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Is it true that the majority of ancient religions are based on Astrology?

I was suprised to find that many “gods” were just constallations, or the peoples interpretation of them. Many “gods” were based on celestial happenings.
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  1. Look up Jordan Maxwell Astro Theology. If you google it will give you his html documents that he typed up about Astro Theology with all Religions.

  2. Some planets that cannot be seen with the naked eye, and thus wouldn’t be known by the ancients are give names of diaties. Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are prime examples.
    My point is that Uranus was named after the God well into the modern era. The God was not named after the planet, the ancients didn’t even know it existed.
    It is far more accurate to rationalize the Greco-Roman gods not as constilations, but as forces of nature. The best word for this is physis, meaning nature or disorder in Greek.
    So who or what is Aphrodite? Well she isn’t a she, the story attached to her makes her a she. She isn’t the goddess of love, shes so much more than that. The ancient Greeks would have looked at Aphrodite as love itselt. The force of nature.
    If you really read ancient Greek literature this aspect of the gods is more apparent. In the beginning of the Iliad, Apollo gets angry and starts picking off Greek soldiers with his bow. What is really going on is that a plague is going around in the Greek camp. Apollo IS the plague.
    So no, these gods arn’t constilations, nor are they based on constilations. But thats not to say that Astrology wasn’t important to the Greeks and Romans. I was very important for taking auguries. Meaning to see how Zeus feels about invading the Persians, you might burn some animal bones and if the moon appears very large that night, he thinks its a good idea.

  3. No. A culture may associate a constellation with a deity, but that doesn’t mean the deity is based on anything astrological. A constellation might be nothing more than a symbol.
    I don’t even know what you mean by saying many gods were “just constellations.” I can’t think of a single culture that statement would apply to. Not the Romans, Greeks, Celts, Norse, Sumerians, Babylonians, or Egyptians, just off the top of my head.
    Is this question based on Zeitgeist, by any chance? Because its claims are largely nonsensical and confuses huge numbers of people here.

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