Astrotheology: The Zodiac and the Number Twelve

Astrology and numerology play a huge role in the beliefs of Christianity just as they do in other religions. We see this in the Bible by its varied use of particular numbers. Here we will consider the number twelve. Robert Engelbach wrote:

“The number 12 is significant in Sumerian culture, which was the first to observe the 12 moon cycles throughout the year and to split up the Zodiac into 12 constellations, each representing a god. The Sumerians passed on the significance of 12 and the Zodiac to the Greeks, the Greeks to the Romans, and the Romans to the Western world.”[1]

The Hindus have twelve Aditya and the Scandinavians twelve Aesirs of Asgard. Both Osiris and Marduk had twelve helpers.[7] A Buddhist’s life is “composed of 12 stages.”[8] Both Rome and Greece worshiped twelve gods, there were “12 adventures of Gilgamesh” and “12 labors of Hercules”; and Gnosticism had its “twelve governors.”[9] Even the Egyptian “lakes of fire” were attended by twelve gods.[10] There were, of course, twelve tribes of Israel (Jacob was the sun, his wife the moon, and his sons twelve stars, Gen. 37:5), and Jesus had twelve disciples. New Jerusalem has twelve foundations and a wall with twelve gates and twelve angels; and the woman in Revelation 12:1 has twelve stars in her crown (Gen. 25:16, 35:22, 49:28; Rev. 21:12, 14).

Carmen TurnerSchott wrote: “In the Jewish temple of Jerusalem it is believed that the twelve signs of the zodiac were inlaid in its floor. According to Josephus, stamps were even issued with the zodiac signs on them and they were representative of the twelve tribes of Israel.”[2]

The “sun” (Jesus) is surrounded by twelve “stars” (disciples). Roger Viklund explained the use of the number twelve with regard to the disciples as follows:

“It might also be said that the Son of God had twelve companions, or disciples if you like, in the shape of the twelve zodiacal constellations which the sun passes on its journey in the sky. The Sun God Mithras is in most cases depicted together with the twelve signs of the Zodiac. The two equinoxes (vernal and autumnal) and the two solstices (summer and winter) form a cross in the circle of the zodiac (mentioned by Plato), and so the Sun God can be said to be fettered on this cross, as he must constantly follow the path of the cross. All these ideas are probably the basis of the corresponding Christian conceptions.”[3]

The months of the year are twelve. The days are divided into twelve during the day and twelve at night. At the age of twelve, Jesus worked in his Father’s house (Lk. 2:41-49). This relates to the sun, noted by D. M. Murdock as follows: “In the solar mythos, the ‘age’ of 12 refers to the sun at high noon, the twelfth hour of the day when the ‘God Sun’ is doing his ‘heavenly father’s work’ in the ‘temple’ or ‘tabernacle’ of the ‘most high.'”[4]

In Vedic hymns, the sun is referred to as the “son of the sky,” Lord, Savior, Redeemer, and Preserver of mankind.[5] Heaven and earth were considered to be the “parents of all things” and were male and female divinities.[6] (They had a domestic squabble and all hell broke loose, but they got back together for the sake of their son.)

It takes little effort to discover that the number twelve in the Bible relates to the Zodiac and the twelve months of the year. Revelation 21:18-20 leaves no doubt, as the description of the walls of the new Jerusalem presents all twelve birthstones of the months. Lloyd Graham listed these as follows: March, Jasper; April, Sapphire; May, Chalcedony; June, Emerald; July, Onyx; August, Carnelian; September, Chrysolite; October, Beryl; November, Topaz; December, Ruby; January, Garnet; and February, Amethyst.[11] The traditional birthstones bear out this truth.[12]

Pisces (the Fish, Ichthus–a symbol of Christianity) is the “Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last” (Rev. 22:13). We pass through the waters to be born, and cross over the river at death to be resurrected or born again. Pisces is the end of the yearly cycle, but (in geometric or retrograde order) the beginning of the astrological age.

According to Engelbach,

“In numerology, the number 12 is related to Pisces. The (12th) Tarot card is The Hanged Man. It represents the completed cycle of experience and when an individual reincarnates as the number 12 they have completed a full cycle of experience and learned of the possibility of regeneration toward a higher consciousness.”[13]

Thus, the “figure on Card 12 has made the ultimate surrender – to die on the cross of his own travails – yet he shines with the glory of divine understanding. He has sacrificed himself, but he emerges the victor.”[14]

Tina Rae Collins

For further reading: Tina Rae Collins, PhD, The Judaeo-Christian Myth (New York: M. F. Sohn Publications, 2015).

Previous Note on this topic: Astrotheology: Precession of the Equinoxes

[1] Robert Engelbach, “On the Sacred Path with Gilgamesh and Enkidu,” spiritofthescripture.com, 29 Jan. 2015. [2] Carmen Turner-Schott, MSW, LISW, “The Shining Star of Bethlehem: Signs in the Sky,” About Astrology, astrology.about.com, n.d. [3] Roger Viklund, “The Jesus Parallels,” from The Jesus That Never Was, 2007. [4] D. M. Murdock, Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection (Seattle: Stellar House Publishing, 2009), 214. [5] Thomas W. Doane, Bible Myths and Their Parallels in Other Religions (The Truth Seeker, 1882), XXXIX. [6] Doane, XXXIX. [7] Lloyd M. Graham, Deceptions and Myths of the Bible (New York: Bell Publishing Company, 1979), 316. [8] Engelbach, “On the Sacred Path with Gilgamesh and Enkidu.” [9] Murdock, Christ in Egypt, 261, 277. [10] E. A. Wallis Budge, A Guide to the Egyptian Galleries (British Museum, 1909), 182. See also: Murdock, Christ in Egypt, 272. [11] Graham, 375. [12] “Birthstone,” wikipedia.org, 25 Jan. 2015. [13] Engelbach, “On the Sacred Path with Gilgamesh and Enkidu.” [14] Engelbach, “On the Sacred Path with Gilgamesh and Enkidu.”

 

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Astrotheology: Precession of the Equinoxes

Despite protests to the contrary, astrology plays a huge role in the beliefs and doctrines of the Abrahamic religions. One concept that is readily recognized regards the precession of the equinoxes.

A Great Year is called a precession. This “year” lasts about 25,765 years. From our perspective, the stars and constellations rotate around our planet. The earth wobbles on its axis like a top and, as Sandra Weaver noted, traces out a “conical shape over a 25,625 years cycle.”[1] In fact, the entire solar system curves through space.

Obviously the timing is not exact. NASA, in its definition of the Great Year, says: “The period of one complete cycle of the equinoxes around the ecliptic, about 25,800 years.”[2]

This is also called a Platonic Year. Within this Year, we experience all of the signs of the Zodiac, each lasting about 2,160 years and called an age or aion.[3] (The signs are backward to the yearly cycle, as the stars move backwards across the sky.)

From 4300 to 2150 BCE the age was that of Taurus, or the Bull. Hence, we see the Egyptians, from their very beginning, worshiping the bull god, Apis. Weaver noted: “Bull worshiping cults began to form in Assyria, Egypt and Crete. The building of pyramids began signifying the bull through solidity, stability, and attempts at eternity. Figures on Egyptian pyramids and temples had bull’s horns at this time.”[4]

2150 BCE to 1 CE was the year of the Ram, or Aries. This is why Moses was incensed when the Israelites worshiped a golden calf (Ex. 32). However, they were being torn from their gods to a new one. When life wasn’t working out, what did they do? They returned to what they knew. But Taurus was over, and it was time for Aries to rule. Whether the golden calf incident happened or not, the story itself reflects the thinking of the time. Remember that when Abraham was about to sacrifice Isaac, Yahweh provided a ram instead (Gen. 22:13). The Ram (Aries) would be the new sacrifice. The Jews to this day blow a ram’s horn.[5]

When Jesus appeared on the scene at the time of the age of Pisces, or Fish, he fed people fish and called fishermen to be his disciples (Mt. 4:18, 15:34-36). Christians used the Fish, the sign of the sun’s kingdom in Pisces, as their religious symbol. “Above all it is the connections with the age of the Fishes [Pisces] which are attested by the fish symbol. either contemporaneously with the gospels themselves (“fishers of

men”, fishermen as the first disciples, miracle of loaves and fishes) or immediately afterwards in the post-apostolic era. …  But to the extent that Christ was regarded as the new aeon, IT WOULD BE CLEAR TO ANYONE ACQUAINTED WITH ASTROLOGY THAT HE WAS BORN AS THE FIRST FISH OF THE PISCES ERA AND WAS DOOMED TO DIE AS THE LAST RAM (ΆΡΝΙΟΝ LAMB) OF THE DECLINING ARIES ERA”[6] (emphasis mine).

It is difficult to dismiss the astrological aspects found within today’s major

religions. And it makes one wonder whether the biblical injunction not to delve into astrology might be more because the priests of religion were trying to hide the origins of their doctrines rather than that they, or their gods, condemned astrology.

Tina Rae Collins

For further reading: Tina Rae Collins, PhD, The Judaeo-Christian Myth (New York: M. F. Sohn Publications, 2015).

[1] Sandra Weaver, “Precession of the Equinoxes Determines Astrological Ages and Mayan Great Ages,” Spiritual Growth Prophecies: Empowering Ways to Find Peace and Growth in a World of Chaos, 2012-spiritual-growth-prophecies.com, 2008-2014, web, 21 Dec. 2014.

[2] “Great Year,” Aerospace Science & Technology Dictionary, hq.nasa.gov, NASA SP-7, 1965, web, 21 Dec. 2014.

[3] Weaver, Ibid.

[4] Weaver, Ibid.

[5] “Religion, Bible, Can you handle the Truth? (Must Watch),” youtube.com, 10 Oct. 2013, web, 20 Dec. 2014.

[6] Carl (C. G.) Jung, Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self (Princeton, 1959), 90; from R. Eisler, Orpheus – the Fisher (London, 1921), 51ff, and David Fideler, Jesus Christ Sun of God: Ancient Cosmology and Early Christian Symbolism (Wheaton, IL: Quest Books, 1993), 346.

 

 

Only One Consciousness

Did you ever wonder why others are famous, rich, or respected but you aren’t? Do you think it’s unfair that you can’t be president or king, a princess or a rock star, or the recipient of a Nobel prize? Well, you are. There is only one consciousness in the world and it is you. It is also I and everyone else in the world.

In physical terms we can easily see this by thinking of the earth on which we live. Just as my cells depend on my vital organs for their maintenance, I am a parasite (in a sense) on the earth. I cannot remove myself from the earth. If I jump, I come back to the dirt because I am connected to it–I am it. It feeds me and prolongs my life just as I offer life and health to the millions of mites that feast on my skin and just as my brain, heart, lungs, and other organs give life to me. I began my own personal experience as parts of two other people and grew into a human being as a parasite inside my mother’s own body. And when I end my present experience, I will return to the earth as dust.

We are all a part of one another, and we make up that one big consciousness that some call God and others refer to as the Universe. There is only one “being” in the world. The “divine being” is through all and in all, even as the Bible says (Eph. 4:4-6). We are all that one consciousness, so whatever our neighbor experiences is happening to us. Just as each cell in my body is Tina Rae Collins, so each person in the world is the one true god or consciousness.

How do I know that I am not, right at this minute, enjoying receiving my Nobel prize? How do I know whether the thoughts of the wisest woman, the most brilliant man, or the most celebrated hero are not really my thoughts? And how do I know the homeless person I drive by is not living my life? How do I know my neighbor is not I? I think he/she is. We need to treat others as we want to be treated because, in truth, what we do to others we are doing to ourselves.

Tina

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“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ―Albert Einstein

“You are not IN the universe, you ARE the universe, an intrinsic part of it. Ultimately you are not a person, but a focal point where the universe is becoming conscious of itself. What an amazing miracle.” ― Eckhart Tolle

“Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So that we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. That’s kinda cool! That makes me smile and I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe, we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us. ” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” ~ Native American proverb, Chief Seattle, 1854

“No man is an island, Entire of itself. Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. . . Any man’s death diminishes me, Because I am involved in mankind, And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.” ~ John Donne

 

Jesus and the Dragon

As I wrote in my recent book (The Judaeo-Christian Myth), the “Little Red Riding Hood” story was written to symbolize the daily/yearly event of the sun’s fight with darkness. The weak little girl (red evening sun or late fall sun) who came to comfort the old grandmother (Earth) found the grandmother swallowed by the big bad wolf (night or winter). But when the big strong woodsman (bright morning sun or summer sun) arrived, he cut open the big bad wolf and let out the grandmother. [Thomas W. Doane, Bible Myths and Their Parallels in Other Religions (The Truth Seeker, 1882), Chapter IX]

My friend Eric Heater shared the following regarding this concept:

“One of the fancies in the most ancient Aryan or Hindu stories was that there was a great dragon that was trying to devour the sun, and to prevent him from shining upon the earth and filling it with brightness and life and beauty, and that Indra, the sun-god, killed the dragon.” -John Thackray Bunce

“And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.” – Rev. 20:2

“And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born.” – Rev. 12:3-5

To continue the quote from John Thackray Bunce:

“Now this is the meaning of Little Red Riding Hood, as it is told in our nursery tales. Little Red Riding Hood is the evening sun, which is always described as red or golden; the old Grandmother is the earth, to whom the rays of the sun bring warmth and comfort. The Wolf–which is a well-known figure for the clouds and blackness of night–is the dragon in another form; first he devours the grandmother, that is, he wraps the earth in thick clouds, which the evening sun is not strong enough to pierce through. Then, with the darkness of night he swallows up the evening sun itself, and all is dark and desolate.”

To add further to what Eric presented, I’ll offer the following, also from my book:

Genesis 3:15 states: “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

Another name for this serpent who was to do battle with humanity’s hero is Draco, or the dragon, who resides in the sky along with the constellation Hercules. “As Draco circles around the Pole, his head is either below or above Hercules’ heel. The top position represents who is doing the bruising.” So either Draco is bruising the heel of Hercules or Hercules is crushing Draco’s head with his foot. Of course, the sun god always wins the battle in the end. So we see the foot of Hercules “stepping on Draco’s head, the dragon/snake who[m] Hercules has vanquished and perpetually gloats over for eternities.” [“Its [sic] written in the stars,” bibliodac.wordpress.com, 16 July 2014, web, 22 Mar. 2015; “Hercules (constellation),” wikipedia.org, 12 Mar. 2015, web, 22 Mar. 2015. See also: Mark R. Chartrand III, Skyguide: A Field Guide to the Heavens (Golden Books Publishing Co., 1982), 150.]

“During the time that Draco’s star Thuban was the pole star, it would have appeared to ancient sky watchers that the Earth revolved around Draco. Dragons and other similar creatures often played a role in creation myths. In these stories the gods would often battle such creatures for control of the Earth. When defeated, the dragons were flung up into the skies.” Thus, the serpent is thrown into the abyss. [Kathy Miles,”Draco the Dragon,”starryskies.com, 1995-2008, web, 22 Mar. 2015]

This is why a serpent is prevalent in all the ancient creation myths. Regarding Hercules, Gavin White argues that “the original name of Hercules – the ‘Kneeler’ . . . is a conflation of the two Babylonian constellations of the Sitting and Standing Gods.” Therefore, we have a father god who sits on a throne and a son god who stands at the right of the father. [“Hercules (constellation),” Ibid. See also: Gavin White, Babylonian Star-lore (London: Solaria Publications, 2008), 199ff]

And in the New Testament myth, Jesus (of the house of Jacob) fixed the rift, or enmity, between his parents, thus closing the breach, ending their separation, and bringing reconciliation. The couple got back together for their offspring. Jesus’ mother, who had been so lewd the Philistines were ashamed of her, committed fornication with the Egyptians and the Assyrians, and fornicated from the land of Canaan to Chaldea, pouring her prostitution on “everyone who passed by” (Ezek. 16:15-29), finally came home. The new Jerusalem, the “mother of us all” (Gal. 4:26), descended and Yahweh’s tabernacle was with men (Rev. 21:2-4). Heaven came down and joined the earth. The old heaven and old earth were gone, and in their place was only one entity, with no more sea (adversary, foreign lover) to separate the divine couple (Rev. 21:1).

Again, Lamentations 2:13 states that the breach between Yahweh and his “virgin daughter” Israel was “great like the sea: who can heal thee?” Jesus built a bridge across the sea, and crushed the serpent, dragon, devil, or Satan. He was the knight in shining armor who killed the monster in the waters surrounding the castle, rebuilt the bridge across the moat, and brought everybody home safe and sound.

“In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea” (Isa. 27:1). At this point, of course, the old Israel had become Egypt, or the sea that was no more (Jn. 8:44, Gal. 4:24-28, Rev. 11:8).

All of these stories depict a hero saving the “day.” Night is vanquished and all is bright and sunny. Therefore, Little Red Riding Hood and Grandma are saved.