Astromancy, fortune telling by the reading of the astrological
chart, has constituted the major use of astrology in centuries
past. It assumes a deterministic worldview in which the
stars indicate patterns into which individuals are locked and
events are destined to occur. Criticism of astrology has largely
been directed at astromancy, with religious scholars attacking
the deterministic worldview and scientists attacking the accuracy
of astrological predictions.
Contemporary astrology, especially that based in psychology
and growing out of the work of Dane Rudhyar, has rejected
astromancy as a perspective beyond the ability of astrology.
Modern astrologers believe that the horoscope shows planetary
influences operating upon a person but the individual remains
free to respond to those influences in a variety of ways. In like
manner, some astrologers claim that they can predict heightened
pressures operating on society but not specific events.
Thus astrology can be of practical assistance in a counseling situation
and usefully applied to understanding the stock market,
but it cannot predict upcoming events in a person’s life or relationships
or the movement of specific stocks. Most contemporary
textbooks carry at least a passing reference to astromancy,
and rejection of it, as part of their introduction to the topic.
Freeman, Martin. Forecasting by Astrology A Comprehensive
Manual of Interpretation and Technique. Wellingborough, Northhamptonshire,
UK Aquarian Press, 1982.
Lee, Dal. Dictionary of Astrology. New York Coronet CommunicationsConstellation
International, 1968.
Ronan, Margaret, and Eve Ronan. Astrology and Other Occult
Games. New York Scholastic Books Services, 1972.