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« Reply #15 on: October 16, 2008, 10:11:23 am »

                            The Rising Popularity of ASTROLOGY Brings Increased Attacks

                                                          Growing Popularity

By the early sixteenth century, astrology had reached the heights of its popularity.

Popes such as Julius II, Leo X, Adrian IV and Paul III viewed astrology favorably.

Even a certain mistrust of astrology, as exhibited by Pope Gregory XIII, did not prevent the casting of his natal chart, now preserved in the Vatican Library.

Catherine de Medici, regent and ruler of France, was said to have been unwilling to take a step without first consulting her astrologers, who included the famous Michel de Nostradamus.

Nostradamus and the Italian astrologer Luca Gaurico were responsible for one of the most famous Renaissance astrological predictions, the death of King Henri II of France in a tournament in 1559. In the final joust the king's opponent's lance shattered and the splinters penetrated his face and head causing a painful death.

Nostradamus in his Centuries had written,

"The young lion will overcome the older one, in a field of combat in single fight:

he will pierce his eyes in their golden cage; two wounds in one, then he dies a cruel death."

Century I, Quatrain 35.

Another notable example of astrology's eminence during this period was the coronation of Queen Elizabeth I of England.

The time of the ceremony, noon on January 15, 1559, had been carefully elected by the astrologer John Dee.
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