Professor Reville of UCC has an interesting article in today’s Irish Times on the subject of astrology.
After analyzing the practice he reaches the following conclusion:
Astrology makes large claims that are extremely improbable from a scientific viewpoint. In order to take these claims seriously it would be necessary to have extraordinarily strong evidence. On the contrary, the evidence is very weak. In the absence of extraordinary evidence to support extraordinary claims, the only sensible course is to treat astrology as seriously as you would treat an amusing party game.
That sounds like a perfect definition of religion to my mind.