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"And the Lord commanded me at that time to teach you the statutes and precepts, that you might do them in the land which you are going over to possess. Therefore take good heed to yourselves, since you saw no form of Him on the day the Lord spoke to you on Horeb out of the midst of the fire, Beware lest you become corrupt by making for yourselves [to worship] a graven image in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female, The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, or of any winged fowl that flies in the air, The likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, or of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth. And beware lest you lift up your eyes to the heavens, and when you see the sun, moon, and stars, even all the host of the heavens, you be drawn away and worship them and serve them, things which the Lord your God has allotted to all nations under the whole heaven." - Deuteronomy 4:14-19 (Amplified Bible)


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Introduction

So far as I can see, the Chaldean deities were primarily the powers of nature,—the earth, the sun, or the sky. These developed into distinct personalities, and the numerous epithets which were applied to them originated a vast mythology and an endless array of divinities, each epithet becoming a separate personality. As in the case of other nations, the Sun had been the chief object of worship, and the larger portion of the mythology accordingly grouped itself about the Sun-god and the numberless forms which he had assumed. The more I examine the Akkadian mythology, the more solar does its character appear - Rev. A. H. Sayce (The Astronomy and Astrology of the Babylonians) [9]

In a nut shell: why religions (as well as Catholicism - NOT True biblical Christians) are linked to astological signs and planets

Astrotheology:

  • Manly P Hall (1901-1990), mystic and a 33rd degree mason, taught that each of the three Abrahamic faiths has a planet that governs that religion. Judaism is Saturn: the symbol of Judaism is a hexagram symbol of Saturn, and the day of worship is on Saturday, day of Saturn. Christianity is the Sun: the symbol of Christianity is the cross symbol of the Sun, and the day of worship is Sunday, day of the Sun. Islam is Venus: the symbol of Islam is the star and crescent (the star commonly thought to represent Venus), and the day of worship is on Friday, day of Venus. [10]
  • Astronomy, astro-theology and geometry were commonly taught in Egypt. The Egyptians held that the legends about Osiris and Isis and all their other mythological fables refer either to the stars, their appearances and occultations and the periods of their risings, or to the increase and decrease of the moon, or to the cycles of the sun, or the diurnal and nocturnal hemispheres, or to the River. - The Ghebers of Hebron, by Samuel F. Dunlop [11]


Todo: how the movement of the stars/moon/sun where transpose into a religion via myths (Roman/Greek pantheon associated with planets), as well as Indian gods.... etc.. as well as Christian religion is allegorically transposed into a sun movement based on the winter solstice

Biblical View on Sun, Moon and Star Worship

Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets" Acts 7:42


"And they shall spread them before the sun, and the moon, and all the host of heaven, whom they have loved, and whom they have served, and after whom they have walked, and whom they have sought, and whom they have worshipped: they shall not be gathered, nor be buried; they shall be for dung upon the face of the earth." Jeremiah 8:2

"Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire . . . And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven" Deuteronomy 4:19 KJV

"If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing his covenant, And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded; And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel: Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die." Deuteronomy 17:2-5, KJV

"And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal." 2 Kings 17:16, KJV

"And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, after the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel. For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them. And he built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD said, In Jerusalem will I put my name. And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD." 2 Kings 21:2-5, KJV

"And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out of the temple of the LORD all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the grove, and for all the host of heaven: and he burned them without Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Bethel. And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven." 2 Kings 23:4-5, KJV

"And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD's house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east." Ezekiel 8:16

"At that time, saith the LORD, they shall bring out the bones of the kings of Judah, and the bones of his princes, and the bones of the priests, and the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, out of their graves: And they shall spread them before the sun, and the moon, and all the host of heaven, whom they have loved, and whom they have served, and after whom they have walked, and whom they have sought, and whom they have worshipped: they shall not be gathered, nor be buried; they shall be for dung upon the face of the earth." Jeremiah 8:1-2, KJV

"And the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings of Judah, shall be defiled as the place of Tophet, because of all the houses upon whose roofs they have burned incense unto all the host of heaven, and have poured out drink offerings unto other gods." Jeremiah 19:13, KJV

"I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests; And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Malcham;" Zephaniah 1:4-5, KJV

"Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness? Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon." Acts 7:42-43, KJV

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False Worship of the Heavens

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Origins of human knowledge of astronomy

And Azâzêl taught men to make swords, and knives, and shields, and breastplates, and made known to them the metals of the earth and the art of working them, and bracelets, and ornaments, and the use of antimony, and the beautifying of the eyelids, and all kinds of costly stones, and all colouring tinctures. And there arose much godlessness, and they committed fornication, and they were led astray, and became corrupt in all their ways. Semjâzâ taught enchantments, and root-cuttings, Armârôs the resolving of enchantments, Barâqîjâl (taught) astrology, Kôkabêl the constellations, Ezêqêêl the knowledge of the clouds, Araqiêl the signs of the earth, Shamsiêl the signs of the sun, and Sariêl the course of the moon. - Book of Enoch Ch VIII


One question remains unanswered, how where "primitive humans" able to accumulate so much knowlegde regarding the precise movement of the stars? How could they built monuments with near perfect precision in alignment with the stars/sun/seasons and cardinal points?

The Dogon people are an ethnic group in Mali, West Africa, reported to have traditional astronomical knowledge about Sirius that would normally be considered impossible without the use of telescopes. According to Marcel Griaule's books Conversations with Ogotemmêli and The Pale Fox they knew about the fifty-year orbital period of Sirius and its companion prior to western astronomers. They also refer to a third star accompanying Sirius A and B. Robert Temple's 1976 book The Sirius Mystery, credits them with knowledge of the four Galilean moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn. [12]


Astrological knowledge in:

  • Summerian civilization


  • Bronze Age (3,600 years old)


  • Astrological devices in 1st century BC
    • Antikythera Device: Main Antikythera mechanism fragment. The mechanism consists of a complex system of 32 wheels and plates with inscriptions relating to the signs of the zodiac and the months. Image: National Archaeological Museum, Athens, No. 15987. Antikythera Device

Astronomically aligned monuments

Archaeoastronomy: Archaeoastronomy can be defined as the study of the astronomical practices, mythologies, religions and world-views of all ancient cultures. Archaeoastronomy, in essence, is the "anthropology of astronomy", to distinguish it from the "history of astronomy". Vast majority of the great monuments and ceremonial constructions of early civilizations were astronomically aligned. The accurate cardinal orientation of the Great Pyramid at Giza in Egypt or the Venus alignment of the magnificent Maya Palace of the Governor at Uxmal in Yucatan are outstanding examples. [13]

TODO: Entire list [14] & [15], sort pictures Ziggurat of Ur, pyramids and sacred geometry (pi, golden ratio, etc..) [16], megalithics monuments [17]

Todo: Sun Related monuments/observatories such as Stonehenge [18], Chichen Itza Pyramid, Sun Temple Discovery in Alberta Informs Stonehenge Research [19], Bulgarian Archaeologist Discovers World's Likely Oldest Sun Temple [20], Star monuments: pyramids (oriented/built in corelation with stars), Geocentrism as base for all ancient astronomical calculations.

Todo: Most astro

  • However, it must be understood that the Sun Temple is not the only site in America where apparent Ogam inscriptions have been found. There are many, but two other sites in particular seem to be inexorably linked, not only by the existence of Ogam inscriptions, but also by mythology and technique of execution, to the Sun Temple. One site, known as Crack Cave, is also situated in southeast Colorado, and the other site, known as the Anubis Caves, is located in the Oklahoma Panhandle. The Anubis caves, in particular, are imbued with, what would appear to be, Mithric symbolism. p20, [21]


Asia

Africa

Todo: Archaeoastronomy[27]

  • Pyramid field in Lower Egypt
    • How the Divine (Above) star mapping is represented on earth (below), from the hermetic motto As Above so below
      • Herschel's idea that the whole pyramid field in Lower Egypt represents stars was inspired by one of the oldest known prophecies. The mystic Hermes Trismegistus. claimed: "Egypt is an image of the heavens… the 'whole' cosmos dwells here." Herschel subsequently conducted an experiment to prove all the pyramids in Lower Egypt represent stars. He overlaid a transparency of the stars onto a map of the pyramids. The result was breathtaking. All the brightest stars within the known constellations in one complete revolution of the Milky Way had pyramid counterparts on the ground. However, there were some important stars for which pyramids were apparently missing. In Giza for example, Herschel found four potential, as yet unrecognised pyramid ruins on an antique early map that would conclude a previously incomplete Orion interpretation at Giza. [28]


America

Europe

Druids celebrating at Stonehenge Summer solstice 2011 Gallery
  • Stonehedge
    • Archaeoastronomy and Stonehenge
      • It is noticed ( since 18th century ) that the horseshoe of great trilithons and the horseshoe of 19 bluestones opened up in the direction of the midsummer sunrise. It was quickly surmised that the monument must have been deliberately oriented and planned so that on midsummer's morning the sun rose directly over the Heel Stone and the first rays shone into the center of the monument between the open arms of the horseshoe arrangement. [31]
      • Sun worship at Stonehenge predates the henge
      • Stonehedge and Ancient Astronomy (Sun & Moon monument)
      • Monument to Worship the Serpent
        • British antiquarian Dr. William Stukeley, who in 1740 was the first to note the summer solstice alignment at Stonehenge, advanced the notion that the monument was built by Druids to worship the serpent. He claimed that Stonehenge and similar stone circles had been serpent temples, which he called "Dracontia." Recall that the key to eclipses is the position of the lunar nodes. The length of time for the Moon to return to a node (about 27.2 days) astronomers call the draconic month. (Draco is the Latin word for "serpent" or "dragon") Perhaps the mythical serpents of Stonehenge and the legendary dragon that eats the Sun are symbols of the same thing: the invisible presence in time and space that eclipses the Sun and the Moon. [32]
    • Controversy: It has been stipulated that stonehedge is a modern man-made monument [33] (pictures)
  • Newgrange: The rising Sun illuminates the inner chamber of Newgrange, Ireland, only at the winter solstice. [34]
  • Vatican/City of the seven hills Alignement


Todo: lookup all other monuments, temples, megalithic construction dedicated to the sun [35]

Astrological Symbols and Rites

Usages and meanings

  • All symbols related to stars/suns/moon such as flags, and their meanings/parables/imagery/analogy/allegory/metaphor [36]
    • Typical allegory of Christianity being a sun based religion: Charles Francois Dupuis, in his Origin of Worship, one of the most elaborate and remarkable works on mythology ever penned, shows that nearly all the religions of the world, including Christianity, were derived largely from solar worship. All the solar deities, he says, have a common history. This history, summarized, is substantially as follows: "The god is born about December 25th, without sexual intercourse, for the sun, entering the winter solstice, emerges in the sign of Virgo, the heavenly Virgin. His mother remains ever-virgin, since the rays of the sun, passing through the zodiacal sign, leave it intact. His infancy is begirt with dangers, because the new-born Sun is feeble in the midst of the winter's fogs and mists, which threaten to devour him; his life is one of toil and peril, culminating at the spring equinox in a final struggle with the powers of darkness. At that period the day and night are equal, and both fight for the mastery. Though the night veil the urn and he seems dead; though he has descended out of sight, below the earth, yet he rises again triumphant, and he rises in the sign of the Lamb, and is thus the Lamb of God, carrying away the darkness and death of the winter months. Henceforth he triumphs, growing ever stronger and more brilliant. He ascends into the zenith, and there he glows, on the right hand of God, himself God, the very substance of the Father, the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, upholding all things by his life-giving power" - John E. Remsberg [37]
      • Hints of a caholic Myth: the usage of Christmass as the date of birth of the Christ, usage of Zodiac (virgo, lamb..) as transition periods, usage of seasons (sun positions in the sky) to adorn the myth... all derived from catholic theology
    • In the solar mythology, the sun god is regularly "crucified" as he crosses over the equinoxes and when he wanes towards the end of the year - D. M. Murdock (Christ in Egypt) [38]


  • All symbols related to seasons (Cross-quarter day)
    • Equinox
      • Rites of spring (vernal equinox)
        • Centuries before the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, pagan nations celebrated the annual springtime festival of Ishtar (Ashtur, Eastre, Easter), the goddess of fertility. The origin of Easter dates back to ancient times, shortly after the great flood recorded in Genesis 6-9 of the Bible. It was in the city of Babel that the people created a tower in order to defy God. The biblical record tells us that Nimrod created Babel, Ninevah, Asshur and other cities, all known for lifestyles that promoted wickedness and perversion. Nimrod was known as the Sun-god (or Baal), his wife Semiramis was known as the queen of heaven (Ishtar or Easter), and her son Tammuz was known as the savior (or Nimrod reborn). Rites of spring were celebrated in Ishtar's honor at the vernal equinox (first day of spring). The first Sunday after the first full moon succeeding the vernal equinox was also sacred to her, and this pagan holiday was given her name -- Eastre. The full moon represented the "pregnant" phase of Eastre -- she was passing into the fertile season and giving birth to the Sun's offspring. Popular traditions such as the Easter Bunny and the Easter egg can be traced back to the practices established by pagans long before the Christian era. Due to their prolific nature, rabbits have long been associated with fertility and its goddess, Ishtar. Dyed eggs were already being used as part of pagan rituals at the dawn of history in various civilizations. [39]
    • Solstice


Various:

Jesus & Sun/Zodiac Parallels

Jesus & Sun/Zodiac Parallels - A Christian Response [40]

This is an interesting one. It claims that the story of Jesus is based on the sun and zodiac itself. For some reason, these lists always point out the similarity of Jesus being the 'son' of God, showing this parallel to the word 'sun'. Of course, this homonym exists only in the English language which wasn't around in the 1st Century, so this one can be easily dismissed. As for the others:

  1. The sun 'dies' on the 22nd of december, the winter solstice, when it stops it's movement south, to be born again three days later on 25th december when it resumes it's movement northwards. This period was originally in the star sign of VIRGO, hence the....born of a VIRGIN.' First of all, the sun doesn't move. The Earth does. Okay, so clearly the critic here is referring to the movement of the sun IN RELATION to the Earth. In that case, it never stops moving because the Earth never stops moving. There is no three-day period when the sun's movement in relation to the earth stops altogether. It may appear to slow for those three days, but since the slowing of the movement is a gradual thing, one could argue that it 'stops' for the one, two, four, five, or six days around the winter solstice as well (it depends on how slow you consider 'stopping'). And besides all of that, Jesus' resurrection happened in the spring, not in December. As for the period being 'originally in the sign of Virgo', Virgo is from August 23rd to September 22nd. I've never heard of the winter solstice happening in the fall.
  2. The sun is the light of the world, cometh on clouds and every eye shall see him, wears a corona-crown of thorns and "walks on water" when it sets. Yes, it's the light of the world, but clearly not in the same sense that Jesus is. It doesn't 'cometh on clouds', but is far above the clouds. Every eye (at least the non-blind ones) DO see the sun, not SHALL. There are no thorns on the sun, and it doesn't walk on water. Is the critic arguing that if you're standing on the shore watching the sun set over the ocean, it appears to walk on water? Well, what if you're watching it set over a desert, or a city, or a mountain? Does the sun also walk on deserts, cities, and mountains?
  3. The sun's 'followers' or 'disciples' are the 12 signs of the zodiac, through which the sun must pass.How does the critic suppose that the zodiacal signs 'follow' the sun? Yes, the sun passes through the signs. Did Jesus 'pass through' his disciples? All they're showing is a similarity of the number 12. So anywhere we see twelve of something, it's based on the zodiac? When I buy a dozen eggs, those eggs are representative of the twelve signs of the zodiac? UPDATE: AnsweringInfidels.com makes another good point. The 12 apostles were almost certainly assigned because of the 12 tribes of Judah. Skeptics might say that 12 tribes of Judah were based on the zodiac, but the division of the twelve signs of the zodiac didn't occur until the 5th century B.C., well after the time of the 12 tribes.
  4. The sun enters each zodiac sign at an angle of 30 degrees- hence the SUN of GOD begins his ministry at the age of 30. Again, this is just a similarity of the number 30. Very weak. How does a degree equal a year? Does it take a year for the sun to move a single degree? Of course not. Also, this is a minor point, but the Bible says Jesus was 'about thirty', and historians place his age at closer to 33 or 34 when He began His ministry. As for sun/son, again, this homonym is in the English language only.
  5. The sun passes through the vernal equinox at easter at which time the sun is resurrected. I wasn't aware that the sun died, or that people thought it did. The author of this list is taking words associated with Christianity and using them to create non-existent comparisons. All we really have is that the sun passes through the vernal equinox at Easter. Is Jesus supposed to have passed through the vernal equinox at Easter? Does anything which passes through the vernal equinox at Easter die and get resurrected? Besides that, Easter never falls on the vernal equinox, but is always later (sometimes over a month later).
  6. The sun at its zenith, or 12 noon, is in the house or heavenly temple of the 'Most High'; thus, 'he' begins 'his Father's work' at 'age' 12. First of all, the Hebrews counted hours from dawn, not from midnight as we do, making the sun's zenith roughly the sixth hour of the day, not the twelfth. Secondly, how does the critic here figure that the sun begins its work at noon? Doesn't it begin its work at dawn? It rises at dawn (roughly 6:00), so shouldn't we more accurately say that the sun begins its work at six, or zero?
  7. The sun is the 'Lion' when in Leo, the hottest time of the year, called the 'throne of the Lord. I'm not clear whether the critic here is saying that Leo is the 'throne of the Lord', or that the hottest time of the year is the 'throne of the Lord'. Whichever it is, who calls it that? This one appears to be further nonsense.
  8. The sun is 'betrayed' by the constellation of the Scorpion, the backbiter, the time of the year when the solar hero loses his strength. How does the sun lose its strength? Perhaps they mean that it's not quite as powerful in the northern hemisphere at this time (though, since its becoming more powerful in the southern hemisphere, this is an offset). Also, Scorpio is from October 23rd to November 21st. Yes, it becomes less powerful in the Northern hemisphere during this time, but it also becomes less powerful during the constellations preceding it and the one following it, so why is Scorpio being singled out here? And what does the scorpion have to do with backbiting? Yes, they occasionally bite people, but is there a significance to the back associated with them somehow? Why not the 'footbiter' or the 'handbiter'? I'm sure the outer extremities get bitten more often than the back.
  9. The sun is hung on a cross, which represents its pasing through the equinoxes, the vernal equinox being Easter. This one is just nonsense. As it passes through the equinoxes, it's moving in a straight line north-to-south or south-to-north. How does a straight line make a cross? What is the east-west line that the critics are imagining here?
  10. The sun does a 'stutter-step' at the winter solstice, unsure whether to return to life or 'resurrect,' doubted by this 'twin' Thomas. Since the sun always heads back north at the winter solstice, how is it unsure of whether to 'return to life'? That sounds pretty certain to me. And how does its northward progression represent a 'return to life'? Is its southward progression a 'return to death', then? And what is the sun's twin in this metaphor? For that matter, is there anything in the Bible suggesting that Jesus was unsure of whether to return to life? And how did Thomas figure into this? Thomas doubted, after the fact, that Jesus had returned to life. Even if, hypothetically, Jesus had a choice to make as to whether to return to life, Thomas had no bearing on that decision. And how is Thomas Jesus' twin? In question five, they claim the sun's 'resurrection' happens in the spring solstice, and now they're claiming it happens in the winter solstice. Is the sun 'resurrected' at every solstice, then? Of course, in 'parallel' 15 (below) they say its rebirth happens every month! Methinks the critics are a tad confused.
  11. The sun of god is 'born of a virgin,' which refers to both the new or 'virgin' moon and the constellation of Virgo. How is the sun born of a new moon? Virgo is from August 23rd to September 22nd. How is the sun 'born' during this period?
  12. The sun is the 'Carpenter' who builds his daily 'houses' or 12 two-hour divisions. So is the critic claiming that the 24 hours of a day are created by the sun each day? Not that I'm aware of. And where does the '12 two-hour divisions' come into this? Why not three eight-hour divisions or four six-hour divisions? Is this supposed to be a reference to the zodiac? So are the zodiacal signs created daily? More nonsense.
  13. The sun is 'anointed' when its rays dip into the sea. According to whom?
  14. The sun 'changes water into wine' by creating rain, ripening the grape on the vine and fermenting the grape juice. Well, it does ripen the grape on the vine. But it doesn't create rain or ferment the grape juice (most fermentation takes place indoors).
  15. When the sun is annually and monthly re-born, he brings life to the 'solar mummy,' his previous self, raising it from the dead. I'd really like to know who declares the sun re-born either annually or monthly. And besides, when was Jesus reborn? His followers are reborn in the spiritual sense, but Jesus Himself had only one birth. Even if we're going to accept Jesus' resurrection as a 'rebirth' (though it clearly wasn't), His resurrection happened only once, not annually or monthly. And there are no mummies in the Jesus story.
  16. The sun is 'crucified' between the two thieves of Sagittarius and Capricorn. Let's see...Sagittarius is from November 23rd to December 21st, and Capricorn is from December 22nd to January 19th. So, does the critic here think that Jesus was crucified in December? Does he think the sun is crucified in December? According to whom? How so? And how are Sagittarius (an archer) and Capricorn (a goat) thieves?
    1. According to legend, Jesus was born in a stable between a horse and a goat, symbols of Sagittarius and Capricorn. According to what legend? There's no reference to a horse and a goat in any story I've heard. And since when is a horse the symbol of Sagittarius? The archer is the symbol of Sagittarius.
    2. Jesus was crucified at the winter solstice between the 'two thieves' of Sagittarius and Capricorn, who sapped his strength. Jesus was crucified around the spring solstice, not the winter solstice. And how did the two thieves sap his strength? And, again, how are Sagittarius and Capricorn thieves?
  17. The sun is the Word or Logos of God. Once again, according to whom?
  18. He was baptized in Aquarius, the Water-Bearer. Aquarius is January 20th to February 18th. Who says Jesus was baptized at this time? Or is the critic claiming that since Jesus was baptized in water, this must correspond somehow to the constellation of Aquarius. Every time I take a shower, does this correspond to the constellation of Aquarius? Weak, weak, weak.
  19. Jesus became the Good Shepherd and the Lamb in Aries, the Ram Huh? How do a 'Good Shepherd' and a 'lamb' correspond to Aries, the Ram? Are they saying it happened at that time of year? So what?
  20. Jesus told the parables of the sowing and tilling of the fields in Taurus, the Bull. Once again, what the heck are the critics talking about here? Are they claiming that the parable was told during the April/May period identified with Taurus? If so, so what? My birthday's in this period, so does this make my life a myth?
  21. In Cancer, 'the celestial Sea of Galilee,' he calmed the storm and waters, spoke of backsliders (the Crab), and rode the ass and foal in triumph into the City of Peace, Jerusalem. How is Cancer 'the celestial Sea of Galilee'? No one's ever called it that. So what is the critic's point here? That the calming of the storms, and His riding into Jerusalem happened in the June/July period identified with Cancer? Unlikely, but even if it was...so what? And how is the backslider represented by the crab?
  22. In Libra, Christ was the true vine in the Garden of Gethsemane, the 'wine press,' as this is the time of the grape harvest. Once again...so? What does Libra (the scales) have to do with any of those events? Why is the 'wine press' in quotes? Is wine supposed to be pressed between scales or something?
  23. In Sagittarius, Jesus was wounded in the side by the Centaur, or centurion. How are Centaurs (half man/half horse creatures) supposed to correspond to centurions (which were fully man)? Does the critic expect us to believe that, since those words sound alike (at least in English), centaurs and centurions are interchangable? This one is an insult to any rational person's intelligence. Also, Sagittarius (an archer, having nothing to do with centaurs or centurians) is in November and December, several months removed from Jesus' crucifixion.


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