Question: We have a friend who has become heavily involved in astrology. Is this okay? What does the Bible say? Is it something to worry about?
Answer: Yes, astrology is definitely something for the Christian to be concerned about. Here’s why…
First, the Bible is strong in its condemnation of astrology – see below.
Second, the reason the Bible is so strong in condemning astrology is because it is not only rooted in the occult, but in paganism. The seven “planets” of classical astrology (sun, moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) were not just objects in the sky. They were deities. The ancients did not think of these things as worlds or space objects, they were gods and goddesses. Astrology is based in idolatry.
Third, astrology places our destinies in the realm of natural objects. But we know that our lives are in the hands of God, not some star, planet or satellite. To live our life based on stars and planets is to deny the sovereignty of God and His rule in our lives.
Fourth, astrology is an overtly occult practice. Divination itself (seeking out knowledge through supernatural means) is also soundly condemned in Scripture. When you are dealing with the occult, including astrology, you are opening yourself up to the demonic.
Fifth, as you can see in this person’s life, astrology – like all occult practices – causes both a fascination and a bondage. It is not without reason that Bible speaks of “seducing spirits.” But the seduction only leads to a dead end, false hopes, and spiritual chains.
The Bible is very clear in its condemnation of astrology. Consider the following:
All forms of divination are condemned in the Scriptures. Divination is the seeking for secret or hidden knowledge through the use of supernatural means. This may be seeking the future, or the present unknown. Divination is strongly condemned in Deut. 18:10-12 and Zech. 10:2). This condemnation includes all modern forms of divination: Tarot cards, Ouija boards, palmistry, water dowsing, scrying (using crystal balls, mirrors, or water), reading tea leaves, numerology, etc. It should be noted that God considers divination a serious enough sin that it was one of the reasons that Israel was led away captive (2 Kings 17:16-17).
When it comes to astrology in particular, this is what the Bible teaches:
> Astrology is a specific form of divination. It is the belief that man’s destiny is influenced by the stars and planets. The belief was originally founded upon the ancient Babylonian worship of the planets as gods. The Bible condemns the idolatry of these celestial gods… Deut. 4:19, Deut. 17:2-5, 2 Ki. 21:5, Jeremiah 8:2.
> It is expressly condemned in Isa. 47:12-14, 2 Kings 23:5, Jeremiah 10:2-3a, and Amos 5:26. The condemnation of all divination is found in Deut. 18:10-12 also applies here.
> The failure of astrology as compared with God’s power is seen in Daniel 2:1-11, 27ff, also in Daniel 5:7-9.
The bottom line is this: Christians should have nothing to do with astrology. Involvement in astrology is a false hope, and opens a person up to the kingdom of darkness.