A lot of people have asked me how I can justify being a Christian and an Astrology student. The fact of the matter is, there are many connections between Christianity and Astrology. For centuries, people have looked to the stars for guidance and wisdom. Some people believe that the stars can be used to understand God’s plan for us – that God created the stars for us to use as a tool to better understand His universe.
What is Astrology?
We must first have a deeper comprehension of what Astrology is in order to comprehend the heavenly connection between Christianity and it. Hint: there’s more to it than reading your daily horoscope in the newspaper.
Astrology is the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies interpreted as having an influence on human affairs and the natural world. The word “astrology” comes from the Greek word astrologia, which means “knowledge of the stars.
Three important beliefs/tools in astrology which I will go over in brief detail are:
- The Law of Correspondence
- The Zodiac
- Planetary Influences
There are of course a plethora of other important beliefs and tools, but for the uninitiated, those are what I consider to be fundamental.
The Law of Correspondence
While science is based on the law of cause and effect, astrology is based on the Law of Correspondence; popularly paraphrased as the saying, “As above, so below.” The Law of Correspondence is an important law in Astrology that states that there is a relationship between microcosms and macrocosms. This means that what happens in the heavens above also happens on Earth below. This law is based on the belief that everything in the universe is connected.
One of Astrology’s most important tools is what we call the zodiac. The zodiac is a belt around the sky that contains twelve constellations. The twelve constellations that make up the zodiac are: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. Each of these constellations has a different meaning and influence on our lives. Astrologers use these constellations to map out where all of the planets are at any given time. This mapping system helps us understand planetary influences.
The planets each have their own unique influence on us. For example, the planet Mars is known as the “warrior planet.” It represents energy, action, and desire. People who have a lot of Mars energy tend to be brave and confident. They’re natural leaders and are not afraid to take risks.
On the other hand, the planet Venus is known as the “love planet.” It represents love, beauty, and pleasure. People with a lot of Venus energy are often loving and kind. They’re also good at creating harmony and balance in their lives.
But What About the Connection to Christianity?
This is where things get interesting. Now that we’ve established what astrology is, we can take a closer look at the Christian holy text.
The Ancient Jews were Astrologers
The ancient Jews were Astrologers. In fact, Astrology played a very important role in their culture and religion. The Jewish calendar is based on the cycles of the moon, and many Jewish holidays are based on astronomical events. For example, Passover falls on the first full moon after the vernal equinox (the first day of spring), and Rosh Hashanah falls on the first day of Tishrei (the seventh month of the Jewish calendar).
Not only did the ancient Jews use Astrology to help them understand God’s divine plan, but they also used it for everyday purposes. They used it to determine when to plant crops, when to harvest them, and even when to go to war.
Astrology in Genesis
The Astrology of Christianity can be seen all the way back to the book of Genesis. In Genesis, we see that God created the stars and planets on the fourth day of Creation. And what’s even more interesting is that He did so for a specific purpose:
“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.”Genesis 1:14
So from the very beginning, we see that God intended for the stars to be used as a way to understand His divine plan. And Christians have been doing just that for centuries.
The 3 Wise Men
The nativity story is perhaps one of the best known stories in the entire Bible that is retold in Church plays every Christmas. The cast of characters include: Baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and of course the 3 wise men that followed the star of Bethlehem to witness the birth of the new king.
What is often overlooked about these 3 wise men is the fact that they were Persian astrologers. These wise men followed a star to Bethlehem, where they brought gifts for baby Jesus:
“And when they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.”Matthew 2:10
Not only did the ancient Jews use Astrology, but even Jesus Himself was visited by Astrologers. This just goes to show how important Astrology was during biblical times.
The Ringed Cross is Actually the Zodiac Cardinal Cross
Now that we’ve established the connection between Astrology and Christianity, let’s take a closer look at the ringed cross. The ringed cross is one of the most sacred symbols in Christianity. Christian crosses and other symbols had a ringed shape attached to them at a very early date; it appears to have descended from the earlier Roman victory garland in these contexts.
The Cardinal Cross of the Zodiac, which connects the signs of Aries, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius, represents the four seasons and elements. To say the it has an uncanny resemblance to the ringed/halo cross in Chrsitianity is an understatement.
The Zodiac Cardinal Cross is a very powerful symbol that represents the harmony between Heaven and Earth. It is a symbol of balance and cosmic order. When you see this symbol, it is a reminder that God is in control of everything.
Christianity and Astrology are two very interconnected subjects. Astrology played a very important role in the Bible, and it continues to play an important role in Christianity today. The next time you gaze up at the stars, remember that there’s a divine plan for us all and He communicates to us through them.
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