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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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In 1243, Dogen influentially taught the assembly at Yoshimine Monastery how to meditate with a distinctly pragmatic and physical orientation: "Straighten your body and sit erect.
Cole recently and influentially to coin the phrase "masculine of center" or MOC.
Given greater freedom to roam inside from the left to combat increased attention and become more influentially involved in attacks, the Bale of 2011-12 has scored more, set up more and passed more accurately than last term when he was the stand-out choice for PFA player of the year.
Demos showed that the people whose theological, historical, literary, and political texts had been so ably and influentially interpreted by Perry Miller and other intellectual historians also married, divorced, had children (including children out of wedlock), had property, pots, and pans.
The imported proposals for the new identity of Egypt are so many and widely conflicting that it might be impossible to hold the nation together any longer; unless they intervene heavily and influentially, the aborigines will pay the price.
Our "crisis" is not a lack of energy but the lack of access to energy due to constraints imposed by environmental activists influentially insinuated in federal and state governments.
So sanctions will not work much influentially," he added.
Terry Moe, who has written influentially about these issues from the Brookings Institution and now the Hoover Institution, cites the initial implementation of the Milwaukee voucher plan in 1990 as the point at which the free-market, educational-reform portion of the debate over aid to private education shifted from a merely academic discussion to a real political debate with high stakes.
Because of the modal separability of intention and representation, the CTA has always been subject to a serious objection influentially highlighted by Harry Frankfurt: the problem of deviant causal chains.
Similarly, it is hypothesized that the fixed hierarchy of functional heads in syntax, influentially postulated by Cinque as a linguistic universal, can be explained by the requirements of semantic compositionality (218-20).
For all the nationalist inflection of this example, however, housing philanthropies were a genuinely transnational endeavor, amassing considerable capital and circulating their reports, as Adam shows, widely and influentially.