Is it wrong to believe that zodiac signs affect personality?

12 Zodiac Signs

12 Zodiac Signs

QUESTION: Is it wrong to believe that zodiac signs affect personality?

MY REPLY:

A.  It depends on what you mean by “believe” and “affect”. 

Zodiac personality types may have been results of centuries of observing people, that if you were born in this particular month, you have this natural tendency to do things that define your personality.  It is possible that the movements of the heavens due to gravitational forces and the solar activity (coronal mass ejections and solar flares) would influence the earth’s electric currents and magnetic fields, and also the coldness of winter and the hotness of summer, which in turn  would affect how your body and brain develops while you are still in your mother’s womb.  The problem is that no one has verified these theories by making samples of hundreds or thousands of people, by asking them their birthdays, and observing them for long periods of time or by asking them to answer the Myers-Briggs Personality test.

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Can we study astronomy, charms, dark arts, flying, herbology, history of magic, potions, and transfiguration?

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Is Buddha the same as Jesus Christ?

Here is question posted in Pinoy Catholic and to which I shall reply here:

Question:

TPC that I know, in a way its wrong if that was said anyone would be upset.

But think about it openly if you put it on another view point its just giving respect to the other religion or belief.

In a sense its just right because the catholic church we love and cherish is also open for all. Just think about it Our Lord Jesus Christ as a universal church and one True God. In this world we have different religions and beliefs but all of them came from one and same origin pointing to Jesus Christ.

Its Jesus Christ represented differently among races just because of the traditions, beliefs, distance and those sort of differences like liberal, conservative or modernize that we know.

You mentioned the bishop called Buddha as equal to Jesus Christ but its because they are just one and the same interpreted differently, just like other God who is also Jesus Christ with a different name and teachings. The bishop might be right or wrong and even I might also but just think about it. He was just pointing out that they are the same one Lord Jesus Christ to us.

Why don’t we just pray and let God judge then decide who is right and wrong and it will turn out to be the best for all of us. I don’t mind whatever the outcome will be. Just don’t put to much into this one. You got many good articles here but of all the pointing out mistakes on certain people, priest or a religious head is one that am against. We are just humans after all we comment but never judge because the one that can is our Lord Jesus Christ.

Reply:

1.  Not all teachings of other religions point toward Christ

In this world, we have different religions and beliefs, but not all of them point towards Jesus Christ.  There are seeds of truth found in other religions which point to Christ Who is Truth, but the Evil One also sowed his seeds of falsehood:

The Church’s bond with non-Christian religions is in the first place the common origin and end of the human race:

All nations form but one community. This is so because all stem from the one stock which God created to people the entire earth, and also because all share a common destiny, namely God. His providence, evident goodness, and saving designs extend to all against the day when the elect are gathered together in the holy city. . .331

843 The Catholic Church recognizes in other religions that search, among shadows and images, for the God who is unknown yet near since he gives life and breath and all things and wants all men to be saved. Thus, the Church considers all goodness and truth found in these religions as “a preparation for the Gospel and given by him who enlightens all men that they may at length have life.”332

844 In their religious behavior, however, men also display the limits and errors that disfigure the image of God in them:

Very often, deceived by the Evil One, men have become vain in their reasonings, and have exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and served the creature rather than the Creator. Or else, living and dying in this world without God, they are exposed to ultimate despair.333

845 To reunite all his children, scattered and led astray by sin, the Father willed to call the whole of humanity together into his Son’s Church. The Church is the place where humanity must rediscover its unity and salvation. The Church is “the world reconciled.” She is that bark which “in the full sail of the Lord’s cross, by the breath of the Holy Spirit, navigates safely in this world.” According to another image dear to the Church Fathers, she is prefigured by Noah’s ark, which alone saves from the flood.334

2.  Buddha is not Jesus Christ

Jesus is unique.  Jesus is not one of the reincarnations of Buddha.  The Holy Name of Jesus is not equal to Buddha:

Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name* that is above every name,g10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend,*of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,h11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,* to the glory of God the Father. (Phil 2:9-11)

Buddha teaches reincarnation.  Reincarnation teaches that there is one soul which is reborn again and again until it reaches perfection.  On the other hand, Jesus teaches that we have only one life here on earth, and after Death is judgement: Heaven, Hell, or Purgatory.  We have only one chance in this world before Judgement Day:

f “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne,32g and all the nations* will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.33He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left…Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.42k For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,43a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’44* Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’45He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’46l And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” (Mt 25:41-46)

There is only one Truth and Jesus is Truth.  If He does not teach reincarnation, then reincarnation is wrong, and Filipino-Chinese Catholics should not believe on reincarnation, Astrology, Feng Shui, and other things that were part of Chinese Culture but are incompatible with the Catholic Faith.  The Catholic Faith purges cultures as gold is tested in fire, so that what remains of that culture can be offered for the glory of God.

3.  On judging others.

I can’t say against priests and bishops, because they are my superiors.  And St. Ignatius recommends that things should be brought to higher authorities.  If the bishop appears to be in error, he can be reported to a higher authority like the CDF (Congregation for the Doctrine and of the Faith), which is under the Pope.  Christ is a Just Judge.  But the Pope and the Bishops united with him were given by Christ  the authority to judge individuals and nations:

Amen, I say to you that you who have followed me, in the new age, when the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory, will yourselves sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. (Mt 19:28)

Christ said to his apostles:

““Receive the holy Spirit. 23*n Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained” (Jn 20:22-23).

And to Peter, in particular, Christ said:

Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood 12 has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.18And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, 13 and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.19I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. 14 Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Mt 16:17-19)

Pierre Duhem: How the Catholic Church Destroyed Astrology and Prepared the Way for Modern Science

In the system which Maimonides sets forth we see, so to speak, the culmination of all the ideas whose development has been traced in this chapter.

We find there, first of all, the affirmation of the principle that Aristotle had already formulated with such clarity: The various parts of the universe is interconnected by a rigorous determinism and this determinism subjects the entire world of generation and corruption to the rule of celestial circulations.

We find there the corollary of that principle, namely, the definition of an astrological science which ties all changes accomplished here below to the motion of a specific planet.

We see there the preponderant role which that astrology attributes to the Moon as a rule of water and humid matter.  The moon forces them to grow and decrease with her.  The theory of tides clearly proves the reality of this lunar action and, through it, of all influence emanating from the celestial bodies.

Finally, we hear stated that the very slow changes on earth are tied to the almost imperceptibly slow motion of the fixed stars whose revolution measures the Great Year.

To that system all the disciples of Greek philosophy—Peripatetics, Stoics, Neoplatonists—have contributed.  To that system Abu Masar offered the homage of the Arabs.  The most illustrious rabbis, from Philo of Alexandria to Maimonides accepted that system.

Christianity was needed to condemn that system as a monstruous supersitition and to throw it overboard….

Hardly anxious to explore in detail the works of Greek astronomers, the bishop of Hippo and with him, undoubtedly, the great majority of the Church Fathers, did not know how to separate, in a precise manner, the hypotheses of the astronomers from the astrologer’s superstitions.  The former were confusedly included in the disapprovals accorded to the latter….

Let us not therefore search in the writings of the Church Fathers for the traces of a meticulously and sophisticatedly treated science.  We assuredly cannot find them there at all.

Let us not, however, neglect the little they said about physics and astronomy.

First of all, their teachings on this topic are the first seeds from which the cosmology of the Christian Middle Ages would slowly and gradually develop.

Also, and above all, the Church Fathers hit, and did so in the name of the Christian Creed, the pagan philosophers on points which, today, we consider more metaphysical than physical but where actually lie the cornerstones of the physics of Antiquity: such are the theory of an eternal prime matter, the belief in the stars’ domination over sublunary things and in the periodic life of a cosmos subject to the rhythm of the Great Year.  By destroying through these attacks the cosmologies of peripatetism, of Stoicism, and of Neoplatonism, the Fathers of the Church clearly prepare the way for modern science.

Source: Pierre Duhem, Le systeme du monde… Tome II.  La cosmologie hellenique (1914), pp. 390, 4087-408 (1914-1).  In Scientist and Catholic: An Essay on Pierre Duhem by  Stanley L. Jaki (Christendom, Front Royal, VA, 1991), pp. 256-257.