Today is Christmas for Orthodox Christians who celebrate Christmas according to the old Julian calendar, and as my mum was an Orthodox Christian (and my dad an atheist), today I felt compelled to write about my view on the relationship between astrology and (Orthodox) Christianity.
There are many theories about the true date of birth of Jesus Christ. The truth is, most astrologers just don’t know the exact date of his birth. Different calendars only further complicate the matter. The famous star of Bethlehem is believed to be the triple conjunction between Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. This makes sense as it is the fact we can check, and the three wise men who predicted his birth were obviously familiar with the movements of planets, and were able to predict them. So, if the birth of Jesus Christ was predicted by ancient astrologers, why do so many people find it hard to believe that astrology and Christianity can go hand in hand?
Astrology as we now know it was popularized by giving people generalized horoscopes by Sun signs. So, the same horoscope reading in a newspaper applied to all people born from December 21 to January 19. This started happening about 30-40 years ago and it was interesting for people to be able to read their horoscope in the newspaper. However, these horoscopes are just so generalized that it was really easy for people to dismiss astrology altogether as not being a serious science, or as something that has no real value.
The fact that in ancient times only very important persons had their horoscopes done for them was completely forgotten. This was because only important people knew the exact time and date of birth, and only them could afford and had access to astrologers. Astrologers were scientists who performed precise calculations by hand and used the precise date, time, and place of birth in doing so. This is why the Sun sign horoscopes found in the newspapers and online are dismissed as unreliable – they are not based on the exact date, time, and place of birth. They are widely and largely generalized and such horoscopes are in fact just for fun.
However, if a serious, experienced astrologer calculates your personalized horoscope, based on your exact date, time, and place of birth, and also takes into account your current place of birth, and your family’s birth data, that is a completely different story. That is how astrology becomes a tool for serious help in your life, and that is how astrologers can determine whether Jesus Christ was a Pisces, a Virgo, or a Capricorn. Also, by taking into account all the legends, stories, and facts we know about his life, it becomes even easier to calculate the true date.
It is fairly easy to link astrology to Christianity in this way, but whether this is against the principles of Christianity is a completely different question. I believe that astrology and Christianity are tightly related exactly because of the way Jesus Christ’s birth was announced – by a star appearing in the sky, what do you think?