Some of the biggest publishers have launched a series of books aimed at babies hoping to cash in on the zeal for the occult among millennial parents on the topics of astrology, crystals, chakras and meditation.
The world’s major book publishing houses are hoping to cash in on a well-documented trend among Millennials: A passion for the New Age.
A recent piece in The New Yorker documented the huge appetite Millennials have for all things New Age, while also noting that Millennials see no contradiction in believing in science instead of religion, yet strongly embrace astrology and other New Age practices. In our technological times, Millennials use astrology apps, watch astrology livestreams and listen to astrology podcasts.
But their interests aren’t limited to astrology. The New Yorker reported that Americans spend $2.2 billion annually on “mystical services” which can encompass everything from astrology, palmistry, tarot reading and more.
Roughly speaking, Millennials or born between the years of 1981 in 1996. That makes them between the ages of 24 and 39. That also means that they are having lots of babies (although at a lower rate than prior generations).
Observing this multi-billion-dollar growing market, major book publishers are following the money. They are banking on the idea that Millennial parents will want to pass their love of the New Age onto their offspring.
Doubleday, Chronicle Books, Running Press, McMillan division Imprint and others are all launching occult book series on astrology, crystals, chakras and meditation aimed at children 0-3 or 0-4, Slate reports.
The books are reportedly colorful, picture books in the form of so-called “board books” (those with pages thick enough to endure babies putting them in their mouths).
Obviously, the books are designed for parents to read to their children. They are very basic in nature, but reportedly have the essentials on each zodiac sign, as well as the essentials the other occult topics in the book series.
Many people believe that astrology is a pseudoscience at best. Others will say they know it’s fake, but it’s just a fantasy that’s harmless fun.
But is it really harmless?
Before looking at the religious aspects, is it really a good idea to teach children a pseudoscience?
The most obvious rebuttal is that entire societies teach children other fantasies such as Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. This hasn’t seemed to cause undue harm to anyone. Therefore, people will argue that astrology should be viewed in the same way.
The next valid argument against teaching children astrology, which also avoids any religious connotations, is that it can teach one to base their lives on false predictions.
A well-known in 1960 episode of the Twilight Zone starting a young William Shatner (pre-Star Trek) titled the “Nick of Time” addressed that very question. The character becomes so reliant on the predictions made by a fortune-telling machine at a diner that he literally can’t make a move in his life without consulting it.
He becomes afraid to leave the diner and essentially becomes removed of his own will and a slave to this Oracle.
This same concept is a very strong argument against following astrology.
The word “occult” means “hidden.” Practitioners of the occult profess to hold hidden knowledge.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
The above proverb is often quoted to make the point that if you give children our religious upbringing, providing them with good moral guidelines, it will serve them throughout their life.
However, the wisdom of this proverb also applies to those that would teach their children the occult. Train your children in the occult and they will follow the occult. Although it is not a hard and fast rule, an impression will be left nonetheless.
Because astrology attempts to predict the future, it is what the Bible calls “divination” which is practiced by mediums (psychics, fortunetellers).
In other occult practices, such as spiritualism, a psychic purports to contact the dead. The Bible refers to this as “necromancy.” In the Bible, the prophets worn that such practices are sinful, not only by the person attempting to contact the dead, but also by those seeking answers from them.
“Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.”
– Leviticus 19:31
According to the Bible, the only truth comes from God in the Lord wants us to seek answers from him alone.
“And when they say to you, ‘Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,’ should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living?”
God does not want us to seek occult knowledge. We are susceptible to being misled and deceived. God sees the occult as being so sinful and detestable, the practice is ranked in the same sentence as murder and sexual immorality, saying it will receive the same punishment.
“But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
The only information we should receive from the supernatural world is when it is delivered by a prophet of God. Even then, such information must be judged against the truth of Scripture. Anyone that does not declare God is the one true God and the father of the son Jesus Christ – is not a messenger from God – and not a bringer of truth.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
–1 John 4:1
“The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders,”
–2 Thessalonians 2:9
The Bible does not say that the occult is not real. It does not say that psychics cannot have visions. What it warns about his deception. Only God can see the future. A psychic can gain information from the past, presented in such a way as to make it appear to be a believable prognostication of the future.
As explained above about accessing information from the past, it’s easy for psychics to make people believe they are speaking to dead relatives, when they are not. Even the psychic may believe they are speaking to a person for the past, when they may be speaking to a fallen angelic entity who is deceiving them.
Jesus said there is a division between the physical world we live in in the realm of the dead that cannot be crossed.
“And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.”
The point is – it is easy to deceive people. It is easy to create false signs and mislead people.