The fact that the city of Bethlehem suddenly becomes critical to Messianic fulfillment indicates to me that the story of Jesus was based on a historical royal person. There was a deliberate attempt by Matthew to explain why Jesus was born at a particular and somewhat unexpected place and time. If Jesus had been "a Leo", then a Jerusalem setting for his birth would have been more reasonable. But the birth of this "David" came early and had to be legitimized. Hence the urgent trip to Bethlehem. Inclusion of the Magi in the Gospel story demonstrates that the Herodians were not above applying the Hermetic creed in reverse, that is, "As on earth, so in the heavens".
Adrian Gilbert, despite his brilliance, imagines that the three Wise Men traveled through the Judean countryside seeking out the baby Jesus as if he were the next Dali Lama, and that he was uniquely identified by them on the basis of their reading of the heavens alone (rather than special abilities as in the Tibetan tradition). Yet, we can now say that such thinking is naive. Jesus as all previous Horus/Herakles-figures was a royal prince in disguise. The Magi, if they literally existed, would have been three stooges called upon by Herod the Great to lend credibility to his choice of Messiah.
Association of the god Enlil with biblical Asher and the constellation of Cancer is based on solid scholarship. I fully stand by it. The Genesis blessing of Asher states "his bread (lechem) is fat". This has at least two meanings. First, it refers to Cancer as being a peak growing period. Second, it alludes to Thoth (Lemech) as the anointed heir and successor of Shu-Enlil among the gods. We have discussed before that the city of Akhmin ("effective spirit of Minh/Thoth) in Egypt was probably the original biblical city of Bethlehem in Patriarchal times, and that Lehem ("Bread") was a word play (by way of transposition) with Lemech/Thoth. So it is also possible that astrologically the House of Bread corresponds to Gemini, the constellation of Thoth (Patriarchal Simeon). Gemini precedes Cancer in the Zodiac although Thoth followed Shu in kingly succession. But if Jesus was "a Gemini", then his birth may have only been four months or so after John's. That is why I concluded that the "House of Bread" refers to a Cancer birthday. But if you want to explore a Virgo birth, why not? That might lead to other interesting results.
The biblical text along with ancient traditions of the god Ptah-Ea also make it quite clear that Joseph corresponds to Capricorn. However, I suspect that there may have been more than one astrological formulation in ancient times, and the Genesis text may actually support this. For example, Reuben is certainly the biblical representation/incarnation of the god Geb-Ninurta-Satran, that is, the mighty hunter and "Archer" Saggitarius. Nevertheless, the theme of water is also quite strong in Reuben's biblical characterization. So, perhaps he was associated with Aquarius in a competing astrological model. (It was a great surprise for me to learn that the Bible preserves competing opinions on historical persons, so why not astrology as well.) Or, perhaps the original astrological mappings are now been corrupted. Both possibilities should be explored.
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