It’s common to want to know the future. Is something bad coming my way? When is the best time to make an important decision? Should I be extra cautious today? For 3,000 years astrology has claimed to answer those questions by observing stars, the sun, the moon and planets. You might see astrological charts or horoscopes online, in newspapers and in books.
But Scripture says the true wisdom man needs for success in life is available only through reading God’s Word and listening to the leading of the Holy Spirit. The second commandment forbids making “any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above…,” referring to the sky and stars, etc. (Exodus 20:4). Astrology is exposed in Scripture as ineffective (Isaiah 47:9-14; Daniel 2:27-28) but not harmless (Deuteronomy 18:9-12—an enchanter is an astrologist).
Though astrology originated in the Babylonian empire, during that empire’s captivity of Israel its astrologers and other wise men could not interpret a dream that troubled their King, Nebuchadnezzar.
Daniel, an Israelite captive the king had placed among the wise men, declared: “There are no wise men, enchanters, magicians, or fortune-tellers who can reveal the king’s secret. But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets.…” (Daniel 2:27-28). With God’s help, he revealed both the dream and interpretation, causing the king to fall upon his face and say, “Truly, your God is the greatest of gods, the Lord over kings, a revealer of mysteries” (vv. 46-47).
God says to stay completely away from astrology. Instead, spend time with His Word as “a lamp to guide [your] feet, and a light for [your] path” (Psalm 119:105). Learn to become sensitive to the ministry of His Holy Spirit. He will lead and guide you (Romans 8:14). He will teach you all things (John 14:26). And He will reveal to you those things shared between the Father and the Son in heaven (John 16:13-15). What you will gain is the highest and most effective wisdom for success in this life!