Brenda asked:

I'm a practicing Catholic and a friend who believes in astrology as far as the characteristics of people born on certain days or signs. What would you say to all this?


Sharon Lee Giganti replied:

"...sometimes when the description seems to fit so well it's almost like it's uncanny. That's the seductive part of a practice ... that can suck you in ... you don't want to be deceived by it. Astrology is based on the false premise ... that the alignment of the stars, the constellation of the stars, the positions of the planets when you were born exerted a certain influence on you. This kind of marks you in a planetary way which makes you a Libra or a Virgo. If you were born under that influence of the planet then this explains why you're always so lazy, or always so fidgety, or always so greedy or whatever. Then people gravitate to this because a good Christian would want to increase their virtue and fight against their flaws, fight against their faults because we don't want to be harmful to ourselves or others. So what do we have? We have this great intention. I want to know more about me and what makes me tick so that I can increase my virtue and work on my flaws. You have a great intention you just don't want to use a deceiving means or a forbidden means ...

We Catholics do not believe that the planets exert an influence on you ... Even if they did, God is sovereign over that. God is more powerful than any planet, and so I want to give you ... this will help you to stand firm in your faith. Astrology is forbidden in paragraph 2116 [of the Catechism of the Catholic Church] as a form of divination. And it mentions that this is forbidden consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots ... but it does speak about astrology and horoscopes.

So let me share with you the scriptures that we had for today. If you go to Romans 8:37 through 39 and in the New American Bible they're gonna give you some really great teaching on what Paul is saying here. Romans 8:37 Paul says, 'know in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through Him who loved us ... for I am convinced that neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities nor present things, nor future things, nor height, nor death nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God through Christ Jesus our Lord.'

Well wait until you hear this, the New American Bible footnotes explain that in these scriptures, present things and future things may refer to astrological data. Paul appears to be saying that the gospel and of course the King of kings liberates believers from dependence on astrologers. It goes on, height and depth ... may refer to positions in the zodiac. Positions of heavenly bodies relative to the horizon in astrological documents the term for height means the position of greatest influence exerted by a planet ... Since hostile spirits where associated with the planets and stars, Paul includes powers in his list of malovelent forces..."


Source material:

The Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 2116 states:

All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to “unveil” the future. Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone.


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Catholic Answers, "The New Age Deception" (San Diego: Catholic Answers, 2013)

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Show air date: September 30, 2013

Name of show: The New Age Deception

Guest comments by: Sharon Lee Giganti

Question appeared in show: 41:12


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