Astrology and Religion Elaine Asks: “I have begun to study astrology, and find it very interesting. The problem is that I choose to believe in God, and only God. Will this interfere with what I’m learning in Astrology?” Danielle Asks: “The elements, Earth, Air, Fire and Water are a part of witchcraft. Is Astrology a part of witchcraft?” Kevin Answers: Elaine and Danielle, Astrology is not now, nor has it ever been, a religion. Studying or practicing astrology does not present a conflict with any religious beliefs, nor does it conflict with one’s faith in a supreme being. Astrology is a tool that when properly and skillfully applied, can help us to gain a better understanding of our place in the universe. The study of the cycles of astrology can, if you will, help you to catch a greater glimpse of the divine workings of the universe. Astrology does not work because of any direct connection between the planets and individuals on Earth. Astrology works because the same force the moves the planets (i.e., a supreme being, God, the Universe, Great Spirit, etc.) also moves us. It’s far easier to recognize the cycles and patterns in the movements of the planets than it is to recognize them directly in our lives. Now, just because astrology in no way needs to interfere with your faith, doesn’t mean that the officers of your local church will feel the same way about it. The church has always had a love-hate relationship with astrology. Ultimately, astrology was looked down on, as were all other forms of divining the future. The reason for this, however, was simply that the priests sought absolute control over the population; they meant to become the layman’s only link with the divine, and one of the ways that they accomplished this was by persecuting anyone who practiced alternative forms of divination or prediction. Witchcraft (or Wicca) does use many of the principles of astrology (such as the elements); however, the idea of the four elements dates back to ancient Greece and is one of the foundations of Western Philosophy. (In the East, there are five elements, not four: Fire, Water, Wood, Metal and Earth). Again, although many individuals who practice witchcraft or Wicca also practice astrology (and indeed, the Wiccan festivals are based on astrological cycles), there is no fundamental connection between the two.