Q. Revelation 4:7 mentions four beasts that are before God’s throne. One has the face of a man, one is like a calf, one is like an eagle and one is like a lion. However, I’ve seen those images used many times around the borders of tarot cards and in various astrology charts. As you know, in astrology, the lion represents Leo, the man Aquarius, the eagle (or sometimes scorpion) Scorpio, and the bull represents Taurus. I’m wondering if a) these images are connected to the constellations Leo, Aquarius, Taurus and Scorpio, and if not, b) were they corrupted and incorporated into pagan practices such as tarot card reading and astrology? I’m curious to hear your opinion on this.
A. Understanding the origin of astrology requires that we know about the Hebrew mazzaroth, which uses the 12 constellations of the Zodiac to tell the story of the Redeemer. According to tradition, it was developed by Adam, Seth, and Enoch to help fathers teach their children about the one who would come to save the people from their sins. Astrology is a Babylonian corruption of the mazzaroth that uses the same 12 constellations to interpret events in people’s lives based on the position of the stars at the time of their birth. As far as we know, it first came on the scene during the time between the flood and the tower of Babel (Genesis 11) but could have been developed earlier.
The four creatures who guard the eternal throne of God were created aeons before the mazzaroth and its pagan copy astrology came along and are not connected to either.