The above is one of my favorite etymological concepts to reveal to people. More than likely, it is because I also study astrology and read natal charts. I was surprised that most people are somewhat open to it, but I still encounter Christians that are against it. They say that it is against the will of God, it violates Biblical teachings, etc... I'll touch on a few key aspects, but I invite you all to do the research for yourself.
1) The Catholic Church supported and used astrology. For one, Rome commissioned the construction of many churches to be used as scientific instruments, and churches were built with astronomical tools and observatories, as early as 1475 AD. According to historian of science and Harvard Press published author J.L.Helibron*, the Roman Catholic Church "gave more financial and social support to the study of astronomy for over six centuries, from the recovery of ancient learning during the late Middle Ages into the Enlightenment, than any other, and probably, all other, institutions." A primary concern of papal leaders was the day of Easter aligning with the first day of spring, or the vernal equinox, which is signified by the Sun passing through the sign of Aries. Art History professor Quinlan-McGrath of Northern Illinois University writes how the Basillica was commissioned by Pope Julius II after his astrologers established that this was a most auspicious date, which happened to also coincide Jesus's birthday/Easter/birth of the world**
2) Some people use the Bible to prove that astrology is antithetical to the Christian church. Well, besides the fact that they are reading the Bible in English, and thus are not able to read/analyze original intent without reading it in its original language, the English etymology clears up some confusion for me. Isaiah 47:14 states
13) All the counsel you have received has only worn you out!Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you.
14) Surely they are like stubble;the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves from the power of the flame. Here are no coals to warm anyone; here is no fire to sit by.
One interpretation indicates that "[t]hose who are seeking understanding and are drawn to these natural signs are not doing anything wrong, but to the degree that they are used to guide, defer or completely engage believers to make choices based on them, it stands out as a means to fall into error." Astrologists don't teach that our fate is dictated by the stars; quite the contrary- it is that we can use the stars to indicate what energy is most prominent upon this Earth; it is up to US to determine how to best use or protect ourselves against the vibratory affects of planetary placements. The guidance and decision-making comes from within, as the best astrologers interpret/read the stars. Natural signs exist throughout nature, for the purpose of giving hints and clues as to how to survive and thrive on this physical Earth realm.
3) The Catholic Church used the stars and planetary positions to create calendars, which were named after members of the Greek and Roman pantheon. And the days of the week were named after Nordic deities...all which represent planetary energies.
- April-->Aphrodite (Gk)-->Venus (Latin)
- Monday-->Moon's Day
- Friday-->Frigga's Day (Old Norse)-->Venus's Day (Latin)
Overall, I just wanted to show how etymology can reveal the secrets of the Catholic Church that they attempt to hide via the language. However, words in their truest sense don't lie- so to all my truthseekers: study #etymologyrules
*funny how he talks about the Church and its tracking of the Sun through the 12 signs, and his last name has the root heli, from the Greek word helios meaning "Sun"...coincidence? Topic for another blog I'm sure
- **A study on the history and evolution of history reveals that world's major religions coincide with astrological phenomena; the Easter and Christmas narrative are reversed, as the Sun dies during Capricorn and comes back to life during Aries.