• The Genesis of Science by James Hannam:
  • Read chapter 8 beginning on pg. 113 for more on astrology in the Middle Ages
  • Thomas Aquinas is explicit in his Summa theologiae: The majority of men ... are governed by their passions, which are dependent upon bodily appetites; in these the influence of the stars is clearly felt. Few indeed are the wise who are capable of resisting their animal instincts. Astrologers, consequently, are able to foretell the truth in the majority of cases, especially when they undertake general predictions. In particular predictions, they do not attain certainty, for nothing prevents a man from resisting the dictates of his lower faculties. Wherefore the astrologers themselves are wont to say that 'the wise man rules the stars' forasmuch, namely, as he rules his own passions.
Fish Eaters Traditional Catholic Website on Astrology
• Astrology in Catholicism:
  • Many people, even educated, intelligent Catholics, are surprised to learn that astrology isn't, in itself, against Church teaching. I believe this is especially true in the United States, where Protestantism has a large cultural influence, even affecting how Catholics see their own Faith, how they see Christianity itself -- a religion that their Church has dominion over. I imagine, as well, that the prevalence of bad astrology out there -- the newspaper Sun Sign nonsense -- doesn't help astrology's cause either. Still, contrary to what Protestants and Protestantized Catholics think, and in spite of how the doings of silly, modern alleged astrologers affect how many people think of "astrology," astrology can be entertained as a field of study by the faithful.
  • In other words, it is possible -- and not against the Catholic Faith to believe -- that the stars influence our temperaments, our passions, and our sensitive appetites, but in no way can it be believed that they "cause" human actions in any sense that denies human responsibility or negates free will. A way of thinking about this using a metaphor is this: the stars might be able to lead a horse to desire water, but they can't make it drink.
  • So, to sum up, the stars are not to be worshipped or feared, and the stars do not control our fate or negate our freedom -- but it is most certainly not against Christian belief to consider that the heavenly bodies influence our inclinations.
• Traditional view of Catholic astrology:
  • It's not uncommon at all to hear people -- even educated people, even priests -- express not just the idea that astrology is just bunk (which they, of course, have every right to believe), but that it's forbidden by the Church. Some are vehement about it, passionately insisting that astrology, in se, is forbidden, an occultic practice inherently akin to necromancy or divination. In my experience, this tends especially to be true when it comes to converts from certain Protestant sects -- often the same type who insists that ghosts don't exist, that it's forbidden to think ghosts exist, that magic doesn't work (it does, but it's forbidden! By definition, it derives its power from demons!), that curses and cursed objects don't exist, and so on...
  • But that belief is simply not true. In the medieval world, astrology was given a great deal of very serious thought -- including by great Doctors and Saints -- and in everything from medicine to farming, astrological considerations were often taken into account. Our glorious heritage of Catholic art -- including paintings, church architecture, stained glass, and illuminated manuscripts -- especially in Books of Hours, in which the zodiacal signs were almost always included along with depictions of the seasonal labors of man1 -- proves just how ubiquitous and accepted astrological thought was.
  • In other words, according to the Father of Scholasticism, yes, the Heavenly bodies not only may, but do influence us on the corporeal level, which includes the intellect to some degree, and the will to a lesser degree. But the will cannot be "overridden" by any such influence; the will is supreme. However, because so many men allow themselves to be ruled by their passions, form bad habits, and don't exercise their will in the right way, the power the Heavenly bodies may exert upon them is more evident. Or, to put it another way, the Heavenly bodies may influence our inclinations and basic personalities, but that influence only has the power we grant to it, that we allow it to have by not using our will to overcome any negative inclinations they might cause. An analogy: the stars may influence what cards we're dealt in a game of poker, and they may influence how we play our hand, but they can't determine how we play our hand unless we refuse to use our will to play the hand correctly.
  • In addition to such writings, you will also find many Church Fathers who wrote against astrology, but they refer to astrology as practiced at that time -- astrology done wrong, astrology that ignores free will, astrology that crosses the line into divination, etc.
  • The early Fathers wrote passionately against any sort of fatalism, and many wrote against astrologers of the day who were consulted in an illicit manner, had inordinate sway over those in power, and who, in essence, were scam artists in the same way that bogus "astrologers" of the sort who write silly newspaper columns are today.
  • Again, no Catholic is bound to believe in astrology -- i.e., no Catholic must believe the that the Heavenly bodies can and do influence us. A Catholic can consider it to be complete hokum; all of that is a question of fact and, ultimately, a matter of science, not of eternal Truths or dogma that we need to know to save our souls. But a Catholic may believe that "the stars" influence us, and he can be perfectly orthodox while doing so. It is perfectly licit to cast a natal chart to try to determine the planetery influences that may affect your inclinations. What is forbidden is the casting of charts to foretell the future as if it's cast in stone by the stars (a form of divination), or to believe in any form of astrology that denies free will.
• St. Thomas Aquinas’ views, objections and replies:
• Constellations of the Zodiac:
Astrology Forbidden in Orthodox and Protestant Christianity
Eastern/Vedic Astrology and Fate
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