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Patricia Lantz has published a nice assortment of quotes attributed to well-known people on the subject of astrology. The quotes can be found in an interesting article on the use of astrology by a variety of presidents in the past.  (You can read my article on Ronald Reagan’s use of astrology here.)

What some wise men, seers and other well known names have said about astrology:
 It was in Poor Richard’s Almanac that Ben Franklin wrote about astrology, saying: “Oh the wonderful knowledge to be found in the stars. Even the smallest things are written there…if you had but skill to read.” 
President Theodore Roosevelt kept his horoscope mounted on a chess board in the oval office. When asked about it he would reply, “I always keep my weather eye on the opposition of my seventh house Moon to my first house Mars.” 
JP Morgan, America’s first billionaire, said : “Millionaires don’t use astrology, billionaires do.”


Donald Reagan, formerly Ronald Reagan’s Chief of Staff said: “It’s common knowledge that a large percentage of Wall Street brokers use astrology.”

The Philosopher Plato said : “Perhaps there is a pattern set up in the heavens for one who desires to see it, and having seen it, to find one in himself.”
 Physicist Albert Einstein said : “Astrology is a science in itself and contains an illuminating body of knowledge. It taught me many things and I am greatly indebted to it.” 
 Physicist Sir Isaac Newton said in defence of astrology, to sceptic Edmund Halley:
“I have studied the matter. You sir, have not”. 
 The poet Ralph Waldo Emerson said : “Astrology is astronomy brought down to earth and applied toward the affairs of man.” 
 Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine said : “A physician without the knowledge of astrology has no right to call himself a physician.”

Author DH Lawrence said : “Who knows the power that Saturn has over us, or Venus?
But it is a vital power, rippling exquisitely through us all the time.”
 
 Scientist Louis Pasteur said : “The controls of life are structured as forms and nuclear arrangements, in relation with the motions of the universe.” 
 
Mark Twain said: “I was born with Halley’s Comet and I expect to die upon its return,” and he did. 
 Mathematician Pythagoras said: “The stars in the heavens sing a music if only we had ears to hear.” 
St. Thomas Aquinas told all who would listen: “The celestial bodies are the cause of all that takes place in the sublunar world.” 
Sir Francis Bacon, the father of modern science told us, “The natures and dispositions of men are, not without truth, distinguished from the predominance of the planets.” 
Confucius taught his followers that, “Heaven sends down its good and evil symbols and wise men act accordingly.” 
Dante called astrology, “The noblest of sciences.” 
Shakespeare said, in the person of King Lear…”The stars above govern our condition.” He follows that with “I was born sir, when the Crab was ascending: all my affairs go backwards.”
 

Goethe wrote an astrological description of his birth...”These auspicious aspects, which the astrologers subsequently interpreted for me, may have been the causes of my preservation.”
 

Dr. Carl Jung, one of the founding fathers of psychology said: “Astrology is assured recognition from psychology without further restrictions, because astrology represents the summation of all the knowledge of antiquity. The fact that it is possible to construct, in adequate fashion, a person’s character from the data of his nativity, shows the validity of astrology.” 
 Astronomer Johannes Kepler, the author of Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion wrote, “An unfailing experience of mundane events in harmony with the changes occurring in the heavens, has instructed and compelled my unwilling belief.”
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