Astrology Is Malarkey

When it comes to astrology, I’m with Fred: it’s hooey. When it comes to Patheos’s commitment to pluralism, and thus to an Astrology Channel, I’m also with Fred:

“The proposed mechanism is all out of proportion with the described effects,” vorjack says of astrology. And I agree.

The impetus for that post was the introduction of Patheos’ new Astrology channel.

I’m not a fan of astrology. I do not believe in it — do not believe it is true or helpful. As such I regard it with suspicion as a vehicle for hucksters.

But then I’m a Christian — an American evangelical Christian. So I’m not in any position to dismiss a belief system just because it may have been exploited by disingenuous hucksters over the years.

Plus I admire Patheos’ commitment to genuine, robust religious and spiritual pluralism. And that means celebrating such pluralism in the particular as well as in the abstract. More voices and more perspectives is a Good Thing, even when that means, by definition, more voices and more perspectives with which I disagree.

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  • Keith Rowley

    Lol, slow day?

  • sofia

    I don’t follow astrology either, but I also don’t dismiss our connection to the cosmos. You are not a woman, and therefore lunar cycles don’t likely cross your mind. As a female, I’m thankful for my connection with the moon, and it reminds me how our bodies actually are in rhythmic cycles with creation. The cosmos does affect us all, whether we choose to believe so or not, and I’m open to the fact that it could even tell me something about myself.

    • Sven

      Unless your cycles are 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 50 seconds apart, you are not “in a rhythmic cycle” with the moon.

  • Craig

    I imagine that astrology has as long and as rich a history as any (other) religion. Suppose a U.S. Presidential candidate was an avowed astrologist. Would, or should, this candidate’s “religion” get the same hands-off privileges in political discussions? Why or why not?

  • Tony M

    Cosmic pluralism or religious pluralism. When God isn’t enough..we’ll grasp at anything.

  • Eric E

    Can you explain how astrology is any worse than that enneagram stuff you were posting last week?

    • I was totally going to ask him this too! HA!

  • Ray

    Wow! I went to the astrology page here and entered my birth information and it described me exactly. Then I changed the information and it described me exactly. Then I changed it again and it described me exactly. I am all men and every man. Thanks astrology.

  • Pseudoscience.

    But, it’s still fun. I doubt many Christians could come up with a better reason for their participation in evangelical “worship experiences”…or certain forms of Christianity in general. Fun.

  • Moulder

    From Matthew:
    After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
    So did the Magi use Astrology? Why would they think that “his star” was so special? There’s loads of stars in the sky why see this one and “come to worship him.”? Just wondering.

  • I visited Greece and went into a little church off in a small town. The ceiling had been painted hundreds of years ago, but you could clearly see the astrology symbols in their traditional circle, and right there in the middle, you guessed, Jesus.

  • Astrology really isn’t fun stuff at all and, for some, it is an open door for demonic torment to the extent they get heavily involved and actually believe the prognostications. I am in Christian counseling and see the fruits of this spiritual warfare in people’s lives.

    • “Dr”, I would propose that you see psychological problems and you interpret them as “spiritual warfare.”

  • Lee P.
  • I’m personally enjoying integrating some astrological stuff into my personal spiritual mix, along with Enneagram and other lens on who I am, how I’m wired. I was told for so long (in my evangelical upbringing) that all this stuff was Satanic that it’s kind of fun (and freeing) to finally get to investigate and see what else is out there. All truth is God’s truth.