Astrology has been around for thousands of years, dating back to the ancient Babylonians. Astrologers try to understand the movement of planets and how it affects people’s lives. Astrology was very popular in ancient Greece and Rome, but after that went out of fashion for a few hundred years. In the past 20 years, however, astrology has come back into fashion again thanks to celebrities like Madonna who have embraced their horoscopes publicly. But there are more than just pop stars who are into it—famous astronomers like Copernicus who was also an astrologer! Here are 15 famous astrologers in history:
1. Claudius Ptolemy
Ptolemy was a Greco-Egyptian astronomer, mathematician, geographer, astrologer, and poet of a single epigram in the Greek Anthology. He is considered one of the most significant astronomers of antiquity.
Ptolemy lived in Egypt under Roman rule where he wrote numerous scientific treatises.
Ptolemy wrote on various topics such as astronomy, geography, and mathematics. His most famous work is his Almagest (circa 130 CE) which contained a comprehensive summary of all existing knowledge about astronomy at that time and it remained a standard textbook for over 1,000 years after its publication until replaced by Copernicus’ De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions).
Ptolemy also wrote extensive Geography which included information about climate zones along with maps showing both land and water routes between places around Africa.
Born on December 14, 1503, in Saint-Remy, France, Michel de Nostredame (or Nostradamus) was a famous seer who lived during the 16th century. His real name was Michel de Nostredame and born on December 14th. Like many famous astrologers in history, he had an extraordinary ability to predict future events.
Nostradamus is known for his book Les Propheties which contains predictions about people’s lives based on their astrological charts. He would interpret these charts by studying the positions of planets and other celestial bodies at birth as well as other factors such as the time of day or year when someone was born.
During his lifetime, many people took his predictions seriously because they seemed so accurate. However, some say he may have used magic spells to make them come true! You can decide for yourself after reading this article about 10 interesting facts about Nostradamus’ life so you can decide whether or not he was a true prophet with psychic powers!
3. Vettius Valens
Vettius Valens was a Roman astrologer who lived in the second century AD. He was born in what is now Turkey and traveled to Rome, where he studied astronomy and astrology with followers of Alexander the Great. Valens is credited with coining the term “zodiac” and was considered one of the most influential astrologers in history by later generations. The Anthologies represent a compilation of horoscopes he created for his students, which were organized by sign.
4. Carl Jung
Carl Gustav Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology. He is considered one of the most important figures in psychology, alongside Sigmund Freud and Jean Piaget.
Jung was the first to challenge Freud’s theory of the unconscious, and he proposed some ideas of his own. Jung believed that dreams are more than just random brain activity; rather, they are symbols that provide insights into one’s psyche and hidden motivations.
Additionally, Jung believed in synchronicity as a force affecting our lives; this idea states that events may occur for no apparent reason but actually do have meaning if we look for it.
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5. Evangeline Adams
Evangeline Adams was born in 1867 and is best known for her astrology books. She practiced astrology in the United States and England and wrote over 50 books on the topic. She died in 1947.
6. Alan Leo
Alan Leo, born in 1874, was a well-known astrologer. He was the author of The Horoscope and predated many other famous astrologers. He was also a prolific writer and produced many books on the subject. Alan Leo’s work paved the way for future generations of astrology in Britain.
7. Comte de Saint-Germain
Comte de Saint-Germain was a French nobleman and a member of the Illuminati who claimed to be immortal. He claimed to be over 250 years old, and he was believed to have met Leonardo da Vinci, who taught him alchemy. Saint-Germain himself was known as an alchemist who made gold from lead, but this may be more legend than fact.
8. William Lilly
The eighth famous astrologer is William Lilly. He was an English astrologer and published a book called Christian Astrology, which contained over ten thousand predictions. In the 1700s, he was considered to be one of England’s top astrologers due to his accurate predictions.
He also used a new house system called Placidus but this system was later replaced with another house system known as Kochab (named after an ancient star).
A bit more history: William Lilly was a friend of John Booker who published many books on how to practice astrology during the same time period as well as other famous people such as George Wharton (author of “The Art Of Judgment Of The Stars”).
9. Rudhyar Dane
Rudhyar Dane was born in Paris, France. He was an American astrologer and occultist who founded the movement known as the New Age Movement. Rudhyar published many books on astrology and occultism, including Man and His Symbols (1964).
10. Galileo Galileo
Galileo was an Italian astronomer, physicist, and engineer, who played a major role in the scientific revolution. He is often referred to as the “father of modern science”. Galileo was the first person to use a telescope to study the skies. Galileo discovered that Venus had phases like those of Saturn and Jupiter (this discovery was later used by Sir Isaac Newton to calculate that they were orbiting around their parent star).
He also observed Saturn’s rings and moons; discovered sunspots; and noted that stars varied in brightness.
He theorized correctly that tides were caused by the gravitational attraction between Earth and the Moon, but wrongly thought it took 24 hours for them each day (it actually takes about 12 hours). His observations led him to develop theories about gravity, inertia, and acceleration which have been described as being ‘far ahead of his time – these weren’t accepted until hundreds of years later when Isaac Newton confirmed his theory with his own research!
11. Baba Vanga
Baba Vanga had a very strong sixth sense and often made accurate predictions about future events. She predicted that the Earth would be hit by a large comet in the 1990s which would cause major destruction, but luckily for us, it was not. She also predicted that there would be a huge war between East and West with millions of casualties; however, this never happened either. Baba Vanga was also one of the most famous female astrologers.
12. Adelard of Bath
Adelard of Bath was a 12th-century scholar and philosopher who was one of the first Westerners to study in the Middle East. He was also the first person to translate many works from Arabic into Latin, including al-Khwarizmi’s astronomical treatise Kitab Surat Al-Ard (The Image of Earth).
13. Mustapha Adamu Animashaun
Mustapha Adamu Animashaun was a Nigerian medical doctor who was one of the most famous astrologers of his time. He predicted that an asteroid would hit Earth in 1999, causing mass destruction and killing 90% of the world’s population. His prediction was based on his interpretation of Biblical prophecies and numerology, but no one took him seriously; perhaps because it didn’t happen.
14. Guido Bonatti
Guido Bonatti was one of the most Italian astrologers and astronomers who lived in the 12th century. He’s best known for his Liber Astronomiae, a treatise on astronomy written around 1178 AD. He also made many important observations about the planets including their relative distance from Earth.
15. Olivia Barclay
Olivia Barclay was an English astrologer who lived during the 16th century. She was one of the first astrologers to use Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto in her calculations, and she did use the data provided by astronomer Edmund Halley.
Bonus. Donald Trump (a bit of a joke here)
Donald Trump is not an astrologer. He doesn’t even believe in astrology and has never claimed to be one, but nonetheless is often listed as such on Internet lists like this one!
That’s our top 15 list of famous astrologers in history. As you can see, the field has been around for a long time and continues to be popular today. If you want to learn more about astrology, we recommend that you start by reading our astrology blog.
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