A THIRD of all Americans believe in astrology. Executives and professionals are the fastest-growing group of believers, according to a study by USA Today.
AFTER US President Ronald Reagan was shot, his wife Nancy employed an astrologer to forecast his future safety.
THE MOST famous astrologer, Nostradamus, is said to have predicted events such as the World War II, the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy and, more recently, the attack on the World Trade Centre.
CATHOLIC popes in the Middle Ages were intimately familiar with astrology: Sixths IV was the first pope to draw and interpret a horoscope, Julius II chose his coronation date astrologically and Leo X and Paul III relied heavily on astrologers for advice.
A SEARCH for astrology on Google brings up nearly 2 million websites. The words ‘astrology’ and ‘horoscope’
are the most searched topics on the Internet, according to a 1999 study by searchterms.com.
ADOLF HITLER is thought to have used an astrologer throughout the Second World War. In 1924 a German astrologer, Frau Elsbeth Ebertin, was given Hitler’s birth chart by a female fan and she accurately predicted that he would become Fuhrer.
PROFESSIONAL astrologers in the United States number 6,000 to 8,000. According to a 1999 survey, Americans spend $100 million a year on astrology. ·
FORMER White House Chief of Staff Donald Regan said: “It’s common knowledge that a large percentage of Wall Street brokers use astrology.”
SEVENTY-FIVE per cent of astrology readers are women, according to a study by the website, stariq.com
ASTROLOGERS claim that the moon has the same effect upon humans, as it does upon the ocean. If the moon can affect the huge tides it cannot fail to affect the human body, which consists of 75 per cent water. The moon is also associated with provoking deep emotions and humans when the emotionally charged are brought to tears. The moon’s powers are also thought to affect women’s monthly menstrual cycles.
*Original material from the Daily Telegraph