P> I think the reference is definitely satiric
CR> Apparently a tongue-in-cheek remark.
Just in case it wasn't clear from my post, I wasn't saying that TSE personally believed in astrology and horoscopes.
I also assume TSE didn't believe that someone named Odysseus/Ulysses battled a real Cyclops and saw a real sorceress named Circe turn men into pigs.
Nonetheless, TSE saw great value in using the Ulysses myth from antiquity to gain insights into the (timeless) human condition.
It's in that context that I wonder if he was anticipating some future authors using the myth of astrology as a tool to express similar insights.
-- Tom --