WRIGHT WAY: The horror of horoscopes
by WILLIAM WRIGHT
Feb 23, 2011 | 3460 views | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Professor Parke Kunkle, an astronomer and board member of the Minnesota Planetarium Society, recently created a cosmic stir for believers in astrology by saying the signs of the Zodiac were long outdated and incorrect.

“Things have moved and the sun is in a different constellation. We’re about a whole constellation off,” he said. Many believers in astrology were shocked!

Illustrating his point, Kunkle said, “If you take a toy top and spin it, it spins around an axis and that axis tends to point in different directions. It moves around. That’s what we call precession. So in Earth’s case, right now, Earth’s spin axis points towards Polaris, the North Star.

“But in 3000 B.C., the Earth’s axis pointed towards a different star, Thuban. And that majestic motion takes about 26,000 years. So if you went from 3,000 B.C. and waited 26,000 years, you’d have the north star Thuban again.”

Kunkle told the Star-Tribune the Earth’s relation to the sun had changed since the Babylonians first created the zodiac. Not only is the Earth aligned differently today, but another constellation, Ophiuchus, was left out of the zodiac equation, according to the professor.

Commenting on how the Earth’s rotation on its axis does not point in the same direction all the time, Sydney University’s Professor Tim Bedding said, “What that means is that the time of year in which a sun passes through a constellation changes.”

Bedding went on to explain that this action causes a change of one degree every 70 years and even though this is hardly noticeable, after 2,000 years it all starts to add up.

This is not new. The World Book Encyclopedia states, “Because of precession, the signs of the zodiac no longer correspond to the constellations for which they were named. Over 2,000 years ago the sun was in the part of the sky called Aries at the spring equinox, and it is still called the first of Aries. It is now in the constellation of Pisces, and is moving on toward the constellation which is called Aquarius in the zodiac.”

At the very least, this means horoscope charts are all one section off and have been incorrect your entire lifetime. While some astrologers are trying to explain and defend their original position, other parties are proposing new zodiac signs to correct the error. No one is sure what to do with the extra constellation omitted by astrologers.

But the problem is much more complicated than that. Since astrology claims at the exact moment of birth a person is affected by the constellation, some people are now asking why this calculation should not have started nine months earlier. Why?

Geneticist Amram Scheinfeld commented decades ago, the astrologers’ position that cosmic forces affect an infant’s personality at the moment of birth is genetically insupportable.

“For this theory to be valid, the influence on the genes would have to occur at the moment of a child’s conception, not at his birth,” Scheinfeld said. “All their charts are plotted nine months too late.”

A third and more serious problem for many Christians is the reason for the existence of astrology as part of a spiritistic religion. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, “In Babylonia as well as in Assyria as a direct offshoot of Babylonian culture ... astrology takes its place in the official cult as one of the two chief means at the disposal of the priests ... for ascertaining the will and intention of the gods.”

Since the Bible condemns the practice of seeking knowledge of the future by supernatural means, calling it, “divination” at Deuteronomy 18:10-12, many Christians have chosen to avoid reading their horoscopes or having anything to do with astrology altogether.

For those who believe in wicked spirits and demon-possession, Acts 16:16-18 refers to a female “who had a spirit by which she predicted the future.” — New International Version.

While the King James Version says she was “possessed with a spirit of divination,” the New Living Translation says, “we met a demon-possessed slave girl.”

In verse 18, Paul decided to cast this demonic spirit out of the girl, even though her prediction about them was true. Question: Could it be that other spirit forces, fallen angels, are trying to control people and how they think through astrology? Could this be a gateway to allowing someone else to control people’s minds and their future?

According to the book “Why Do Buses Come in Threes — The Hidden Mathematics of Everyday Life,” “Researchers have found that if the star signs on a horoscope are removed, people are unable to identify which paragraph belongs to their sign, but if the signs are included they will believe their own star reading to be the most accurate.”

Many people believe reading one’s horoscope is linked to giving up one’s freedom of choice. Others believe it’s harmless fun. Still, others are asking themselves what would God have them do? Whatever you personally decide, rest assured ... it is not written in the stars.

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