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Astrology, in the strictest sense of a system based on the predictive potential of a unique configuration of the heavenly bodies at a unique moment of time and linked to an event of origination of some sort, only arrived in China around or just after the middle of the first millennium AD, probably imported by Manichaeans. The case of calendrico-chronometric predictive astrology, imported into both from the same middle-eastern source, though at different times and in different ways, and absorbed and handled in dissimilar ways, nonethless offers an example of overlap in many basic respects, though the two systems varied in a large number of details. A different sort of difficulty with providing explanations arises when we find much the same sort of debate in both Europe and China, featuring many arguments that seem surprisingly similar, but with, ultimately, substantially different underlying metaphysical concerns and outcomes.

Keywords: Astrology; China; Europe



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