Straight Talk Parshat Lech Lecha: Jewish Horoscopes
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Lech Lecha(Genesis 12-17)

Jewish Horoscopes

The Sages tell us that God took Abraham and lifted him into the heavens, above the stars themselves. This is probably not meant to be taken literally. They explain, however, the message. God was telling Abraham that he was now above the stars. The stars would have no influence on his future or the future of his children.

It often comes as a surprise for people to find out that Judaism does in fact believe in star signs and horoscopes. In Jewish thinking, a person's whole future is mapped out in the stars, and for one who knows how, reading the stars is like reading a book of the future. Now this does not mean that one should take too seriously what is said in the tabloid horoscopes. I am absolutely confident that someone with a real knowledge of how to read the stars would not bother writing for a newspaper.

It is, however, forbidden in Torah law for a Jew to read the stars or listen to someone who can do so. A Jew, as God told Abraham, should be "above the stars."

The only person whose future is mapped out in the stars is the one who does not take responsibility to make meaningful decisions in their life. If a person rides through life on auto-pilot, responding to circumstance based on how they feel, then their future is mapped out already. Their course through life has been charted. It is a life of cause and effect, which, for one who understands how, is entirely predictable.

It's like a ball in a frictionless pinball machine. If you know the starting acceleration and mass of the ball, as well as the location and force exerted on the ball by every bumper, you will be able to predict exactly where the ball will go. It's complex, but entirely predictable.

If, however, a human being is at the flippers, his free will now makes it impossible to determine how the ball will move. It is now completely within the hands of that person to decide.

So too in life: If a person takes the driver's seat and makes meaningful decisions, he can change the destiny mapped out for him. If he looks into himself to decide what he really wants from life, and charts a course to achieve it, then his future is in his own hands.

Our horoscopes are only as true as we allow them to be. Unfortunately, it is much easier to go through life on automatic pilot. Life can go where the stars say it will, or where we want it to go. The choice is entirely ours to make.

 

Published: September 22, 2007

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Visitor Comments: 4

(4) Anonymous, July 4, 2014 1:50 PM

Excellent!

This is excellent! Thank you so much for posting it!

(3) dvorah, October 31, 2011 11:39 PM

the stars impel; they do not compel

We are, indeed, above the stars. We have been blessed by our Creator with free will, and it is a foolish person who lives his or her life by predictions. However, astrology is not completely useless to us. A child's birth chart can show us things about that child's inherent personality, giving us another tool in the parenting bag. The true purpose of astrology is not for us to find out what will happen in the future but rather to act as a guide. It is a map. Before one embarks upon a road trip, one looks at a map to see what the best route will be, what alternatives might be taken if there is a problem, etc. The map does not decide your destination for you. Similarly, knowing what is in your astrological chart (a real, individually, mathematically cast chart, not one from the newspaper) can alert you to trends and to possibilities that you might miss. It can alert you to possible pitfalls so that you can watch out for them. Ultimately, it is up to us to decide what we will do. Like any other tool, this one can be properly used or misused.

(2) Mary, October 29, 2009 7:05 PM

Great

That is so true some people base their whole life on horoscope and think that it is so true. Yes it is if you want to live by it. But you can change your future and not let it be what people say it is to be. Following god will help you to live life in a good way. Some people base who they talk to and date on horoscope and that is why their not happy because they let foolishy controll their life.

(1) Catherine Manna, October 15, 2007 10:47 AM

Excellent article. great sound advise

Excellent article! and very very true.
We are above the stars, and we should not look into the stars for our destiny.
We make our destiny God makes all things happen, when we trust and believe in him and put him first in our lives. Excellent article thank you once again.

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