Updated: May 23
I was recently asked if astrology was bad, and while the answer may seem obvious to more seasoned followers of Yeshua, those still growing are still in the process of learning the Torah. When responding to young ones in the faith, and this can apply to both physically young and those who have just started to walk in the way of the Messiah, it is best to answer the question truthfully, humbly, and with evidence. To answer the question, we must first understand what is astrology, and according to Britannica it is:
“Astrology, a type of divination that involves the forecasting of earthly and human events through the observation and interpretation of the fixed stars, the Sun, the Moon, and the planets. Devotees believe that an understanding of the influence of the planets and stars on earthly affairs allows them to both predict and affect the destinies of individuals, groups, and nations.” (Britannica, Astrology)
The most common way this is done today is with horoscopes, where you look up for an astrological sign and read what your daily fortune is. This practice is very popular in the world, with practically every culture having its own variant of it, if not the same. So, it’s easy to see for the young ones that something so commonplace can be sin, and make no mistake divination is a sin.
“Do not eat meat with the blood. Do not practice divination or magic.” (Leviticus 19:26)
“Let no one be found among you who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices divination, or a user of magic, or one who interprets omens or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. “For whoever does these is an abomination to יהוה, and because of these abominations יהוה your Elohim drives them out from before you.” (Deuteronomy 18:10-12)
Seeking the stars to provide insight into the future or for reasons pertaining to mysticism is an abomination to Elohim, and is not something we should be doing. This is different than looking to the stars for navigation or using the sun and moon to tell the time.
“And Elohim said, “Let lights come to be in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and appointed times, and for days and years.” (Genesis 1:14)
I hope this has helped and continue to test all things, to include this, and may the Ruach Hakodesh lead you into all Truth.
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