Who needs astrology? The wise man gets by on fortune cookies.
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
Astrology: do we make a hullabaloo among the stars, or do they make a hullabaloo down here?
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.
I don't believe in astrology; I'm a Sagittarius and we're skeptical.
~Arthur C. Clarke
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.
A child is born on that day and at that hour when the celestial rays are in mathematical harmony with his individual karma.
All anyone can see in a birthchart are tendencies that will become facts if he does not do something to alter them.
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.
We need not feel ashamed of flirting with the zodiac. The zodiac is well worth flirting with.
The signs of the zodiac are karmic patterns; the planets are the looms; the will is the weaver.
The starry vault of heaven is in truth the open book of cosmic projection...
There is no better boat than a horoscope to help a man cross over the sea of life.
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.
It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves; we are underlings.
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.
I don't believe in astrology. The only stars I can blame for my failures are those that walk about the stage.
Figure-flingers and star-gazers pretend to foretell the fortunes of kingdoms, and have no foresight in what concerns themselves.
No date prefixed directs me in the starry rubric set.
There's some ill planet reigns:
I must be patient till the heavens look
With an aspect more favourable.
~William Shakespeare, Winter's Tale, Act 2, Scene 1, spoken by Hermione
Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy: the mad daughter of a wise mother.
[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.
We are merely the stars' tennis-balls, struck and bandedWhich way please them.
~John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi
This is the excellent foppery of the world, that when we are sick in fortune (often the surfeits of our own behaviour) we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and stars: as if we were villains on necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and treacherous by spherical predominance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforced obedience of planetary influence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on. An admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition on the charge of a star!
Anyone can be a millionaire, but to become a billionaire you need an astrologer.
~John Pierpont Morgan
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.
Astrology is a language. If you understand this language, the sky speaks to you.
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.
Astrologers are agreed that the squiggles called a horoscope contain some sort of message to be decoded...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Look you, Doubloon, your zodiac here is the life of man in one round chapter. To begin: there's Aries, or the Ram - lecherous dog, he begets us; then, Taurus, or the Bull - he bumps us the first thing; then Gemini, or the Twins - that is, Virtue and Vice; we try to reach Virtue, when lo! comes Cancer the Crab, and drags us back; and here, going from Virtue, Leo, a roaring Lion, lies in the path - he gives a few fierce bites and surly dabs with his paw; we escape, and hail Virgo, the virgin! that's our first love; we marry and think to be happy for aye, when pop comes Libra, or the Scales - happiness weighed and found wanting; and while we are very sad about that, Lord! how we suddenly jump, as Scorpio, or the Scorpion, stings us in rear; we are curing the wound, when come the arrows all round; Sagittarius, or the Archer, is amusing himself. As we pluck out the shafts, stand aside! here's the battering-ram, Capricornus, or the Goat; full tilt, he comes rushing, and headlong we are tossed; when Aquarius, or the Waterbearer, pours out his whole deluge and drowns us; and, to wind up, with Pisces, or the Fishes, we sleep.
The stars which shone over Babylon and the stable in Bethlehem still shine as brightly over the Empire State Building and your front yard today....
You stars that reigned at my nativity, whose influence hath allotted death and hell.
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.
The astrologer who spells the stars, mistakes his globes, and in her bright eye interprets heaven's physiognomies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
The celestial bodies are the cause of all that takes place in the sublunar world.
Do not Christians and Heathens, Jews and Gentiles, poets and philosophers, unite in allowing the starry influences?
Astrological prayers seem to me to be built on as good reason as the predictions.
Our jovial star reigned at his birth.
A touchstone to determine the actual worth of an "intellectual" - find out how he feels about astrology.
~Robert A. Heinlein
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.
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!