Astrology and Animism


Both astrology and animism have their origins in a belief called Elementalism, and an understanding of this underlying belief system helps explain to us why astrology and animism are clearly incompatible with the Christian faith.

Elementalism says that the basic elements of earth, air, fire and water contain powerful spirits. Most things on earth contain these elements, and so spirits are in everything around us they say (this is animism). By communicating with these spirits, individuals such as a shaman, a medicine man or an astrologer, believe that they can obtain hidden information, healing, protection and power for themselves or for others, Included in these skills is divination and this is the original thought process behind astrology.

The signs of the zodiac are linked with the four different elements and these are arranged around a circle divided into the twelve months of the year.

Air = Gemini, Libra and Aquarius.

Fire = Aries, Leo and Sagitarius.

Earth = Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.

Water = Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces.

I must point out that to believe that these elements or signsshouldhave any influence on our lives is not Biblical, but Pagan.

In the Bible the book of Colossians deals with this subject clearly, particularly chapter 2

The error that Paul is addressing is the philosophy of Elementalism, the power of the spirits of the four elements.

Colossians 2 v 8

See to it that no one carries you off as spoil or makes you yourselves captive by his so-called philosophy, intellectualism and vain deceit, following human tradition – men’s ideas of the material world – just crude notions following the rudimentary and elemental teachings of the universe, and disregarding (the teachings of) Christ the Messiah.

Note, that Paul sees believers who follow this heresy as stolen captives.

Divination is the process of looking for, or providing an answer to a question from a spiritual source. Usually the Bible translators use the wordProphetto describe a person who speaks words from God and they use the worddivinerto denote people who speak words from Satanic spirits. In fact there are a few instances in some translations of the Bible when prophets are called diviners and diviners are called prophets. So this is not a 100% rule. Throughout the Bible when looking for spiritual guidance we are commanded to seek only God’s help through prayer. Scripture warns us not to seek information from people who work through spirits. Seeking guidance, or hidden information other than from God is SPIRITUAL ADULTERY, a sin.

DEUTERONOMY 18 v 10-12

There shall not be found with you any one that makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, one that uses divination, one that practices augury (the interpretation of signs), or an enchanter, or a sorcerer, or a charmer, or a consulter with a familiar spirit, or a wizard, or a necromancer (spiritist). For whosoever does these things is an abomination to God:

I’m not saying that astrology or divination doesn’t work to some extent, but that the use of it as a method of uncovering hidden information isnotfor God’s people. Astrology uses very ancient charts of the movement of the stars and planets. Now that we have accurate scientific methods of tracking and recording the universe, all the old astrological charts are shown to be wrong for today. In reality the stars are simply not where astrology says they are. This makes everything about astrology a lie, even down to the dates associated with the signs of the zodiac.

People who use any form of astrology actually place themselves under its control because theybelieve it represents who they are, even those who casually look up their zodiac sign in the daily paper, but claim it's only a game. That is part of the lie that Satan uses to entice people in, because we choose to believe Satan's lies, we allow ourselves to become captives. Captives to what? Well, to spirits that are not of God and also to a system that is fundamentally a deception. The Bible is full of warnings about spirits because God knows the power that such evil things can have over us.

Jesus talks about us needing to be Born Again. This work of God deals with our old life, our past, and we are born again under the influence of a differentstar - Jesus Christ. Rev22:16.

Jesus literally sets us free from Zodiac signs and the power of astrology. Jesus makes us new creations, he gives us a new start.

Colossians 1 v 13-18 spells this out very clearly:

He has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Colossians 2 v 20 If then you have died with Christ to the material ways of looking at things and have escaped from the world’s crude and elemental notions and teachings of externalism why do you live as though you still belong to the world.

The following Scripture shows us that the place to look for hidden information about ourselves or others is God, through Jesus and the Bible, not spirits who pretend to live in God’s creation.

Col 2 v 3-4

‘In Him (Jesus) all the treasures of Divine wisdom, of comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God, and (all the riches of spiritual knowledge) and enlightenment are stored up and lie hidden. I say this in order that no one may mislead and delude you by plausible and attractive arguments and beguiling speech.'

So the real truth about hidden things can only be found in Jesus. If we follow astrology, we’re in danger of being misled and deluded.

Yes, we’re surrounded by spirits, but they are actually fallen angels who follow Satan, who is himself arebellious andfallen angel.

Rev 12 v 7-9

Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels went forth to battle with the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought.

But they were defeated, and there was no room found for them in heaven any longer.

And the huge dragon was cast down and out—that age-old serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, he who is the seducer (deceiver) of all humanity the world over; he was forced out and down to the earth, and his angels were flung out along with him.

These spirits are our enemies and they seek by every means to possess and control humanity. As Christians we must realise that we’re in a war against the powers of evil.

Ephesians 6:v12

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

It was really God’s plan that Satan and his angels were cast down to earth. Life is like a refining fire where only the true Christians will survive to gain eternal life. The presence of evil spirits means that we are not robots, but we have a choice to choose between following God or following Satan. It’s Satan’s lies and deception that give power to Astrology and all the occult practices listed in Deuteronomy 18. It really has nothing to do with the stars.

If we believe the things that astrology says about us we will gradually be changed to conform to who Satan says we are, but this is not God’s view of who we are. If we’re really born again God re-creates us to conform to the image of His Son. Before New Birth, God’s Word describes us as desperately wicked, lost and headed for Hell. But God offers us salvation, forgiveness, adoption into God’s family and eternal life.

If you’ve been under the influence of an astrological sign, you need to escape from it. God offers forgiveness if you repentand givesa new personality as the Holy Spirit changes you, and his fruits of: love, joy, peace, patience, humility, gentleness and mercy start to grow in your life.

We are not stuck forever with the way we were born, we can and must be changed.We must choose, between God’s way or the way of the world.

Matt 7 v 13

Enter in by the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many are they that enter in thereby. For narrow is the gate, and straitened the way, that leads unto life, and few are they that find it.

Romans 12 v 2

Be not fashioned according to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Martin Edwyn

Because Personality Profiling has the same roots as Astrology and is also a form of divination, some portions of this article are similar to parts of my other articles about Personality Profiling.

The Amplified Bible is used in thisarticle

Martin Edwyn 2015/2019