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Re: Jesus and John as Astrological Counterparts

Hi Charles,

I just ordered the book you mentioned, "Magi" by Adrian Gilbert. Seems interesting.

Speculations on the "Star of Bethlehem" is, of course, endless. One of the problems we are facing here is: When was the idea of a "Bethlehem Star" invented? "B.C." by some star-gazing "magi" or a couple of centuries A.D. by the authors of the Christian Saga?

The same goes for Jesus himself. Was such a man actually born in a Bethlehem manger under the "Star" or was the beautiful saga invented by the gospel writer? Of course some members of the Herodian family may actually have watched the stars in order to find a suitable birthday for a new prince to be born. But there is a vast step from a Herodian prince to the Christ of the Church! The latter did not necessarily have to be patterned on the former in every detail. To the Church, a possible patterning on historical records about a Herodian prince allowed a way of giving the story an intended local Judean flavor, of course. However, in inventing the Christ - the Son of God - it was much more important for the Church to stick to the astrological/astronomical pattern. Therefore they had Christ properly born at the winter solstice while the birth of John the Baptist according to the story occurred six months before that, at the summer solstice. The 24th of June is commonly acknowledged as St. Johns Day or the feast day of John the Baptist.

Such a pattern also gives some meaning to Johns saying at Luke 3:30: "He (i.e. Jesus) must increase, but I (i.e. John the Baptist) must decrease." That is, the Sun increases (in the northern hemisphere) from winter to summer while it decreases from summer to winter. As we all know, Jesus is closely connected to the winter solstice (Christmas) and the spring equinox (Passover or Easter).

I think the "Star in the East" of the gospel story alludes to the shifting of precessional ages. Actually, if you compare our tropical zodiac to the siderial zodiac of the Hindus, the vernal equinox Sun is at present about 24 degrees into siderial Pisces, which mean there are yet 6 degrees to go before the equinox Sun arrives at the gate of Aquarius. Since the precesion rate is one degree in 72 years, the much heralded Age of Aquarius seems to be with us not until sometime around the year 2437. Which, in turn, means that the Aries-Pisces shift would have taken place around the year A.D. 277 (2437 - 2160 = 277). (2160 being 72 times 30 degrees). And that date fits quite well with the gospel writing/editing days of the Churh, I guess.

Helge.

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