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Q. Being a Christian, how do I justify practicing astrology with what it says in the Bible?

A. I find it odd that we can follow a man-made map to Idaho or the next town, but we cannot follow a God-made map that has been in place since the beginning of time . . . Genesis, to be precise! Genesis means, "origin, birth, beginning."

And God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for "signs," and for seasons, and for days, and years: - Genesis 1:14

What does "and let them be for signs" mean? I believe He placed those signs in the sky to help us along our path. To give us insight and direction.

I also find it odd that society approves of following a meteorologists forecast, but an astrological forecast is out of the question. I just don't agree with that kind of logic (if there is any). Meteorology is a forecast! The degree of likelihood about an impending storm would be easy to forecast or a sunny day for that matter, but the wind can change at any minute. Astrology can predict the future but it does not absolutely tell your future because that would eliminate your 'free will'. I feel that if you eliminate 'free will' then you eliminate God and that is impossible because God gave us the gift of 'free will'. Anyone can make a prediction about the future but it does not mean their prediction will be right because of the 'free will over-ride'.

When bad things happen to Good people, sometimes people get angry at God, but we have to remember that 'human beings have free will." God will not take away our 'free will'. It was a gift that He will not take back. If we drive drunk, that is our 'free will' and we will pay for it. If a terrorist slides a plane into a skyscraper like a tape into a VCR player, that is not God, it is the horrific side of a human being and what he chose to do with his 'free will'. God will not interfere with our 'free will'. I do believe that we have Angels from God whispering in our ears all the time in order to influence our Good behavior, but even Angels cannot interfere with our 'free will'. We are the ones who ultimately choose.

Imagine if you knew ahead of time a predicted scenario and how you can invoke your 'free will' and be prepared to make better decisions.

When consulting with my clients, I let them know the negative and positive of a given planetary aspect and what each side looks like. The client ultimately decides which road he/she will travel. It is fairly easy to predict if a woman will run back to a man who beats her, "because she Loves him" and how long it will probably take before she moves on. Again, it is all 'free will' and she 'gets to' choose how many times she will repeat herself.

I feel that God gave us a map and certain people (like myself) who are gifted to read the map. I didn't create the stars, constellations and planetary energies, but I do understand them, how they work and how to use them. Folks, I just read the map that God created. Plain and simple.

And let's not forget about the North Star, which led the 3 Magi to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I would say that is a pretty big sign. Do you know what Magi means? Take a guess.

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is He that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. - Matthew 2:1-2

When they heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. - Matthew 2:9-10

Even Jesus makes a reference to the "signs," which will tell us what will be going on over the earth.

There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty "signs" will come from the sky. - Luke 21:11

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. - Luke 21:25

What do you suppose Jesus means when he says, "signs will come from the sky." Or when he says, "signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars."

Q. Being a 'Bold in the Name of Jesus' type of Christian, what is my position on astrology?

A. Astrology does not take the place of God. Astrology is a guide or a tool to help you get to the place that you desire to be. It's a map, so to speak, much like a Trip-Tik from AAA. Follow the map and you'll get there just fine (and on time too). Further, everything is dependent upon our 'free will'. Everything! Therefore, we can invoke our free will and "choose" to respond negatively or positively to any given scenario. Certainly astrology can 'predict' or 'forecast' but that does not mean that it will be accurate because YOU have 'free will', which could change the outcome at any time. You 'get to' choose. But then again, astrology can point out the negative and positive aspects of a given scenario and when you choose, it is amazing how indeed accurate it is when you take into account both sides of the decision. Knowing both sides ahead of time certainly keeps us on track and off the detoured back roads of Life.

For the cynics, I find it interesting that it is okay to follow a metereologist's forecast or outlook, yet they poo-poo an astrologer's forecast or outlook. I also find it interesting by the cynics that it is okay to follow a road map to get to the place that you desire to be, yet an astrological road map has no merit. I think if you can read a road map (that is man-made) or a follow a meterologist forecast (that is man-made), then you can read a star/astrology map that God-made. We have maps to get us where we want to go on earth, and another map that is in the sky.

Further, in astrology, just as in meterology, a forecast does not necessarily mean that it will happen. This is because we have "free will" and can make a Life changing decision at any minute, just as the weather can change direction at any minute. Even if the astrological forecast says one thing, you still get to choose with your 'free will'. There are negative and positive decisions with everything and you 'get to' choose. We can choose to act and react to a given situation either negatively or positively. And in meterology, there is only so much a metereologist can forecast, but the weather will do as the weather pleases, (i.e. "Free Will of Nature.")

We were all born with special gifts, certain energies and different circumstances, and when we are aware of these qualities we can "choose" to use them to our advantage, thereby increasing our ability and likelihood of calling Good things into our Life. Everyone, and I mean everyone was born with challenges to overcome, but it is precisely those challenges that are meant to get you to the place that you are suppose to be. You don't have to learn from a challenge. You can sit in it and stew about it if you 'choose' to.

We all experience some form of abuse, misuse, disuse, overuse and reuse at any given time in our Life. We can invoke our 'free will' and be angry, blame someone else, go to jail, overspend, overeat, drink ourselves into an ugly stupor or smoke until we can't breathe anymore. It's all part of the lesson. We 'get to' choose the negative or positive based on our experiences. In astrology, taking into account all of the planetary energies surrounding a person, we can certainly forecast or predict what that person's next move might be. If a person is conscious of their negative tendencies, they will probably embrace the positive side of the whole scenario and Life changes in a positive direction.

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