I discovered astrology in 1970 or 1971 as part of a book on yoga. The yoga teachers were also astrologers. Rita and I were going to church when we first got married in 1967 and then fell away for a couple of years. So it never crossed my mind that the Church might be opposed to astrology. I never thought about it.
We went to a woman named Marguerite Miles in North Toronto for astrology classes. She was very nice and “cheery”. There was nothing spooky or “dark side” about her, except for one party she had and she invited a couple who mostly kept to themselves and who made me uncomfortable and who I was relieved never to see again.
When I later went for readings to Robin Armstrong, a professional astrologer, he too was very nice and upbeat, even if not very accurate. He made noises as if our marriage was in trouble when it was his marriage to his assistant that he was about to embark upon that would be over in hardly any time at all.
I have talked over the years to a number of priests very briefly about astrology, and they quickly become opposed and alarmed. But at the same time you can tell that they know next to nothing about it. They are simply spouting the official line and are glad to move on to the next topic.
I think what God and the Church oppose about astrology and the occult generally is that they can get you caught up in Satanism. (I have a whole book about the priest who was the long-time exorcist of Rome. Now that is scary.)
I like to think my astrology is scientific. It’s physical, positional, with no “dark side” assistance coming into it. I grant that there are probably astrologers in the world who are more “psychic” than scientific, and their insights may be more from some deal they have made with the devil, but I like to think most of us do it honestly from a careful study of astrological positions and angles and what those are supposed to mean.
As for it being scientific, although my ability to calculate statistical correlations is long gone, if I ever had it, it is pretty plain to me that things like our Sun signs do describe us, even though with some individuals you have to wonder. I think I am pretty clearly the Gemini I am supposed to be, and I can feel the operation of my Pisces Moon and my Scorpio Ascendant, and also my Uranus very close conjunction my Sun making me a kind of Aquarius. That’s where my wackiness and rebelliousness comes from.
The biggest problem with astrology is locating a top-notch astrologer. Most “astrologers” are just dabblers, me included.