Astrology the belief that the Sun, planets and star-groups (constellations) possess an influence over human destiny and the attempt to discover and to predict the nature of such influence. There are two main schools of interpretation: one based on the day of the year on which the individual was born, and classifying him by one of the twelve signs of the zodiac; the other, deriving its conclusions from the exact time of day at which the birth took place and making use of the horoscope, or the study of the position of the sun and the planets in various heavenly houses.
Babylonia and Egypt were the centers of astrology in the ancient Orient. Hebrews shared such beliefs . [The prophets,] believing as they did in an all-powerful God who ruled the world on a basis ofjust reward and punishment, they had no room for a sidereal fatalism which made human lives helplessly subject to the influence of the heavenly bodies. Hence their repeated insistence that God was supreme over the Sun, Moon and stars, and their scorn for those who attempted to predict human fate by such means.
Note: Here Isaiah 44:24-5; Jeremiah 10:2; and Isaiah 47:13 are quoted, the latter quotation being attributed to an imaginary "Deutero-Isaiah." All Scriptures with Messianic prophecies which Christ fulfilled, thus hard to explain away, are attributed to some nebulous late-comer.
Continuing: "The Talmudic Rabbis, however, found no difficulty in reconciling the belief in astrology with the principles of Judaism." This is followed by a half-column of fine print citing the Talmudic Rabbinical pillars' support of astrology, such as:
Joshua ben Levi held that a man s character was determined by the day of the week on which he was born Rabba ben Joseph made the statement that a man s fate, including the number of years he would live, the children he would have, and his fortune, was determined not by his piety, but by his horoscope Rabbi Hanina held the determining influence was the star under which one was born Those born under Venus will be rich and so on, and on. As a result of this widespread belief The Hebrew term mazal which originally meant constellation, was given the additional meaning of luck or fortune astrology made its way into the Cabala Its sole survival is the congratulatory formula mazal tob, which means literally, may you have a fortunate constellation.
Above quotations are from the Universal Jewish Encyclopedia, under "Astrology."
The statement in the above sentence about the current greeting of "Mazal Tob" being the "sole" survival is merely whitewash for the alien eye. One or two New Moon Days are actually kept monthly. And, under, "New Moon, Blessings of the," the Jewish Encylopedia carries a full-page picture of a Street in 1748, full of Jews out paying their respects to the Moon. The text of the above article cites the custom of raising the "body on the tips of the toes three times addressing the moon with the ancient formula: 'As I dance toward thee, but cannot touch thee, so shall none of my evil-inclined enemies be about to touch me.' Then those assembled greet one another with 'Shalom alekem' ('Peace be to you') ... and say: 'Good luck to us and to all Israel."' [page 44]
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