Our distant ancestors were skilled at reading something more far
reaching than personal horoscopes and navigational clues in the heavenly
star map, they thought they could see the whole of history outlined.
Astrologers and those who have come to understand the messages in the
stars from a mythical and Biblical perspective, believe each age or image
in the heavens corresponds with new influences in the realms of religion
and world affairs.
Astronomy and astrology "the sciences of the stars" were
originally one and the same. It was not until the 18th century
that astronomy became a separate science, dissociating itself from fortune
There have been many versions of the zodiac down the centuries, often
represented by different symbols, mythical deities or creation legends.
Such star maps are found in Roman, Greek, Chinese, Egyptian, Mayan and
The common beginnings may well predate known history. Our earliest records
however refer to Nimrod’s Babylon after the great flood of Noah’s
time. Nimrod built a gigantic tower or ziggurat for observing and
recording planetary movements which became known as the Tower of Babel.
Some researchers believe Nimrod gained his insights into the workings of
the heavens from the other side of the flood as he was the grandson of
Ham, one of Noah's sons.
The Babylonians and Chaldeans resurrected the idea that the movement of
the planets in the heavens could have an effect on human behaviour and
began plotting the stars as if they began with Aries. The Babylonians had
at their disposal tables which could predict eclipses more precisely than
we could until the invention of the telescope. They have also given us a
legacy of a man-centred astrology, pictured as if the stars revolved about
Christians are warned not to worship the stars or get involved in fortune
telling they can’t deny the numerous references to signs in the heavens
and a God who named all the stars. In the old star map we can read the
whole gospel story from the virgin birth (Virgo), the death of Christ on
the cross (Scorpio) to the pouring out of God’s spirit like living
waters on all humanity (Aquarius) and his Second Coming (Leo) to rule and
reign as King of Kings.
Joseph A Seiss in his book The Gospel in the Stars (1882) credits
Enoch, the son of Cain with "special wisdom and writing" skills
"particularly as relating to astronomy and prophecy". Seiss
claims the Babylonians and Jews attributed astronomy and other sciences to
Enoch, a great scribe who wrote books of sacred wisdom. Ancient Persian
and Arabian traditions give credit for astronomical discoveries to Adam,
Seth and Enoch.
Seiss claims the names and figures in the stars "have been
perpetuated in all the astronomical records of all the ages and nations
since." He said the close relationship between the old constellations
and the Gospel are well founded.
"Instead of proving Christianity to
be a mere revival of old mythologies, they give powerful impulse toward
the conclusion that the constellations and their associated myths and
traditions are themselves, in the original, from the same prophetic Spirit
whence the sacred scriptures have come, and that they are a piece with the
biblical records in the system of God’s universal enunciations of the
Something more ancient
W Bullinger in his book Witness in the Stars (1893) says looking
back through tradition and history it becomes evident the 12 signs of the
zodiac are the same in their meaning and order in all the ancient nations
of the world. "The Chinese, Chaldeans and Egyptian records go back
more than 2000 years BC. Indeed the zodiacs in the temples of Dendereh and
Esneh, in Egypt, are doubtless copies of zodiacs more ancient …".
The zodiac of Dendereh is different to later versions because it begins
with Virgo and ends with Leo. Between the two signs sits the Sphinx with
the head of a woman and the body of a Lion, suggestive of a zodiacal
genesis point in antiquity. An astrologer friend Roy Gillet when shown a
picture of the Denderah zodiac said it was actually presented upside down
as if it was a God’s eye view of the world and its ages, as seen from
The earlier form of the Sphinx, according to ancient Coptic and Egyptian
traditions, was that it had the front paws of a lion, the back paws and
tail of a bull and the face of a human. Along its sides were incendiary
boxes where fires were lit at night to give the appearance of wings of an
eagle. The lion, bull, human and eagle are the same creatures described in
the books of Ezekiel and Revelation and apparently relate to the four
fixed signs of the Zodiac Leo, Taurus, Aquarius and Scorpio.
Essentially the idea of a ‘new age’ should be embraced by Christians,
because that’s what Jesus Christ promises in the Kingdom of God. These
days most churches shun the term for fear it embraces all the fearful dark
arts the church stands against. The Bible is not entirely condemnatory of
the stars and in fact frequently uses terminology which is synonymous with
the astrological perceptions.
Taurus not just bull
The rich history and symbolism of Christianity gives us pointers all the
way back to the garden of our beginnings. It is claimed the old Egyptian
priests knew and measured the precession back to the old kingdom, even to
the dawning of the age of Gemini which is was symbolised by the twins, or
Adam and Eve in the Garden. It is claimed Gemini ended around 6140BC.
During the age of Taurus the bull (4000-2000BC) cults had sprung up in
India and Egypt, Greece and Mesopotamia which worshipped the image of the
bull. When Moses came down from the mountain after receiving the 10
commandments he was angry when they could wait for the new revelation,
they were already back into their idolatry, specifically worshipping a
Then came the age of Aries (2000-0BC) where the ram became an image of
worship or of sacrifice. When Moses went to sacrifice his son in obedience
to God as a shadow of things to come a ram caught in a thorn bush was
provided instead. Christ born at the close of Aries was the "lamb
that takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29).
It was in the Piscean age when Jesus the great ‘fisher of men’ was
born. The sign of Pisces is two fish swimming in opposite directions.
According to ancient wisdom Pisces is associated with compassion,
forgiveness, fishing for souls, the rite of baptism, walking on the
waters, and self sacrifice.
The ancient symbol used under harsh Roman oppression for Christians to
identify themselves to each other was two intersected half circles, often
drawn in the sand and representing the sign of ichthys the fish. The sign
meant: Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour.
Jesus said "come I will make you fishers of men" (Matt 4:19).
One article I read suggested Christians have only been putting one fish on
the bumper sticker instead of two.
At the centre of the zodiac and the Bible is Christ the divine man
grappling with and overcoming that "old serpent …the Devil"
(Rev 20:2) and offering his followers a drink from the Aquarian pitcher
which contains water from the river of life: "if any man thirst let
him come to me and drink" (John 7:37).
Instead of the earth-centred astrology with the world revolving around us,
perhaps its time for a another Copernican revolution in which our
egotistical notions are bought back into line with the natural order and
the Creator again becomes our axis for viewing our place in the scheme of