Astrology is the pillar and foundation of the occult arts. Learn about its dangers.
Astrology is one of those timeless dark arts yet our society has given it a veneer of social acceptability. Tens of millions of Americans believe in astrology. One Gallup poll indicated that at least 10 percent of Evangelical Christians also believe in astrology. Several hundred million newspapers and magazines carry astrological columns in the United States, Europe, Japan, and South America. Over a billion people across the world rely on astrology to make decisions about their health, finances, careers, relationships and marriages. We’re going to shine the light on what astrology is, what are its roots and its claims. We’ll see what scripture has to say about it and compare that to the testimony of people who’ve been involved with astrology, including my own.
Here and there in this program I’ll quote from an excellent book on astrology written from a Christian perspective. The book is called “Astrology: do the heavens rule over our destiny?” and was written by John Ankerberg and John Weldon. I’ll also be drawing from my own personal knowledge and experience. I studied astrology for several years and had become proficient to the point where I was doing readings and consultations, mainly to my friends and Feng Shui clients.
Where does Astrology come from?
The first organized system of astrology was born in Babylon in the land of the Chaldeans. Initially they studied the heavenly bodies to predict the movement of tides, droughts and floods, in other words, to predict natural events and the changing of seasons. We know that the Babylonian court swarmed with magicians, sorcerers, and time tellers, which is another word for astrologers. Very quickly the observation of the heavens for farming and warfare became contaminated by the rest of the occult arts. Astrologers started applying their observations to predict human events, both collective and individual, and to explain the various aspects of human lives. Astrology was so identified with Babylon that when it started to spread across Europe the Greeks and Romans called it “Chaldean wisdom”.
Although astrology became totally intertwined with divination, it was still disguised as science. It required much learning and complex calculations to establish the path of planets over someone’s life at a particular moment in time. It remained the privilege of a learned elite to study astrology. Mainly the royal courts had astrologers on staff to advise the kings and emperors. We know from the Book of Daniel that King Nebuchadnezzar’s “wise men” included astrologers. Let’s read this verse in Chapter 2: “Now in the second year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; and his spirit was so troubled that his sleep left him. Then the king gave the command to call the magicians, the astrologers, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans to tell the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.”
The Age of Reason or Age of Enlightenment that swept across Europe during the 17th. and 18th. centuries totally unmasked astrology for what it was: superstition and occultism. Until then, astronomy and astrology had been sister branches of the same tree, and in those days the average man would’ve been unable to distinguish between the two. But during this period where reason reigned supreme the two branches split, never again to be reconciled. To this day, astronomy and astrology have entirely different applications and target audiences.
What exactly is Astrology?
“Astrology is a belief system based on the assumption that the stars or planets (as interpreted and configured by the astrologers themselves) mysteriously influence the lives of men. Astrology teaches that this influence begins at birth and continues throughout a person’s life”. One astrologer says “Astrology is the study of the heavens. . . and the influence they exert upon the lives and affairs of humanity.”
So astrology is an occult discipline that looks to the stars and planets to give meaning and direction to human lives. In my studies of astrology I was taught that the operating principle behind it is the second of the Hermetic Principles, called the Law of Correspondence: “As above, so below”. In some inexplicable way, whether through physical emanations, or electro-magnetic vibrations, or some magical correspondence between heavenly symbols and earthly manifestations, we can read in the heavens the history of men: past, present and future.
There are many schools of astrology: Western astrology which uses the 12 signs of the Zodiac, Jyotish astrology from the Hindu religion which is heavily focused on karma, Kabbalistic astrology which is focused on the “tikkun” or correction that the soul needs to make during this reincarnation (this assumes that the soul reincarnates, which we’ll address in another program on this series), and there’s also Chinese astrology which uses the 12 animal signs.
Most trained astrologers work with a birth chart that is established based on the person’s date, time and place of birth. They believe that that basic imprint determines how a person’s life unfolds, their personality profile, what career they choose, who and when they marry, and so on almost to the lowest level of detail. At the time a person consults the astrologer a second chart is drawn up to show the influences operating in the heavens that year and how that interacts with the birth chart. It takes a seasoned astrologer several hours to draw up someone’s life chart, and today technology comes to the rescue with a number of astrology programs that produce the chart automatically based on those three parameters of date, time and place of birth.
How does Astrology relate to God?
The short answer is that astrologers do not believe in the God of Israel, the God of the Bible. Astrology has pagan roots, and paganism worships multiple gods and deities.
It’s important to note that there is a form of idolatry associated with astrology. In Western astrology for example, the planets represent gods in the Greek or Roman traditions: Mars, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn also known as Chronos, Neptune and Pluto are all gods. So the heavenly bodies were named after and represent these deities. In other traditions the heavenly bodies, such as the Sun and the Moon, not only represent gods but they actually receive worship from human beings. Also in Hindu astrology the planets are deities. But even if the astrologer doesn’t actually worship the heavenly bodies as such, the very fact that the astrologer looks to them instead of God as the source of power, guidance and meaning is a form of idolatry.
Whereas the God of Israel is a divine being, the Creator and absolute ruler of all creation and the maker of man, astrologers believe in an impersonal force that rules the universe, and affirm a divine order that’s expressed through the planetary cycles. God is perceived as a divine power and in essentially all life and all Nature are seen as divine. This impersonal force doesn’t love us, it doesn’t hold us accountable for good or evil, good choices or bad choices. It’s the planets that are the source of power and energy and they rule over the various aspects of our lives.
What position does Astrology occupy within the occult arts?
The occult or the dark arts seek to secure forbidden knowledge and to harness supernatural power to achieve a desired outcome. Witchcraft, sorcery, magic, divination and spiritism (which the New Age has relabeled “channeling”) are occult disciplines with many ties to Astrology. In his book “A Manual of Occultism”, astrologer “Sepharial” states: “The astrologic art is held to be the key to all the occult sciences.” It’s a big door that leads into the rest of the occult practices. Astrologers and the people who consult them open themselves up to becoming involved in other occult practices.
Astrology is a sophisticated form of divination. Divination is “the art of obtaining secret or illegitimate knowledge of the future” by methods forbidden by God and that involve contact with evil spirits.
The forbidden knowledge that is sought after and the supernatural power that goes with it are both demonic. The ultimate source of all dark arts is Satan. Satan is also the source of astrology. The sad truth is that, as with New Age channelers, demons use astrologers more than astrologers use demons. In the book “Astrology Disproved”, science writer and engineer Lawrence Jerome concludes that of all the occult “sciences,” astrology appears most scientific but is really “nothing more than a magical system for controlling others.”
The best astrologers are psychics or “intuitives” which is the New Age label for psychic. As they develop skill and experience in their craft they become more intuitive until they can act as channels for demons. This is why so many people, myself included, are hooked after their first astrology consultation. The astrologer reveals some super self-disclosure fact, something very personal, that few people know about or that happened a long time ago. They’re channeling information from a demon, not reading it on the chart. The reason Astrology works is because of demonic intervention.
Let me tell you about my own beginnings with astrology. A friend of mine in Paris who was also my doctor referred me to see this astrologer. My friend was a real M.D. and also a naturopath healer. At the time I didn’t know but over time discovered that he was also a Mason. The astrologer the referred me to was an older gentleman, he looked very much like Gandalf of the “Lord of the Rings” series but his hair and beard were shorter than Gandalf’s and he chain smoked. His name was Bernard and he’s the founder of a specific school of astrology called “Cellular Memory Astrology” which has become very big in France. Unlike most Western astrology traditions which are focused on the Ascendant, this tradition is focused on the Descendant, supposedly the energy we were incarnated in or incarnated with which is also our shadow self. The New Age is very big on the shadow self so there’s a lot behind this that I won’t get into, there are two reasons I’m sharing this story:
- Bernard told me things about myself that startled me – how could this man know this? This is what I mentioned earlier, the “super self-disclosure”. It typically requires psychic ability to be able to know things like that. Bernard knew that when I was 21 I’d been shipwrecked in the Caribbean after sailing with some German friends for a few days. He didn’t describe it in full detail but he could see that something like that had happened in that timeframe. Bernard also said things about my mother and father that sent shock waves through my whole being, revealing things that were true but I never would’ve been able to articulate them in the way he did.
- At the time I did this first astrology consultation I wasn’t yet too deep into occultism. I meditated and did yoga regularly and was studying Kabbalah, but Astrology became a very big door for me into the occult. I just stepped right in! In my early involvement with astrology I wasn’t so concerned about the future as I was about understanding my past and present and what influences had shaped my life until then. So now I was consulting different kinds of astrologers for different things, including so-called spiritual astrologers. Somehow even back then I knew that there was a calling on my life, I could sense it, but I didn’t know how to find my spiritual mission. I spent hundreds of euros trying to find some astrologer who could reveal to me my spiritual mission, as absurd as that may sound. I was very sincere but totally misguided. I didn’t know that all I needed to do was pick up a Bible and it would tell me what my spiritual mission was!
What does the Bible say about Astrology?
Now that we’ve established the link between Astrology and the occult and the fact that Astrology is one of the pillars of occultism, we can review the Bible’s prohibition against all occult arts.
- Astrology is an abomination before the Lord. Let’s read in Deuteronomy 18:9-13:
“When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.”
In Leviticus 19:26 we read: “Neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times.”
- Astrology is a form of idolatry, because it results in worship of the heavenly bodies and rejection of the Creator who made them.
“And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, bronze and iron, wood and stone, which do not see or hear or know; and the God who holds your breath in His hand and owns all your ways, you have not glorified.” This is a statement in Daniel 5:23 that doesn’t specifically refer to Astrology, but it describes the type of relationship that astrologers have with the planets. They glorify the planets but don’t glorify the God who created the planets.
In Deuteronomy 17 the Bible makes it very clear those who “have gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun or moon or any of the host of heaven” should be stoned to death by the people of Israel.
The Bible continuously gives God glory for being the Creator of all that exists, including the heavens:
“He has made the earth by His power, He has established the world by His wisdom, and has stretched out the heavens at His discretion.” Jeremiah 10:12:
Psalm 104:1-2: “Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great: You are clothed with honor and majesty, Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment, Who stretch out the heavens like a curtain.”
God numbers the stars and knows them by name: “To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.” (Isaiah 40:25-26)
“He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names. Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.” (Psalm 147:4-5)
“Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together.” (Isaiah 48:13)
- The Bible teaches that Astrology is useless, futile. We read this in three separate passages.
Let’s start with Jeremiah 10:1-3: “Hear the word which the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel. Thus says the Lord: “Do not learn the way of the Gentiles (other versions say “the heathen”); Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven, for the Gentiles are dismayed at them. For the customs of the peoples are futile.”
The second passage is very well known, it’s Isaiah 47:13-14. Astrologers can’t save us and can’t even save themselves. “Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee. Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.” But notice the prophecy that evil shall come upon those who consult astrologers. This is true for many people and was my own personal experience.
The third Bible passage demonstrating the futility of Astrology is in Daniel 2, the famous story we mentioned earlier and that we all are familiar with. King Nebuchadnezzar was demanding of the wise men of his court that they reveal to him both the dream he’d had which he couldn’t remember, as well as the interpretation of the dream. His wise men flat out said they couldn’t do it, at which King Nebuchadnezzar flew into a rage and threatened to kill all of them. The prophet Daniel was one of the wise men serving in the king’s court, but Daniel’s wisdom came not from the occult but from the God of Israel. When they came to get Daniel to kill him and his three Hebrew friends Daniel asked for more time so that he could tell the king his dream and the interpretation thereof. Daniel got on his knees with his three friends and prayed to God. The Lord revealed to Daniel in a night vision what the king had dreamt and what it meant. Let’s pick up the story in Daniel chapter 2:
“Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.”
Then Daniel was brought before the king “who said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof? Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king; But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;” And Daniel proceeded to explain to the king what he had dreamt and the prophecy it contained.
The Lord was giving King Nebuchadnezzar a clear message with this incident. The wise men of Babylon had been proven foolish. Their occult arts were futile, totally useless. They didn’t have the power to give the king the information he needed. Only Daniel’s God, the one true God, could reveal to the king what he needed to know. God reveals secrets to those who serve Him faithfully.
What are the dangers of Astrology?
There are many dangers associated with Astrology, I’ll just mention the top three:
- Danger of making a wrong decision based on incorrect information about the present or the future. People have made very wrong choices about money and investments, potential partners, relationships, and their health, based on what an astrologer has told them. There are many sad stories and we don’t have time to review them all. But there are also happy stories where someone had taken the wrong path based on an astrologer’s bad counsel, surrendered their lives to Christ, and were able to repair the damage.
- Danger of becoming trapped in the occult, entering through that big door and then becoming initiated into other dark arts. This was definitely my case. After my introduction to astrology I also consulted channels on a few occasions, became a certified Feng Shui practitioner and became involved in shamanism.
- Danger of picking up unwanted things like curses and demons when you go to an astrology consultation. This was the most tragic thing that happened to me as a result of my involvement with astrology. I became a student of astrology, and the teacher would take each student’s life chart in turn and highlight whatever the teaching points were for that class. One evening when my teacher analyzed my chart he got all worked up about a specific configuration and said: “I see a curse here, a deathly battle with evil spirits, the curse says you’ll battle evil spirits until death”. He was the one putting a curse on me! Lo and behold, from that day onwards I started having very dangerous demonic encounters that really put my life at risk. On a previous program I mentioned needing to hire a shaman to help clear out a very evil spirit from my apartment in Paris. And things got much worse crescendo, including demonic possession of my body, and even injuries to my body during deliverance sessions that went wrong. It took me 2.5 years to realize that many of the things I was experiencing came as a result of that curse my astrology teacher put on me, and an additional 2 years to close all the open doors into the demonic world. Had it not been for God’s grace, I wouldn’t be here to tell you the story.
If you’ve been involved with astrology at any point in your life, get on your knees, repent and confess, and let the Lord Jesus wash you clean. I pray that He will close and seal all demonic doors you may have opened into your life.