Posted by: Randall Niles | January 12, 2010

The Zodiac – What Do You See In The Stars?

“He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south. He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.” (Job 9:9-10)

When we view the cluster of stars known as Ursa Major (the “Big Dipper”), do we really see a Bear and her cubs? What about the three aligned stars that mark the constellation of Orion? Do we really see the belt of a hunter? Of course not. So, where did these names come from anyway?

When our ancient ancestors called the constellations by name, it wasn’t based on “pictures” they saw in a cluster of stars. Rather, the heavenly bodies were viewed as awesome “signs” from God, and those signs each came with an underlying story. Each story was given a name and an associated “picture,” so that the entire message of the “signs” (the zodiac) could be passed along from generation to generation.

The Hebrew name for the zodiac is the Mazzaroth. Amazingly, when read together, is it possible that the twelve constellations in the Mazzaroth tell a fascinating story of God’s plan for mankind’s redemption?

1.   Virgo – The virgin holding a branch and an ear of corn; the promised seed of the woman.
2.   Libra – The scales; the price deficient balanced by the price that covers.
3.   Scorpio – The scorpion; the attack of the enemy; the redeemer’s conflict.
4.   Sagittarius – The archer; the gracious one; the redeemer’s triumph.
5.   Capricornus – The sea goat; the goat of atonement slain for the redeemed.
6.   Aquarius – The water bearer; the living waters of blessing poured forth for the redeemed.
7.   Pisces – The fishes; the multitudes who will follow; the blessings of the redeemed.
8.   Aries – The ram or lamb; wounded and slain, the blessings of the redeemed consummated.
9.   Taurus – The bull; the congregation of the judge; the coming judge of all the earth.
10. Gemini – The twins; two natures; the reign of the prince of peace.
11. Cancer – The crab; assembled together; the redeemer’s possessions held fast.
12. Leo – The Lion of the tribe of Judah; the consummated triumph of the redeemer in the end.

Don’t get me wrong — I’m not endorsing astrology here. I’m not granting these signs any power over our lives, choices, or futures. However, when I do a biblical study from Virgo to Leo, I discover some remarkable things. For instance, Virgo represents the foretold virgin (Isaiah 7:14) holding a branch (Jeremiah 23:5-6) and an ear of corn, which represents the promised seed of the woman (beginning with Eve at the Fall in Genesis 3:15).

And if I continue my word study through the Bible, I discover Leo, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Redeemer who is triumphant in the end!

Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed.” (Revelation 5:5)

Some scholars see a clear presentation of the Christian gospel in the ancient zodiac. Others think the ancient meanings have been stretched a bit. Regardless, the Mazzaroth is a fascinating study…

What do you see in the stars?

Just Thinking,

Randall Niles

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  1. You should really watch what they put on your blog!

    This was posted right below your name:

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