The constellations in this second book include:
- Capricornus - The Atoning Sacrifice and Resurrection
- Aquarius - The Holy Spirit Poured
Upon the Redeemed
- Pisces - The Redeemed Blessed Though Bound, Deliverance Out of Bondage
- Aries - The Crowned Lamb and His Bride.
Aries - The Lamb Found Worthy
The eighth zodiac constellation is Aries, a magnificent Ram with one foreleg extended between the Bands and his other
foot on the head of the great Sea Monster.
The picture shows a Ram or Lamb alive and seemingly well. When Jesus
was crucified on the 14th of the Jewish month Nisan, the sun had entered
Aries and was at the spot of the stars El Nath (Wounded, Slain) and Al
Sheratan (The Bruised, The Wounded). God ordained that during that noon-day darkness the sun was seen near those stars which had spoken for millennia of this bruising of the woman's Seed - the Lamb of God.
- Genesis 22:9-14: When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice. At that moment the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Yes,” Abraham replied. “Here I am!” “Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.” Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son. Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the Lord will provide”). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
- John 1:29: The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
- John 3:16: “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
- Revelation 5:12: And they sang in a mighty chorus: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered - to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.”
- Hebrew: Taleh, the lamb (Changed to a Ram by the Romans)
- Arabic: Al Hamal, the sheep, gentle, merciful
- Syriac: Amroo, the lamb
- Coptic: Tametouris Ammon, reign of Ammon
(where it was represented not with horns, but rather a circular crown
— not dying, like the Goat, but full of vigor.)
- Akkadian: Barraziggar, the sacrifice of righteousness
- Greek: Krios, the ram (Septuagint - lamb)
- Latin: Aries, the ram. Coming forth
- El Nath ("wounded" or "slain") This star
actually is the same name as one in Taurus' horn
- El Natik ("the Bruised")
- Al Sheratan ("the bruised" or "wounded"
or "the slain")
- Mesartim (Hebrew "the bound")
- Hamal, from the Arabic Al Ras al Hamal, meaning
"the Head of the Sheep."
- Above its head is a stellar triangle, the principal star of which
means "the Head, uplifted"
The names of these stars couldn't have been an accident. Here is that
sacrifice of Abraham, our Christ, the head of the Church, the Lamb of
God, the Branch, the Merciful, also showing his death. But, this one is
vigorous. He didn't crawl out of that tomb. He came out with such a blast
that others in the area were resurrected by the power that he emanated. So much power was expended that his image was burned into the burial shroud (The Shroud of Turin) and the head covering (The Sudarium of Oviedo).
Greek Mythology: This lamb rescued on its back two children
from divine wrath; their mother was Nephele ("cloud"), ruler
of Thebes ("house of God") — thus, the Cloud which leads
God's people, as God in the Wilderness lead the Chosen People. However,
just as many were lost in the Wilderness, and many were lost in the Flood,
so one of the children on the Lamb's back, bright Helle, let loose its
hold and plunged into the waters which became known as the Hellespont;
but the other child, Phrixus ("watchful", "wary",
"horrified"), more diligent, persevered and was carried to Colchis,
the "refuge" and "conciliation". Finally, the Lamb
itself was sacrificed, yielding that most prized of ancient treasures,
the Golden Fleece; likewise, all those who are redeemed may be said to
be covered in the blood of the Lamb, and are in Christ Jesus.
The three decans are Cassiopeia, Cetus and Perseus
I. Cassiopeia - The captive delivered. The bride released and
The constellation of Cassiopeia has a distinctive W-shape made up of
its five brightest stars. As she sits on her W-shaped throne she circles
round and round the pole. Like the Big Dipper, Cassiopeia is circumpolar
and therefore visible no matter what the season or time of night. In the
fall Cassiopeia is in the shape of a W and in the Spring she is in the
shape of a M.
- The Arabic name is Al Sedor ‘the freed’.
- Another Arabic name Ruchba means ‘the enthroned’.
- An Egyptian name is Set ‘seated as queen’ (the
same as that of Andromeda).
- Cassiopeia certainly means similarly ‘the enthroned,
- The brightest star in the left breast Schedir (Hebrew) means
- The star in the top of the chair Caph (Hebrew) means ‘the
- The Romans called her the Woman of the Chair.
- To the Arabs, she was the Lady in the Chair.
Cassiopeia means "the enthroned" or
"the beautiful". The divine message of Cassiopeia reveals her to be the Lamb’s
wife, the bride, Israel redeemed by the Lamb that was slain. She sits next to Cepheus, the
King. Thus, she is the bride, the Lamb's wife of the heavenly calling. Cassiopeia is the same woman who was chained in Pisces, now freed and
enthroned. She is fixing her hair with her left hand and adjusting her
robe with her right hand.
Isaiah 54:5: For your Creator will be your husband; the Lord of Heaven’s Armies is his name! He is your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, the God of all the earth.
The first decan is the Queen (Cassiopeia), a woman not bound like Andromeda,
but ruling; she is offered the scepter by her husband, Cepheus, enthroned immediately to her right. We read about her in Isaiah 62:2-4: “The nations will see your righteousness. World leaders will be blinded by your glory. And you will be given a new name by the Lord’s own mouth. The Lord will hold you in his hand for all to see— a splendid crown in the hand of God. Never again will you be called “The Forsaken City” or “The Desolate Land.” Your new name will be “The City of God’s Delight” and “The Bride of God,” for the Lord delights in you and will claim you as his bride.” In Ezekiel 16:14, we read Your fame soon spread throughout the world because of your beauty. I dressed you in my splendor and perfected your beauty, says the Sovereign Lord.
Greek Mythology: When Nereids overheard Cassiopeia she became very jealous.
She complained to Poseidon, God of the Sea, and demanded that Cassiopeia
be punished. Poseidon agreed and summoned a terrible sea-monster, Cetus.
"Go to the coast of Cassiopeia's land," Poseidon directed, "and
lay waste to the land, and kill the people, and kill the cattle."
II. Cetus - The great enemy (Satan) bound
Cetus is the largest constellation, residing in the southern part of our sky, and is shown with the two fish of Pisces tethered to the back of its neck. The Egyptian Zodiac of Denderah called him Knem which means ‘subdued’. The brightest star in the face, is Menkar ‘the bound or chained enemy’. The star in the tail is Diphda or Deneb Kaitos meaning ‘overthrown or thrust down’. In the neck is the star Mira ‘the rebel’ (Satan was the angel who rebelled against God). The message here is that Cetus represents Satan, the rebel, overthrown and subdued. This fearsome being Satan has overwhelmed mankind, and the only being capable of removing him completely, is the Lamb of God, Jesus the Messiah, the Holy one of Israel, The Lord of hosts.
- Genesis 3:1: The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”
- Isaiah 27:1: In that day the Lord will take his terrible, swift sword and punish Leviathan, the swiftly moving serpent, the coiling, writhing serpent. He will kill the dragon of the sea.
- 2 Corinthians 11:14: But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
- 1 Peter 5:8: Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
- Revelation 20:1-2: Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit and a heavy chain in his hand. He seized the dragon—that old serpent, who is the devil, Satan—and bound him in chains for a thousand years.
The creature is shown bound with that same band which binds the Fishes. This is that Leviathan of Job 41:1-10: “Can you catch Leviathan with a hook or put a noose around its jaw? Can you tie it with a rope through the nose or pierce its jaw with a spike? Will it beg you for mercy or implore you for pity? Will it agree to work for you, to be your slave for life? Can you make it a pet like a bird, or give it to your little girls to play with? Will merchants try to buy it to sell it in their shops? Will its hide be hurt by spears or its head by a harpoon? If you lay a hand on it, you will certainly remember the battle that follows. You won’t try that again! No, it is useless to try to capture it. The hunter who attempts it will be knocked down. And since no one dares to disturb it, who then can stand up to me? While Job cannot do anything at all, yet God, In that day the Lord will take his terrible, swift sword and punish Leviathan, the swiftly moving serpent, the coiling, writhing serpent. He will kill the dragon of the sea. — (Isaiah 27:1). Its tremendous head is trodden upon by the charging Bull, Taurus; this is a symbol for that event in the Bible (Psalm 74:14): You crushed the heads of Leviathan and let the desert animals eat him.
Mira, is an interesting star. This is a periodic variable star (one that changes brightness either due to something intrinsic in its composition or eclipsed by a dimmer companion star). Its period of variability is slightly less than a year in time where it goes from a noticeable star of the third magnitude for several days and then fades out until it cannot be seen at all for a while. Thus, it displays itself as an "unsteady" star. Ironically, the name means "The Rebel". This constellation is a picture of the Great Rebel, Satan, whose bind on Israel (and whom mankind cannot subdue) will nevertheless be bound by the Lamb (Ram) as depicted by the Victorious Aries.
Is it a sign of Jesus in the belly of the great fish?
For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. (Matthew 12: 40)
He is none other than that Great Dragon, the True Leviathan, sent to devour Andromeda, but, Perseus comes just in time to free her.
III. Perseus - The "Breaker" triumphing
- Latin: Perses or Perseus - the breaker
- Hebrew: Perez or Peretz.
- In Zodiac of Denderah: Kar Knem - he who fights and subdues.
- The brightest star (in the waist) is Mirfak = who helps
- Al Genib (in the right shoulder) = who carries away
- Athik (in the left foot) = who breaks.
The third decan is the Hero or Bridegroom (Perseus). Even as the Ram breaks the bands of death, it is the Hero Perseus who loosed the chains of hell from the Chained Princess.
The picture is of a mighty helmeted man sword in hand, with wings on his feet, carrying the head of the enemy in his left hand. The Greeks called the head Medusa. But, the Hebrew name Medusa means ‘trodden under foot’. Another Hebrew name is Rosh Satan ‘the head of the adversary’. An Arabic name is Al Oneh meaning ‘the subdued’. Also we have the Arabic name Al Ghoul meaning ‘the evil spirit’ or ‘the demon’s head’. The message here shows our Redeemer, the mighty man, of infinite ability destroying our great enemy Satan. Scripture gives many descriptions of Satan .
As an aside, Al Ghoul is also the origin of our word alcohol – quite literally ‘the demon drink’.
This constellation is that of a mighty man, and the Hebrew word Peretz is the same as the Greek form of Perses or Perseus. This in turn is the same word used of Christ in Micah 2:13 that says, The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the LORD on the head of them (KJV). This is He who gathers the remnant of Israel as He breaks down all barriers and subdues Leviathan. In the Zodiac of Denderah, he is Kar Knem, or, "he who fights and subdues", an applicable description of the returning and victorious Christ (see Revelation 19).
The returning Hero again matches the scriptural symbolism of the Savior who returns on a white horse from heaven and wields a sharp sword (Revelation 19:11-16).
Greek Mythology: Perseus was the son of Zeus and the mortal Danaë. Danaë's father was told by an oracle that his grandson would kill him one day, so he set Danaë and Perseus adrift in a trunk. They were rescued by a fisherman and went to live on his island. The king of the island wished to date Danaë and sent Perseus away to kill the Medusa. The Medusa once had been a beautiful woman with long and glowing hair. So proud was she of her beauty that she dared compare herself with Athena, the Goddess of War. On hearing of the woman's bragging, Athena turned Medusa into a hideous monster. Where her long beautiful hair had once hung were now writhing and hissing snakes. So hideous was the sight of her that any human or animal who chanced a gaze upon her was instantly turned to stone.
Perseus was a favorite of Athena and the wing-footed god, Hermes. Athena lent Perseus her bright shield and Hermes lent him his winged shoes. So equipped, Perseus set out and flew over sea and land to where the Medusa lived.
The Medusa was sleeping when Perseus arrived. Silently he crept toward her, while not looking at her directly. So bright was Athena's shield that he could clearly see the Medusa's reflection in it and so he backed toward her and with a mighty back-handed blow cut off her head. Then with his eyes closed he seized it and stuffed it into the special sack he had brought along.
In the final chapter of the Book of the Redeemed, then, we find the merciful, harmless lamb, wounded but vital (Aries). We find the woman freed from bondage and raised to glory (Cassiopeia), the enemy cast low and subdued (Cetus), and its conqueror shown in victory (Perseus). So in Aries and its supporting decans, you have Christ, a Powerful Risen Savior, with the Enthroned Queen, a conquered enemy and a redeemer carrying off Satan's head. We need to all keep Jesus as the central role in our lives. What is it, that has Lordship in each of our lives? Is it things, jobs, money, school, friends, reputation, etc. ? Or is it a man, Jesus who is from Nazareth, but who is also God in flesh.
And so ends this middle "book" itself, which opened with the goat and ends with the ram, with the center images connected with fishes. In it we find the "chapters" of the sacrificed Goat (Capricorn), the life-giving Man (Aquarius), the Multitudes who are blessed (Pisces), and the favored ones who rule with the Lamb (Aries). We find the blessing procured by the sacrifice, ensured by the provider, awaiting the inheritance, and enjoyed by the blessed.
The next zodiac opens another book starting with Taurus, the bull.
Here is the story the Mazzaroth has presented to us so far:
Here is the story the Mazzaroth presents to us, with the ones that we've covered thus far in bold:
- The seed of the woman shall come.
- There shall be a price paid by Him for a purchased possession.
- The price shall be a conflict with the serpent-foe, and a wound in the conqueror's heel.
- He shall be sent forth swiftly, surely, as an arrow from a bow.
- He shall be slain as a sacrifice.
- He shall rise again and pour out blessings on His people.
- His people shall be multitudes, and held in union with each other and Himself
- He who was slain, whose heel was bruised, shall rule, and shall tread His enemy under foot.
- He shall come in power, triumphant, and have dominion.
- He shall be the Son of God and the son of man, the victim and the ruler.
- He shall hold fast His purchased possession, the reward of His work.
- He shall finally put all enemies under His feet, coming with ten thousand of His saints to execute judgment upon all, separating the evil from the good
Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the New Living Translation of the Bible.
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