Is Astrology a Sin?

Is Astrology a Sin?

Have you ever wondered if astrology is a sin, or in conflict with your religious beliefs?

Is Astrology a Sin?

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.”
(~ Wikipedia)

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.

Free Birth Chart

Free Birth Chart

This calculator creates an interactive birth chart via Astrotheme.

Birth Chart.

WHERE ARE ALL THE PLANETS IN MY ASTROLOGY BIRTH CHART?

To view your unique birth chart, enter your birth time info in the online calculator below.

It is an interactive chart, so click around on the different planets for more information on your planetary placements.

Astrology Quotes

Astrology Quotes

Quotes by astrologers and other individuals on the wisdom of astrology, why it works, and how it can enrich your life and soul.

I think it’s a splendid thing that so many intelligent and learned people throughout history have held the subject in such high regard. To me, that says more about the subject than skeptics’ comments (see quote #2 for a perspective on that matter).

This post will be a work-in-progress with updates. I’m starting off with astrology quotes in my first top 10 list 🙂

Make sure you add some of your favorites in the comments section!

Astrology Quotes

QUOTABLE QUOTES

1) “Astrology is the blueprint of the soul.”
Maggie Yanor

2) “Many people feel that they have a right to dismiss astrology as rubbish without any experience or observation of how it works in practice.”
— Robert Currey, Astrologer.com

3) “Millionaires don’t use astrology, billionaires do.”
J.P. Morgan

4) “The soul of the newly born baby is marked for life by the pattern of the stars at the moment it comes into the world, unconsciously remembers it, and remains sensitive to the return of configurations of a similar kind.”
Johannes Kepler, 1571-1630, German mathematician, astronomer, and astrologer

5) Astrology has no more useful function than this, to discover the inmost nature of a man and to bring it out into his consciousness, that he may fulfil it according to the law of light.”
Aleister Crowley, 1875-1947

6) “A year or two back I cancelled my donation to Wikipedia because of what it said in the introduction to its Astrology entry. . .[that] it IS a pseudoscience.”
Barry Goddard, 2013

7) “Obviously astrology has much to offer psychology, but what the latter can offer its elder sister is less evident.”
Carl G. Jung, psychologist

8) “Astrology [is] the noblest of the sciences.”
Dante

9) “I always keep my weather eye on the opposition of my seventh house Moon to my first house Mars.”
— Theodore Roosevelt, who kept a copy of his chart in the oval office

10) “Astrology is baffling because it works.”
Liz Greene, Astrology for Lovers

Hit the button below to download this list + 5 more quotes as a PDF!

Find My Moon Sign

Find My Moon Sign

The moon sign in astrology is an important planet, as it shows your emotional nature, instinctive nature, and what your deep emotional needs are.

This is why you could feel like a very intense Gemini, if you had a Gemini Sun with Scorpio as your Moon sign.

Find Moon Sign.

WHAT’S MY MOON SIGN?

To find your moon sign, enter your birth time info in the online calculator at Lunarium.co.uk.

Scroll down the page to read a description of your moon sign.

DESCRIPTION OF MOON SIGNS
Moon Painting
Image from Playbuzz

Here’s a short description of each moon sign.

ARIES: Impulsive, enthusiastic, and impatient. Gets bored easily. Optimistic.

TAURUS: Deliberate, slow-paced, concerned with feeling a sense of security. Stable emotions and likes to have a comfortable environment.

GEMINI: Curious and witty nature. Sociable. Natural instinct is to think about emotions more than feel them.

CANCER: The Moon is in its rulership in the sign of Cancer, which is where it can express itself fully and easily.  Has a tendency to cling to their home, possessions, friends and family.

LEO: Emotional nature has a dramatic, generous and fun-loving temperament. Feels energized when natural spontaneity and exuberance can be creatively expressed.

VIRGO: Analytical nature when it comes to processing emotions. Practical, good memory, reserved, and wants to store or organize emotions so that feelings are expressed in a “correct” and suitable context.

LIBRA: Does not like to be alone. Needs to feel an intellectual rapport with a romantic partner. Can be indecisive. Needs calm and balance to feel secure, which is why relationships can be a very complicated territory (where it’s sometimes anything BUT calm and harmonious).

SCORPIO: Deeply emotional, very intense, mystical and secretive. Temperament is quiet, dark, and brooding.

SAGITTARIUS: Light-hearted, hates to feel tied down. Loves freedom and emotional adventures.

CAPRICORN: Patient, disciplined, high level of self-control. The emotional nature reflects the serious, disciplined Capricorn energy that is driven by long-term success.

AQUARIUS: Idealistic and cool-headed. Can deny “irrational” emotions —such as jealousy and fear because of their belief that they are better than such “base” human emotions. Expects a lot of breathing space in relationships. Needs friendship to feel secure. Can be stubborn and dogmatic about getting others to do things their way.

PISCES: Needs to feel “at one” with the world. There is a drive to transcend mundane reality and merge with something that goes beyond the physical, personal self. Needs to set emotional boundaries and have some quiet time to recharge.

P.S. Let us know in the comments section whether you feel more like your sun sign or moon sign (or both!).

Billionaires: Virgo Quotes

Billionaires: Virgo Quotes

Billionaires and astrology…is there any correlation?

I remembered reading a Forbes article a few years ago with the following sentence:

“At 12%, [Virgo is] the most common astrological sign among billionaires.”
— Forbes.com (2006)

Virgo Billionaires: Facts and Quotes. Based on study by Forbes.

[bctt tweet=”At 12%, Virgo is the most common astrological sign among billionaires. — @Forbes #astrology” username=”innerlifegoals”]

The article also mentions that Virgos are “happiest when they can produce things or services that are useful to others.”

While every Zodiac sign can found in the Forbes list, I thought it’d be interesting to compile some facts and quotes about the work ethic of the industrious Virgos on the list.

I may expand this post into a series featuring billionaires from other Zodiac signs, as every sign has their strengths which we can learn from. As an industrious Virgo myself, it’s probably something I’ll get started on if I write it on my to-do list…

Anyway for the purpose of this post, here is a list of 6 Virgo Billionaires, since Virgo is the 6th sign of the Zodiac.

  1. Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett is an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He is considered by some to be one of the most successful investors in the world.

Born: August 30, 1930 (age 86)

Quotes by Warren Buffett:

  • “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”
  • “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”
  • “Rule No.1: Never lose money. Rule No.2: Never forget rule No.1.”

[bctt tweet=”Price is what you pay. Value is what you get. — @WarrenBuffett #money #investing” username=”innerlifegoals”]

2. Jorge Paulo Lemann

Jorge Paulo Lemann is a Swiss-Brazilian investor. He is ranked as the 19th richest person in the world by Forbes, with an estimated net worth of US$32.7 billion as of September 2016. He is the richest person in Brazil and Switzerland.

Born: August 26, 1939 (age 77)

Quotes by Jorge Paulo Lemann:

  • Described as “classy” by Warren Buffett.
  • “In day-to-day life, you have stimulus to behave unethically, but in the long term, it always pays off to be ethical.”
  • “I always say, ‘To have a big dream requires the same effort as having a small dream. Dream big!'”
3. Jack Ma

Jack Ma, founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group.

Jack Ma is a Chinese business magnate who is the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, a family of successful Internet-based businesses.

Born: September 10, 1964 (age 52), Hangzhou, China

Quotes by Jack Ma:

  • “Always keep in mind these three principles: what you want to do, what you should do, and for how long you should do it.”
  • “If you want to grow, find a good opportunity. Today, if you want to be a great company, think about what social problem you could solve.”
  • “If you don’t give up, you still have a chance. And, when you are small, you have to be very focused and rely on your brain, not your strength.”

[bctt tweet=”If you want to grow, find a good opportunity. — #JackMa of @AlibabaGroup | h/t @businessinsider #businesstips”]

4. Dieter Schwarz

Dieter Schwarz is a German entrepreneur and owner of the Schwarz-Gruppe. He is the chairman and CEO of the supermarket chain Lidl and the hypermarket chain Kaufland.

Born: September 24, 1939 (age 76), Heilbronn, Germany

Facts about Dieter Schwarz:

  • A decidedly private person who shuns all publicity.
  • “. . .extremely serious about his personal privacy, Dieter Schwarz has only two photographs of him to ever exist.”
  • A man “who has been respected for his brilliant decision making and ability to make crucial breakthroughs at the right time.”
5. Cheng Yu Tung

Cheng Yu-Tung.

Cheng Yu Tung is a Hong Kong billionaire with extensive business dealings and real estate interests in both Hong Kong and Macau.

Born: 26 August 1925 (age 91)

Quotes by Cheng Yu Tung:

  • “Go after your dreams and do everything it takes to accomplish your goals.”
  • “There is never a right time to start your own business. If you have a vision and see a market for your specific product or service, go for it.”
6. Guy Laliberté

Guy Laliberté is a Canadian entrepreneur, poker player, space tourist, co-founder and the former CEO of Cirque du Soleil.

Born: September 2, 1959 (age 57), Quebec City, Canada

Quotes by Guy Laliberté:

  • “We didn’t reinvent the circus. We repackaged it in a much more modern way.”
  • “There are so many disciplines and themes that we still haven’t explored yet. It’s infinite what we can apply our creativity to.”
  • “In life I’ve learned one thing; if you want to be good you have to connect with the best people.”

Friday Introductions

Friday Introductions

Friday Introductions is a way to get to know someone via the #fridayintroductions hashtag on Fridays.

You can also reintroduce yourself to your Instagram followers and answer different questions each time you post!

Friday Introductions with Inner Life Goals. #fridayintroductions on Instagram!

I think it’s a fun way to discover people and see the unique blogs or websites they have.

While this blog of mine is very new, I thought I’d include my first Friday Introductions post here for visitors to get to know me. I’d be glad to get to know you too from comments you leave on these posts.

So here are some details about me…

My Name Is: Jess Chua

My Blog/Website is about: Astrology and career guidance. I focus on these subjects as I’m passionate about them. It also reflects my belief that a person functions at their best when they have self-knowledge to understand who they are and what they would like to achieve in life.

I’ve Lived In: Singapore, Maine, and Florida.

I’m Inspired By: People who are driven to make a meaningful contribution to society.

rock your feminine type

I’m Reading: Rock Your Feminine Type, by Joy Balma.

Women in business would certainly appreciate this book! What I love about the content is how it explains one’s strengths and weaknesses. Later I’ll fill out a section of the questionnaire in order to gain more clarity on my ‘shadow’ type (i.e. weak points).

In the book, you’ll find out if you’re:

  • The Diva or The Sweetheart
  • The Excellence Girl or The Muse
  • The Seeker or The Saint
  • The Goddess Geek or The Success Girl

I’m Drinking: A very relaxing concoction of herbal tea and organic, raw honey.

QUESTION: What’s your favorite website builder?

ANSWER: I like using WordPress. I tried SquareSpace for a couple of weeks, but several components weren’t loading correctly when I viewed the website on a tablet. Initially, I thought SS would save me time and money because of the convenience of their prettily designed templates and drag-and-drop editor. Frank Swift has a detailed post on the agony involved with a platform that doesn’t work as it should.

I’d love to know your answers, so introduce yourself and leave a comment 🙂

Starting Over

Starting Over

Starting over was a subject on my mind since a couple of weeks ago, due to the solar and lunar eclipses in September 2016.

3 tips for starting your life over and dealing with changes.

I thought about times in my life where a lot of changes were happening, and narrowed it down to three tips which helped me in terms of navigating my life and aspirations.

The first step was overcoming a fear of change.

The second step was taking the time to get in touch with what I really wanted.

The third step was taking the challenges as an opportunity to re-focus and re-organize.

This led me to write an article so that others could learn about how to deal with change in a way that is both positive and constructive.

The full article is posted at SelfGrowth. Thank you to SG for the blog post contribution opportunity!

Find My Rising Sign

Find My Rising Sign

The rising sign (also known as the ascendant) in astrology represents the way you present yourself to others, and also influences your external appearance.

The rising sign shows how we cope with daily issues. It reveals our instinctive reaction to new people and situations.

Find your rising sign with this online tool.

A Taurus sun sign with a Libra rising would have different personality traits as compared to a Taurus sun sign with Scorpio rising.

WHAT’S MY RISING SIGN?

To find your ascendant, enter your birth time info in the box below.

DESCRIPTION OF RISING SIGNS

Description Rising Signs

Here’s a short description of each rising sign!

ARIES: Impulsive, bold, ambitious. Mars is the ruling planet of Aries.

TAURUS: Steady, capable, sensual. Venus is the ruling planet of Taurus.

GEMINI: Quick, quick-witted, conversational. Mercury is the ruling planet of Gemini.

CANCER: Gentle, emotional, nostalgic. The Moon is the ruling planet of Cancer.

LEO: Warm, dramatic, confident. The Sun is the ruling planet of Leo.

VIRGO: Practical, analytical, discriminating. Mercury is the ruling planet of Virgo.

LIBRA: Diplomatic, charming, indecisive. Venus is the ruling planet of Libra.

SCORPIO: Intense, mysterious, penetrating. Pluto is the ruling planet of Scorpio.

SAGITTARIUS: Jovial, freedom-loving, wanderlust. Jupiter is the ruling planet of Sagittarius.

CAPRICORN: Conservative, industrious, reserved. Saturn is the ruling planet of Capricorn.

AQUARIUS: Unorthodox, future-oriented, free-spirited. Uranus is the ruling planet of Aquarius.

PISCES: Sensitive, creative, intuitive. Neptune is the ruling planet of Pisces.


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