The result of all this is that many people who have been following their horoscopes were actually born under a different star sign and so the predictions could not possibly be accurate. Further doubt is cast over the credibility of astrology by several unexplained questions. These include:
Near the Poles there are weeks when no planet is visible and for part of the year the sun is not visible either. How can those born here have a horoscope?
No allowance is made for recently discovered planets; the outer planets - Neptune, Uranus and Pluto - were only discovered comparatively recently. They are now included in charts but there has not been sufficient time for a 'scientific evaluation' of their influence. How do we know their character?
Why do identical twins often live quite dissimilar lives? There is no similarity regarding the fate and destiny of those born at exactly the same moment in time at the same conjunction of stars and planets. Astrologers usually only quote those rare cases where there is remarkable similarity.
The light that astrologers are seeing today left the planets and could be up to 3 million years old! This means that the star is no longer in the position it is being plotted in, yet no allowance is made for this.
Why is it that only the constellations of the Zodiac affect man, when there are other constellations of greater importance?
The contemporary astrologer does not see the planets in the same position as his predecessor observed' 4,000 to 5,000 years ago - the Zodiac that astrologers use today has moved an entire house (several degrees) during the last 2,000 years. Surely this means that all calculations are false.
Why is the hour of birth so important and not the hour of conception?
Most astrologers would clearly say that the source of their supernatural power is definitely good. Many would further say that it is from God (without necessarily defining exactly what they mean by the term). Some even claim that the Bible encourages astrology, e.g., because the Magi were inspired to seek Jesus by studying the stars, and it is true that the English word 'magic' is derived through Latin, Greek, Persian, and Assyrian from the Sumerian or Turanian word imga or emga (meaning 'deep', or 'profound'), a designation for the Proto-Chaldean priests or wizards. Magi therefore became a standard term for the later Zoroastrian, or Persian, priesthood through whom Eastern occult arts were made known to the Greeks; hence, magos (as also the kindred words magikos, mageia) is a 'magician' or a person endowed with secret knowledge and power like a Persian magus. However there is a clear distinction between astronomy, the studying of the stars, and astrology, the interpretation of the stars, and the Biblical magi came to an understanding of the significance of the 'star of Bethlehem' by a very different route (Page 5) God has nothing against astronomers who are simply studying His creation and these magi were faithful to the angel of God who directed them home by another route so that Herod could not destroy the Christ-child (Matthew 2). Wherever you are in your beliefs, God is faithful and true when you respond to His direction. But if you reject Him He is also just and true in leaving you in your sin, for He did not make robots but men and women who He created to enjoy a loving relationship with Him. If we chose to ignore His blueprint, the Bible, how can we blame Him when war, disease and pestilence result?
God has made His opinion of astrology clear. He warns against it in Bible passages such as Isaiah 47:13-15 and Jeremiah 10:2 etc. His warning comes because He is aware of the heartache that easily comes from trying to see the future without the love and safety He alone gives. Just as jumping off a 30-foot building is liable to hurt us physically, 'jumping into' the supernatural world of myth and legend is liable to hurt us spiritually and eternally. This leaves the question, 'if God condemns astrology and yet occasionally supernatural power is present, where does it come from?' There are only two sources of supernatural power, God and Satan. If God condemns astrology then we are left with no alternative but to conclude that this power is from the demonic realm.
Astrology was once the domain of the end-of-the-pier booth or fairgrounds, but is now found in most national newspapers in Britain, e.g. The Sunday Times Magazine, the Sunday Telegraph, the Independent, Daily Mirror, Sun, Daily Mail and the Daily Express. Public figures, such as the former Princess of Wales, the Duchess of York and 'celebrities' such as Stanley Els (US Open golf champion) and Sylvester Stallone (whose mother is heavily into New Age mysticism), also share beliefs in astrology. It is not unusual for those with a penchant for astrology to share beliefs with other branches of the occult, such as psychics and crystal-therapy. Sarah Ferguson's visits to Madame Vasso for treatment via a 'blue pyramid' are on record, Els is known to favour No 2 golf-balls as part of his life rituals, and 'Sly' Stallone reportedly planned the birth of his son to be at a time of planetary benefit (Taurus with Libra Moon and Leo Rising for supposedly intelligence factors) (The Independent, 10 February 1995).______________________________________________
Christians must be careful not to confuse astronomy and astrology, for God placed the stars in the heavens (Genesis 1:14-19) and there is no problem in studying God's creation or even giving names to certain groups of stars. However, some naïve writers have written about 'the Gospel in the stars'. Jesus used many practical illustrations and parables from life, and there is nothing wrong in us using similar imagery, but we must be careful not to stray into careless and utterly speculative symbolism or imagery. Just as early artists and artisans used dangerous imagery to try and represent the Christian godhead, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, which led to pagan idolatry, there are mistaken images being used by some misguided people in the church today. The Companion Bible attempts to use the fact that the twelve signs of the zodiac are divided into three groups of four and then claim that the first represents Jesus' first coming, the second His work and resurrection, and the third His second coming. This symbolism is utterly far-fetched and has been embarrassed by the discovery of a thirteenth constellation. Even arguing that this is not too bad because it is only astronomy being used with the Bible does not alter the pointless and unnecessary imagery.
Many will object to Christians emphasising the complete incompatibility of the occult with Christian beliefs but, quite simply, we did not write the rules and do not believe that man has any authority to move the goal posts. Elsewhere on this site (page 52) you will find details of our reasons for regarding the Bible as the sole authority for our beliefs and practices. God has promised to take care of our future as we commit our lives to Him, yet He has also warned us of the dangers of seeking supernatural experiences that are not authorised by Him. When people try and escape from the binds of astrology they often find out just how hard and dominant a task master Satan is in reality. It cannot be bigotry to warn people of the dangers that a loving Creator God would want you to avoid, just as He gave Adam and Eve (Genesis 2-3) simple instructions so they could avoid the pitfalls of sin. To continue in the occult is to practice the 'sin of witchcraft' (Deuteronomy 18:10-14; 2 Kings 21:6 ; 2 Chronicles 33:6; 1 Samuel 15:2). Those who continue in rebellion before Almighty God cause their own eternal separation and torment (1 Samuel 15:23).
Christians are certain that the same spirit is behind the practice whatever the means of divination or whichever occultic practice is being used. Normally the means used is simply an aid to the supernatural power that the person 'possesses' and we believe that, in such a case, we are allowing 'Satan' to prophecy directly into our life. Many people in this field will openly confess that they do not know where the power comes from. Often they will add that they do not even care as long as it works. This is utterly reckless, for few seem to have considered the possibility that an evil malevolent force is playing games with them, feeding them morsels to satiate their curiosity. There is a price to pay for dabbling in things that the God of the Bible has forbidden. Occult practitioners can mock this statement, and those who consider themselves too 'intelligent' and 'scientific' to accept this to be true can laugh pointlessly, but one of many questions they cannot answer is this simple fact: those who have given their lives over to the Lord Jesus Christ have been given the authority to call upon His name to set captives free. The Christian message is one of love and there are some ignorant Christians who foolishly berate and ridicule those involved in these occultic rites. We would only seek to inform the occultist that Jesus is the Name (Acts 1:8; Ephesians 1:21 Philippians 2:9) to be called on when you finally realise the danger you have exposed yourselves to. He, alone, has the power to set men free from curses. Please do not leave it too late.
No matter what the 'art' practiced, there are TEN things the occult practitioner will not want you to know - and will not personally accept:
Occultism blesses and encourages rebellion, defiance, and self-worship;when appropriate;
Occultism does not have a positive, rational framework and disregards relational, social, and religious boundaries and values
Occultism in all its forms is rebellion against the God of the Bible and therefore all of its' branches share the one law: "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law;" the rider "only harm none" is added by such as Wiccans, but since their activity is powered by satan and his demons this is merely a cover up (Deut. 13 and 18; Roms. 1v18-32; Jude 1v11);
Occultism leads to social problems such as alienation, morbid fascination with horror, death, and pain; drug and alcohol use; hedonism/rebellious sexual activity; difficulty conforming to the system (whether in school, at home, or on the job) - the form & extent depends on the nature & depth of involvement but, just like drug addiction, is progressively destructive;
The occult practitioner has a need to control, so God-given intelligence and creativity are often used selfishly & destructively;
Whichever occultic "art" is practiced therefore becomes an expression of rage, hostility, and self- indulgence more than as a developed religious conviction;
Whichever "god" (if any) is called upon the occultist (even many satanists!) will deny a literal powerful spiritual person called satan and often claim he is a figment of Christian imagination (Job 1v6-12; 2v1-7; Mt 4v10);
Belief in the omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent God of heaven as revealed in the Bible as Father, Son (the Lord Jesus Christ), and Holy Spirit is therefore denied (Job 42v2; John 16v30; Isaiah 40v13-14; Jer. 32v17; Matt. 28v18; John 20v28; Acts 5v3; Rom. 15v13,19); ask yourself this question - in a system where anything goes, and any god is accepted, why deny the one God who refutes all occultic beliefs?;
Since occultists are in rebellion against Almighty God their future destiny is Hell where they will be tormented day and night for eternity - unless they repent & call on Jesus before death (Luke 16v19-31; Rev. 14v9-11; 19v20; 20v10; 21v8 - Luke 23v39-43); Jesus said, 'I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life' (John 14v6) - there is no other path! Because of the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, who died at Calvary and was resurrected and now reigns in heaven, all Christians who truly believe possess great authority through Christ over satan and his demons and are empowered to defeat all occultic practitioners through prayer, spiritual warfare, walking in faith, exercise of spiritual gifts and progression to spiritual maturity in Christ! (Mt 9v6-8; 10v1; 12v26; 28v18; Mark 2v10; 3v15; John 16v33; 1 Cor. 15v24; Eph. 3v10; 4v8-10; Col. 2v14-15; 1 Peter 2v24; 1 John 2v13; Rev. 12v10-11)
Satan and demons are personal, intelligent beings who have been defeated in their rebellion by Christ, who will destroy them eternally when he returns to bring His Kingdom to earth. (Matthew 12:28; Luke 9:1-2; 2 Corinthians 4:4-5, 10:3-5; Ephesians 6:10-17; Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 2:14-15; 1 Peter 5:8-9).