There have been a number of rock songs with lyrics that look forward to the destruction of Christianity. These reflections are about the New Age which takes its name from the imminent astrological Age of Aquarius. Inspiration provided by esotericism and Gnosticism, as well as theosophy, anthropology and spiritism are clear. It says,. One even finds astrologers being consulted regarding political events as we saw on Sky News during the British elections, and the astrologers got it right where the opinion polls got it wrong! There are essentially two forms of it. Natal astrology deals with individuals.
Mundane astrology deals with world events and history. Astrology was important in the ancient world, but Christianity dealt strongly with it, and for centuries it died down. It revived in Europe in the latter half of the nineteenth century with the rise of Theosophy , but it had remained popular in China, India and the Islamic world.
The claims of astrology have been thoroughly discredited by scientific research. The physical planets in the universe do not direct and guide the lives of living beings, for they are non-living objects. Astrology belongs to the occult and the magic arts. See Understanding Cults and New Religions , , p. This author is a former expert astrologer, who after some success with astrology decided to investigate its mysteries. He points out the occultic nature of this magical art, and agrees that there is nothing scientific about it.
It also rejects the teaching of Jesus and the Church that we should trust Divine Providence in our daily lives. Donald W. Montrose, Bishop of Stockton , CA. Fortune tellers try to predict the future through the use of occult, magic, or superstition. It is forbidden to seek knowledge of the future by using playing cards, tarot cards , the crystal ball, the study of the hand, the stars , examining the liver of dead animals, shooting arrows, the Ouija board, or any other superstitious means.
A medium is a person who has immediate or secret knowledge either by some questionable power of his own or through the power of an evil spirit that works through him. In l Samuel chapter 3 , read how King Saul consulted a medium and died the next day. Even though millions of people follow horoscopes with greater or lesser interest, this is still a type of fortune telling. Even if you say you do not believe in horoscopes, and only read your own for fun, you should abandon this practice. The daily horoscope can easily influence us from time to time.
It is a way in which we open ourselves to the occult. If you want to live in the Kingdom of God, renounce horoscopes and all other means of fortune telling. Any playing cards, Ouija boards, or other things used for fortune telling should be destroyed…. Satan has no dominion over the Kingdom of Light. He is allowed a limited dominion over the Kingdom of Darkness. Therefore, if I am baptized and am living in the Kingdom of Light in the state of Sanctifying Grace, Satan has no dominion over me unless through fear I open the door to his influence.
Sanctifying Grace means that I am sharing in a mysterious way in the life of God Himself and He is dwelling in my soul Romans ; 2 Cor. However, when I commit a mortal sin, a serious sin, then I lose Sanctifying Grace and begin to live in the Kingdom of Darkness. Even though I have been Baptized and possibly Confirmed, I become somewhat vulnerable.
As I persist, unrepentant in serious sin, I become vulnerable to the influence of Satan. When we are living in the Kingdom of Light, in the state of Sanctifying Grace, we should simply reject all fear, and place our confidence in God and in Our Lady, then live according to the advice previously given in this article as far as the Kingdom of Darkness is concerned.
Again, however, there is the difficulty of defining sin in our present age. Many people live in sin and have false peace, because their conscience has been formed, not by the Gospel, but by the spirit of this age. They may be leading very respectable lives, be law-abiding citizens, and in the estimation of people, leading good lives. But if they are not living according to the Ten Commandments, the Gospel, and the moral teaching of the Church, even in just one area that concerns serious sin, they are probably living in the Kingdom of Darkness.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Eucharist, as well as all of the sacraments are very special weapons that Jesus gave to his Church to overcome the Kingdom of Sin and Darkness. We need to use these sacraments as Christ meant them to be used and have no fear of the enemy. If one has a heavy problem in this regard, I suggest daily Mass and Communion.
Six of the main topics of New Age were selected: UFOs and extraterrestrials; magic and witchcraft; reincarnation; astrology ; communication with the dead; and divination. The young people were asked about their degree of belief and adherence, and about the means of access to these issues. See also pages 40 to 47 for more Catholic information. Astrology is charlatanry. The astrological personality traits are usually very cleverly clouded in generalisations, and most often given in synonyms, with all the traits under all the signs guaranteed to fit everyone. Astrologers interpret the same planetary positions in different ways, not a coherent philosophy.
Astrology is built on erroneous and imaginary concepts and its results are not validated by science, whereas all its claims have been invalidated. We cannot, and should not, trust astrology. Astrology is false prophecy. Astrologers have failed repeatedly to predict the future. When you compare the failures of astrology to the reliability of the Bible, astrology comes out the loser.
If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken it presumptuously. Just one false prediction makes a false prophet. Modern astrologers are false prophets too. Astrology is anti-Christian. Christian writers label astrology as an ancient anthropomorphic polytheistic religion which attempts to clothe itself in twenty-first century terminology, whereas Christianity is strictly monotheistic. Astrology is occult. Its presuppositions are embedded in ancient planet worship, mysticism and magic.
We have seen what the Bible and Church teachings say on its occult nature [ see pages 15 ff ]. Astrology is idolatry. Astrology is fatalism. Astrology sees man as the plaything of the stars which govern every facet of his life. Sixty year old Chennai professional astrologer K. This is one prediction that certainly did NOT come true! Parthasarathy was a third generation astrologer, had been a Professor of Politics and Public Administration and also practised numerology, extra-sensory perception and telepathy.
Astrology is spiritual slavery. Taken to its logical conclusion, astrology would completely enslave man in every aspect of his life. It is an all-consuming worldview which would bring about alienation from God and the complete destruction of all human and Christian values. The sun and the moon do govern our planet, and they must be studied; but for dividing space and time into understandable and manageable parts, to create clocks, calendars and maps. The planets and the stars are not gods that influence our destinies.
They are creations of God for specific beneficial purposes for us. God created human beings to rule over the earth, not to be subject to it. God did not want us to be enslaved to nature. We are made not in the image of the stars but in the image of the God who created the stars and rules over them. It is idolatry to ascribe to the stars that which belongs to their Creator.
He chastised His people when they indulged in any form of divination. The Bible freed western civilization from bondage to these forms of spiritual slavery. Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? You are observing special days and months and seasons and years. I fear for you [ Galatians , ]. The Sanskrit name for astrology. The Brahmins, the priestly caste, studied the Vedas. After they learned one or more of the principal Vedas, they also studied the six secondary branches of Vedic knowledge, which are called shad vedanga.
The sixth and most important of these is jyotisha. There are other ancient scriptures related to the study of astrology, such as Vedanga Jyotisha and Surya Siddhanta. All the holidays and festivals in India are based upon astrology. In ancient times astronomy and astrology were considered two branches of the same science; the same people studied both sciences. It was the rishis and the brahmins who were the students and protectors of this knowledge.
Vedic tradition states that this knowledge came directly from Brahma who gave it to his disciple Narada, and Narada gave it to the seven great sages or saptarishi who passed them on. So there is an unbroken lineage of this knowledge directly from God to the present time. According to the Vedic tradition, the four goals of human existence are dharma or spiritual life purpose, artha or wealth and prosperity, kama or pleasure, and moksha or spiritual liberation.
Astronomy in India: A Historical Perspective
The ancient textbooks on astrology say that the birth chart is the map of our karmas from past lifetimes. The tradition was that people would go to a sadguru for spiritual knowledge- knowledge of the Self and ways to realize the Self- and to an astrologer for understanding their karmas and the most direct path for transcending these karmas. But many great spiritual teachers knew astrology too, and many astrologers were knowledgeable in spiritual philosophy. Each of the nine planets represents a certain deity.
The worship of a specific Vedic deity can help us to overcome the negative aspects of the particular karma. In the Vedic tradition, only Brahman is real, the world is unreal, Brahman and the world are one. Ultimately, there is no separation between the material and the spiritual world. This perception of separation instead of unity is caused by the veiling power of maya, which we are all trying to overcome through the practice of yoga and the study of vedanta.
May the knowledge of jyotisha assist you on the path to unity through yoga and Self-realization. Om Namah Sivaya. Abhijit, which made up the number to 28 was far away from the others. Its exact position varies according to different writers. When used, it is given a small portion of two adjacent nakshataras. Rahu was the demon responsible for eclipses by swallowing up the sun or moon. Dhuma Ketu was probably the inauspicious comet [ ketu ] later known by that name [ see page 6, 27 ].
The same Veda  shows that the calendar was used to fix marriage times. Astrological omens are mentioned in the Atharva Veda . This early period of Indian astrology was rather observational. Several methods of determining the houses of the planets were used. One was devised by Varahamihara, 6 th century AD; the other from the 11 th century, with houses usually not of equal extent, is still popular today. The rules originally omitted rahu and ketu but later they were included, and the rules for them are not the same in all texts. There are several different forms of this system.
Two main schools of astrology are the Parashari [named after astrologer Parashara who predates Varahamihara], and the Jaimini , after an astrologer of that name who lived a few centuries before Christ. The length of life and its division into stages called dashas is an important astrological topic.
The Jaimini Sutra mentions about twelve different kinds of dashas. The two systems for birth horoscopes are very different. Auspicious and inauspicious times come under the subject called muhurta which includes religious rites, journeys, marriage, house construction, first entry into a new house, and the installation of idols. Even Ayurveda is based on astrological principles according to some Indian scholars. Aryabhatta who wrote Aryabhattiya on mathematical astronomy in AD, and Bhaskaracharya are the well-known Indian astronomers of old. Although Hindu astrology takes account of its religious basis by recommending propitiation of the heavenly bodies when they are inauspicious, this is not an essential part of astrology as such.
Rather, it is part of the acceptance of astrology by Hindu religion. Worship of the stars and some of the planets is as old as the Vedas. Sunspots are known to coincide with high rainfall on earth says B. Raman, Astrology and Modern Science , , page But Varahamihara [ Brihat Samhita , ed. Sastri, ] says just the opposite [BS ]. Our politicians, film stars, and sportspersons meeting this godman or visiting that temple make good news, and their dependence on astrological predictions is legendary. There are other forms of ancient astrology practised in modern India, some of them having western or far-eastern origins.
Tarot , a western form, will be dealt with separately. The Tantras, which reject many of the values of orthodox Hinduism, reject orthodox astrology as well. There are other Tantric methods of giving answers to all kinds of queries, including those about lost horoscopes. The letters of the alphabet are given numerical values, and arithmetical operations are performed on the numerical value of the words of the question or of the name of some object which the inquirer is asked to choose. In Tantra there are goddesses known as yoginis, and in Tantric astrology they indicate auspicious directions for travelling.
Tantric astrology also links up with Tantric religion in other ways such as in the use of talismans, worn to ward off bad circumstances and to promote good ones. The Tantras prescribe the rites and rituals to be done in preparing talismans. Some of them involve propitiation of the planets, so that the wearer will escape their influence when it is bad. Called Brighu Samhita , they are believed to have been written down intuitively by Tamil sages Agastya and Kausika. To seek an end to the problems of the Brahmins, Maharishi Bhrigu began worshiping Mahalakshmi who finally appeared to him and advised him the methods of divining the past, present and future.
Several astrologers, including a Pandit in Delhi, claim to have parts of the Bhrigu Samhita. It may take upto five hours for you to find the palm leaf reading concerning your future. Some people are asked to return at a later date or perform a puja in a specific temple before they are permitted to see their leaf. It can tell you about your past lives and whether you will be reborn. The thumb print of the applicant is used to find his birth chart. Quite inexplicably, the applicant finds his name and birth details which are revealed to him as a pre-written horoscope.
Defies all scientific logic. In The Hindu of January 1, , N. Originating in Kerala, it relies on occult disciplines and esoteric mathematical scholarship: the time and birth date are not mandatory for prognostication. Based on the principles of sympathetic magic, it is widely used in all major temples. Says Chennai practitioner K. Brooke Bond hired successful Bangalore fortune-teller Ms.
Nawal Gani to read the lives of customers from the dregs of tea leaves. The clients were asked to drink the tea and then blow into the cup. Astrology promotes the use of charms such as zodiac jewellery. Each house or sign has its gem stone. So does each planet. They supposedly protect the wearer from adverse influences of the planets.
In Hermetical astrological medicine each of the twelve zodiacal signs had a corresponding stone and plant. Only the list of plants has come down to us , so the stones are not known, says Anthony Stone , A Christian Looks at Astrology , page A jeweller in Chennai advertises in the Mylapore Talk April , for gem stones to suit your birthstar, to influence shani , etc.
Your prospects might be decided by the number of faces in your rudraksh beads! Not only are specific stones to be worn on specific fingers, but they have to be periodically changed to keep on course with the changing positions of the heavenly forces. Many feel that the multiple disciplines enhance the foretellers insight. Most use an eclectic mix. In his book Krishnamurti Padhdhati , K. Krishnamurti expounded a new system of prediction of his own, in which the traditional nine planets each rule three of the twenty-seven nakshataras, each of which is divided into nine unequal parts ruled by the nine planets.
Similarly, each astrologer tends to construct his own astrology out of the basic entities. There is no agreed procedure for rejecting inadequate systems, but each astrologer subjectively rejects any system which does not work for him. Consequently, the picture of astrology from its total literature is one of inconsistency, since all systems are found in it. This means that the modern search for a scientific and consistent astrology is mis-conceived; there are few rules, if any, which would be universally agreed upon. The mantras should be chosen at an auspicious time, and chanted in the adequate number facing the correct direction at the same time daily.
The Regional Forest Research Centre, Rajahmundry, has developed a garden with trees that match with the twelve raasis and twenty-seven nakshatras of Indian astrology. We only want to show how people worshiped trees from time immemorial in our country. Speaking of trees, [ see page 5 ] , S. So I cannot provide any scientific proofs as of now. Of late, the sani [ shani ] or Saturn cult has been gaining prominence.
A marbled temple on the banks of the Gomti in Lucknow, which was till recently a tin-shed, now draws the rich and famous. The overflow Saturday rush of devotees has caused a number of satellite Sani temples to mushroom. An offering of a few coins will suffice to appease the planet-god. What kind of dunderheads comprise the UGC? The courses were original proposed as sciences, but because of opposition from within the UGC itself they are now Bachelors and Masters degrees in Arts.
Doraiswamy tried to answer in The Hindu of September 25, First, he said, astrology does not qualify as a science because it does not use the methods of science such as repeated examination and attempted falsification. One argument to that is that politics is not a science, yet is being taught as political science, but he said, in the case of astrology, no serious research has been done.
He questions the use of public funds for all such research and teaching. John Mialil in its Sep. The government faced accusations of engineering the saffronisation of education, while supporters spoke of promoting our traditional knowledge. During the second half of April , a daily duel between the protagonists and the antagonists of astrology raged in The Hindu. Raman had called astrology a science. Raman held that astrology had no rational basis. To project the subject as vigyan [science] is therefore misleading… It is unfortunate that the studies in this subject are sought to be linked to another pseudo-science that goes by the name of vaastu shastra today.
That is the sine qua non of their profession. But they must not have minds that, as the witticism goes, are so open that their brains fall out! Astrology is very much a case in point. The repartees of Ms. The UGC plan was welcomed as they and others would now receive full membership- and public funding. In the first year of its operation, Rs 2 crore of tax-payers money was allotted for the courses on this occult art.
The UGC approved 20 universities [out of 45 that applied] to offer courses. Yet another graduate course, pourahitya , the Hindu priestly rituals, has been foisted on Kashmir University and the North-East Hills University, in minority-dominated Muslim and Christian states. In Kerala, the B. Bangalore city has over half a dozen institutions that teach astrology.
There is no point in going back to the cradle. Rajesh Kochhar, astrophysicist and director of the National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies, Delhi co-authored a book titled Astrology in India: A Perspective with astrophysicist Jayant Narlikar, which disqualifies astrology as a science. Nuclear scientist H. But even a clock which is not working will show the correct time twice in a day.
Kumar, director of the Raman Research Institute, Bangalore says,. Raja Ramanna, former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission said that astrology and palmistry had no foundations to be able to predict events involving human activity. In his book Priestcraft Exposed , the Indian social reformer Jotiba Phule attacked astrology which he saw had become a tool for deceitful exploitation of the masses from birth to death by unscrupulous priests.
It is not as if mostly Indian scientists and Christians only disbelieve in astrology. Afsar Abbas, a scientist at the Institute of Physics, Bhubaneshwar, writing in the NIE of September 21, reports that the prediction of astrologers that the solar eclipse of August 11 would spell doom, was proved wrong. Even the earlier eclipse of was predicted by famous astrologer B. This happening all the time. He says that it has been estimated that ninety percent of all predictions are wrong. No one had predicted his assassination… All these failures would have ensured that we … would have chucked astrology long ago.
His arguments in favour of astrology are of the order of those that we have discussed earlier and are not worth reproducing. Arati Chakraborty predicted in that the Vajpayee government would last only for two years and that the next general elections would be held in That did not happen. Vajpayee became the PM while the Congress failed to forge the predicted alliance. Khurrana, renowned Chandigarh astrologer said that the next prime minister in would be a Leo whose name would begin with M or T.
He also said that Vajpayee had no chance. He was dead wrong. Bejan Daruwalla, himself an eminent Indian astrologer, in a Dec. And, they do lead one up the garden path. Nice and easy. Tall claims, big predictions. Nothing ever happens. Next only to Saturn are the baleful ones, Mars, Rahu and Ketu. They are also money spinners for the astrologer. And if something bad happens when something good is forecast, then the astrologer reminds the individual that if he had not done that shanti , he might have been totally ruined! Kashmir issue will be resolved by in a tripartite manner.
We all know about the enmity between Jayendra Saraswathi, the Kanchi acharya and Madhavan. Hence the seer attacked Madhavan. He came to the Perumal temple [and…] prayed that he be got rid of Saturn, and Perumal obliged. The dispute between the two men developed from this background. Despite every precaution, marriages fail, and tragedies occur, sometimes shortly after the wedding ceremony, as one has read in the newspapers.
Our younger son is getting married on the 6 th of August, and this has prompted a lot of curiosity among our Catholic friends. Felix Moses of Madras Christian College speculates that a superstitious belief about the inauspiciousness of the period was spread to ensure that childbirth would not occur during the peak summer months of April to June to ensure the health and safety of both mother and newborn child. Subsequently, even other child-bearing mothers were separated from their husbands and sent to their parental home during the month of aadi.
But Dr. During this period shops offer huge discount bargains. Aadi Perruku, the 18 th day of aadi month as a unique festival in the Cauvery basin of Tanjore and Trichy districts. When the water levels rise, it is a practice to throw in fruit, saffron cloths etc. The sun and the moon are believed, astrologically, to be at their most exalted brightness that day.
Our ancestors passed on the belief that with such good vibrations in the universe, any project or relationship begun that day would be long lasting. Mattu Pongal is celebrated as Kanum Pongal when women pray for the welfare of their brothers. In Punjab the festival is called Lohri. When the rice is boiled, and when the water comes up in the clay pot and spills down, there is a strong belief associated with it which represents the good and bad omen in the house.
The third day is devoted to worship of cattle. Another article in the same issue gives this information: Sankranti is an opportunity to pay homage to the forces of nature that nurture us. For us, Nature is not just a mother goddess… it is also a priestess who with her holy touch cleanses our spirits. It is on this day that thousands head for the Sangam at Prayagraj, the confluence of the Ganga, Jamuna and the mythical Saraswathi, and on which the Great Kumbh Mela is held every twelve years at Prayagraj.
According to the Mahabharata, Bhishma lay on a bed of arrows awaiting the dawn of this day to give up his last breath so that he could win freedom from the cycle of birth and death.
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All these feasts are related to the worship of the forces of nature, and of the heavenly bodies, as in astrology. My name is George formerly Mohan Prasad. Born and bred in a Nair family, I was a well-known astrologer, witch-doctor, a life-member of the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences, and one who hated the Christian religion with all his heart. My life was filled with happiness! Or so I thought, till August when I was afflicted by a strange illness. It was as if a dark cloud overshadowed my life. A strange malady which showed no symptoms whatsoever, incapacitated me to such an extent that I could not walk any more.
Though a witch-doctor by profession, I could not diagnose my illness or prescribe a remedy. I resorted to witchcraft four times with no effect. Ayurvedic, allopathic and unani treatment only prompted the doctors to declare I had no disease at all. But I was totally helpless, bed-ridden, unable even to stand without others help. The whole body racked with pain. When my family, who depended on me, were grief — stricken, I lost my mental balance. A Christian friend, who visited me, advised me to go to the neighboring St. I went, supported by my wife.
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All the pain in my body disappeared. But I was not ready to acknowledge and testify that Jesus was the healer. Thinking that Jesus was one of the gods, I thanked him as well as the others. But I realized that deep within me radical changes were taking place. I returned to my home in Madras. The puja room, in which the Hindu deities stood in a row, made me restless. I began removing the idols one by one. In their stead I installed Jesus Christ in my heart and in my home.
After a fierce, terrific battle, my mind was in peace. On that day, my life found new meaning. Hope budded afresh in my family. A new chapter opened for me with the advent of Jesus Christ in my life and in my family. Though I took so long to come to know Jesus as the only Saviour and Lord, today we experience true Christian joy.
Today it is Jesus and the Bible which control and direct all my activities. From Deuteronomy 4: 19; and Leviticus 31; 27 , I understood that witchcraft and astrology were wrong. I made a bonfire of all my books on these subjects. Astrology has great antiquity and durability. Astrology is found in many cultures. Many great scholars have believed in it. Astrology is scientific and has been proved by research.
Extraterrestrial influences do exist. Non-astrologers are not qualified to pass judgment on astrology. Astrology works. Anthony Stone [op. It does not provide any key to the understanding of the Bible. It is not found among the methods of guidance provided by the Lord. It is a method of guidance forbidden by the Bible. It is futile and worthless: it has no power to save men from their sins.
It is a form of idolatry [exchanging the heavens for God] : it robs God of the glory due to him. That required spiritual and moral courage. There is also the delicate position of the Indian Church to appreciate. It has to be fearless in defending Biblical teaching while at the same time keeping in mind the religious sentiments of those of other faiths. And, it is the charismatic publications, [of which there are several in India, praise the Lord for that], that should be competing with one another, not simply to provide faith-building or Christian art-of-living write-ups [of which there are plenty in the non-charismatic magazines], but also to pursue a prophetic ministry, prophetic not in the sense of prediction, but a fearless proclamation of truth, even if there may be a price to pay for it.
Or is it more convenient, and safe, to forget it? Let me be clearer. Sri Lanka is a nation with a Buddhist majority and Christians there are beginning to find life difficult. Now, if I wrote an article on, say Zen, or Vipassana, which are meditations that are Buddhist in nature, and if I insisted that they are occult, and if they were published, most Buddhists would not simply disagree with me, but would protest, many vociferously.
In the Indian context, a parallel could be drawn with an article on Yoga. Writing on astrology and writing on yoga are two different things. Astrology is largely regarded as a superstitious practice, not one with any overt religious implications, despite its obvious connections with Hindu deities and Vedic lore.
Many devout Hindus who worship a personal deity are themselves opponents of the practice mainly because it has been deemed both unscientific as well as superstitious. But the same Hindus might not exhibit the same toleration of a criticism of yoga labeling it as an occult practice as far as Christians are concerned. So, my argument is, for a charismatic or any Catholic periodical to publish an article on yoga, calling a spade a spade, would require one to dig much deeper. Yes, I could turn out an essay on yoga, [or other similar subjects], that would manage to explain it to Christians without explicitly condemning it as the occult practice that it is, without ruffling too many clerical and charismatic feathers, without indicating the yogic Trojan horses in the Church [both organizations, as well as individuals] that a few of the Bishops or charismatic leaders are either supporting or steadfastly turning a blind eye to [but that will be the focus of another article].
Or I could give the picture as it is. How many Bishops or leaders in the Renewal would genuinely welcome such criticism for publication? Certain recent developments have me concerned that a few good people, who should be more supportive of this ministry than they were earlier, have instead apparently distanced themselves from it because of these very criticisms.
It is time that charismatic publications fulfilled the role in these days that the prophets did in the Old Testament times, warning the people of God in the most EXPLICIT terms, to turn away from the worship of the false gods. In the New Testament Church, Christians were warned of those persons in their midst who were a danger to their faith, by naming them. May such prophetic voices be raised in the Indian Church today.
And, may there be more articles, like the one in Charisindia by Fr. John Mialil [ pages 7, 25 ] on astrology, accepted for publication. We have seen that in astrology there is a popular fatalism [ pages 4, 6, 20 ] which ascribes all the circumstances of life to an unchangeable fate, and some people believe that astrology reveals this fate. Krishnamurti page 28]. However, free-will, which most people believe they have and is part of the Christian view of man, is incompatible with a completely rigid determinism.
Additionally, such determinism removes our responsibility for our actions. It might also be argued against astrology that free-will and responsibility are destroyed by the mere existence of fore-knowledge. For, if the future can be known, it is determined. This objection ought not to be held by Christians however, since the Bible shows God with fore-knowledge and yet presents man as free and responsible for his actions [Isaiah f, Acts , Romans ].
It would not be easy for him, or for any of the other scientists who voiced their protests against the decision of the UGC, to understand astrology the way a Christian sees it, or for a Christian to convince them, because of the different worldviews. Again, because astrologers and those who consult them are attracted to the underlying spiritual beliefs of astrology, scientific arguments against astrology are futile. Like New Age, astrology is a religion, not a science. Attacks usually serve to confirm to astrologers that others cannot understand the esoteric importance and meaning of the art due to ignorance.
Astrologers believe higher spiritual laws explain the success and value of astrology. Astrologers, like the followers of the New Age, base truth primarily on experience. Having witnessed astrological charts provide some accurate information, astrologers and their clients are convinced that the chart is working based on spiritual and mystical universal laws. Despite this deception there is often hidden frustration in the fact that constant chart readings and insights usually do not yield more than a temporary improvement or respite. The incessant emphasis on self becomes empty.
The quest for self-fulfillment and spiritual satisfaction only leads to a constant searching, and a thirst that can only be quenched by the living water of Jesus Christ John She grew up in a good Catholic family but as a teenager while attending a boarding school in Paris she began mixing with girls who were using spirit boards and ouija boards. They did it for hours every week. It was a fascination for them. At this time Emmanuel began to lose her sleep and could not sleep properly at night any more. She used the boards with her companions for two years until she left boarding school.
Sometime afterwards she went to India setting up some business between India and Paris. She was asked to go to an astrologer to see if the business plans were good. He interpreted everything in her life as if it were all controlled by the movement of the planets.
She said that interpretation of her life cut her off from the love and care and tenderness of God. She lost the desire to continue living. Her sister came to her and said that she had been to a Catholic prayer group in Paris and that everything in the Acts of the Apostles is real, the miracles and the coming of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit and that it happens now also.
The next day was Pentecost. Emmanuel went to the prayer group and noticed that the young people there were so full of joy and the Holy Spirit. She said there was something heavenly about them but as she sat beside them she felt like hell beside heaven. She felt imprisoned. She remembered a prayer she had said a long time ago when she was young; she had prayed that here on earth she would meet people like those in the Acts of the Apostles.
But now that she met them she felt it was too late. During the prayer meeting a woman from the Pentecostal church spoke under the influence of the Holy Spirit and said there was a woman present who going to death because a long time ago the devil took hold of her when she began to use ouija boards and divination and asked her to go to the leaders and ask for prayer since God had the power to free her from Satan. It was the first time she had heard someone say that Jesus could touch her heart now. They prayed powerful prayers of liberation over her invoking the name of Jesus and she felt her anxiety and torture and despair going.
She felt like rivers of cleansing water going through her. In this she experienced her first deep encounter with the living Jesus. I recommend to you the beautiful rosary meditations by Sr Emmanuel which I filmed and have reproduced for you in video in my page on the rosary. By Doug Ecklund R. What is the origin of [the] mystical Yin and Yang?
Herbalism can be a precursor to involvement in astrology as well. Herbal preparations are the oldest medicines in any culture, astrology is our oldest system of understanding and organizing our personal and social world. Astrology is more than the horoscope columns in the newspapers and in magazines. Astrology is an occult practice, rooted in ancient Babylon.
It originated, historians believe, when the ancient Chaldeans observed the orderly movement of the planets and assigned them godlike character and powers. The planets eventually were worshipped as gods. There is no clear evidence of how astrology began, but most historians believe that the Chaldeans were the first to develop it. Towers called ziggurats were built as observation and possibly worship platforms.
The quick — moving Mercury known by another name was considered a sly trickster and messenger. This continues today with Mars being considered the ruler of Aries, Mercury the ruler of Gemini, the Sun the ruler of Leo, etc. There are three main components of the chart: the planets and the sun and moon , the zodiac signs and the Twelve houses. The chart contains the degrees of all 12 zodiac signs each one being 30 degrees , and the planets are placed around the chart according to the degree they are in at birth.
The chart is calculated with mathematical formulas based on local birth time and latitude and longitude of the birthplace. The zodiac signs are not the actual constellations, but rather a fixed zodiac belt projected around the earth against which the planets are moving as seen from the earth. Additionally, the angles number of degrees between the planets must be considered. Ninety degrees, a square, is considered difficult or challenging; 60 degrees, a sextile, is interpreted as harmonious. There are several types of angles.
Astrology was fatalistic until the middle of the 20th century. The chart delineated a personality and course already ordained by the planetary influences. These spiritual ideas promoted Reincarnation, the belief that one returns after death many times in order to evolve; a spiritual hierarchy of Ascended Masters who guide those on earth to higher spiritual understanding; and Pantheism, the belief that god is all and all is god.
The major influence on the practice of astrology today, aside from New Age spirituality, is humanistic and transpersonal psychology. Transpersonal Psychology, a legacy of Carl Jung and others, shaped the chart into a tool for understanding the self as part of the whole, and how the self connects to the collective unconscious, believed to be the common unconscious shared by all humanity.
The three outer planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, became the collective planet since they move so slowly rough the chart. Both humanistic and transpersonal astrology were especially pioneered by one of the most influential astrologers of the 20th century, Dane Rudhyar — Yet astrologers believe that one can still choose how to use that particular force, or how to reap growth through an uncontrolled event. Astrologers also believe that sometimes the planetary lesson is to let go of control and merge with the particular energy of that planet such as learning to be flexible, different or independent with Uranus, a planet of unexpected events and change.
Psychology smashed the rigidity and fatalism of earlier traditional astrology. Interpretations are more flexible, and chart symbols are viewed as having both negative and positive possibilities, rather than neither beneficial or adverse. Therefore, it is inaccurate to believe that astrologers think they are ruled by the planets. Astrologers see the chart as a blueprint for the self and soul, a pattern that can be rearranged in various ways by the self — aware individual.
There is also belief in the concept of synchronicity, the idea that two events occurring simultaneously but seemingly unrelated have a spiritual symbol for that person. This view is highly popular in contemporary astrology and in the New Age Movement. The core goal is to evolve through self — awareness. Early study of the planets and stars involved both scientific observation and measurements as well as divination based on esoteric interpretations. As science developed, astronomy and astrology grew more separate, especially during the Age of Reason in the 18th century.
Due to the precision of the equinox, the zodiac periods have shifted backwards and no longer correspond to the previous 12 periods of time. The dates for the zodiac signs in the horoscope columns are no longer accurate. Although heavily laden with psychological terminology, astrology is firmly planted in the occult. Astrological symbols are woven into other occultic arts such as tarot cards, palmistry, numerology, the use of sorcery and the Qabalah.
Many astrologers are involved in these or other occultic practices in addition to their astrological work. Practicing astrology enhances powers, often brings on supernatural experiences to the reader and the client, and increases interest in the occult. Astrology, although scientifically faulty and often incorrect, seems to work often enough to impress both the astrologer and the client. Astrology likes to pass itself off as a scientific and psychological tool, ignoring its roots in pagan worship of the stars and in occultism. The Bible condemns divination and worship of the heavens, both of which astrology is a part.
Occult divination and reading omens is condemned in Deut. Astrology originated in worship of the stars and heavens which is condemned in Deut. Seeking guidance from astrology or any type of divination can replace seeking God for advice and is condemned in Daniel — 28 and Isaiah Astrology is explicitly condemned in the latter passage. Because astrologers and those who consult them are attracted to the underlying spiritual beliefs of astrology, scientific arguments against astrology are futile.
Debates and verbal criticisms of astrology will not convince, because the battle is spiritual. Having witnessed astrological charts provide some accurate information, astrologers and their clients are convinced the chart is working based on spiritual and mystical universal laws. Despite this deception, there is often hidden frustration in the fact that constant chart readings and insights usually do not yield more than a temporary improvement or respite.
Other problems replace earlier personal triumphs. The quest for self-fulfilment and spiritual satisfaction only leads to a constant searching, and a thirst that can only be quenched by the living water of Jesus Christ John Marcia Montenegro was a former professional licensed astrologer who practiced astrology for over 8 years. Do you even deliberately look for it each day? Horoscopes, as innocuous as they may appear, are not just products of the imagination.
The authors of these columns are usually astrologers; some are psychics. Astrologers have purposely studied what they believe to be the meanings of the planets, the zodiac signs, and other astrological data. Along with this information, they consider the present positions of planets and the sun and moon , and how they interact with the sun signs of Aries, Taurus, Gemini, etc. When you read such a column, you are in a subtle way either accepting that worldview or assigning some kind of value to it. The belief that the patterns and movements of the planets, sun and moon reflect our lives is contradictory to the view of a living, omniscient God who created the heavenly bodies to reflect and proclaim His glory, not ours.
Astrology also is often intertwined with the teaching that since we are all connected to the universe by a force or energy which is sometimes considered to be divine or to be God , then everything in the universe is one and therefore, there is no true distinction between man and nature; this is called monism all is one and one is all. Identifying God as one with the universe is pantheism God is all, all is God or is sometimes panentheism God is contained within the universe , and is totally at odds with the belief in a Creator who created the world out of nothing and is distinct from His creation.
God is present in the world and transcends it, but He is distinct from it. They may be marketed in trendy magazines with the latest slang, but this packaging is deceptive. As someone who was involved in this and related areas for a number of years, I can attest to the dangers inherent in these practices. In the Deuteronomy passage, God warns us against divination, sorcery, spiritism and interpreting omens; such systems are not from Him. Most astrologers are involved in other forms of occultism and New Age practices such as tarot cards, numerology, belief in reincarnation, having spirit guides, Eastern meditation practices, and so forth.
Thus, reading horoscopes as well as consulting an astrologer is to be receptive to something coming from this kind of spiritual worldview. Being an occult art, astrology is connected to the paranormal powers of the occult. This paranormal effect manifested for me when I would concentrate on a chart in preparation for a reading or during the session with the client:. I would feel a distinct energy flowing between the chart and myself. I usually thought this guidance was coming from one of my spirit guides or that I was tapping into a psychic data bank.
Surprisingly, direct clues from the client distracted rather than helped me; I preferred not to know anything about the client other than their birthdate, birthplace, and time of birth, information that was needed to compute the chart. I often recorded charts on tapes for absent clients whom I had never met, and this was sometimes easier than having the clients physically present.
I learned from talking to other astrologers that they shared these experiences. The longer I practiced astrology, the stronger the guidance and psychic flashes. If by coincidence a horoscope forecast is right one day, you would become even more curious and captivated, and actually might get interested enough in astrology to consult an astrologer. If you are reading this as a non-Christian, or even as someone who practices astrology, please realize that I am not attacking you or astrologers.
God reveals Himself as Creator in nature and in the design of the universe, and in the fact everyone has a conscience, automatically knowing there is a right and wrong. But the fullest revelation of God came in His son, Jesus Christ, who suffered on the cross the penalty for our sins, who bodily resurrected the third day, and who will come again to judge the living and the dead.
Divination and looking to creation or psychic powers. Then they made their sons and their daughters pass through the fire, and practiced divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking Him. Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living? You are wearied with your many counsels; let them stand forth and save you, those who divide the heavens, who gaze at the stars, who at the new moons make known what shall come upon you.
Behold, they are like stubble; the fire consumes them; they cannot deliver themselves from the power of the flame. Isaiah They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator. Romans 1. You have set your glory above the heavens.
Psalm 8. Psalm Hebrews 1. Do you believe this? Courses in astrology, palmistry, numerology and vaastushastra are now available at Universities. Computer horoscopes and astrological software abound, each promising to chart horoscopes on demand. Astrology attracts a broad-based following. It seems that no sector of society is immune to its attraction. Several ancient communities, notably the Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Greek, Chinese and Indian civilizations have made detailed observations of the heavenly bodies. They also believed that these heavenly bodies influenced lives on earth.
Though the observation of the stars would come under Astronomy and their purported effect on human destiny classified under Astrology, in earlier times, this distinction was not so clearly made. In fact, even in the 17th century two giants of astronomy Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler saw them as complementary. Nevertheless there exists a difference. It has developed into the use of complicated tables of planets and houses which mark out the present and future of clients.
While Astronomy can be seen as a valid enterprise within the biblical prescription, astrology comes under severe criticism and we will see why and how. When we start to analyse the mechanism by which astrology claims to function, we immediately run into the following difficulties. There is no single monolithic system that is universally agreed upon.
Systemically and philosophically there are major differences between existing theories. In fact, diametrically opposed systems claim equal validity. Some use 8-zodiac signs some 12, some 14 or 24 signs. It is primarily a geocentric earth centered perspective of the skies. But due to precession, the constellations have shifted about in the last 2, years.
Thus if a person is born on September 1, astrologers would call him a Virgo, but the sun is actually in the constellation of Leo at that date. Like other ancient systems, they did not know of the presence of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto discovered in , , and respectively and hence did not account for them in their charts. These charts also leave out significant bodies like asteroids and comets.
There are many questions astrology fails to answer. It fails to provide conclusive evidence of a direct causal link between celestial positions and human personality and interactions. No known mechanism for astrology exists. Twins are also a source of embarrassment to an astrologer. Since they have the same time of birth, they should share the same destinies. This is not the case, for experience shows us that one may turn out to be very successful, while the other ends up as a failure.
The star signs do not seem to affect musicians also. The musicians are born throughout the year on a chance basis. No sign of the zodiac or a fraction of a sign favors or not favor them. Through the ages, astrology has glaring failures too. Earlier this year, a leading Internet News portal ran a special issue featuring a major political party.
Nationally prominent astrologers were predicting the success of that particular party. Break a leg when your astrologer told you that the signs were good, and he can congratulate you on what might have happened had the signs been bad. There is no regulatory mechanism governing the practice of astrology. Anyone can set up a practice. Roadside diviners often decide on matters deeply affecting life, facing no accountability whatsoever for the outcome of their pronouncements. The Bible does not endorse astrology and condemns all forms of divination. Though the claims made by astrology are neither scientific nor demonstrable, astrology is bound to flourish on two counts.
This is not readily available so may not be available at all times. This book was written it seems before 's in time of Rupees and annas. Some use of Western astrology Aspects as well as Dhruvank etc. The author has given rules of forecasting daily rise and fall in prices of commodities and Shares. A good number of examples have been presented as illustrations. Comments I have not personally used the principles mentioned therein for am not into Racing, Lottery or into Shares.
At least not presently. This book too it seems as been written in and extra Saturnine planets have been taken into account. This book does not deal with regards to gambling or Racing, but only connected to Shares, Stocks, Cotton, and Bullion Markets. The author mentions that this is his Life time study. The author is obviously a Bengali writer and seems knowledgable. Western astrology has been used here t oo. Pages - Comments Same as above 10 Perpetual Market forecast and Business Astrology by Ganga Prasad This Book deals totally with aspects, and conjunctions formed in different signs by different planets, what they mean in every sign and how they will affect the prices fall or rise or keep them steady Comments Same as above.
Pages 11 Mars in Astrology Edited by BV Raman This is again a very old book which is a compendium of articles on Mars by the great authors of those times. One will be introduced to the world of Mars factor in details and knowledge coming directly from savants in this field. Comments A must read. Lakshamanan This seems to be some good writer astrologer as his book contain a foreword by Dr. BV Raman, another foreword by Y. Kesava Menon, and another foreword by P. Comments Though I have not read it fully but it looks very interesting and one needs good quality time to savour sip by sip from this fat Book containing many examples and explanations.
Aneja A Good book which contains Logic and explanations for Marriage, role of Venus, ashtakvarga predictions in marriage, timing of marriage, sexual diseases, loose sex Life, separation in marriage, intercaste marriage etc. Comments this is an easy to understand and very much educative book. One does not need to know KP for this, but yet he must be at advanced Levels to understand this. Comment a Good book for those who can understand.
Gumpaswamy Comments - A very educative Book with an Original Logical approach towards explaining the "Whys" of the principles in Indian astrology. His previous books are also in much demand in the market at any given time. This particular book is only for those who know Western astrology, aspect s, terms etc. Pages 21 The use of Navamsha in prognostication by S.
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This is another rare Gem of a work and only for advanced students of astrology. Pages 22 Directional astrology of the Hindus by Dr. Rele Comments- An old Book but written by a very intelligent author and worth a read. Pages about 23 Horoscopes and Diseases by Chandrakant bhatt Comments This author requires no introductions and a great book for those in Medical Astrology. We have more books on Medical Astrology Hindi Books 24 Jwala Samhita by Jwalaprasad Varma This Book is for easy straight predictions and is not the run of mill kind book but specific predictions are given here for every Lagna and every planet placement in house and sign.
Comments I did not quite understand it due to small fonts and not so pleasant printing.
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