Does Astrology Give us the Answers we Need?

Down through the years there have always been people firmly convinced that our lives on earth are mysteriously influenced by the celestial bodies – the moon, the planets and the stars. It has been estimated that up to 1 billion people on earth today “believe in or follow astrology to some extent”. Many of the rich and famous of this world consult astrologers, convinced that the knowledge they gain will help them be successful in life. It is claimed that many major Fortune 500 companies consult astrological advice for major decision making. According to the fornmer Chief of Staff of the White House, Donald Regan’s text For the Record, the influence of astrology at the White House during the Reagan administration extended to “every major move and decision”.

This article is written with the purpose of examining this popular belief and asking whether it is (a) true and (b) helpful. It should be stated that while the church, especially the evangelical church, has traditionally frowned upon astrology there are now even many Christians who believe to some extent in astrology.

What is Astrology?

Astrology is a belief system based upon the assumption that the lives of men are mysteriously influenced by the heavenly bodies – the moon, planets and stars. This influence is supposed to begin at birth. Astrologers consider that a person’s date of birth has a powerful influence on their character type. Astrologers generally divide the year into 12 date ranges, each one corresponding to one of the 12 signs of the zodiac. Many believe that by finding out someone’s star sign they will then be able to gain knowledge which will be useful for them in their dealings with that person.

Astrologers draw up charts interpreting the movement of these heavenly bodies and then interpret these charts in such a way as to assign meaning to their various constructions.

Although it may be dressed up with pseudo-scientific language, ultimately there is little correspondence between the constructions of astrology and the observations of scientific astronomers. The formations and concepts of astrology predate scientific knowledge concerning our Universe. They put the earth at the centre of the Universe, and all stars and planets are imagined to be moving around on the inside of the surface of a something like a spherical ball through various portions of the sphere known as “houses”. The technical details vary fromone tradition to another. But as we will see, once you believe in astrology, the technical details don’t matter at all – the results are basically the same.

Astrology has been an important part of many a non-Christian religion. Certainly the Egyptians and Babylonians practised it. Today witches of all forms believe in it and guide their activities according to its principles.

Astrology is an occult system because it claims to reveal a secret and mysterious esoteric knowledge to those who have been initiated in its systems and teachings.


Horoscopes are published in many newspapers and magazines. They give the same message to everyone in the world born in the same time of the year – twelve different messages in all. These messages contains general predictions and pieces of advice – typically concerning the personal affairs of people. The underlying message, however, is that the stars somehow have an influence on your destiny. Nowadays many people willingly part with their hard-earned cash to buy a horoscope from their local newsstand – hoping to gain some kind of helpful insight for these troubled times.

It seems ridiculous to me that people can believe in this at all. For one thing, horoscopes published in the same day by different publishers are highly inconsistent and often contradictory. They can’t all be right. But even if only one horoscope was right, how can one message be simultaneously true for an estimated 500 million people on this earth who all happen to have a birthday which falls into a particular date range?

Sure, there will be times when the predictions of the horoscopes seem to come true. But this is guaranteed anyway by the law of averages. It may be that regular readers of horoscopes tend to remember the times when the predictions came strikingly true and tend to forget the times they didn’t. The other possibility is that by believing in the horoscope, people give place to the power of suggestion and possibly other kinds of powers which can work towards its fulfilment.

Perhaps newpaper and magazine editors see all this as harmless fun, or a way to help sell their product on the open market. However, if it can be shown that belief in astrology can open a person up to harmful influences, then these justifications for horoscopes fall to the ground and we must view these publications as socially irresponsible.

The Real Power of Astrology

The real power of astrology is not merely in the horoscopes which are published in so many modern newspapers and magazines. Every day these horoscopes contradict each other in so many ways – and indeed, most professional astrologers complain that these columns are vastly oversimplified at best and “utter nonsense” at worst. No, the real power of astrology comes into play when someone goes to a professional astrologer for advice concerning their life and the decisions they must make. The astrologer may be able to come up with many amazing insights concerning the person’s character and things that have happened to them in the past. This is attributed to knowledge gained through the charts. When many things are revealed about an otherwise unknown person, amazement and credulity are often the results. People drop their defenses and begin to believe very much in what the astrologer says. If he explains this power in terms of the stars then this may be believed without question. Before long a person can become dependant on the advice and counsel of professional astrologers for every major decision. The power of suggestion and possibly other powers may then become involved in powerfully influencing that person’s life. Pretty soon all the events in a person’s life – good and bad, may be interpreted in the light of the astrologer’s pronouncements.

But is it really the knowledge of astrology that revealed personal knowledge to the astrologer? Is there another possibility?

To the Christian who takes the Bible seriously, there certainly is. Astrology is just one of the many forms of occultism that the Bible condemns. It is condemned because it causes much more harm than good. This is a consequence of the source of the power of astrology.

Hear the words of the Hebrew prophet Isaiah against the wickedness of Babylon:

“Stand now with your enchantments and the multitude of your sorceries, in which you have labored from your youth – perhaps you will be able to profit, perhaps you will prevail. You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels; Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, and the monthly prognosticators stand up and save you from what shall come upon you. Behold, they shall be as stubble, the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame. ” (Isaiah 47:12-14)

Here the following is asserted concerning astrologers.

  1. Not only can astrologers not save you by their advice – they cannot even save themselves.
  2. The fire shall burn them – in other words they are headed for judgement.
  3. The counsel of astrologers has a wearying effect on those who trust them – it wears them out.

It is interesting to note that astrology is linked here to sorcery and enchantment. According to the plain teaching of the Bible, these things are in the devil’s domain and ultimately you will receive nothing but a curse when you go to the devil for help and advice.

Astrology teaches a worldview which is basically pagan in orientation. It is basically a form of divination – an attempt by occult means of gaining special knowledge, especially concerning the future. Belief in astrology is promoted wherever the occult arts are promoted. God condemns divination and the reason is simple. The power of the occult is not from the stars, the tea leaves, the candles, the material elements used. The source of occult knowledge and power is personal and it is spiritual. The spirits involved in it are those that lead a person away from loving trust and dependence upon God our Creator. God therefore views these spirits as evil. They mix a little truth with their lies. Another name for these evil spirits is “demons”. As unacceptable as it sounds to many ears – those who get involved in any of the occultic arts, including astrology, are opening themselves to become channels for demons.

The data and charts produced by astrology are very complex and can be interpreted in many ways. A truly proficient astrologer is led to interpret his data and charts in a certain way. Finally it is the intuition of the astrologer which enables him to interpret the “real” meaning of the charts. It is a psychic ability, combined with the power of suggestion which gives astrologers their power. Since Satan does have much influence and power still on this earth, especially where Christians fail to pray effectively, those who submit to demonic leadings through astrologers may find that many events do strangely line up with the words of the astrologers. Astrology is just one of the ways in which witches are taught that they can influence and come to control others.

Astrology is a bit like fortune telling. Astrology is just another method through which psychics work. Other methods include reading palms, tea leaves, coffee cups – it really doesn’t matter. These things are just distractions designed to mask the real source of the power and information – which is demonic.

People who become obsessed with astrology end up being controlled by a strange evil power, and ultimately tend to become fatalistic and passive towards the prospects of their own demise.

To me it seems like a bad deal to pay good money to get information from the very spirits who are plotting your destruction.

Aren’t you being a narrow-minded, fundamentalist bigot?

Of course this is one possible interpretation. Another is that I am simply sharing a conviction concerning something that I believe will end up cheating many people out of the true unity with God that they could otherwise know through Jesus Christ.

I can’t emphasize enough how wonderful Jesus Christ is to me. I do believe he calls every person at least once in their lives. He can and does do this independently of the efforts of Christians by revealing Himself directly to people in all kinds of cultures and religions where darkness dominates.

People go to astrologers because of an deep insecurity concerning the future. People want something they can hold onto to give them more control over their lives and destinies. People would like to know the future, avoid tragedy if possible and find any comfort to ease the pain which comes with the harsh blows of life. Astrology promises to aid people in every domain of life – but it is ultimately a false promise.

Jesus Christ said, “Come unto me all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls”. (Matthew 11:28,29).

All delvings into the occult give a person the much sought after peace and security. Instead they enhance their restlessness, and produce a continual spiritual thirst for more of the same deadly poison. Jesus Christ however, gives peace and security – even in the midst of the adventures He leads us into. God through his Word and through the genuine gifts of His Spirit gives us all the knowledge of the present and the future which is relevant for us to know. A true Christian has no need and no use for anything which the occult offers – since Christ meets all our spiritual, emotional and physical needs if we put Him first.

Please take the time to look more on this site so you can find out more about what it means to know Jesus Christ personally. Read the testimonies of those who have had lives changed by Christ. Pick up a Bible yourself and ask God to reveal Himself to you or have a look through some of my free teaching messages. You will find that God is much better than you ever thought He was.

“For I know the thoughts I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11)


Michael Fackerell

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  1. Mini_Churro says:

    This is not meant to put anyone down, but to make them think:

    Who are you to Judge? WHy do you condemn other people with out-of-context quotations of the Lord’s word? How can you preach the word of God and call yourself a child of God when you clearly don’t understand most of his basic teachings?

    Your biblical condemnation of astrology, Isaiah 47:13, is not a condemnation of astrology or astrologers at all-but a condemnation of the king of Babylon (Iraq), and his people, who were enemies of the Israelites. Isaiah is saying that no one can save them, and mentions “astrologers” and “stargazers” among other kinds of counselors, and even the merchants of Babylon. No Human could save the king from God’s plan; and later events proved this to be true according to the account in the Bible.

    If you know anything about Genesis, you know God created Light on the first day. God is said to have made the sun, moon, and stars “for signs” on the 4th day.

    “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, seasons, and for days and years.”-Genesis 1:14

    Luke 21:25 states “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and apon the earth distress of nations with perplexity; the sea and waves roaring” That is what astrology is all about-interpreting God’s signs which can be found in the movement of the heavenly bodies. How are we supposed to see the signs God sends us through the stars if we don’t study what there movements mean? Why would you ignore a message from God? God said he would send signs and warnings of the end of the world through the stars.

    God has not warned against astrology. Astrology is a pseudo-science; it is a mix of psychology and sociological studies of the potential effect the planets and stars have on us. It’s been proven by science the moon has an effect on human mood. Just because people who practice occult also practice astrology, doesn’t mean astrology is a branch of occult. If all of the people who participate in occult practices all of a sudden decided they could not eat eggs for breakfast, you would not call a vegan a practitioner of occult.

    Knowledge is power, and there are power hungry people who will abuse the power of knowledge. The bible warns of these “Wolves in sheep’s clothing.” If you take it upon yourself to learn, you are less likely to be misled. God put his story in the constellations-not many people know that. The bible is up in the stars as a constant reminder of God’s sacrifice for us; it’s a free version of the bible, yet people spend money on the “good bibles” and even interpretations of the bible, as well as people to teach them the word of God. It’s the same with astrology. The information is out there in the sky for free. It’s because we are too lazy to do the fact finding ourselves so we just listen to what we are told, in both situations, and we put our faith and ourselves at risk by trusting other people to learn the answers and tell us their perspectives, and we accept them right or wrong; it’s like cheating on an essay question on a test. Know the word of the Lord, because it can be abused by priests and holy men just as Astrologers can abuse the power of knowing the meaning behind planetary movements. Anything can be used for good or evil.

    So yes, stand up for your faith and your beliefs, protect the people you care about by offering and providing your perspective of the truth, but don’t be ignorant. Just make sure you have your facts straight, so you can properly do so. There are always two sides of a coin. You have to fully understand both sides before you pass judgement, and before you can effectively argue your point of view. Do not judge and condemn your brothers and sisters just because they have a different perspective. Let God himself judge them just as he will judge you.

    Food for thought: God is often described as the light in darkness-just like the stars. If God is light, and light is truth, and God is truth, and stars are balls of burning light burning millions of miles away, shouldn’t stars be considered enlightening?

    I am a Christian. I believe in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, and I accept Jesus as my savior. I try my best to live an upright life. For me it is difficult to believe that the awesome beauty of the night sky, that my God created, and said to be a good thing, is a tool of evil himself. There is a good possibility, based on the scripture, that God communicates to us through the stars. The devil just misconstrues the information that God puts out there-like a game of telephone. God is the only one with complete control over the elements.

    Don’t let one perspective dishearten you, even if you find truth is in it, there is still ALWAYS truth to be found elsewhere; the truth the overcomes all truths. “Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life” Take Jesus’ path, walk in his ways of humility, obedience, detachment, simplicity, and love. Jesus’ path is the truth; his path takes you to the truth; and the ultimate truth is Jesus and God himself.

    Astrology, and God’s word are very powerful resources that are abused every day for people’s own personal gains. They can be used for better or for worse, just like anything else in this world. People, and even religious leaders twist God’s words and take them out of context to gain control, Justify their point of view, give reason, and condone their negative actions or thoughts. Claimed Astrologists and their followers will try to take advantage of the general public’s ignorance as well. Wise up so you don’t get the wool pulled over your eyes.

    • You write:

      Who are you to Judge? WHy do you condemn other people with out-of-context quotations of the Lord’s word? How can you preach the word of God and call yourself a child of God when you clearly don’t understand most of his basic teachings?

      So if I express my understanding of the Scripture that astrology and star-gazing is occultic, I am “judging”, but when you say “How can you preach the word of God and call yourself a child of God when you clearly don’t understand his most basic teaching” I assume you believe that you are not “judging”. Just condemning I suppose.

      Astrology was not “one of the Lord’s most basic teachings”. Do you want to know what was? One of the basic teachings is that a true believer has the Holy Spirit, God Almighty, dwelling inside, who will guide us into all truth. This means we don’t need to gaze into the stars as pagans do and try to invent supernatural and mystical meanings for any patterns we can find there. We have God to talk to us. The signs the stars show are for navigating ships and so on as far as I am concerned. God may use them to communicate other truths, as he did with the Oriental kings who followed the star to Jesus, but in general there as absolutely no need for this. Lets face it, there are so many stars in the sky you can use a “join the dots” approach to make pretty much any symbol you want to. If you don’t believe me, send me a picture of the sky and I will invent some stuff by joining the dots for you in the way I choose. If I can get enough followers for it, maybe it will be viewed one day as a legitimate branch of astrology.

      • barbie49701 says:

        I agree with you Micheal, astrology can become a very addictive trick of the devil. I know people who believe that whatever their horoscope says it will happen. Even if it’s something way out there and has nothing really to do with their lives. Sometimes seeing is believing, however, in this instance believing is seeing. If you can picture something in the imagination of your heart and see it happening you will confess it with your mouth. Then it will be as you said. I remember a week before my husband left I was studing with a false religous group. They convinced me I felt like the gates of hell had been opened upon me because Satan was testing me like he did Job. That was fine but it caused me to go read Job and see and compare those tests to my life. Then I said wow I feel like Job if my body breaks out with boils I am calling it quits. 2 days later I had boils all over me. They were painful and I even had one on my face that burst open and drained and looked like I cut a hole in my face. I also confessed that the only test I had not been tested with yet is my husband committing adultery. He left me Labor Day. When you believe things you visualize them. Then they really do come to pass. The devil knows this. He uses it to confuse and lead mankind away from knowing Jesus or sharing in the love of God.

  2. Twengkiedolittle says:

    I am so guilty of this.I don’t pay but I read online. It can become an addiction that is hard to stop instead of facing the reality and trusting in the Lord. But I’m trying to. I believe I will get there. Yes, it is insecurity that breeds this kind of addiction to the occult. Thanks for the article and all the comments. I believe it will help me. God bless you all.

  3. Manoj Meshram says:

    Yes Astrology is demonic and
    each one must abstain from it

  4. lookinforacity says:

    Hello hanna

    You live in Sin, therefore we cannot condone your actions, you are a witch, and witchcraft is.

    1Sa 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD.

    You live in the world, in the flesh.

    Gal 5:19-21
    19) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
    20) Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
    21) Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

    Therefor you hate us because we will NOT accept the things you do.

    1Pe 4:4
    Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:
    Gal 4:16
    Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

    This is the reason we will not accept your lifestyle.

    1Jn 4:3
    And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

    2Co 6:14
    Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

    Col 1:13
    Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

    1Pe 2:9
    But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

    1Jn 1:5,6
    5) This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
    6) If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

    This then is our position towards you, and people like you.

    Eph 5:11-13
    11) And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
    12) For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
    13) But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

    Act 26:18
    To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

    Our advice to you is.

    Eph 5:14-17
    14) Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
    15) See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
    16) Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
    17) Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

    One day you will find, that you have been totally wrong in your thinking, and beliefs. Upon that day you will have no cloak for your sin, because you have been told you are living in sin, but you think what I say is stupid, therefore you will keep stumbling in the darkness.


  5. sevenseas says:

    hi this is all vey helpful and eyeopening. i do not and have never believed in predictions of any kind but i do believe that one’s certain zodiac sign does influence their characteristic traits. is this wrong???

    • I personally doubt it. There are plenty of twins in this world with quite different natures.

    • hannaopheliac says:

      this article and your comment is how i can tell what the world has come to. when you ask ‘is this wrong’. make up your own mind. Right and wrong are perceptions ands YOU decide what defines them. not whoever wrote this.This site irritates me to no end because its people like you and the ones who run this site that cause prejudice in the world. There is no peace because people cant accept other people. I’m a shamanic eclectic wiccan and i came across this site while searching for paganism. I support people who are christians and still hold their individuality but this site is completely one-wayed and and dissapproving of everyone like me, which is not what your bible says to do. how can you all help make the world a better place if you cant accept others who have different beliefs than you?

      • We as Christians appreciate the positive qualities in those who do not share our convictions, but you ought to know that the Bible does not teach us to be tolerant towards idolatry and occultic practices. These practices bring DEMONS into the lives of people – demons whose agenda is to bring suffering, grief, sin and eternal destruction to people. We don’t have a neutral or accepting attitude towards the works of the devil. Neither did Jesus Christ, of whom the Bible says that “for this reason the Son of God was manifested, to DESTROY the works of the devil”. (1 John 3:8)

        Our battle is not with people, but with the wicked spirits that deceive, enslave and use people so that knowingly or unknowingly, they actually work to build Satan’s Kingdom. I say unknowingly because I believe most witches/wiccans whatever are deceived concerning the source of the power they are cultivating and seeking to use.

  6. I just wanted to say that I really appreciate your opinion on astrology. I was brought up in a christian home and was told never to dabble in the dark arts. As I grew older I was curious and I got heavily into tarot cards, and started palm reading. It is true, the more you get of this poison, the more you want. You can not find the true answer in someone’s interpretion of the “stars”, not even your own. Only God knows what’s in store for your future. So you have to fully rely and trust in him.

    Thank you!

    • Lewisville says:

      Yes, this is poison. I grew up as a Christian, even baptized a few times. Up until 1 year I use to have psychic readings for the past 15 years. First, it started with reading astrology horoscopes in the paper, then reading it online, having my charts done, and having psychic readings. I can’t tell you how much $$ I’ve spent over that time. A year ago, I was so convicted in my spirit to seek out God more and build a stronger relationship with Christ. I did a lot of soul searching and started reading the true dangers of the occult. It was time to face the reason why certain things that happened in my life were. It wasn’t an easy road because I still pass by psychic “storefronts”, but I say,”Devil, you are a LIAR. I love the LORD more than you!!!!!. My faith is stronger and humbling myself to trust in the Lord for all things has empowered me to tithe more instead of paying for the occult and bring darkness in my life. Jesus is the Light of the world.

      Excuse the rambling, but I have to share my story with you. I continue to seek out the Lord more because spiritual warfare is very real. I’ve paid for it in so many ways, my health, my education, my personal relationships. I don’t blame God or the Lord, but thank and praise him because He brought me out of the darkness. Trust in the Lord always. You will never regret it.

      • Joseph James says:

        And tell me, how much money do you donate to your church? For “benevolence” funds, they guilt you every day you attend church to make an “offering”. They usually ask for 10% percent of you yearly earnings. Tell me, how much money have you spent on the church, compared to how much you spent on astrology (which you didn’t need to do in the first place, there are alot of fake psychics and mediums that help you in no way whatsoever”

        Just as almost all of your prayers go unanswered. Which you may think is “gods will”. God has a “divine plan” for all, you have “free will”, but you are “predestined”. What bull.

        • K. Pleasants says:

          Ok, I’m going to correct you. While it is true that some churches do in fact say you must pay for this and pay for that, not all churches do. The astrology crap that is floating around among other dark forces that we as Christians must stand against make you pay for just about everything if you want a “real indepth” reading, whereas the relation with God is free. The church is where we go to build our forces for God and learn more of his word amoung our own studies.

          And I don’t know who told you our prayers go unanswered, because my prayers as well as many people I know do come to light. And yes God’s will does overact our own when we pray for His will and allow it to take place rather than leaning on our own understanding. The Bible warns of going off of sight as it can be deceiving. What would you do if somebody blinded you? You can’t use your sight anymore. What will you lean on? You will try to use your nose, hands and feet, and hearing. But even with all that, someone could trick you into walking right off a bridge. I trust in God to tell me I’m walking the wrong direction. Why? because he hasn’t proved to be wrong… EVER.

          We as his believers do believe in the free will to make our own choices and in his predestined path. Your worldly view is telling you that its a contradiction, but your not allowing your mind to think any further for fear of becoming a believer. But in fact its our free will to follow his path or to not follow his path. As we get into our Christian purpose in life, we follow his predestined path for us, as we pray for wisdom and guidance we listen to what he wants us to do next. Its not a quick “God can I have a car” and then an instant “Sure!” and it magically appears. God isn’t a magician for his, but rather a teacher and miracle worker. He teaches us how to be strong in Him and to be FAITHFUL (meaning of faith is hope for things not seen.) Just as you may have hope for a new job, we have Faith in God to provide. And I will be the FIRST testament to the fact he has done things in my life.

          Trust me, I’m not the Christian you may be used to. I am still growing as my spirit is being fed daily both but words to me and words I speak to others including you. As for right now, I’m not the type believer that will take what you say lightly and be nice about it. I plan to and will shut up every contradiction, question, and answer that you may post. So please, say more.

          Its even funny to me that your name comes from the Bible, Joseph James.. And you’re on a Christian website just to say you disagree? LOL. Stop running, you know it was in your mind once upon a time. So get it back together.

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