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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.
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(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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Increase your awareness of influencing in every interaction.
For anyone quoting Google ZMOT [Zero Moment of Truth, referring to influencing buying behavior online] back at me, remember that as useful as Google's suite of services may be, many decisions aren't the result of the last 30 days, nor the result of entirely digital actions.
It is also possible to be a clinical assistant and be a leader in the office--if that assistant is the one who is influencing others.
MIS, on the other hand, has a greater opportunity for influencing potential majors in college, because students typically choose MIS as a major during college.
To give you a flavour, the introduction covers influencing versus persuasion and influencing versus manipulation.
"Analysis of Factors Influencing College Selection by Prospective Elite High School Basketball Players." Dissertation, U of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Consider, for example, the following definitions from Michigan statutes for lobbying and influencing:
The school learning climate was also strongly related to students' education expectations at the 10th grade, suggesting the school climate may be a strong factor influencing the self perceptions and education expectations of urban 10th graders.
Focus on the Family founder James Dobson can lobby friends like President Bush or sway voters in some regions, but he's had less success influencing consumers and businesses.
As these discussions of growth and development show, there is a new interest in economics on the importance of institutions in influencing the economy.
Only in this presidential democracy are lobbies able to marshal votes and monetary resources in the game of influencing policy makers.