Updated: May 3
Astrology is becoming popular, with many people regarding it to be a source of wise counsel. What does the Bible say about those who consult with astrologers and use astrology as guidance for their lives? It's in the Bible, Isaiah 47:13-15 . "You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save you from these things that shall come upon you. Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver את eth-themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it. Thus shall they be unto you with whom you have laboured, even your merchants, from your youth: they shall wander everyone to his quarter; none shall save you. YESHA'YAHU (ISAIAH) 47:13-15 את CEPHER."
Astrology in the Bible
In this first mention of astrology in the Bible, YAHUAH is speaking to the people of ancient pagan Babylon. Middle East archaeology has confirmed that astrology did indeed originate in the nation of Babylon, now called the country of Iraq. Cuneiform tablets have been excavated depicting horoscope charts dating from the 5th Century BC and earlier. Astrology is a divination art which teaches that the relative positioning in the sky of the Sun, Moon and planets has an influence upon individuals and upon the course of human affairs. In our modern times, just like in ancient Babylon, a growing number of people are utilizing the services of astrology consultants.
In the Book of Daniel, there is narrated a profound event in the life of Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon. The king had a very disturbing dream, and he wanted to understand its meaning. Daniel 2:2 , informs us, "Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Kasdiym, for to show the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king. DANIY'EL (DANIEL) 2:2 את CEPHER."
What is Astrology?
The astrologers, also known as 'Chaldeans', were part of the king's circle of so-called 'wise men' who practiced divination. The actual word for astrology in the Hebrew language literally means, 'divining the heavens'. Divination is the act of foretelling future events, or of revealing secret knowledge, by means of signs and omens or other supernatural agency. The practice of pagan divination is prohibited by YAHUAH. It's in the Bible, Leviticus 19:26 , "Ye shall not eat anything with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor practice sorcery. VAYIQRA (LEVITICUS) 19:26 את CEPHER."
Divination was common among the pagan peoples of the Bible lands. When the Israelites were about to enter the Promised Land of Canaan, YAHUAH warned them not to practice astrology. Says Deuteronomy 18:9, 12 & 14, "When you are come into the land which YAHUAH ALAHAYKA gives you, you shall not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. DEVARIYM (DEUTERONOMY) 18:9 את CEPHER... For all that do these things are an abomination unto YAHUAH: and because of these abominations YAHUAH ALAHAYKA drives them out from before you. DEVARIYM (DEUTERONOMY) 18:12 את CEPHER... For these nations, which you shall possess, hearkened unto scorcerers, and unto diviners: but as for you, YAHUAH ALAHAYKA has not suffered you so to do. DEVARIYM (DEUTERONOMY) 18:14 את CEPHER." Divination is actually regarded to be a grave sin. Declares 1 Samuel 15:23, "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected את eth-the Word of YAHUAH, he has also rejected you from being king. SHEMU'EL RI'SHON (1 SAMUEL) 15:23 את CEPHER."
For curiosity and amusement, millions of ordinary citizens read the daily horoscopes published in mass-circulation newspapers. Is it okay to have this kind of casual 'fun' interest in astrology? What counsel does the Bible give on this type of issue? In 1 Thessalonians 5:22, YAHUAH emphatically states that we should "abstain from all appearance of evil."
Is Astrology Real?
King Nebuchadnezzar had asked his astrologers and other wizards to tell him his dream and interpret its meaning. How did they respond? Daniel 2:10, informs us, "The astrologers answered the king, 'There is not a man on earth who can do what the king asks! No king, however great and mighty, has ever asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or astrologer.' "
The astrologers of Babylon were unable to help the King with his troublesome dream. However, YAHUAH had blessed his prayerful prophet Daniel with the true gifts of the Holy Spirit, and he was brought before the king to interpret the dream. The Bible says in Daniel 2:27-28, "Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, 'The secret which the king has demanded, the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, and the soothsayers cannot declare to the king. But there is a YAH in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream, and the visions of your head upon your bed, were these…' " With YAHUAH’S anointing, Daniel was able to then describe and explain the king's great prophetic dream.
If there is a need to understand perplexing situations in our lives, we are wise to shun the error and evil of astrology divination; but rather let us know that "there is an ALAHIYM in heaven who reveals secrets." Like Daniel, in prayer we can turn to YAHUAH for help. And in the Bible, we have the assured counsel of His truth.