The belief that the stars control human actions deterministically is
contrary to the Orthodox teaching on free
will. Astrology is distinct from both the science of
astronomy and from
interpretation of the constellations
advocated by certain Fathers. Zodiacal and planetary symbols on
icons and in Orthodox church buildings refer not to astrology but
either to God's rule over the entire universe
or to the symbolism of the apostles
as "stars" or "planets" in the heavens of the Church.
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