It's Magi Season Again!

The Archdiocese of Washington is using this image to promote their Find the Perfect Gift campaign this year.

The Archdiocese of Washington is using this image to promote their Find the Perfect Gift campaign this year.

The Archdiocese of Washington chose this image (among several) to promote their Find the Perfect Gift campaign this year. It's a Wise Man from the famous trio of three, a Magi man! It's beautiful and inspiring.

But, it doesn't make any sense to those of us who think a lot about the Magi, who were astrologers.

We (as practicing Catholics) literally parade images of astrologers around at Christmastime but refuse to discuss the historical significance of astrology within the Church.

Christ was discovered by astrologers who are known as the "Three Wise Men." Think about this for just a minute... Christ's first friends were astrologers. Astrologers helped launch Christianity. We don't know what the Christmas story would be without the Magi, or if there even would be a Christmas.  

Despite the scorn that astrology gets today, we still don't see any references to the Magi as the Three Heretics or the Three Idiots.... Nobody feels a need to make an excuse for them...unless pressed.

One argument astrophobic Christians have given me is, "oh, but they became Christians." Yes, but I seriously doubt that they began ignoring the heavens which God used to guide them. Wouldn't the incident of them following a star and getting an amazing reward only serve to enhance their belief? They looked above for a mystical message and they got one.

According to author Nicholas Campion, who publishes books about the history of astrology, the pro and anti arguments about astrology have remained the same for centuries among Christians. We argue and argue. The main reason we can continue to argue is the story of the Magi.