Astrology

This article covers the occult science associated with augury. For the physical science of stars and celestial bodies, see Astronomy.
The Cosmic Caravan, the primary zodiac of Avistan and Garund.
Celeste, a lunar naga navigator and astrologer.

Astrology, also known as the Dance of the Heavens, is an occult magical science of deriving meaning from the relationships and movements of celestial bodies (such as planets, comets, and stars) and constellations.[1][2]

On Golarion

Among more structured arcanists and scientists, the interpretive nature of astrology—and lack of causal evidence of any meaningful relationship between the cosmos and mortal beings—leads it to being viewed as unreliable and disreputable. Nonetheless, the record of connections between astrological events and history leads to astrology being a better-funded science than the more evidential study of astronomy.[2]

Astrology is used for augury as well as to determine a person's personality based on their birth date and location.[2]

Zodiacs

The zodiac used by astrologers varies depending on race (c.f. blink dog below), culture, and location.[3]

Cosmic Caravan

Astrologers in the Inner Sea region use the thirteen signs of the Varisian Cosmic Caravan as the basis for their studies and predictions.[4] It is suspected of having an Azlanti origin, potentially making it a cousin of similar Lergeni astrology systems.[2]

Dragon Empires zodiac

The Dragon Empires zodiac of Tian Xia comprises twelve figures heavily associated with imperial dragons and Tian legends. This zodiac is also more concerned with specific points in time, including the daylight hours, and with phases of the moon.[5][6]

Known astrologers

Haron esh Kazzar, palace astrologer.
See also: :Category:Astrologers

The following list highlights some of the known astrologers of Golarion, living or dead:

Astrological organizations

Among the organizations that deal with astrology are:

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Races

  • Blink dogs are fascinated by the myths associated with their own zodiac, which they use for assessing births and seeing omens.[15]
  • Within humanity, the Varisians are well known for their astrological prowess.[2]
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Tools

Tools used in astronomy also aid in astrology.[16] Spellcasters can use cosmograms and star charts as foci for arcane augury.[17]

Magic items

Certain magic items can enhance the predicative properties of astrology.

References

Paizo published a major article about astrology in Occult Mysteries.

  1. Chris A. Jackson. (2013). Pirate's Honor, p. 312. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-523-5
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Jason Bulmahn et al. (2014). Occult Mysteries, p. 36. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-649-2
  3. 3.0 3.1 Chris A. Jackson. (2013). "Stargazer", Paizo Publishing.
  4. James L. Sutter. (2008). Into the Black. Children of the Void, p. 52. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-127-5
  5. Richard Pett. (2011). Forest of Spirits. Forest of Spirits, p. 53. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-380-4
  6. James Jacobs, Dave Gross, Rob McCreary. (2011). Dragon Empires Gazetteer, p. 51. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-379-8
  7. Judy Bauer et al. (2014). Lost Treasures, p. 62. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-703-1
  8. James L. Sutter. (2012). Distant Worlds, p. 4. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-403-0
  9. Andrew Penn Romine. (2013). "The Fate of Falling Stars", Paizo Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60125-633-1
  10. Rob McCreary. (2008). Voice in the Void, p. 3. Paizo Publishing, LLC.
  11. Adam Daigle, Dave Gross, Mark Moreland, David N. Ross, Todd Stewart, and Jerome Virnich. (2014). Undead Unleashed, p. 25. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-677-5
  12. Neil Spicer. (2011). Ashes at Dawn. Ashes at Dawn, p. 13. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-312-5
  13. Tim Hitchcock et al. (2010). Heart of the Jungle, p. 33–34. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-247-0
  14. Wolfgang Baur, Adam Daigle, Jeff Erwin, and F. Wesley Schneider. (2012). Lost Kingdoms, p. 5. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-415-3
  15. Paizo Staff. (2010). Bestiary 2, p. 47. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-268-5
  16. Ethan Day-Jones, Jim Groves, Jonathan H. Keith, Andrew Romine, David N. Ross, and James L. Sutter. (2014). People of the Stars, p. 26. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-674-4
  17. Ethan Day-Jones, Jim Groves, Jonathan H. Keith, Andrew Romine, David N. Ross, and James L. Sutter. (2014). People of the Stars, p. 27. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-674-4
  18. Monte Cook. (2010). Curse of the Riven Sky, p. 30. Paizo Publishing, LLC.