Friday, January 14, 2011

Do You Know What Zodiac Sign You Are In Christ?

By Helena Lehman
Pillar of Enoch Ministry

The news article linked to below: “Has Your Horoscope Changed?”, seeks to educate the reader about the difference between Sidereal and Tropical Astrology by saying that Sidereal Astrology uses the constellations to determine one’s horoscope while Tropical Astrology uses the placement of the Sun at the time of the Spring Equinox, and that most horoscopes are based on Tropical Astrology. This is true, but their definition of Sidereal Astrology is incorrect. In Sidereal Astrology or Sacred Astronomy, we observe the placement of the Sun and the planets in our Solar System from an exact location and time in history and within a fixed background of stars. It is therefore far more accurate than the Tropical Astrology that the world goes by.

As an example of the difference between Sidereal and Tropical Astrology, Tropical Astrology says the Sun was in the sign of Leo when I was born, and since I have a good deal of the personality traits ordinarily associated with people born under the sign of Leo, I never questioned it until I became fascinated with Observational Astronomy, which is another name for Sidereal Astrology without the emphasis on seeking personalized omens in the stars, which is against God’s will and shouldn’t be done.

When I discovered that Astrologers typically follow Tropical Astrology, I was curious to see what my Sun sign would be using Observational Astronomy or Sidereal Astrology. What I found was that the Sun was squarely in the sign of Cancer when I was born, and Cancer is a sign I don’t feel much of an affinity with based on the personality traits that have been assigned to it by traditional Astrologers.

However, when I looked at the location of the planets when I was born and noted that four major planets were grouped in the sign of Leo on that day, it suddenly was clear why I felt so Leonine in nature! Though the placement of the Sun and Moon have a great bearing on who we are at birth, the major planets have a good deal of bearing in this also.

Nonetheless, who we become in Yahshua Ha Mashiach is not subject to anything on the Earth or in Heaven, but is only subject to the will of God and the love of Christ. In other words, who we are born as is not as important to God as who we will become in Christ, which the stars and planets have no bearing over if we are covered by Christ’s love and are under God’s authority.

Though I have viewed the Signs in the Heavens at the time of a person’s birth, I have never done it to determine their fortune! Instead, I have looked at the signs on someone’s birthday to see what these reveal about who they are and what they can become in Christ.

At one point in my ministry, I came across a fellow preacher who had a fascination for the Gospel in the Stars and developed what he called “Christology Reports” based on his view of the Star Gospel meaning behind the Sun, Moon, star constellations, and planets at the time of a person's birth. Though I consider him to be a friend and much of what he teaches about the stars is true, he disagreed with some of my interpretations of the meanings behind the signs and planets, and I therefore feel that a few of his assumptions are incorrect. Nonetheless, I think the idea behind Christology Reports is a truly godly one that can be a blessing to certain people.

After doing several Christology Reports on my own, I have discovered that these can show people that they have a valuable purpose in Christ’s Kingdom. I also have discovered that they can reveal a little about what God’s purpose for them might be. However, the irony in doing a Christology Report is that this vision of any given person’s place in God’s Kingdom at birth cannot materialize unless they first learn to believe in Christ and follow God’s will for their lives in Christ rather than the dictates of the stars or another person’s opinion.

The truth, then, is that the stars cannot and should not govern what we will do or how we will act! Because, when we are followers of Christ, signs and omens no longer mean anything to us personally, but only have a corporate impact based on what they reveal about God’s will at any given point in history.

Has Your Horoscope Changed?

By Claudine Zap

Fans of the Zodiac have been bombarded with the unsettling news that their astrological sign may not be what they thought.

The horror of switching from Gemini to Taurus had people rushing to the Web for answers, sending searches for "zodiac signs" into the stratosphere.

So has your sign changed? Probably not. But it all depends on what kind of astrology you follow. Let us explain.

It may come as a surprise that there are different branches of astrology. A main Eastern form, for example, called Sidereal astrology, looks to the background stars, those famous constellations, as its guide.

Western astrology -- which uses the zodiac -- has its signs fixed to the seasons. Most Westerners, and all those horoscope pages we eagerly check, go by the zodiac. These signs follow what early astrologers called star signs, whose reference points are the tropics that form a ring around the earth. The zodiac is based on our relationship to the sun, not the stars.

The back story: About 2,000 years ago, the astrological signs and the astronomical ones were the same. But not anymore. The locations of the signs are based on the sun's location on the first day of spring. That location in the sky has slowly drifted westward because of something called "precession" -- the earth continually wobbles (a scientific term for a slight motion) every 26,000 years. Since the constellations were first identified, they have shifted some 30 degrees. Translation: The signs have slipped about a month westward, relative to the stars.

What this means to you: If you follow astrology that is linked to the constellations, your sign would go from say, a Gemini to a Taurus. You could even have a 13th sign, Ophiuchus, which you may have read about.

"It's a huge point of confusion for the public," says Bing Quock, assistant director of Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences. For those who follow Western astrology, "astrologers are not talking about the constellations at all. When an astrologer says the sun is in a certain sign, they're talking about the sign, the location relative to the equinox. They're not talking about the location of the constellations. "

In short, if you follow the Sidereal astrology, the Eastern branch, your sign may have shifted. (And most likely, no surprise to you at all: This news is hundreds of years old).

But for the rest of us, our horoscope, and our signs, are still the same.