Revelation of the Stars
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Jeremiah 32:20 says:
20 'You have set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt,
to this day, and in Israel and among other men; and
You have made Yourself a name, as it is this day.
The specific twelve constellations we recognize today as the zodiac is referred to as the Mazzaroth in Hebrew. The 12 "zodiac" signs that have shone in the night sky tells us of Christ's coming, His life on earth, and triumph when He returns again. We find this word used in Job 38:32, which means the word was in use extraordinarily early, as Job is probably the earliest completed book of the Bible. In Job 26:13, Job says God formed the constellation figures. The ‘fleeing serpent’ mentioned there is Hydra, a constellation which takes seven hours to pass overhead because of its length (it is the longest constellation in the sky).
Psalm 19: 1-4 says:
*1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
2 Day to day it utters speech,
And night to night it reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line has gone out through the earth,
And their words to the end of the world. *
Carved out of the virgin limestone, the Sphinx has the head of a virgin woman and the body of a kingly lion and the wings of a bird (indicating the stars). The story of Christ has always been "written in the stars" in the sky above us. It is the largest one-piece sculpture on Earth. No wonder the Pharaohs put their pyramids there!
The sphinx is the key: Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo.
The famous sphinx points exactly due east. It is so exact it cannot be an accident. The name ‘sphinx’ itself comes from the Greek ‘sphiggo,’ meaning ‘bind closely together. On tomb ceilings in Karnak the zodiac is depicted. This is also true at Dendera on the tomb ceilings there. In both places are pictures of the sphinx, placed at the end of the constellation Virgo and the beginning of Leo, with the head looking to Virgo and the tail in Leo. In addition, at the time the Sphinx was carved, the axis tilt of the earth and the precession of the equinoxes meant that at the spring equinox, as the sun was rising, the sphinx was pointed directly at the division between Virgo and Leo.
Do you think that maybe Abraham thought Isaac was the Messiah in the stars, and that is why he went along with God’s plan so readily? See Here.
Virgo - The Virgin Maiden
- The First Zodiac Sign: Virgo: The Virgin Whose Seed Saves. MESSIAH!
The first sign in the Zodiac and of prophetic revelation in the stars is Virgo. The Gospel of Jesus Christ, through the grace of God, tells of a virgin-born savior. Virgo is “the Virgin,” whose constellation depicts a woman holding an ear of wheat in one hand and a branch in the other. She prophesies of her coming Son, who will replace the wheat as the first and perfect First Fruits offering.
It represents many titles which have been given him: The Hope of Israel (Jer. 17:13) , The Royal Heir (Mat. 21:38, Heb. 1:2), but most especially the Messiah (Dan. 9:25), which means Anointed (Hebrew), which is translated as "Christ" into Greek. All of these refer to a hope that this infant is the promised child that would do all necessary to overcome evil and be our Messiah.
Virgo is accompanied by three decans. The three decans of the Infant Prince (Coma, the lost constellation), the Herdsman (Bootes), and the Centaur (Centaurus) make it clear that it is her seed which is most important in this figure. That is, the seed of wheat represents her infant, who is half god and half man, and who will become the Good Shepherd.
- The stars have remained in their places for thousands of years. Seiss explains that God connected star groupings with: “symbols and ideas he wished to convey, and transmitting and explaining to his posterity those names and figures thus conjoined with the stars, he would link with his astronomy a whole system of thoughts and hopes as clear as the stars themselves, and utterly imperishable as long as astronomy should remain in the knowledge of men.”
- The star groups are “founded on indisputable astronomic truth, and hence form the groundwork of all maps and designations of the celestial presentations. They are in all the planispheres, celestial globes, and star-charts among all people, from one end of the earth to the other.”
- Seiss attests that the stars and their groupings are not arbitrary; they are part of the “common and universal language of astronomical science.” Stars and their constellations are found in almanacs, books, and records worldwide– regardless of tradition or belief they are recognized by everyone. “Even those who have the most fault to find with them still employ them, and cannot get on without them.”
- Instead of the secular horoscope, God has spoken to humankind through the imagery of the stars – providing revelation of truth and hope later found in his Word. The stars tell a story in pictures of men, women, animals, monsters, and other cluster groups of stars, known as constellations, initially totaling 48. Beginning with the path the Earth takes around the Sun, the Moon and planets follow a similar pattern.
- The Sun moves roughly 30 degrees every month from west to east. The Moon revolves around the Earth 12 times.
- Twelve divisions of 30 degrees each creates the Zodiac. The root word of Zodiac is “zoad,” which means to walk. Each movement around the Sun is a walk through God’s story, marked by 12 signs. Partnering with the Zodiac is the Lunar Zodiac– which coincides with the 28 days it takes for the Moon to revolve around the Earth.
- Again, with mathematical precision, additional groups of stars are connected to each Zodiac sign. Arab and Hebrew scholars referred to these groups as “Decans,” meaning, a “part” or “piece.” Abu Masher, an Arab physician and astronomer, referred to them as “faces.” The Hebrew origin from Sehmitic Decah, means “to break.” Decans are pieces or parts contributing to the whole. Daniel referred to them as “dek” (Dan. 2:45). Each decan comprises one-third of the ecliptic path in that constellation. The order of all three decans is significant and the meaning of each one is amazingly specific.
- **COMA:** The star Coma: “the infant” or “the branch” (Isa. 11:1, 4:2, 9:6; Matt. 1:23; Jer. 23: 5,6; Zech 3:8, 6:12; John 12:24; Hag. 2:7). Coma in Hebrew means “the desired” or “longed-for,” referring to the coming Messiah. Coma represents Virgo’s desired, longed-for Son. Virgo is the prophecy of the coming One, and each decan allocated to it contributes to the overall story and the meaning behind it. Occupying the first one-third portion of the band width of Virgo is the decan Coma, which means “the desired of all nations.” Forget the modern name associated with the constellation, Coma Berenices, and the modern picture of a hank of hair. The true picture, according to star names and history, is a woman holding a child on her lap. Even Shakespeare referred to it as that. The story is the same on the Denderah zodiac of Egypt dated approximately 2300 BC. Without question, this shows the promised child. Apparently, from the very first position on the ecliptic, God does have a son and this was the portrayal of Him being born.
The ancient star names in the constellation of Coma identify the seated woman as “a pure and immaculate virgin,” “the virgin who carries,” and “who bears.” A star name identifies the child as “the Branch.” Clearly, the woman is none other than Virgo and the child in Coma (the desired of all nations) is the highly favored and exceedingly blessed coming One (the offspring of Virgo’s womb). All of this information factors into giving the decan of Coma the Christological meaning of being extremely favored and a recipient of great grace. This shines great light on the truth of Ephesians where He has called (desired) us to be with Him from before the foundation of the world, and has predestined us to our adoption as His children.
The evidence that Coma possibly housed the star of Bethlehem is huge. Several astronomers from different countries recorded that a new star, or supernova, ignited about the time of Jesus of Nazareth’s birth; and this star was visible into His earthly life. This is compelling testimony that He is Messiah. The supernova reportedly appeared in the constellation of Coma in the head of the child. For this reason, the decan of Coma also carries an indicator of someone of greater ability and favor to shine as a beacon for others. Plus, when Jesus of Nazareth was born, Venus and Mercury were in Virgo in the decan of Coma. That would have been a beautiful sight!
The star called Zavijavah (aka Zavijaveh or Zavijava) is also located in Virgo in the decan of Coma. Its name means “gloriously beautiful,” testifying both beautifully and gloriously made.
Planetoids located high in the head of Virgo show mental giftedness. He made you the head and not the tail. Regardless of the planet, Sun, or Moon in this position of the ecliptic, it shows extreme favor. This is quite an impressive place showing where God will have mercy and where He has judgment. He has blessed you with great grace and favor, and your life should display an abundance of thankfulness for those blessings.
- **CENTAURUS:** The star Centaurus (a centaur, half man and half beast). Centaurus in Hebrew is Bezeh, which means “the despised.” (Isa. 53:3, 10). He is holding a spear, piercing his enemy over a cross, depicting salvation from life to death. More importantly, however, is the dual nature of Jesus Christ represented. Christ, like the Centaur, is “two natures in one person,” which He is both the Victor and the Victim. This star is also the brightest, which the Greeks called Cheiron, which rooted in Hebrew means, “the mediation.” Centaurus represents her Son who will be an offering. Centaurus occupies the second decan (ecliptic segment) in Virgo. The constellation of Centaurus is located below the left hand of the Virgin. So, as Coma is on the right hand signifying blessings from the promised seed of Virgo, now Centaurus is on the left hand showing His sacrifice and His vindication yet to come.
Be mindful; the decan of Centaurus was also the location of the Sun in the birth sky of Jesus of Nazareth. Two stars in this portion of Virgo have great relevance to the meaning of the decan: the bright star called Spica shows versatility as well as ability; another star, Al Mureddin (now called Vindemiatrix), means “who shall come down” or “who shall have dominion.”
The picture of the constellation of Centaurus in most western zodiacs is a half-man-half-horse, a centaur, piercing a victim with a spear. However, it would simply be a man riding upon a horse and carrying a spear if mythology had not pasted a nephilim-based creature over it. It is a most imposing figure that lies deep in the southern portion of the sky, so it is not seen from the upper regions of the northern hemisphere. The star named Toliman (aka Rigil Kent or Rigil Kentaurus) declares Centaurus’ messianic virtue.
Toliman means “the heretofore and the hereafter” and opens the understanding of a dual fulfillment— both here and hereafter. Regarding the “here,” Centaurus is called the “sin offering” in the Hebrew language. And yet, the picture is of a guy on a horse piercing a victim. So, some have related this to Christ as a sin offering and others to Him as the ultimate warrior who will finish the fight, aka Armageddon. Jesus may have been the sacrificial offering for sin, but He is also the one coming back to inflict punishment on evil and sin.
The star Bootes, the “great shepherd” holding a rod and sickle (most recognized in English as “the Big Dipper.” Job (9:9) mentions this star, as does Zechariah (12:10), referring to the Hebrew root meaning of Bo, “the coming.” Greek poets referenced this star as well, which Paul refers to in Acts 17:28. The staff and sickle are comprised by Arcturus, which means, “he comes.” Virgo’s shepherd Son will come and guard his sheep. The third decan in the constellation of Virgo is the famous Bootes. It occupies the last one-third portion of the ecliptic line of Virgo, which usually corresponds to part of the Virgin’s legs as well as her feet.
- **BOOTES:** The constellation of Bootes is pictured as a running man holding a shepherd’s rod in one hand and a sickle in the other. He is sometimes known celestially as the herdsman of the sheep coming out of the Big and Little Dippers (sheepfolds), but he is also known as the one who is coming with judgment as the Grim Reaper.
The chief star in Bootes, called Arcturus, is one of the brightest stars in the northern hemisphere. Over the course of a single night, its appearance can change from bluish green to yellowish orange-red. Arcturus is almost universally known as “the coming One” or “He comes,” and it lends its meaning to the whole constellation. The implements that Bootes is holding are prophetic of Messiah’s comings: the shepherd’s rod indicates His pastoral first coming, and the sickle in the other hand shows His future, second coming to rule and reign and to gather the harvest. The figures drawn of Bootes usually include Arcturus in his moving knee or leg, giving the sense of motion and advancement. This unveils the Christology of Bootes to mean one who moves and advances.
- COMA. The Desired (Hag. 2:7). Num. 24:17. (Egyptian Shes-nu = the desired son.)
- CENTAURUS, Al Beze, the despised (Isa. 53:3).
- BOOTES (Heb. bo', to come), Ps. 96:13. Heb. Arcturus (Job 9:9 = He cometh). Egyptian = Smat, one who rules.
Revelation 12:1–5 In Revelation 12:1–5 we read of a woman in heaven who is pregnant and brings forth a special child: “And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the Sun, with the Moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. And she was pregnant; and she was crying out because of labor pains and the agony of giving birth. . . . And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with an iron scepter, but her child was snatched away to God and to his throne . . . (Rev. 12:1–2, 4b–5).
1. Messiah’s Birth
1. It seems clear that what is in view here is the story of the birth of the Messiah. Within Revelation 12–14, which is in many ways the center of the book of Revelation, there are several indications that this woman’s male child is the Messiah Jesus. The twelve stars in the mother’s crown (v. 1) reveal that the son is born to Israel, with its twelve tribes. Revelation 12:5b, in speaking of the woman’s son being taken to God’s throne, strongly alludes to the ascension of Jesus. Verse 17 explicitly mentions Jesus, and verses 10–11 refer to him as “Christ” and “the Lamb.” Moreover, the strong allusion in verse 5a (“one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron”; ESV) to Psalm 2:7b–9 (“You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel”) suggests that Jesus is in view, for Revelation 19:15 (“he will rule them with a rod of iron”) employs the same language from the same psalm to refer to the imposition of Jesus’s sovereign authority over the nations at the end of the age. Therefore in Revelation 12:1–5 the author, John, begins the narrative of the great conflict between the Messiah and the dragon, Satan, by telling the story of the nativity of Jesus the Messiah.
1. The Celestial Play
1. What is so remarkable about Revelation 12:1–5a, of course, is that the narrative of Jesus’s birth is told in what are clearly celestial terms. The wonder is explicitly located “in heaven” and involves the heavenly entities of the Sun, Moon, and stars, as well as a great celestial serpentine dragon who throws the stars to earth with its tail, and a stellar woman. Indeed everything in verses 1–5 takes place “in heaven” (vv. 1, 3; cf. v. 4), with the shift to the earth occurring only in verse 6. The overwhelmingly celestial nature of verses 1–5 obviously begs the question of why. Why does John offer his readers an astronomical version of Jesus’s birth narrative? As much as scholars of the Apocalypse have noticed how peculiar the celestial framing of these verses is, they have never been able to explain it. Nor have they been able to shed light on why verses 1 and 3 specify that the scenes of the drama recounted in verses 1–5 constitute “signs” (“a great sign appeared . . . another sign appeared”). Quite simply, the only plausible explanation of the celestial and portentous nature of the messianic birth scene in Revelation 12:1–5 is that John is consciously recalling the heavenly wonder that attended Jesus’s nativity. In other words, what we read in these verses is an account of the marvel that coincided with the Messiah’s birth and that prompted the Magi to travel to Judea to worship the newborn King of the Jews. 7 This astronomical marvel establishes the narrative framework for the whole chapter of which it is a part. Accordingly, what we find in these verses is the key to unlocking the mystery of the Star of Bethlehem.
1. The Celestial Woman Virgo
1. The Greek word translated “sign” ( s ē meion ) in verse 1 may also mean “constellation,” 8 as a number of scholars have pointed out. 9 In this context a double meaning seems very likely—the “sign” is an empirical phenomenon disclosing some theological truth and it also concerns a stellar constellation.
1. It seems clear who the heavenly woman crowned with twelve stars is. Since the Sun and Moon traverse the heavens along the ecliptic, the fact that they are here respectively described as clothing the woman and as being under her feet makes it clear that the female is positioned along the ecliptic and is therefore one of the zodiacal constellation figures. The only zodiacal female is Virgo the Virgin, and hence it is unquestionably she who is in view here. 11 Just as Virgo was often portrayed with wings, so the woman in John’s vision is given wings in verse 14. Moreover, just as Virgo was typically envisioned by the ancients as a virgin of childbearing age and indeed often as a mother, so also the celestial woman in Revelation 12 is a young maiden who gives birth to a child. In addition, the fact that the serpentine dragon is said to have “stood before” the woman (v. 4b) supports this identification. As we will see below, the multiheaded serpentine dragon is the constellation figure Hydra, which is located immediately to the south of Virgo and rises in the eastern sky on her left side (on the right side, from an observer’s perspective). We concur with the claim of Stephen Benko regarding the woman of Revelation 12: “Any Greek or Roman reading such a description would have thought of the constellation Virgo ( parthenos , virgin), . . . who was represented as a woman holding an ear of corn and having wings.”
1. Virgo was the largest zodiacal constellation and the third largest of all the constellations after Argo Navis and Hydra. The constellation consists mostly of rather faint stars spread over a wide area. The brightest star is Spica, a stunning first-magnitude star halfway down the constellation, close to the ecliptic. Spica is actually in the top twenty of the brightest stars of the night sky. The next brightest stars in the constellation are the third-magnitude Porrima ( γ ), Vindemiatrix ( ε ), and Auva ( δ ), and the fourth-magnitude Zavijava ( β ). (Modern readers who wish to get a good view of Virgo are advised to look at it shortly after dark in April–June.)
1. The constellation was called AB.SIN (the Furrow) by the Mesopotamians, Parthenos (Virgin) by the Greeks, Virgo (Virgin) by the Romans, and Bethulah (Virgin) by the Jews.
1. The Mesopotamians and Greeks depicted the constellation as a young maiden who carried an ear of grain in her left hand. We have a sketch of the Furrow (Virgo) from Seleucid 13 Babylonia, in which she is doing precisely this (see fig. 7.2 ). 14 The ear of grain was particularly closely associated with Spica and reflects the fact that historically the constellation, and Spica in particular, was linked to the start of the grain harvest. Often Virgo was believed to hold a palm branch in her right hand. Greeks and many in the ancient Near East imagined her to have wings.
1. The constellation was associated with a number of different virgin goddesses in the centuries surrounding the birth of Jesus, including Ishtar/Asherah, Athena, Demeter, Atargatis, Tyche, Dike, Justa, Astraea, Juno, and Isis. 15 As Dike, Justa, and Astraea, Virgo was presented as an innocent and pure virgin so exasperated with humanity that she left the earth for the starry heavens. Pseudo-Eratosthenes 16 states that Hesiod identified her as Dike, daughter of Zeus, who became so weary of human injustice in all its forms that she departed for the mountains and ultimately ascended into the heavens. Hyginus claims that the celestial virgin Astraea became the constellation Virgo. 17 According to Apuleius, 18 Psyche spoke of Juno as being worshiped “as a virgin who travels through the sky on the back of Leo.” However, Isis (who called herself “The Great Virgin” in a hymn to Osiris) was the predominant identity of Virgo in our period 19 and it is as Isis that Virgo is portrayed on the Dendera Zodiac (a famous, probably mid-first-century BC, sky map carved on the ceiling of the Hathor temple at Dendera, Egypt). 20
1. Strikingly, Virgo was widely regarded as a virgin and yet, paradoxically, often also as a mother. Tim Hegedus points out that, “Mother goddesses were not incompatible with Virgo in ancient Greco-Roman religion. According to Frances Yates, “The . . . virgin is . . . a complex character, fertile and barren at the same time.” . . . For example, . . . the figure of Isis holding her son Horus was identified with Virgo. Virgo was also associated with various other mother goddesses in antiquity, such as Juno, Dea Caelestis, Ceres, Magna Mater, Atargatis, and even Ilithyia, the Greek goddess of childbirth. . . . As Boll concludes, “. . . alles ist eins ” [“everything is the same”].
1. Theony Condos comments that, in identifying the constellation as a maiden, the Greeks were probably indebted to the Babylonians, who associated it with the virgin aspect of the Great Mother Goddess.
1. Those who deny that Virgo is in mind in Revelation 12 claim that the twelve stars on her crown (Rev. 12:1: “and on her head a crown of twelve stars”) represent the twelve zodiacal signs or constellations (excluding Ophiuchus). 23 However, even if we accepted that Virgo was being presented as having the twelve zodiacal constellations/signs on her head, that could be explained in another way, namely, that she encapsulated and represented the entire zodiac. 24 At the same time, as we shall see shortly, a careful study of the stars in the uppermost region of Virgo reveals that there is a much better way to understand her twelve-star crown.
1. The Date of the Opening Scene of the Celestial Drama (Revelation 12:1)
1. Remarkable as it may seem, if we accept that Revelation 12:1–5 is describing the celestial nativity drama that marked the Messiah’s birth, the indication of the locations of the Sun and Moon with respect to Virgo in verse 1 enables us to pinpoint the year and, within it, the day when the opening scene took place.
1. In the scene, Virgo is “clothed with the Sun” (v. 1). This suggests that the Sun is located over her midriff, 45 which covers a roughly 10- to 11-degree zone from Virgo’s chest (that is, just below the level of the stars δ – γ [Porrima]) to her groin (that is, the level on Virgo’s body where 80 Virginis is).
1. At the same time, the Moon is under Virgo’s feet. What is most remarkable about this is that it occurs when the Sun is clothing her. Because of how close the Moon is envisioned as being, we know that it is a waxing Moon and indeed a very young lunar crescent. To grasp what this means, it is important to pause and reflect briefly on the lunar cycle.
1. From the occurrence of a full Moon in the middle of a lunar month, the Moon enters a waning (shrinking in apparent size) phase. Eventually the Moon disappears from the sky for a few days at the end of the lunar month. Then it reemerges as a very thin crescent, barely visible over the western horizon in the aftermath of sunset. The Babylonians and Hebrews would therefore, during a short, 1–2 hour window of time between sunset and moonset, scan the western sky for the new crescent Moon descending in the Sun’s wake. 46 At this time the Moon is moving away from the Sun, falling on average a further 12 degrees behind it every day. As it does so, it waxes (grows in apparent size) until, on the fifteenth day of its cycle, it again becomes a full Moon.
1. What is described in Revelation 12:1 is not an annual occurrence. When we review the years 7 BC to 4 BC, the time period during which Jesus was born, we see that the Moon was under Virgo’s feet 47 at the point when the Sun was clothing her only in 6 BC—on September 15, 48 to be precise (see fig. 7.12 on why the Sun appeared to be clothing Virgo). 49 The Moon was technically under Virgo’s feet (corresponding to λ Virginis) for that whole day, from the moment it rose in the east (when it was 24 degrees from the Sun) until Virgo set in the west (when it was 28–29 degrees from the Sun). Subject to favorable weather, the young crescent Moon would normally have become clearly visible to the naked eye shortly after the Sun set that evening.
1. Does Revelation 12:1 indicate that the crescent Moon was actually observed on September 15, 6 BC? On the one hand, since some astronomers at the time of Jesus’s birth calculated the locations of the Sun, Moon, and stars in advance and knew where they were even when they could not see them, it cannot be assumed that the Moon was actually observed on the evening of September 15. On the other hand, since the astronomical focus of a scene such as is described in Revelation 12:1 would usually be the Moon, and since the sight is part of a great “sign,” it seems most natural to conclude that it was observed. If observers did see the lunar crescent, they most likely did so between sunset and moonset.
1. We conclude that Virgo, with her 12-star crown, clothed with the Sun, and with the Moon under her feet describes an astronomical phenomenon that can be dated to September 15, 6 BC.
1. The Cometary Drama of Revelation 12:1–2 The Actors
1. In Revelation 12:1–2, the heavenly entities are acting out key roles in the grand drama.
1. In the chapter as a whole, the woman symbolizes Israel—it alone can be reckoned to have given birth to the Messiah (v. 5) and to have fathered Christianity, the religious movement consisting of “those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus” (v. 17). 52 She consists of the twelve tribes represented by Virgo’s twelve-starred crown. In the opening verses, however, Virgo represents Israel as embodied in the mother of Jesus, that is, so to speak, Israel with the face of Mary. The constellation figure is playing the part of Israel/Mary pregnant, in labor, and delivering her son, the Messiah. John may be deliberately recalling the portrayal of Israel as the Messiah’s mother in Micah 5:2–3, the text to which the Jewish scholars turned in order to identify the location of the Messiah’s birth for Herod the Great (Matt. 2:5–6).
Libra - The Altar or the Scales - The REDEEMER
- The original name of this constellation in the Akkadian language (3,000+ BC) was Tul-Ku, meaning a sacred altar. Akkadians believed that the souls of the deceased were weighed at God’s altar. The altar became synonymous with the idea of scales, where souls were weighed. The name for these particular scales was Zibanitu, or Zuben-itu. Because this Altar, Tul-Ku,was associated with Zuben-itu, the Balance, the two became connected in the Indian language so that the Indian words Tula or in Tamil (a southern Indian dialect), Tulam or Tolam, all mean “Balance” or “Scales”. In Hebrew the constellation is Moznayim or “Balance” as in Isaiah 40:12. The use of the prefix “Zuben” in some of the star names therefore comes from the ancient Akkadian language.
- Crux (the Southern Cross)
- The first decan in Libra is the Southern Cross, also known by its Latin name, Crux. This rises above the eastern horizon before Libra’s other decans, Victima (Lupus) and Corona (Corona Borealis). The Southern Cross (Crux) is one of the most interesting constellations in the heavens. It is in the extreme southern portion of the sky and really is in the form of a cross. It was visible from Jerusalem until precession moved it out of sight after the time of Jesus (Yeshua) of Nazareth. Many attribute this as a messianic sign of fulfillment of Yeshua of Nazareth as the Messiah. It is also the decan in which the Moon resided when He was born.
- The meaning of Crux’s principal star in Coptic (Egyptian) means “victory; triumph through a great conflict.” Is this not what the meaning of the cross should be rather than an instrument of death? In the Old Hebrew alphabet, the letter tau is scripted as a “t” or a cross shape. It was the sign for victory in eternity, which is what was on Jesus’ mind as He hung on the cross. Many would argue that the cross shape is pagan, but the celestial Word of God named it “victory over death and dying” for a great reason.
- Lupus (Victima)
- Victima, also known as Lupus, relates to the second decan (ecliptic segment) in Libra. It continues the story of the previous decan of Crux, the sacrifice. This likewise is the fulfillment of the price to be paid as depicted by Libra. Victima is pictured as one who is giving up his or her life. The understanding of the star names in this section of the ecliptic confirm that a price had to be paid.
- In the Christian faith, there is recognition of a price to be paid for redemption, which was fulfilled by the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. Victima’s heavenly portrayal presents a very strong case when you realize that these constellations were named at or before the time of Noah and they testify that a redeemer would come. The Christological meaning of Victima is readily apparent: the intentional laying down of your life for a greater cause.
- Victima shows your willingness to make sacrifices (perhaps even sacrificing your whole life), as Messiah did in His first coming. This constellation is low in the southern hemisphere near Crux, the Southern Cross. This is the victim slain to be a price so that others could live.
- One of the most noted 15th century astronomers, Ulugh Beg, said that the name and picture was Sura, the Lamb. If this is so, it would be the lamb slain before the foundations of the world (Revelation 5:5).
- Corona Borealis
- The third decan (ecliptic segment) in the constellation of Libra is Corona Borealis. Corona is the Latin word for “crown” and it relates perfectly to the constellation of Libra: it is the crown of life for those who have suffered with Him. This is the culmination of suffering—a crown of victory for those who persevere.
- The constellation of Corona Borealis actually does resemble a crown, having an arc of stars forming it. It is just out of reach of Serpens, a decan in Scorpio, who is trying to take the crown.
- Crowns are given to those who rule and they are also given to those who conquer.
- • CRUX. Heb. karath, cut off (Dan. 9:26).
- 20 LUPUS. Greek name Thera, a beast. Lat. Victima. Heb. sabah, slain. In the Zodiac of Denderah = Sura, a lamb.
- CORONA. Heb. 'atarah, a royal crown. Arab. Al iclil, a jewel. Its brightest star = Al phena, the shining one.
- For this reason, the Alpha star, or Zuben el Genubi (or Ganabi) means “the balance/purchase/price is deficient.” It is also the root from which the Hebrew word “stolen” is derived.
- The Beta star (the uppermost star) is Zuben el Chamali (or Shemali), meaning “the price which covers”, a word whose root comes into Hebrew as meaning “raiment” or “cloth.” The Hebrew name for this star was Kaphar which means “to cover” or “the atonement.”
- The star Gamma (connected to the Beta star, coming down to the left) is Zuben Akrabi, meaning “the Price of the Conflict” or “the Price of the War.” This could be referring both to the battle with evil on the cross (the Southern Cross constellation is a Decan of Libra) as well as Armageddon itself. The possible reference to Armageddon can be drawn due to the fact that Scorpius, the scorpion is the next constellation in the zodiac. More about the scorpion later, but it is important to note that this constellation always represents ‘against Christ’ or ‘anti-Christ.’ The ancient Akkadians showed something interesting on both their seals and boundary stones. On these was a picture of the scorpion’s claws seizing the altar of Libra. In other words, they had combined the two pictures into one and called it the “Constellation of Claws.”
- The delta star in Libra is Mulu-Izi, or “Man of Fire.” In Revelation 13:13, we find the Antichrist calls down fire from heaven in the sight of men. This is similar to what Elijah did in the 8th century B.C. to conquer the priests of Baal. When he did this, Elijah was able to turn a remnant of the people back to the living god. Revelation tells us the Antichrist will do the same to cause most people to worship him. His evil rule is brought to an end at the Battle of Armageddon. This is the “price of the conflict.”
- The price of the conflict, however, is also on the Cross, where the payment was made for our sins, and spiritual evil was thus conquered.
- So Libra, the sacred Altar and Balance, also shows that our lives fall short of God’s standard – the price is deficient – we are weighed in the balance and found wanting. But the Price that Covers is the atonement made by Messiah for all humanity, who paid the price by His conflict against evil and shed His blood to blot out our sins.
- The proposed meaning is that it represents the role of Christ as the Redeemer, who paid for our sins with his suffering, and who literally bought us with his blood.
Scorpius - The Scorpion - the Accursed
- This killer is shown stinging the heel of the Serpent Bearer (Ophiuchus) who in turn is crushing the scorpion's head. This is so reminiscent of the great promise given to Eve that her seed would crush the serpent's head, even though it would bruise his heel (Gen. 3:15). That is, her descendant Jesus Christ would overcome death, hell and Satan, even though he would be crucified by the forces of evil.
- The Scorpion’s tail portion was called Lesath in Hebrew or Lesha in Chaldean which means “Perverse One”. The brightest star in the Scorpion is Antares a form of Anti-Aries meaning “against the Lamb”. While it is true that this constellation is in the opposite part of the sky to Aries the Ram, the complete story is told by the surrounding constellations. The one who is “against the Lamb” is the “Perverse One”, the Antichrist who the Scriptures say will overturn the Altar in the newly constructed Temple in Jerusalem and cause all to worship him instead. The constellation behind the tail of the scorpion is Ara the overturned altar. The rest of the star-story shows the mighty man (or strong man) Ophiuchus restraining Serpens the Serpent from reaching Corona the Crown, and at the same time bringing his heel down on Antares the one who is “Against the Lamb”. The star in his heel is called Shuph or “Bruised” as in Gen. 3:15.
- The Akkadians called Scorpio "Girtab," the "Seizer," or "Stinger," and "The Place Where One Bows Down." Today Girtab is the name of one of the stars in the tail. Another star in Scorpio is Shaula, which is the Arabic word for "raised tail.”
- The biblical story connected to this series becomes rather obvious in the star names and what we see happening. In Genesis 3, God told Satan that the seed of the woman would bruise, or crush, his head. The fact that the scorpion has a tail helps explain visually how Satan could, in return, bruise the heel of the strong man, Christ.
- The three decans of Scorpio are Serpens, Ophiuchus, and Hercules. The combined picture of the group is that of a conqueror (Ophiuchus) wrestling a serpent (Serpens) while stepping on a scorpion (Scorpio). Meanwhile Hercules is stepping on another serpent (Draco). The whole story is that of the coming Messiah being wounded while crushing a scorpion and wrestling a snake that is trying to take the crown (Corona Borealis). It shows that the Messiah would have to struggle, and you will too. Jesus referred to this in Luke 10:19 when He said, “I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” This is warfare and you are called into it.
- The first decan of Scorpio is Serpens. It occupies the first one-third portion of the ecliptic path of Scorpio. Whenever celestial objects are in this section of the ecliptic, they directly refer to Serpens. The picture of Serpens is that of a long snake wrapped around the body of the warrior, Ophiuchus. It is divided in half by the body of Ophiuchus and as such is the only constellation in the heavens that is divided into two parts.
- The interpretation of Serpens is that you are a scrapper and a fighter. You will not quit and you are sent to bring change to situations. This is shown by Serpens trying to gain the crown (Corona Borealis) in the picture in the heavens; it indicates that you struggle and fight for your beliefs. This is not a negative portrayal; instead, it shows the one who has the courage to say things that no one else will. If it were not for people like you, the world would die in lethargy and complacency. You are called to make sure that does not happen.
- Because he is being held fast by Ophiuchus, Serpens also shows that you are capable of controlling yourself in all areas, but it will be a struggle. This signifies that you will need to hold fast to things that are right and not let them go, as well as to hold fast to your discipline and allow yourself to be held by the warrior Yeshua (Jesus).
- Planetoids in this decan indicate that you are a mover and a shaker and one who is sent to be an agent of change within your spheres of influence. Make sure you do not allow rejection to come against you. People are resistant to change and may not like your ideas. Don’t take it personal. They don’t understand that this is who you are and what you are called to do. You are an agent of change.
- The second decan (ecliptic segment) of Scorpio is relegated to Ophiuchus, the serpent holder. His picture actually comprises more of the ecliptic than Scorpio and causes many to name him the major figure of the constellation. He is portrayed as wrestling a serpent while crushing a scorpion. The principal star of Ophiuchus is in his head and is named Ras-Al-Hagus (also known as Rasalhague), which means “the head of him who holds.” It is without a doubt the figure of Messiah coming to defeat and subdue evil powers. As Ophiuchus wrestles the serpent and crushes the scorpion with one foot, the other foot is about to be stung by the scorpion. Thus, this also means that in being a conqueror, the hero is likely to be wounded.
- (As a side note, this constellation in earlier zodiacs was pictured as an eagle clutching a serpent in its claws. This corresponds to the biblical prophecy of the creatures with four faces, which describes one of the faces as being that of an eagle.)
- All planetoids in this proximity of the ecliptic path Christologically show a warrior who does not mind being wounded to bring down the powers of darkness. In other words, it portrays a dedicated warrior with fearless courage.
- The third and final decan (ecliptic segment) of Scorpio is relegated to Hercules, the wounded warrior. The picture of Hercules in the heavens is the kneeling warrior, having been wounded in the foot. However, the kneeling figure is also clubbing a serpent-like creature, making Hercules both the one who is wounded and the one who also wounds (reflecting the name of the principal star Ras al Gethi, also known as Rasalgethi, “the head of him who bruises”). Apparently he gave more than he got but was willing to be wounded to rescue others.
- This is the inverted counterpart of Ophiuchus whose head is just beside the head of Hercules but with his body going in the other direction. One (Ophiuchus) is stomping a scorpion and the other (Hercules) is clubbing a serpent. These are the true twin towers of the heavens that prophesy the doom of serpents and scorpions and the kingdom of darkness.
- The name Hercules comes from Greek mythology, but nonetheless the heavenly figure reflects the messianic promise of a coming redeemer who would rescue mankind.
- SERPENS. The brightest star is called (Heb.) 'anak = encompassing. Heb. kelalah = the accursed. Arab. Al hay, the reptile.
- OPHIUCHUS is from Arab. Afeichus = the serpent held. The brightest star is Ras al hagus = the head of him who holds. Other names are Megeras = contending. In the Zodiac of Denderah he is Api-bau = the chief who cometh. Other stars are Triophas = treading under foot; Saiph = bruised; Carnebas = bruised.
- HERCULES. In the Zodiac of Denderah called Bau = who cometh. Arab. Al giscale, the strong one. The brightest star, Ras al Gethi = the head of him who bruises.
Sagittarius - the Archer
- The archer is a centaur (half man, half horse), which might represent the dual nature of Christ, being half god and half human. It is shown shooting the scorpion, Messiah overcoming the adversary. It's decans suggest rejoicing at the great victory. This is a warrior who will not quit and who has the attitude of vengance.
- Lyra - a harp or an eagle - praise and victory…eagles are the enemy of serpents. Vega is “He shall be exalted”
- Ara - a funeral pyre (upside down) - pouring fire on the Earth. The finishing place…the place of banishment and punishment for the wicked.
- Draco - the dragon cast down - the foot of Hercules is on his head, and the dragon is being cast down…the ultimate defeat of the Evil One.
Capricornus - the Sea Goat
- Some of the strangest constellations actually become the easiest to interpret. The goat is wounded, and some of the star names indicate that it is a sacrificial goat. This most likely represents Christ as the Great Sacrifice. The tail of the animal is that of a fish which appears very much alive, and which may represent its subsequent resurrection.
- Sagitta - the arrow of God sent forth.
- Aquila - the eagle, a willing sacrifice (the arrow) to lay down its life for the others. He is falling from the sky due to the wounding of the arrow.
- Delphinus - the living fish. Rising and springing to life…like us, Christ’s followers.
Aquarius - the Water Bearer
- Here is a man pouring out an entire stream of water from a small jar onto the head of the Southern Fish (Piscis Australis). This appears to represents Christ pouring out blessings and revelations onto his Church.
- Jesus of Nazareth referred to this constellation in John 7:38 and 39 when He said that out of the belly would flow rivers of living water, speaking of the Holy Spirit which then would come to those who believed in Him. Without a doubt, Jesus was referring to the constellation of Aquarius that prophesied the coming of blessings for thousands of years before their arrival.
- The water from Aquarius’ urn is flowing into the mouth of a fish beneath it called Piscis Australis (Piscis Austrinus). This is the first decan of Aquarius. The picture of a fish with water being poured into its mouth obviously indicates blessings that are being received; however, it can also show one who rejoices in giving them.
- Piscis Australis - the southern fish…us!
- Pegasus - the famous winged horse. One who comes joyfully and quickly…Christ’s return is imminent. Because the decan of Pegasus is included within the constellation of Aquarius, the blessings outpoured, it signifies prophetically that you are to be a bearer of joy, good news, and encouragement. These are the blessings you have been given to pour out upon others.
- Cygnus - the dover in the flock of the Milky Way…represents the dove of the Holy Spirit. This also predicts the coming of the Redeemer and King…the bird is circling like a bird before it lands.
- This meaning of a descending bird could apply to the dove that descended upon Yeshua of Nazareth at the time of His water baptism. This is a beautiful depiction of the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the power that comes with it. Since the relative position of the decan of Cygnus is in the latter portion of the constellation Aquarius, this also shows the pouring out of blessings and potentially the Holy Spirit too. So, the Christological interpretation shows the coming and power of the Holy Spirit.
- Another name for Cygnus is the Northern Cross, a well recognizable constellation in the north section of the sky visible on most summer evenings. Its stars actually form a cross, which can be interpreted symbolically as well. The vertical beam of the cross has three major stars and the horizontal piece of the cross likewise has three stars. This is significant because around the time of the life of Jesus (Yeshua of Nazareth), a supernova occurred three-fourths of the way down the vertical line of the Northern Cross, corresponding to exactly where His feet were nailed to the wooden cross. This could have been the fulfillment of Genesis 3:15 where the Redeemer’s foot would be wounded while it was crushing the head of the serpent’s seed. The location of this supernova, which is now a black hole, is still the most astronomically studied of all black holes. It is not a coincidence that a black hole was left in the feet of the Messiah and also in the cross to which He was nailed. The hole in the Northern Cross is still visible today. So, this could represent the cross of Jesus Christ, the instrument of His sacrifice and of your redemption. Accordingly, this interpretation of Cygnus could also mean redemption, and this concept is also borne out by the star names. The actual brightest star means “the judge comes down.” Since Jesus did come down and die on the cross, He, as the Judge, has brought us redemption—and not for us only, but also for all those who will believe in Him in the future. Thus, redemption is another major messianic message of Cygnus.
Pisces - the Fishes
To me this set of constellations is the clearest, and it convinced me that the gospel is indeed portrayed in the heavens. The typical picture of Pisces is two fish bound by a common cord at each end of their tails and then bound in the middle of the cord to a huge sea monster. It could appear that the sea monster is holding them, but the knowledge of the whole story shows that the fish are binding the monster. So the main message of Pisces is that you are called to bind Satan, struggle against him, and rule over him. It is a message of victory over the struggles in life that every Christ follower has even after receiving the Holy Spirit.
The Band is the first decan (ecliptic segment) of Pisces. The constellation of The Band is the cord that binds the fishes together to the neck of the sea monster, and it means that you are called to bind Satan and keep him subdued.
Andromeda - The typical picture of the constellation of Andromeda is a regal woman bound by shackles and chains. This represents the promised bride of Messiah who is bound and looking to be set free by Perseus, the devil slayer just next door in the heavens. It shows a promise that when the Lord returns, He will banish the tormenter and cut off his head. So remember, as you struggle to keep Satan bound, someday he will be no more. Have hope and resist him.
Andromeda does not mean you are bound, but it infers that you must struggle to keep Satan bound and not let him bind you. This is where the real struggle takes place. Resist sin and flee from selfishness to serve Yeshua, the coming Bridegroom.
Cepheus - the crowned king of the heavens. The picture of the constellation of Cepheus that has permeated history is of a king sitting upon his throne. He is high in the northern part of the heavens above most all other constellations: his lower left foot is situated just above Polaris, the North Star. Cepheus testifies of the coming king of glory,
Messiah as King of kings. Pisces is the picture of the sea monster being bound and in this portion of the ecliptic, one of the fishes in Pisces is pulling the sea monster by the band upwards toward the north and Cepheus. This is about showing no mercy on the enemy.
Cepheus is also positioned next to Cassiopeia, the enthroned queen, in the celestial picture. This is further indication of royalty and kingship. All of the star names in the constellation agree that Cepheus is the coming king as Messiah. To add a side note, Cepheus is also on the celestial north circle that surrounds Draco (a constellation representing Satan) and is casting him down. This is another portrayal of binding Satan and not letting him go.
Aries - the Ram
Here the Ram has his leg extended to the bands holding the Fishes, perhaps representing breaking the bands of death. He also has one foot on the head of the Sea Monster. Christ breaking the bands of death is a common motif in scripture.
Cassiopeia - the queen of the kingdom, occupies the first one-third segment of the ecliptic arc in Aries. In the typical picture of Aries, this is basically from the beginning of the ecliptic arc at the ram’s front foot to around the head area. This position shows the regality of ruling with the risen ram. Cetus, the sea monster (also known as Satan), contributes to the understanding of Aries’ rulership over him by his position beneath Aries’ feet. Cetus gets the second segment of the ecliptic arc which is from just behind the head of the ram through his mid body. Then the last one-third segment of the arc is assigned to Perseus, the bondage breaker and Satan slayer. This is the last decan of the arc in Aries and includes from mid body to the end of the constellation. Combining all these into the message of Aries shows one ruling with messianic virtue, having been wounded and then coming back with a vengeance to rule over evil.
The context of the whole ecliptic message helps us to understand Aries’ message. The entire Mazzaroth, the line formed across the sky by the movement of the Sun and the planets, tells the story of a coming redeemer and conqueror who will empower his followers. In the first part from Virgo through Sagittarius, he is born (Virgo) to be the payment of sin (Libra), wounded in death (Scorpio), and coming again in vengeance (Sagittarius). In the second part from Capricorn through Aries, we see the messianic sacrifice necessary to redeem men (Capricorn), which enables him to empower them with the Holy Spirit (Aquarius), to give them power over Satan (Pisces), and now to reign with the raised ram (Aries). The final part of the ecliptic (Taurus through Leo) completes the true celestial story.
The heavens testify of a violent conflict, about being wounded and then coming back strong and winning. However, there is a price that must be paid by leadership. The lifestyle of a follower of Messiah is quite a bit more violent than mainstream Christianity teaches. The lessons out of the heavens show that you can have the victory, but you have to contend for it. It is the real revelation of the lifestyle of a Christ follower.
Cetis - the sea monster. The picture of the constellation of Cetus is usually a huge, gruesome sea creature lying bound under the feet of Aries, the ram. It is bound by a band to two fishes (Pisces). Cetus’ name comes from Greek mythology but is actually properly portrayed. The major star name means “the bound one.” The description of Job 41 is a good rendering of this constellation, especially since Job was a virtuoso in reading the heavens too. In Job he is called the king of pride. Cetus is aka Satan in biblical terms.
Note that predominately in the story of the decans that Aries has Cetus underfoot. Being underfoot is a repeated theme in the heavens showing victory through conflict and wounding. Also in the decan of Aries is Perseus, one of the most vindictive aspects of Messiah in the heavens. The message is clear: Satan is under your foot, but beware of pride and keep the enemy bound. These messages may relate to your conflicts with Satan, and as such, remember that Aries rules over Cetus and you have the victory because of the price paid (Capricorn) for the Holy Spirit (Aquarius) for power to bind Satan (Pisces) and now, to rule over him (Aries). That is your power as a follower of Messiah.
How thankful we are to live in the time after the coming of the redeemer and have the enemy bound and underfoot rather than when Job lived and declared, “I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth.” Job lived before Messiah (Jesus) came to the Earth. The difference now in history is that the price has been paid by Messiah and you have the enemy underfoot. Remember, the message also includes a conflict with Satan and a wounding injury to your foot. Don’t let your injuries kill you. Heal and rebound. You can do so because the ram of God has risen and has empowered you to reign with Him.
Perseus - the breaker. He is the hero of all vindicators and finishes the fight with the enemy. The picture of the constellation of Perseus is typically of a helmeted warrior running in haste while carrying the head of the enemy under his left arm and a sword held high in his right hand. The star names and all ancient star maps agree: they depict him as the avenger of wrath and retribution. According to the interpretation of the decans within Aries, the head of the enemy under his left arm is the head of Cetus, the sea monster, which he has cut off.
The name Perseus in all languages means “the breaker.” It has the biblical similarity of the account of David and Goliath and also foretells of the fate of the enemy in the future kingdom when Messiah will slay them before all.
The star in the left arm which represents the head of the enemy, Cetus, a/k/a Satan, has a name that tells the story. The name is Al Ghoul in Arabic and Rosh Satan in the Greek. Both mean the same, “the head of the devil, or Satan.” On Passover of 1996 a comet was directly in conjunction with the star, Rosh Satan. It was as if a line was drawn across the star. On Passover of 1997, another comet was in the exact same position in conjunction with the star, Rosh Satan. Its line made a 90 degree intersection with the line of the comet the year before. It was a cross, or even a cross-hair, directly in the forehead of Satan. This sign excited many who look to the heavens, believing it foreshadows things to come.
The messianic message is becoming clear that this is a vindicator. This is a function and messianic trait not often recognized in the contemporary Christian arena. Nonetheless, the celestial word of God testifies that He shall return and vindicate the wrath of God on the wicked. Perhaps if this operation existed in the contemporary church, wickedness might suffer and righteousness rule.
Taurus - the Bull or Wild Ox
The white Bull is a mighty animal, being an extinct type of wild ox. It is clearly used in the book of Enoch to symbolize the Kingdom of God in the Millennial reign. The star names in Taurus show that it is a leader who is coming to judge and collect the congregations of believers.
Orion - the hunter. The message of Taurus is Messiah coming back in judgment; in this aspect, He is specifically hunting the enemy and for those who are His. Orion shows the fury and zeal of the Lord to find those who are His and to rescue them. Metaphorically, His desire is enough to kill for, as shown in the typical picture of Orion, with a head of a creature in one hand and a club lifted high in the other.
The real name of Orion is the “light bringer,” which means that you are called to bring light and to hunt for those who need to see it. This is an incredible portrayal of an evangelistic lover, who looks for lost souls with an indomitable spirit to find them.
Eridanus - river of judgement. The river begins flowing from the foot of Orion and goes on through the foot of Cetus the sea monster. It shows the judgment of God all the way from salvation to damnation. All the ancient star names concur that it is a flowing river of judgment.
Interestingly, two different stars are in this proximity of the ecliptic in Taurus: Pleiades and Hyades. Both of the star names mean “the congregation,” but Pleiades specifically means “the congregation of the judged.” These two stars agree with the decan that this is an interpretation of judgment; however, it’s not just the judgment that will be passed on all, but this also shows the Christological attribute of being opinionated and passing judgment.
Being judgmental and opinionated are messianic traits. Oftentimes the idea of being judgmental is suppressed, but this is not true when it is the Messiah’s judgments. There are many biblical records of bold, fearless spokespersons for the kingdom of God who were very vocal on issues. No one had to wonder what kind of person Jesus of Nazareth was when He turned over the moneychangers’ tables and chased the culprits out of the temple. This is the kind of judgment that prophets of old spoke and declared. This was also the case with John the Baptist when he pronounced judgment on Herod for marrying his brother’s wife. This calling includes persecution and rejection as you carry it out.
Eridanus’ message of judgment is very stern: it is good news for the followers of Messiah but bad news for those who are not. It is an austere reminder of the harshness and severity of God’s judgment. As the river flows from foot of Orion, the light bearer, all the way through the feet of Cetus the sea monster (aka Satan), it shows righteous judgment all the way to damnation and casting into hell.
Be reminded that you too will be judged and held accountable for your obedience to God.
Auriga - the shepherd. The typical picture of the constellation of Auriga is a shepherd holding a sheep or goat under his left arm and a sling, or reins, or even a bow and arrow in the other hand. All the names of the constellation agree that this is the shepherd, and yet the picture is not necessarily of a gentle shepherd, but rather one who is aggressively guarding over the flock of the congregation. The five bright stars form a beautiful sheriff’s badge, with the bottom right star joining the horn of Taurus with the shepherd’s foot.
This figure is perfectly personified by David the shepherd who killed the bear and the lion in order to protect his sheep. This representation does not fit well with the contemporary portrayal of a passive shepherd, but it does fit with the overall persona of Taurus, a raging bull. Auriga is a fighting shepherd, devoted to protecting the sheep in his flock and calling them together to shield them from their enemies.
This decan is basically in the horns of the bull, showing its strength. Auriga is pictured in some zodiacs as holding a pair of reins in his left hand, but the reins may actually represent the sling that David used to kill Goliath. The relationship of the shepherd to Taurus, the charging bull, leaves no doubt about the interpretation that this is a fearless, aggressive shepherd.
Gemini - the Twins - the United
This is the messianic message continually portrayed through this constellation. It shows the united messianic characteristics of the ruler, the judge, and the rescuer.
Lepus - the rabbit. The common picture is that of a rabbit being stomped under the foot of Orion, the hunter; however, there is no indication of a rabbit from any of the star names. Other older renderings show a hawk with a serpent in its claws. Regardless, the picture is of Orion’s foot coming down on the creature. The messianic meaning becomes clear when we add the message of Gemini in this portion of the ecliptic, since it is in the section of the twins’ legs. The Hebrew name of this major star in Gemini is Mebsuta, which means “treading under foot.” This indicates that the messianic message of Lepus is treading underfoot, or ruling over.
Canis Major - the coming prince. The Egyptian name and picture that predates Greek mythology show this to be a hawk coming down upon the serpent (properly supplied as Lepus, instead of a rabbit) that is under the foot of Orion. It shows a triple attack on the enemy from Orion (the subduer), Canis Major (the coming prince) and Canis Minor (the coming redeemer). So, don’t forget that the meaning of Gemini and its decans is a violent message of peace through superior fire power. This is further confirmed by the two characters in Gemini holding weapons.
Canis Minor - The contemporary picture of Canis Minor is a dog, but that comes from Greek mythology. The ancient Egyptian zodiac shows it as a hawk with the body of a man who is attacking a serpent (Lepus) that is being stomped by Orion. The principal star that unveils Canis Minor‘s true identity is Procyon, meaning “the redeemer.” This hawk represents the redeemer, coming to subdue evil and free the oppressed.
The star named Pollux in the constellation of Gemini reiterates the reference to a redeemer. Pollux is in this third segment of Gemini’s ecliptic path and its Greek name, Hercules, also means “the strong one who comes to redeem and rescue.”
Cancer - the Crab
The constellation of Cancer is usually misunderstood because its common picture of a crab in the heavens does not agree with the meaning of any of its star names. More accurately, it should be a corral, sheepfold, or cattle fold where animals are kept and protected. The actual word “cancer” does mean “to hold onto,” but not like the claws of a crab. The star names show that it is a place of protection, e.g., a holding pen or a corral for animals. One of the star names also means “to hold onto,” and other ancient star names indicate animals, such as sheep, goats, and especially donkeys. Two of the stars are Asellus Boreas, aka Asellus Borealis (northern donkey), and Asellus Australis (southern donkey).
The whole meaning of Cancer and its stars is to hold onto as in a sheltering place for animals or a holding pen. The decans will absolutely corroborate this because all three speak of abiding in shelter and protection. So Cancer is a sheepfold or cattle fold, encircling and protecting those who are waiting for the coming of the king (Leo), the next constellation. The meaning of this is explained in the context of the constellation and then confirmed by the decans.
The messianic messages in the context of the major constellations show a savior (Virgo) was sacrificed (Libra) and wounded (Scorpio), but then he overcame (Sagittarius). This same redeemer was the sacrifice for sin (Capricorn), raised up to give the Holy Spirit (Aquarius) to bind Satan (Pisces), and be empowered over him (Aries). He is returning with rage (Taurus) to defeat Satan and call his bride (Gemini) to give her the hope of the kingdom (Cancer) from the king on high (Leo).
This indicates that the message of Cancer is to be the one who encircles, holds onto, and protects. In the context of all the constellations telling the whole story, Cancer is the promise of the coming kingdom and eternal life, so hold onto it. Howbeit, in Christological interpretation, this shows the messianic character of hope, encouragement, and optimism. The decans show the hope for the millennial kingdom in Ursa Minor; eternal life in Ursa Major; and Paradise in Argo. Amazing as it is, when we see these constellations in the heavens we are reminded of our inheritance in the coming kingdom. The interesting thing about this is that Ursa Major and Ursa Minor are two of the most recognized constellations in the whole celestial cathedral, and yet Cancer, the major constellation, is hardly visible compared to those around it.
Ursa Minor - Ursa means “bear” and Minor means “the smaller one.” Yet star names in Ursa Minor show that it is a cattle fold or sheep pen and certainly not a bear. Why it is called a bear is puzzling, especially since bears do not have tails as long as the one in the typical picture. It is understandable that the ancient star gazers missed this because it is about the hope of the messianic kingdom and they did not have a clue about that, so they replaced it with a false figure. The only other reasonable explanation for both Ursa Minor and Major to be called bears is the mispronunciation of Hebrew and Persian words. This is explained in Bill Banks book on “The Heavens Declare.” Nevertheless, the point is that this is a cattle fold that shows protection and hope, and not a bear.
Ursa Minor is also the constellation that houses the pole star and this gives it a deeper interpretation of hope because the next pole star after this one is in the constellation of Cepheus, the coming king. This is the prophecy of the coming ages, the next of which will be the presence of the King here on Earth. That kingdom will be for the chosen, which is why this is the smaller of the two cattle folds between Ursa Minor and Ursa Major. This indicates that many are called, but few are chosen (Matthew 22:14). This is a reminder and wake up call to strive for the masteries that have been entrusted to you and especially for the care, love, and protection of those that the Chief Shepherd puts under your care.
Ursa Major - There are two stars, Asellus Boreas, aka Asellus Borealis (northern donkey), and Asellus Australis (southern donkey) in this area of Cancer to emphasize the care of animals or, as we see Christologically, the care of people and the provisions of a pastor and shepherd.
Ursa Major is also known as the Big Dipper in the western world. It is the large one with the long handle (or the tail of the bear); but particularly because this is a cattle fold, the long string of stars represents the gate of the cattle fold. This constellation is larger than Ursa Minor and therefore shows that “many are called,” while Ursa Minor shows “few are chosen.” This is a strong portrayal of a compassionate, protecting shepherd and is the major messianic message of Ursa Major.
Argo - is the picture of a ship entering into port after a long journey. Argo actually means “the company of travelers.” Its oars are pulling backwards to show that it is backing into the dock, returning from a journey. The star names confirm the picture of the ship, and the most prominent one means “the possession of him who comes,” while the next brightest star means
“returning from afar.” The whole message communicates that this is the arrival home for the followers of Messiah.
This is the last decan of Cancer, the sheepfold, and it testifies of the protection and security of the sojourners in Messiah, as all of Cancer does. Argo, the ship, shows the arrival in the port of Paradise just before the lion (Leo), next in order in the Mazzaroth, comes to bring vengeance and retribution on the unholy. How good and pleasant it is for the brethren to dwell together in safety and assurance of the promises in Messiah.
The idea of arriving in Paradise is part of the hope that a follower of the true Messiah will receive. Jesus told the malefactor hanging next to him on the day of His crucifixion, “Today you will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43b). Argo should remind you of your hope, which will make you optimistic and therefore a great encourager to others to keep pressing on. Paradise will be a really nice place!
Leo - the Lion, King of Kings and of the Beasts
The king of beasts is chasing its prey of the Fleeing Serpent (Hydra), and represents the final victory over evil at the end of the Millennium. Leo is the completion of the story of the Mazzaroth. The messianic messages in the context of the 12 major constellations show a savior (Virgo) was sacrificed (Libra) and wounded (Scorpio), and yet overcame (Sagittarius). This same redeemer was the sacrifice for sin (Capricorn), raised up to give the Holy Spirit (Aquarius) to bind Satan (Pisces) and be empowered over him (Aries). He is returning with rage (Taurus) to defeat Satan and call His bride (Gemini) to give her the hope of the kingdom (Cancer) from the King on high (Leo). This is the consummation of the story of a king, who after being wounded, returns to wreak havoc and vengeance on his enemy. For those who will rise up and claim their potential in Messiah, Leo displays kingly, ruling characteristics and an aggressive attitude to attack evil.
The message of the constellation of Leo communicates across all cultures and languages because it is in pictures. In all cultures, the lion is the king of beasts, so it is readily recognizable that this is about the king and his rulership. He is the ruler; no one rouses a lion from his nap so he rests peacefully, knowing that nothing will attack him because he is the king of beasts. This shows security and confidence.
Leo has several major stars including Regulus and Denebola that are close to the ecliptic path. Regulus means “the king” in Greek but “the one who treads under foot” in Hebrew. Regulus is famous in its triple conjunction with Jupiter in the birth sky of Jesus of Nazareth. This was the king planet, Jupiter, in conjunction with the king star, Regulus, in the king constellation. This was potentially the signal that prompted the magi that the promised king of the Judeans had been born. Also, Jupiter retrograded during this time and announced three times that the king of the Judeans had been born. Leo was known as the constellation of the Judeans (i.e., Leo, the lion of the tribe of Judah) as Daniel had taught the astronomers in Babylon and Persia. When the magi arrived, they asked, “Where is He who is born king of the Judeans?” Denebola, the star usually pictured farther to the rear (to the east) of the lion’s body, in the hind quarters, means “the judge is coming.” It is located in the decan of Corvus, the avenging raven. These two stars show the coming of Messiah as King (Regulus) and Judge (Denebola).
Leo’s decans are Hydra, Corvus, and Crater. They deliver a serious message that gives the details of what Leo speaks and how he rules. While Leo speaks of ruling and judgment, Hydra conveys domination over Satan, Corvus portrays the pouring out of God’s wrath on Satan and his followers, and Crater spells out the punishment on wicked sons of evil. Their messages spotlight Leo, the king, as he is beginning his reign and ridding the world of evil and corruption. It is a word of vengeance, retribution, and retaliation. Each decan shows how the king will rule. Interpreted Christologically, these messianic traits and potentials are resident to rule, reign, and wipe out evil. As this applies to you, you are called as a warrior to represent a returning King (Leo) who was wounded in the last battle but is fearless and ferocious in His battle against evil. Each of the decans will give more insight into how you are to reign and what you are to attack.
Hydra - The star Regulus is also called, “the treading under foot” because the paws of the lion are directly over the the head of Hydra, a huge water serpent. The serpent is the figurative representative of evil and biblically this refers to Satan and the kingdom of darkness. Hydra is a long constellation that stretches beneath Leo, through Virgo, and into Libra underneath the ecliptic path of the Sun. It shows that evil has existed a long time and was underneath Virgo to try to seize and kill the redeemer, Libra. Then comes the completion of its story—Leo, the king, appears ready to pounce on Hydra’s head, kill the serpent, tear it to pieces, and eat it.
Hydra shows the messianic trait of ruling over Satan and his minions. To have them underfoot means to exercise authority over them. Christ exercised authority over Satan and made him and his kingdom bow down. Hydra represents punishment that will be inflicted directly on Satan when the lion gets its neck in his clutches. The neck has the principle star Cor Hydrae (aka Alphard), meaning “the heart of the serpent,” and contributes to the understanding that this is how a serpent is controlled: grab it by the neck and then rend it into pieces.
Crater - cup of wrath and vengeance. This is typically illustrated as a pitcher or an urn firmly attached to Hydra, the accursed sea serpent. It signifies the outpouring of wrath on the serpent and over evil, indicating that this is a calling to be a serious warrior and cupbearer of the Lord.
The cup imagery is helpful in understanding the messianic message. There are two cups of the Lord. One is the cup of communion and the other is the cup of His wrath (Crater). The communion (common union) cup is of love, forgiveness, and obedience. The other is the cup of rebellion, selfishness, and disobedience. Which cup will you choose? The cup of wrath poured out on the wicked is a common theme through the Old and New Testament prophets. It is a sign of His wrath and severe punishment. You are a cupbearer sharing the choices of either cup.
This indicates that you might be a good street preacher to help people decide which cup they should choose. This is a good portrayal of “in your face” love and someone who will not back down. Like the major constellation of Leo, the bold lion, charge on.
Strong words of judgment and conviction are rare functions in the body of Christ. If more existed, maybe sin would not flourish. Be bold to speak the blessings of communion and the damnation of God’s wrath.
Corvus, the Avenging Vulture. It is really a vulture feeding on the dead flesh of Hydra. The typical picture of the constellation of Corvus is a raven sitting upon Hydra, the accursed serpent, eating its dead flesh. This is quite symbolic of the ultimate retribution and is prophesied in the Bible in many accounts, both in the Old and New Testaments. Vultures will eat anything but they prefer decaying carcasses, often doing ritualistic dances around the already dead body, as if to defy it even after death. They are called eagles in the Bible but there is a distinction between good eagles and bad eagles. These are actually vultures.
This constellation portrays death, reprisal, and insult. A biblical example is when King David prophesied to Goliath that he would chop off his head and feed the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds. This is also the promise to the mighty sons of evil (Belial) for their final fate as the book of Revelation (and Enoch 1) foretells. Corvus shows the ultimate reprisal and hatred of evil and active vindication against it. This is victory with insult thrown on top, especially after total decimation and destruction.
The biblical scriptures tell of wicked men who will be eaten and desecrated; they are called “children of the devil” or sons or daughters of Belial. This shows the fate promised to them all the way from the book of Enoch in chapter 1 through Revelation 21. Even the book of Jude echoes the theme: the bad guys will not get away with it; they will pay in the end.
There is a function of spiritual warriors to battle these wicked people and pronounce judgment on them. Elijah did this; John the Baptist did also. Certainly Jesus of Nazareth along with Stephen from Acts and a host of other prophets come to mind as well. The commonality is the hatred for the enemy and the willingness to pay the price for the victory. Martyrdom would not be an uncommon trait of these kinds of fearless warriors if the meaning were understood and lived. Be reminded that this is a messianic virtue that should not to be stifled.
Leo is the last constellation on the ecliptic and Corvus is the last decan of Leo. It shows a faithfulness to vindicate evil on those who have practiced it. Corvus could be the nastiest of all the warriors, in that the celestial figures of Hercules, Perseus, and Orion are holding the heads of each depiction of the devil, but Corvus is eating the enemy’s flesh.