At a first glance, astrology and the reading of horoscopes appear to be something a person can do for fun and a good laugh, seeing what the “stars” will tell you about your day. What the church says about astrology and horoscopes might surprise you.
First of all, what is astrology?
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, it is “the study of how the positions of the stars and movements of the planets have a supposed influence on events and on the lives and behaviour of people.”
What does the church say about astrology?
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that, “All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to ‘unveil’ the future. Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone” (CCC 2116).
Astrology is placed in the category of “divination” and comes with the underlying hope that if a person can know how a particular day will occur, they possess a sort of “power” over time. This is where the reading of horoscopes falls right into the plan of the devil.
The Church has always strongly opposed the practice of astrology and the reading of horoscopes. Several years ago, Bishop Donald W. Montrose, Bishop of Stockton, CA at the time, wrote a pastoral letter strongly condemning the reading of horoscopes.
“Even though millions of people follow horoscopes with greater or lesser interest, this is still a type of fortune telling. Even if you say you do not believe in horoscopes, and only read your own for fun, you should abandon this practice. The daily horoscope can easily influence us from time to time. It is a way in which we open ourselves to the occult.”
Exorcists also attest to the demonic influence of horoscopes as some people who become possessed or influenced by a demon often start out by reading horoscopes.
Most importantly, God alone knows the future, satan and his minions do not have the capacity to know the future, but because they are spirits and have an amazing intellect, they can observe what happens on earth and offer individuals a prediction of what may happen. This is most overt in “palm readings” or “mediums” that actively seek the assistance of a spirit (a demon) to predict what will happen in a person’s life.
Those who participate in the creation of horoscopes may or may not have an overt relationship with evil, but at some level they are opening themselves up to the influence of a nefarious spirit. Satan has been deceitful since the garden of Eden, offering us knowledge that is forbidden by God.
Horoscopes may appear to be fun but they are far from it and can gravely endanger a person’s soul.
Summarized by Theresa Frances