Adrian Gilbert in the book "Magi" makes an excellent case for a Leo (constellation of Judah/Horus the Elder) birthdate for Jesus and an Aquarius (constellation of Issachar/Osiris) birthdate for John the Baptist six months earlier. The official birthday of Jesus was centuries later conveniently moved to December 25th to be more compatible with the Sol Invictus cult of Emperor Constantine, this date being considered that of the sun's birth or rebirth.
However, the Gospel account of Jesus' actual nativity in the city of Bethlehem ("House of Bread") indicates that the target birth in Leo was not achieved. Instead, Jesus was born in the previous sign of Cancer. An Old Testament "prophesy" from the book of Micah was located to justify this astological association and Jesus was rushed to Bethlehem in time for the delivery. Perhaps his birth was five months and some days after John's and this was rounded up to an even six months.
Adrian Gilbert also notes that the most significant astronomical event of this period was a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in 7 B.C. 7 B.C. was also the date Antipater was declared successor of Herod the Great. Saturn was the planet of Reuben/Geb/Satran, and Antipater was the Herodian Reuben/Geb ("Gabriel").
The planet Jupiter was associated with the great goddess Ninhursag/Sarpanitu. A conjunction of these two planets would have signified that a holy birth was fated to occur, and Antipater was to be the father. Antipater as Saturn therefore coupled with Mariamne IV as Ninhursag. It would also have been considered significant that this Mariamne was the daughter of Joseph, because the name Jupiter actually derived from the god Ya-Ptah, archetypal Joseph.
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