Astrology is based on a preconceived relationship between events and specific alignments of astrological bodies in relation to how events play out on the earth. In today's world, many people relate astrology to horoscopes and fortune telling, but astrology was a key tool utilized as early as 3,000 BCE as a way to track the seasons and events as they related to the weather and changes on earth. Even with these modest beginnings of usefulness, astrology is continually attacked by various world religions even so far as to declare it an instrument of the devil. A majority of attacks on astrology come from the Christian community who claim that the study of the stars and the moon equates to worship and is therefore a form of idolatry. In fact this classification is loosely applied to many subjects that are frowned upon according to their moral convictions, i.e. the money is the devil. While Christianity views the study of astrology to be unworthy, the Bible itself seems to tell a different story.
The Bible has many things to say about the stars, sun and moon; and contradictory to the critics, not everything is bad. The book of Psalms notes that God created the stars; they display his handiwork and God has numbered and named all of them. Additionally, in the book of Job, the Bible states that God placed the stars into constellations, and even names a few of these constellations that we know today. The first chapter of the first book of the Bible, Genesis, states that: the stars, along with the sun and the moon, were given for 'signs' and 'seasons'; while Isaiah, Joel and Matthew state that the final judgment of earth is to be accompanied by events relating to the stars.
Idolatry is the worship of an idol or physical object rather than the worship of God. When one places the love of something over their love of God, it can be argued that idolatry has taken place. Any pursuit that strains a person’s relationship with God could be labeled the same. Just like every other aspect of life, moderation is the key to all things. Astrology can offer keys to understanding the universe as God created. Such an understanding will not only inspire awe and appreciation for what our Lord has created but also an understanding of how to live harmoniously within his creation. Observation of the astrological bodies placed there by God, is not to be feared, rather they are to be studied for ‘signs’ and ‘seasons’ in relation to prophecy, just as the Bible stated. As with everything else in this world, if we use knowledge to pursue our own desires that are not right and just then we become accountable. Improper use of astrology in this sense would then be considered to be the ‘witchcraft” spoken of in the Bible of which we are instructed to steer clear. There is only one way to commit idolatry, and that is by losing primary focus on God. Thus, studying his creation by way of the tools left for us in the sky, when pursued to be closer to our creator, should not be labeled idolatrous but rather worshipful. For all things let it be for the Glory of God.