Astronism

Published: 2nd August 2020

Citation: Astronist Institution. (2020). Astronism. Available: https://www.astronism.com/astronary/entry/astronism. Last accessed: [date].

əsˈtrɒnɪzm

Noun [mass noun]

a naturalistic religion, space-oriented philosophy, and political ideology founded by the British philosopher Cometan, the religious elements of which have been proven by archaeological evidence to hold prehistoric roots during the origins of religion itself.

Astronism gives a central role to the emotion referred to as astronality. This entails a person's spiritual and/or existential connection to the astronomical world, perceived through a separable religious and philosophical system, both underpinned by a cosmocentric worldview. A cousin to both astrology and astrotheism, Astronists differ by their focus on cultivating their connection to The Cosmos as the highest priority. Astronism traces its lineage back to the Upper Palaeolithic period of the Stone Age in Cometan's historiography of the Astronic tradition during which time Neanderthals are thought to have first linked religious ideas and beliefs to the night sky. 

DERIVATIVES AND ALTERNATIVE PHRASES

Astronist | əsˈtrɒnɪst | adjective & noun
Astronistic | əsˈtrɒnɪstɪk | adjective

ORIGINS AND ETYMOLOGY

Astro-English: from Astronese, the prefix astro-, relating to stars, celestial objects, and outer space, combined with the suffix -ism relating to a system of thought or movement; meaning ‘a religion, philosophy or ideology based on the astronomical world.’

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