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The Bible and Astrology

By Jean Strahlendorf
Special to The PREVIEW

On Dec. 8, Julie Loar will explore the topic, “What does Judeo-Christian tradition owe to ancient celestial lore?”

Astrology, the church and the Bible have a relationship that has shifted over centuries.   Zondervan’s Pictorial Bible Dictionary states, “There are hundreds of references to stars, sun, moon and planets.”  The practices of stargazing and divination were well known and respected in biblical times; divination means, “to be inspired by the divine.” There were Roman augurs, Sybiline oracles, the Chinese I-Ching, the Tibetan State oracle, the Oracle of Delphi and, of course, Joseph, who interpreted dreams for the Egyptian pharaoh in the Old Testament.

Through most of its history, astrology has been considered a scholarly tradition and was accepted in political and academic contexts. Astrology was connected with astronomy, alchemy, meteorology and medicine. The Chinese, Indians and Maya developed elaborate systems for predicting terrestrial events from celestial observations. Loar will explore ancient belief systems and religious traditions, and how these beliefs have changed over time as science and religion have pulled apart.

Julie Loar is an award-winning author and has served on the steering committee of the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and has been director of religious education.

The Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship sponsors a children’s spiritual educational program and encourages families with children to please  join us for our Sunday service. Our children’s religious programs teach our Unitarian Universalist heritage, ethical living, moral precepts to love your neighbor, work for a better world, and to search for truth with an open mind. Arts and crafts projects also are utilized to illustrate these principles.

The service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall. The address is Unit B-15, Greenbriar Plaza. Turn east on Greenbriar Drive off of North Pagosa Boulevard by the fire station, then left into the back parking lot and look for the big sign.  All are welcome.

This story was posted on December 5, 2013.