The difference between Astrology, Astrolatry, Astrotheology, and Astronomy

There’s 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 had on religion, implying that religion consists of many astronomical allegories. This study is often mistaken as astrology and many people before the 18th century would say “astrology” when they were actually referring to astrotheology. This study isn’t necessarily rejected by the scientific community but there’s a lot of debate over what extent religion was influenced by astronomy.

• Astronomy is a natural science and the strict observation and study of celestial bodies.

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