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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 the symbolic 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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