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Yonder Star - Was Jesus A Capricorn?
was a Capricorn
He ate organic food
He believed in love and peace
and never wore no shoes.
Long hair, beard and sandals
And a funky bunch of friends
Reckon we'd just nail him up
If he came down again
I have to admit that I agree with many of Kris Kristofferson's sentiments
on the subject of Jesus... but was Jesus of Nazareth really a Capricorn
and born on December the 25th?
not that I have anything against the sign of Capricorn or (for that
matter) Kris' wonderfully iconic lyrics, however it's not likely
that Jesus of Nazareth was born on December 25th... not likely at
You see... back in the olden days when the ancient (4th century
AD) Christian Church Fathers were looking around for an official
date to celebrate the birth of historical Jesus, they were also
busily engaged in the serious endeavor of winning over, proselytizing,
and generally "christianizing" ancient Rome. Good luck
Anyway... the ancient Romans conveniently enough happened to have
a very popular pagan holiday (holy day) season called "Saturnalia."
The holy day of Saturnalia, originally celebrated by the Romans
each year on December the 17th, was a special day set apart for
honoring the Roman god Saturn who ruled over agriculture and the
a day set aside for nostalgically remembering the "Golden
Age" of Saturn's beneficent rule. Gifts were exchanged in
remembrance of the generous harvest bounty that Saturn had once
upon a time bestowed upon the Roman people.
For the 4th century AD Romans, the holy day of Saturnalia was
joyous celebration of "the good old days" when everything
had "once-upon-a-time" been right in the world.
and the Rebirth of the Sun
At some mysterious (cloudly) point in time, the very popular holy
Roman day of Saturnalia had also been tied into a celebration of
the rebirth of the Sun - and, as such, Saturnalia was held each
year at about the time of what we call the northern hemisphere "winter
in the heck is the "winter solstice?" The
winter solstice marks the beginning of winter. As the beginning
winter solstice is the day each year having the longest night
and the shortest amount of sunlight hours. After the winter solstice,
the daylight hours slowly begin lasting longer and longer with
each passing day, with this trend of increasing sunlight continuing
on until the "summer solstice" in June. The summer
solstice is marked as being the day with longest amount of daylight
hours and is the official beginning of summer.
dear friend, the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere nowadays
(using modern calendars) takes place each year around December
the 21st to mark the rebirth of the Sun. In 4th Century AD, the
time "officially" reset
Saturnalia to be celebrated on December the 25th (there appear
to be varying and sometimes contradictory resources regarding
exactly how and why all this happened).
surprisingly... shortly thereafter, the Christian Church Fathers
likewise - in a calculated move to placate Roman officials
- set the official date for celebrating the
birth of Jesus
December the 25th.
I can't think of a more appropriate symbolic day that the Christian
Church Fathers could have "borrowed" for annually commemorating
the birth of the Son, than the already extremely
popular pagan holiday (Saturnalia) set apart annually for celebrating
the birth of the Sun...
interesting to note that when looked at on a purely symbolic
level, it's believed the esoteric (or hidden) Church placed
John the Baptist's birth on the northern hemisphere's Summer
Solstice (decreasing sunlight)
birth on the northern hemisphere's Winter Solstice (increasing
sunlight). This was meant to symbolize the New Testament
John the Baptist told his followers that he (John) must decrease,
while Jesus must increase.
when was Jesus born and what did his birth symbolize?
on Christ's Birth
Astrologers have been speculating (and arguing) about the birth
of historical Jesus for almost 2000 years now. What's truly fascinating,
though, is that at the actual event there was one small
group of Babylonian
who got it right.
the traditional Christmas story and the "wise men" or "magi" that
were following a star? It's highly unlikely that there was any
sort of supernova explosion in the sky that these "wise
men" were following.
to the Gospel of Matthew, only the so-called "wise men"
were aware of the "star's" presence. Everyone else, knowing
something special was going on, had been clued into the fact by
the wise men, by angels, or by another source of divine revelation.
the most closed minded persons could possibly argue that these "wise
men" from the East (following a star) were anything other
than ancient Babylonian astrologers.
is that the early church admitted these wise men were "star
Nativity, O Christ our God,
Has shone to the world the Light of wisdom!
For by it, those who worshipped the stars,
Were taught by a Star to adore You,
The Sun of Righteousness,
And to know You, the Orient from on High.
O Lord, glory to You!"
Eastern Orthodox Troparion of the Nativity
to astrology's mixed and tarnished "reviews" in both the Old
and New Testaments,
it's rather satisfying to know that these ancient astrologers
honored and respectful place in Matthew's version of the
on the Date
Based on a combination of biblical and independent historical sources,
the birth of historical Jesus took place between the
years of 8 BC and 4 BC. Beyond that we're forced back into the
darker, murky waters of speculation…
astrologers (dating back at least as far as Medieval times) have
typically placed the year of Jesus' birth at 7 BC. 7 BC was a
unique year when the two planets, Jupiter and Saturn, were "triple
conjuncting" in the sign of Pisces.
conjunction" means that Jupiter and Saturn repeatedly met
up with each other in the sky three different times in the sign
of Pisces. Such a triple conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in
the sign of Pisces is extremely rare, and it has not occurred
again during the past 2000 years.
to astrophysicist and astronomer Dr. Percy Seymour (The Birth
of Christ; Exploding The Myth), both ancient Babylonian
and Jewish astrologers associated the conjunction of Jupiter
and Saturn with the "passing of power" from one supernatural
deity to another.
Astrological Age of Pisces Begins
The exceptionally unique thing about this particular triple coming
together of Jupiter and Saturn in Pisces was that it took place
while simultaneously aligned with the precessional dawning of the
age of Pisces, the fishes.
astrological age lasts approximately 2,148 years. Jesus was
(and is) traditionally thought to have ushered in the astrological
age of Pisces (the fishes) symbolizing "salvation through
it is also thought by some that Jesus ushered in a new Great
Year cycle. The precessional phenomenon of the Platonic "Great
Year" occurs only once every approximately 26,000 years,
and it signifies the beginning of a new 26,000 year cycle for
to this particular view, each Great Year cycle has its beginning
in the zodiacal age of Pisces (the fishes) and then cycles its
way back through the other 11 zodiacal signs. (I should point
out that others believe this Great Year cycle starts in Capricorn
combine the association of a rare triple Jupiter/Saturn Pisces
conjunction (passing of power) with the dawning of a new astrological
age in the sign of Pisces – and any ancient Babylonian
astrologer will tell you that you're probably ripe for the birth
of a messiah.
of the Main Theories
Obviously there are more theories, opinions, and speculations than
what I've mentioned just above as to exactly what sort of astrological
configuration the Christmas star might have consisted of. Examples
of a few other ideas are:
conjuncting Venus near the star Regulus in 3 BC - This is
very popular with modern astronomers and Christmas television
of the Christ Child. While many modern astronomers like this
configuration, most astrologers and certain astronomers,
such as Dr. Seymour, feel this is highly unlikely. This very
common configuration occurs frequently, and is no big "whoopee" astrologically
and/or astronomically speaking.
- The "acronychal
rising" of planets - Known to be commonly used by ancient
Babylonian astrologers and this possibility appears to have
strong merit. Dr. Percy Seymour has combined this with the
triple conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn and come up with
the date of September 15, 7 BC New Style (September 19, 7
BC Old Style) at Sunset.
What's fascinating is that... according to Oriental Orthodox
Bishop K C Pillai (1900-1970) of India, in his unique, illuminating
book Light Through An Eastern Window (1963), ancient
Orthodox traditions placed the birth of Jesus in August or September.
I have unfortunately been unable to confirm this tradition through
any other Orthodox resource.
helically calculated (Sun centered) "Star of David" configuration
- This is generally thought to be the wildest astrological
speculation of all.
always great fun to endlessly speculate about the true birth
date of historical Jesus. There are several proposed charts giving
Jesus the Sun in Pisces. There are also charts placing his Sun
in Capricorn, in Leo, in Gemini, and (even one) in Scorpio.
these days I, myself, lean heavily toward Dr. Seymour's theory
and proposed date. Among other things, it would give the chart
of Jesus of Nazareth an Ascendant in the 23rd degree of Pisces
with Jupiter and Saturn rising and would place his Sun in Virgo
- symbolic of being "born of the Virgin."
will we ever know the true birth date (and thus the true birth
chart) of Jesus Christ? No way, Jose!
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