Have you ever wondered if astrology is a sin, or in conflict with your religious beliefs?
As someone from a Christian / Catholic background, I was occasionally warned in the past about dabbling in metaphysical subjects like astrology.
I analyze almost everything (as a Virgo…), and astrology was no exception.
In my teenage years, I would have quelled my curiosity if I felt that the study of astrology was:
- Harmful to myself
- Harmful to others
- More about fluff/entertainment/hype
- A form of black magic that involves invoking Satanic forces
- Based on superstition
Sin suggests some level of guilt and/or repentance, and I’ve never been one to feel guilty about things I’m genuinely passionate about.
That being said, it wasn’t until my 18th birthday that I dove into the world of astrology beyond the sun sign. I remember reading a website with a general overview of the planets in different signs. There were descriptions for signs in Virgo, which is what I read at first. I didn’t realize yet that each of us has a unique birth chart based on our birth time and birth location.
As I read the different descriptions, I thought to myself: “Hmm…I guess I feel like a Virgo Sun a lot of the time, but a Venus in Virgo doesn’t sound like me at all.” I felt like certain descriptions resonated with me more than others, such as Pisces, Scorpio and Libra.
Shortly after, I realized it was because I DID have planets in these signs — Moon, Venus, and Mercury respectively. No wonder I didn’t feel like a Virgo Sun 100% of the time!
As a result, that was the “catalyst” which made me more proactive. I decided to invest the time to study and explore how astrology can be used positively as a tool for self-analysis and personal growth. How is learning more about yourself an activity that is categorized as a sin?
This approach makes it compatible for people from all walks of life, whether or not you identify with a mainstream religion.
I bought several books on the subject. Consequently, I paid less attention to the popular “Sun Sign” horoscopes found in tabloids, celebrity gossip magazines, newspapers and some websites. The readings weren’t accurate to me as we are so much more than just our sun signs.
WHAT ABOUT…FORTUNE TELLING?
Astrology can be viewed as fortune telling, depending on your point of view (that’s my Libra Mercury at work).
According to Google, a fortune teller is someone who:
“predicts a person’s future by palmistry, using a crystal ball, or similar methods.”
Some people say that predictive astrology (the forecasting of future events and developments) is equivalent to fortune-telling.
At face value, that can be true.
I prefer to view astrology as a less fatalistic subject, because I firmly believe that we each have a choice as to how to live our lives or respond to events. Even a tiny modicum of free will puts you in charge of how you steer your life.
A wise feng shui expert once told me to use Eastern or Western astrology for “a bit of help,” but not to the extent where it “controlled my life.”
Because a chart is so layered and complex — particularly when you factor in the natal / progressed chart and transits — I enjoy viewing a chart as a “compass.” It tells a story about someone’s personality, and how the personality has evolved over time. You can prepare yourself for challenging transits (such as during a first Saturn return) by being aware of those challenging aspects through studying your chart.
Instead of viewing this as “mystical” or “occult fortune-telling,” I think it’s healthy to approach it as being adaptable to changes in life and being prepared for future growth.
When we integrate different parts of our personality into our consciousness, it helps us live our full potential as human beings. After all, that’s one of the biggest contributions anybody can make to their community and to society on a broader scale.
SO…WHAT EXACTLY IS ASTROLOGY?
Over the course of my life, I’ve thought about astrology being a combination of the following:
- An art and a science (the art involves the intuitive portion of interpreting a chart; the science involves observing / recording the actual planetary movements)
- Belief system
- Language (i.e. structure and communication between the universe and ourselves)
- Something practical
- Something spiritual
It means different things to different people. In addition, it is always enjoyable to hear about what astrology means to someone when they have a deep appreciation for it.
What I like about astrology is its neutral quality — somewhat akin to gravity or the law of attraction which simply exist. Astrology is the study of the effects of planetary movements on our lives on Earth. As long as there are stars and planets in the sky, these effects are going to be reflected. Therefore this information on its own is neither “good” nor “evil.”
A technical description of astrology by Astrologer.com:
“Astrology is the study of the correlation between the positions and movements of celestial bodies and life and physical processes on Earth, and their resulting practices.”
Another short and elegant description of astrology via Cafe Astrology:
“Astrology is valuable in helping us form realistic expectations and a clear perspective. The beauty of astrology is that it will help you to always be in complete control of your life.”
ASTROLOGY FROM A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE
Here are some quotes which echo my sentiments on a key Bible fact:
1) “Being Christian should never affect one’s study of astrology. Remember, there is a special place in God’s heart of the good astrologer. It was the 3 [wise men] who followed the Star over Bethlehem who financed the Holy Family’s escape from Herod into Egypt.” (~ Lynn Koiner)
2) Several translations refer to the men outright as astrologers at Matthew Chapter 2, such as the Phillips News Testament (1972). The wise men went to pay Jesus homage after “observing his star at its rising.”
3) “It was years later when I realized that the three wise men were astrologers. This information brought me peace as I began my astrological counseling journey. Many Christian clients of mine even tell me that they feel more connected to God after an astrological consultation. They feel that they are not alone and that there is a purpose in their life.” (~ Carmen Turner-Schott)
To wrap up this post, a sin is defined as:
“any reprehensible or regrettable action, behavior, lapse, etc.; great fault or offense.”
As a teen, I felt that I’d be complicating matters by being paralyzed with fear as to whether astrology is sinful or against religious beliefs.
Wasting time by doing unproductive things. Or doing nothing about having no direction in life. These were always a bigger “sin” to my inner self, versus learning more about myself.
I highly doubt that God / the universe would have a massive problem with that.