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(VI.) HISTORY - The Coming of Christianity

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« on: August 17, 2007, 06:45:41 pm »

The Gnostics, an oriental religious movement which played a part in early Christianity, spawning many sects, believed (according to one text) that when Jesus ascended into heaven after the crucifixion, he changed the influences and even the movements of the planets (among other things making them turn to the right for six months of the year, whereas previously they had faced left), and determined how they shaped a new soul, controlled the process of conception and the formation of the embryo in the womb, and every event of life from cradle to tomb.

(Incidentally, it is interesting that in the Arabic Gospel of the infancy, attributed to St James, Jesus is an astronomer, lecturing the priests in the temple on 'the number of the spheres and heavenly bodies, as also their triangular, square and sextile aspect; their progressive and retrograde motion; their twenty-fourths and sixtieths of the twenty-fourths and other things which the reason of man had never discovered...')

Many Christian thinkers saw astrology as a demonstration of the universe devised by God. The Recognitions, an anthology of letters allegedly written to James, Jesus' brother, by Clement of Rome, a friend and confidant of St Peter, represents the planets and stars as fixed in heaven by God in order that 'they might be for an indication of things past, present and future', although only to be understood by the learned who had studied the subject in depth.

Abraham was one of these; being an astrologer, he 'was able from the rational system of the stars to recognize the Creator, while all other men were in error, and understand that all things are regulated by his Providence.'

Clement charmingly called the twelve Apostles the Twelve Months of Christ, who himself was the Year of our Lord. The planets are admitted to have an evil as well as a good influence; 'possessing freedom of the will, we sometimes resist our desires and sometimes yield to them'. Arguments against astrology are restricted to resisting the idea that there is no Providence and that everything happens by chance and genesis, that 'whatever your genesis contains, that shall befall you'.

It is unthinkable that God should make man sin through an evil disposition of the planets, and then punish him for it! It is also pointed out - and later astrologers have often repeated this, both as explanation and excuse - that the movements and inter-relationships of the planets are so complex, and understanding and interpreting them so difficult, that no astrologer is to be blamed for misreading them.
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