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Astrology an ethereal fluid or occult power regarded as emanating from the stars and affecting a person's actions, future, etc.


(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Astrologers often speak of the correlation between planetary positions and earthly events in terms of influence, as if the planets actually exert forces—analogous to gravity or magnetism—that cause a particular incident. If pressed for an explanation, however, the majority of professional astrologers would probably offer a different type of explanation, such as the Jungian notion of synchronicity.

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If it had not been for the distinctive property of anti-nihilistic influence on the side of classical studies, we should have considered the subject more, have weighed the arguments on both sides," said Sergey Ivanovitch with a subtle smile, "we should have given elbow-room to both tendencies.
The government obviously is guided by abstract considerations, and remains indifferent to the influence its measures may exercise.
When the sovereign happened to be a man of vigorous and warlike temper and of superior abilities, he would acquire a personal weight and influence, which answered, for the time, the purpose of a more regular authority.
I am, at this moment, exerting my intelligence (such as it is) in your service, under the influence of a dose of laudanum, some ten times larger than the dose Mr.
So much for the capacity of a man to occupy himself actively, and to move about from place to place under the influence of opium.
The action of opium is comprised, in the majority of cases, in two influences--a stimulating influence first, and a sedative influence afterwards.
You may remember, under the influence of the second dose of opium, the place in which you hid the Diamond under the influence of the first.
I assume," pursued Ezra Jennings, "that the influence of the opium-- after impelling you to possess yourself of the Diamond, with the purpose of securing its safety--might also impel you, acting under the same influence and the same motive, to hide it somewhere in your own room.
It was revealed by Gilani Research Foundation in a survey carried out by Gallup and Gilani Pakistan which states that 1 in 4 Pakistanis opine that the influence of religion among the people is decreasing.
According to a GlobeScan Survey conducted by Gallup Pakistan in Pakistan, nearly half (47 percent) Pakistanis perceive Pakistan's influence on the world as mainly positive.
However, researchers have generally not considered informational influence as a potential mechanism.
However, most influencers have a targeted influence in only one category of products, based on their area of expertise.