“We are one species. We are star stuff harvesting star light”
Carl Sagan

The Solar System has the Sun and our Moon which are, for us, like the hands of a clock. We are deeply affected by punctual time rather than by the Eternity that exists further ‘out there’.  We are so doomed, it seems. When will the Earth end?  Although the old saw has it that “Saturn eats his children” it is most probably the Sun, with which we can only live within tolerances and cannot live without, or the oncoming Andromeda galaxy that will finish us off. (ETA one billion and three billion years respectively.) Or God Almighty.

In ancient Egypt, the constellation Orion was their god Osiris with three stars for his belt and Sirius was a sacred star whose brightness pointed up their New Year/Spring. This star moves position over time and is not always so seasonally welcomed but wherever and whenever it appears its lumnosity makes it the most prominent of starry time-markers in that sky.

 “And Jesus having been born in Beth-Lehem of Judea, in the days of Herod the king, lo, mages from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is he who was born king of the Jews? for we saw his star in the east, and we came to bow to him.’ And Herod the king having heard, was stirred, and all Jerusalem with him” Matthew 2:1-3 (Youngs Literal Translation Bible)

The Bible says the mages came from the East following the star from the East. As the three stars in Orion’s belt are pointing towards Sirius it would, indeed, look like three stars were following a very bright star.

The word mages, magoi in the original Greek though that word usually meant Persians and Chaldeans, once meant the priestly caste but by the time of the New Testament could mean ‘wise men’ only in avoidance of words like mages/magicians (such as Simon of Samaria) sorcerors (like Bar-jesus of Paphos) soothsayers and dream interpreters (Joseph, Daniel) or astrologers (many being the scribes who first constructed the Books in the Biblical compilation, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn).

Those fundamentalists who claim that God authorised and daily authenticates the Bible will find only ‘godly men’ in these magii (despite that their recorded comments are socio-politically worldly and their following of some strangely un-starlike movements seems more wilful than inspired). Others among devout Christians may claim that the noun magoi must be mistaken. The most acceptable of alternative translations has been – at least at any time prior to the Seventeenth Century – astrologers.

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It is they who plotted on the night sky a fixed co-ordinate known as the Divine Cross. This does not move. The intersecting straight lines are one line drawn from the Milky Way’s centre to its edge and another from the centre of the celestial equator to its Southernmost point.

The Bible is shot through with Astrology and stories based on the Zodiac. Some perceive that Babylonian Astrology is found in the strange words of the thirty-three lines of Proverbs 30 that developed and expanded through Ezekiel into the prophecies of Revelation. There are Babylonian tablets from a thousand years before that seem to illustrate the very symbols of the  opening pages of Revelation.

Abraham is widely credited with inventing Astrology and composing the Sefer Yetzirah or Book of Formation whilst Joseph had interpreted dreams by astrological symbols. Rather we should say it was handed down says the Midrash which states that Terah, father of Abraham who lived with him for a hundred years, was an astrologer and both Midrash and the Talmud describe Abraham wearing an astrological tablet upon his chest.

Actually, highly detailed nightly records of the huge desert sky must have been kept methodically for tons of years before the precession of the Zodiac (caused by the wobble of the Earth) could first be plotted astronomically. Truly here was the First Science but with the caveat that science and art were then still combined. Leonardo in the Renaissance still treated the two as one and until the dawn of the Age of Reason the weave of Astrology and Astronomy was known as the Celestial Art or the Celestial Science, interchangeably.

Johannes Kepler, the pivotal astrologer/astronomer, observed “Science is thinking God’s thoughts after Him.”  Michel Nostredame wrote quatrains that inferred he saw God’s angels spurring-on the planets. The former pre-charging them with the influences they each beam into the Earthly mix and the latter performing as tractors to pull them through the sky. In fact, Nostredame seems also to have been describing an invisible dark veil in the heavens that stops us seeing many activities, a duller equivalent to the branching sunshine that hides even the brightest sights by day and an equal to Isaiah’s tented dome of heaven.

“He who is sitting on the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants (be) as grasshoppers, He who is stretching out as a thin thing the heavens, And spreadeth them as a tent to dwell in.” Isaiah 40:22 (YLT)

This is in deviation from the earliest concept of a hard dome through which may be seen the lovely blue of the firmament’s waters.

In direct contrast is the living experience of astronauts who report a sucking black background, rather deadening, and stars with no sparkle once we leave Earth’s atmosphere behind. The glorious colours of NASA space photography are the product of man-made filters and may well not be there should we ever travel that far afield. Probably our own Earth is our most visually pleasing planet.

Has science dulled our perceptions of our world? Have we dismissed that sense of wonder that transforms a view into a vision? Do we now dismiss our own divinations of the mysterious supra-intelligence in favour of received explanations? (A regular stricture of slave’s re-education since Rome reached into Africa and then continuously practiced by educationalists throughout the old Roman Empire, the old European empires and now Marxist expansions everywhere.)

The OT is littered with divinations, especially about other people’s guilty behaviours, including by lot. These would, of course, be trumped by the will of God. But we are driven by our religion to expect the will of God to be expressed truthfully by absolutely any human being other than our own Self.  Quite exceptionally,

Therefore night will come over you, without visions, and darkness, without divination. The sun will set for the prophets, and the day will go dark for them. The seers will be ashamed and the diviners disgraced. They will all cover their faces because there is no answer from God. But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin.

Hear this, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of Israel, who despise justice and distort all that is right; who build Zion with bloodshed, and Jerusalem with wickedness. Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money.

Micah 3: 6-11 (YLT Bible)

Albumazar the Muslim astrologer attributed the invention of Zodiacs to Hermes (Mercury).  According to Israel, Enoch was of equivalence with Mercury and excelled at Astrology, therefore Seth and his father Adam too by their way of thinking. However, Abraham taught astrology at Heliopolis where he is said to have recognized the Babylonians as the source of Enoch’s astrology. Egyptian and Arab authors rank Enoch (Edris the Sage or Knowing Scribe) on a level with Hermes Trismegistus.

The Roman Church has maintained a bifocal view of Astrology. It has been used as a justification to mount an attack on some who were incidentally planetarians but, at the same time, many clergy were astrologers or followers of astrologers. Of course, this was not the simple Sun Sign Astrology of today, all hearts and flowers. Rather it was a general reader, useful for discerning a variety of climates, which made it concurrent with God’s will as all things in the natural astrologer’s World were considered God’s will. Mundane or judicial Astrology held the Universe to be Earth-o-centric.

The modern Western religions are closer to Science of a necessity (it holds the upper hand for a season) sometimes even denying the miraculous to conform. Congregations will often pray before the inhabitant of a ‘Pulpit of Reason’.

In the Epistle to the King Michel Nostredame talks of his input as

following the feelings of my spirit, that are inherent to my Astronomic calculations

and the Preface to Cesar reveals that  

the whole is reigned over and governed by the power of incalculable God, inspiring us not by Bacchanalian abandon nor by delirious stirrings but through astronomical assertions. 

That’s certainly convincing on the depth of Nostredame’s spiritual convictions. But is it the whole truth? He needed the Bishops to censor all his works in his favour and had once suffered from having fell foul of one. The language of Nostredame sometimes vacillates betwen the Church’s God and the old gods. In his era of classics-revival this may not have meant so much but his Latin warning ‘Idiots, Barbarians, and Astrologers stay far away’ adds weight to the notion that he mainly regarded the planet’s names as indicators of characteristics attributed by mythology to demi-gods (e.g. Mars as meaning the god of war and destruction rather than the planet of focus and determination). Nevertheless, the Solar System certainly functioned as his predictive clock and datestamp.

There is such a thing as ‘Bible Astrology’. Of course, the surface narratives and addresses of the Bible are meaningful and the mystical parts doubly so. But there is a hidden frame to some Books or passages that can suggest zodiacal progressions to those knowledgeable on the patternings of the precession. Allegorical language aids ancillary subtleties and yet these often concur with the (undefined) mistrust of darkness and night in the Holy Bible that is expressed even by Jesus.

Egypt, Babylon and Greece were the main influnces on Israel-Judea and the homelands of Astrology. The exotic names we use are from Greek and the lunar-cycle themes are Egyptian in origin and the astrologers spent much time pondering the dark of night but really the Zodiac is all about the daily labours of the Sun. At the Winter Solstice the Sun “dies” for three days then resurrects (on 25th December). The Sun’s light that it supplies to us – its glory – grows daily after that. Progress and growth along its righteous path is accompanied by a diminution of darkness. At the summer solstice the young Sun has completed its goodly course upward and sits prominent, enthroned in glory. On its second leg the Sun’s powers slowly fade and it is increasingly challenged by a reviving of the darkness and the return of worldly troubles.

Here is an archetype for the one who can abandon self and all that the self has been conditioned by in life so as to receive the Higher Self in its place, allowing one’s ‘personal history’ to bury itself. At the ‘high-point’ we shine, quietly aloof from wicked excursions and negative impositions which can no longer come into our space. The position is lofty and free yet the Self is non-regarding and modest for the monster of egoism created by the lower self has been jettisoned like ballast.

In allegorical global-speak, this is all very Nor’Nor’West. For those living around the Equator there are not four visible seasons and the equinoxes or solstices will pass unnoticed. Europe and North Africa in the Northern Hemisphere were the platforms for the earliest observations. Just as El’s son Ba’al in his role as the god of fertility resurrected each year but got replaced by YVVH who did not resurrect (until eventually the “go forth and multiply” Jesus incarnated) so a continuous cycle has been replaced in our mythology by a kind of constancy of arrival. In contrast to the Sun’s Year, the literary Jesus has arrived at His personal highpoint which is where we first meet him and stays there as if on a celestial plateau. There is no talk of Him coming down again. (The same with Buddha Gautama after hisEnlightenment.) I disagree. What goes ‘up’ must come ‘down’, like the Sun in Matthew’s Gospel.

All the Gospels are redolent of an enlightened soul encountering the painful difficulties of coming down into “consciousness of the illusion” and being pushed into the path of a fanatical crowd who steer Him to their will, not His, because (i) He simply cannot lie and will not misbehave, (ii) He is excessively kind and giving to the point of sheer altruism, and (iii) He is driven by a Compassion that leaves Him no choice but to pull others out of shocking predicaments by His great spiritual strength.

At Winter Solstice the Sun is fully weakened having been betrayed by the season since Autumn Equinox and it enters three days of loss of life (i.e. rising and sinking repeatedly at the same spot having lost its normal movement and so is unable to go far from there – exactly the mechanism of the bound Roman crucifixion which alternated repeatedly between the searing pain of rising up to breathe freely and sinking down again into an inability to breathe so as to avoid agony). Hence Jesus was seen by others during His three days of loss of His regular life, but He was not yet free. (He did not move around on the horizon. The ‘messenger’ spoke of Him leaving for the coast but He then reappeared in Jerusalem to say He would meet them there.)

Then there is the matter of the Son of Man, a phrase scattered throughout both Testaments that means differing things in different contexts, including a self-reference by Jesus (but also meaning ‘merely human’ as a self-reference, or else ‘a human being’ or ‘messiah son of man’ which it seems was once used prophetically by Jesus). One meaning is a particular star’s name in the Orion constellation (referred to as the cloud). During the First Century it could be plotted falling to Earth, as it were, on the Winter Solstice and disappearing about a month later. The whole constellation Orion also sinks in the West and rises in the East after three days. (Another rendering holds the Orion constellation to be the Son of Man and the Milky Way as the cloud.)

The three days of Winter Solstice are, or should be, the darkest days of the year but really Winter is not so much a death as a transition and equates to the time of water in the Creation myths. Hence Capricorn the goat-fish stands for creatures of the waters that are taking to the land by stages. (Evolution and Creation are compatible, if you wish.)

When the Bible says that ‘the stars fall from heaven’ it does not mean they fall off the sky but merely that they descend together in the big picture. In fact the sky is divided into 12 pictures like computer monitors or TV screens, one for each Sign. Another key may be reading ‘clouds’ as constellations while talk of the end of the age probaby refers to one of the difficult-to-track Astrological Ages.

“I am with you all the days – till the full end of the age.’  Matt. 28:20 (YLT)

Using the typical watchface device to plot the months and Signs (but the direction of precession is counter-clockwise and viewed from a wobbly unicycle) the travelling Sun has its good side on the right-hand facing us and the bad side is to the left of his Mid-Summer throne.

The sociable and intellectual Aquarius the Water Carrier is, like fish-tailed Capricorn, not actually a Water Sign but he delivers an environment for psychic Pisces of the fishes swimming in opposite (horizontal) directions. Sheep – Aries – are creatures from the Middle East (as are tartans, kilts and bagpipes) that captivate people in the fecund Spring, which rams and lambs have come to symbolize. (El’s demi-gods were fond of the smell of roasting lamb but not the taste, fortunately for the sacrifice overseers.) Some see the Passover lamb in the OT/Hebrew Bible as representative of the astrological Age of Aries but, really, it was a serious sacrifice at the ‘Crucifixion Passover’ and continued that way through the Age of Pisces. All given years for the Astrological Ages are unsafe (and the direction of precession causes the Platomic Year cycle to process in reverse to the solar cycle)  but it could be that the Age of Aries encompassed the First Century AD. The Jewish Passover celebrates YVVH passing overhead. Without intending any blasphemy, I’ll simply point out that a god, but not the God, passing overhead is a big part of what Astrology was about. Taurus the hardworking bull or ox is strong and forceful yet easily harnessed when properly grazed. Gemini has twice the number of years for its age, and maybe twice the virtues. Cancer represents the crab. Among other attributes, including a symbol that to some suggests two fishes, its motion is somewhat unpredictable. Can it keep to the straight path?

High Summer arrives with Leo. He is straight-ahead determined and frighteningly fierce yet capable of dignity and with a pleasant face when docile. His roar shakes the ground. Head-to-head he looks larger than he is by a big hair illusion (‘caesar’ can be Latin for hairy, as it happens) and he’s not actually unbeatable but damned close to it and, anyway, he believes he is. The King, Kaiser, Emperor.

Virgo is for innocence or the end of it. Libra, being human, weighs good against bad and overviews debts. Scorpio (a scorpion that used to be an eagle) and Sagittarius the archer are on the prowl for targets. Their constellations are intervened by narrow Ophiucus, the man with a snake, which does not have a Sign so making Scorpio of foreshortened degree. Long ago Western astrologers decided not to cling to the constellations as they naturally slipped away from the Signs, or screens, of the Zodiac. For them, the wisdom was in the ancient Signs and for Nostredame the classical attributes of the planets.

Michel de Nostredame doesn’t do cuddly domestic Astrology down the ages. He watches the night sky with one eye on plantary power moves and the other on visions of the unexpected. Some believers say that God speaks to them. Nostredame does not report that experience.  The major belief behind Medeval Astrology was that God’s plan gets revealed through the intermovements of planets across dozens of constellations. The angles of the stars, so to speak. It’s all about planets with godlike attributes, extending discursively to the Milky Way, the comets and shooting stars.

Enter the comet of Nostredamus, one of his pre-occupying natural disasters. A comet cannot distinguish between those whom it destroys when it makes its crater. OK, God could amass all those due to die within that giant footprint and cause all those whose time has not yet come to disperse to safety elsewhere. But what of a tidal wave caused by that comet? OK, so everything is still within the will of God where the force majeure fatalities are concerned. What then of a clouding of skies by big and small dust, the tiniest particles windblown over enormous areas painting a black-out curtain on the skies that may last long enough to cause all beneath to perish for lack of sunlight? Or carries a nuclear radiation which lifts the lid off all charged particles? I guess that won’t happen.

The Bible houses the Creation story (with God’s first great success being Light) many histories and myths and legends, the production of Adam who then becomes “like us, knowing right and wrong”, giants who mate with earthlings, a curious serpent, an enterprisingly motley selection of charismatic leaders who get enlarged by the role and a cast of millions. At the conclusion of Revelation there is still light but without a local source. The Sun and Moon are gone. Beneath some of these stirring tales are astrological structures.

In the NT the Gospel of Matthew proceeds in line with the Signs:

(Dates given for Signs may vary, even between years. Ask an expert to calculate this for you if necessary. There is no real ‘on the cusp’ result.)

Capricorn   (first part of Chapter 2)  December 23rd to January 20th

The Nativity story: the Star from the East; three enter the ‘house’

Aquarius   (all of 3, beginning of 4)  January 21st to February 19th

 “And in those days cometh John the Baptist”

John the Baptist/Aquarius eats frugally. At this time the meat and grain was diminished awhile (much like after Christmas in the countryside before credit cards). He forewarns of the “fire unquenchable” to come. He baptizes with water and introduces Jesus/Pisces.

         (by Cesar de Nostredame, a fanciful Virgin Mary, baby Jesus and John the Baptist)

The adult trials of Jesus consisted of personal temptations and fielding the jealousies against Him;

`If Son thou art of God – cast thyself down, for it hath been written, that, His messengers He shall charge concerning thee, and on hands they shall bear thee up, that thou mayest not dash on a stone thy foot.’

Pisces  (4:16-22)  February 20th to March 20th

(Two fishes complex: the most commonly misread Sign of Compassion that contains all the other Signs and often knows what others are thinking yet gives way – but only in worldly matters – and is often escapist, preferring non-confrontation despite that water is the inextinguishable equal to all the forcefulness of fire.)

“the people that is sitting in darkness saw a great light, and to those sitting in a region and shadow of death – light arose to them.  From that time began Jesus to proclaim and to say, `Reform ye, for come nigh hath the reign of the heavens.’ And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon named Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a drag into the sea – for they were fishers – and he saith to them,`Come ye after me, and I will make you fishers of men,’ and they, immediately, having left the nets, did follow him.” (YLT)

Aries  (finish of 4 and all of 5/6/7/8/9)  March 21st to April 20th

The ram and lamb are evocative of the great cycle of life that is personified in the Sun’s journeying. At the vernal equinox, days and nights are of equal length – a proof of the Sun’s burgeoning power. Equality is justified, “His sun He doth cause to rise on evil and good, and He doth send rain on righteous and unrighteous” plus “in what measure ye measure, it shall be measured to you”. Miracles are occuring. The Sermon on the Mount gets expounded, starting with “Happy the poor in spirit – because theirs is the reign of the heavens”. (All texts are fromYoungs Literal Translation Bible.) We hear from numerous examples that love and light overcomes hate and dark. A reference to ‘the eye’ occurs. “The lamp of the body is the eye”. He stresses his wide reach with an ironic prophecy, “many from east and west shall come and recline (at meat) with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the reign of the heavens, but the sons of the reign shall be cast forth to the outer darkness”. The Sun is evident, “it shineth to all those in the house”. In fact, in one place Jesus gave out such power that an entire city wished “he might depart from their borders”. Soon the Sun will feel the strain of the times, like Jesus who says, “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few”.

Taurus  (10:1, 11:28)  April 21st to May 21st

He is strengthening the helpers’ resolves by additional resources, “And having called to him his twelve disciples, he gave to them power over unclean spirits”. Abundance is increasing but so is loose talk, “For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a demon; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, Lo, a man, a glutton, and a wine-drinker”. And a word on fields of work, “Come unto me, all ye labouring and burdened ones, and I will give you rest, take up my yoke upon you, and learn from me, because I am meek and humble in heart, and ye shall find rest to your souls, for my yoke (be) easy, and my burden is light.”

Gemini  (12: 25, 12: 29)  May 22nd to June 21st

By the end of Gemini the Sun will be at its highest point with the duration of daylight maximised, darkness minimized. There is an element of ‘make hay while the Sun shines’. The natural Solar Year is divided exactly on the longest day as the House of Gemini loses ground to Cancer. “And Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said to them, `Every kingdom having been divided against itself is desolated, and no city or house having been divided against itself, doth stand”.

Gemini has the strength of two, but this strength could be restrained and overcome. “Or how is one able to go into the house of the strong man, and to plunder his goods, if first he may not bind the strong man? and then his house he will plunder.”

Cancer  (last part of 12)  June 22nd to July 22nd

Jesus knows He is the wisest among us but is losing support for His grip on things. Darkness is increasing. The Winter Solstice and a Prophet get referenced, “for as Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights, so shall the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights”. Things are culminating and Jesus expands and consolidates. The family was the very building brick of Jewish society, but “whoever may do the will of my Father who is in the heavens, he is my brother, and sister, and mother.’

Leo  (all of 13)  July 23st to August 221st

Through heat the full height of Summer growth is achieved by bad and good, the darnel and the wheat. “Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the reign of their Father. He who is having ears to hear – let him hear. So shall it be in the full end of the age, the messengers shall come forth and separate the evil out of the midst of the righteous” Imperious inequality is in and tightening. Jesus tells his workers, “To you it hath been given to know the secrets of the reign of the heavens, and to these it hath not been given”.

What greatness grows from a seed: “Another simile he set before them, saying: ‘The reign of the heavens is like to a grain of mustard, which a man having taken, did sow in his field,  which less, indeed, is than all the seeds, but when it may be grown, is greatest of the herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the heaven do come and rest in its branches.’”

Jesus had already mentioned that miracles entail an absolute lack of doubt. This is no more ‘belief’ than lack of fear is ‘courage’. But is belief, like courage, an effector in itself?  “and they were stumbled at him. And Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, and in his own house’ and he did not there many mighty works, because of their unbelief.”

Jesus is now doing His best work as His way of communicating something vitally important. But communication is a two-way effort. The seed may have been good yet the environment is set against it. If it fails, He will fail.

“The harvest is a full end of the age.”

Virgo (14 -16:4)  August 22nd to September 23rd

There’s plenty of food laid-out in Virgo but as the Sun lowers its path in the sky, trouble emerges.

Strikingly, the constellation Aquarius lifts its head over the line of the horizon, graphically presenting it on a plate as it were. “At that time did Herod the tetrarch hear the fame of Jesus, and said to his servants, ‘This is John the Baptist, he did rise from the dead, and because of this the mighty energies are working in him.’” (YLT Bible)

Matthew’s Jesus gives us a math lesson, “And having commanded the multitudes to recline upon the grass, and having taken the five loaves and the two fishes, having looked up to the heaven, he did bless, and having broken, he gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples to the multitudes, and they did all eat, and were filled, and they took up what was over of the broken pieces twelve hand-baskets full; and those eating were about five thousand men, apart from women and children.”

5 + 5 + 2 = 12; check! Twelve Houses or Signs. In between Pisces, the Sign of the Fish, and Virgo are five Signs in each direction.

Apart from the obvious expansion miracle here, we recall that the Chinese honour their greatest Kings with giant cooking pots. These represent the ability to make raw material desirable and nourishing, a raw chicken into a broth, a raw rabble into a wholesome nation. There are no such kings today, only financial appointees.

On crossing the Autumn equinox the Sun starts a descent into “hell”.

Jesus seems to be losing His hold a little. He even says, “for out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, whoredoms, thefts, false witnessings, evil speakings”. The population of Judea was divided between Pharisees, Sadducees and Jews (in the majority). Each had a different ritual cleansing routine after, say, shaking hands with each other in the marketplace. Jesus seems to have rebelled against this to the point of defending lack of hand hygiene by pointing out that many evils come from out of the mouth but not from what goes into it. Well, culturally, that probably made sense at the time. But it’s wrong by post-Pasteur standards. The prolonged, fabulously expensive and pervasive working-up of the Jesus Story is unsafe.  For a start, “A lie repeated 1000 times sounds more true than the truth.” We are programmed to attach Godlike knowingness to Him from birth. Can’t we allow Him to compound a mistake of those times rather than demanding that this is truth whilst ignoring it completely in our life?

Jesus walks on the water but He was not the first in natural copyright terms. Possibly that was Athirat the Ugaritic demi-goddess who worked at the seashore and commanded fishermen to cast their nets. (She also appears in the Ba’al Cycle – see X 96 ADALUNCATIF & VIII 16 FESULAN) The Sun also appears to travel over water.

Things are slipping. He’s brilliantly batting away the throws of the crafty spin bowlers, who are now coming at Him with quandaries and paradoxes for all they are worth,

“And the Pharisees and Sadducees having come, tempting, did question him, to shew to them a sign from the heaven, and he answering said to them, ‘Evening having come, ye say, Fair weather, for the heaven is red, and at morning, Foul weather to-day, for the heaven is red – gloomy; hypocrites, the face of the heavens indeed ye do know to discern, but the signs of the times ye are not able!’”

But his own men are failing more and more to grasp his parabolic way of speaking,

“And his disciples having come to the other side, forgot to take loaves, and Jesus said to them, ‘Beware, and take heed of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees’; and they were reasoning in themselves, saying, ‘Because we took no loaves.’ And Jesus having known, said to them, ‘Why reason ye in yourselves, ye of little faith, because ye took no loaves? do ye not yet understand, nor remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many hand-baskets ye took up? nor the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? how do ye not understand that I did not speak to you of bread – to take heed of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees?’”

In the first times their simplicity was their strength. It is also their weakness now.

(The 5000 were surely Jews but the 4000 were most likely Gentiles. The Jewish loaf-to-basket ratio was much higher than the Gentile.)

Libra   (16:5 to end of 25)  September 24th to October 23rd

The Autumn equinox is housed here with its days and nights of equal length, restoring momentary balance but also the gateway of descent.

“‘And I also say to thee, that thou art a rock, and upon this rock I will build my assembly, and gates of Hades shall not prevail against it; and I will give to thee the keys of the reign of the heavens, and whatever thou mayest bind upon the earth shall be having been bound in the heavens, and whatever thou mayest loose upon the earth shall be having been loosed in the heavens.’ Then did he charge his disciples that they may say to no one that he is Jesus the Christ.”

If He is the Jewish Christ what should He fear? That nobody knows? Why the secrecy? A Piscean trait? Sounds fishy, doesn’t it?

“And while they are living in Galilee, Jesus said to them, ‘The Son of Man is about to be delivered up to the hands of men, and they shall kill him, and the third day he shall rise,’ and they were exceeding sorry.”

Future knowledge is a terrible burden. He makes an outburst, possibly a prophecy of the immediate future or else His first recorded curse, “and in the morning turning back to the city, he hungered, and having seen a certain fig-tree on the way, he came to it, and found nothing in it except leaves only, and he saith to it, ‘No more from thee may fruit be – to the age;’ and forthwith the fig-tree withered.” For the age.

Jesus keeps speaking of death. But this next passage is more positive,

“And concerning the rising again of the dead, did ye not read that which was spoken to you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not a God of dead men, but of living.”

There’s an increase in the negative references in His parables:

“and the husbandmen having taken his servants, one they scourged, and one they killed, and one they stoned.”

“and they, having disregarded (it), went away, the one to his own field, and the other to his merchandise; and the rest, having laid hold on his servants, did insult and slay (them). And the king having heard, was wroth, and having sent forth his soldiers, he destroyed those murderers, and their city he set on fire” (YLT Bible)

Jesus’s ministry had a lot to do with childlike men and women. Maybe He saw us all that way. The naked youngster who slips way from the Garden of Gethsemane was possibly undergoing an initiation based on nudity. To be truly childlike is to be inwardly and outwardly unaware of nudity, ours and others. That is, to have finally risen beyond the sexual filtering of incoming perceptions. Children can, up to a point, epitomise this (Freud allowing) and Jesus loved the company of children. He said people could at least give the children of the street a drink of water, nurture them, help them when they are lost, bring them out of the detention camps:

Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say to you, Inasmuch as ye did (it) not to one of these, the least, ye did (it) not to me. And these shall go away to punishment age-during, but the righteous to life age-during.’

Scorpio   (26)   October 24th to November 22nd

Scorpio is a determined, empassioned water sign. Times are toughening. Conflict is coming upon them. The just scales of Libra are left behind.

Weighing substance in the balance is a vile distortion when the game of ‘money = people’ gets played out. A life cannot be valued, it’s priceless. Even so, the efficiency of avarice will ensure that a man’s body-weight is not his full measure in metal:

“Then one of the twelve, who is called Judas Iscariot, having gone unto the chief priests, said, ‘What are ye willing to give me, and I will deliver him up to you?’ and they weighed out to him thirty silverlings, and from that time he was seeking a convenient season to deliver him up.”

Matthew’s astro-references are slipped into the story of Jesus and make for the annual movement of the Sun. But this is entirely separate, of course, from the real timetable of Jesus’s ministry. For example, “Ye have known that after two days the passover cometh (not the Winter Solstice) and the Son of Man is delivered up to be crucified”

Sagittarius(all 27/28) November 23nd to December 22nd

The adventure culminates, ‘As Above So Below’.

The Sun will be ‘betrayed’ according to the astronomical/astrological register that is Matthew’s Gospel.

Jesus says “‘Exceedingly sorrowful is my soul – unto death; abide ye here, and watch with me.’ And having gone forward a little, he fell … ”

At the Winter solstice on December 21st, the Sun stands low on the horizon and the weak daylight is at its shortest. (Nine to ten hours daylight and then darkness falls.) The Sun rises and falls on the spot for three days. All around the world there are rituals and very important festivals of rebirth except where these get delayed until a calendar New Year. The Lunar New Year is later by several weeks. In ancient times the New Moon was so called because the old Moon had died.

The sayings of Jesus are unique to each Bible Gospel excepting this one, voiced during the ninth hour, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why didst Thou forsake me?”

“hereafter ye shall see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of the power, and coming upon the clouds, of the heaven.”

“lo, I am with you all the days – till the full end of the age.”

The Age of Aries? The Age of Pisces? The word ‘aion’ has also been translated as “world” despite the big hint that better Greek alternatives exist for that choice such as kosmos, so why ‘aion’ which clearly has the meaning Age? All scribes of books subsequently taken up by the NT compilers definitely convey a feeling that the old Age of Covenant had set like the Sun and the new Messiah Age had dawned in its place.

There is also a prophecy in Matthew for, inter alia, the end of Astrology:

“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.”

I wonder if Michel de Nostredame, a.k.a. Nostradamus, ever dreamt the truth of this?

(Also see the Article CELESTIAL SCIENCE-ART)

                                                           Nigel Raymond Offord © 2012