Lucian wrote about it nearly two thousand years ago, I can't do greek and I can't find a english translation at a moment:
On Astrology, in french wrote:
L'astrologie, il est vrai, ne peut rendre bon ce qui est mauvais, elle ne change rien au cours des événements, mais elle rend service à ceux qui la cultivent, en leur annonçant le bonheur à venir. Elle leur procure une joie anticipée, en même temps qu'elle les rend plus forts contre le mal. L'infortune, en effet, ne les surprendra pas sans qu'ils s'y attendent : la prévision, l'exercice, la rend plus facile et plus légère. Telle est ma façon de penser sur l'astrologie.
"Astrology, it is true, cannot make good that which is bad, it cannot change anything in the course of events. But it can help those who practice it, proclaiming to them that good times are coming. It can provide them with a predictable joy, at the same time strengthening them against the bad. Misfortune, in effect, won't surprise those who wait for it. Premonition, and the exercise of it, makes it easier and lighter. Such is my way of thinking on Astrology. "
EDIT: here we go: http://lucianofsamosata.info/downloads/ ... n_vol5.pdf
Page 369. (my quote is the conclusion of the work).
This isn't just modern science, and even in the case of the stoics who were "educated" but usually insisted upon it, it was more a philosophical contrivance to establish that one must accept the inevitable with dignity. (YINZ CANNOT STOP THE STARS, THEY'RE HUGE AND THAT) It wasn't really about divination and the like, so the belief that the stars affected human events wasn't really a practicable concept, just a philosophical construct to make humans feel small.
Indeed, alteration upon information, well, that would be defeating the point, taking the Contra-position a la "Terminator 2" --- "THERE'S NO FATE BUT WHAT WE MAKE"