Religious Groups in Literature

34,420 citations from literature (mostly science fiction and fantasy) referring to real churches, religious groups, tribes, etc. [This database is for literary research only. It is not intended as a source of information about religion.]


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Group Where Year Source Quote/
Assyrian world -105 B.C.E. Leiber, Fritz. "Adept's Gambit " in Swords in the Mist in The Three of Swords. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1973; c. 1947); pg. 425. "'...among them an ardent Assyrian warlord whose paramour was changed into a spider... " [Also pg. 447.]
Assyrian world 1979 Ing, Dean. "Vehicles for Future Wars " in Firefight 2000. New York: Baen (1987; c. 1979); pg. 167. -
Assyrian world 1989 Kress, Nancy. "Renaissance " in The Aliens of Earth. Sauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House Publishers (1993; 1st pub Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, mid-December 1989); pg. 227. [1989 is year of story publication.] "The Sumerians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Chaldeans, Egyptians, Mycenaeans, Indo-Iranians, Syrians, Scythians, and Greeks all had griffins. "
Assyrian world 2025 Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 234. "'...Where did Asherah come from?'

'Originally from Sumerian mythology. Hence, she is also important in Babylonian, Assyrian, Canaanite, Hebrew, and Ugaritic myths, which are all descended from the Sumerian.' "

Assyrian world 2045 Wilson, Robert Charles. Memory Wire. New York: Bantam (1987); pg. 112. "One of them had angled past the Earth when the Chou Dynasty was succeeding the Shang and the Assyrians were marching into Babylon... a star of many colors. The observant Babylonians were preoccupied... "
Assyrian world 2075 Anderson, Glenn L. The Millennium File. Bountiful, Utah: Horizon Publishers (1986); pg. 76. "What if the Israelites, captured so long ago by the Assyrians, carried away into the lands of north, had managed to maintain a cohesive society? "
Assyrian world 2125 Anderson, Poul. Harvest of Stars. New York: Tor (1993); pg. 74. "Mural screens down the corridor showed men at war, Assyrians, Hebrews, Romans, Vikings, Moors, knights, samurai, Aztecs... "
Assyrian world 2250 Zelazny, Roger & Jane Lindskold. Donnerjack. New York: Avon (1998; c.1997); pg. 297. "'Yes, and the mythology of the region from which they claim origin is full of stories of divine vengeance on a catastrophic level--the Great Flood, monstrous creatures, plagues. Remember that the Old Testament owes much of the harshness of its god to the influence of the Sumerians, the Babylonians, the Assyrians.' "
Assyrian world 2250 Zelazny, Roger & Jane Lindskold. Donnerjack. New York: Avon (1998; c.1997); pg. 569. "The crossover was complete. After millennia, the gods and goddesses of Sumer, Babylon, and Assyria again breathed the air of the world they had once ruled. If some of them were disappointed at the pollution or that their worshipers radiated amusement and excitement rather than awe, they kept their thoughts to themselves.

Then, from the east a great light shone forth, a light that caused even the brilliance of the sun to seem dimmed. Forth from the heart of that glow stepped a mighty figure. This time the crowd screamed in fear (especially those in the eastern grandstands), for what towered over them was an enormous multiheaded dragon.

'Tiamat!' Bel Marduk roared, fire bursting from his lips.

The dragon screamed a challenge, a shrill sound like dozens of cartoon pterodactyls falling on their prey.

The lesser gods got out of the way, heading north or south. A few forgot the warning s that the western ziggurat could not support significant weight... "

astrology Africa 2008 McDonald, Ian. Evolution's Shore. New York: Bantam (1997; c. 1995); pg. 167. "'...I want to know who you are... I want to know teenybop things: what star sign you are...'

'Taurus...' "

astrology Alabama 1993 Ellison, Harlan. Mefisto in Onyx. Shingletown, CA: Mark. V. Ziesing Books (1993); pg. 18. "Call the Fortean Society. Mensa. Jeopardy. Some 900 number astrology psychic hotline. "
astrology California 1972 Disch, Thomas M. The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World. New York: Simon & Schuster (2000; c. 1998); pg. 159. "...when Applewhite met nurse and astrologer Bonnie Lu Nettles at the clinic he'd entered to be cure of his homosexuality... The registered nurse was happily married with four children, worked in the nursery of a local hospital, and enjoyed a small astrology practice...
astrology California 1975 Dick, Philip K. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer. New York: Timescape Books (1982); pg. 72. -
astrology California: Hollywood 1955 Bradbury, Ray. A Graveyard for Lunatics. New York: Alfred A. Knopf (1990); pg. 112. Pg. 112: "'Tried everything. Went to the Reverend Violet Greener on Crenshaw Boulevard. The Agabeg Temple?'

'I been there!'

'Great showmen, eh? Seances, tambourines. Never took. Been to Norvell. He still around?'

'Sure! With his big blinky cow eyes and his pretty boyfriends begging cash in tambourines?'

'You sound like me! Astrology? Numerology? Holy Rollers? That's fun.' "; Pg. 124: "'...That's Hollywood, reading the Leo-Virgo-Taurus forecasts, not stepping on cracks between takes...' "

astrology California: Los Angeles 1989 Wilson, Robert Charles. Gypsies. New York: Doubleday (1989); pg. 41. "Her hair was braided and she had painted what looked like the signs of the zodiac on her fingernails. "
astrology California: Los Angeles 1993 DeChance, John. MagicNet. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1993); pg. 175. "The problem was that my mind had always been of a hard, skeptical-rationalist temper, regarding magic, astrology, and even ESP phenomena as essentially bogus. They were hoaxes, delusions, evidence of the congenital madness of crowds... "
astrology California: Los Angeles 1993 Shiner, Lewis. Glimpses. New York: William Morrow and Co. (1993); pg. 116. Pg. 52: Zodiac; Pg. 116: "'So your wife's Sagittarius. What about you?'

'Capricorn. December thirtieth.'

'Uh-oh. You guys ever had your charts done? I mean they do still do charts in the future, right?'

'It's a little late for charts.' "

astrology California: Los Angeles 1999 Koman, Victor. Jehovah Contract. New York: Franklin Watts (1984); pg. 241. "'And now has come the time when the greatest of all Your crafts, the Craft of Science, shall aid in setting us free. From its beginnings in the split from alchemy and astrology, Science has ever been in conflict with the Usurper...' "
astrology China 1120 C.E. Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 118. "In the first legend 'the inner chamber' of the Chinese imperial palace are said to have seen the birth of cards. The 'veiled ones' secluded therein were numerous, since the Emperor had not so much a wife as a bedroom staff, for which the recognized establishment for some two thousand years was: Empress 1, Consorts 3, Spouses 9, Beauties or Concubines 27, and Attendant Nymphs or Assistant Concubines 81. The numbers 3 and 9 were held in particular regard by astrologers. "
astrology Europe 1470 C.E. Gentle, Mary. A Secret History. New York: Avon Books (1999); pg. 267. -
astrology galaxy -4990 B.C.E. Weis, Margaret & Tracy Hickman. Elven Star. New York: Bantam (1990); pg. 18. "'That is scientific fact, young woman,' struck in the astrologer, the tips of his collar quivering in indignation. 'And what your father and I are doing is scientific research and has nothing at all to do with religion--'

'Oh, it doesn't, does it?' cried Calandra, hurtling her verbal spear straight for her victim's heart. 'Then why is my father importing a human priest?'

The astrologer's eyes widened in shock. The high collar turned from Calandra to the wretched Lenthan, who found himself much disconcerted by it.

'Is this true, Lenthan Quindiniar?' demanded the incensed wizard. 'You have sent for a human priest?'

'I--I--I--' was all Lenthan could manage.

'I have been deceived by you, sir,' stated the astrologer, his dignity increasing every moment and so... 'You led me to believe that you shared our interest in the stars, in their cycles and their places in the heavens.' " [Other refs., not in DB. The astrologer is one of novel's main characters.]

astrology galaxy -4990 B.C.E. Weis, Margaret & Tracy Hickman. Elven Star. New York: Bantam (1990); pg. 286. "'The vessel needs a new name! Something more appropriate to a starship. Apollo? Gemini? Enterprise. Already taken...' "
astrology galaxy 2100 Le Guin, Ursula K. "Nine Lives " in Nebula Award Stories Five (James Blish, ed.) New York: Pocket Books (1972; 1st ed. 1970; story c. 1969); pg. 56. [Year estimated.] "The tremors that crossed Libra's face were mere quiverings of corruption: underneath in the black corridors, the halls beneath the skin, there were crepitations in darkness, ferments, chemical nightmares that went on for centuries. 'Oh the damned flatulent planet,' Pugh murmured... " [The entire story takes place on a planet named 'Libra.']
astrology galaxy 2293 Vornholt, John. Mind Meld (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 102. "'You don't believe what I say, do you?' she asked.

Spock shook his head. 'I am not a believer in numerology, astrology, phrenology, and other pseudo-sciences and superstitions.'

'Then what do you believe in?'


The old woman hooted with laughter until spittle ran down her chin. 'Logic may work some places, but not on Rigel V--and you seek balance, no matter what you say.'

'That is possible,' the Vulan conceded. He reached into his pocket for one of his few remaining coins. " [More. Spock is visiting a woman who is similar in some ways to a fortune teller.]

astrology galaxy 2368 David, Peter. Imzadi (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (1992); pg. 259. "'I'm watching the stars,' Riker smiled thinly. 'Did you know, some people believe that whatever happens to us is decided by the stars. That we have no control over our fates. I think Shakespeare even wrote that 'the fault is in the stars.' '

'Actually, Admiral, that is incorrect.'

'You're going to tell me that it's ridiculous to believe that interstellar phenomenon could possibly have any sort of effect on the affairs of men?'

'No, sir. That's so self-evident it's not even worth pointing out. No, I was simply going to tell you that your endeavor to quote Shakespeare was not only imprecise, but in fact wildly wrong.' "

astrology galaxy 2375 Mack, David. "The Star Trek: New Frontier Minipedia " in Excalibur: Restoration (ST: New Frontier). New York: Pocket Books (2000); pg. 382. "Lefler, Robin
Ops officer aboard the U.S.S. Excalibur... A brunette, she stands 5'6 " and tells people she weighs 108 pounds, though that's a bit of a fib. She's also a Virgo, likes reading children's poetry, and enjoys taking walks in light rain. "
astrology galaxy 2450 Kato, Ken. Yamato II: The Way of the Warrior, Part 2. New York: Warner Books (1992); pg. 10. "Aurorae and Saint Elmo's fire. Hurricanes and madness. The roots of proto-historic Old Earth astrology and the psi anomaly that was found on the Moon. "
astrology galaxy 2500 Anthony, Piers & Jo Anne Taeusch. The Secret of Spring. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 37. "Astral projection tours were conducted for those adventurous enough to crave something beyond mere planetary travel. Channeling an reincarnations clinics were available for others interested in genealogical research. There were any number of Forecast centers which dealt with the fundamental teachings of tarot, I Ching, palmistry, handwriting analysis, astrology, numerology, and all the lesser divinations. This did not include foreign institutes specializing in Egyptian magic, Celtic Runes, Voodoo, and alien based future castings so numerous and obscure that it would be impossible for any student to become proficient with more than a few. "
astrology galaxy 3131 Simmons, Dan. The Rise of Endymion. New York: Bantam (1998 mass market edition; first ed. 1997); pg. 168. "'The third is hearing the music of the spheres,' she whispered.

In my reading in Taliesin West, I had run across this ancient phrase: it was all mixed up with astrology, the pre-Scientific Age on Old Earth, Kepler's little wooden models of a solar system predicted on perfect shapes, shells of stars and planets being moved by angels... "

astrology galaxy 6000 Vinge, Vernor. A Fire Upon the Deep. New York: Tor (1992); pg. 15. "'...You've read Aramstriquesa or Astrologer Belele? You know what this could be?'

Wickwrackrum didn't recognize the names. But he was a pilgrim. "

astrology Illinois 1928 Bradbury, Ray. Dandelion Wine. New York: Bantam (1982; c. 1957); pg. 114. "'Hidden Secrets of Life Unveiled by that celebrated Student, Philosopher, Chemist, Naturalist, Psychomist, Astrologer, Alchemist, Metallurgist, Sorcerer, Explanator of the Mysteries of Wizards and Witchcraft, together with recondite views of numerous Arts and Sciences...' "
astrology India 1940 Gormley, Adrienne. "Children of Tears " in Alternate Tyrants (Mike Resnick, ed.) New York: Tor (1997); pg. 2. Pg. 2: "Father... and my mother worked with Ritesh's parents in planning the wedding. I remember their long hours consulting with the Brahmin priest, then the astrologer, and finally setting the most propitious date and time for the wedding. "; Pg. 3: "Father contacted Ritesh's father, and they went out once more to the astrologer to see what could be done. So the date and the time were changed, although the priest wailed that the demands of the English augured ill when weighted against the demands of the gods. "
astrology Italy 1500 C.E. McAuley, Paul J. Pasquale's Angel. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1994); pg. 268. "'...Charlatans would dearly love to use my name to furtheri their schemes. Astrologers and the like. I am plagues,' Koppernigk said, and drained his beaker, 'by astrologers and so called natural scientists, under which disguise so many magicians trade these days. No, if that's what you're after, then you may go not, or I will call the guard.'

'Doctor, I am an artist, not an astrologer...' "

astrology Japan 1872 Verne, Jules. Around the World in Eighty Days. Translated by George M. Towle. New York: Bantam (1988; c. 1873); pg. 94. [Chapter 22] ...Night came, and Passepartout re-entered the native quarter, where he wandered through the streets, lit by vari-coloured lanterns, looking on at the dancers, who were executing skilful steps and boundings, and the astrologers who stood in the open air with their telescopes.
astrology Massachusetts 1998 Sterling, S. M. Island in the Sea of Time. New York: Penguin (1998); pg. 605. "There was a fair bit to recommend the cult of Moon Woman, but it did breed an unhealthily otherworldly attitude, and excessive fatalism--sort of like an astrological Buddhism, as Ian had put it. "
astrology Metropolis 1993 Stern, Roger. The Death and Life of Superman. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 281. "Rosie Jakowitz... was a self-taught theosophist who spent her nights studying the cabala and her days supporting herself by reading tea leaves and advising people on their horoscopes. "
astrology Missouri: Kansas City 1999 Kessel, John. Good News from Outer Space. New York: Tor (1990; c. 1989); pg. 7. Pg. 7: "She'd decided that only an Aquarius--straight as an arrow, but eccentric--would act the way he had toward Kyle Igoe. "; Pg. 12: "She was a Gemini bachelorette. "
astrology New Jersey 1929 Waldrop, Howard. "Hoover's Men " in Omni Visions One (Ellen Datlow, ed). Greensboro, NC: Omni Books (1993; story copyright 1988); pg. 96. Pg. 96: "'Don't forget--at 7:05 tonight Madame Sosostris will be in to give the horoscopes and read the cards for all you listeners who've written her, enclosing your twenty-five-cent handling fee, in the past week. . . .' "; Pg. 97: "'. . . and a listener writes, Dear Madame Sosostris--' "
astrology New Jersey 1974 Morrow, James. Only Begotten Daughter. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1990); pg. 15. Pg. 15: "'...Mathematicians were in the picture for a while, but then they ran out. Actually there was one. A Capricorn. No way... karma...' "; Pg. 16: "'Little Pisces mathematician...' "
astrology New Jersey 2012 Morrow, James. Only Begotten Daughter. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1990); pg. 208. "Beware the stars, Howard had warned her. Babylonian astrology, Greek mythology, Aristotle's crystalline spheres... "
astrology New York: New York City 1966 Shiner, Lewis. "The Long, Dark Night of Fortunato " in Wild Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1986); pg. 235. "Signs of the zodiac, as far as he could tell. Magic and astrology and gurus were very hip right now. People at trendy village parties were always asking each other what sign they were and talking about karma. For himself, he thought the Aquarian Age was just so much wishful thinking. "
astrology New York: New York City 1966 Shiner, Lewis. "The Long, Dark Night of Fortunato " in Wild Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1986); pg. 238. "Paracelsus, Aleister Crowley, Mehmet Karagoz, L. Ron Hubbard... 'I really believe in that stuff. Magick. The Great Work, Crowley calls it.' She pronounced magic with a long a and Crowley with a long o like the bird. 'I did the Yoga and learned the Qabalah and the Tarot and the Enochian system. I fasted and did the Bornless Ritual and studied Abramelin. But nothing happened.'

'What were you trying for?'

'I don't know. A vision. Samadhi. I wanted to see something besides a goddamned Greyhound stop in Virginia where they try to lynch kids for growing out their hair...'

'I read some of your books tonight,' he said... 'I don't know what's going on, but I don't think it's magic. Not like that guy Crowley's magic. What you did to me set it off, but I think it was something already inside me.' "

astrology New York: New York City 1966 Shiner, Lewis. "The Long, Dark Night of Fortunato " in Wild Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1986); pg. 250. "He found the name TIAMAT in a text on the Sumerian elements of Crowley's magick. The serpent, Leviathan, KUTULU. Monstrous, evil. " [More on Crowley, pg. 251.]
astrology New York: New York City 1987 Jacobs, Harvey. "Stardust " in Omni Visions One (Ellen Datlow, ed). Greensboro, NC: Omni Books (1993; story copyright 1987); pg. 43-44. "'This is how I know about the Feinbacher [Galaxy]. Grandfather believed in his horoscope. He kept astrologers.'

The room was a circle with a glass roof. Through an opening in the glass a polished brass tube protruded up into a closed dome. The tube rested on spider legs set in a heavy base. Star charts had been carved into the room's walnut walls, then filled with silver Zodiac signs in gold against blue enamel decorated the curve where those walls met the transparent ceiling...

'You have your own observatory,' Herman said, his awe evident.

...Herman set in the green leather chair, absorbing emanations from the Avnolet observatory. Her grandfather kept astrologers? He believed in his horoscope. No wonder. The telescope made the Heidelman into nothing. "

astrology New York: New York City 1992 Adams, Douglas. Mostly Harmless. New York: Ballantine (2000; c. 1992); pg. 13. "Gail Andrews was a well-groomed woman in her mid-forties. Her clothes fell within the boundaries defined by expensive good taste, but were definitely huddled up at the floatier end of those boundaries. She was an astrologer--a famous and, if rumor were true, influential astrologer, having allegedly influenced a number of decisions made by the late President Hudson, including everything from which flavor of Cool Whip to have on which day of the week to whether or not to bomb Damascus.

Tricia [a TV interviewer] had savaged her more than somewhat. Not on the grounds of whether or not the stories about the president were true, that was old hat now...

No, this was a neat topical angle that Tricia had come up with about the whole issue of astrology itself. Ms. Andrews had not been entirely ready for it. Tricia, on the other hand, was not entirely ready for a rematch in the hotel lobby. What to do? " [More refs., not in DB, incl. pg. 23, 37-38, 189, 192, 209-210.]

astrology New York: New York City 1992 Adams, Douglas. Mostly Harmless. New York: Ballantine (2000; c. 1992); pg. 15. "Then, while she had been casting around for a good excuse to go to New York at her TV company's expense, she had happened to notice a press release about Gail Andrews and her new book, You and Your Planets.

Gail Andrews was not exactly a household name, but the moment you mentioned President Hudson, Cool Whip and the amputation of Damascus... everyone remembered who you meant.

Tricia saw an angle here which she quickly sold to her producer.

Surely the notion that great lumps of rock whirling in space knew something about your day that you didn't must take a bit of a knock from the fact that there was suddenly a new lump of rock out there that nobody had known about before. [A tenth planet recently discovered.]

That must throw a few calculations out, mustn't it? "

astrology New York: New York City 1992 Adams, Douglas. Mostly Harmless. New York: Ballantine (2000; c. 1992); pg. 16. "What about all those star charts and planetary motions and so on? We all knew (apparently) what happened when Neptune was in Virgo, and so on, but what bout when Rupert [tenth planet] was rising? Wouldn't the whole of astrology have to be rethought? Wouldn't now perhaps be a good time to own up that it was all just a load of hogwash and instead take up pig farming, the principles of which were founded on some kind of rational basis? If we'd known about Rupert three years ago, might President Hudson have been eating the chocolate flavor on Thursday rather than Friday? Might Damascus still be standing. That sort of thing. "
astrology New York: New York City 1992 Adams, Douglas. Mostly Harmless. New York: Ballantine (2000; c. 1992); pg. 16. "Gail Andrews [the astrologer Tricia interviewed] had taken it all reasonably well. She was just starting to recover from the initial onslaught, when she made the rather serious mistake of trying to shake Tricia off by talking smoothly about diurnal arcs, right ascensions and some of the more abstruse arias of three-dimensional trigonometry.

To her shock, she discovered that everything she delivered to Tricia came right back at her with more spin on it than she could cope with. Nobody had warned Gail that being a TV bimbo was, for Tricia, her second stab at a role in life. Behind her Chanel lip gloss, her coupe sauvage and her crystal blue contact lenses lay a brain that had acquired for itself, in an earlier, abandoned phase of her life, a first-class degree in mathematics and a doctorate in astrophysics. "

astrology New York: New York City 1992 Adams, Douglas. Mostly Harmless. New York: Ballantine (2000; c. 1992); pg. 18. "'Ms. Andrews,' she said, firmly, 'I'm sorry that you're not happy. I know you probably feel I was a bit rough with you this morning, but astrology is, after al, just popular entertainment, which is fine. It's part of showbiz and it's a part that you have done well out of and good luck to you. It's fun. It's not a science though, and it shouldn't be mistaken for one. I think there's something we both managed to demonstrate very successfully together this morning, while at the same time generating some popular entertainment, which is what we both do for a living. I'm sorry if you have a problem with that.'

'I'm perfectly happy,' said Gail Andrews.

'Oh,' said Tricia... 'It said in your message that you were not happy.'

'No,' said Gail Andrews. 'I said in my message that I thought you were not happy, and I was just wondering why.

Tricia felt as if she had been kicked in the back of her head. She blinked. 'What?' she said quietly. "

astrology New York: New York City 1992 Adams, Douglas. Mostly Harmless. New York: Ballantine (2000; c. 1992); pg. 18. "'To do with the stars. You seemed very angry and unhappy about something to do with stars and planets when we were having our discussion, and it's been bothering me, which is why I came to see if you were all right.'

Tricia stared at her. 'Ms. Andrews--' she started, and then realized that the way she had said it sounded exactly angry and unhappy and rather undermined the protest she had been trying to make.

'Please, call me Gail, if that's okay.'

Tricia just looked bewildered.

'I know that astrology isn't a science,' said Gail. 'Of course it isn't. It's just an arbitrary set of rules like chess or tennis or--what's that strange thing you British play?'

'Er, cricket? Self-loathing?'

'Parliamentary democracy. The rules just kind of got there. They don't make any kind of sense except in terms of themselves. But when you start to exercise those rules, all sorts of processes start to happen and you start to find out all sorts of stuff about people...' "

astrology New York: New York City 1992 Adams, Douglas. Mostly Harmless. New York: Ballantine (2000; c. 1992); pg. 19. "'...In astrology the rules happen to be about stars and planets, but they could be about ducks and drakes for all the difference it would make. It's just a way of thinking about a problem which lets the shape of that problem begin to emerge. The more rules, the tinier the rules, the more arbitrary they are, the better. It's like throwing a handful of fine graphite dust on a piece of paper to see where the hidden indentations are. It lets you see the words that were written on the piece of paper above it that's now been taken away and hidden. The graphite's not important. It's just the means of revealing the indentations. So you see, astrology's nothing to do with astronomy. It's just to do with people thinking about people.' "
astrology New York: New York City 1992 Adams, Douglas. Mostly Harmless. New York: Ballantine (2000; c. 1992); pg. 19. "'So when you got so...emotionally focused on stars and planets this morning, I began to think, she's not angry about astrology, she really is angry and unhappy about actual stars and planets. People usually only get that unhappy and angry when they've lost something. That's all I could think and I couldn't make any more sense of it than that. So I came to see if you were okay.'

Tricia was stunned.

One part of her brain had already got startled on all sorts of stuff. It was busy constructing all sorts of rebuttals to do with how ridiculous newspaper horoscopes were an the sort of statistical tricks they play on people. But gradually it petered out, because it realized that the rest of her brain wasn't listening. She had been completely stunned.

She had just been told, by a total stranger, something she'd kept completely secret for seventeen years. "

astrology New York: New York City 1999 Hand, Elizabeth. Glimmering. New York: HarperCollins (1997); pg. 13. [Chapter 2 entitled "Natal Astrology "]
astrology North America 2030 Sawyer, Robert J. Flashforward. New York: Tor (2000; c. 1999); pg. 157. "In a victory for common sense worldwide, fourteen of North America's largest newspapers simultaneously agreed to stop running horoscopes, declaring that printing such nonsense was at odds with their fundamental purpose of disseminating the truth. "
astrology North Dakota 1996 McDevitt, Jack. Ancient Shores. New York: HarperCollins (1996); pg. 136. "Those few who, out of principle, refused to believe in anything having to do with astrology, numerology, crop circles, or UFOs were nevertheless bullied into leaving their warm homes by frightened spouses and well-meaning teenagers. They headed southwest toward Langdon... "
astrology Oceania 1984 Heinlein, Robert A. Job: A Comedy of Justice. New York: Ballantine (1984); pg. 2. "Cruise ships have... the worst conversation in the world. Despite this I was enjoying the islands; even the Mystic and the Amateur Astrologer and the Parlor Freudian and the Numerologist did not trouble me, as I did not listen. "
astrology Oregon 1977 Bryant, Edward. "Particle Theory " in Modern Classics of Science Fiction. (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; story c. 1977); pg. 462. "But they somehow sufficed as rationale and incentive to wind up at Madame Guzmann's 'Advice/Mesmerism/Health' establishment across the border in Oregon. Madame Guzmann had skin the color of her stained hardwood door; she made a point of looking and dressing the part of a stereotype we gajos would think of as Gypsy. The scarf and crystal ball strained the image. I think she was Vietnamese. " [More.]
astrology Roman Empire 300 C.E. Anderson, Poul & Karen Anderson. The King of Ys: Roma Mater. New York: Baen (1986); pg. 438. -
astrology Tarot 2077 Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 175. Pg. 175: "...the Light deck listed it as Vau, meaning Nail. The astrological equivalence also differed; the Holy Order of Vision it was Gemini, while to the Brotherhood of Light it was Venus. "; Pg. 180: "'Uh, yes. But astrologically, Venus does seem to match the card of Love.'

'...Astrologically, Gemini naturally applies. The sign of the twins, of duality, male and female. There is no question.' " [More, pg. 182, etc.]

astrology Texas 1989 Anthony, Patricia. "The Name of the Demon " in Eating Memories. Woburn, MA: First Books; Baltimore, MD: Old Earth Books (1997; c. 1989); pg. 90. "'You're some big-deal psychic. Old ladies come to you to find their lost poodles. I guess with the money you make, you bang 'em a little, too. Like when Aquarius is in the seventh house or something.'

'Venus,' the Yankee said... 'It would be Venus in Scorpio. I'm warning you.'

'I laughed so hard I had to sit down... 'You're warning me?'

'I'm a demonologist, Mr. Griffin. Not an astrologer. Not just a psychic...' "

astrology Tidewater 2300 Swanwick, Michael. Stations of the Tide. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1991); pg. 129. "...Here is where we store all the damned children of science, the outdated, obscure, and impolite information that belongs nowhere else... phrenology there, shoulder to punt with demonology, astrology, an methods of repelling sharks...' "
astrology United Kingdom 1984 Adams, Douglas. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish. New York: Harmony Books (1984); pg. 40. "'...They couldn't get it to work, you know. Nostradamus and that lot. Couldn't cut it.'

'Nostradamus?' said one of his audience.

'I didn't think he was an alchemist,' said another.

'I thought,' said a third, 'he was a seer.'

'He became a seer,' said Arthur to his audience... 'because he was such a lousy alchemist. You should know that.' "

astrology United Kingdom 1988 Adams, Douglas. The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. New York: Simon and Schuster (1988); pg. 49. "Dirk gave a gracious bow of his head to the man's retreating back, and then hurried on, opening the newspaper at the horoscope page as he did so.

'Virtually everything you decide today will be wrong,' it said bluntly.

Dirk slapped the paper shut with a grunt. He did not for a second hold with the notion that great whirling lumps of rock light years away knew something about your days that you didn't. It just so happened that 'The Great Zaganza' was an old friend of his who knew when Dirk's birthday was, and always wrote his column deliberately to wind him up. The paper's circulation had dropped by nearly a twelfth since he had taken over doing the horoscope, and only dirk and The Great Zaganza knew why. "

astrology United Kingdom 1988 Adams, Douglas. The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. New York: Simon and Schuster (1988); pg. 113. "'I'm glad that worked. My horoscope this morning said that virtually everything I decided today would be wrong.'

'Yes, well, you don't want to believe all that rubbish,' said Dirk sharply.

'I don't,' said Sally.

'Particularly not The Great Zaganza.'

'Oh, you read it too, did you?'

'No. That is, well, not for the same reason.'

'My reason was that a patient asked me to read his horoscope to him this morning just before he died. What was yours?'

'Er, a very complicated one.' " [Also pg. 319.]

astrology United Kingdom: England 1100 C.E. White, T. H. The Once and Future King. New York: Ace Books (1996; c. 1939, 1940, 1958); pg. 3. "On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays it was Court Hand and Summulae Logicales, while the rest of the week it was the organon, Repetition and Astrology. The governess was always getting muddled with her astrolabe, and when she got specially muddled she would take it out of the Wart by raping his knuckles. "

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