March 26, 2015
The difference between Astrology, Astrolatry, Astrotheology, and Astronomy
There seems to be a lot of confusion over the difference between astrology, astrolatry, astrotheology, and astronomy so here’s a brief explanation of what differentiates them from each other.
• Astrology is the idea that astronomical occurrences influence our personalities and daily lives on Earth. Commonly, astrology attributes certain personality traits to the twelve constellations and their zodiacal signs. It also suggests an ability to predict the future by interpreting celestial movements. Astrology is rejected by the modern scientific community.
• Astrolatry is the worship of celestial bodies or particular stars as deities or the association of celestial bodies with deities. The most common of which are polytheistic sun and moon gods. For example, the association of Horus with the Sun or Isis with Sirius.
• Astrotheology is essentially the study of ancient astrolatry. It infers the influence celestial bodies and particular stars had on religion, often implying that religion consists of various astronomical allegories. This study is often mistaken as astrology and many people before the 18th century would say astrology, even when they were intending to refer to astrotheology. This study is not necessarily rejected by the scientific community, but there is much debate over the extent to which it influenced religion.
• Astronomy is a natural science and the strict observation and study of celestial bodies.