While studying theology, I had this friend, a non-believer who keenly followed zodiac signs. I
remember him telling me that the movement of celestial bodies has a direct impact and
influence on people’s lives. Since I disagreed with his perspective, I started learning more about
zodiac signs and was curious to find out God’s view on zodiac signs. Is it a sin to believe in
In this article, I will share why zodiac signs are believed to be a sin in Christianity. Join me as we
look at whether the Bible condemns zodiac signs. You will also discover God’s take on astrology
and zodiac signs. Read on!
Why are zodiac signs believed to be a sin in Christianity?
Astrologists define zodiac signs as the constellations that appear in the sky over one calendar year (orbit of the earth around the sun). Zodiac signs can be linked to Babylonian astrology. The 12 zodiac signs include; Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, Sagittarius, Scorpio, Libra, Virgo, Leo, Cancer, Gemini, Taurus, and Aries.
These zodiac signs are considered a sin in Christianity because they act as idols and have been given attributes only God has. Instead of people viewing and believing that they are unique and created under the image and likeness, they use these signs to determine their identity, which goes against God’s teaching.
Genesis 1:26-27, “And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” Therefore, since we were made in the likeness and image of God, it is to Him that we are supposed to turn to when seeking who we are, not believe in the stars.
Additionally, the scriptures imply that it is sinful to believe in horoscopes. Horoscopes are simply a forecast of one’s future, including a delineation of circumstances and character, which are determined based on the position of planets and stars at the time when one was born. Many people who read horoscopes are considered hopeless and wish so much for good news in their life. The readings often surround one’s finances, work, relationships, and health.
It should also be clear that God can use the stars and planets however he wants because he is the creator. He can use the stars to help scientists understand the universe. He even used them to point magi to Jesus’ birthplace in Matthew 2:1-12. However, we should not make stars our idols and depend on them for good news or identity, but rather put our hope and faith in God.
Does the Bible condemn zodiac signs? What the Bible says
The scripture does not explicitly mention the zodiac signs but strongly warns Christians against looking to the stars for direction and wisdom. God created the stars, and they reflect his majesty and power. The Bible indirectly condemns zodiac signs as God created the stars and the moon to act as an indicator of time and not help us predict our future.
Genesis 1:14, “And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heaven to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and for years.”
Psalms 147:4 says, “he determines the number of the stars and calls each by name.”
Isaiah 47:13-14 says, “You are wearied with your many counsels; let them stand forth and save you, those who divide the heavens, who gaze at stars, who at the new moons make known what shall come upon you. Behold, they are like stubble; the fire consumes them; they cannot deliver themselves from the power of the flame. No coal for warming oneself is this, no fire to sit before!”
Deuteronomy 4:19 notes, “And beware lest you raise your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host heaven, you be drawn away and bow down to them and serve them, things that the Lord your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven.”
Leviticus 19:31 says, “Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.”
Jeremiah 10:2, “This says the Lord: “Learn not the way of the nations, nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens because the nations are dismayed at them.”
Daniel 2:27 says, “Daniel answered the king and said, ‘No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show the king the mystery that the king has asked.” This is clear that astrologers have existed since the days of Daniel and did not have much power compared to God’s chosen people
Bible scholars and theologians unanimously agree that the Bible considers astrology a divination form. The core reason why God created the moon and the stars was to help his people keep track of the seasons and time and view them whenever we want a constant reminder of the faithful nature of God and not believe in them to determine our identity.
The books of James remind Christians that true wisdom comes from God and nothing else, even the stars. James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
What is God’s take on astrology and zodiac signs?
God does not want his people to believe in zodiac signs but to place their hope and faith in Him and believe that he controls our future as Christians. In the scriptures, God has clarified that seeking clarity or guidance from any other place or source except the Bible is a sin. He gave us his word to guide us on the right path, and the stars were part of his creation; hence we should not make them idols.
Deuteronomy 18:10 says, “there shall not be found among you anyone that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.” God makes it clear that we should rely only on Him to understand ourselves better, not divination or sorcery.
Additionally, we should believe in the purpose and promises that God makes to us in the Bible and not the interpretation of stars. We were created as Christians to serve God, and the book of Hebrew notes that only faith can please Him. Therefore, having faith in Him is believing that he is the custodian of our future and has good plans for us, just like he promised.
As a devout Christian, I have always been passionate about the Christian faith. This inspired me to pursue a degree in Religious studies and a Masters in Theology in college. I have also been privileged to teach 4 Christian courses in a college and university. Since I am dedicated to spreading the word of God, I am actively involved in the Church. Additionally, I share his word online and cover diverse topics on the Christian faith through my platform. You can read more about me on the about us page.