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(V.) HISTORY - Pervasive Planets

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« on: December 11, 2007, 02:18:30 pm »

Not a single writer, as far as can be discovered, argued that the planets could have no influence on human affairs, although there were many arguments about the degree to which they enabled a practitioner to predict events, or delineate character. The most distinguished of the 'opponents'of astrology, or those who believed that astrologers'


powers of divination were extremely limited, was Plutarch (c 46-120), a journalist who wrote on philosophy, morals and, of course, biography. He never organized or even rationalized his objections to astrology, simply pointing out that man had a very generous capacity for accepting anything 'magical', and arguing strongly against the conception of an immutable fate.

He had little effect on the faithful. In the 2nd century came a more considerable antagonist of fatalistic astrology, Favorinus of Arles, who seems to have had many an argument on the subject with the Emperor Hadrian, who was of course of a very different persuasion. Favorinus' arguments were not always very well-founded: for instance, he believed that astrology was a new fad, and that astrologers had invented the so-called ancients who they claimed had founded the art. He then (and this argument is reiterated to this day) claimed that all astrological predictions were so general as to be meaningless; went on to say that anyway, man's time on earth was far too brief for him to be able to fathom such a complicated theory; asked how astrology could be used to forecast the weather when good and bad weather existed at the same time in different places; demanded to know why the time of birth under one constellation should be considered when the time of conception under another was ignored (a good point); doubted whether the precise moment of birth could ever be discovered; and - another appealing point - asked whether it was not ridiculous and unbearable to suggest that all our actions, down to deciding whether or not to take a bath, were predestined.
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