Practices such as astrology and other non-religious art forms such as tarot, palmistry and other mantic arts have undergone a roller coaster ride throughout history. Most of the dominant religions today historically have attempted to eradicate these forms of divination through demonizing the practice and its practitioners. As one way to get rid of the competition some religions have persecuted and murdered astrologers. In other times in history astrology and related practices have been well-regarded. Until the 1600’s and advances in the science of astronomy the art of astrology was required for certain career choices including medicine and meteorology.
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