People often think that astrology and religion are mutually exclusive and that you can’t believe in one if you also believe in the other. What may be surprising to some, however, is that the Bible is actually dotted with references to astrology, and in particular, has this famous saying in Luke 21:25 which is attributed to Jesus Christ,
“There shall be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars”.
So how can we account for the astrological references in the Bible? Well, it makes a lot of sense when you look at things historically, as astrology was widely used in the Biblical era and many people used the stars to give them guidance during these times. Many people understood even then how the Sun influenced the Earth and it was also widely believed that the Sun was actually just a large star. Even in the ancient world, there was an innate understanding that the Sun-shaped life on earth and was the giver of life.
An example of astrology in the Bible:
Perhaps the most famous reference to astrology in the Bible is the story that relates to the Star of Bethlehem. As many people will know, it was this star that was seen in the heavens as a sign of the birth of Jesus and the Three Wise Men (also called the Magi) used this star to work out the birth time of the Messiah. In 1600, Johannes Kepler, the famous mathematician, astronomer, and astrologer, surmised that the star was actually a conjunction between the planets Jupiter and Saturn.
In the modern day, we can confirm that this was correct and that the conjunction happened in Pisces which has Jupiter as its ruler. Jupiter is also the planet that is associated with kings and is the largest planet in the solar system. Saturn is the planet that is linked to the Jewish people and this symbolism, therefore, points to the ‘King of the Jews’. It should be noted that this conjunction happened in 7 B.C. and it is also an extremely rare conjunction that is not often seen.
Further examples of astrology in the Bible:
When we study the Bible further we can find even more references to astrology in its pages and we will now look at some of these in more depth.
- “I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up in the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know –God knows. And I know that this person – whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows – was caught up in paradise. He heard inexpressible things that humans are not permitted to tell.”
2 Corinthians 12:1-4
In this example, we can see that Paul is referring to himself as in ancient times “I know a person” was used to talk about oneself. He explains that he was taken to the ‘third heaven’ which means that he entered the different realms found in the afterlife. In talking about the afterlife as the heavens, the Bible mixes astrology with religion and this is again referenced in the Gnostic literature such as “The Apocalypse of Paul”. The book talks of Paul’s journey to the afterlife in the third heaven which is part of the different levels of heaven which stretch all the way to the ‘tenth heaven’.
When we look at Jewish history, we can see how historians such as Flavius Josephus have pointed to a temple in Jerusalem which has the zodiac signs inscribed on the floor. According to Josephus, the twelve loaves of bread which were laid in the temple were also chosen as they represented the twelve signs of the zodiac. We can see echoes of this again in modern day Israel when stamps were printed with the zodiac signs and the twelve tribes of Israel.
- “And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve all signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the Earth." And it was so."
In this section of the Bible, we can see how God is said to have made planets to give us signs on Earth, and that all we need to do is to interpret what they mean. This is the essence of astrology – finding a way to interpret the movements of the stars, planets, Sun, and Moon. This is again mentioned in Luke 21:25-27 which also explains how the stars were used as a signal that Christ would come to Earth,
“And there shall be sign in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the Earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the Earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”
- “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows his handiwork. Day after day utters his speech and night after night shows his knowledge. There is no tongue or language where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the Earth and their words to the ends of the world. In them (the heavens) he has set a tabernacle for the sun."
In this section of the Bible, we can see how it clearly mentions that God’s first communication with the Earth was through the stars, which heralded his arrival.
- "Can you bring forth the Mazzaroth (the zodiac) in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs? (an astrological constellation)"
In this verse, we can see how God used astrology to speak to Job and clearly mentioned specific constellations such as the Bear with its cubs.
- "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright morning star."
"And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts."
2 Peter 1:19
"Just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give him the morning star."
"How you have fallen from heaven, o morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the Earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High."
"After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. He said: "May the day of my birth perish ... May its morning stars become dark; may it wait for daylight in vain and not see the first rays of dawn, for it did not shut the doors of the womb on me to hide trouble from my eyes."
"Where were you when I laid the Earth's foundation? ... On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone - while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?"
As we can see from all of these passages, there is a strong and repeated reference to the Morning Star in the Bible which is actually the planet Venus. This is because Venus is also said to be the ‘bringer of light’ and is the astrological symbol that is meant to herald daybreak. In the heavens, it rises as an incredibly bright star which is visible before sunrise, and in that sense, it brings with it a new day to Earth every day. As it is the ‘bringer of light’ it is also a reference to Jesus who brought the light of God with him to Earth. Finally, the Morning Star is also a reference to the sons of God and this also includes Lucifer who is known as the ‘Bearer of Light’.
- "Then he (Joseph) had another dream, and he told it to his brothers."Listen," he said, "I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me." When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, "What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?"
Yet another astrological reference in the Bible is in Genesis when Joseph speaks of a dream in which he sees the Sun, Moon, and Eleven Stars bowing down to him. The symbolism of this is that Joseph saw his father, mother, and eleven brothers would all have to bow down to him and we know that this is indeed what happened when he was made a prince by Pharaoh thanks to his gift for the interpretation of dreams.
- "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace."
This section of the Bible is one of the clearest references to astrology that we can see and shows how there are correlations between the heavens and how they influence us on Earth.
- "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
"Anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come."
"The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age."
"What will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?"
"No one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life."
"We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age ... None of the rulers of the age understood it."
1 Corinthians 3:6-8
"These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come."
1 Corinthians 10:11
"[Christ was raised] far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come."
"It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened ... who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance."
"Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the age of the ages."
"Just and true are your ways, King of the ages."
In astrology, time is divided into 2160 years and each section is a new age which is given a zodiac sign. The Bible talks of these ages and the things that will happen during these times.
Each of these verses in the Bible is related to the age of Pisces, the sign of the Fish which also rules the age of the Church. It also refers to the Age of Aquarius which is the sign of the Water Bearer which is also the sign of Christ.
We know that Jesus was born under the sign of Aries which is the Ram and this is also reflected in references to Jesus as the Lamb of God. When Jesus began to spread the word of Christianity, it was the age of Pisces which is the age of the Church.
In astrology, Pisces has always been associated with Christianity and there are many echoes of this in the Bible. Jesus was known for being close to fishermen and taught them to fish in order to feed their families. In Latin followers of Jesus would have been referred to pisciculi as which mean ‘little fish’.
Another fish motif widely seen in Christianity is known as the Vesica Piscis which means ‘mouth of a fish’ in Latin and is often seen in stonework or on stained glass windows on religious buildings like churches or cathedrals. We can even see that the shape of the Papal hat resembles a fish.
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Astrology and Christianity in the future:
In 2300 AD we will see the end of the age of Pisces and will move into the sign of Aquarius which is the Water Bearer. As we can also see in the Bible the element of water features heavily as Jesus came from the waters of Galilee and was baptized in these waters. He also changed water into wine and was known for having been able to walk on water. The Bible talks of Jesus washing the feet of his followers and also taming the oceans. Christianity also speaks of all its followers being born of water and drinking from the cup of Christ.
Both Jesus and the famous medium Edgar Cayce (who was also, incidentally a Pisces) predicted that there would be huge changes on Earth after the age of Pisces and Jesus spoke of this being foretold in the stars, planets, and the Sun and Moon and that this would herald in a new age of consciousness.
Astrology in Ancient Times:
Astrology was also referenced in Christianity with regards to the Winter Solstice on December 21 which happens to be the time of year when the day is shortest. Even back in the times of ancient Egypt, people realized that the autumn equinox is notable as the Sun sets in the same spot on the horizon every day for three days. This is known as the time when the Sun (or the Son in Christianity) dies or wanes for three days before rising again. This is why December 25th is notable, as it is clearly longer than the days that precede it. As such this is the time when the Sun is born again and the days get longer following the autumn equinox.
In ancient Egypt, people also realized that the Sun’s cycles were important and that the Sun would rise and fall every day and that this was paramount in sustaining life on earth. This is why the Sun was a powerful motif in ancient Egypt and even nowadays in Christianity, the Sun represented on church crosses in the form of a circle.
Ancient Egyptians also had a Sun God named Horus who died in the age of Virgo and rose again in the age of Leo. This is immortalized forever in the Egyptian Sphinx which has the head of a woman to represent Virgo and the body of a Lion to represent Leo.
The Hebrews and Egyptians used to believe in Isis, the Mother of God, and when the Hebrews moved out of Egypt to Canaan, they adopted the Canaanite religion which had a god called El who was a reference to Saturn. The famous Star of David is also an astrological reference to Saturn, and it is no surprise therefore that the Hebrews decided to choose Saturday as their day to worship as this is the day of Saturn. This is also in direct contrast to Christianity who chose Sunday to worship as their astrological reference was the Sun and not Saturn.
In the story of Moses coming down from the mount, he saw the image of a golden calf which is a reference to the Sun due to its golden hue. The calf itself was a sign of Taurus the Bull as Moses wrote the Torah in the age of Taurus.
As we can see, astrology is linked to many ancient cultures and religions, be it the time of the ancient Egyptians through to the rise of Christianity and Judaism. As such, this makes it one of the most ancient ‘religions’ in the world as many other civilizations and schools of thought that came after the discovery of astrology and took symbols and signs from the stars and planets. The signs of the zodiac are all chosen after gods and this came from the Babylonians who passed this to the Greeks and then to the Romans. The signs were then renamed in line with the mythologies of these civilizations which is why the symbols that we use now are based on Mediterranean mythology.
One of the key concepts of astrology that we still use to this day is the idea of reincarnation and karma from past lives. This helps us to understand why some people are born with naturally lucky aspects in their birth charts and others have more challenging natal patterns, as these are all the result of divine justice.
For people who may find belief in astrology and belief in religion difficult to reconcile, it is quite clear that astrology predated Christianity and that this religion has a wealth of references to astrology which are echoed throughout history. As such, astrology and religion are compatible schools of thought, and the myriad passages from the Bible that relate to astrology are proof that astrology and religion have gone hand in hand through the ages.
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