Astrology is for fools!

Someone once said that Astrology is about as vacant as the space that it worships. In fact the Catholic church considers that the consultation of horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums contradicts the honour, respect, and loving fear that man owes to God alone.

The pagan world was dominated by belief in astrology. Pagans believed that the stars were divinities, or that they were controlled by divinities. Apollo was the god of the sun, his sister Diana was the goddess of the moon, and the known planets were named after gods as well (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn). Because of this common pagan belief, the Old Testament contains repeated injunctions against star-worship (Deut. 4:19, 17:3; 2 Kgs. 17:16, 21:3–5, 23:4; Jer. 8:2, 19:12–13; Zeph. 1:4–6).

In the New Testament age, astrologers taught that all things were in the grip of Fate, which could assign one destiny to one man and another destiny to another. Fate was extremely powerful and sometimes was even said to rule the gods. However, what destiny Fate would assign to a man could be determined by reading the stars.

Today some Christians are influenced by revived paganism in the form of the New Age movement. Some even suggest that Christianity originally held many occult beliefs, such as astrology. But the early Christians, like the early Jews, were vehemently opposed to astrology, even attributing it to demonic origin.

The Church Fathers were willing to impose strong sanctions against astrology to protect their flocks. In A.D. 120, the noted mathematician Aquila Ponticus was excommunicated from the Church at Rome for astrological heresies.

Nevertheless one must not forget that in many instances the in both old and new testaments, there is a reference to celestial bodies and natural events (planets, stars, sun, comets and the plagues on Egypt). However these have to be taken in their symbolic sense only.  For example the star of Bethlehem appeared and the sky to signify the birth of Christ. Today we know from science that this was Haley’s comet. But the stars and planets don’t determine our fate!

Astrology is for fools!