Astrology - The foretelling of natural phenomenon (tides, eclipses, fortune-telling, predictions, etc.). Judicial Astrology is the art of judging occult influences of stars and planets as well as interrupting their effects on human destiny. But, only our Heavenly Creator has that unique authority.
The subject of astrology has been one of common interest lately amongst my circle of friends. It has reared its head numerous times within a matter of days, and with several different individuals. I thought perhaps this peaked interest would allow me an opportunity to share divine knowledge, so I decided to tackle it from a Biblical standpoint.
One of the things which nag at me whenever astrology discourse passes from one mouth to another is how the underlying evil attached to it is primarily unknown to most people. Since it is referenced in several Bible verses, I decided to include biblical research to elaborate more profoundly. I’ll start with the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 47:13 -15, "All the counsel you have received has only worn you out. Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you. Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves from the flame… Each of them goes on in his error; there is not one that can save you."
Astrology suggests that the nine planets in addition to the sun and the moon have a characterization influence upon humankind to map out a course of prophecy. The actual word for astrology in the Hebrew language means ‘divining the heavens.’ Divination is the act of foretelling future events or of revealing secret knowledge by means of signs and omens or other supernatural agents which is fatefully prohibited by God. There is, after all, one creator of the universe who is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient; therefore, it is impossible for any outside forbidden element to accurately compare to a sacred ordinance. And, those who disobey God’s ordinances by choosing to partake in the occult, even if their predictions appear accurate, will burn in the pits of Hell as referenced in the above verse.
The Book of Daniel depicts a time where King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon sought out an interpretation of his unsettling dream. Daniel, Chapter 2:2 reads, "So the king summoned the magicians, enchanters, sorcerers, and astrologers to tell him what he had dreamed." There were astrologers in the king's presence of who were believed to be 'wise men' that practiced divination. But, the Bible actually warns against such practices in the Book of Leviticus, Chapter 19, verse 26, "…Do not practice divination or sorcery."
King Nebuchadnezzar summoned his astrologers to not only tell him his dream but to also explain its meaning, as shown in the following verses:
Daniel 2:10-11 “There is no one on earth who can do what the king asks! No king, however great and mighty, has ever asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or astrologer. What the king asks is too difficult. No one can reveal it to the king except the gods, and they do not live among humans.”
Another Bible verse relating to astrology is a time when the Israelites were about to enter the Promised Land of Canaan and God warned them not to practice astrology. Deuteronomy 18:9-14, "Do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there… The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the Lord your God has not permitted you to do so…Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord." And yet another verse in the Book of 1 Samuel, Chapter 15:23, "Rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry." As one can see there are many scriptures that speak on the dangers of astrology, and how God’s prohibiting it will prevent participating in a form of idolatry which takes away from reverence and worship of Him.
In my aforementioned conversations with friends, some indicated that they simply did not see the dangers of astrology, but were rather impressed by how astrology details certain attributes which are spot on either in themselves or their family or friends. However, in 1 Thessalonians, Chapter 5:22, God clearly states that we should "reject every kind of evil." God knew us while still in the womb and only He knows who we are inside out literally down to every hair on our heads, and the individual gifts we possess.
Although the astrologers of Babylon were unable to help King Nebuchadnezzar with his dream, God had blessed his prophet Daniel with the gift of the Holy Spirit who was brought before the king to interpret the dream. The Bible says in Daniel 2:27-28, "Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, ‘The secret which the king has demanded, the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, and the soothsayers cannot declare to the king. But there is a God in Heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream and the visions of your head upon your bed were these…’” It was only by the command of God that gave Daniel a discerning spirit to describe and interpret the king's prophetic dream, and Daniel made that fact crystal clear to the King.
If there is a need to understand perplexing situations in our lives, we are wise to shun the error and evil of astrology divination; but rather let us understand that God alone possesses divine prophecy. Like Daniel, we can pray to God and through the revelation of His eternal Word (the Bible) are given secure guidance in His truth.
It makes perfect sense that God forbade indulging in the occult of astrology because He meticulously designed and controls all aspects of mankind and all prophetic events. God instructs us to “lean not on our own understanding,” but to call upon Him for wisdom. If we are successful in fervent prayer, faith in Jesus Christ and obedience to His commands, evil temptations will become easier to elude. The Bible consists of profound counsel to provide us with tools necessary to live peacefully in God’s grace. The following verses depict the valid reasoning behind God’s magnificent heavenly creations which has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with stars/planets orchestrating inborn characteristics and/or predicted the behavior of humankind:
Genesis 1:14-18 God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them be signs to indicate seasons and days and years, and let them serve as lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” ‘It was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to rule over the day and the lesser light to rule over the night. He made the stars also. God placed the lights in the expanse of the sky to shine on the earth, to preside over the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. God saw that it was good.’”
Next time someone inquires as to what sign you are, reply with certainty that you are a representative of the sign of the Cross of Jesus Christ. I wear my Cross pendant every day so I just simply point to it whenever asked. Peace, Love, and Blessings.