What was the Medieval attitude toward astrology?

How did people in the Medieval time period feel about astrology? Did popular feeling differ from Church feeling, or was the opinion basically the same throughout?

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  1. Astrology was popular. e.g. Nostradamus was patronized by the French court.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nostradamus
    The quatrains, published in a book titled Les Propheties (The Prophecies), received a mixed reaction when they were published. Some people thought Nostradamus was a servant of evil, a fake, or insane, while many of the elite thought his quatrains were spiritually-inspired prophecies – as, in the light of their post-Biblical sources (see under Nostradamus’s sources below), Nostradamus himself was indeed prone to claim. Catherine de Médicis, the queen consort of King Henri II of France, was one of Nostradamus’s greatest admirers. After reading his almanacs for 1555, which hinted at unnamed threats to the royal family, she summoned him to Paris to explain them and to draw up horoscopes for her children. At the time, he feared that he would be beheaded,[13] but by the time of his death in 1566, Catherine had made him Counselor and Physician-in-Ordinary to the King.

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