Many Christians feel that they cannot support the concept of astrology but there are many mentions of it in the Bible. In fact the Holy Book is packed with references to it. Even Jesus Christ refers to it in this famous quote – “There shall be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars.” – (Jesus Christ, Luke 21:25)
One of the great astrological stories in the Bible has to do with the star of Bethlehem. It is written that the star was a sign from God signals the birth of the Messiah into the world. The three Magi, who were astrologers, determined the time of this birth by the position of this star. In 1600, Johannes Kepler hypothesized that this star was actually a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, which is a supposition that has been confirmed by modern astrological methods. The Star of Bethlehem was indeed probably a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. The prediction at the time was of course that there would be a Messiah born among Kings. Saturn is a planet that rules the Jews and Jupiter symbolizes royalty. What an accurate prediction for the birth of someone who would be known as “The King of the Jews.”
Interestingly the twelve tribes of Israel are also associated with the Zodiac signs. According to Flavius Josephus, the famed Jewish historian, the Jewish temple at Jerusalem had the twelve signs of the zodiac embedded in its floors. In the recent past Israel has also issued postage stamps with zodiac signs as recognition of this. In the book of Genesis there are comments about the signs in the sky – “And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the Earth.” And it was so.” (Gen. 1:14-15) Another famous astrology reference to do with signs in the sky is in Luke. – “And there shall be signs in the Sun, and in the Moon, and in the stars; and upon the Earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the Earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” (Luke 21:25-27) The Bible also describes an astrological sign called the Morning Star which is a name for Venus. The Morning Star, also known as the light bringer, is also an astrological reference of the light that shines before Sun rises. It is a prophetic star that promises the light of a new day. The image of the light bringer or the light bearer is not only a name that is used to refer to Jesus but also to all sons of God. Jesus is referred to as the morning star several times in the Bible. “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright morning star.” (Rev. 22:16)
No article on the Bible’s relationship to astrology would be complete without some reference to the Piscean Age. Jesus was born under the end of the age of Aries (the ram or lamb) and could be why he referred to himself the lamb of God. Astrology refers to every 2160 years as a new Age which is a different sign of the zodiac that comes into position to influence the Earth. The Bible describes events that will occur according to the signs of the astrological ages. By the time Jesus found his disciples or fishers of men, it was the beginning of the age of Pisces. The Piscean Age is always referred to as the Church Age. One of His biggest miracles in fact had to do with feeding the masses at the Sermon of the Mount by multiplying just a few fishes. His followers were also named in Latin as pisciculi which translates to mean the little fishes. A commonly used icon in Christian churches is the Vesica Piscis, which is Latin for mouth of the fish. Its shape resembles a fish without a tail and is identical to the Zodiac sign that is often used for Pisces.
There are numerous references to the age in the Bible and to Jesus as being the King of that Age. A good example is – “Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the age of the ages.” (Heb. 9:26) Here is an excellent Bible passage that uncannily describes the astrological influences on humanity and the suggestion that the universe operates on a cosmic clock: “There is a time for everything, And a season for every activity under heaven: A time to be born and a time to die, A time to plant and a time to uproot, A time to kill and a time to heal, A time to tear down and a time to build, A time to weep and a time to laugh, A time to morn and a time to dance, A time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, A time to embrace and a time to refrain, A time to search and a time to give up, A time to keep and a time to throw away, A time to tear and a time to mend, A time to be silent and a time to speak, Time to love and a time to hate, A time for war and a time for peace.” (Eccl. 3:1-8) This passage from the Bible is often used by astrologers to justify the practice of astrology as being ultimately an ancient and Christian practice.