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From the December 2009 issue of The Christian Science Journal

When I was a young man I was aware that my aunt, a respected Hollywood astrologer, had checked her astrological charts to learn how each of her nephews would fare in this human experience. As students of Christian Science, my parents explained to us that despite the loving intentions of my aunt, astrology was a false science—that is, not a science at all, but, in essence, a superstitious belief in a power apart from God.

Our parents never read those horoscopes nor did they share them with us. We learned instead that the planets and stars represented the beauty and grandeur of creation. As such, they, like immortal man, were governed harmoniously by a divine Principle—the one and only Principle, which we knew to be God.

I knew that since the universe, including man and woman in their spiritual identities, was made and maintained by God, only God could influence whatever pertained to my life. The positions, movements, and juxtapositions of the stars and planets in the skies could have no effect on my identity at all. The godless predictions/explanations of horoscopes were suggestions that only drew attention to planetary effects coincident with events on earth, and ignored those that did not coincide. To believe in a horoscope was to accept that I was not free to express my limitless individuality as God's likeness (see Gen. 1:26), but that I was subject to the control of occult forces based on the moment of my human birth. Stars and planets had no intelligence to determine or foretell conditions or events since God, the infinite All, is the only intelligence of the universe.