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{{Dialogue a-b|Parvati|Professor Trelawney did astrology with us! Mars causes accidents and burns and things like that, and when it makes an angle to Saturn, like now, that means people need to be extra careful when handling hot things –|Firenze|That is human nonsense. Trivial hurts, tiny human accidents. These are of no more significance than the scurryings of ants to the wide universe, and are unaffected by planetary movements.|[[Parvati Patil]] and [[Firenze]] illustrate the differences in [[human]] and [[centaur]] conceptions of astrology|}}
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{{Dialogue a-b|Parvati|Professor Trelawney did astrology with us! Mars causes accidents and burns and things like that, and when it makes an angle to Saturn, like now, that means people need to be extra careful when handling hot things –|Firenze|That is human nonsense. Trivial hurts, tiny human accidents. These are of no more significance than the scurryings of ants to the wide universe, and are unaffected by planetary movements.|[[Parvati Patil]] and [[Firenze]] illustrate the differences in [[human]] and [[centaur]] conceptions of astrology|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
   
 
'''Astrology''' is the system of using the relative positions of [[:Category:Celestial bodies|celestial bodies]] (including the sun, [[moon]], and planets) to try to [[divination|predict future events]] or gain insight into personality, relationships, and health.<ref>"[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrology Astrology]" on Wikipedia</ref>
 
'''Astrology''' is the system of using the relative positions of [[:Category:Celestial bodies|celestial bodies]] (including the sun, [[moon]], and planets) to try to [[divination|predict future events]] or gain insight into personality, relationships, and health.<ref>"[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrology Astrology]" on Wikipedia</ref>
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==Traditions and practices==
 
==Traditions and practices==
 
===Humans===
 
===Humans===
[[File:DPHoroscopes.jpg|right|thumb|180px|[[Horoscope]] section in a [[1995]] issue of the ''[[Daily Prophet]]''.]]
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[[File:DPHoroscopes.jpg|right|thumb|150px|[[Horoscope]] section in a [[1995]] issue of the ''[[Daily Prophet]]''.]]
 
One [[human]] astrological practice was to draw a circular chart, called a [[personal chart]], showing the position of the planets at the time of a person's birth.<ref name="gof13" /> Creating one was an intensive process, requiring the consultation of timetables, as well as the calculation of angles.<ref name="gof13" /> Once completed, this chart could be used in combination with data on upcoming planetary movements to work out a personal forecast,<ref name="gof13">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', Chapter 13</ref> called a [[horoscope]].<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', Chapter 14</ref>
 
One [[human]] astrological practice was to draw a circular chart, called a [[personal chart]], showing the position of the planets at the time of a person's birth.<ref name="gof13" /> Creating one was an intensive process, requiring the consultation of timetables, as well as the calculation of angles.<ref name="gof13" /> Once completed, this chart could be used in combination with data on upcoming planetary movements to work out a personal forecast,<ref name="gof13">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', Chapter 13</ref> called a [[horoscope]].<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', Chapter 14</ref>
   
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[[Alchemy|Alchemists]], because of the lack of common words for chemical processes as well as the need for secrecy, borrowed terms from astrology and other mystic and esoteric fields.<ref>[http://www.mugglenet.com/app/news/show/3550 "First look at Deathly Hallows props including 'Life and Lies', 'A History of Magic', more"] at [http://www.mugglenet.com/ MuggleNet]</ref>
 
[[Alchemy|Alchemists]], because of the lack of common words for chemical processes as well as the need for secrecy, borrowed terms from astrology and other mystic and esoteric fields.<ref>[http://www.mugglenet.com/app/news/show/3550 "First look at Deathly Hallows props including 'Life and Lies', 'A History of Magic', more"] at [http://www.mugglenet.com/ MuggleNet]</ref>
   
The ''[[Daily Prophet]]'' listed current zodiac aspects on its front page starting in [[1994]].<ref>See [[:File:TerrorattheQuidditchWorldCup.jpg|this image]] of a ''Daily Prophet'' prop from ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)]]''. This ''Prophet'' design was introduced in that film (compare to [[:File:1993Escape DailyProphet.jpg|the style]] used in ''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)|Prisoner of Azkaban]]'') and has been used in all films since.</ref> By [[1995]], it ran horoscopes on the back page,<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)]]'' {{see image|File:ProphetDumbledoreDaftorDangerous.jpg}}</ref> as well as a feature on page six called ''[[Astro News]]'', which was presumably dedicated to astrology.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)]]'' {{see image|File:E. Limus.JPG}}</ref>
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[[File:DailyProphetHoroscopes.jpg|thumb|left|150px|Horoscope section in a [[1997]] issue of the ''Prophet''.]]
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The ''[[Daily Prophet]]'' listed current zodiac aspects on its front page starting in [[1994]].<ref>See [[:File:TerrorattheQuidditchWorldCup.jpg|this image]] of a ''Daily Prophet'' prop from ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)]]''. This ''Prophet'' design was introduced in that film (compare to [[:File:1993Escape DailyProphet.jpg|the style]] used in ''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)|Prisoner of Azkaban]]'') and has been used in all films since.</ref> By [[1995]], it ran horoscopes on the back page,<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)]]'' {{see image|File:ProphetDumbledoreDaftorDangerous.jpg}}</ref> as well as a feature on page six called ''[[Astro News]]'', which was presumably dedicated to astrology.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)]]'' {{see image|File:E. Limus.JPG}}</ref> The horoscope column was moved to an interior page by [[1997]], and by that time was being written by [[Limunus]].<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]'' {{see image|File:DailyProphetHoroscopes.jpg}}</ref>
   
 
The identity cards of [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] employees listed their sun and moon signs rather than their dates of birth.<ref name="HPFW">''[[Harry Potter Film Wizardry]]'' (see [[:File:MafaldaHopkirkMinistryID.jpg|this image]])</ref>
 
The identity cards of [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] employees listed their sun and moon signs rather than their dates of birth.<ref name="HPFW">''[[Harry Potter Film Wizardry]]'' (see [[:File:MafaldaHopkirkMinistryID.jpg|this image]])</ref>
   
 
===Centaurs===
 
===Centaurs===
Like humans, [[centaur]]s practiced astrology, but their approach to it was different. While centaurs used astrology only to foresee major, world-changing events, humans also utilized it to predict mundane, day-to-day occurrences and better understand themselves.<ref name="gof13" /><ref name="ootp27">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', Chapter 27</ref> Centaurs viewed these things as being far too trivial to be affected by the movement of the planets.<ref name="ootp27" />
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Like humans, [[centaur]]s practised astrology, but their approach to it was different. While centaurs used astrology only to foresee major, world-changing events, humans also utilised it to predict mundane, day-to-day occurrences and better understand themselves.<ref name="gof13" /><ref name="ootp27">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', Chapter 27</ref> Centaurs viewed these things as being far too trivial to be affected by the movement of the planets.<ref name="ootp27" />
   
 
According to [[Firenze]], his species spent hundreds of years observing celestial movements, unlocking their secrets and thereby learning to see signs of "great tides of evil or change" to come written in the sky.<ref name="ootp27" /> It could take up to a decade of watching for centaur astrologers to be confidant they knew what they were seeing.<ref name="ootp27" /> Even then, Firenze stressed that one should never place too much trust in such things, as it was possible to misinterpret signs.<ref name="ootp27" />
 
According to [[Firenze]], his species spent hundreds of years observing celestial movements, unlocking their secrets and thereby learning to see signs of "great tides of evil or change" to come written in the sky.<ref name="ootp27" /> It could take up to a decade of watching for centaur astrologers to be confidant they knew what they were seeing.<ref name="ootp27" /> Even then, Firenze stressed that one should never place too much trust in such things, as it was possible to misinterpret signs.<ref name="ootp27" />
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==Individuals by sign==
 
==Individuals by sign==
===Sun signs===
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===Star signs===
 
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*[[Aries]]
 
*[[Aries]]
 
**[[27 March]] — [[James Potter I|James Potter]]<ref name="dh16">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', Chapter 16</ref>
 
**[[27 March]] — [[James Potter I|James Potter]]<ref name="dh16">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', Chapter 16</ref>
**[[1 April]] — [[Fred Weasley|Fred]] and [[George Weasley]]<ref>"[http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/extrastuff_view.cfm?id=7 Some Random Facts About the Weasley Family]" on J. K. Rowling's Official Site</ref>
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**[[1 April]] — [[Fred Weasley|Fred]] and [[George Weasley]]<ref name="weasleytwins">"[http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/extrastuff_view.cfm?id=7 Some Random Facts About the Weasley Family]" on J. K. Rowling's Official Site (archive [https://web.archive.org/web/20070217225140/http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/extrastuff_view.cfm?id=7 here] via the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine)</ref>
 
*[[Taurus]]
 
*[[Taurus]]
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**[[28 April]] — [[Horace Slughorn]]<ref name="slughorn">[[Pottermore]] - "[https://www.pottermore.com/explore-the-story/horace-slughorn Explore the story: Horace Slughorn]"</ref>
 
**[[2 May]] — [[Victoire Weasley]]<ref>''[[J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life]]''</ref>
 
**[[2 May]] — [[Victoire Weasley]]<ref>''[[J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life]]''</ref>
**[[15 May]] — [[Pomona Sprout]]<ref name="jkrcalendar">Birthday calendar on J. K. Rowling's Official Site</ref>
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**[[15 May]] — [[Pomona Sprout]]<ref>"[[Pottermore]] - [https://www.pottermore.com/explore-the-story/pomona-sprout Explore the story: Pomona Sprout]"</ref>
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**[[20 May]] — [[Jack Monk|Jack]] and [[Tom Monk]]<ref name="jackandtom">A [[:File:Metro.png|prop issue]] of ''[[Metro]]'' featuring an article about the "miraculous" premature births of Jack and Tom appears in the [[London Underground|Underground]] scene in the [[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|film adaption]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', just before Harry Potter's disciplinary hearing on 12 August, 1995. The body of the article says that "''It would be twelve weeks in total before a fully recovered Tilly and I could bring our boys home for the first time.''" Twelve weeks is eighty-four days, and eighty-four days before 12 August is 20 May. The prop issue itself is dated 1 December, 2006, but this is inconsistent with the [[dating conventions|canonical timeline]] of the ''Harry Potter'' series.</ref>
 
*[[Gemini]]
 
*[[Gemini]]
**[[5 June]] — [[Draco Malfoy]]<ref name="jkrcalendar" />
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**[[5 June]] — [[Draco Malfoy]]<ref name="draco">[[Pottermore]] - "[https://www.pottermore.com/explore-the-story/draco-malfoy Explore the story: Draco Malfoy]"</ref>
*Cancer
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*[[Cancer]]
**[[23 June]] — [[Dudley Dursley]]<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', Chapter 2</ref>
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**[[23 June]] — [[Dudley Dursley]]<ref name="dudley">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', Chapter 2</ref>
**[[28 June]] — [[Dobby]]<ref name="jkrcalendar" />
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**[[28 June]] — [[Dobby]]<ref name="jkrcalendar">Birthday calendar on J. K. Rowling's Official Site</ref>
*Leo
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**[[12 July]] — [[Ignotus Peverell]]<ref name="ignotus">''[[Harry Potter Film Wizardry]]'' {{see image 2|File:IgnotusPeverellGrave.jpg|File:IgnotusPeverellGrave2.jpg}}</ref>
**[[30 July]] — [[Neville Longbottom]]<ref>[http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/faq_view.cfm?id=84 F.A.Q. question] on J. K. Rowling's Official Site</ref>
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*[[Leo]]
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**[[30 July]] — [[Neville Longbottom]]<ref name="neville">[[J.K. Rowling's Official Site]] - [http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/faq_view.cfm?id=84 F.A.Q. questions] (archived [https://web.archive.org/web/20060316221641/http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/faq_view.cfm?id=84 here] via the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine)</ref>
 
**[[31 July]] — [[Harry Potter]]
 
**[[31 July]] — [[Harry Potter]]
**[[11 August]] — [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]]<ref name="jkrcalendar" />
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**[[11 August]] — [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]]<ref>[[Pottermore]] - "[https://www.pottermore.com/explore-the-story/ginny-weasley Explore the story: Ginny Weasley]"</ref>
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**[[14 August]] — [[Barry Wee Willie Winkle]]<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)]]'' - see [http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/19801/lot/97/ this image].</ref>
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**[[18 August]] — [[Celestina Warbeck]]<ref name="celestinawarbeck">[[Pottermore]] - "[http://www.pottermore.com/en-us/book2/chapter4/moment1/celestina-warbeck Explore the story: Celestina Warbeck]"</ref>
 
**[[22 August]] — [[Percy Weasley]]<ref name="jkrcalendar" />
 
**[[22 August]] — [[Percy Weasley]]<ref name="jkrcalendar" />
*Virgo
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*[[Virgo]]
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**[[26 August]] — [[Dolores Umbridge]]<ref name="umbridge">[[Pottermore]] - "[https://www.pottermore.com/explore-the-story/dolores-umbridge Explore the story: Dolores Umbridge]"</ref>
 
**[[7 September]] — [[Cho Chang's mother|Mrs. Chang]]<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', Chapter 15</ref>
 
**[[7 September]] — [[Cho Chang's mother|Mrs. Chang]]<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', Chapter 15</ref>
 
**[[19 September]] — [[Hermione Granger]]<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2000/1000-aol-chat.htm 2000 AOL Online chat with J. K. Rowling]</ref>
 
**[[19 September]] — [[Hermione Granger]]<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2000/1000-aol-chat.htm 2000 AOL Online chat with J. K. Rowling]</ref>
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*[[Libra]]
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**[[25 September]] — [[Garrick Ollivander]]<ref name="ollivander">[[Pottermore]] - "[https://www.pottermore.com/explore-the-story/garrick-ollivander Explore the story: Garrick Ollivander]"</ref>
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**[[26 September]] — [[Quirinus Quirrell]]<ref name="quirrell">[[Pottermore]] - "[https://www.pottermore.com/explore-the-story/quirinus-quirrell Explore the story: Quirinus Quirrel]"</ref>
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**[[4 October]] — [[Minerva McGonagall]]<ref name="mcgonagall">[[Pottermore]] - "[https://www.pottermore.com/explore-the-story/minerva-mcgonagall Explore the story: Minerva McGonagall]</ref>
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**[[17 October]] — [[Filius Flitwick]]<ref name="flitwick">[[Pottermore]] - "[https://www.pottermore.com/explore-the-story/filius-flitwick Explore the story: Filius Flitwick]"</ref>
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**unknown date — [[Reginald Cattermole|Reg Cattermole]]<ref name="HPLE">''[[Harry Potter Limited Edition]]'' - ''A Guide to the Graphic Arts Department: Posters, Prints, and Publications from the Harry Potter Films''</ref>
 
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*Libra
 
**[[25 September]] — [[Garrick Ollivander]]<ref name="ollivander">Pottermore background information on Ollivander (transcription available [http://lady-slytherin-forever.tumblr.com/post/8978736031/information-about-ollivander here])</ref>
 
**[[26 September]] — [[Quirinus Quirrell]]<ref name="quirrell">[[Pottermore]] background information for Quirinus Quirrell (screenshot available [http://lady-slytherin-forever.tumblr.com/post/8979013384/information-about-quirrell-i-love-how-these-are here])</ref>
 
**[[4 October]] — [[Minerva McGonagall]]<ref name="jkrcalendar" />
 
**[[17 October]] — [[Filius Flitwick]]<ref name="jkrcalendar" />
 
 
*[[Scorpio]]
 
*[[Scorpio]]
 
**[[30 October]] — [[Molly Weasley]]<ref name="jkrcalendar" />
 
**[[30 October]] — [[Molly Weasley]]<ref name="jkrcalendar" />
**[[22 November]] — [[Silvanus Kettleburn]]<ref name="Pottermore">''[[Pottermore]]'': [http://www.pottermore.com/en/book3/chapter6/moment3/professor-kettleburn New from J.K. Rowling - "Professor Kettleburn"]</ref>
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**[[3 November]] — [[Sirius Black]]<ref>[https://twitter.com/jk_rowling/status/652868162703237120 J. K. Rowling's Twitter]</ref>
 
*[[Sagittarius]]
 
*[[Sagittarius]]
**[[29 November]] — [[William Weasley|Bill Weasley]]<ref name="jkrcalendar" />
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**[[22 November]] — [[Silvanus Kettleburn]]<ref name="Pottermore">[[Pottermore]] - "[http://www.pottermore.com/en/book3/chapter6/moment3/professor-kettleburn New from J.K. Rowling - Professor Kettleburn]" (profile since removed)</ref>
**[[6 December]] — [[Rubeus Hagrid]]<ref name="jkrcalendar" />
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**[[29 November]] — [[William Weasley|Bill Weasley]]<ref name="bill">[[Pottermore]] - "[https://www.pottermore.com/explore-the-story/bill-weasley Explore the story: Bill Weasley]"</ref>
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**[[30 November]] — [[Egmont Hobday]]<ref name="DPN">''[[Daily Prophet Newsletters]]''</ref>
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**[[6 December]] — [[Rubeus Hagrid]]<ref name="hagrid">[[Pottermore]] - "[https://www.pottermore.com/explore-the-story/rubeus-hagrid Explore the story: Rubeus Hagrid]</ref>
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**[[6 December]] — [[Griselda Jorkins]]<ref name="DPN"/>
 
**[[12 December]] — [[Charles Weasley|Charlie Weasley]]<ref name="jkrcalendar" />
 
**[[12 December]] — [[Charles Weasley|Charlie Weasley]]<ref name="jkrcalendar" />
 
*[[Capricorn]]
 
*[[Capricorn]]
 
**[[31 December]] — [[Tom Riddle]]<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', Chapter 13</ref>
 
**[[31 December]] — [[Tom Riddle]]<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', Chapter 13</ref>
**[[9 January]] — [[Severus Snape]]<ref name="jkrcalendar" />
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**[[9 January]] — [[Severus Snape]]<ref name="snape">[[Pottermore]] - "[https://www.pottermore.com/explore-the-story/severus-snape Explore the story: Severus Snape]"</ref>
 
*[[Aquarius]]
 
*[[Aquarius]]
**[[26 January]] — [[Gilderoy Lockhart]]<ref name="hpptstest">''[[Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey]]'', p. 74 {{see image|File:LockhartTest1.jpg}}</ref>
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**[[26 January]] — [[Gilderoy Lockhart]]<ref name="lockhart">[[Pottermore]] - "[https://www.pottermore.com/explore-the-story/gilderoy-lockhart Explore the story: Gilderoy Lockhart]"</ref>
**[[31 January]] — [[Lily Evans]]<ref name="dh16" />
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**[[30 January]] — [[Lily Evans]]<ref name="dh16" />
**[[6 February]] — [[Arthur Weasley]]<ref name="jkrcalendar" />
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**[[6 February]] — [[Arthur Weasley]]<ref name="arthur">[[Pottermore]] - "[https://www.pottermore.com/explore-the-story/arthur-weasley Explore the story: Arthur Weasley]"</ref>
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**[[13 February]] — [[Luna Lovegood]]<ref name="JKR-twitter-birthday">[https://twitter.com/jk_rowling/status/622008983000363008 I never get fed up with readers' questions! Luna's birthday is the 13th February.] posted by JKR on Twitter on 17 July 2015</ref>
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**unknown date — [[Miraphora Mina (Ministry employee)|Miraphora Mina]]<ref name="minalima1">See [[:File:EduardoLimaFilhoMiraphoraMiraIdentityCards.jpg|this image]].</ref>
 
*[[Pisces]]
 
*[[Pisces]]
**[[1 March]] — [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]]<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2001/0301-bbc-rednose.htm 2001 Red Nose Day chat with J. K. Rowling]</ref>
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**[[1 March]] — [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]]<ref name="ron">[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2001/0301-bbc-rednose.htm 2001 Red Nose Day chat with J. K. Rowling]</ref>
**[[10 March]] — [[Remus Lupin]]<ref name="jkrcalendar" />
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**[[9 March]] — [[Sybill Trelawney]]<ref>[[Pottermore]] - "[https://www.pottermore.com/explore-the-story/sybill-trelawney Explore the story: Sybill Trelawney]"</ref>
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**[[10 March]] — [[Remus Lupin]]<ref name="lupin">[[Pottermore]] - "[https://www.pottermore.com/explore-the-story/remus-lupin Explore the story: Remus Lupin]"</ref>
 
**unknown date — [[Mafalda Hopkirk]]<ref name="HPFW" />
 
**unknown date — [[Mafalda Hopkirk]]<ref name="HPFW" />
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**unknown date — [[Eduardo Lima Filho]]<ref name="minalima1" />
 
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===Other planets===
 
===Other planets===
 
*[[Moon]]
 
*[[Moon]]
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**[[Reginald Cattermole|Reg Cattermole]] — Virgo<ref name="HPLE" />
 
**[[Mafalda Hopkirk]] — Leo<ref name="HPFW" />
 
**[[Mafalda Hopkirk]] — Leo<ref name="HPFW" />
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**[[Eduardo Lima Filho]] — Pisces<ref name="minalima1" />
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*[[Uranus]]
 
*[[Uranus]]
 
**[[Lavender Brown]] — unknown sign, but unaspected<ref name="gof13" />
 
**[[Lavender Brown]] — unknown sign, but unaspected<ref name="gof13" />
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter: The Character Vault]]'' (mentioned only)
   
 
==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==
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Parvati: "Professor Trelawney did astrology with us! Mars causes accidents and burns and things like that, and when it makes an angle to Saturn, like now, that means people need to be extra careful when handling hot things –"
Firenze: "That is human nonsense. Trivial hurts, tiny human accidents. These are of no more significance than the scurryings of ants to the wide universe, and are unaffected by planetary movements."
Parvati Patil and Firenze illustrate the differences in human and centaur conceptions of astrology[src]

Astrology is the system of using the relative positions of celestial bodies (including the sun, moon, and planets) to try to predict future events or gain insight into personality, relationships, and health.[1]

Traditions and practicesEdit

HumansEdit

DPHoroscopes

Horoscope section in a 1995 issue of the Daily Prophet.

One human astrological practice was to draw a circular chart, called a personal chart, showing the position of the planets at the time of a person's birth.[2] Creating one was an intensive process, requiring the consultation of timetables, as well as the calculation of angles.[2] Once completed, this chart could be used in combination with data on upcoming planetary movements to work out a personal forecast,[2] called a horoscope.[3]

Astrology was taught in fourth year Divination at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[2]

Alchemists, because of the lack of common words for chemical processes as well as the need for secrecy, borrowed terms from astrology and other mystic and esoteric fields.[4]

DailyProphetHoroscopes

Horoscope section in a 1997 issue of the Prophet.

The Daily Prophet listed current zodiac aspects on its front page starting in 1994.[5] By 1995, it ran horoscopes on the back page,[6] as well as a feature on page six called Astro News, which was presumably dedicated to astrology.[7] The horoscope column was moved to an interior page by 1997, and by that time was being written by Limunus.[8]

The identity cards of Ministry of Magic employees listed their sun and moon signs rather than their dates of birth.[9]

CentaursEdit

Like humans, centaurs practised astrology, but their approach to it was different. While centaurs used astrology only to foresee major, world-changing events, humans also utilised it to predict mundane, day-to-day occurrences and better understand themselves.[2][10] Centaurs viewed these things as being far too trivial to be affected by the movement of the planets.[10]

According to Firenze, his species spent hundreds of years observing celestial movements, unlocking their secrets and thereby learning to see signs of "great tides of evil or change" to come written in the sky.[10] It could take up to a decade of watching for centaur astrologers to be confidant they knew what they were seeing.[10] Even then, Firenze stressed that one should never place too much trust in such things, as it was possible to misinterpret signs.[10]

Planetary influencesEdit

  • Mars — This planet caused burns, accidents, and things of a similar nature according to Parvati Patil.[10] In addition, Parvati claimed that when Mars and Saturn formed a right-angle, it indicated people needed to exercise extra caution when handling hot things.[10] Firenze stated that centaurs interpret Mars shining brightly in the sky as a harbinger of war.[10]
  • Saturn — This planet being in a prominent position at the time of a person's birth was said by Sybill Trelawney to have a "baleful influence," causing dark hair, short height, and tragic losses early in life.[2]
  • Pluto — This planet could disturb day-to-day life in a number of ways according to Trelawney.[11]

Individuals by signEdit

Star signsEdit

Other planetsEdit

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. "Astrology" on Wikipedia
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 13
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 14
  4. "First look at Deathly Hallows props including 'Life and Lies', 'A History of Magic', more" at MuggleNet
  5. See this image of a Daily Prophet prop from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film). This Prophet design was introduced in that film (compare to the style used in Prisoner of Azkaban) and has been used in all films since.
  6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film) (see this image)
  7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film) (see this image)
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (see this image)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Harry Potter Film Wizardry (see this image)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 27
  11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 21
  12. 12.0 12.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 16
  13. "Some Random Facts About the Weasley Family" on J. K. Rowling's Official Site (archive here via the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine)
  14. Pottermore - "Explore the story: Horace Slughorn"
  15. J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life
  16. "Pottermore - Explore the story: Pomona Sprout"
  17. A prop issue of Metro featuring an article about the "miraculous" premature births of Jack and Tom appears in the Underground scene in the film adaption of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, just before Harry Potter's disciplinary hearing on 12 August, 1995. The body of the article says that "It would be twelve weeks in total before a fully recovered Tilly and I could bring our boys home for the first time." Twelve weeks is eighty-four days, and eighty-four days before 12 August is 20 May. The prop issue itself is dated 1 December, 2006, but this is inconsistent with the canonical timeline of the Harry Potter series.
  18. Pottermore - "Explore the story: Draco Malfoy"
  19. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 2
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 Birthday calendar on J. K. Rowling's Official Site
  21. Harry Potter Film Wizardry (see this image and this image)
  22. J.K. Rowling's Official Site - F.A.Q. questions (archived here via the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine)
  23. Pottermore - "Explore the story: Ginny Weasley"
  24. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film) - see this image.
  25. Pottermore - "Explore the story: Celestina Warbeck"
  26. Pottermore - "Explore the story: Dolores Umbridge"
  27. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 15
  28. 2000 AOL Online chat with J. K. Rowling
  29. Pottermore - "Explore the story: Garrick Ollivander"
  30. Pottermore - "Explore the story: Quirinus Quirrel"
  31. Pottermore - "Explore the story: Minerva McGonagall
  32. Pottermore - "Explore the story: Filius Flitwick"
  33. 33.0 33.1 Harry Potter Limited Edition - A Guide to the Graphic Arts Department: Posters, Prints, and Publications from the Harry Potter Films
  34. J. K. Rowling's Twitter
  35. Pottermore - "New from J.K. Rowling - Professor Kettleburn" (profile since removed)
  36. Pottermore - "Explore the story: Bill Weasley"
  37. 37.0 37.1 Daily Prophet Newsletters
  38. Pottermore - "Explore the story: Rubeus Hagrid
  39. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 13
  40. Pottermore - "Explore the story: Severus Snape"
  41. Pottermore - "Explore the story: Gilderoy Lockhart"
  42. Pottermore - "Explore the story: Arthur Weasley"
  43. I never get fed up with readers' questions! Luna's birthday is the 13th February. posted by JKR on Twitter on 17 July 2015
  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 See this image.
  45. 2001 Red Nose Day chat with J. K. Rowling
  46. Pottermore - "Explore the story: Sybill Trelawney"
  47. Pottermore - "Explore the story: Remus Lupin"


Divination
Professors: Sybill Trelawney · Firenze
Known Seers: Calchas · Cassandra Vablatsky · Cassandra Trelawney · Inigo Imago · Mopsus · Professor Mopsus · Unidentified female Seer · Unidentified male Seer
Textbooks: The Dream Oracle · Unfogging the Future
Methods: Astrology · Cartomancy · Catoptromancy · Crystal-gazing · Crystal ball · Dream interpretation · Fire-omens · Heptomology · Ichthyomancy · Palmistry · Ornithomancy · Tarot cards · Tessomancy
Divination at Hogwarts: Divination (class) · Divination Classroom · Divination staircase · Sybill Trelawney's office · Classroom 11

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