People have spent far too much time pontificating as to whether or not the Star of Bethlehem was an "astrological" event and whether or not the Magi were natal astrologers or just a group of wise dudes who received an other worldly vision. Just step back from all of these arguments and consider the simplest elements of this particular Gospel account (whether we consider it as something literal or mythological):
* A great teacher/prophet/messiah was heralded to be born and there was a star involved marking/guiding wise men from another country to honor his birth.
* The word magi is associated both with wisdom and/or magic.
* There were wise men/magicians who followed a star to the birth of a great spiritual teacher.
That's all you really need to remember that God talks to all people, from all parts of the world, through great teachers and the stars alike. At least that's how this astrologer has always understood the simplest facts of this rendering of the Christmas story. :-)
Prayer: Show us the truth of light and love in the simplest images... of animals and children, shepherds, friends and wise men and women, parents, communion and community. Let us hold a light tonight for all those who have been cast out or left behind. Bring us together in hope and unity, regardless of race, creed, or religion, and lead us by the light of your stars.