Astrology is very much a part of my spiritual and mental health journey. I know it is not everyone’s cup of tea – to each their own! But I also think that there is a lot of misconceptions about the art of spiritual star gazing. I will be writing five posts over some common misconceptions.
Our first topic is one that prevented me from learning about learning astrology earlier: Is Astrology incompatible with a christian belief system?
Now, I grew up Catholic, spent a few years as a closet agnostic, and now I am really into spiritual femininity. I frequently pray to Mary and ask the Angel Gabriel to intercede for me. I resonate with the idea of Mother Universe or Goddess. I feel that “God” is feminine and powerful. So I feel like I have experienced a wide range of spiritual experiences.
Catholicism has many powerful spiritual expressions. I have been around charismatic catholics – it is a wild ride of deep spiritual realizations, speaking in tongues, seeing images, intuition and healing. While I am not catholic anymore, I still have a lot of respect of the lay people (most who are lay women) who are healers through this prayer form. But catholicism considers astrology and divination a grave sin – say what?????
I would argue that we have christianity and catholicism because of astrology! It is an ancient study of humanity that has contributed to christian theology and can be used in conjunction with a christian belief system without fear of sinning.
So why to I consider astrology okay? First of all, astrology is mentioned and praised in the bible, especially when communicating with both God the Father and God the Son! The three magi used astrology to find the Christ Child. David used astrology to learn about God. And God created the celestial bodies to communicate sacred messages to us. Astrology is looking to the stars for guidance and messages. Because the Magi understood the spiritual messages within the messages in the stars, they were able to find the Holy Family to bring reverence and respect. David is immortalized because of his ancestral lineage to Christ and as a great messenger of God. And God prescribes this type of divination in Genesis. This illustrates how astrology can actually bring us TO God, not sever ourselves from him.
Consider this verse from Matthew 2: 1 in the New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition:
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men[a] from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising,[b] and have come to pay him homage.”https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+2&version=NRSVCE
It is clear in this verse that the Magi studied astrology and knew that certain stars carried societal changes – like the birth of a savior. The story continues, and surprise, includes more of that sweet, sweet star gazing. (Bolded phrases are my emphasis!)
7 Then Herod secretly called for the wise men[e] and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. 8 Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” 9 When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising,[f]until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw that the star had stopped,[g] they were overwhelmed with joy. 11 On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+2&version=NRSVCE
The Magi knew the EXACT time of the Star’s rising, letting us understanding that they were experts on astrological influences and dream interpretation. And it is through their astrological interpretation that the Christ Child receives his first earthly homage from kings.
Some other great examples of scripture where the celestial bodies are viewed as ways to worship God:
Psalm 19 For the director of music. A psalm of David.https://www.biblestudytools.com/psalms/19.html
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth.
7 The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the LORD are firm, and all of them are righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.
11 By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression.
14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
In this Psalm, written by David, he plainly says that the stars proclaim the goodness of God. “Night after night, they reveal knowledge.” Here David admits that the stars are used to discern heavenly messages. The second half of the psalm, David declares the laws of the Lord to be perfect. So, if the heavens can reveal knowledge of the Lord, and the commandments of the Lord are right, then learning about God through astrology is not wrong.
Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.https://www.biblestudytools.com/isaiah/40-26.html
If God created the stars, he created their energy. The Old Testament often describes the Sun and Moon and Stars in personal terms. God is familiar with them, they are not just light fixtures in the sky. They are inherently meaningful and spiritual.
But to really see how God wants us to view celestial bodies, we should go to the creation of the universe in Genesis.
Genesis: 1:14-18 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years,https://www.biblestudytools.com/genesis/passage/?q=genesis+1:14-18
15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so.
16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.
17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth,
18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.
God creates the stars and planets to be guides for us to sacred times, days, and years. They illuminate the earth with their light and with their messages. And most importantly, God sees this as good.
For me, astrology is a MAJOR component to my spiritual self care. It is a great tool for me to do self reflection and to connect with my higher self. Of course, not everyone sees astrology as part of their spiritual practice. If you don’t feel called to it, listen to your gut and heart! Your spiritual journey should resonate with you and bring you into a higher communion with the universe and your god.
Part Two: Astrology Is Too Broad in its generalizations
Part Three: Astrology is Stupid
Part Four: Astrology is only about the Future
Part Five: I’m a Cusp