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Is Astrology for Real?

Astrology is the study of the alignment and activity of planets and stars, based upon the belief that these alignments have bearing on human lives and can be useful in predicting the future.  The dictionary definition looks like this:

"The study of the positions and aspects of celestial bodies in the belief that they have an influence on the course of natural earthly occurrences and human affairs."  (American Heritage Dictionary, 4th ed.) offers a helpful summary of astrology's past:

"The earliest known astrological records date back to Babylon, 1645 BC, and the earliest horoscope to 410 BC. Astrology's origins can also be traced to several other locations and cultures, including Egypt, which developed sophisticated timekeeping and calendar science; Greece, where Ptolemy authored influential astrological and astronomical texts; and Rome, where many of the most learned men-including two emperors-were astrologers who wrote laws and counseled citizens based on the Stars."  ( / Feb. 03)

Most regard astrology to be very ancient, some scholars even suggesting that the Tower of Babel (in Genesis 11) was built for astrological purposes. Yet this ancient practice has so permeated human thinking that even our daily newspapers print astrological predictions (horoscopes).

Scientific Problems

There are many scientific problems with astrology, however. One physicist and astronomer, Dr. Donald DeYoung, has noted three such issues in  his book "Astrology and the Bible" (2000):

1. Astrology fails to succeed when tested against reality. For example, if the distribution of heavenly bodies at birth has any implication into the life-course of the child, then twins should be virtually identical in their future, interests, talents, and personalities. Of course, this is not the case.

2. Because of the precession of the earth's axis, star positions relative to our planet have changed since astrological calendars were invented centuries ago.
Thus, the "signs" are no longer valid. The error grows greater every year.

3. The gravity of stars and planets is the only force that could effect earth, and for the vast majority of heavenly bodies, this effect is negligible.

Theological / Philosophical Problems

Aside from scientific objections, astrology is strongly condemned by the Bible as tantamount to witchcraft and occultism. If the underlying theory of astrology is true, that the position of the stars impacts, foretells, or in any way determines human activity, consider some of the implications:

1. Humans could not be held responsible for their actions, good or bad. There would be no basis upon which to judge an behavior "right" or "wrong" if the individual was compelled to behave that way due to some cosmic alignment.

2. Our choices would be rendered meaningless.
If the future can be foretold by gaging the movements of planets and stars, proving that we are living with only an illusion of free will, then nothing we do or fail to do would matter in the least. We would be "trapped" by our starlit "destiny."

3. Life-change, one of the central concepts of the Bible, would be impossible, because our lives were set on a particular course at birth.

Does Astrology Work?

Some people, after getting their "reading" or studying their horoscope, report that the predictions were accurate, or that their personality is in line with the "expected" traits based on the month of their birth. There are three possible reasons why this occasionally takes place:

1. Most predictions of behavior and personality are so generalized that it would be hard for them not to be at least partially accurate.

2. The individual can "make" it come true, after they find out what is "supposed" to happen. In other words, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, not a legitimate foretelling of the future.

3. Demonic spiritual forces can manipulate the events of people's lives who have opened themselves up to occult influence, such as astrology and horoscopes. The Bible contains strict warnings related to this.


The stars do have a specific message for humanity, but that message isn't transmitted through astrology.  To learn more, consider Psalm 19:1 in the Bible.

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Over the past couple of years, I’ve gotten quite a few questions about Astrology. I figured it’s finally time to write about it. As always, when it comes to subjects that people hold strong opinions on, I’d like to offer a disclaimer: I’m not trying to convince you of anything. I’m stating my views and you can take them or leave them and I have no issue if you disagree with me (as long as you do so respectfully. Otherwise, your butt is SPAM.)

I’m going to come right out and say this: Astrology can work, but it usually doesn’t. Or, to put it another way, it’s usually a bunch of BS, but not always. Now that we have the incendiary statement out of the way, let me explain.

The Premise of Astrology

Astrology is the “science” of studying human behavior and events as they pertain to the planets and stars in our Universe. The basic premise of this school of thought is that the position of the planets around earth (and beyond) have an influence on our individual energy and determine when which opportunities or challenges come into our lives. The planets also allegedly determine our main personality traits, strengths, weaknesses, potential and limitations. To this, my dear readers, I must say BS2 (that would be BS squared. You know, for emphasis.)

Why would an otherwise totally tolerant individual call something that so many people believe so strongly in, BS (and squared, no less…)? Well, let’s break it down.

Everything is energy. We are energy. And we are also like transceivers that can control this energy by using our focus. So, when we live deliberately, and we use our focus consciously to determine what we receive into our individual realities, FREE WILL reigns supreme. Nothing has the power to determine our reality except us, unless of course we allow it to by focusing upon it (and even then, we’re still the ones creating our reality through OUR focus). This works whether we know it or not (and most people don’t).

So, even if the planets’ magnetic pull could influence us (and I’m not saying that it can’t, I’m saying it’s irrelevant), it doesn’t have to. We always have the power to deliberately choose what we want to create and receive. The idea that anything outside of us could determine any part of our experience (as in, “we’re locked in to some kind of framework”) is BS, in my book.

Could the planets influence us if we’re not deliberate?

But what about if we’re not deliberate? What if the plants do have an influence? Wouldn’t we be subject to it as long as we’re not consciously creating? Yes and No.

Let me start with the “no”. First of all, what most people consider when they hear Astrology is complete and utter nonsense. The Horoscope in the Sunday newspaper, books on the characteristics of your star sign, and 1-900 call in lines have nothing to do with actual astrology. They’re fake, made up, utter nonsense. That’s why they put a disclaimer at the bottom telling you that the information is for “entertainment purposes only”.

Those who call themselves real astrologers will tend to strongly agree with that last paragraph. They often spend years studying their craft. Is it really all for nothing? No, but I’ll get to that in a minute.

So, when I talk about astrology, I’m not talking about your weekly horoscope. I’m talking about carefully constructed charts geared toward the individual by someone who has spent a great deal of time perfecting their craft.


 The part that’s B ULLSHIT

Think about it: The idea that everyone who was born in the same month and year as I was will have similar traits to me, face similar challenges in their lives, or have their path influenced in any similar ways simply because of that moment in time, is a bit too simplistic. We humans are so much for complex than that. And the idea that the planets can determine when you’ll meet the love of your life, when you’ll get that promotion, or if you’re generally hot-headed or not is also disregarding the idea that you create your experience with your vibration in each moment. Even our pre-birth intentions can be overridden by our free will in each moment, never mind any path that the planets may have laid out for us.

If we are unconsciously influenced by any planet, we are influenced by the energy of earth. We are also influenced by the global vibration, which is a mixture of all the other humans here, as well as the animals, plants and the non-physical consciousness focused upon us. And of course, we are mostly influenced by what we focus on in our immediate environment (something we can deliberately change if we want to). If the planets have any power over us at all, their ability to do so would be ranked behind all of those other factors. So, essentially, the housefly that you’re watching buzz around your living room has more power to influence you than Jupiter.

The Part that’s NOT BULLSHIT

Having said that, however, I will concede that some astrologists do seem to be right on the money. How can that be?

Here’s how: They are reading your energy (again, not the weekly horoscope in the paper). People can use all kinds of modalities to read energy, some simple, some incredibly complicated. But the power in all cases comes not from the tool, but from the person using it. Astrology can be used as such a tool, just like runes, dowsing rods, Tarot cards, crystal balls and just plain old sensing the energy through your body. All of these modalities can be utter BS or incredibly effective, depending on who uses them. Each one requires study and practice. And just because someone has studied and practiced something, doesn’t automatically mean they will be good at it.

If you don’t know what you’re doing, you’re not going to be able to create an accurate astrology chart – even if you use a computer program. Because the element that makes it accurate, the ingredient that makes the chart actually fit your specific life path, is the intuition and energy reading abilities of the astrologer. And when I say that they must know what they’re doing, I don’t mean that they have to be technically versed in all things astrology. I mean that they have to know how to apply this knowledge in such a way that it allows them to tap into the energy of the person they are creating the chart for. Some astrologers are very, very good at this. Some are not.

Also, keep in mind that if an astrologer reads your energy and gives you some predictions for your future, this prediction will be based on your energy patterns so far. You are never locked into this future, and can choose to change the outcome anytime by changing your point of attraction (your vibration). It’s always your choice. Always.

Even astrologers create their own reality

We all get to create our own reality, astrologers included. So, let’s say that you are an individual who has an affinity for reading people’s energy, or a desire to do so. Perhaps you don’t phrase it that way, but you want to help others and bring them clarity. Now, through the path of least resistance (whatever is easiest for you to accept and allow), you manifest a way to help you do that. For some people, this way will be astrology. For others, it’ll be therapy, or medicine, or teaching, or psychic readings, or writing books, or being a mother, or being an artist or coaching. Some will do this process deliberately, but most won’t. They will be intuitively following the path to their desire by doing more or less what feels best to them.

At some point, they may become very accomplished at helping others and bringing forth clarity for them. And then they give all the credit to the tool. They teach others that if they study this modality, they will also be proficient at giving accurate readings or charts or healings, etc. Only, not everyone gets the same results. This is because the tool itself doesn’t deserve the credit. That’s like giving the credit for a gorgeous and well built house to the hammer. Never mind all the skill that the construction worker brought to the table. And never mind that if there had been no hammer, a good carpenter could’ve used something else to get the job done. A tool is just a tool – it can be effective when used with skill and it can make the job easier (like helping us to read energy through symbols and numbers instead of just being able to tap into it directly), but in the end, the real power comes from the one yielding it.

Now it’s your turn. Did this answer your questions about astrology? If not, feel free to let me know in the comments. Do you have different views on astrology?