ONCE AROUND THE SKY
As a Christian, for whom Jesus Christ has always been Lord, the search for the Big Picture of God's Design has been my lifelong soul's quest, as I have sought an acquaintance with every possible venue of knowledge. Many years ago I even studied Sanskrit and looked into the ancient Vedas, Puranas, and Upanishads; what a treasure of spirituality I found there! I am convinced that the source of those writings was the family of Noah, after the flood, when they had migrated to the Punjab region of northwestern India about 3,600BC or so. Perhaps about 2,500BC, Heber led the Family to Mesopotamia, but many were left behind, having mixed with the native negroid race of India, resulting in the mongrel race which we see there today. I found that the battle on the Plains of Kurukshetra is the same war to which Jesus calls us, and this knowledge helps to fill in the pictures painted by Plato (dualism) and by Zoroaster. In my course of seeking a greater perspective of God's kosmos (design, order), I have thrilled to the insights from science, for it is in the cyclic patterns of oscillating energies that I found a way to outline God's movements in a linear format. The events of recorded history express a sort of rhythmic breathing of God. Ancient philosophers and mystics looked within their souls and spirits in order to soar in the ethers of God's Mind. So, I looked there, too, and a flow of insights began which resulted in a commentary on the Book of Revelation; I saw, in an intellectual way, what St. John saw in his visions; the book is not a mystery anymore, but is a coherent description of past, present, and future. I found the four Living Beings of Rev. 4 to be the four natures, perhaps minds, which God extends forth in order to experience this which we consider to be our dimension of reality. I found that each of those four Minds takes a turn at coloring its own 6,000 year quarter-cycle period. In previous writings I've made attempts to present the Big Picture meaningfully, and now I'm convinced that the Zodiac cycle might be the simplest format. When one gets a concept of the Big Picture, it becomes obvious that the lights of the sky were placed there by God as signs for us. His entire Pageant is described in the constellation pictures which were known to ancient wise men even before any written records began about 5,000 years ago. It was ancient wise men, who knew the story told in the sky, who knew that a significant person was to be born to inaugurate a new zodiac age of Pisces. They even knew when and where that child would appear. They read and understood the sky as a Theater Program for God's Grand Play. Today, that ancient knowledge is lost to us, except for the names and figures of the constellations. The Roman Catholic church destroyed all the ancient records they could find, taught that the earth was flat, prohibited education, and thereby sank the world into centuries of darkness. The Reformation, Renaissance, and Enlightenment have since opened some doors to knowledge, only to find the library shelves empty. The physical sciences are now a replacement/substitute for the ancient values we had placed on wisdom, understanding, Godliness, reverence and philosophy. Our material-focused culture works slavishly for ever more and more technological wonders while leaving no time for those values which gave the ancients a superior quality of life. We find that our lives have degenerated to a rabid animalistic scrap for survival in a society where we fear unknown dangers from every direction.
Without the ancient values and knowledge, men are stumbling through the darkness just hoping that the next step won't be fatal. Most have given up the search and find contentment in stupefying their minds with drugs, sex, violence, or alcohol. We aren't making progress, that's for sure.
I feel so dismayed that the religion of Christianity has defaulted of its assignment to seek the Truth. Jesus commanded it! Except for the 16th Century Reformers correcting a few errors, there has been no further search allowed by this religion which set its doctrines in stone and chastises any seeker who asks intelligent questions. Modern religionists consider star knowledge to be related to the divination practices of astrology which God warns us against, or they call it star worship. God's panoramic lesson is despised by Christian religionists just because some people have misapplied that knowledge!!!
But, just dwell on this for a moment. St. Paul wrote to the new Christians at Rome, explaining to those diasporan Israelites who had long before migrated away from Jerusalem and had forgotten their past, that they have no excuse for not knowing the Gospel because it is written in the sky. Paul says in Romans 10:16,17 "But they have not all believed the gospel. For Isaiah says, 'Lord, who has believed our report?' So faith comes from hearing and hearing through the word of God. But, I say, surely it is not that they did not hear? Indeed, yes they did. 'Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the end of the earth.'" So, whose voice had already gone out to proclaim the Gospel before Christian missionaries came to them? Well, Paul is quoting Psalm 19:4, which tells that the message is declared by the heavens. Here is Psalm 19:1-4 "The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament proclaims the work of His hands. Day to day utters speech and night to night proclaims knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voices are not heard. 'Their voice has gone out into all the earth and their words to the ends of the world.' In the sun He has set His tabernacle, and He comes forth as a bridegroom out of His chamber. He will exult as a giant to run his course. His going forth is from the extremity of heaven, and his circuit to the other end of heaven; and no one shall be hidden from his heat." King David also speaks of the Sun coming forth as a bridegroom. In the N.T. we have John the Baptist identifying Jesus as that Bridegroom coming down from Heaven. (see Jn 3:27-31). Clearly, the Sun is representative of Christ. And, I wonder if the Baptizer wasn't remembering that Psalm of David when he refered to Christ as the Bridegroom.
Here is a well-stated excerpt from an internet article at http://ldolphin.org/zodiac/ "This idea is accentuated by the prophet Malachi. He calls Israel's Messiah the SUN of Righteousness who will blaze forth for the sake of His people in the Last Day (Malachi 4:2). So the Sun represents Christ, the light of the world (John 8:12), who came from heaven, ran His race on earth, and returned to Heaven. The race that the Sun runs is given [portrayed] by the Zodiac constellations or star patterns, so all the strong-man figures along the Zodiac represent Christ the SUN of Righteousness and the work He was to do. Note further that Psalm 19 is in two parts: In Part 1 we have the message of the stars - In Part 2 we have the message of God's word, the Bible being discussed. One is set against the other in such a way that David, who wrote this Psalm about 1000 BC, is implying that the message in the stars and the message in the Scriptures are one and the same."
Here are a couple other Bible references on this subject. Psalm 147:4 "He numbers the multitudes of stars, and calls them all by names." In the Bible, names were indicators of the functions of men's lives; names were changed if a man was assigned a new function by God. So, stars have functions?
Isaiah 40:26 "Lift up your eyes on high and see, who has displayed all these things? even He that brings forth His host by number: He shall call them all by names by great glory, and by the power of His might: nothing has escaped thee."
Job refers to Orion (38:31), Pleiades (38:31), Hesperus & Mazzaroth (Zodiac) (38:32)
Jeremia 2:12 "The Heaven is amazed at this, and is exceedingly horror-struck." Can Heaven experience amazement? In this passage, Heaven is amazed at Godís children abandoning the real God for the sake of phony ones; for they have hewn for themselves broken cisterns which wonít hold water.
Psalm 50:6 "The heavens shall declare His righteousness." Does the sky have something to declare to us? Maybe we should take a look.
I should probably point out that our European tradition, long ago, named the days of the week after the seven planets known to them: Sun-Day, Moon-Day, Tewes-Day (Mars), Wodens-Day (Mercury), Thors-Day (Jupiter/Zeus), Freya-Day (Venus), Satur-Day (planet Saturn). [Anglo-Saxon names.]
Also, somewhat related to this subject, my 1878 set of ENCYLOP∆DIA BRITANNICA, Ninth Edition, says a few interesting things. The ancient Egyptian zodiac was adopted from the Greeks. (vol 24, p. 792) and that the constellation Pleiades was at vernal equinox about 2300BC. (p. 793), and that the Aztec calendar includes direct borrowing from ancient India (nakshatra titles) (p. 794).
The sky does appear to revolve around us each day, just as it did for the ancients. We do still have some of the old names and descriptions of star groups which are supposed to tell God's story, but many names now in use are from the Arabic equivalents of ancient names which were probably Phoenician, and before that Sanskrit. But, mostly we must interpret the constellations anew. Perhaps, if astronomers dared to relate their knowledge with philologists and historians and the Bible, they could rewrite the story. But, they dare not. Astrologers try to do some of it, but they work from a hypothetical premise of how things would be IF the annual appearance of Aries began at the moment of spring equinox. Since the sun actually enters Aries nearly a month later than that, their tropical calculations leave astrologers in a fantasy land where nothing makes sense. Yet, I think that we can begin to outline God's story once again by placing the twelve zodiac ages in a format of historical process, during one cycle of the precession of equinoxes, which is about 25,000 to 26,000 years long. I will try to do that in this thesis, but I will simplify the format by making each age exactly 2,000 years long, resulting in a total cycle length of 24,000 years. Keep in mind that the dates below are simply based on that arbitrary figure, so anyone can recalculate to whatever length you want. If the true length of one cycle was confidently known, I would use that. Many use the number 25,920yrs because the precession of equinoxes seems to change at a rate of one degree per 72 years. So, 72 times 360 equals 25,920. But, that doesn't allow for a premise that time becomes non-linear during the Heaven half of the cycle. Rev. 10:6 says, "and swore by the One living unto the ages of the ages, who created the heaven and the things in it and the earth and the things in it and the sea and the things in it, that time shall be no longer ." So, I arbitrarily use 24,000 years to simplify the calculations.
The Sphinx of Egypt, with head of virgin and tail of lion, witnesses to the zodiac circle (cycle) of the sky, the head being VIRGO and the end being LEO. But, as we live through the process of history, we actually experience the course in reverse, starting from LEO to VIRGO. (See the diagram below) LEO is the first age in our 12,000 year kingdom of World, ending with the age of PISCES. Then AQUARIUS is the first age in the 12,000 year kingdom of Heaven, ending with the age of VIRGO. St. Paul said that we now see through a mirror darkly, meaning that we see in reverse. We experience the 2,000 year zodiac ages as precessional, which is a retrograde motion of the equinoctial points along the ecliptic. In other words from our viewpoint on this planet earth, we watch our sun move backwards through the zodiac segments. So, let us examine the constellations of the sky in the order of our historical experience, beginning with the age of LEO, which is the first age of the kingdom of World.
The kingdom of World lasts for about 12,000 years, through six of the zodiac ages which are about 2,000 years each. Solomon tells us that all things that we know have been before but we have forgotten them, and they will be again. The lower (negative energy) half of each cycle is about 12,000 years, known as World. The upper (positive energy) half of each cycle is also about 12,000 years, known as Heaven. 12,000 years ago, when we crossed from Heaven into World, we left the age of VIRGO behind and entered the age of LEO. So, we will examine the constellations in the zodiac ages from the start of the World kingdom to learn Godís lessons from the sky. The constellations might be considered as Godís picture album, several of them showing His Son, the Christ, and others showing His nemesis in the eternal contest, Satan. Ancient mythology tells the stories of the battles between those two opponents, presenting them as many different characters, often as the characters named by constellations. That mythology, mostly Greek, gives us valuable insights.
Each zodiac age is about 2,000 years and takes up 30 degrees of space around the circuit of our sky, namely, around the Plane of the Ecliptic. Each zodiac age consists of three ten-degree Decans, making each Decan a period of about 667 years. The ages of LEO, CANCER, and GEMINI make the first 6,000 year quarter cycle.
Here is a linear format of one cycle of precession of equinoxes, diagramed for 24,000 years, a number arbitrarily used for sake of simplicity.
THE ECLIPTIC PLANE
The twelve constellations of the Zodiac lie within the Plane of the Ecliptic. Generally, 88 constellations have been named and are commonly referenced. Twelve of them make up the Zodiac Signs. Each of those signs has three constellations near it, but often outside the tropics of Capricorn and Cancer, which are assigned to Decans of the Zodiac Age. So, each Zodiac Sign applies to a 30 degree segment of the circuit around the ecliptic, through which the sun's apparent path takes about 2,000 years. Each Zodiac age of 2,000 years is then divided into three approx 667 year Decans. So, we will be looking at 12 Zodiac ages along with their included 36 Decan ages: 48 constellations total.
FIRST QUARTER CYCLE OF HISTORY: 10,000 BC TO 4,000 BC - PHYSICAL
LEO [ca. 10,000 BC to 8,000 BC] is the zodiac age of Lion, one of the four Living Beings of Revelation 4. LEO is the first age of our present cycle which began about 12,000 years ago. At that time there was a reversal of earthís magnetic field polarity, the planet wobbled for a time and restabilized on a slightly different rotational axis. Earthquakes destroyed nearly everything on the earthís surface; new mountains arose; old mountains sank, great tsunamis killed most of the earthís population. And suddenly, the kingdom of Heaven was past and the kingdom of World was underway. Godís children brought forth this decline from Heaven to World because we had yearned for a mastery of a physical/material world, along with competition for power over others, and to challenge mortal life itself at the risk of death. We wanted to be gods of power, but we must not have realized that it would be Satan as lord of World who would have the power while we totally forgot who we really were and we forgot our Father. We went prodigal into a pig pen without knowing that our spiritual minds would be blinded, and we found ourselves living like pigs, rooting for survival in a world which hated us. The age of LEO is the first of three ages in which men's Physical instincts would rule over their emotions, minds and spirits. For the three ages of LEO, CANCER, and GEMINI, physical gratification was our highest value. These three ages make the 6,000 year Physical quarter of the cycle. See diagram above.
LEO is a Lion, a symbol of Royalty like that Lion-of-Judah emblem which represents the Throne of David in England where the present sovereign is Queen Elizabeth II.. It is paradoxical that Jesus, who humbles Himself to be the Lamb of God during the World period, is really the Lion of God of all eternity. During World, we sheep of our Shepherdís flock, are blinded to that Truth and we act stupidly as innocent sheep, permitting Satanís forces to kill us by the millions time and time again. World is not our home, nor will we ever have actual mastery of it. Dominion over World was granted by Isaac to Esau, the progenitor of the Edomite race which we know as Jews today. Isaac did indicate that at the end we would throw off that yoke. But that moment would not happen until 12,000 years from the time of the start of this age of LEO which we are about to examine.
Fixed Star, alpha Leonis, is REGULUS, the heart of LEO; it is one of four great fixed stars of highest importance to the ancients. In the picture above, Regulus is the star in the chest. It, with three others, Antares, Fomalhaut, and Aldebaran, make a Grand Cross in the sky which is the cross symbolized by Jesus' crucifixion. These four Great Stars were the most important ones to ancient wise men.
For each of the twelve zodiac ages, we will look at three segments within each age. Each segment is ten degrees of the thirty degree age, and is called a Decan. Leo has three Decans, each of which is defined by a constellation in the sky. Each constellation is a picture which illustrates the Bible story for that 667 year period of history. Traveling through time, we are precessing (reversing) around the ecliptic, through the zodiac signs, so we will begin each age with what is popularly known as the third Decan. For the sake of actual sequence of time, it should be called the first Decan, but we will yield to the accepted nomenclature of Third Decan. A Decan is a ten degree segment of a thirty degree zodiac segment of the sky. Also, as we attempt to understand the panorama of sky-pictures, we must keep in mind that ancient truth, "as above, so below." World is a reflection of Heaven, a limited, material, reverse image of Heaven. World is an exercise of replicating Heaven by a false reality, a maya, a fraud. Knowing that it is a reflection, we can look at reciprocal moments and get some hint (by what is known) of that opposite time which is not known. LEO is reciprocal to AQUARIUS. LEO is the first age of World, AQUARIUS is the first age of Heaven. During LEO we learn to master a physical reality of limited nature. During AQUARIUS we will learn to master a spiritual reality of unlimited nature.
Jacob assigned the Lion symbol to his son, JUDAH, to represent Royalty. Jacob's blessing of Judah is at Gen 49:8-12; "Juda, your brothers have praised you, and your hands shall be on the back of your enemies; your father's sons shall do you reverence. Juda is a lion's whelp, from the tender plant, my son, you are gone up, having couched you lie as a lion, and as a whelp; who shall stir him up? A ruler shall not fail from Juda, nor a prince from his loins, until there come the things stored up for him; and he is the expectation of nations. Binding his foal to the vine, and the foal of his ass to the branch, he shall wash his robe in wine and his garment in the blood of the grape. His eyes shall be more cheering than wine, and his teeth whiter than milk."
For further study of Judah's place in God's kosmos, see this article at http://divinepageant.com/Gods%20Kosmos.htm#JUDA
From this tribe of Judah came the Old Testament kings. Jesus was of the tribe of Judah. The emblem of the Lion-of-Judah still flies on the flag over the Queen of England who is a genetic descendant of that tribe of Judah, as she sits on the Throne of David. LEO represents authority over God's Family during the kingdom of World.
THIRD DECAN of LEO: (ca.10,000BC to 9,300BC) is represented by the constellation of CORVUS, the Raven who sits on the back of the Serpent, Hydra, in the sky. The Raven is a symbol of Godís eternal compassionate caring for His children who have left their First Estate in preference for the pig pen of World. The Raven reminds us of our Fatherís promise that we shall never be completely abandoned. Even during our apostate rebellion against Him, still He will provide our sustenance as He does for all other creatures. Psalm 147:9 says: "He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry." In First Kings 17:6 we see that it was ravens which brought Eliu (Elijah) food when he was ordered to stay by the river for a time. And Jesus teaches: "Look at the birds of the sky, that they don't sow nor reap nor gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth more than they?" (Mat 6:26)
At the very beginning of the World age, 10,000BC, the Christ, Lord of the kingdom of Heaven, has just been replaced by Satan who will be the lord of the World. Godís children, who made up the body of the Christ, have suddenly lost their powers because they have been blinded to Truth, and their Lord has been entombed in a sarcophagus in the Great Pyramid. The Sphinx stands nearby to proclaim that this is the time of the transfer of power from the Virgo to the Leo. Godís children stand alone in a hostile World where all the other races feel an instinctive lust to kill them. And they would have been killed off, to the very last one, except for Godís protective and nurturing care, which is symbolized by this CORVUS Raven who sits on the back of the Serpent.
Fixed star, alpha Corvi, is Al Chiba.
SECOND DECAN of LEO: (ca. 9,300BC to 8,600BC) is the CUP, also called the CRATER. Ancients called it the Cup of Apollo. It is considered to be a cup of God's wrath. Since Leo is the reciprocal of Aquarius, which is a Water Carrier pouring the Living Water of Life (immortality) from a container, which the Southern Fish constellation drinks, then it is probably appropriate to interpret this Leo cup as holding a water of death. Death is inescapable for us mortals in this kingdom of death. We can be sure that our people were suffering terribly at this time, like in the fires of hell.
Fixed star, alpha Crateris, is Alkes, which is Arabian for shallow-basin.
FIRST DECAN of LEO: (ca. 8,700BC to 8,000BC) is HYDRA, a long snake-like serpent which actually stretches for about 100 degrees around the sky, being below the ecliptic plane. It represents Satanís presence underlying all the historical process of the World kingdom. Ancient mythology has Herakles, a Christ figure, killing the multi-headed Hydra as one of his twelve labors. It would be about 8,400BC when the Christ presence rejoined the Family of God. That speculation is based on the reciprocal period in Aquarius where Satan is absent from his family during the 1,700 year church age of Ephesus. As above, so below. John's Revelation indicates that absence of Satan until the second resurrection, which works out to be 1,700 years from his demise at the end of Pisces. Satan is then present during the church age of Smyrna, after which he is cast out again. But, the decline continues, in spite of a spiritual encouragement, and the Christ power fails to stop the downfall, just as during Heaven, Satan's presence fails to stop God's children from their upward climb.
Fixed star, alpha Hydrae, is Alphard
CANCER [ca. 8,000 BC to 6,000 BC] is the zodiac age of Crab (Ass in ancient times), the second age in the kingdom of World. During that time when the sun is in this portion of the sky each year, the sun reaches its highest point of northern declination on June 21 at 23į 27' (tropic of cancer) and remains there for three days before it slowly starts back toward the south. Continuing our decline into World, our Family of God degenerates into corrupt, materialistic sensualism, lusting after emotional gratifications instead of heeding our Fatherís instructions. Seems like our cancer of the spirit will be fatal.
The ancient symbol of Cancer was the Laden-Ass, as described in Jacob's blessing of ISSACHAR. Gen 49:14; "Issachar has desired that which is good; resting between the allotted lands/estates. And having seen the resting place that it was good, and the land that it was fertile, he subjected his shoulder to labor, and became a husbandman." Like his father, who had favored Esau (the more physical and worldly brother), now Jacob blesses Issachar for fertile earth, hard labor, and as dwelling between allotted estates. Notice on the sine-wave diagram that Cancer is midway between two very significant signs, Leo and Gemini. Reading between the lines, we might suppose that God's family learned how to make the best of their limited-life situation, even to enjoy it as good. Cancer is reciprocal to Capricorn, another animal creature, a Sea-Goat. I don't know when in recent centuries(?) the symbol was changed from Ass to Crab, but Jacob's blessing surely doesn't describe a crab. For further study of Issachar's place in God's kosmos, see this article at http://divinepageant.com/Gods%20Kosmos.htm#ISSACHAR
Fixed star, alpha Cancri, is Acubens.
THIRD DECAN of CANCER: (ca. 8,000BC to 7,300BC) is ARGO, a large ship constellation which is outside the plane of the ecliptic. The root of the word, Argo, means "company of travelers." We can easily imagine our people, estranged from our heavenly home, traveling through a hostile land. Oh, that we had never chosen to board that ship!
Fixed star, alpha Carina, is Canopus.
SECOND DECAN of CANCER: (ca. 7,300BC to 6,600BC) is URSA MAJOR, known to us as the Great Bear but known to the ancients as "the community" or "the flock," as a flock of sheep. During our 12,000 year sojourn in World, we prodigal children are innocent prey for the ravening predators of Satan, best typified as "sheep." We are a large flock of sheep very high in the northern sky. During this age of Cancer, we are truly lost sheep, persecuted and suffering, trying to find some happiness in the tempting offerings from the lord of this World, Satan. The well known asterism of Big Dipper is a part of this very large Bear constellation. In the U.K. the Big Dipper is known as the Plough. The influence of Christ's presence ends again at about 6,600BC, based on the information from Revelation where Satan is cast out again at the end of the church age of Smyrna.
Fixed star, alpha Ursae Majoris, is Dubhe.
FIRST DECAN of CANCER: (ca. 6,700BC to 6,000BC) is URSA MINOR, or Little Bear. We might consider it to be the Little Flock. It appears in the sky as a smaller and fainter version of the Big Dipper. The very end star of its handle (tail of the bear) is Polaris, the Pole Star. It is to this star which men look for direction. It is the primary focal point of the sky, higher than any other constellation. Since God is depicting a large flock and a small flock, I would think of the large number of Abrahamís descendants, compared to the small number of Elect.
Fixed star, alpha Ursae Minoris, is Polaris, the North Star, at the end of the Little Dipper's handle.
GEMINI [ca. 6,000 BC to 4,000 BC] is the zodiac age of the Heavenly Twins, the third age in the kingdom of World. It is during the first part of this age that the Bible sets the story of Adam and Eve. According to the ancient Greek Septuagint text, Adam appeared at 5508 BC. Here is the time when Godís children would once again know the indwelling presence of the Spirit of God which would provide them an instinctive compulsion to seek their Father. The TWINS were the two offspring of Eve (Zoe, in ancient Greek, meaning Life). As lord of World, Satan seduced Eve and impregnated her, after which she went to Adam, too. Fraternal twins were born, Cain from Satan and Abel from Adam. Two different races which possessed two different instinctive natures: one race with instincts of Godliness and the other with Satanic urges. Cain killed Abel, so it was the next son of Adam who would father the anointed (Christ) race of Caucasian blonds with blue eyes. During this age of GEMINI, Godís children were empowered to do serious contest against evil once again.
The symbol for Gemini looks like the Roman numeral for "two," which represents TWINS. Keep in mind that at the beginning of this age, God's family had been gone from their Heaven home, since leaving Virgo, for about 4,000 years thru the ages of Leo and Cancer. Like a pet dog which gets lost in a vast wilderness, it eventually learns to survive and even forgets its former home, so has this special race of people done the same. They have survived, but it has been hell for them because they lost or forgot their divine empowerment, even becoming convinced that they were inferior to other races and physical laws. In that eternal contest of good versus evil, this family has been unable to defend goodness. There hasn't been much active contest at all, rather it has been a wallowing in violence and degeneracy. Notice on the sine wave diagram that the nadir (lowest point) is soon ahead. The time has come for God to step in and enliven the contest between the two opponent races of Christ and Satan.
The ancient symbol of Gemini, used by the Israel family, was a SHIP, as assigned by Jacob to his son, Zabulon. In Gen 49:13, Jacob blesses Zabulon, saying, "Zabulon shall dwell on the coast, and shall be by a haven of ships, and shall extend to Sidon." When I think how the seacoast and ships might be relevant to this age of Gemini, I think of a new beginning for God's family after a crossing of water, like the River Jordan when they entered their promised land. I think also of St. John exiled on the island of Patmos where he must cross some water as he travelled northeastward toward his home at Ephesus. If we overlay the sine wave diagram on a map of that region of southwestern Asia Minor, we see that Patmos would be at Pisces; then water is at the transition between world and Heaven, and then Ephesus is at Aquarius, and the other city-churches (Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea) all lie along a general curve like the upper half of the sine wave diagram. I would say that this Ship of Gemini indicates God's Family is once again on its journey homeward.
On the sine wave diagram, you can see that the Fall of Adam and Eve happened during the age of Sagittarius, the age reciprocal to Gemini, 12,000 years previous. The Genesis account does not explain the details of the actual process, but presents a simplified story of our beginning. There is no record of historical events during that 12,000 year decline which followed the Fall. Our story simply begins when God renews His spirit presence in His family in order that we can once again climb upward toward Godliness and away from wickedness. For further study of Gemini, see http://divinepageant.com/Gods%20Kosmos.htm#ZABULON
THIRD DECAN of GEMINI: (ca. 6,000BC to 5,300BC) is CANIS MINOR, which means Small Dog for today's astrologers, but in the ancient Egyptian zodiac this is a man with an eagleís head, called Sebak which meant conqueror or victor. I suggest that this Man is representing God's anointed Man, the perfect Adam, the Christ. Procyon and Al Gomeiza are two stars in this constellation, whose names mean "redeemed" in two different languages. Now that we know that it was during GEMINI that God re-empowered His offspring with spiritual inclinations to climb upward toward Him, we can see the beginning of the redemption process, and the ultimate conqueror, a Christ figure, victorious over a serpent which is another Satan figure we will meet in a moment in the First Decan of Gemini. The name "Adam" really meant a race of God's Spirit-empowered offspring. The appearance of Adam at 5508BC was not the beginning of the Adamic race but merely spotlights that moment when God reactivated His Spiritual indwelling in them. The race had existed prior to this for countless 24,000 year cycles, as they experienced the same pattern of influences during each cycle as are indicated in these constellation pictures in the sky. At this time in history, our Family lived in Eden, probably on the Pamir Plateau (now Tajikistan), having been restored to their spiritual ideal as designed by their Father. We might conjecture that the Family had been oppressed, persecuted, and driven into mountain exile on that Pamir Plateau, when God renewed His life within them and gave them a beautiful Garden home, a Paradise. It seems a sort of replica of that time 12,000 years ago when they had reached spiritual perfection, but here they were still in physical bodies and mortal. It seems to be a sort of set-up to repeat in physical world that Fall they had done when immortal. As above, so below.
According to the Greek Septuagint Genesis account, Adam appeared at 5,508BC, during the age of this Decan.
Fixed star, alpha Canis Minoris, is Procyon.
SECOND DECAN of GEMINI: (ca. 5,300BC to 4,600BC) is CANIS MAJOR, which means Big Dog to moderns. The brightest star in our sky, Sirius, is in this constellation. In a text book of Astrology, Llewellyn George writes regarding CANIS MAJOR: "In Egyptian zodiacs it is an eagle or hawk, the natural enemy of serpents. Sirius is derived from Sir or Seir, meaning prince, guardian, victorious; connected with Naz-Seir or Nazir, meaning "sent Prince." The rod promised to come forth from the stem of Jesse is called Netzer (branch, scion.) These are closely allied to Nazareth or Nazseirene, Naz-Sirius. "He came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets; He shall be called a Naz-Seir-ene." Matthew 2, 23. The stars in this constellation are Mirzam, the ruler; Muliphen, leader, chieftain; Wasen, shining, illustrious; Adhara, glorious. These of course have scriptural reference rather than being cognomens for a dog." So, ancient sages knew a different story from God's picture album in the sky. I wonder when this constellation was first given the Latin name, "canis" as a dog instead of an Eagle. Someone has been changing the captions of God's visual aids. Anyway, this constellation, which contains the very brightest star in our sky, seems to present the Christ (anointed race of God's offspring). Here is the appearance of His anointed "Man" race through which He lives and experiences life and expresses Himself. It would be this ideal "Man" whom Jesus often claimed to be the "son of." Sirius represents Christ, the brightest star in the sky! We need to think of ourselves as the body of Christ, for which Jesus is the Head. We are God's anointed "Son" as a corpus of members. The name Adam is not of one individual, but the name of a Family which includes us individual members. Sirius is our star! And with this Decan, we can see that our pageant is brightly lit and active again; our ship has sailed and we are heading homeward.
Fixed star, alpha Canis Majoris, is Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, not very distant from earth when compared with most other stars.
FIRST DECAN of GEMINI: (ca. 4,700BC to 4,000BC) is LEPUS, the Hare. But in ancient Persian and Egyptian zodiacs this constellation was a SERPENT, a Satan figure. Moderns view these decans of Gemini as dogs chasing a rabbit. But, such pictures are not likely to be part of God's great photo album in the sky where the struggle between Satan and Christ is being portrayed. The ancient wise men, counsellors, prophets, magi and sages were all astrologers. It was their knowledge that led them to the newborn Jesus. It was such wise men who knew the struggle of duality, good versus evil as was also explained by Plato. So, the age of GEMINI introduces us to God's Man and also that Serpent (Cain race) which would become Man's opponent. Perhaps it was during this Decan that the Serpent seduced Eve (Zoe) to introduce an evil counterpart offspring onto the stage, where the two opponents would wage eternal contest. Adam lived for 930 years, from 5508 until 4578BC, so it might be that his participation in the "Fall", and eviction from the Garden, happened near the start of this Decan. Gemini is the opening act of a new play in God's Divine Pageant. The two contestant families are on stage and the dynamic contest is underway. We might imagine it as a tournament where the contestants are in the arena and the King watches from His throne. The problem with that image is that it sets the King separate from the action, whereas the True King is active within and through His offspring extensions of Himself. Nevertheless, for each of us, it is best to give ourselves to the task as representatives of the King who would rather die than shame Him.
Fixed star, alpha Leporis, is Arneb.
SECOND QUARTER CYCLE OF HISTORY: 4,000 BC TO 2,000 AD - EMOTIONAL
TAURUS [ca. 4,000 BC to 2,000 BC] is the zodiac age of the BULL, the fourth age in the kingdom of World. Just as Adam was the headliner for the age of GEMINI, it will be Noe (Noah) who headlines this age of TAURUS. It is during the first part of this age that the Biblical Flood occurs. Noe (Noah) lived from 3866 to 2916 BC. The Flood was 3296 BC according to dating from the ancient Greek Septuagint, a text more than 1200 years prior to the modern Hebrew Masoretic Text which is used for English translations. The fixed star, ALDEBARAN, is part of this constellation, being one of the four which make up the Grand Cross in the sky; the other three are Regulus, Fomalhaut, and Antares. On the sine wave diagram of history, Taurus is at the very bottom (nadir) of the negative-energy half cycle called World. With Taurus, God's children begin their upward climb toward their Father again. They stumbled badly by mixing with other races in defiance of God's warning to not do that. After leaving the Garden at the Pamir Plateau (present day Tajikistan) they moved east to the Tarim Pendi Basin of western China, probably at the northern region at the base of the Tien Shan mountains where perfectly preserved ancient mummies have recently been found of blond, caucasian, blue-eyed, tall men and women. (See Mummies of Urumchi). The Bible says that they married into other races until only Noe was left, "pure in his generation/race". So, God cleaned the slate by flooding that large Basin. Noe and his family were saved on the Ark, of course, and began a new population of pure race descendants from Adam. Ham slept with his mother, so his progeny were cursed and migrated toward Egypt where his descendants eventually became the white race pharoahs. Japheth's descendants migrated to Europe. Sem's lineage is the one leading to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jesus. After leaving the Tarim Pendi Basin, Noe's family settled in the northwest region of India, the Punjab, and it is from there that we get the ancient Vedas and Upanishads as evidence of their high spiritual consciousness. No Law of God had yet been defined in writing, but this Adamic family knew it in their hearts and minds. In the Bhagavad Gita, a story of the great Bharat family (MahaBarata: probably Noe's family) we find the same spiritual wisdom as Jesus provided, and the same struggle between good and evil, but that literature was written at a higher spiritual level than that of today's religionists. If modern theologians knew the Big Picture, they would recognize the high value of those ancient Sanskrit writings.
The symbol of Taurus is a Bull, often depicted as a Calf. Because the people still had ancient knowledge and wisdom, Noe's descendants venerated the Bull as a symbol of that age in which they lived. The Bible tells us that the Israelites of a later age after Taurus would not cease their veneration of the Bull even though they were living in the age of the Lamb. I think their spiritual consciousness declined as they began the practice of religion. The written Law failed, requiring God to redeem them from their violations of it. But that is a story for another age. Taurus, the Bull, was keynoting and initiating a new quarter-cycle period of history during which men's emotions would rule over their minds and spirits: for the ages of Taurus, Aries, and Pisces. These three ages make up the Emotional quadrant of the cycle. Jacob's blessing of Ruben described the emotional influence which would characterize the 6,000 year quadrant just begun. Jacob's blessing is at Gen 49:3; "Ruben, you are my first-born, you my strength, and the first of my children, hard to be endured, and self-willed. You were insolent [wanton, extravagant] like water, not as a boil, for you went to the bed of your father; then you defiled the bed, whereupon you went up." For further study of this age, see http://divinepageant.com/Gods%20Kosmos.htm#RUBEN
At the end of Pisces, the Emotional dominance will end; the following quadrant will be directed by our Spiritual minds.
Fixed star, alphaTauri, is Aldebaran, one of the four most important Fixed stars which make up the Great Grand Cross.
THIRD DECAN of TAURUS: (ca. 4,000BC to 3,300BC) is AURIGA, the Shepherd, aka the Charioteer. In the Egyptian Dendera zodiac, this shepherd holds a sceptre on the upper part of which is a Lamb, while the lower part has a cross. Obviously a Christ-figure, this constellation is always considered gracious and evangelic. Isn't it awesome that God's family is given this idyllic grace just after being evicted from the Garden? The period of this ten degree decan would be just prior to the great Flood. Auriga seems to represent an idyllic and pastoral situation. Adam's family was still living in the Tarim Pendi Basin, perhaps quite happily. The Urumchi mummies reveal a sophisticated culture of felt shoes, complex woven tartan patterns of wool clothing, and bright colors. After their eviction from Eden, they must have adapted to the earthly life with great talent, although it was probably still drear in comparison to that Garden they had known, and about which we wish we knew more. It would be during this age of Taurus that their Emotional natures became superior to their Physical minds and they began to lust for sensual satisfactions with neighboring races, and they married them. They knew better, and God became very angry. But, here we can already see the promise of the Good Shepherd and the Cross for His children as they began their climb toward Him again. This constellation contains the sixth brightest star in the sky, Capella.
Fixed star, alpha Aurigae, is Capella, one of the very bright stars in the sky.
SECOND DECAN of TAURUS: (ca. 3,300BC to 2,600BC) is ERIDANUS, the River of God's wrath, at the time of the Great Flood, probably about 3296BC. This river has often been portrayed as one of fire in order to represent His wrath, but it seems more reasonable to see it as a flow of water which drowned nearly all of His Adamic race because they had adulterated the pure genetic line by marrying other races. You see, it was only into the Adam family that God breathed His Spirit, so it is only this one genetic line of individuals who are "born from above" with His indwelling Spirit. If one of these spiritual offspring breeds with another race, those offspring will not have the divine natures.
Fixed star, alpha Eridani, is Achernar, at the end of the long river, too far south to be seen from North America and Europe.
FIRST DECAN of TAURUS: (ca. 2700BC to 2,000BC) is ORION, the Brilliant One, another Christ-figure in the sky. In mythology, Orion was a gift of the gods to mankind. Orion wears a prominent belt around his waist, which holds a sword at the top of which is a Lamb. The giant star, Betelgeuse, is in Orion's right shoulder. It is of first magnitude brightness. While our sun is 865,000 miles diameter, Betelgeuse has a diameter of 700 million miles. Consider that our sun is only 93 million miles from earth!
It was during the first part of this Decan that Heber led some of the Adamic family from the Punjab to Sumer where they were known as followers of Heber (Hebrews). Perhaps Heber was a Christ Light which led the way for God's family. Then, near the end of this age of Taurus, Abram was born to inaugurate a new age of Lamb to replace the Bull. And that is another story.
Fixed star, alpha Orionis, is Betelgeuse, not the brightest in the sky but huge. If it was our sun, its radius would include the planet Mars.
ARIES: [ca. 2,000 BC to Anno Domini] is the LAMB. The age of Aries is the subject of our Old Testament. The Bible history from the time of Adam's appearance in 5508 BC until Abram's birth in 2096 BC, is contained in just the first eleven chapters of the book of Genesis. The rest of the Old Testament is the history of the age of Aries. Abram, son of Tharra, a Hebrew, lived from 2096 until 1921BC, for 175 years. He was born during the age of TAURUS but did not bear his son, Isaac, until he was 100 years old, in 1996. Abram saw the end of the age of the Bull and inaugurated the age of the Lamb. It was through Abraam that God introduced the concept that a Lamb must be sacrificed for the Family's sins. Abraam taught that God would eventually supply His own Lamb for sacrifice at the end of the age of Aries. Of course, we know that Jesus was that Lamb who completed the sacrificial offerings by offering Himself. Jesus did two things. First, His death satisfied the Death Penalty required by the Old Covenant; Second, His death calls His sheep to follow Him on the path of Liberation from this World kingdom, into the next Heaven kingdom. Since flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of Heaven, we are taught that we must offer ourselves as Living Sacrifices, not for sins (which were taken care of by Jesus) but because the willingness to release this World is absolutely essential to one's salvation. Jesus' payment of the Old Covenant penalty set us free of any guilt (See Hebrews 8) so that we can work out our salvations with fear and trembling. If we would be "saved" we must follow Jesus' command to follow Him. All of the history of our people during this age of Aries points to Jesus who would be born at the end of it.
The symbol of Aries is the sacrificial Lamb, practiced in Temple rituals and finally completed with the Living Sacrifice of Jesus as God's Lamb. The age of Aries is coincident with the age of Symeon, one of Jacob's twelve sons. Jacob's blessing to Symeon is: Gen 49:5; "Symeon and Levi, brothers, accomplished the injustice of their cutting off. Let not my soul come into their counsel, and let not mine inward parts contend in their conspiracy, for in their wrath they slew men, and in their passion they hamstringed a bull. Cursed be their wrath for it was willful, and their anger, for it was cruel; I will divide those in Jacob and scatter those in Israel." For further study of this age, see http://divinepageant.com/Gods%20Kosmos.htm#SYMEON
Fixed star, alpha Arietis, is Hamal.
THIRD DECAN OF ARIES: (ca. 2,000BC to 1,300BC) is PERSEUS, a Christ-figure in the sky. His name means "son of God:" per Zeus. The word "Zeus" means God; in Latin it is Deus; in Greek, along with Zeus it is also Theos; in Sanskrit it was Dyus. Keep in mind that the Greek civilization was founded by Israelites, mostly by Judah's son, Zara, while the rest of the Israelite family was in Egypt. Those ancient white race civilizations of Greece, Rome, and Egypt valued poetry, theater, epic sagas, literature, and metaphor of all types. Their theater had real meaning for them, whereas our modern theater is mere entertainment for fun. If you read Jesus' words, you will find that most of it is theatrical metaphor. Ironically, modern Christians demand literal interpretation of much scripture which is conspicuously metaphor, analogy, parable, symbolic, shadows, type, etc. It is an inexcusable hubris of modern ignorance to despise Greek myth as idolatry; their word for God was Zeus just the same as Theos in the Bible Greek koine dialect. They found Christ in the constellations and enjoyed many stories about His greatness, actually those metaphorical stories just happen to be very close to the facts related in the New Testament. The ancient Greeks understood the Gospel from the sky-stories. So, St. Paul wrote to the Romans, telling them they have no excuse for not knowing the Gospel because it is written in the sky. It is incredibly pompous for modern intellectuals to look down upon those ancients whose knowledge and understanding soared in the heavens compared to modern earthy literalness; and moderns do that without ever examining what the ancients wrote down! Christians don't hesitate to look to a cross or crucifix or picture on an altar when they pray, which is no different than the ancients did. They built temples to some of the legendary gods which represented the Christ, and admittedly it was easy for many people to think of that god to whom they prayed as an entity in itself. So, also do modern Christians have pictures and statues and necklaces. Idolatry is seductively easy, which is probably why we were warned against making any kinds of graven images. Perhaps we could be satisfied with the album God put in the sky for us. With St. Paul, I say that modern Christians have no excuse because they have not just the sky-Gospel but also the written New Testament, and still they have created a religion which is contrary to nearly everything Jesus taught.
Perseus holds in his left hand the head of Medusa, a Satan-figure, whose hair was snakes. Medusa brought death to anyone who looked at it/her, just as Satan brings death to any of God's children who look to him for worldly satisfaction. Perseus' right hand holds a large sword. Perseus became front page news on October 24, 2007 when the comet Holmes exploded into brightness just as it curved upward across Perseus' sword arm, across Mirfak. The brilliantly lighted Holmes then circled around Perseus' head and proceeded straight downward across the head of the Medusa (star Algol) on January 22, 2008. We got to see a moving picture of the Sword of Christ whacking the head of Satan! Comet Holmes continued its circle around Perseus, faded in brightness, and proceeded on its way until stopping at the forehead of Leo the Lion. What a magnificent display, a message from God. Christ kills Satan and a new King is knighted; that would be the returning Jesus. It just happened! I watched Comet Holmes spotlighting the event. Christians missed it! Well, we've gotten a little ahead of the historical time between 2,000 and 1,300BC. But, then, Perseus was a presentation of Christ long before Jesus was born!
It was during this Decan of Perseus that the Christ family was renewed with the birth of Jacob's twelve sons; they went into Egypt for 400 years, were liberated by Moses (a Christ-type Liberator) about 1458BC, and settled their Canaan Promised Land. Judah's son, Phares, fathered a lineage which would produce Jesus, while Judah's other son, Zara, settled the Aegean region (Greece) and then migrated to Britain, some of which is told in Virgil's Aeneid.
Fixed star, alpha Persei, is Mirfak, in his sword arm. beta Persei is Algol, the head of Medusa, held in his other arm.
SECOND DECAN OF ARIES: (ca. 1,300BC to 600BC) is CETUS, a sea-monster. This is the largest constellation in the sky, and is south of the ecliptic plane. In mythology, it is the monster which was sent to devour Andromeda, the maiden whom Perseus saved. The Christ family is considered God's bride in the Bible. Satan is the CETUS monster who walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. It was Jesus (a Perseus) who saved the bride named "Israel." It was during this period of history when most of the O.T. books were written. Israel was ruled by Judges from about 1380BC until 1020BC; then the people made Saul their king - until 1004BC when David became king. After David's son, Solomon, the kingdom was split into a northern kingdom called "Israel," and a southern kingdom called "Judah." Most of the kings turned to the Pagan gods of neighboring races and against the God of Jacob. By 721BC the northern kingdom of Israel was captured by the powerful Assyrians and many people taken captive to Assyria. Some, perhaps most, migrated northward across the Caucasus mountains into Europe where they were known simply as Caucasians because of their journey. It was 586BC when the last three cities of the southern kingdom of Judah were captured and the young men carried to Babylon. The remaining Israelites settled in Samaria and Galilee where they were undisturbed for those quiet intertestamental centuries. The Old Testament Prophets also lived during this CETUS age, beginning with Jonah about 800BC and ending with Malachai about 400BC.
Fixed star, alpha Ceti, is Menkar.
FIRST DECAN OF ARIES: (ca. 700BC until Anno Domini) is CASSIOPEIA, the Enthroned Queen, the Bride, and the mother of Andromeda. She sits enthroned in a chair, lifted up, while she arranges her robe with one hand and her hair with the other. The symbol is somewhat of a wife who has been exalted and free to marry the King. In this constellation, we sheep of the Christ flock might imagine ourselves as this Bride preparing to marry the King and share the throne. Varying verbiage sometimes gets confusing. We are sometimes called the Bride of Christ. But, we, the Family, actually make up the body of the Christ, a word which simply means anointed. Most properly, we can see ourselves as having been divorced from God and sent captive into World. Here in CASSIOPEIA, we see ourselves as free to marry Him again. Ancient myth tells the story of Cassiopeia, that she was first opposed to the death sacrifice of her daughter, the "Bride" Andromeda, but then she approved of it, along with her husband, Cepheus. We might wonder if Jesus' mother fully knew the necessity of His sacrifice, and if she approved of it. We will meet the "daughter" Andromeda as the "male thought" immediately after this Decan of Cassiopeia, at the start of the age of Pisces.
It was during this Decan that the Israelites, after captivity in Babylon for 70 years, were set free in 510BC, to return to the Holy City and rebuild the Temple. In the building of that Temple, we can see Israel as God's "Bride" (Cassiopeia, mother of the sacrificial victim) adorning herself for the appearance of her Lord and King, and for the wedding feast. With a Temple in Jerusalem again, the many Israelites who had never gone into captivity, but who had stayed in Samaria and Galilee, could once again trek annually to worship their Lord at the Temple. The family of Joseph, Mary, and Jesus would also make the 90 mile walk from Capernaum in Galilee each year. The Bride was again free to do so! This Decan of the constellation of Cassiopeia ends with the birth of JESUS, perhaps about 7BC, who would serve as the sacrificial Lamb of God which was promised by Abraam at the beginning of this age of ARIES the Lamb.
Fixed star, alpha Cassiopeiae, is Schedar.
PISCES: [Anno Domini to ca. 2,000AD] is the FISH, one headed north and the other along the ecliptic plane; the two fishes are tied at the tails. The age of PISCES is inaugurated by Jesus, beginning the period of New Testament history. FISH are the very backdrop setting for Jesus' ministry, as He called Fisherman for His companions, fed miraculous Fish to thousands, and a net filled with Fish. A Fish symbol represented Jesus' early followers as their secret sign and is still used today to signify Christians.
Why is a constellation of two fishes one of the twelve zodiac segments in our sky? Certainly Jesus made it conspicuous in His ministry, so it must have been important to Him. I think that He was related to the previous age of ARIES as the Good Shepherd of a flock of sheep, and then in order to headline a new age those sheep became fishes for whom He is the Fisherman. So much of Christianity is in Symbols. During Aries, sheep had often died for a sacrificial altar, symbolic of the offering of God's sheep through a death-offering in order that we can exit this material world and return to our Father. Fishes are also sacrificed as a value to those who eat them. The lesson is pretty clear that the only Liberation from this world is through death; "flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of Heaven.". As for gathering His flock together for such a sacrificial offering, Jesus set up some difficult tests of worthiness which require a conscious willingness of His follower to die for His sake; and then He said that although many were called, only a few will be chosen/selected. My conclusion is that Jesus came to fish the Elect; this is the age for gathering His own for the great feast, the wedding, the Liberation, the Renewal into immortals. Jesus spoke of the end time process most clearly in Matthew 24. In verse 31 He says, "And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His Elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." And then in verse 34 He says, "this generation will not pass away till all these things happen." The generation of which He spoke is the age of Pisces, which is now at its end.
The symbol of Pisces is two Fish, tied together at their tails. It is the influence of the GAD blessing which has helped to define this age in which we live. Jacob's blessing to GAD is: Gen 49: "Gad, a plundering troop shall plunder him; but he shall plunder him, pursuing him closely." For further study of this, see http://divinepageant.com/Gods%20Kosmos.htm#GAD
Fixed star, alpha Piscium, is Al Rischa, at the tie of the two fish's tails.
THIRD DECAN OF PISCES: (Anno Domini to ca. 670AD) is ANDROMEDA, a Greek name made of two words meaning "male-thought." The Greek word andros means male. The word "med" is from medomai which means to think, be thoughtful, perhaps to meditate. It seems at first puzzling that Greek myth portrays this male name, Andromeda, as a beautiful young woman, daughter of Cepheus and Cassiopeia, a Bride who was offered as a sacrifice but was saved by Perseus. The Bible does portray the Israelite family as the female Bride of God. Metaphor is to be understood more spiritually than literally. As we consider the constellations to be defining certain periods of history, we also have the advantage of hindsight to help us understand God's message. Perhaps we can also consider the male-thought to be a thought expressed from the Supreme Mind as a Word. Jesus is well known as the Word of God. Is that Word not an expression of the Father's thought?
Here is a constellation period, at whose beginning is the birth of Jesus, and then includes the early years of Christian church which is really a new birth of the Christ body. Is Andromeda the man Jesus? Or is Andromeda the Family Israel, the Bride of Jesus? We can easily see Him as that male-thought/Word of God, and we can also see Him as the instrument of creation, which even mainstream theologians admit. The Father gave His offspring Son the power to create any thought into being simply by believing it to be true. Like the author of Hebrews says, "faith (belief) is the substance of things hoped for." (1)God thought a Design in His mind (Genesis 1), and (2)His Son, Adam (Christ), named/worded that Design into reality (Genesis 2). (3)And further, I believe that we, as the body of Christ, then participate in the creative act by whatever we believe. Here, at the beginning of Pisces, we have the appearance of the Son of God, whom I believe to be the same as that Adam in Genesis, the One who named God's thought into manifestation. He, Jesus, then gave us teachings which guide us into a participation with Him, as a group of members of His body, to believe/think an end to the World kingdom, which will be our Liberation from this one to the Heaven, and to inherit the vineyard prepared for us. I'm convinced that is His primary message. What if we had remained ignorant of that thought? The entire membership of the body of Christ is the race of Adam, the Israelite Family, the Christian Church, and God's own Son. We are One with Him, just as He prayed for us to be, in John 17. If Jesus had not shown us a higher level of Truth, we would still be struggling with the confusion that consumed our family after our Temple was destroyed in 586BC. It was necessary for us to know a new enlightenment and to know more personally He who serves as the Head of our Body. And it is now necessary for us to believe that the end of this World kingdom will happen just as He said it would, which is recorded in Matthew 24 and Luke 21 and Mark 13. Perhaps WE are the sword of Jesus' mouth; we will defeat Satan by believing in his defeat. Jesus taught us to believe in it, thus we, as the corpus of Christ will help to effect it. We, the Christ with Jesus as our Head, are the creative tool of the Father; our Belief is the substance of things hoped for.
The early centuries of Pisces saw Christians aflame with the Holy Spirit. They witnessed boldly at cost of their lives. I think that for the first couple centuries, perhaps three, after Jesus, that Christians KNEW the message that their deaths would bring them the Liberating Victory. They were intensely genuine in their worship, although there was no organized religion, no liturgical ritual, no common standard. They gleaned what they could from the writings of those who knew Jesus personally and they shared letters which Apostles wrote to the various groups who were gathering in Jesus' name. They had a New Covenant with their Father, which Jesus had secured for them (Hebrews 8), and which set them free from any laws and any guilt and declared there should be no more teachers but that God Himself would be their teacher. They were so intense about what they should believe, that a great many died willingly as martyrs. But as time passed and the persecution waned, they enjoyed the hope of happy lives. Martyrdom lost its appeal and they fell into that rut of dogmatics: defining doctrinal creeds that would be required of anyone who wished to join their groups. Instead of a Gospel of Liberation, the church encouraged the good-life. Factions developed; titles were given to leaders, such as "elder, deacon, bishop." The church was organizing, in spite of some continued persecution from Rome. Finally, a sympathetic Roman Emperor, Constantine, called a great gathering of church bishops to meet at the town of Nicaea in 325AD, where they would hammer out the protocols of an organized church. Christianity became the State Religion. The church then split into two factions, an Eastern Orthodox church, led by men at Constantinople, and a Roman Catholic faction. Christians were no longer persecuted, so they struggled to grow ever greater in numbers and in power. Their religion adopted Evangelism (The Great Commission) as its centerpiece. They had become a power-wielding corporation; evangelical outreach increased membership and offerings. The Edomites, who had taken over Israel's temple, Jerusalem and all Judea, surged into the new organization and helped to organize it to their ideals, based on strict rules and practices carried over from their ancient religion of Paganism. The wolf had once again assumed dominion over the Flock. Jesus' message of Liberation was lost to a religion of power, wealth, and cruelty.
Jesus' sheep faded again into the background, just as happened after the Edomites took over Judea under their Edomite Herod. Thus it was that a new religion was formed, mostly by Edomite Jews, to later be called the Roman Catholic Church. The Bride (Andromeda) of Christ (Perseus) was again chained to the rock for sacrifice, according to the wishes of the great king "papa," of the next Decan.
Fixed star, alpha Andromedae, is Alpheratz, her head.
SECOND DECAN OF PISCES: (ca. 670AD to 1350AD) is CEPHEUS, a constellation very high in the northern sky. He is a king; he wears a tall pointed papal mitre on his head. In mythology, he had been the father of Andromeda, but after he reneged on his agreement by opposing the marriage of Andromeda (the Bride) to Perseus (the Christ), he was turned to stone when he looked at the head of Medusa and was then cast into the sky. From his position high in the sky, he will forever symbolize the great enemy of Christ and his bride. He represents the papal office of Satan.
It was during this period of history that the Papal office was created at Rome and attained great political power, soon controlling the kings of European nations. Charlemagne used military force to bring all the European groups under control of the Roman Pope. That tyrant Pope-king outlawed education for the common man so that the church's anti-Christ teachings would not be recognized. And then the inquisitions began. Anyone who questioned any church authority or teaching or practice was tortured and killed. There seemed no end to the supply of Christian martyrs, for even without education, their simple devotions to Christ as their Lord conflicted with the satanic tyranny from Rome. Some estimates claim that more than fifty million white race Christians were killed during those terrible centuries known as the Dark Ages, always with utmost cruelty. The one prize which that anti-Christ could not hold was England. It was there that the Throne of David was secured by true Israelite sheep who knew Jesus was their true Shepherd. It was there that the stone of Jacob, which represented the Throne of David, had served as a Coronation throne for all England's sovereigns over the many centuries since Jeremiah had brought it to Ulster about 580BC. This was that Throne of David which God promised would never be vacant, and it never has been, to this very day. The stone of Jacob has rested beneath the Coronation throne in Westminster Abbey for many centuries. Our present Queen Elizabeth II was crowned while sitting on it. Whether she does good or bad is not so important as the fact that the throne is still occupied by one of God's Christian Family. Her emblem is the Lion of Judah. She holds the Throne which Jesus will claim, hopefully soon. The anti-Christ king has failed to grasp it. You can see the star at the top of CEPHEUS' mitre between CASSIOPEIA and the north Polar Star. His Decan age of influence was the most cruel period of Christ family history.
Fixed star, alpha Cephei, is Alderamin, in the right shoulder.
FIRST DECAN OF PISCES: (ca. 1350AD to ca. 2019(?) - dates are approximate) is THE CORD, aka THE BAND or BRIDLE. In the sky, the two fishes of Pisces are heading toward different directions: one toward the north Polaris star and the other toward the west along the ecliptic. The brightest star of Pisces is the one at the junction of their tails. So, this Decan is not represented by a constellation, but by a single star "tie" around the two tails of the fish. You might guess rightly that any attempts to interpret the meaning of this Decan have been wildly varied. My thought is that if this is a cord or band around their tails, that means the fish have been caught by a fisherman. And that is my concept of the entire age of Pisces, the Christ-fishing of the Elect. They might be flopping and struggling toward two different directions, one upward toward Heaven and the other toward World, but God has caught them and tied them. Perhaps each of us will be judged differently, but we are all valued by the same Fisherman. He might direct us to different usage, but we can all rejoice together that we belong to Him. Well, that's my humble opinion. Perhaps someone else can provide a more appropriate interpretation. Look at this period of history of the Christ family. The Decan begins with the invention of the printing press by a German, Johannes Gutenberg (1398-1468), a tool very much hated by the Roman Catholic tyrants. The rebellion against Rome began with a hunger for Bibles which the common man could read for himself. The Renaissance began. The Enlightenment was underway. The Reformation would re-unite the fish as the catch by the Great Fisherman. America was discovered and a Godly government was founded. Christ's family was stepping toward the fulfillment of God's promises.
Although that interpretation seems credible, I can't seem to keep my mind from recalling the layout of passageways in the Great Pyramid of Giza. The Ascending Passage angles steeply upward while another passage goes level toward what is called the Queen's Chamber. The place where the level passage forks away from the Ascending Passage is called the Messianic Triangle because on the Timeline that is the time of Jesus' appearance. To continue along the upward, ascending path, one must climb up a high vertical step, as though to transcend the mundane journey for a higher path. Those who decline the challenge of the big step will continue along the level (worldly?) path; perhaps to try again at some later time. At this time along the path of one's soul, we are challenged with a big step, to estrange ourselves from our flesh and blood bodies, even to yearn for Liberation from them. I know many wonderful people who try to live Godly lives, who read the Bible, who practice charity, and who pray sincerely. BUT, that is not enough. One must recognize the world and a physical body as a prison and one must yearn to fly free from. We do this by following our Leader up that steep hill to yield our lives as Living Sacrifices. That is the Big Step which Jesus demonstrated.
And this brings us to a completion of the kingdom of World. Its end will culminate in a violent overthrow of the evil powers of Satan's race who have used their rightful dominion to wreak injustice against a mostly innocent body of Christ. The catastrophic destruction of Babylon is an ending for which the saints, prophets, and angels rejoice. We've been fished, caught, and we die, leaving this dense material World behind in order that we, as Spirit-beings, can live in a lighter and happier Heaven. To be part of the catch by that great Fisherman is the joyous hope of this writer, and I will sign my name to that commitment.
Pleadingly, your servant and follower, take me. Roger Ray Hathaway. Amen.
Fixed star, alpha Piscium, is Al Rischa.
THIRD QUARTER CYCLE OF HISTORY: 2,000 AD TO 8,000 AD - SPIRITUAL
AQUARIUS: (ca. 2,000AD to 4,000AD) The WATER CARRIER represents the first age of the kingdom of Heaven. For fish in Pisces, water was a dense medium in which to swim and live. Water is heavy and we must yield to its presence in order to make any use of it. Our transition from that dense world will be somewhat like the time when Joshua (Iesus) led the Israelites across the Jordan. Jesus will once again lead us to freedom in the Promised Land where we will inherit the vineyard prepared for us. Not only will He lead us across the water, but we will no longer live in a material kingdom where we are subject to its laws. Then we will have the mastery, and the apparent material of the kingdom will be subject to us.
Many have speculated on what the coming age of Aquarius might be like, most conjecture it as an effeminate paradise of peace and love. But, that is wrong. We are limited in our thinking to a limited world mentality, abhorring any thought of masculine eternal contest, in spite of a Biblical God which reveled in war, and His Son who warned us, "Don't think I came to bring peace; I didn't come to bring peace, but a sword." The Truth of God's Design can be seen in the sine wave diagram of cycling energies, ever oscillating between negative and positive, an eternal contest! It is our Lord, of the sword and fire, who will lead us, as Joshua (Iesus) did the Israelites, across the Jordan into that Promised Land. The Truth of God's Design is that the contest between two opposing forces is essential to the play; there can be no Pageant without the cycling of energies. While the church naively teaches that Heaven will be a timeless eternity of peace, love, and happiness, that is merely offering a childish dream to people who have been beaten down, oppressed, unjustly exploited and killed, and who need such a dream to keep their hope alive. Yet, I can offer you this insight, of which I am confident.
If we interpret the coming ages of the kingdom of Heaven as reciprocal, opposite to the World ages, then we might get some clues regarding how it might possibly be. For instance, LEO is reciprocal to AQUARIUS. So, 12,000 years ago, when the Lord of Heaven was replaced by Satan as lord of World, our Christ Head was entombed in a sarcophagus in the Great Pyramid. When that pyramid was finally penetrated and opened little more than a century ago, the sarcophagus was found empty, with lid lying aside. We can speculate that for the first age of World Kingdom the Head of the Christ Family was absent from our group for a period of time, well into the age of LEO. In our record of Jesus' life, we find a replay of that sarcophagus incident on Easter morning when the stone was miraculously rolled aside to release Him who can't ever be defeated permanently. So, as we consider the first portion of the age of AQUARIUS, along with Biblical statements that the Devil will be bound and cast into a lake of fire, we might presume that he will then be released at some later time, still within the age of AQUARIUS, to torment and tempt God's children again. But, his racial family, of wicked compulsions, will then be foreignors to that kingdom just like we are foreignors to World. Here in World, they have the advantage; there, we will have the advantage. The symbol of Aquarius is meaningful, not just the graphic of wavy water, but of sine-wave oscillations, and also of the teaching about reciprocals, "As Above, So Below." In other words, World is reflection of Heaven; Satan's kingdom is a material reflection of Christ's Spiritual kingdom; Satan's lie is a mirror image (reversal) of Christ's Truth. We will use this tactic of using reciprocal ages in World to help speculate about the ages in Heaven.
AQUARIUS contains one of the four great Fixed Stars, Fomalhaut, which makes the Grand Cross in the sky along with Antares, Aldebaran, and Regulus. This zodiac age is symbolized by the figure of Man, one of the four Living Beings of Revelation 4. In LEO the Lion was symbol for God's Physical nature which is expressed through His offspring; so it was that Physical mindedness characterized the three ages of that quarter cycle, of Leo, Cancer, and Gemini. Then the Bull of TAURUS was symbol for God's Emotional nature, so it was that Emotions characterized the three ages of that quadrant of Taurus, Aries, and Pisces. Here we have Man as the symbol of God's Spiritual nature, so it will be that the ages of this quadrant, AQUARIUS, Capricorn, and Sagittarius will see the expression of Spirituality as the dominant characteristic.
As we consider the three Decans in each of the six zodiac ages of the kingdom of Heaven, we might keep in mind that the Heaven period of 12,000 years is also defined by the seven church periods as shown to St. John in Revelation. Each church period is about 1,700 years. The first church age of Heaven is that of Ephesus, the actual hometown of St. John. It is my theory that the church age of Ephesus, being about 1,700 years, is that period of time described in Rev. 20:4&5, when only the 144,000 Elect would live. The "1,000 years" mentioned in the text is but a symbolic number for the first church age. Rev. 20:4&5 reads as follows: "And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given to them, and (I saw) the souls of those who were beheaded because of their witness of Jesus, and because of the Word of God, and (those) who did not worship the beast nor its image and did not receive the mark on the forehead and on their hand; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5The rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection. 6Blessed and holy is the one having part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no authority; but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and will reign with him the thousand years."
Look at the Sine-Wave diagram. The period of the "thousand years," mentioned above, is the period during the age of Ephesus. Verse 4 is saying that only those who died for Christ and had not worshipped the beast will live during this first period of the kingdom of Heaven, perhaps just the Elect. This is the period of recovery after the terrible disaster that destroyed most of the earth and all civilization. This will be an extremely difficult period of time, but it will be budding of a new flower, born from an old seed which died. This will be the Promised Land into which very few from the old world will go. Of all the ancient Israelites who escaped Egypt, only Joshua (a Iesus), along with Chaleb, lived to cross the river into the Promised Land. Most of us cannot cross over because it isn't permitted to carry old baggage there. Old behaviors, social mores, customs, and beliefs would be detrimental to the founding of a new society which must be based on spiritual constructs rather than the material ones to which we have been accustomed.
While it will be a difficult time, it will be heavenly to live in Christ's full power, and a new kingdom will be developed as a paradise into which the rest of Christ's family members will come at about 3,735 AD or so, at the beginning of the age of Smyrna.
The phrasing which regards the "first resurrection" is a little confusing, but with the explanation which follows, in v. 6, it appears that the first resurrection is at the BEGINNING of the Ephesus age, for it is these few (perhaps the 144,000 Elect), who will be "priests of God and of Christ," who will live from the first resurrection for "the thousand years." THEN, the rest of Christ's body will come to live in the kingdom.
The symbol of Aquarius is a Man, a water carrier, and for simplification two wavy lines are used to represent Water. The Israel Tribe which represents this period of Aquarius is that of Joseph's son, Ephraim. Jacob's blessing to Ephraim is: Gen 48:19; "younger brother shall be greater, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations." For further study of this subject, see http://divinepageant.com/Gods%20Kosmos.htm#EPHRAIM
Fixed star, alpha Aquarii, is Sadalmelik, a supergiant star.
EPHESUS CHURCH AGE: (ca. 2000AD to 3754AD)
2:1 To the angel of the church in EPHESUS, write: The one holding the seven stars in his right hand, the one walking in the midst of the seven golden lampstands, says,
2:2 I know your works and labor and your endurance, and that you cannot bear evil, and did try those calling themselves apostles, who are not, and did find them liars.
2:3 and you have endured, and did bear my name, and have not grown weary.
2:4 But I have against you that you have left your first love.
2:5 Remember, therefore, from where you have fallen, and repent, and do the first works; and if not, I am coming to you and will move your lampstand out of its place, unless you repent.
2:6 But this you have, that you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
2:7 Let the one having an ear, hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one overcoming, I will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
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THIRD DECAN OF AQUARIUS: (ca. 2,000AD to 2,700AD) is CYGNUS, the SWAN, aka the NORTHERN CROSS. It is a large constellation in the northern sky and contains the bright star, Deneb, which, like a nearby star, Vega, can be seen at some time most any night of the year when visibility permits. You can use the Big Dipper to find Deneb. Just as the two stars at the far end of the bowl point to Polaris, the stars at the near side of the bowl point to Deneb, though at about twice the distance.
How might the SWAN be meaningful to this period of history immediately following our transfer (transformation) from World to Heaven? Certainly, the bird is beautiful and soars majestically in flight. In Greek myth, one of the gods would sometimes turn himself into a swan to present himself as dazzling beauty and irresistable. A swan is commonly recognized as a symbol of transformation; As the Northern Cross, it also represents transformation through death. This Swan might also be the ancient Phoenix, a well known ancient symbol of resurrection and immortality. Since we already know that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of Heaven and therefore we must be transformed first, this concept becomes quite meaningful to us. The promises of Heaven are resurrection and immortality, exactly what the Phoenix represents. We might imagine the swan-like majesty, freedom, and beauty as ourselves after we are transformed. My imagination seems to stall when attempting to see myself in Heaven; it will be on this planet, yes, but with a different sense of reality. My thoughts will tend to be realized in my perception, perhaps not as single person creative acts but as my participation in group-thought, as membership in the body of Christ. I will have freedom and power that I have never imagined, but it might require a clumsy, waddling effort for a time before I learn how to soar gracefully. Yet, the picture of this grand Swan in the sky can give me hope that I, too, will learn to soar like that.
Fixed star, alpha Cygni, is Deneb, the tail of the swan. It's transit date (southernmost point in the sky) is August 21st.
SECOND DECAN OF AQUARIUS: (ca. 2,700AD to 3,400AD) is PEGASUS, the WINGED HORSE. Pegasus flew out of the head of Medusa after Perseus had cut off that head. Zeus had fathered the creature at some earlier time but it couldn't be born until the Gorgon was dead. The picture is that an offspring of God cannot be truly free until the evil creature, which imprisoned it, is dead. Perseus killed Medusa, freeing Pegasus. That is symbolic of Christ vanquishing Satan to free God's Family. The previous Decan period saw the Swan (the Elect) fly free from the transformation. Now, in this Decan we see the Pegasus, as a second winged symbol; representing the greater number of Israelites to fly free in the heavens. So, Pegasus probably represents all the Family of Israel who will again join the expedition to climb the Ascending Path toward our Father.
Fixed star, alpha Pegasi, is Markab.
FIRST DECAN OF AQUARIUS: (ca. 3,400AD to 4,000AD) is SOUTHERN FISH, aka Piscis Australis or Aphrodite. In Greek myth, Aphrodite was transformed into a Fish because she was trying to escape the monster, Typhon. In the sky, this fish lies on its back drinking the waters pouring from the jar of Aquarius, that Living "water of Life" which Jesus promised, meaning immortality, I think. The word piscis is singular whereas the word pisces is plural. Again, we see that partaking of the water of Life is an individual matter. The Water Pourer is for individuals who will yield to Him.
It seems that Act One of the age of Aquarius brought the Elect ones onto the stage to create a new setting for the pageant to continue. Act Two brought forth the great Family of God, His Israel. And Act Three is the drinking of the Water of Immortality, the Water of Life which Jesus promised.
One of the four great Fixed stars of the Grand Cross is part of this constellation: Fomalhaut.
This Decan gets us several centuries into the kingdom of God. Satan's influence has been absent while the Elect are founding a heavenly society. We can hardly imagine what kind of society it will be; there is no marriage, no bearing of children, no death because of immortality.
The first church age of Ephesus comes to an end about 3,735AD, at which time all the greater Family Israel returns to the stage to play their roles in the grand pageant. It is also at this time that the "thousand years" period of Rev. 20:7 is completed, and Satan is unleashed to again tempt and try our Family, along with those of the other races who still live, bear children, and die. Rev. 20:7 And when the thousand years are finished, Satan will be loosed out of his prison, 8and will go forth to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth. . ." Satan's family, the Cain/Edomite race, will cause conflict and strife, turning the mortal races against God's Family. Still, we must remember that God's own are immortal and have creative powers. We will see how this turns out during the next church age of Smyrna.
Fixed star, alpha Piscis Australis, is Fomalhaut, one of the Four great Fixed Stars which make up the Grand Cross.
SMYRNA CHURCH AGE: (ca. 3754AD to 5489AD)
2:8 And to the angel of the church in SMYRNA, write: These things, says the first and the last, who became dead and lived again:
2:9 I know of your affliction and poverty, but you are rich, and I know the railing of those who call themselves Jews and are not, but they are a synagogue of Satan.
2:10 Do not fear things which you are about to suffer. Look, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison in order that you may be tried, and you will have affliction ten days. Become faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
2:11 The one having an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one overcoming will by no means be hurt by the second death.
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CAPRICORNUS: (ca. 4,000AD to 6,000AD) The GOAT symbolizes the second age of the kingdom of Heaven. This is not an ordinary mountain goat, but a sort of Sea Goat, of which the front Goat half is dying and the rear half is a very live Fish. Strictly symbolic to represent something of this period of Heaven. But, what? In the O.T. a scapegoat was used on the Day of Atonement to carry away the people's sins. But, since Jesus secured the New Covenant of Hebrews 8, sin has not been a factor for God's Family anyway. But, Jesus did stress that they must obey His commands if they would be saved. Is this Goat somehow related to that scapegoat? Or what about the picture of judgment when Goats went to the left and Sheep to the right? Is such a separation being depicted here? Or what about the Goat of Mendes, that Baphomet which is a symbol of Satan? I'm going to suggest that the front half of this creature does symbolize that Goat of Satan, and the rear half, which is a living Fish, symbolizes God's Family just as it did in the age of Pisces and again in the Decan of Aquarius immediately previous to this age, namely the Southern Fish. God's Fish are alive, but they really need to be separated from their evil brother who must perish.
The entire Pageant of God has been a battle between two brothers, the Satanic Cain race versus the Christ race of Adam. The brother-race contest was renewed between the twins, Jacob and Esau. Jacob became Israel; Esau became Edom. It has been the Edomite Jews who have persecuted the true Israelite race of Christians, white race Anglo-Saxons. The second church age of Smyrna is here underway. The Sheep of the Christ Family have founded a heavenly kingdom, but Satan was unleashed a couple centuries prior to this age of CAPRICORN. According to John's Revelation, terrible strife was then created by Satan's family of Edomite Jews. Heaven isn't very peaceful anymore.
The symbol for Capricornus is a Goat, drawn as a strange caricature. The Tribe of Israel which helps to define this age is Joseph's son, Manasse a twin brother of Ephraim. Jacob's blessing to Manasse was: Gen 48:19; "he also shall be a people and he shall be exalted." For further study of this, see: http://divinepageant.com/Gods%20Kosmos.htm#MANASSE
You might find it interesting to know that besides the emblems of Ephraim and Manasse signifying Britain and the U.S., there are two obelisks which might attest to this. They are popularly called "Cleopatra's Needles," but they predate Cleopatra by a thousand years or so. They were presented by Egypt, one to Britain (1878) and one to the U.S. (1881). These obelisks were created for Pharaoh Thutmosis III in 1443BC, about fifteen years after the exodus of Israel from Egypt under Moses. Ironically, those two granite monuments, created for perhaps the same Pharaoh that had persecuted Israel, ended up in lands for whom Israel's prize sons were destined. One stands today on the Thames Embankment in London, the other in Central Park in New York. Google "Cleopatras Needles" for more.
Fixed star, alpha Capricorni, is Algedi, a double star.
THIRD DECAN OF CAPRICORNUS: (ca. 4,000AD to 4,700AD) is the constellation of DELPHINUS, the DOLPHIN. The ancients considered the Dolphin (really a Porpoise) to be the greatest of all fishes. It could leap beautifully free from its heavy water environment, to look so graceful in the air. Can we consider this Dolphin as representing the living Fish half of CAPRICORNUS? I can envision that this beautiful Dolphin represents God's children, as Fish have done before, and that they are here oscillating from the temptations of a freed Satan to the clear air of Heaven, that they are once again in danger of losing their birthrights.
It is difficult to speculate how these symbols might be meaningful to our lives after we are immortal and enjoying a spiritual existence that is not imaginable to us at this time. Certainly, symbols of flying creatures such as Swan, Pegasus, and Eagle, along with a beautiful leaping creature are encouraging to us and give us hope for a heavenly happiness. But, those dreams are vague and ethereal for us who have never experienced freedom from this world bondage. The age which is reciprocal to Capricornus was that age of Cancer, when our family was sinking deeper into degeneracy and was hated and oppressed. So, this period in heaven should be the opposite from that, so that our family will be attaining new spiritual heights and enjoying God's great favor. The enemy race which oppressed us in the age of Cancer does not have the advantage here in this age, rather it is they who must sorrow that their wickedness is not successful.
Fixed star, alpha Delphini, is Sualocin.
SECOND DECAN OF CAPRICORNUS: (ca. 4,700AD to 5,300AD) is the constellation of AQUILA, the EAGLE. Although this is another flying creature, it has a nature which is defined differently from the flying symbols of recent Decans. And this Eagle is wounded! How shall we interpret this symbol here? The Eagle is one of the four Living Beings of Revelation 4, representing the Mental/Intellect/Rational nature of God, which we will meet in the zodiac age of Scorpio whose ancient symbol was Eagle. It is somewhat puzzling that this intellect nature was the very thing which tempted God's Family to know good and evil, and thereby become like God themselves. At some time during this upward trek toward Union with Him, we must willingly give up that lust to KNOW good and evil if we are to have His approval. We are well into the ages of Heaven, but we have not yet reached the highest plateau, for some are still falling to Satan's temptations. It might be that most of His children at this time are making good progress toward our spiritual perfection. As we unite more with the Father's will, we release our hunger for intellectual gratification. By turning away from Satan's temptation, we are nullifying him. Perhaps we can consider such Godly actions to be a wounding of the Eagle. Rational argument, the dialectic, logical reasoning, and weighing both sides, are all acts which fall short of the simple yielding to the Godly flow, while not even being conscious of the negative alternatives. Our yielding must be unquestioning and without any reservations. That eagle of Scorpio must not tempt us here.
Fixed star, alpha Aquilae, is Altair.
FIRST DECAN OF CAPRICORNUS: (ca. 5,300AD to 6,000AD) is the constellation of SAGITTA, the ARROW. Apparently, according to tradition, it is this arrow which fells the Goat part of the Capricorn symbol. This reminds me of the passage in Isaiah 49; it is a Christ statement saying, "from my mother's womb He has called my name; He has made my mouth as a sharp sword, and He has hid me under the shadow of His hand; He has made me as a choice arrow and has hid me in His quiver."
The church age of Smyrna ends about 5489AD, which once again ends a period of Satan's freedom. He was loosed during the entire church age of Smyrna.
So, the sky shows us a killing by an Arrow of God, which serves to separate the Goat (Satan) from the Fish (Christ Family) as seen in the symbol for this age.
The Goat is felled by God's Arrow. In the sky we see an Arrow killing the Goat/Satan, but in John's Revelation, the killing is by fire out of the sky, which an arrow could surely symbolize, even like a bolt of lightning. Here is what John describes in Revelation 20:7-10, saying, "And when the thousand years [of Ephesus] are finished, Satan will be loosed out of his prison, 8and will go forth to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to assemble them to the war, of whom their number is as the sand of the sea. 9And they went up over the breadth of the land, and encircled the camp of the saints and the beloved city; and fire came out of the sky and devoured them; 10and the Devil deceiving them was cast into the lake of fire and sulphur, where also the beast and the false prophet are, and they will be tormented day and night unto the ages of the ages."
This is the time of The Great White Throne Judgment as Rev. 20:11-15 "And I saw a great white throne and the One sitting on it, from whose face the earth and the sky fled away, and a place was not found for them. 12And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and scrolls were opened; and another scroll was opened, which is the scroll of life; and the dead were judged by the things written in the scrolls according to their works. 13And the sea gave up the dead in it, and death and hades gave the dead in them, and they were judged, each one according to their works. 14And death and hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15And if anyone was not found written in the scroll of life, he was cast into the lake of fire."
Apparently, the process works like this. At the end of Pisces, Jesus returns and claims His 144,000 Elect, leads them across the transition from World to the new kingdom of Heaven where they will found a new Spiritual civilization on this planet which had been destroyed by volcanic fires and floods and earthquakes. The Elect will use the creative power of the Christ mind to renew the planet and start a new society. The multitudes of God's children who did not willingly offer themselves as living sacrifices will remain in the place which is called "torments" (http://divinepageant.com/ii_esdras.htm II Esdras 7), until the end of the church age of Ephesus, about 3735AD when they arise to rejoin the play in progress. At that same time, Satan is also unleashed to create strife. Then, during that church age of Smyrna, God's children will once again have an opportunity to choose whether to focus on God their Father or to succumb to Satan's (Jews) temptations. Those who fail God for the second time will be cast into the lake of fire along with Satan: the Second Death. I think the Second Death means that they will no longer have God's Holy Spirit as their indwelling empowerment. They vanish like smoke. But, Satan does not vanish; he is just absent from the stage for a while and then reappears.
It is during this Capricorn time of each year that the sun reaches its most southerly latitude, at 23į27', called "the grave," being the Tropic of Capricorn, the winter solstice. The sun remains there, in the grave for three days and then on December 25th ascends from it like a new birth.
Fixed star, alpha Sagittae, is Alsahm.
PERGAMOS CHURCH AGE: (ca. 5489AD to 7224AD)
2:12 And to the angel of the church in PERGAMOS, write: These things says the one having the two-edged sharp sword:
2:13 I know where you dwell; where Satan's throne is, and that you hold my name, and did not deny my faith even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.
2:14 But I have a few things against you, because you have some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumbling-block before the sons of Israel, to eat idol sacrifices, and to commit fornication.
2:15 So, you also have some holding the teaching of the Nicolaitans likewise.
2:16 Repent, therefore, otherwise, I am coming to you quickly and will fight with them with the sword of my mouth.
2:17 Let the one with an ear hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one overcoming I will give to him of the manna which has been hidden, and I will give him a white stone, and on the stone has been written a new name, which no man knows except the one receiving it.
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SAGITTARIUS: (ca. 6,000AD to 8,000AD) is the ARCHER. He is holding a bow with an arrow aimed at the star Antares which is the heart of the serpent, Scorpio. Antares is the fourth of the Fixed Stars in the Grand Cross design in the sky, . This Archer is certainly another Christ figure, established forever in the sky as the victor over Satan. He is usually portrayed as a Centaur, half horse and half Man, but it is likely that is simply a portrayal of a man on a horse. We read in Rev. 6:2, "And behold a white horse, and the One sitting on it having a bow. And a crown was given to Him and He went on conquering, and so that He might conquer."
Is it just a coincidence that the symbol for this age is an arrow pointing upward to the right, exactly toward the apex of the sine-wave diagram?
Let's compare this age of Sagittarius to its reciprocal 12,000 years previous, GEMINI. It was in Gemini, just before God's children reached the lowest level of depravity and worldly belief that God re-activated His indwelling Spirit within them. See the sine-wave diagram. The appearance of Adam was a new entry of Christ into the dynamic play after a period of absence. So, it will be at this reciprocal time that Satan, having been cast into fire at 2nd Death at start of Pergamos, re-enters the pageant during Sagittarius, perhaps at about 6,500AD, at a time when God's children have nearly reached the apex of their union with the Supreme Mind of the Throne of God, a perfection of Spirit. It is this height of relationship with our Father for which we yearn so intensely. It is this which enables us to turn from the sensational delights of Satan's kingdom to climb the long and difficult upward trek toward our Father's Palace. It is this Oneness with Him, the God who is our very source, the One who expresses Himself in and through our lives, the One who empowers our four natures, the One who experiences whatever we do, that is the substance of our being. It is this Oneness which is the real "me", and I can't help but yearn for it with all the intensity of my life. And it is here, during Sagittarius, that I finally achieve again that which I had abandoned nearly 24,000 years ago.
The symbol of Sagittarius is the ARCHER, who aims an arrow toward Satan's heart. The Israel Tribe which represents this age is that of Benjamin, Jacob's last and most loved son, born of Rachel, the real love of Jacob's life. Rachel's only other son was Joseph, who was Jacob's favorite and who was sold by jealous brothers into Egyptian slavery. Notice that this 6,000 year quadrant of Heaven (immortality) is represented by the only offspring of Jacob and Rachel. Joseph's son, Ephraim is the age of Aquarius; his twin brother, Manasse is the age of Capricornus, those two being sons of Joseph. And Benjamin is the age of Sagittarius. Jacob's blessing to Benjamin is: Gen 49:27; "as a ravening wolf, shall eat still in the morning, and at evening he gives food." Puzzling over that strange blessing, I finally just hope that it will become meaningful in Heaven. Moses' blessing of Benjamin is: Deut 33:12; "The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in confidence, and God overshadows him always, and he rested between his shoulders." For further study of this, see: http://divinepageant.com/Gods%20Kosmos.htm#BENJAMIN
Fixed star, alpha Sagittarii, is Rukbat.
THIRD DECAN OF SAGITTARIUS: (ca. 6,000AD to 6,700AD) is DRACO, the DRAGON. It is certainly a Satan figure. It is located very high in the sky, a string of stars winding around the Little Dipper (the little flock of Elect). Its alpha draconis, is Thuban which was the north pole star about five or six thousand years ago. Some other stars in Draco are Etanin (long serpent), Grumian (the deceiver), El Athik (the fraud). Llewellyn George writes: "Draco evidently represents great evil: D-evil or Satan, who is to be vanquished. 'In that day the Lord, with his great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.' - Isaiah 27,1. Isaiah calls upon the people to sing and rejoice when that day comes. In Apocalyptic visions John saw a great dragon whose tail was drawn along a third of the stars of the heavens. It stood before a woman eager to devour her child as soon as born, but the child was caught away to God and to his throne; then a great voice of song was heard in heaven, because the adversary was cast down."
It is during this Decan of DRACO that Satan returns to the stage where he will play his most important role, eventually to tempt God's perfected ones to abandon their Father's presence in order to enjoy the sensations which are forbidden to Spirit-beings who share such union with the Supreme God.
Fixed star, alpha Draconis, is Thuban; it was the pole star about 2,700BC.
SECOND DECAN OF SAGITTARIUS: (ca. 6,700AD to 7,400AD) is ARA, THE ALTAR. This altar is low in the southern sky, pointing downward, apparently coincident with the "lower regions," perhaps "outer darkness." Llewellyn George says, "Ara, called by the Arabs, Al Mugamra, 'the completing, the finishing, making an end of what was undertaken.' The Greeks used the name of this decan as an imprecation; bane, ruin, destruction. They personified the name as a goddess of revenge and destruction."
It is during this Decan of ARA that the church age of Thyatira begins. Strangely, this moment in the span of long term history is when God's children are attaining the highest pinnacle of their Spirit yearnings. God's message to them is first, praise for their long trek and that their last works are more than their earlier ones, BUT He screams against them that they are too tolerant of Satan's seductive temptations. Consider His message to this church age, that He makes more clearly than anywhere else the CONTRAST between worldly tolerance and Overcoming. He promises to one who overcomes an anointment to make him an authority, a Shepherd over His people, a Morning Star, possibly an office of being a "Jesus", perhaps for the next cycle. What would you do? Yield to the worldly temptations or overcome them? Really? Can you say that you would be willing to go through what Jesus went through, compared to enjoying the delights which Jezabel offers? The truth is that we don't have a very complete picture of the job description of a Jesus; mostly we think of His difficulties and His death. Perhaps if we knew more about His function as that "Lamb" at the very Throne of the Almighty, surrounded by angelic beings, Elders, and the rainbow of energies, we might opt for that job. Apparently, most of God's Spirit-being children choose to experience another complete cycle of degeneration, followed by another long climb upward to their Father again, if we are to understand what is meant by "the one overcoming". Only one? Let's hope it really means "anyone."
ARA is the Altar in the "lower regions," not even visible from our northern hemisphere. Clearly, it is not the high altar of God or His Throne. It is here in Sagittarius that we are confronted with a choice, whether or not one will Overcome the worldly attractions or will he worship at that dark altar by offering up his divinity. Given the continuation of cycles, one after another, perhaps for countless times, it must be God's Grand Plan to experience still more of them in His own Mind. So, if we consider these oscillating waves of experience, world to heaven to world to heaven. . . then is it not the Father's plan for His offspring to express His Godliness in contest against an eternal enemy again and again? Imagine that if you finally attain that pinnacle of perfection in Sagittarius, that Oneness with your Father for which you yearn so intensely. . .okay, you dedicated yourself and you obtained the reward; you are in His presence. And He says to you, "I need someone to represent goodness, Godly virtues, innocence, nobility, and the Golden Rule for the next cycle; I need shepherds to help lead my lost flock back to Me again; I need volunteers." Will you raise your hand and say, "Here am I, Lord, send me"??? Or will you be an Overcomer? Well, we certainly can't make a decision like that while still here in this worldly darkness and ignorance; we don't know anything about Heaven yet. But, we can permit such a question to dwell in our mind and our Spirit, and let the question influence the path of our quest.
God's Divine Pageant! Quite a play, isn't it?
Fixed star, alpha Arae, is (not named)
THYATIRA CHURCH AGE: (ca. 7224AD to 8959AD)
2:18 And to the angel of the church in THYATIRA, write: These things say the Son of God, the one having His eyes as a flame of fire, and His feet like polished brass:
2:19 I know of your works and love and faith and ministry and your endurance, and that your last works are more than the first.
2:20 But I have against you that you permit the woman Jezabel, the one calling herself a prophetess, and she teaches and deceives my servants to commit fornication, and to eat idol sacrifices;
2:21 and I gave her time in order that she might repent, and she wishes not to repent of her fornication.
2:22 Look, I am casting her into a bed, into great affliction, along with those committing adultery with her, unless they shall repent of her works;
2:23 and her children I will kill with death; and all the churches will know that I am the one searching kidneys and hearts, and I will give to each one of you according to your works.
2:24 But I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, as many as have not this teaching, who knew not the deep things of Satan, as they tell: I am not casting on you another burden;
2:25 but that which you have, hold until I shall come.
2:26 And the one overcoming and keeping my works until the end, I will give him authority over my people,
2:27 and he will shepherd them with an iron staff, breaking them like vessels of clay,
2:28 as I also have received from my Father, and I will give him the morning star.
2:29 The one having an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
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FIRST DECAN OF SAGITTARIUS: (ca. 7,300AD to 8,000AD) is LYRA, the HARP. At the apex of a cycle, at the highest point of Heaven, we have the HARP. Here is what Llewellyn George says about LYRA. "In the first decan,. . .was Lyra, the harp, the oldest of stringed musical instruments, the invention of which the ancients ascribed to the gods. Orpheus, a legendary Thracian musician and hero, was often identified with Apollo in classical mythology. Orpheus was called the father of songs. He was a helper of the Argonauts seeking the Golden Fleece. His art is always associated with religion, prayer, prophecy, sacred services and the joyous element in holy things. In other words, the harp in the first decan of Sagittarius connects the archer with superior joy, delight, gladness and praiseworthy action, all typical of the characteristics of the advanced sons of Jove as we know them today.
In some of the old uranographies this constellation was portrayed with a hawk, the enemy of the serpent, who darts from the sky with swiftness and power. Consequently, many of the more modern star atlases represent this constellation with an eagle abreast a harp expressing the idea of triumphant song of praise and gladness through the power of the eagle over the serpent - the higher mind over the lower. Vega, meaning victory, the brightest star in the northern skies. . .is in Lyra; the name signifies, 'He shall be exalted, the warrior triumphant.'"
Fixed star, alpha Lyrae, is Vega. 12,000 years ago, Vega was the pole star, and will be again at 14,000AD.
Just a personal note here, by the author, Roger Hathaway. My wife, Lisa, and I live in the Appalachian mountains far from any city lights, actually in the forest surrounded by trees. We are at a high elevation, so our view from the deck is over a distant expanse of hills and hollers. Whenever the weather permits, we sit on the deck and watch the sun drop behind distant hills and then we strain to see the first stars to show. Always it is Vega and Arcturus, and with delight one of us exclaims, "I see Vega." And then Deneb of the Swan, and pretty soon lights of the Big Dipper are visible and the great cross of Cygnus. It is so quiet here and the dark is so peaceful. We talk quietly of our place in God's scheme of things; we discuss the eternal questions; we ponder the design of God as we listen to the onset of nightsounds, crickets, treefrogs, coyotes, etc. When Jesus suggests that the kingdom of Heaven is within us, we wonder if this might be a hint of it.
Here we have reached the apex of the 24,000 year cycle, that moment when the strength of the earth's magnetic field is strongest in the positive energy field. We, who were "born from above" (John 3:3) are like electrons whose negative charge is attracted to a positive charge. During our present time while we live in Pisces, we are attracted to the positive pole, but over the centuries as we approach that positive point, our charge gradually changes until we, too, bcome positive and find that we are being repelled rather than attracted. Upon reaching the apex, we are totally a positive value and (for sake of the analogy) either unite with that powerful unit of positive value or find ourselves being repelled and drawn again toward the point of negative value. As I see it, we who were "born from above," were born positive and enjoyed the presence (Garden of Eden) of union with our source. But, when we yielded to the temptation to "know" good from evil, to experience the dualities, and to divide ourselves by propagating, we found that our positive natures were repelled by our source and we were drawn toward the negative polarity. After a 12,000 year journey into a World of degeneracy and death, as we touched that power of negative value, then our polarity changed to the negative and we chose either to become part of the negative value or to move away from it because "opposites attract and likes repel." Since we were "born from above," we were supposed to hear God calling us home and we began the upward trek again. And so it is that we play our roles in God's Theater, ever cycling toward and away from Him who placed us on the stage. It is all a mind-play in the Mind of God. We can give ourselves to being one with our purpose, or we can act against our consciences, eventually disgusting our Director until He fires us and we exist no more. tThe cycles continue until God's Word has been completely spoken. Anyone who curls his lip in anger that "that's all it is?" can leave by the rear exit and cease to exist. For me, I prefer to play on, trying ever harder to do better the next time.
I'm reminded of the death-bed words of Augustus Caesar on August 19, 14ad: "Since well I've played my part, clap now your hands, and with applause dismiss me from the stage." It seems to me that this return to our source completes one play; we played out that role, and now we step onto a new stage for a new role in a new cycle of God's experience.
FOURTH QUARTER CYCLE OF HISTORY: 8,000 AD TO 14,000 AD - INTELLECTUAL
SCORPIO: (ca. 8,000AD to 10,000AD) is the SCORPION. Here is the Serpent of the Biblical FALL of Adam and Eve, a Satan figure. Meanings that have been ascribed to Scorpio are: wounding, conflict, war; it tears, rends, cleaves, ruptures. The Scorpion was the early sign of the tribe of Dan, of the Israel family, but it was at some time changed to the Eagle. The EAGLE is one of the four Living Beings of Revelation 4, denoting the intellectual/rational nature of God which is expressed through His offspring.
The Supreme Almighty God expressed Himself into a manifest reality by the dynamic interplay of two opposing energies: positive and negative. On the performance stage God set forth two races of humans, each provided with an instinctive compulsion to express one of those energies exclusively. The entire performance of God's Pageant is the interplay and contest between the two opponent races, one being anointed by God as a Christ-race offspring to represent the positive attributes of Godliness, Truth, Righteousness, Justice, Wisdom, Love, Compassion, etc. The other race was generated by a rebellion against the positive, to counter all the Godly attributes. This race was fathered by Satan, the rebel, through Zoe (a name meaning Life, aka Eve) to bear a son, Cain as a fraternal twin to Abel who was fathered by Adam (Christ).
In the sky, we call this zodiac 30 degree segment after the large constellation of SCORPIO, but it has a sort of twin constellation, equally large and standing above it, called OPHIUCHUS, a Christ. At some ancient times, this zodiac period was called OPHIUCHUS instead of SCORPIO. Looking at a sky chart, you will see a long serpent just below the ecliptic plane in the southern sky. It is nearly parallel to the ecliptic. The very bright star, ANTARES, is the head of the scorpion. ANTARES is one of the four Fixed Stars which makes up the Grand Cross in the sky, along with Fomalhaut in Aquarius, Regulus in Leo, and Aldebaran in Taurus. This cross defines the four quarter periods of the sine wave diagram as illustrated at the beginning of this work. It is on this grand cross that the Christ family must die in order to perpetuate the oscillating energies of positive/negative, life/death, good/evil, truth/lie, Christ/Satan. NO energy can ever flatline. There is no unchanging constant in all the universe or even in the mind of God. There is no such thing as a timeless eternity of heaven which lasts forever without suffering a decline into hell again. If God's Pageant is to continue, then change must be the only constant. Oscillation of energies is absolute! Even Satan and Christ must experience deaths along their paths of cycling functions.
OPHIUCHUS/CHRIST holds a long snake which stretches off to his left and to his right. One end of the snake curves upward, as though toward Polaris; it is the head of the snake reaching toward a small constellation known as the NORTHERN CROWN. That crown represents Kingship, of course. SERPENS, the Serpent is prevented from reaching it by OPHIUCHUS, the SERPENT HOLDER. Christ prevents Satan from ever obtaining the Crown itself.
Directly above the SCORPION stands a huge figure of the Man named OPHIUCHUS which means "Serpent Holder." The Man/Christ stands with one foot directly above the star of the head of the Scorpion, Antares. His other foot is just above the tail stinger of the Scorpion. The contest between these two opponents is first described in Genesis 3:15 & 16. It was because Satan had seduced Zoe/Eve, and thereby brought the immortality of God's children to an end by intercourse with her (the forbidden fruit) that God set the two opponents in eternal contest, with the words, "The Lord God said to the Serpent, Because you have done this, you are cursed above all cattle and all the brutes of the earth; on your breast and belly you shall go and you shall eat earth all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed; he shall keep against your head and you shall keep against his heel." That enmity is everlasting because no dimension of reality can exist except by a continuous oscillation of energies, positive to negative to positive, forever. All the Bible is doing is explaining that this is God's Design for a dynamic performance of energies, as performed by the living expressions of His Mind, His offspring versus those who rebelled against Him.
The sky constellations are God's photo album which serves as a Theater Program to help us understand the plot and theme of the Play. In ancient times few men were literate, but those who were selected for education began apprenticeship studies with tutors when young. Much of their education was about the constellations in the sky, planet movements, predicting eclipses, and foretelling the future on the basis of their star-knowledge. Such men were coveted by kings who valued their wisdom. In some cultures they were known as "magi" because of their capabilities. It was such men who knew where to find the baby who closed the age of Aries and inaugurated the new age of Pisces. Today, there is no one who can read the sky like that to determine where or when the Significator of Aquarius will be born. The modern business of astrology (tropical) doesn't even consider the sky as it really is, but calculates horoscopes with a formula of how things would be if the moment of spring equinox was simultaneous with the start of Aries. But, the precession of equinoxes has moved us about 27 degrees from that hypothetical datum; for most people's births the sun was not in the zodiac sign as they've been told. Some astrologers do work with a Sidereal Ephemeris which indicates planets at their actual locations in the sky, but they are a minority.
Sidenote by author: During 1980's we lived in Mesa, Arizona for a while. The small back yard of our bungalow was not grass but desert. One evening I walked out there with bare feet and got stung by a scorpion in the soft skin at the edge of my left heel. I stepped into the house and sat on a straight-back chair and decided to not seek medical help. The pain was quite intense as it moved up my left leg, causing muscle spasms in the leg. Then the pain spread into my right leg and caused muscle spasms there. I simply sat quietly and exclaimed to Lisa, "look at that, it must have reached my spine and crossed over to the other leg." After a few hours the pain subsided and I went to bed and had a restful night. Scorpion stings can be fatal if a person panics, gets active, and pumps the poison to his heart; the same as with rattlesnakes. A Hopi Indian friend told me, "Indians don't die from snake bites; it is fear that kills a white man." While in Arizona, spring 1984, I caught a small rattlesnake in the Superstition Mountains and kept it in a cardboard box which had a clear plastic window on one side. Then I added a scorpion which I had caught. The scorpion killed the rattlesnake. Unlike the Christ Family, Satan's serpent family shows no mercy between its members.
The symbol of Scorpio is an EAGLE, but in ancient times it had been a scorpion. The Tribe of Israel representing this age of Scorpio is DAN. Jacob's blessing to Dan is: Gen 49:16; "Dan shall judge his people, as one tribe too in Israel. And let Dan be a serpent in the way, besetting the path, biting the heel of the horse (and the rider shall fall backward), waiting for the salvation of the Lord." The Christ has been stung on the heel and falls backward from spiritual perfection to descend again toward world depravity. For further study of this subject: http://divinepageant.com/Gods%20Kosmos.htm#DAN
Fixed star, alpha Scorpii, is Antares, one of the four most important Fixed Stars, part of the Grand Cross, with Regulus, Fomalhaut, & Aldebaran.
THIRD DECAN OF SCORPIO: (ca. 8,000AD to 8,700AD) is HERCULES, located just above OPHIUCHUS in the sky. His elbow is very near to the bright star VEGA in LYRA. Popular interpretation is that he holds a large club above his head along with the three-headed monster called CERBERUS, who is also known as the three-headed dog of hell which guards the gates of hell to prevent escapes.
But, when we understand the timeline of these Decans, as representing certain periods of
history, we see that this period is right after the Fall of Adam and Eve, when they are
being evicted from the Garden of Eden. Well, then this figure compels a new
interpretation. Here is the text of Genesis 3:23-25, "And God said,
Behold, Adam is become as one of us, to know good and evil, and now lest at any
time he stretch forth his hand, and take of the tree of Life and eat, and so
live forever -. So the Lord God sent him forth out of the paradise of delight to
cultivate the ground out of which he was taken. He cast Adam out and caused him
to dwell over against the paradise of delight, and stationed the cherubim and
the fiery sword that turns about to keep the way of the tree of Life."
Since OPHIUCHUS is the greatest Christ figure in the sky, another Christ figure,
named HERCULES, is not needed directly above him. This figure of HERCULES must
represent the Cherubim guard and the fiery sword which God stationed to prevent
return from a World which is going to torment them grievously. The concept of
Cerberus as a guard to prevent escapes from hell gives us a clue that this is
Hercules' function. In which case, let's change that club into a fiery sword.
The fact that he is semi-kneeling indicates that he is stationary, not walking or on a quest. I think the ancient
Greeks misinterpreted his activity. This Decan period is still during the church age of Thyatira (see text above) where the Fall was described as being tolerant of Jezabel (Satan). So, God cast her (Satan) and followers "into a bed" (World) of "great affliction." I guess we were the ones who followed her from the Palace to her pig pen. And later we were herded by another sky character, name of BoŲtes, the Herdsman. We will meet him later, in Virgo as he chases us across the border into his World.
Fixed star, alpha Herculis, is Ras Algethi, in his head, a supergiant star, perhaps 400 diameters of our sun, located just west of Vega.
SECOND DECAN OF SCORPIO: (ca. 8,700AD to 9,400AD) is OPHIUCHUS, the SERPENT HOLDER, a Christ-figure, probably the most important one in the sky for he stands as large as the Scorpion beneath his feet, the two depicting the dualities of good versus evil in eternal battle, each represented on earth by a race of men who are born with instincts exclusive to either Christ or to Satan. OPHIUCHUS was once known as Asklepius, the Greek god of medicine. Asklepius, in Greek myth, who was so effective at healing that it was feared he might make them immortal; in order to prevent that, Zeus killed him with a thunderbolt and cast him into the sky, along side the Serpent. Yes, it is this very Christ/Ophiuchus who really does lead us to immortality, and although He is killed during every cycle, He always arises anew.
This constellation of OPHIUCHUS is not small, like those of many Decans, but is large and equal to the entire constellation of Scorpion.
Fixed star alpha Ophiuchi is Rasalhague, at the top of his head.
SARDIS CHURCH AGE: (ca. 8,959AD to 10,693AD)
3:1 And to the angel of the church in SARDIS, write: These things says the one having the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: I know of your works, that you have a name that you live, and yet you are dead.
3:2 Be watching, and set fast those who remain which were about to die; for I have not found your works fulfilled before my God;
3:3 remember therefore how you have received and did hear, and keep watch, and repent. If therefore you do not watch, I will come like a thief, and you will by no means know at what hour I will come on you.
3:4 But you have a few names in Sardis which did not defile their garments, and they shall walk with me in white, because they are worthy.
3:5 The one overcoming, thusly, shall be clothed in white garments, and I will by no means blot his name out of the scroll of life, and I will confess his name before my Father and before His angels.
3:6 The one having an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
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This period of Sardis corresponds to its reciprocal moment in the cycle, the time of Abraam in Aries. Abraam was establishing a religion for God's children, setting stone altars for worship. In the age of Sardis, we can assume the devil will be establishing his own Cain race children as his power base.
FIRST DECAN OF SCORPIO: (ca. 9,300AD to 10,000AD is SERPENS. This is the snake/serpent which OPHIUCHUS/Christ is holding, so we see it divided into two parts: the part with the head is called Serpens Caput, and the part with the tail is Serpens Cauda. Here is the Serpent which is being prevented by the Christ from obtaining a permanent Crown. As we consider the theme of each Decan period, we can hardly imagine how these influences might get played on the stage of Heaven. From our World viewpoint, we can't imagine Heaven at all, except in the most general superlative descriptive terms.
The zodiac age of Scorpio is filled with the most dynamic and meaningful action. Right after the Fall, we were evicted from Paradise and God set a Guard (Hercules) with a Fiery Sword to prevent us from returning. Then we meet a terrible battle between the Christ family and our nemesis, the Serpent Satan. Satan must be prevented from obtaining that Northern Crown. This must be a battle beyond anything we can imagine as the children of God still have many of their powers which must be used against a powerful enemy who desperately wants the Crown of permanent rulership. Certainly, the Gate of Paradise would have to be guarded by a terribly powerful figure or we would probably have retreated from this battle of all battles. Here ends the age of the Eagle, the Intellect, the Serpent, the Christ, and the Tribal age of Dan. Notice that Jacob's blessing is to "let Dan be a serpent in the way." Was Dan the Judas brother? We note also that in Revelation 7 the list of Sealed Tribes omits the tribe of Dan. Among Jesus' twelve disciples, one was a traitor. I am reminded of the eastern concept of yin and yang which posits that in anything positive there is always a seed of negative, and in anything negative there is always a seed of positive. Perhaps we have confirmation of that here.
Fixed star, alpha Serpentis, is Unukalhai, midway in the snake section of the head.
LIBRA: (ca. 10,000AD to 12,000AD) is the SCALES. Here we are at midway between the apex of a cycle and the moment when Heaven will be violently overthrown in order to transition into World. Since the Fall, mankind has been moving further from God, tolerating more and more of Jezabel/Satan's temptations, and losing their Godly powers and creativity. They are still in the kingdom of Heaven, and still being directed by the Head of the Christ, and still capable of wondrous things beyond our imaginations. They seem to be experiencing the process which is defined by the three Decans of this zodiac age: they had the CROWN, they are VICTIMS of their unGodly lusts, and they are perishing on that SOUTHERN CROSS in darkness. At the apex of the cycle, their holiness was an incomparable weight on the God side of the scales, but here is that time when their holiness is not enough to prevent their ungodliness from weighing the most. The scales tips from the CROWN to the CROSS. In the sky, the SCALES sits astride the ecliptic plane, half below and half above.
The Israel son whose blessing applies to this age of Libra was Aser. Libra lies between Scorpio and Virgo, so it is well after the Fall which happened in Scorpio. Lea is Aser's mother and she exclaims that she will be blessed because she is so successfully bearing children. She is propagating! And that desire was one of the reasons for the Fall. Jacob says Aser's bread shall be fat, meaning that he will be eating animal fat which would later become the highly treasured food of our ancestors. After we transition from here to Heaven, it is most likely that God's heavenly vineyard, which He has prepared for us, will be a place where we will eat fruits from the trees described in John's revelation, and where we will NOT be eating animal flesh. It is unlikely that we will eat meat in Heaven. But, here in the age of Aser, which is on the downside of the cycle, we see that animal flesh has already entered the diet! Jacob goes on to say that instead of being a king of his own land, Aser will be pandering to politicians for favors. Moses says the age will be producing children, sort of a repeat of Lea's exclamation. And the age will be earth-material in nature, oil, iron, brass, rather than the spiritual nature that had been the Kingdom of Heaven, which they had scorned and left behind. Moses goes on to imply that without immortality, and after death had entered their world, their strength would decrease likewise. Short lives, weak strength! And to think that it was that very thing which tempted the immortals to abandon their oneness with God!
The symbol for Libra is the Scales. I think it denotes that moment when our family's holiness became less weight than their apostasy. Jacob's blessing to Aser: Gen 49:20 "his bread shall be fat; and he shall yield dainties to princes." Then Moses' blessing tells us more: Deut 33:24; 'Aser is blessed with children; and he shall be acceptable to his brethren: he shall dip his foot in oil. His sandal shall be iron and brass; as your days, so shall be your strength."
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Fixed star, alpha Librae, is Zubenelgenubi .
THIRD DECAN OF LIBRA: (ca. 10,000AD to 10,700AD) is CORONA BOREALIS, the NORTHERN CROWN. Here is that CROWN which the Serpent reaches toward, being restrained by Ophiuchus. Surely, it represents the high attainment, the majesty, the glory which is the ultimate goal of God's children. Sadly, it is being left behind them as they trek downward toward World.
Fixed star, alpha Coronae Borealis, is Gemma.
PHILADELPHIA CHURCH AGE: (10,693AD 12,428AD)
3:7 And to the angel of the church in PHILADELPHIA, write: These things says the holy and true One, the One having the key of David, the One opening and no one shall shut, and shutting and no one opens:
3:8 I know of you and your works; behold, I have given before you a door opened, which no one can shut; because you have a little power, and did keep my word, and did not deny my name.
3:9 Behold, I give some of the synagogue of Satan, those calling themselves Jews, and they are not, but lie; behold I will make them come and they shall worship before your feet, and they shall know that I loved you.
3:10 Because you did keep the word of my endurance, I also will keep you from the hour of trial about to come on all the inhabited earth, to try those dwelling on the earth.
3:11 I am coming quickly; hold what you have, so that no one takes your crown.
3:12 I will make him who overcomes a pillar in the temple of my God, and he will by no means go forth any longer, and I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, of the new Jerusalem descending out of heaven from my God, and my new name.
3:13 Let him who has an ear, hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
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The hour of trial which the message to Philadelphia addresses will affect all the inhabited earth. There will be end-time horrors of destruction and death. Still, the promise is here that God's children are not totally abandoned, and are encouraged to hold fast to their crowns; remember that they are Royal offspring of their Father. In verse 12, I see an encouragement to join with their Lord as pillars in His tomb, which is rightfully to be called, God's Temple. I think the Giza pyramid was built near the end of this church age as that Temple of God. I think the deaths of His divine offspring are represented by the perfect stones of that Great Temple. Incidentally, there was a passageway in that Temple which remained hidden and shut until about 820AD when Caliph Al Mamoun tunneled around the granite plug, through softer limestone. In verse 10 is the promise for those who kept His word that he would keep them from the hour of trial. Just as we approach the violent destruction of the end of World, so do we have the Psalm 91 promise that the terrors shall not come near us if we are faithful to Him. Yes, we must die or be transformed because flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of Heaven. We yield up our earthly bodies in order to regain our divinity. Imagine how difficult it must have been for our ancestors in Virgo who had to yield their divinity in order to have flesh bodies. Note that this Philadelphia church age continues into the zodiac age of VIRGO.
SECOND DECAN OF LIBRA: (ca. 10,700AD to 11,400AD) is VICTIMA, the VICTIM. This constellation is below the SCALES, low in the southern sky. It is some kind of beast, slain and lying on its back, dying. It might be a most poignant symbol of what is happening to the Family which left the High Palace in order to trek toward the pig pen, their destiny. Men are becoming more animalistic in their passions as they reach this halfway point to their goal, the kingdom of Death, simply known as World.
Fixed star, alpha Lupi, is not named.
FIRST DECAN OF LIBRA: (ca. 11,300AD to 12,000AD) is CRUX, the SOUTHERN CROSS. It seems the Cross is a most meaningful symbol in God's photo album in the sky and for our experience in life. The Grand Cross is made up of the four most important stars to ancient wise men, Regulus in Leo, Aldebaran in Taurus, Fomalhaut in Aquarius, and Antares in Scorpio. That Grand Cross defines the four quadrants of the sine wave diagram of history, along with pointing to the four natures of God, namely Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, and Intellectual. The cross is the primary symbol of Christianity. From the ancient swastika, it symbolized the continuing cycles of life. And here we see it very low in the southern sky as a conspicuously beautiful constellation which is a guide for sailors. The southern sky also contains the constellation of ARA, an altar of death. The southern sky is considered to be darkness. There is no actual Cross constellation in the northern sky, although Cygnus is shaped like a cross. Darkness and death belong to the southern sky, Life and Light to the northern. Heaven is the northern sky and Hades the southern. After the Fall, we left Heaven and trekked toward Hades, toward this Cross which appears at the tipping of the Scales. We are leaving Life behind!
Fixed star, alpha Crucix, is Acrux, the southernmost star of the four.
VIRGO: (ca. 12,000AD to 14,000AD) is the VIRGIN. Here is the face of the Sphinx in Egypt which has the head of a woman and the body of a lion. Some interpret the two as symbolizing half spirit and half matter, As a Centaur might indicate half earthly animal and half spirit-being. Since this is the last age of the kingdom of Heaven, the Virgo/Leo statue might indicate that moment on the timeline when Heaven ended and World began, and standing beside the Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt, probably indicates the time of building that structure. The reciprocal age to Virgo is Pisces, after which World ends and Heaven begins. In the sky she lies on the plane of the ecliptic.
The symbol of VIRGO is the VIRGIN. The Tribe of Israel which represents this age is Nephthali, the sixth son of Jacob, corresponding to the sixth age of the kingdom of Heaven. Jacob's blessing to Nephthali was: Gen 49:21; "Nephthali is a spreading stem, bestowing beauty on its fruit." For further study of this, see: http://divinepageant.com/Gods%20Kosmos.htm#NEPHTHALI
Fixed star, alpha Virginis, is Spica, the sheaf of wheat that she carries.
THIRD DECAN OF VIRGO: (ca. 12,000AD to 12,700AD) is BO÷TES, the HERDSMAN, eternally herding the stars along their circuits around the sky, or perhaps it is a herding of God's children from the heavenly realm into World. The constellation portrays a man moving forward, apparently rapidly; in one hand is a spear, a sickle in the other. If most sky characters are figures of either Christ or Satan, which would this be? Seems to me that it is Satan, herding the flock which he rustled from God, from God's Palace into his own pigpen of World. Does the sickle represent his successful harvest of souls? At the beginning of PISCES, VIRGO's reciprocal, Jesus was born who would vanquish the lord of World and lead God's Family back into Heaven. So, it is a direct correlation that this character who appears at the beginning of Virgo is he who vanquished the Lord of Heaven, and then ushered God's Family into World. My conclusion is that BoŲtes is a Satan figure.
Well, this insight will change my attitude toward Arcturus. Each evening, weather permitting, Lisa and I sit on the deck and watch for our "friends" to appear, first Vega, then Arcturus, then Deneb. I don't feel so friendly toward Arcturus anymore.
Fixed star, alpha BoŲtis, is Arcturus, a very bright star. The arc of the Big Dipper's handle points to Arcturus.
LAODICEA CHURCH AGE: (12,428AD to 14,000AD)
3:14 And to the angel of the church in LAODICEA, write: These things says the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the chief of God's creation:
3:15 I know of your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I would that you were cold or hot.
3:16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
3:17 Because you say, "I have become rich and have no need, and know not that you are the one wretched and pitiable and poor and blind and naked,
3:18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, in order that you may be rich, and white garments in order that you may be clothed and may not expose the shame of your nakedness, and ointment to anoint your eyes in order that you may see
3:19 As many as I love I rebuke and chasten; therefore, become hot and repent.
3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will enter to him and I will dine with him and he with me.
3:21 He who overcomes I will give him to sit with me in my throne, as I also overcame and sat with my Father in His throne.
3:22 Let him who has an ear, hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
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It appears that God's Family has degenerated to that apostate condition where they are feeling contentment with materials of Satan's offerings. Just like in our days at the end of the World kingdom, it is easier to go with the flow than to take a difficult stand. Very few are willing to stand boldly against the enemy who is herding us into ever greater enslavement and/or genocide of our Family. Taking the easy, safe and secure path makes the days pass more easily and eludes any "refinement by fire" which could remove from us the worldly dross. God is telling our people of 12,000 years ago to get heated up, change our ways, or get spat from His mouth.
SECOND DECAN OF VIRGO: (12,700AD to 13,400AD) is CENTAURUS, the CENTAUR, aka The Despised One, or The Pierced One. I think immediately of that spear which BoŲtes wields. Was it used to pierce the Lord of Heaven? It seems that the Centaur creature, usually half horse and half man might represent the same thing as the Sphinx, namely a half spirit and half material being, or may we say, half human and half divine. If so, then this "Pierced One" is the Jesus Lord of Heaven who is killed at the end of Virgo and entombed in the coffin in the Great Pyramid. When the pyramid was finally entered in 820 AD; after tunneling around some granite blocks, thru softer limestone, the men found that the coffin was empty and its cover stone had been "rolled away." I believe that the tomb of Jesus incident was a deliberate message to us, pointing us to this event in Virgo when He was entombed, and the grave couldn't hold Him. So, if this Centaur is a Christ figure, perhaps we should review the interpretations of other centaurs.
Another thought about Him who was slain. That Jesus was the Lord of the kingdom of Heaven, the Head of the body of Christ. The Bible also tells us that He was a Perfect One; He didn't Fall from Union with the Father. Consequently, He would still be immortal at this time in Virgo; so He couldn't be killed. UNLESS, He willingly sacrificed His divinity in order to remain with the Family which was headed into Satan's World. That conjecture makes sense if we consider the reciprocal challenge for us at the end of Pisces, as we must willingly sacrifice our physical bodies in order to become immortal.
As I have contemplated the story told by the stars, I am most impressed that each person must seek an understanding of God's plan, and must commit himself to representing Him in the arena, and must be willing to yield up his life at the appropriate moment in the play. Understanding, commitment, and willingness, these three are what the Father wants of us. God's "play" is a serious business! I guess we are each a Centaur, having a human nature and a divine nature. Two roles for each of us in the pageant.
Fixed star, alpha Centauri, is Rigel Kentaurus, which means Centaur's foot.
FIRST DECAN OF VIRGO: (ca. 13,300AD to 14,000AD) is COMA, a woman sitting and nourishing a baby. She holds in her hands a branch and a sheaf of seed-wheat. Jeremia 23:5-6 says: "Behold, the day will come when I will raise up to David a righteous branch. . ." This constellation has only recently been defined, by Tycho Brahe (1546-1601), as HAIR OF BERNICE or Comae Berenicis, as it is known today. An ancient name for this small constellation was "Coma, Desired of Nations." As best I can imagine it, considering that this Decan is the very ending of the Heaven kingdom, perhaps this woman represents that promise of "a virgin shall conceive and bear a child, and you shall call His name Emmanuel." (Isaiah 7:14) This constellation rises at midnight during winter solstice, about December 25th.
Fixed star, alpha Comae Berenicis, is Diadem.
It is interesting that Edgar Cayce said the Great Pyramid was built 10,490BC, which on the diagram of our cycle would be 13,510AD, just before the end of Heaven. Geologists have determined that about 12,000 years ago there was a reversal of the earth's magnetic field, as has happened at approx. 12,000 year intervals for more than 130 times, according to evidence from rock strata. So, it is at each transition from one kingdom to the other, a magnetic field reversal happens. This iron core planet is jarred by that instant electromagnetic event, causing it to wobble for a time and then restabilize on a slightly different rotational axis. The north and south true pole locations could change by up to fifteen degrees. As the earth wobbles, tectonic plate pressures are relieved in violent earthquakes which will make some mountains sink and new ones arise. Great tsunamis will wash coastal lands clean for hundreds of miles inland in some places, taking out all the great coastal cities of the world. Volcanic ash will fill the skies for a while, and the description which Jesus gave (Matthew 24) will be fulfilled. The negative energy field of World will suddenly be changed into the positive energy of Heaven where our race of spirit-beings who were "born from above" (John 3:3) will no longer be foreignors but will be at home, with new powers and transfigured bodies and immortality.
by Roger Hathaway, August 2010 Return to Index
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