, with Morals and Reflexions, by Roger L'Estrange, 1692

The astrologer who spells the stars, mistakes his globes, and in her bright eye interprets heaven's physiognomies.  ~John Cleveland

I will look on the stars and look on thee, and read the page of thy destiny.  ~Letitia Elizabeth Landon

Astrologers that future fates foreshow.  ~Alexander Pope

At the moment I am looking into astrology, which seems indispensable for a proper understanding of mythology.  There are strange and wondrous things in these lands of darkness.  Please, don't worry about my wanderings in these infinitudes.  I shall return laden with rich booty for our knowledge of the human psyche.  ~Carl Jung

Responsibility, n.  A detachable burden easily shifted to the shoulders of God, Fate, Fortune, Luck or one's neighbor.  In the days of astrology it was customary to unload it upon a star.  ~Ambrose Bierce

Astrology is a fact, in most instances.  But astrological aspects are but signs, symbols.  No influence is of greater value or of greater help than the will of an individual.... Do not attempt to be guided by, but use the astrological influences as the means to meet or to overcome the faults and failures, or to minimize the faults and to magnify the virtues in self.  ~Edgar Cayce

Astrology furnishes a splendid proof of the contemptible subjectivity of men.  It refers the course of celestial bodies to the miserable ego:  it establishes a connection between the comets in heaven and squabbles and rascalities on earth.  ~Arthur Schopenhauer

The puzzling thing is that there is really a curious coincidence between astrological and psychological facts, so that one can isolate time from the characteristics of an individual, and also, one can deduce characteristics from a certain time....  ~Carl Jung

Not from the stars do I my judgment pluck;
And yet methinks I have astronomy,
But not to tell of good or evil luck,
Of plagues, of dearths, or seasons' quality;
Nor can I fortune to brief minutes tell,
Pointing to each his thunder, rain and wind,
Or say with princes if it shall go well,
By oft predict that I in heaven find:
But from thine eyes my knowledge I derive,
And, constant stars, in them I read such art
As truth and beauty shall together thrive,
If from thyself to store thou wouldst convert;
Or else of thee this I prognosticate:
Thy end is truth's and beauty's doom and date.
~William Shakespeare

The celestial bodies are the cause of all that takes place in the sublunar world.  ~Thomas Aquinas

Desbarolles, in his works, connects Graphology with Chiromancy and Astrology, showing how the hand is influenced by the action of the planets upon it. ~Richard Dimsdale Stocker, The Language of Handwriting: A Text-Book of Graphology, 1904  [Chiromancy is palmistry, or palm-reading. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Do not Christians and Heathens, Jews and Gentiles, poets and philosophers, unite in allowing the starry influences?  ~Walter Scott

Astrological prayers seem to me to be built on as good reason as the predictions.  ~Benjamin Stillingfleet

Our Jovial star reign'd at his birth... ~William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, c.1609  [V, 4, Jupiter]

A touchstone to determine the actual worth of an "intellectual" - find out how he feels about astrology.  ~Robert A. Heinlein

Swear his thought over
By each particular star in heaven and
By all their influences, you may as well
Forbid the sea for to obey the moon
As or by oath remove or counsel shake
The fabric of his folly, whose foundation
Is piled upon his faith and will continue
The standing of his body.
~William Shakespeare, Winter's Tale, c.1610  [I, 2, Camillo]

If the people were a little more ignorant, astrology would flourish...  ~Robert G. Ingersoll

The controls of life are structured as forms and nuclear arrangements, in a relation with the motions of the universe.  ~Louis Pasteur

Men should take their knowledge from the Sun, the Moon and the Stars.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thanks to Liz P. for sharing some of her collection!

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