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These also assume that nature is inhabited and governed by magical powers, demons, and gods.
Like the nature religions, astrology believes in a multitude of gods; it is polytheistic at its core.
Astrology is not just a phenomenon of European religious history; it is to be found in all the great religions and in all culturesin more or less complex forms.
Those who went to the "EXPO," the 2000 world exposition of nations in Hannover, Germany, might have passed by the Indian pavilion and noticed the astrologers stand.
It divides the heavens into geometrically exact sectors, calculateslike every astronomerthe orbits of the planets, and employs complicated calculations to obtain from the manifold movements of the earth and the heavenly bodies the horoscope.
The word horoscope goes back to the Greek and means roughly: "looking into the hour." By this it is meant that the astrologer, in accordance with the exact time a person is born, observes the heavens and calculates all the planets, as well as the sign of the zodiac rising over the eastern horizonwhich is then identified as "ascendant." He then prepares a chart which indicates the astronomically exact positions of the stars in relation to the place of birth.
Each planet and sign of the zodiac is the expression of a particular god or demon.
But astrology is also sometimes accepted by religions which know only one creator-god, like Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Today astrology is still a constituent part of a religiously influenced way of life in many parts of the world.First of all: insofar as it views cosmos, humans, and nature as being reigned over and guided by powers and forces from beyond, astrology is religion.