Does God Hate Astrology?

"Magi" Means "Astrologers"

Shrine to the Magi, 12th-century reliquary made of solid gold, at Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany.
Shrine to the Magi, 12th-century reliquary made of solid gold, at Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany. | Source

My brother-in-law, a fundamentalist Christian, told me astrology is against God. I replied, "Do you believe what it says in the Bible, that God created the sun, moon and stars?" (Genesis 1:1, 14-19)

He said yes.

I said, "Then either you believe He threw them all up there at random, or you believe that He arranged them in a certain order. I believe He arranged them in a certain order that has meaning, and astrology tries to understand and appreciate that order."

Just to clear the decks, these are facts:

  • you can believe in both astrology and God
  • astrology has nothing to do with witchcraft
  • astrology is part observation, part science and math, and part art, with 4000 years of tradition behind it
  • astrology is based on physics, mathematics, literature and optics. It is not "psychic" or "magic" and has nothing to do with clairvoyance or "vibes"; no one is born knowing astrology.
  • astrology is not a religion. Astrologers do not "worship" astrology or try to "convert" people.
  • Christians, Jews, Hindus, and atheists can all be astrologers or horoscope fans. The most famous astrology book in English was published in 1647 and is titled Christian Astrology.
  • astrology does not "predict the future," or control your life. It lets you know the conditions under which you will exert your efforts, so you can think ahead and plan your actions and choices. The Bible is loaded with prophets and prophecies
  • anyone who runs his or her life ENTIRELY on the basis of horoscopes has serious problems with adulthood and self-governance, just like people who run their lives ENTIRELY on any one thing such as Fox News, or drugs, or fantasy football, or fear of the devil
  • astrologers don't necessarily believe all that is said about astrology
  • if you believe the Bible is a hundred percent literal truth and therefore declares astrology worthless, you must also quit having a Christmas tree because the Bible decries the custom of decorating trees, along with astrology and idols, in Jeremiah 10:1-5
  • the Dead Sea Scrolls, written by the earliest Christians, include books about astrology
  • If you have faith that God is all-powerful, then astrology and astrologers cannot be threats to Him
  • The "wise men" were astrologers, locating the baby Jesus by watching the sky and following a star. Matthew 2:1-12 says King Herod tried to make them reveal where Jesus was. The wise men saved Jesus's life by avoiding telling Herod what they knew. "Magi" is Greek for "astrologers." Do you think God hated the Magi?
  • no astrologer will preach that you are wrong and will be punished if you don't believe. Only Christians and Muslims do that
  • by the way, the Bible says to be quiet and mind your own business (1 Thessalonians 4:11)
  • there is more scientific proof of the truth of astrology than there is scientific proof of the existence of angels
  • it is no weirder to believe in astrology than it is to believe that a virgin had a baby
  • astrology determines the annual date of the Christian holiday, Easter: the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Sun enters the sign of Aries
  • only God knows what God really thinks.

My brother-in-law is very fortunate. He can get information about astrology from a real astrologer, not from people who falsely believe that astrology threatens their faith.

Sylvia Sky, experienced astrologer, reviews online horoscope and psychic sites for quality and accuracy. See her Horoscope Reviews at hubpages.com. Copyright 2010 by Sylvia Sky. Sylvia does not select or necessarily endorse the ads appearing on her pages.

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CosmicLoveMatch 6 years ago from California

This is great, Sylvia. Thank you for writing this! So many people equate astrology with such subjects as psychics, witches, and even the devil. It's so frustrating how they form opinions based on very little information. I have had this argument with some of my family members as well. It is a slow process to break down prejudices about astrology but I'm still going to try!


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SylviaSky 6 years ago from USA Author

Thank you, CosmicLoveMatch, and welcome!


Andreas 6 years ago

Read Isaiah 47:13-14 and Jeremiah 10:2-3. That is for sure, how God hated this astrology...


SONY 5 years ago

vERY INTERESTING READIN. WE ALL SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH. WE ALWAYS WILL.


akash25 5 years ago

thanx a lot


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Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

Great job, Sylvia!

I always wondered what the Wise Men thought they were following, if not a large conjuction of planets? I had a friend who is a Jehovah's Witness, who knew I was both an Astrologer and Tarot reader. I just put my books away when she came over, as to not insult her. I met her because she helped me care for a sick friend who passed on, or never would have been friendly with her to begin with. She kept coming to my house, and one day I excitedly told her I was reading Tarot out of several stores by appointment. She left and didn't call me for 6 months. Apparently all of a sudden I was "evil." Anyone who thinks any God is that mean or spiteful must be confused. The Bible has been translated many times, but I doubt God hates his own creations, if that is what you believe. Astrology used to be the science, and Astronomy the hobby.


Vicky 5 years ago

Hi !

I found ur article an eye opener guiding towards truth.

1 question:

if i say god is reality or existence..is it right to say astrology analyses n predicts patterns of existence?


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SylviaSky 5 years ago from USA Author

I can't answer for sure, but if God is Creation then yes, Creation has intricate and beautiful patterns, and the arrangement of the sky and path of the sun, moon and planets would be among them. It is no wonder people over the centuries have dedicated their lives to reading and charting the sky.


amy 4 years ago

i am so glad i found you Sylvia thank you for great work!


Victoria 4 years ago

Sylvia, I'm so glad that I found you and have the opportunity to read your blogs, thank you for all the information, discussion and great articles! (And thank you for replying all my emails!) Blessings!


Mansi 4 years ago

True. Very well said.


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Sarah Christina 4 years ago from Fresno, CA

I agree with a lot of points you make in this article. I myself am a Christian but I've been a fan of astrology since I was a young adult. It's something I've never followed religiously, if anything it helped me understand and reflect more about who I am as a person and what my (and others) strengths and weaknesses are. I personally think that God shouldn't have a problem with astrology, as long as you don't get too carried away and start trying to predict the future or believe in it and nothing else. I'm a Virgo so I'm very analytical and have always appreciated the science behind astrology (I also am a student of astronomy in general and spend many hours gazing at the night sky) even if it isn't always perfect. :)


Nikki 4 years ago

This is something i have always wondered my grandfather is very christian but has always used the calendar sighns to plant his garden is that considered wrong is that not astrology and thank u very much


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SylviaSky 4 years ago from USA Author

Planting by the moon is a very old agricultural tradition. That's why moon signs and phases appear in farmer's almanacs. If your grandfather is living, ask him why he does it.


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Electro-Denizen 4 years ago from Wales, UK

I'm glad of your incisive and informative observations in this hub. It seems to me, that if God was against astrology, then he'd be against the totality of humanity's method of looking for patterns in things... we wouldn't even be able to bake a loaf of bread without worrying about the methods that enabled us to learn how to bake a loaf of bread!


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Maggie Bennett 3 years ago from New York

Voted up and awesome.

People are always telling others what is right or wrong, but you know what is what and can stand your ground on principal. I like that.


jane.mccamant 2 years ago

Well I have to correct the definition of magi. It does not mean astrology it means Priest. They did follow astrology. They were from Persia, Babylonia, and Chadonian. The name in Greek is "Magike Tecchne"The Greeks did not know that Magi went futher back then their own times but it is older than ancient Greece. I was researching why some Christian People hate astrology and came upon this. I would like to add that even though Leviticus tells us not to practice such things I believe that unless you know Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic and Latin the Bible is translated by those with an agenda. Time after time entire scripture is dropped, mistranslated from Hebrew to Greek meaning two different things. In ancient times many sacrificial deaths occurred thus the Bible dictates "not to throw your child in the fire". Lumped with that is Astrology, sorcery, and human sacrifice. My belief is this is Astrology was so evil why did God allow the Magi to find the infant Jesus. Yes I have heard because they did God's bidding, however, there were better ways than to use such evil men as the Priest or Magi's that practiced astrology. If the Bible hates a witch I ask this "why?" "They have no power only God does. Then why be afraid of the weak ones? The word Magic sends shivers down many Christians backs. Why? They think it is supernatural. It is not. It was the Magi's way of understanding nature and science hence astrology. The study of the stars and comos.


shb 18 months ago

Well,your relative is true...but with a certain perspective.

In ancient times,astrology and witchcraft were blended to a certain degree.

Also their basic belief was that it is actualy the planets that govern our lives:i.e. the astronomical bodies control and change our fate.

It was bcz they didn't understand and believe in one true God...and even after God sent forth His Prophets/Apostles with guidance,most of them continued their stubborness in ignorance.

It is only with today's tremendous advancement in science that astrology seems logical...but again with the limitation that it is actualy GOD who runs affairs of heavens and the earth and of all the creatures and the lives of humans and the ups and downs in our lives,happiness and sorrow,and eventualy death from this temporary world.

No planet has any 'will' or 'intelligence' to dictate or influence our lives.


Emily Michelle 17 months ago

I am a Christian and I've also been fascinated with astrology since I was a teenager. I had a chart done and it helped me a whole lot to figure out how I tick. It can be witchcraft though when you are trying to use it against a person to control them. I don't think there is anything wrong with looking at it though to see your mix of energies and see how you are being influenced. I just think Christians are supposed to be like Jesus. He is supposed to change us. Because we all have issues from Aries all the way down to Pisces. I'm a Gemini so I definately have some issues. lol


shb 16 months ago

I am a muslim and i know moses and jesus msgs too.jesus wanted to 'change' the people for 'the good'...now as prophets came with divine guidence,these massages have a strict meaning specialy explaining what is good and what is bad.

This is an authority of a Prophet only to redefine the values of goodness and wrongdoing to rebuild the civilization and by eleminating evil.

As we are talking about astrology with respect to divine religion and not amended by Man(the followers)..its defenitly no room for it..

It has its negatives more than its positives...Thats also the reason for the prohibition of Alcohol and drugs in judaism,christianity and Islam.

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