What is a horoscope? According to various definitions, a horoscope is “a chart of the heavens used in astrology to predict future events in a person’s life” or “a diagram of the heavens, showing the relative position of planets and the signs of the zodiac, for use in calculating births, foretelling events in a person’s life, etc.”
It is clear from these definitions that the person involved in consulting a horoscope is trying to predict or foretell the future. But can a horoscope predict what may happen tomorrow? No. Horoscopes, as well as other similar practices, do not know about the future.
Scripture reveals to us that only God is all-powerful, omnipotent and omnipresent and knows everything, including the future. In the book of Revelation, we read: “And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, ‘Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigns’ ” (Revelation 19:6).
In the book of Jeremiah, it says: “Then came the word of the Lord unto Jeremiah, saying, ‘Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?’ ” (Jeremiah 32:26-27).
Because God’s power and love for us are never-ending, there should be no need for us to worry about the future. He has it all in his hand. Why do people depart so seriously from the living God and dare to even consider getting involved in such a thing as trying to foretell the future?
When there is sin, God departs from us because he cannot co-exist with sin. And if we continue without repentance, then we build a wall between us and God. In Isaiah 59:2, we read: “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”
When we are away from God, we are in a decaying spiritual condition. We are filled only with a desire for the things of the world as described in I John 2:16: “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”
The “things of the world” will fill a person with spiritual emptiness, anger, hate and a prescription filled from Satan himself of drugs and alcohol. Those things will open the door eventually to evil spirits who will take over a person’s life like the Bible story in the book of Acts, which talks about a young girl who was possessed with the spirit of divination in the ancient city of Philippi, where Paul had visited to preach the gospel:
“And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying” (Acts 16:16). She was inspired by a demon. But demons do not know about the future. What she was telling people in the city of Philippi is the same thing that people get from horoscopes, or from consulting mediums today: Deception.
But what is the word of God saying to us about horoscopes or foretelling the future? Well, God spoke to Moses about all those things in the strongest possible terms. In the book of Leviticus, we read: “If a person turns to mediums and necromancers, whoring after them, I will set my face against that person and will cut him off from among his people” (Leviticus 20:6).
In Deuteronomy, we read: “There shall not be found among you any one that uses divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch” (Deuteronomy 18:10).
And how about the New Testament? The apostle Paul wrote: “Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:20-21).
So is it appropriate for a Christian to consult horoscopes or any other abominable practice that God has condemned? No. These are traps set up by Satan to spoil God’s plan of salvation and to lead us away from him and into hell.