Q. 1. What does the Church teach about reading daily horoscopes?
A. 1. First of all, it is necessary to understand that astronomy and astrology are not the same thing. Astronomy is the science that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole. There is no evil in this science.
Astrology is a pseudoscience claiming divination by the positions of the planets, the sun and the moon. Those who read their horoscope, they crave to know the future through divination. They believe that the events of their lives are set in advance. The person who cast a horoscope, he pretends to tell a person's future by the way the planets and the stars have influenced him since his birth.
Those who read horoscopes, they entrust their future into fate versus faith in Christ. They reject the Catholic Church teaching that in faith God provides through Divine Providence. They reject the Church's teaching that we have a free will. They believe that their future is predetermined by the planets, the sun and the moon. Such a belief rejects God's grace that comes with a free will.
The birth of twins is proof that astrology and horoscopes are a great deception. While twins are born at the same time, under the same alleged influence of the planets, the sun and the moon, one twin may become a minister while the other one becomes a murderer. This is an impossibility. If horoscrope was a true science of determining the future, both of the twins would emjoy an identical future. But such is not the case. There are endless examples of such cases.
The Holy Bible states the following regarding divining:
"Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead." [Deuteronomy 18:10-11]
"So do not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your interpreters of dreams, your mediums or your sorcerers who tell you, 'You will not serve the king of Babylon.'" [Jeremiah 27:9]
Regarding the human free will, the Holy Bible teaches:
"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." [Galatians 5:1]