what's the difference between astrology and astronomy? which verses in the Bible condemn these practices?

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Astronomy is the science of the universe – stars, galaxies, planets, and the universe in general. Astrology is superstition, pure crap. There’s nothing to it.

Paul S

The Bible condemns astronomy now? Jesus f’n Christ.

Weird Darryl

Astrology is a pseudoscience that claims that the heavenly bodies can influence our lives.
Astronomy is a science that studies the heavenly bodies and seeks to explain astronomical phenomena.


Astronomy is not condemned in the Bible.


Astrology is how stars effect life on Earth. It isn’t a science.
Astronomy is the study of the positions and interactions of all cosmic objects. It is science.


astrology deals with the stars alone but astronomy deals with heavenly bodies in the universe.


I don’t know of any bible verses condeming the scientific study of the heavenly bodies (astronomy).
Astronomy—noun the science that deals with the material universe beyond the earth’s atmosphere.
—noun 1. the study that assumes and attempts to interpret the influence of the heavenly bodies on human affairs.
I think the big difference is the belief that the movement of the stars affects our lives.

Tasha Marie

astrology is worshipping the sun, the stars, etc and thinking they can tell you the future. Astronomy is the study of the function of the stars, e.g. what they are made of , etc,
There are a few well known ones that condemn them: Exod. 20:2-3, Deut. 4:19, 17: 2-5, 18:9-14, Prov. 2: 1-16, 3:5-6


ASTRONOMY: The scientific study of matter in outer space, especially the positions, dimensions, distribution, motion, composition, energy, and evolution of celestial bodies and phenomena. A system of knowledge or beliefs about celestial phenomena: the various astronomies of ancient civilizations.
ASTROLOGY: the study that assumes and attempts to interpret the influence of the heavenly bodies on human affairs. The study of the positions and aspects of celestial bodies in the belief that they have an influence on the course of natural earthly occurrences and human affairs.
Does the Bible condeman Astrology?
YES, the Bible condemns astrology.
Neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times.
There shall not be found among you any … that useth divination, or an observer of times…. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD.
NO! the Bible approves of astrology.
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:
The stars in their courses fought against Sisera.
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.
And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars.


Astronomy is a science, astrology is superstition. The bible doesn’t condemn astronomy but many religious leaders have claimed astronomy is false and that the sun revolves around the earth based on a literal interpretation of the bible.
For instance:
“This fool [Copernicus] wishes to reverse the entire science of astronomy; but sacred scripture tells us that Joshua commanded the sun to stand still, and not the earth.” — Martin Luther
Many others claim astronomy is false because astronomy claims stars are over 6000 years old in contradiction with their interpretation of the bible.


Astronomy is just fine, it is only the study of stars, nebulae,dark clouds, comets, and many other wonderful things which God has created.
The problem with astrology is that many people put their faith and trust in it, instead of the Living God, who can change any prediction.
It also can fill you with certain fears about things that may happen instead of trusting in God.
I used to be an astrologer and cast many peoples horoscope charts, mostly to tell them about themselves and their personalities and about things which had happened to them in the past.
I found something that is much greater in power and brings peace with it.
I finally pried open the Bible and dug into it deeply and asked God to teach me and to guide me.
I had read alot of it when I was younger, but he opened my eyes to it and I so much that I never had seen before.
Though I have read it over and over, He is continually showing me new wonderful things, deeper things inside of it.
It is the never ending book.
As far as the scriptures you asked for, here are a few:
Isa 47:10-15
10 For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.
11 Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know.
12 Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail.
13 Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.
14 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.
15 Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured, even thy merchants, from thy youth: they shall wander every one to his quarter; none shall save thee.
They put their trust in their crafts instead of what God told His prophets would come upon them.
Dan 2:27-28
27 Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;
28 But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days.
Those that followed craft could not reveal the matter to the king, only the Living God who gave it.
Dan 1:20
And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.
Why follow something that is so much weaker than the power of the Living God?
Prov 1:23
Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
The Spirit of Christ brings true wisdom and peace.
Peace be within thee.

Earl D

Astrology attempts to define a person by the aspects and gravity wells at the time of birth, while Astrnomy is only concerned with the positions of planets and stars on a given date.

Carlene W

Astronomy is the study of the stars while astrology is the study of human traits of those who were born at certain times of the year. Many say that certain stars, planets, and such affect one’s future.
We go back to the ancient world when it was believed that earth was enclosed by a metallic dome called the firmament. Because of sky’s blue color, they believed the firmament shrouded them from the water above.
They believed that earth was stationary and that the stars moved in a circular fashion around earth.
This circle was divided into twelve sectors we know today as the Zodiac. The primary development of the Zodiac goes back to ancient Egypt, Babylon and Greece. The names we are familiar with today came from the Greeks, but other cultures in the ancient world had their own names and myths associated with the Zodiac. The task before us is to decipher how the Bible’s language relates to the constellations.
Zodiac Motifs
The pie chart shows the twelve “houses” with their dates. It’s the same chart used by astrologers today. Ancients were correct in seeing the sun and its light as indispensable to life, but to the point where they worried that as daylight hours got shorter, the sun was endangered of dying a permanent death. When sunlight hours began to increase again, they were relieved. Thus darkness was personified as evil, because to them, it was the sun’s enemy.
This tension between good and evil ebbed and escalated every year.
The chart has four quadrants that represent the four seasons of the year. Starting at the bottom of the chart, in their mindset, the sun was dead for three days from December 22 to 24. It came back to life, or it was resurrected on December 25 when daylight hours start to increase. Evil was in power during the dark winter months, but it was also a time, as daylight hours were increasing, when the sun was winning its way back to glory.
At the spring equinox, when daylight and nighttime hours are equal, the sun has nullified the dark forces. As the days get progressively longer, the sun is on its righteous path back to full strength. It is the only season of the year when there is no dissension and there is peace on earth.
At the summer solstice, when the sun is at its zenith, it is on its throne at full power. As the sun starts to descend, the dark forces are starting to edge their way back. As the days get progressively shorter, the sun is still strong, but its strength is being sapped by all this constant tribulation.
At the fall equinox, things begin to look bleak. There is not much more that can be accomplished before the sun is betrayed and killed.
The zodiac year has twelve sectors because the moon makes approximately twelve cycles in a year. By most accounts, the ancient Egyptians developed the themes used today.
They had their creation myths which began from a primeval sea. Thus Capricorn the sea goat represents that transition. In fact, the entire winter quadrant has to do with water. We see parallels in the first chapter of the Bible.
In early spring, Aries the lamb symbolizes the time when lambs come out of their mother’s womb.
Taurus the bull represents the time when bulls were used for plowing.
Gemini has the strength of two men. In the beginning of summer,
Cancer the crab symbolizes a time of concern about which way the sun was going to go, because crabs move irregularly. When the summer months were the hottest,
Leo the lion was the king of beasts.
Virgo is at the end of innocence.
Libra the scale weighs between good and evil. In the late fall months,
Scorpio the scorpion and Sagittarius the archer were hurling their stings and arrows.
In the Old Testament there are several books like Psalms and Proverbs, called the wisdom literature. Wisdom, in biblespeak, comes from knowledge of astrology. God’s plan is written in the stars. He reveals his plan by the way he moves the stars and planets, not by mental telepathy. Angels bring their messages by the angles of the stars.
When stars are said to fall from heaven, it means they are descending. Dissension grows until it crosses the fall equinox, and then the sun is said to be betrayed. Then dissension grows to all out war.
The fall equinox also symbolizes the gates to hell. Satan rules during the lower half of the sun cycle in fall and winter. The sun dies in the pits of hell at the winter solstice. At night the sun was believed to go under the world, so we have the term “underworld”.
When the sun, or son of God, starts to ascend again (Jesus’ ascension), the dark forces are trying to thwart him. It enters the gates to heaven at the spring equinox.
In the spring, the sun brings righteousness and glory. It is in power during the light months of spring and summer, and on its throne at the summer solstice. This is where the kingdom of God is, when he has the power to send the righteous to heaven. The good side is on the right and the bad side is on the left of his throne.
The sun if crucified at the cross of the solstices and equinoxes. Sirius, the brightest star next to the sun, was called the star of Bethlehem. The stars of Orion the hunter was called the Son of Man. Orion has three stars that form its narrow waistline. The same three stars were the wise men from the east because they align with Sirius, the star of Bethlehem.
The Earth’s rotation axis is not uniform. Like a rotating toy top, the direction of the rotation axis has a slow wobble or precession with a period of 25,920 years.
Since the rotation axis is precessing in space, the orientation of the Celestial Equator also >precesses with the same period. This means that the position of the equinoxes is changing slowly with respect to the background stars.
Thus, Polaris will not always be the Pole Star or North Star. The Earth’s rotation axis happens to be pointing almost exactly at Polaris now, but in 12,960 years the precession of the rotation axis will mean that the bright star Vega in the constellation Lyra will be approximately at the North Celestial Pole, while in 25,920 more years Polaris will once again be the Pole Star.
ASTRONOMY IS A SCIENCE ……Astrology is a theory that our life is predestined by the stars


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