Astrology

Authored by: Nicholas Campion

The Occult World

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415695961
eBook ISBN: 9781315745916
Adobe ISBN: 9781317596769

10.4324/9781315745916.ch59

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Abstract

Astrology is the name given to a raft of ideas and practices, which assume that the stars and planets possess significance for terrestrial affairs. In the modern west it is a familiar part of popular culture, as well as of ‘occulture’, to use Christopher Partridge’s (2004) term, and anywhere from as low as 14 percent to as high as 73 percent of the adult population ‘believes’ in it, depending on how the question is asked (Campion 2012b, 153). In view of its popularity, descriptions such as ‘fringe’ tend to misrepresent astrology’s cultural status.

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