I asked last week that you pray for me as I approached today and stand on the brink of trying to pull together the detail God wove into the message in the stars. Who is equal to such task? Certainly not I, but I will dare to stick my head out and put my neck on the line.
I have told you before I started this series on the Mazzaroth that it is simply a series of constellations selected around the pathway along a 15 degree pathway mapped across the heavens, as the earth goes around the sun. (Zodiac (Greek), Mazzaroth (Hebrew). The Bible tells us that God set the stars in place and named them. Twelve were chosen as the prime constellations. But there are 48 constellations chosen in total and arranged in sets of three (decans) centred around each one of the selected twelve constellations.
What fascinates me is the fact that there is a correlation of meaning across ten ancient languages of the world for these 48 constellations and their symbolism:- Hebrew, Chaldean, Assyrian, Persian, Egyptian, Latin, Greek, Syriac, Coptic and Arabic. Now you have to admit the last one is an interesting inclusion in the list. I have shared enough information with you already over these last 14 Nuggets to give you sufficient awareness of the fact that there is a correlation of meaning for each of the twelve star signs and their associated decans. That is what we would expect if God had indeed named the stars. Take some time to read back through the Nuggets I have written on this topic and you will see what I mean.
Last week I gave you an overview of the meaning centred around each of the constellations and their associated stars. When all star signs are combined in the order I suggested, there is both a logical and heavenly association and progression of meaning which results from the collection of stars in the Mazzaroth. There is a natural progression from the star sign of the Coming Messiah (Virgo) to the final sign of the Coming Lion of Judah (Leo) which contain a series of linked ideas, see last week’s Nugget. There is a juxtaposing of constellations in such a way as to tell a story across the heavens. Indeed it is the salvation story; would we expect anything else, if God is telling the story? I also realise it will take me a few Nuggets to highlight some of the detail. Like anything with God behind it, the Mazzaroth is just full of relevant detail.
Throughout the series related to the constellations there are repetitive themes. The Messiah figure appears frequently in various forms. The Son of Virgo (in Coma), Ophiuchus, Hercules, Sagittarius, Perseus, Auriga the shepherd and lastly the Judge of Taurus and the triumphant Lion of Judah. Throughout the star series there is constant reference to “His coming” (quickly). Multiple times the figure which represents him is “struck, bruised or wounded in the heel”. Ok God, we get the message! There are repetitive references to the link to the Branch spread across the star signs which have a Christ-like figure in them.
There is also a continual appearance of symbolic figures to represent the enemy – satan. These include Serpens, Hydra, Scorpio, Drago and Cetus. I may well have missed one or two but I am sure some of you, my readers, will keep me honest and remind me of any I didn't include. Often the juxtapositioning of the figures of Christ and the symbols of the enemy are filled with analogy of the great and ultimate victory. The heel of the Christ is bruised or stung while the head or the heart of the enemy is crushed or pierced. Similarly the stars included in this depiction of the great cosmic battle suggest the ultimate victory of the coming Redeemer.
The star signs of the Mazzaroth appear to be arranged in groups. Initially the focus is the Coming Messiah, the reason for his Coming, to redeem us and then the cosmic conflict that ensues. Following which Capricorn is introduced as the goat, the price paid for sin and then the life-giving water is introduced to lead into the stream of living water present in Aquarius. With Aquarius the life-giving-water theme is continued and the fish (Christians) are introduced. There is an ongoing motif of the people of God throughout the star signs which I will deal with in the next Gemz. There is also a repeated dualism present which I will also address next week.
The other theme to note is the continual reference to sacrifice which appears in Libra, Capricorn, Aries and Taurus. Libra lays out for us the fact that there is a sacrifice which covers and a sacrifice which is inadequate. To remind you yet again, the blood of lambs, goats, bulls, oxen and any other thing you might think will cover you is inadequate.
For it is not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.(Hebrews 10:4)
But instead, those sacrifices actually reminded them of their sins year after year. (Hebrews 10:3)
But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honour at God’s right hand. (Hebrews 10:12)
In fact read the whole of Hebrews Chapter 10, you will find it enlightening in the light of the stars signs which follow.
Finally we come to the sign of the Coming Judge (Taurus) in conjunction with the cup of wrath and the raven. All symbols of the final judgement on earth. Curiously these last three signs: Taurus, Cancer and Leo all belong together. In fact throughout the constellations chosen in the Mazzaroth are grouped and highly significant in meaning and intricately related in their positions. Each appears to flow into the others; they are not stand alone, individual signs, they all belong together.
The repetition or redundancy in the star signs of the Mazzaroth is typical of God and the message of the Bible. I have said before, repetition is a good thing. We all use it, parents and teachers especially when we want to make an important point. God does it, Jesus does it. “Listen up! Truly, truly I say to you. . . .” That same repeated pattern is there in the star signs. God wants us to get the message one way or another. Can you believe some Bible experts want to publish a Bible with all the redundancy, the repetition taken out? I will never buy a Bible like that. I want to know what God thinks is important and what He keeps repeating so that I will get what He wants to tell me.
Next week’s Nugget I think will include some surprises for you.