Do you use the Horoscope? Many ‘Christians’ do…and don’t realize what it is and it’s origins. How does this all tie into our current world? Who were the Magi, and what star accompanied them?
Genesis 1 (KJV)
16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
Isaiah 40 (KJV)
26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.
Psalm 147 (KJV)
4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.
Stars? We have a dual path in these Scriptures. Many will object to this, but it’s true. GOD is amazing and HE places each WORD in the Bible for a purpose, and sometimes multiple purposes. We can read a passage, and then put the Bible down and the next time we read that SAME passage, it can have a total different meaning.
Stars are two things…objects in the universe and GOD’S creation of angels which HE calls, “Sons of GOD”
When Lucifer became proud and jealous, he left his first estate and took with him many angels. This began the Great War. This is where we begin to see divisions. Divisions of many kinds. This is a form of chaos, and it’s Satan’s finest works.
Do you know what witchcraft is? Witchcraft is seeking help or guidance from any spiritual source other than GOD!
And this is the reason for horoscopes…the fallen angels knew it would lead people astray…
Fortune Telling, Palm Reading, Crystal Ball, Cards, Tea Leaves, Handwriting Analysis, Ouija Boards, Telepathy, Kabbalah, Horoscopes, Voodoo, Pendulums, Astrology, Star Gazing, Clairvoyance, Clairaudience, are all forbidden practices of the Word of GOD. All forms of horoscopes, Tarot cards, psychics, palm reading, worshiping or contacting the dead, and sorcery are evil and originate with Satan, (fallen angels) and his followers. “Sorcery” is an interesting word in the Bible. It is derived from the same Hebrew word that our word “pharmacy” today comes from. Hence, sorcery is the use of drugs as a medium to contact the demonic world.
The word astrology comes from the early Latin word astrologia, which derives from the Greek “study of”—”account of the stars”. Astrologia later passed into meaning ‘star-divination’ with astronomia used for the scientific term.
A form of astrology was practiced in the first dynasty of Mesopotamia (1950–1651 BCE). Chinese astrology was elaborated in the Zhou dynasty (1046–256 BCE). Hellenistic astrology after 332 BCE mixed Babylonian astrology with Egyptian Decanic astrology in Alexandria, creating horoscopic astrology. Alexander the Great’s conquest of Asia allowed astrology to spread to Ancient Greece and Rome. In Rome, astrology was associated with ‘Chaldean wisdom’. After the conquest of Alexandria in the 7th century, astrology was taken up by Islamic scholars, and Hellenistic texts were translated into Arabic and Persian. In the 12th century, Arabic texts were imported to Europe and translated into Latin, helping to initiate the European Renaissance, when major astronomers including Tycho Brahe, Johannes Kepler and Galileo practiced as court astrologers. Astrological references appear in literature in the works of poets such as Dante Alighieri and Geoffrey Chaucer, and of playwrights such as Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare.
I find this particularly interesting…
References to identifiable stars and constellations appear in the writings of Homer and Hesiod, the earliest surviving examples of Greek literature. In the Iliad and the Odyssey, Homer refers to the following celestial objects:
the constellation Boötes
the star cluster Hyades
the constellation Orion
the star cluster Pleiades
Sirius, the Dog Star
the constellation Ursa Major
“Astrology” is “the ancient art or science of divining the fate and future of human beings from indications given by the positions of the stars and other heavenly bodies” – Encyclopedia Britannica, Vol. 2, p. 575, 1956. It assumes that our lives are largely influenced (though not completely determined) by the position and movement of heavenly bodies.
“Horoscope” is a chart of the position of the heavenly bodies, used to predict their influence on people’s lives.
“Zodiac” is a narrow strip or belt of the heavens in which the sun, moon, and principle planets appear as the earth revolves around the sun. This zone is divided into twelve sections, each of which contains a constellation (group of stars) for which that section has been named. Each of these 12 constellations is called a “sign of the Zodiac.” Whatever section the sun could be found in at the time of year when a person is born, that section is said to be the sign under which that person was born.
“Occult” is defined as: “magic, astrology, and other alleged sciences claiming use or knowledge of secret, mysterious, or supernatural agencies” – Random House College Dictionary. Other occult practices include witchcraft and sorcery, Satanism, spiritualism, fortune-telling, and psychics.
Our society is increasingly accepting pagan concepts. Since astrology is essentially pagan, we should not be surprised to see it becoming more popular. Specifically, astrology interests modern Americans for these reasons:
* Astrology attempts to predict the future.
People are always fascinated by the future. This is especially true when the future looks bleak (economic problems, war, family problems).
* Astrology claims to analyze one’s character.
People love to hear what others say about them, especially if they think no one pays attention to them. When people feel like a number in a crowd, anything that emphasizes individual character makes them feel important.
* Astrology gives advice for guiding ones life.
People seek solutions to their problems: advice for business deals and financial investments, marriage and family problems, etc. This is why advice columns and self-help books are so popular. Especially when times are troubled, astrology purports to offer solutions and guidance.
* Astrology offers an explanation for life.
People wonder why things happen the way they do, and what is the meaning of life. Astrology claims to explain the determining forces behind what’s happening.
* Astrology offers a unique experience and a sense of being special.
People are often bored with life. Their jobs and lives are routine. Anything different or unique fascinates them. They may think they are gaining inside information others don’t have or are becoming part of those “in the know.”
In short, people pursue astrology for many of the same reasons people seek cults and other aspects of the Occult.
So, when astrology was formalized 2000 years ago, the constellations were at certain locations in the sky at certain times of the year. If you were born at a certain time of the year, astrology says you were born under a certain sign, because that’s where that constellation was at that time of the year 2000 years ago.
But the earth wobbles slightly, like a top wobbling on its axis. So now, 2000 years later, the constellations are not where astrology says they should be at the time of your birth. In fact, they are out of step by a whole sign!
So because you were born at a certain time of the year, astrology says you are born under a certain sign, meaning a constellation was at a certain point when you were born. But in fact, the constellation of that sign was not at all where they say it was!
But remember that the position of the stars is supposed to be what determines your character and destiny. The constellation that you were really born under is the next one down the line. Hence, the practice of astrology contradicts the theory of astrology. If there ever was any validity in its predictions, there is none any more.
Why should Christians be guided by and trust their future to a self-contradictory system?
II. What Does the Bible Say about Astrology?
A. Astrology Is False Prophecy.
By definition, astrology attempts to predict the future. Are its predictions accurate?
Astrology is unreliable.
Daniel 4:7; (2:10,11; 5:7,8) – On three occasions astrologers and other occult experts were asked to predict the future. Each time they failed, but Daniel succeeded by God’s power.
[Note: “Enchanters” in ASV = “astrologers” in KJV. “Chaldeans” in ASV is “astrologers” in NIV.]
God forbids His people to place serious confidence in astrology.
Deuteronomy 18:9-14,18-22 – Occult practices, including divination, are an abomination to God. V14 specifically forbids listening to diviners. “Divining” is attempting to predict the future by occult or mystical methods. But astrology is part of the occult and attempts to predict the future. So by definition, astrology constitutes occult divination, which God forbids (note again the Britannica definition above).
Vv 21,22 – If one claims to know the future, but his predictions do not come true, do not fear him! The Bible shows that astrologers cannot predict the future with certainty, and most astrologers will admit their predictions are often incorrect.
2 Kings 17:16-18 – God destroyed Israel for practicing idolatry, worshiping “the host of heaven” (stars and planets), using “divination” [ASV; cf. “witchcraft and soothsaying” in NKJV], and other occult practices.
Jeremiah 10:2 – God’s people were expressly forbidden to be concerned about the “signs of heaven,” that heathen people trusted in. This clearly includes astrology. God’s people were not to learn their ways!
The Old Testament clearly says that the future cannot be predicted accurately by the stars. If it could not be done then, it cannot be done now. To place trust in such methods is to learn the ways of the heathen, which is just as wrong now as it was then.
[Ezek. 21:21; 12:24; 13:6-9,23; 21:29; 22:28; Isaiah 44:24,25; Acts 16:16-19; Jer. 27:9,10; 14:14; Mic. 3:6-11; Zech. 10:2]
B. Astrology Is a False Standard of Guidance.
Astrology attempts to advise people how to act, based on the position of the stars, etc. So people “trust their lucky stars” and “thank their lucky stars.” They seek guidance from some Occult source other than God.
Isaiah 47:13,14 – Babylon originated astrology. God promised to destroy Babylon, then asked what the astrologers, stargazers, and monthly prognosticators would do to stop Him. All these were involved in astrology, but they were powerless against God.
Daniel 1:19,20 – Daniel and friends were ten times better in giving wisdom and guidance than all the Babylonian magicians and astrologers [“enchanters” – ASV].
Deuteronomy 18:15,18-20 – Having forbidden the occult (including astrology) (vv 9-14), God predicted a spokesman like Moses whom we should listen to. This refers to Jesus (Acts 3:22,23). One who speaks differently from His message should die.
The teachings of Jesus provide all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3) and every good work (2 Timothy 3:16,17). What do we need astrology for? Bible writers reveal true wisdom to guide your life. Astrologers may occasionally guess right, but the Bible is always right. Yet some people will read their horoscope everyday, but will go days without opening the Bible!
The sun, moon, and stars are lifeless, unintelligent objects. They can no more tell what your future holds or how to live you life than a rock or mud puddle can! If you want real wisdom, go to the all-wise, all-powerful Creator who made the sun, moon, and stars!
[Prov. 3:5,6; Acts 17:28; Matt. 11:28; 6:25-34; Rom. 8:28]
C. Astrology Is a Form of Idolatry.
Astrology originally involved direct worship of heavenly bodies.
Deuteronomy 4:15-19 – God warns His people not to worship idols, including the sun, moon, and stars – called the “host of heaven.”
2 Kings 21:1-3 – The evil king Manasseh practiced idolatry, worshiped the host of heaven, and otherwise participated in the Occult (v6).
2 Kings 23:5 – When Josiah became king, he removed idolatry, including worship of the sun, moon, the constellations, and host of heaven. “Constellations” (NKJV) = “the Zodiac” (NKJV footnote; cf. Gesenius) or the “12 signs” (ASV footnote).
Astrology from its very beginning was a form of idolatry forbidden by God.
[Deuteronomy 17:2-5; Amos 5:25,26; Acts 7:42,43; Deut. 13:1-5; Jer. 19:13; Zeph. 1:5]
Astrology today still substitutes heavenly bodies for God.
It is possible to practice idolatry without intentionally performing worship rituals. Coveting, for example, is idolatry (Eph. 5:5; Col. 3:5). Idolatry is anything that puts created things in the position that only God should occupy.
The Bible teaches that no one but God can predict our future lives.
James 4:14 – Man does not know what will happen tomorrow.
Proverbs 27:1 – You don’t know what a day may bring forth.
Daniel 2:27,28 – Astrologers could not interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (a prediction of the future), but God could do so.
Isaiah 41:21-23; 42:8,9 – God rests His claim to Deity on His ability to predict the future. He challenges idols to prove they are gods by telling the future.
If we believe the God of the Bible is the only true God, then we must conclude that stars cannot predict the future. To believe that stars can predict the future is to claim they have the power of gods! It puts the stars in place of God and gives the glory of God to others. Intentionally or not, that is a form of idolatry, which God forbids.
The Bible teaches that only God can give rules for moral and spiritual guidance of our lives.
Isaiah 8:19,20 – Do not seek occult teachers, but seek God. Where do you find His will? In the law and the testimony. When people teach us to seek spiritual guidance from sources other than God’s word (as the occult does), there is no light in them.
Galatians 1:8,9 – Anyone who preaches a different gospel – a different spiritual source of guidance for our lives – is accursed. Why? Because they have assumed a position that only God can occupy.
“Astrology has evolved from the crude, … superstitious worship of the planets to the present sophisticated, … superstitious worship of the planets” – Raymond Harris.
Divine revelation is complete in Scripture (2 Tim. 3:16,17). Anytime we exalt a creature to a position only God can rightly occupy, we are guilty of idolatry.
[Isaiah 55:8,9; Rom. 1:25]
Galatians 4:8,9 – Gentiles had been idol worshipers, but were converted to the true God. Why then go back to the principles of heathenism? Idolatry is as clearly forbidden today as in the Old Testament. [2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1; Gal. 5:19-21; 1 John 5:21; 1 Cor. 10:14ff; etc.]
Everything that astrology claims to accomplish is fulfilled for Christians through Jesus Christ and His Word.
* The true meaning of life is revealed only in God’s word, not in Occult appeals to other forces.
* The true understanding of your character and what kind of person you should seek to become can be found in God’s word, not in the Occult.
* The best way to prepare for the future is found in God’s word. It may not tell everything people want to know about the future, but it tells everything we need to know. It is the only sure way to know what God plans for the future, especially life after death.
All true spiritual needs of the believer are met through God and His word. Why look elsewhere? To seek answers in astrology is to show a lack of faith in God and to turn instead to heathen idolatry.
1 Thessalonians 5:22 – Let us abstain from every form (appearance) of evil. [Col. 2:18,19; Acts 19:19]
Among Indo-European peoples, astrology has been dated to the 3rd millennium BC, with roots in calendrical systems used to predict seasonal shifts and to interpret celestial cycles as signs of divine communications. Among Indo-European peoples, astrology has been dated to the 3rd millennium BC, with roots in calendrical systems used to predict seasonal shifts and to interpret celestial cycles as signs of divine communications.
Babylonian astrology was the first organized system of astrology, arising in the 2nd millennium BC. There is speculation that astrology of some form appeared in the Sumerian period in the 3rd millennium BC, but the isolated references to ancient celestial omens dated to this period are not considered sufficient evidence to demonstrate an integrated theory of astrology.
Sumerian cultures had a reason. Visits from celestials…the Sumerian history is a portrait of celestial visitations from what they referred to as ‘star gods’. This is addressed later in this series.
Astrology consists of several pseudoscientific systems of divination based on the premise that there is a relationship between astronomical phenomena and events in the human world:
Mundane Astrology (also known as political astrology) is the application of astrology to world affairs and world events, taking its name from the Roman word Mundus, meaning “the World”. Mundane astrology is a branch of Judicial astrology and is widely believed by astrological historians to be the most ancient branch of astrology. Many modern and ancient mundane astrologers also believe correlations exist between geological phenomena (such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, etc.) and astronomical phenomena (the movement of celestial bodies in relation to the Earth).
Mundane astrology is therefore known to be one of the oldest branches of astrology. It was only with the gradual emergence of horoscopic astrology, from the 6th century BC, that astrology developed the techniques and practice of natal astrology. Natal astrology, also known as genethliacal astrology, is the system of astrology based on the concept that each individual’s personality or path in life can be determined by constructing a natal chart for the exact date, time, and location of that individual’s birth.
Hellenistic astrology-Several Hellenistic astrologers ascribe its creation to a mythical sage named Hermes Trismegistus.
Electional Astrology concerns itself with determining the most auspicious moment to begin an enterprise or undertaking, such as starting a business or founding an organization. It takes into account the individual person or persons involved, and the place where the action is to be performed, to suggest the best time to perform the activity.
Horary astrology is a method by which an astrologer attempts to answer a specific question by constructing a horoscope for the exact time and place at which the question was asked. The answer might be a simple yes or no, but is, in general, more complex with insights into, for example, the motives of the questioner, the motives of others involved in the matter, and the options available to him.
Horoscopic astrology is a form of astrology that uses a horoscope, a visual representation of the heavens, for a specific moment in time in order to interpret the inherent meaning underlying the alignment of the planets at that moment. The idea is that the placement of the planets at any given moment in time reflects the nature of that moment and especially anything that is born then, and this can be analyzed using the chart and a variety of rules for interpreting the ‘language’ or symbols therein.
As per Jyotisha, is the traditional Hindi system of astrology. However, historical documentation shows that horoscopic astrology in the Indian subcontinent:
Have you ever noticed the Islamic Muslims pray five times daily…but it’s corresponding with the cycles of the moon. Ever notice the “moon” symbol that is to cherished by the Muslims? It is the symbol of the moon god, which is exactly where the Islamic Muslim religion started back in 800 A.D., under the moon god Muhammad.
Isaiah 47 (KJV)
13 Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.
The term zodiac derives from Latin zōdiacus, which in its turn comes from the Greek ζῳδιακὸς κύκλος (zōdiakos kyklos), meaning “circle of animals”, derived from ζῴδιον (zōdion), the diminutive of ζῷον (zōon) “animal”. The name is motivated by the fact that half of the signs of the classical Greek zodiac are represented as animals (besides two mythological hybrids).
Enki, with one foot on land, one in the water. Prophetic, no doubt! But how…
Why did this picture portray him this way? Ea lived underwater, in the ‘abzu,’ the ‘ocean beneath’ the earth. It certainly looks like water in the picture but it’s a mixture which is a perfect metaphor for the mystery of the iniquity. It’s all about DNA, folks…
Hybridization is key to our past, present and seemingly our future. Transhumanism plays an important part in this too.
When I placed the comment about the Sumerian gods in the first part of this subject, it definitely had to be separated and addressed accordingly because of its true nature.
With Enki […] the fertilising agent is also water […] Sumerian “a” or “Ab” [as in ‘abzu’] means “semen”. In one evocative passage in a Sumerian hymn, Enki stands at the empty riverbeds and fills them with his ‘water”.
Sumer, the southernmost region of Mesopotamia, created a cosmology that divided the world into three basic ‘zones’: Earth formed the first layer; beneath that lay the void, the underworld; beneath these two was Abzu, the ‘primeval ocean’, whose fresh waters created lakes, underground aquifers, wells, and, importantly for Enki, the marshland he was thought to rule over.
There is no Greek god in the astrological pantheon associated with marshland other than Pluto:
Though in time Hades and his region became a synonym for Hell, his original domain was a territory somewhere “far below,” encompassing marshlands, desolate areas, and lands watered by mighty rivers (The 12th Planet, Zecharia Stitchin; p. 77).
Enki is associated with ‘sweet’, or fresh water, and is also associated with fish, particularly goatfish, which were burned and sacrificed at his altars.
Greeks associated Capricorn with the god Pan.
Hindu-The Newa art of Nepal uses this depiction extensively. In Newar architecture, its depiction is; “as guardian of gateways, the makara image appears on the curved prongs of the vast crossed-vajra that encompasses the four gateways of the two-dimensional mandala. Of the three dimensional-mandala this crossed-vajra supports the whole structure of the mandala palace symbolizing the immovable stability of the vajra-ground on which it stands.”
Mandala (Sanskrit Maṇḍala, ‘circle’) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Indian religions, representing the universe. The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the general shape of a T.
Sure does look like a stargate…hmmmm…how about CERN? Look Similar?
Pentaho Based System to Run the Business Behind the World’s Largest Particle Physics Lab (CERN) –
LOGO looks like a portal! Pent? Closely confined. Notice how Shiva and CERN are closely related…
‘Makara’ is a Sanskrit word which means “sea dragon” or “water-monster” and in Tibetan language it is called the “chu-srin”, and also denotes a hybrid creature. It is the origin of the word for crocodile ‘mugger’ (मगर) in Hindi. The English word ‘mugger’ evolved meaning one who sneaks up and attacks another.
During the Vedic times when Indra was the God of heaven, Varuna, the Vedic water god became the God of the seas and rode on makara, which was called “the water monster vehicle”.
Makara has been depicted typically as half mammal and half fish. Makara is also the emblem of Kamadeva, the vedic god of love and desire. It is also known as ‘Makara-Ketu’ which means “long tailed makara.” It is the tenth sign of the Zodiac, called rāśi in Sanskrit, which is equivalent to the zodiacal sign of Capricorn (goat symbol).
In Tibetan iconography, it is depicted in the Vajrayana weaponry of strength and tenacity which is the hall mark of crocodiles, since crocodiles hold on its hapless victim is nothing but death. The Vajrayan weapons which have crocodile symbolism are; axe, iron hook, curved knife, vajra, ritual dragon in all of which the theme is “emergence from the open mouth of makara”.
Sounds very much like a stargate/portal!
Do you see the similarities? How would Enki and the Hindu people come up with the same character of hybrid?
India symbol? Reminds me of the description of the beasts in Revelation. India-Four religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism—originated here, whereas Zoroastrianism and the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam arrived in the 1st millennium CE and also shaped the region’s diverse culture.
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Many ancient legends parallel Jesus Christ! And this is how Satan twists and turns to form a sea of confusion. He is the father of chaos.