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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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My dear aunt's influential acquaintances were producing an unexpected effect upon that young man.
It was a great comfort to turn from that chap to my influential friend, the battered, twisted, ruined, tin-pot steamboat.
They say also that honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty; and they are quite ready to call wicked men happy, and to honour them both in public and private when they are rich or in any other way influential, while they despise and overlook those who may be weak and poor, even though acknowledging them to be better than the others.
Moreover, Stremov, one of the most influential people in Petersburg, and the elderly admirer of Liza Merkalova, was Alexey Alexandrovitch's enemy in the political world.
All the commune came to it, for the Bacadous were rich and influential, and, now and then, did not mind the expense.
You have no idea how influential those people are," he explained to his wife.
The lady patroness of Michaelis, the ticket-of-leave apostle of humanitarian hopes, was one of the most influential and distinguished connections of the Assistant Commissioner's wife, whom she called Annie, and treated still rather as a not very wise and utterly inexperienced young girl.
Testimonials representing Mrs General as a prodigy of piety, learning, virtue, and gentility, were lavishly contributed from influential quarters; and one venerable archdeacon even shed tears in recording his testimony to her perfections
Bear with a wretch, Lavinia, bear with a wretch, ma'am, who feels the noble sacrifices you make for him, but is goaded almost to madness,' Mr Sampson slapped his forehead, 'when he thinks of competing with the rich and influential.
When you have to compete with the rich and influential, it will probably be mentioned to you,' said Miss Lavvy, 'in good time.
Frank joins an all-star group of board of directors, advisors, and investors for Influential, including Randy Jackson (record producer/American Idol), Joe Miller (Europlay Capital/Seed investor for Skype), Alex Welch (ex-CEO of Photobucket), and Chris Varelas (Riverwood Capital/former Head of CITIGroup National Bank).
After losing this month's election to President Barack Obama, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential candidate made GQ's list of the least influential people of the year.