'The Stars Down to Earth'

Why Educated Women in the Western World Use Astrology


  • Kirstine Munk University-Link Danish Folklore Archives




astrology, women, popular culture, rationality


Astrology is immensely popular in the modern, Western world. Studies have shown that 'belief' in astrology is mainly found among the lesser educated parts of the population, however, astrology is mainly used by educated middle-class women. This article explores why.

Author Biography

Kirstine Munk, University-Link Danish Folklore Archives

Areas of specialty include astrology, divination, non-institutional religion, contemporary religion in the West, tradititional Zulu medicine-men.


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How to Cite

Munk, K. (2012). ’The Stars Down to Earth’: Why Educated Women in the Western World Use Astrology. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 41(2), 3–9. https://doi.org/10.1558/bsor.v41i2.3