Living with Fate

The Lifestyle of Contemporary Astrologers


  • Bernadette Brady University of Wales Trinity Saint David



Astrology, Polemics, Fate, Determinism, Horoscopes, Spirituality, Lifestyle


Astrologers are assumed to be a group of people whose lives are dictated by the stars. This position has been encouraged by ad hominem twentieth-century polemics where the astrologer is portrayed as a person of questionable mental ability who takes no responsibility for their life. These assumptions have been informed by the de?nition of fate from the Classical period of Marcus Tullius Cicero (106–43 BCE). In contrast, my research among English-speaking astrologers revealed that their lifestyle was one where beliefs about the nature of fate varied considerably from Cicero’s views and that they used their beliefs in three ways: as an aid for their spiritual development, as a tool for personal re?ection, or as a means for life-planning. The astrologers in my research actively engaged with their lives using their beliefs about fate, understanding it like a life companion rather than a life dictator.

Author Biography

Bernadette Brady, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Bernadette Brady, Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter, Ceredigion, Wales.


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How to Cite

Brady, B. (2019). Living with Fate: The Lifestyle of Contemporary Astrologers. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 13(1), 31–43.