I recall a time when I thought I knew my zodiac sign; this time was most likely during my early teens–the time when I apparently knew everything. I would often buy the little, rolled-up monthly horoscope scrolls found in convenience stores and the horoscope books that that came out annually, and which provided readings for every day of the year. I can’t say I planned my days according to the readings, but I gave them enough merit in order to be held captive (John 8:34; Acts 8:23).
While some may scoff at my regarding astrology with any degree of seriousness, my having an unchurched Chinese lineage often meant contact with superstition and fortune-telling. I had my tea leaves read and participated in various methods of divination such as Kau Chim, which is the practice of interpreting messages from fallen sticks. Having experienced all that, my seeking personal answers from celestial bodies seemed perfectly normal.
Since this is a faith-based blog and not a hot spot for fans of, say, Miss Cleo, you’re most likely familiar with Scripture’s warnings about astrology. If you are said fan, let me bring you up to speed. In Isaiah 47:12-15, Deuteronomy 17:2-5, and 18:9-12, God warns His people not to be involved in astrology. We are to have faith in God only.
With that said, let me point out how science debunks so-called astrology. (Credit to Walter Martin’s book The Kingdom of the Occult.)
Three Scientific Reasons Why We Do Not Know Our Signs
1. A Geocentric Solar System
In 150 A.D., Ptolemy believed the earth was the center of the solar system (geocentric). In 1543, Copernicus discovered the sun is the center (heliocentric); however, astrologers still use a geocentric chart. The calculations are wrong.
2. The Constellations Have Shifted
The astrological system was formed over 2000 years ago, which means the positions of the constellations have shifted. Your actual zodiac sign is one you probably haven’t heard of, such as Ophiuchus.
3. Astrology Doesn’t Include Everyone
People born above or below the latitude of 66° cannot have a horoscope charted because the sun never crosses the horizon when they are in total darkness. This seems really odd for a system whose astrologers claim it can predict every person’s future. How did astrology miss these people?
So the next time someone asks you, “What’s your sign?”, you can answer that you don’t know. Then, when the person looks at you strangely, as if you’re from the constellation of Ophiuchus, you can explain why you don’t know. Then would also be a great time to proclaim that you worship the Creator, not the creation (Romans 1:25), that you know your identity is not determined by things in the sky (1 Peter 2:9), and that you already know what your future holds (John 14:2).
Soli Deo Gloria,