I remember reading a statistic that something like 70% of people in North America first turn to read the horoscope section of the newspaper each day. Well, it seems that this is not just a North American thing as I’ve noticed that EVERY English newspaper in Oman (and no doubt the Arabic ones as well I’m guessing) have horoscopes in them! One of the newest papers, Muscat Daily, even has TAROT CARDS displayed and discussed! One article I read here said that there are 4 basic reasons why people read horoscopes: 1) to know about their love life, 2) to know if they are lucky or not, 3) to be used as their guide, and 4) to be amused and entertained. Let me add a 5th reason which I believe to be the foremost 5) because they are spiritually blinded and have no idea what kind of satanic influences are involved! Tarot Card readings brought to you courtesy of “Muscat Daily“. Horoscopes to pollute the masses from “Muscat Daily“. “The heavens have arranged to have a team of planetary experts on duty, which will be concentrating on nothing more intently than helping you work things out.” (?!?! What rubbish! Nothing like a statement like that to help the reader continue on in their self absorption!) More ungodly Horoscopes found in “The Week“. “You have so much energy that it just might shoot out of you like a rocket.” (The reader: “Why thank you, I do, don’t I?! Continue on, please, wise sage!” Nonsense!) “Rules were made to be broken, or at least altered with the times.” (Yes, let’s encourage anarchy and throwing away of all traditions as we know that the world truly believes that there are no longer such things as “absolutes” in this so-called “post modern world”!) “Set your highest intention this day and the gods will help you see it through.” (“the gods”?!?! Need I say more?! Yet people continue to pollute their minds with this garbage and end up saying useless, New-age statements such as, “I thank my lucky stars!”) Satanic Horoscopes from “Times of Oman“. “Avoid making any lasting decisions until you have confirmed one or two key pieces of information brought to you by others.” (Duh?! No kidding, Sherlock!!) The Times of Oman may avoid the religious new-age jardon of astrology and mostly give “common-sensical” advice but it is still dangerous to be promoting such “divination”-something declared to be an abomination to God in His Word. (HIS opinion outweighs all opinions that man may muster in their attempts to justify themselves!) Horoscopes brought to you by Beelzebub “The Oman Tribune“. “Take time to relax and indulge yourself in some well-earned pampering.” (Like many “astrologists”, stroking the egos of your readers is very important to ensure continued faithful reading! Make them feel that they are “entitled” to things and “deserve” it. Very popular in this “what-about-my-rights-generation”!) Some newspapers, like “The Gulf News” (UAE paper which is also popular here in Oman), even commission their own false astrological prophetess. “Once the New Moon (take note of capitalizing planets and “universe” showing their belief that they are gods of some types) takes place early next week the actual situations in question are bound to change.” (People are no longer responsible for their actions. It was in the stars/planets.) “Mercury’s clash with Saturn means you’ll need to make demands of others.” (I can just see a defendant in court arguing, “But your honor, I couldn’t help myself. Mercury clashed with Saturn. What’s a man to do?!” Absolute rubbish!) The horoscopes are in the “Just Chill” section of the paper. No doubt some readers out there would say, “Yeah, man. Just chill! It’s all in good fun and not meant to be taken seriously!” Spiritually deceived fools! Horoscopes were not present in “The Oman Observer” (at least on the day that I bought a paper to check) but sure enough, we can find articles like this one, totally promoting astrology. Wicked pleasures in the form of Horoscopes in “H! Magazine“. “Mars turns around and moves forward in your sign on the 10th. This is indeed a blessing in disguise…” (Thank God Mars! Thank the LORD! My lucky stars! Blasphemy!) Giving credit or blaming planets for everything. How convenient for a generation that wants nothing to do with God. Horoscopes in “Y” Magazine (“pulse of the new generation”-sadly, so true!) “You’re a lucky one, Leo. It seems like you always get away with almost everything.” (Encouraging “getting away with things” rather than “doing what’s right”) “Luck” is a frequently reoccuring word in astrology! “Life is looking good. The heavens are smiling down on you.” (“The heavens” are most often synonymous with “the gods”, “the Universe” and “lucky stars” in horoscope lingo.) “You deserve it, go ahead and enjoy!” (Again, stroking the egos of readers and speaking of what “they deserve”.) “The reason why you are always broke is because you are far too generous, so try cutting down the amount you spend on other people. You are working as hard as possible, so try to spend some time on yourself.” (Very cleverly written for today’s narcissistic generation! Exactly what they want to hear! An excuse to think about “me, me, me!”) The Y-Magazine has their horoscopes in the “Chillaxative” Section because they are so cool at coming up with hip terms like that to make horoscopes look fun and “in”. Just a quick laugh at all the silly “chain mail emails” that are out there promising “good luck” and such nonsense. People eat it right up! The thing that really makes me cringe is when people who consider themselves Christian send out these silly chain-mail Chicken-Soup-For-Your-Soul type emails with promises of blessings/prosperity IF you follow their instructions (like sending to so many people or copy and pasting into your status…) and then using guilt or promises of “bad luck” if “they don’t have the faith enough” to do exactly what they prescribe. This is even more wicked as they try blending the things of God with the wicked things of Babylon. How many facebook applications (used by those labelling themselves as “Christian”) are related to “horoscopes” or “how lucky I am” or other such nonsense?!
Having been raised in a household in which my mother studied astrology, went up the ranks to become a so-called white witch and had numerous people over each week to have their fortunes told, I am not unaware of the dark influences behind such witchcraft and sorcery. Some of my childhood memories include playing with ouija boards, being freaked out by scary stories/pranks by my older brothers and lying in bed, wondering if I had indeed heard some voices or sounds in the “fortune-telling room” next to my bedroom. This post is NOT written in the spirit of “I-know-better-than-you-so-get-your-act-together” but rather “I-was-exactly-where-many-of-you-are-now-and-I-plead-with-you-to-reconsider-the-spiritual-significance-of-relying-on-horoscopes-and-the-like”. In fact, I’ll be the first to admit that I was one of those who looked first at my horoscope when picking up the paper!
It was only after becoming a born again Christian and getting into The Holy Bible that I realized just how wicked such practises are, seeking counsel from satanic sources rather than from God Himself in His Word. Here are just a few passages that show how much God LOATHES such attempts to play the role of God in these black magic crafts:
“Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast labored from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail. Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers (literally: “viewers of the heavens”), the stargazers, the monthly progrosticators (literally: “those giving knowledge for new moons”), stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee. Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it. Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast labored, even they merchants, from thy youth: they shall wander every one to his own way; none shall save thee.” (Isaiah 47:12-15)
Necromancy was strictly forbidden by the law of Moses (Leviticus 19:31): “Give no regard to mediums, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD.” “Turning to familiar spirits and wizards” and practising divination or sorcery at one point brought the death penalty from God as His people were to be set apart from the world.
“There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to be burned as an offereing to an idol, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD they God doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be blameless with the LORD thy God. For these nations, which thou shalt dispossess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD they God hath not appointed such for you.” (Deuteronomy 18: 9-14) Prohibitions against “divination” included the practice of whirling arrows in a quiver and deciding the answer to the question by the first arrow thrown out. (Not unlike today’s popular “Magic 8-Ball“) “Observer of times” may be a reference to divination by reading clouds. “Enchanting” was the act in which reflections of the water in a cup are observed (like the ever popular world loving vague “so-called” prophecies of Nostradamus). “Witch” denotes a form of magic. The root means “to cut up” and thus may refer to one who cuts up herbs and brews them for magical purposes (Greek “pharmaka“, drug) The term used in Micah 5:12 for some such material as drugs or herbs used superstitiously to produce magical effects. The noun therefore means enchanter of sorcerer (like today’s oh-so-popular Harry Potter. Read here for the Dangers of Harry Potter). “Necromancer” means “one who asks of the dead“. All these practises are clearly condemned. By contrast, Yahweh would raise up a line of prophets. The will of God was to be discovered through a prophet, and not through a diviner, a magic worker, or a spiritist.
“I will cut off witchcrafts (sorceries) out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers:” (Micah 5:12)
“Thou shalt not permit a witch to live.” (Exodus 22:18) The Greeks later rendered the word “witches” as “pharmakoi” (“poisoners”) since sorcerers and sorceresses dealt in drugs and pharmaceutical potions.
“And he (Manasseh) practised soothsaying and used witchcraft and consulted mediums and with spiritists: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.” (2 Chronicles 33:6)
Isn’t it stange how these things which are such an abomination are clearly sought after, encouraged and popular these days?! (…”for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.” Luke 16:15) Some of the popular shows out there include “The Medium”, “Ghost Whisperer” and movies like “6th sense” and “Harry Potter”. A sign of the times indeed!
“When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn. Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land; when they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upward, will curse their king and their God. Then they will look toward the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom, and they will be thrust into utter darkness.” (Isaiah 8:19-22)