23 Aug 6 Astrological Symbols Hidden In The Bible
The Bible is a collection of writings from different times and places, full of symbols and metaphors with many layers of meaning. To interpret it as strictly literal, or historical, is to miss many of the lessons that it contains.
Astrology is one of the keys that can unlock the deeper meanings hidden in these ancient scriptures. Many strange and cryptic verses are made clear as soon as we realize that they refer to signs in the heavens, the movement of stars and constellations, and the Precession of the Equinoxes through the Great Year.
Here are 6 examples of astrological symbolism found in familiar Bible stories.
1. The Golden Calf
In the book of Exodus we find the story of the Golden Calf.
When Moses came down from the mountain with the Ten Commandments, he found that in his absence the people of Israel had created a golden calf, and were worshiping it. He becomes enraged, smashing the sacred tablets and telling them that they have sinned greatly.
The usual interpretation is that Moses (and God) were angry because the people were worshiping an idol. But another layer of meaning emerges when we realizes that the golden calf in this story represents the astrological sign of Taurus, the Bull.
The Old Testament was written at the end of the Age of Taurus, and the dawning of the next age, the Age of Aries. Moses is the great leader and teacher sent to lead the people through this transition. He is angry at his people for reverting to their old ways.
2. The Passover Lamb
A similar meaning can be found in the prescribed sacrifice of a lamb at Passover.
One of the ten plagues of Egypt was the death of the first born children. The Jews were instructed to sacrifice a lamb and sprinkle the blood on their doorposts, as a sign for the angels to “pass then over.” Furthermore, they were instructed to carry out this sacrifice every year at the same time, in memory of their deliverance, and as a sign of their faith.
But why a lamb? Because the lamb is a symbol of Aries, the Ram. The sacrifice of the lamb is a symbol that the Jews are faithful to the teachings of the new age, the Age of Aries.
3. The Star of Bethlehem
In the story of Jesus’ birth, we are told that “three wise men” followed the Star of Bethlehem in search of the newborn Messiah.
Over the years, many theories have been put forth to explain this “star.” It might have been a comet, or planetary conjunction (Jupiter and Saturn). Or it might be the star Sirius, which aligns with (i.e. is followed by) the three stars of Orion’s belt, also known as “the Three Kings.”
The three wise men, of course, are sometimes called “the three kings.” And interestingly, they are also referred to as magi, a word for Persian astrologers!
So whatever theory or explanation you choose to believe, this story simply drips with astrological meaning – as well as powerful similarities to Egyptian mythology.
4. Death & Resurrection
The story of the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Jesus is called the “Son of God,” and in many ways the story of his life is an allegory of the movement of the Sun through the heavens. The gospels tell us that Jesus was crucified and killed, and three days later, he arose from the dead, resurrected.
On the winter solstice (December 22nd), the sun sinks to it’s lowest point in the sky, and it does not visibly begin it’s ascent for three days. These are the the three shortest days, and longest nights, of the whole year. It is the “death” of the sun, which is “resurrected” three days later.
This is also the reason we celebrate Christmas (the birth of Jesus) on December 25th.
One of the most common, recurring symbols in the New Testament is that of fish.
Jesus’ first two disciples are two fishermen. He performs a miracle, by filling their nets so full of fish that they nearly burst, and then he tells them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Later, he uses bread and fish to miraculously feed the multitudes. After he is resurrected, he visits his disciples and shares a meal with them of fish and honeycomb…
This recurring image of fish is meant to symbolize the end of the Age of Aries (in which the Old Testament was written) and the beginning of the Age of Pisces, the symbol for which is two fish.
Jesus was the teacher who came to usher in the new age.
Another recurring symbol in the New Testament is the symbol of water, which also has an astrological meaning we can apply.
In the great Precession of the Equinoxes, the Age of Aquarius follows the Age of Pisces. In the Zodiac, the sign for Aquarius is “the Water Bearer,” usually depicted as a man pouring water from a bowl or other vessel.
Many of Jesus’ miracles have to do with water: walking on water, changing water into wine, calming the stormy seas, etc. He is also said to be the giver of “life giving waters.”
In the story of the Last Supper, Jesus tells his disciples that they will be met by “a man carrying a jar of water.” He even instructs them to “follow him into the house that he enters”! And after he is resurrected, he tells them, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
All these and more are references to the end of the Age of Pisces, and the beginning of the next age in the precession: the Age of Aquarius.