I do not believe in the Christianity that you do not believe in. I do not believe in the Astrology that you do not believe in. Redundant sentences? Are these two widely held belief systems contradictory, or are these belief systems complimentary? Evidence shows these two belief systems have similar heredity. Similar is the wrong word – Astrology and Christianity are close cousins. The DNA of both come from a recent common ancestor, with Astrology the first born in this particular lineage of the ancient occult.
To jump start this debate we offer Judaism as the Father of Christianity and the Roman Catholic Church as the first born. Every Christian faith in operation today uses the canon established by the Catholics. Yes – even the Mormons. The father of Judaism was Astrology.
Humans lived in an earth centered universe. Belief in the earth as the center of the universe was mainstream – and it was based on clear observation. The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars rotated around the Earth. No judgement is passed here – it was what it was.
These observations continued into the Christian era. These beliefs were so well harbored and maintained that when science proved a heliocentric universe the scientists were ostracized, even imprisoned as heretics.
Astronomy eventually emerged as the branch of science that deals with celestial objects, space, and the physical universe as a whole.
But Christianity was given birth in the era of Astrology. Thus many of the belief systems were rooted in astrological interpretation. As with their Jewish fore-bearers, the Christians used astrological symbols in their religious rituals. Again, we are not passing judgement – we are merely pointing out the truth of religious and scientific evolution (No, we are not talking about Darwin).
Symbols tell the story. We think of symbol as metaphor – and a picture is worth a thousand words. The symbolism of Judaism and Christianity both point to faith systems rooted in Astrology. To claim that astrology is some sort of occult study the modern Christians condemn themselves – or at least their faith system. There is no escaping the astrological symbolism as central to Christian faith.
From The Illustrated Signs & Symbols Sourcebook, an A to Z Compendium of Over 1000 Designs:
“St. Peter, one of the apostles of Christ, holds the keys to the ‘pearly gates’ of Heaven. These crossed keys have become a Papal symbol and represent the powers given by Christ; one key is gold (the Sun, and male energy) and the other is silver (feminine energy, the Moon). The golden key signifies the power to bind or release in Heaven, and the silver represents the same powers on Earth. Prior to their adoption by the Pope, these gold and silver keys were the attribute of the Roman God Janus, whose two faces mean that he can look in two directions at the same time. These keys symbolically unlocked the gates of the solstices.”
The Protestants shout from the rooftops, “See right there? We knew the Catholics were nuts”. These folks need to look honestly at themselves. We present here an abbreviated list of Protestant symbols: Crosses, fish symbols, candles, wreaths, crown of thorns, amen, holiness, Easter, Christmas, wedding rings, wedding veil… Many of these symbols have their roots in ancient pagan rituals. The Easter Bunny and Easter Rabbits are symbols of rebirth and fertility.
From the Oxford Dictionary: “Astrology is the art of judging the occult influences of the stars upon human affairs”. Well, what does occult mean? From the Dictionary.com:
[uh–kuhlt, ok-uhlt] Show IPA
adjective1. of or pertaining to magic, astrology, or any system claiming use or knowledge of secret or supernatural powers or agencies.2. beyond the range of ordinary knowledge or understanding; mysterious.3. secret; disclosed or communicated only to the initiated.4. hidden from view.5.a. not apparent on mere inspection but discoverable by experimentation.b.of a nature not understood, as physical qualities.
c.dealing with such qualities; experimental: occult science.
So much for Christianity