Astrology is responsible for the New Age Movement and for the term New Age. According to Astrology, the time of Pisces, (which symbolizes Jesus and Christianity) has passed away, and the “New Age” of Aquarius, which symbolizes spiritual awakening, has dawned upon us. What is Astrology?
Astrology is the belief that the position of the sun, moon, stars, and planets at the moment of our birth can effect our life, personality, and future. As Matthew Arnold says, “Astrology was once practiced as a religion because the ancients believed that the gods inhabited the heavenly bodies. So, a person who is influenced by Mars is aggressive because Mars is the god of war. Or if a person is a loving person, they were influenced by Venus because Venus is the goddess of love.”
Astrology is Unscientific – and Inaccurate
While astrologers believe astrology is scientific, real scientists know that it is not. Here are some problems. Imagine the zodiac as a perfectly symmetrical circle divided equally into 12 different 30 degree sections. Each section contains an astrological sign. Astronomy (which is an actual science and not to be confused with Astrology) tells us that despite what astrologers have told us, these sections are not even close to equal and vary considerably. “Astronomy tells us that the zodiac constellation are not 30 degrees each, but can vary from as little as 7 degrees (Scorpio) or as many as 44 degrees (Virgo).”[ii] Also, did you know that when Astrology was created, it was based off the five known planets at the time? Since then, more planets have been discovered, and yet, astrologers didn’t bother to make the necessary changes. A bit sketchy, at best.
Breaking News: What Does This All Mean?
This means that the astrological signs in the newspaper don’t always match up to the scientific data we have regarding how long the sun stays within those constellations. Another monumental fact that astrologers refuse to look at is that the sun has shifted or “wobbled” (as scientists call it) and has shifted its axis a full 30 degrees over the last 2000 years. That means the sun has moved one full sign back. So, people who think they are a certain sign are not.
As astronomer Parke Krunkle affirms, “When astrologers say that the sun is in Pisces, it’s really not in Pisces.”[iii] This therefore means that people who think they are Pisces are not, in fact, Pisces, and are building their life around something that isn’t true or accurate to begin with. When I tell people this from time to time, it’s like they just watched their house set on fire. This revelation blows them away like their whole world just exploded. Some honest people rightly turn away from Astrology. Others, after thinking about it, completely ignore the evidence and say, “No, I’m a Pisces, and once a Pisces always a Pisces.” ::Facepalm::
Newsflash! Astrology PROVEN Wrong!
Astrologers admit that the science may be off, but they say horoscopes work, so it really doesn’t matter. But do they work? The truth is horoscopes, palm readers, psychics, and tarot card readings are almost always fraudulent. This has been proven again and again. What follows are the facts that most people have probably not heard, and that Astrologers will not tell you:
#1. Studies reveal that practitioners who read horoscopes for a living cannot pick out their own reading when placed in the midst of other readings.
#2. If you send a horoscope to ten different astrologers, you will get ten different readings.
#3. Studies found that, out of 3,000 horoscope predictions, only about 10% proved true. That is 1 out of 10 odds!
#4. Studies also have clearly demonstrated that people take what they want from the readings, reliable or not. They often read into the horoscopes and tarot cards falsely and take from them only what seems true. This was demonstrated by a French researcher who offered a free horoscope reading in a newspaper. Over 150 people took the test unaware of the study. Of the people who responded, 94% said that they recognized themselves in the horoscope description, and 90% of their family and friends agreed. What they didn’t know is that everyone received the same horoscope reading… the horoscope of Dr. Marcel, one of the most notorious mass murderers in all of French history.
Researchers actually call this willingness to read into things “The Barnum Effect,” because P.T. Barnum said that, “There is a sucker born every minute.”
Hey! “The word Gullible is written on the ceiling!”
If you were in a group of people and yelled out, “Hey look! The word gullible is written on the ceiling,” I guarantee at least one or two people would look.” Most people would know you’re pulling their leg; however, others are truly gullible.
If someone persists believing in astrology even after all of the facts, then they are no better than looking up at the ceiling. They are no better than a four year old who plays the “you-can’t-see-me-game.” They cover their eyes with their hands and say to the nearby adult, “You can’t see me.”
Blind belief without evidence is naive. Belief when the evidence is against you is superstition. Or, just plain gullible. Stop making the false practice of Astrology your security blanket! Take charge of your own life! Be the person you are or want to be, not the person some dead lifeless planets tell you that you should be.
Christians, God made us. God knows us. He alone sees our future. Turn to him and put your life in HIS hands and He will guide you! After all, planets and stars cannot love you, but God loves you with an infinite love. Why not run to Him?
 CD: Overcoming the New Age Movement, by Matthew Arnold
[iii] Sun Times Article: Sign of the Times: Astrology story soars like a comet