From Forums of the Virgin Mary [translated]:
The spiritual battle for the presence of God in the world.
Astrology is booming.
The money that moves through sections in magazines, newspapers and television is incalculable.
And for the casting of astrological charts and the advice provided by their experts.
While scientists say that astrology has not proven its predictions to be correct.
But it goes ahead and grows for a reason, which we’re going to talk about here.
The deepest criticisms that make this discipline inconvenient is not the one made from the scientific point of view, but from the spiritual point of view.
He has a mistaken vision of what man is, contrary to his essence.
Here we will talk about why astrology is booming, what is the erroneous spiritual principle behind it, what happens in practice when a client goes to see an astrologer, and why Christianity does not approve of this type of fortune telling.
One of the most prosperous businesses at the moment is astrology, because people want to know their future in the face of uncertainty.
There is practically no newspaper or magazine that does not contain the horoscope, where you can read such general statements as: a new stage is about to begin for you, you will soon find the long-awaited answers.
Or seize the moment, especially the financial one; the relationship with the partners and with the couple is very good, etc.
Which is suitable for any time or place.
The Internet is full of channels that make astrological forecasts and explain that the movement of the stars determines what is going to happen to you.
And this happens to the same extent that people have stopped believing in God.
The one that gave him an explanatory framework of what he could expect from life, of what things are acceptable and those condemned by Him, and that gave him the security of his divine providence
But in a world that does not believe in God, everything has been opened.
And so people are able to believe the wildest promises, with few restrictions, and even create their own promises.
All this under the umbrella of the New Age, a lax spirituality, where everything fits, regardless of its consistency or truthfulness.
And where ultimately it is about creating a substitute for God that the client can handle to their liking.
The promise of astrology is that our destiny is written in the stars and is unchangeable.
And believing it gives security, as long as the future that is read in the stars is good for the person , but current astrologers take care of this.
While horoscopes, a by-product of astrology, answer questions about what to do in daily life and also throw good vibes to please customers.
According to the belief of the first civilizations of the East, the stars were the source and heralds of everything that happened.
And the right to study what they called the divine science of astrology was a privilege of the priests.
In Mesopotamia and Egypt, astrology was linked to religion and astronomy.
In all the courts there were astrologers who interpreted the future for the rulers, which continued in the Greek and Roman civilizations.
But this changed when God manifested himself first to the people of Israel and then to the entire human race through Christianity.
The first chapter of the Bible’s Genesis clearly teaches that the heavenly bodies are indicators of the seasons and that is part of why they were created.
And Saint Thomas Aquinas will admit a certain influence of the stars on the corporeal part of man, as for example the moon has on the tides.
But pretending to know the future events of men from the stars implies the denial of human freedom and Divine Providence.
And affirms, on the contrary, fatalism and predestination. [scroll for more]
The future events of men are not the effect of astral movements, God endowed man with free will.
The early Christians and the Church Fathers were staunch opponents of astrology.
And the Church has established its position condemning the belief in astrology through various councils.
This is why modern astrologers and their followers tend to be hostile to Christianity.
The catechism of the Catholic Church number 2116 says that “All forms of divination must be rejected.”
Because they are violations of the first commandment , which implies the honor, respect and loving fear that we owe only to God.
And he expressly mentions astrology and horoscopes within these divinatory arts.
And the numeral 2115 says that God can reveal the future to his prophets or saints, but maintains that the just Christian attitude consists of surrendering oneself confidently into the hands of providence, as far as the future is concerned.
The interpretation of astrological charts can also be a deception that opens a door to fallen angels.
Because the interpretations that astrologers make of astrological charts are conjectures that can come from the human imagination.
But many times also from demons, who know human weaknesses and miseries better than anyone else, and have an interest in increasing them.
And a former astrologer named Felicity Carter has told The Guardian about weaknesses in the practice of such astrological divination.
She studied astrology and says that astrology is a great word association game.
Astrological meanings stem from a principle called sympathetic magic, where things that look alike are linked together.
For example, Mars looks red, so it rules red things like blood, surgeries, and war.
Saturn rules the restrictions according to its rings.
And so you predict by combining meanings with planetary movements.
Let’s say Saturn, the planet of restrictions, is about to transit the First House of self, therefore your life will be restricted!
Then follow the interpretation that you are going to have more responsibilities than usual, or maybe you will be denied the opportunity to take on more responsibilities, or maybe a cold and critical person comes into your life.
And it is also a good time to go on a diet.
When the astrologer gives such an open interpretation, it is then that the person makes his own self-divination.
And then Felicity says that the rest of the time she couldn’t say a word, because everyone was telling her their own story.
And that in the end he had heard so many stories, that he could often guess what the problem was, the moment someone walked into the room.
For example, young people with broken hearts would come and talk to her because it is less risky than telling their friends.
And sometimes a single word or hint was interpreted by them as the true astrological prediction.
To the point that some regular customers claimed that he had made very specific predictions of a guy he had never made.
They even called her in to praise the reading she had had, full of amazingly accurate predictions.
But she recorded the conversations for security and could verify that she had never made those predictions, but that the client’s imagination had.
And then he came to two conclusions.
First, that the signals that she unconsciously picked up from the other person were the fundamental raw material for interpretations.
And second, that most of the interpretation and prediction was done by the client.
And there is a third principle that he manifested.
Astrology is all about flattery.
You have never seen an astrology book or reading that told someone that they habitually lie, are lazy, cheat, etc.
No astrological chart reading will help cure an alcoholic or compulsive gambler, cure an anxiety disorder, or treat mental illness.
Ultimately, in the experience of this former astrologer, the predictions generated by astrology, as used in daily life, are so general that anything said can be interpreted as meeting the client’s expectations.
In short, as people stop believing in God, they begin to believe in other things that give them security.
And one of those things is astrology, which has a long history as fortune-telling in pre-Christian and booming civilizations today.
His conceptual error is that he maintains that our destiny is written in the stars and is unchangeable.
It is the expression of fatalism and predestination
And that denies human freedom and the actions of Divine Providence.
And that is why the Catholic doctrine is contrary to the divination of the future that astrology implies.
But there is also an additional problem in the practice of astrologers.
The interpretation they give is based on a great play on words.
That are given to the client as very comprehensive statements, based on what the astrologer unconsciously picks up from the client.
Which is then designed by the client himself according to his inclinations and what he wants to hear.
Well up to here what we wanted to talk about the weaknesses of the theory and practice of astrology.
And I would like to ask you what else do you think about astrology and horoscopes.
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