The core of Western astrology, as I understand it, is the ancient / medieval geocentric cosmology of “celestial spheres,” the highest of which is the “empyrean” heaven where the blessed congregate.

This is coupled with the idea of pre-existence of the soul. When a soul travels down from the empyrean heaven to incarnate in a body, it passes through all the lower spheres containing the less noble celestial bodies — stars, planets, and so on, and is influenced, as regards personality or destiny, by their positions at that precise time.

Then the interaction between the heavenly bodies (1) at the date and time of birth / ensoulment and (2) at the present or future time can be used to construct a unique horoscope for each person.

Astrology falls apart as a science as soon as the premise, and so its causal mechanism, is denied.

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