Is astrology a religion?
Astrology is, among other things, a form of divination. It offers a system of understanding the karmic imprint a soul has when it enters a human body and the opportunities that may arise throughout one’s life. This includes personality traits and propensities as well as potential significant events that may occur. These traits and opportunities are determined by performing calculations based on planetary configurations and celestial events, both at the moment of birth and throughout one’s life.
Astrology Is Not a Religion
Astrology does have some things in common with religions, such as seeking to understand the greater nature of the universe. However, there are also big differences between the two:
Astrology is not focused on a specific deity.
Astrology doesn’t offer a salvation-based belief system or a theological basis for its beliefs.
Instead of explaining the events in one’s life as an expression of a higher will from an entity or deity, astrology calculates probabilities based on the position of celestial bodies.
It has nothing to say about life after death, doesn’t define a moral code, and it doesn’t involve specific rituals or practices.
Unlike religion, beliefs in astrology don’t center on deities or theology.
Instead, the belief shared by astrologers and astrology enthusiasts is that the arrangement of celestial bodies (planets and stars) can affect various aspects of human and earthly life including:
Attitudes and beliefs
Mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health
The potential for events to occur.
Astrologers further believe that while celestial bodies have an influence on these things, that influence isn’t absolute or predestined. Instead, the individual has the ability to overcome or change potential outcomes and traits based on personal choices.
While astrology itself isn’t a religion, that doesn’t mean it isn’t part of certain religious traditions. Many religions decry astrology as being out of alignment with their faith, but others incorporate astrology into their belief structures. In ancient times, astrology often served as the foundation of religious beliefs, and you’ll find ancient religions that used astrology such as Zoroastrianism and the religion of Mayans. In truth, astrology can work in conjunction with any set of religious or spiritual beliefs or in their absence, since it’s a predictive science based on the position of constellations and other celestial bodies that are always present in the heavens.