How do I explain why we shouldn't read horoscopes?


Full Question

Please help me find a way to explain to my seventh-grade students why the daily horoscope is a bad idea for them. One student insists that horoscopes are “entertaining.”

Answer

The Catechism of the Catholic Church instructs us:

All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to “unveil” the future. Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone. (CCC 2116)

I see nothing entertaining about that.

 


Jim Blackburn