Sheikh Mohamed El-Moctar El-Shinqiti, Director of the Islamic Center of South Plains, Lubbock, Texas , states: “It is reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Whoever goes to a soothsayer and believes what he says, has disbelieved in what has been revealed to Muhammad.”
Islam came to lead us to the right guidance through many ways like 1) wahi, or divine revelation; 2) empirical scientific discovery; 3) logical reasoning.
As for fortune telling or astrology, it is not a correct way of seeking guidance, and it cannot be considered even as “educated guesses” as you said in your question. It is no more than guessing and telling the future and a false belief in the effect of stars and other creatures on people’s destinies. Saying that “palm reading minimizes the bad effects stars have on people and enhances the good effect” is an evidence that astrology is based on false belief.
Therefore, the Muslim is strictly forbidden to practice or believe in astrology. Islam has liberated our minds from all these myths and encouraged us to seek the right knowledge that is based on logic and science, so why do we let our minds be enslaved to these heresies?”