The Real Meaning of the Zodiac

Gospel in the Stars

What’s Your Sign: Living Life by the Stars in the Age of Aquarius

Most of us have heard the refrain from the hippie theme song and anthem of the 1960’s written for the Broadway hit show Hair. What exactly did they mean by the references in the first verse?

When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars

And why was it such a big deal that the stars were pointing to a new age, an age of alleged peace and love where harmony, understanding, sympathy and trust would abound? Why was the dawning of the age of Aquarius such a monumental occurrence that an entire generation became enraptured by the lyrics and melody of this particular show tune?

The answer is really quite simple. The fact is that men have been looking to the stars for answers from time immemorial. We must first acknowledge that scholars have been writing concerning the stars for as long as history has been recorded. The late scholar and author Dr. D. James Kennedy writes in his book The Real Meaning of the Zodiac the following:

Where did these signs come from? The earliest recorders of the signs describe something which happened prior to their day. This, by the way, can be determined by something known as the “precession of the equinoxes.” The fact that the stars change and shift in the sky over the centuries enables astronomers to know just when an event has taken place. Therefore, it is seen that from the very earliest days of mankind, these stars and signs have been known.

The writings of virtually all civilized nations describe the Signs of the Zodiac. Rome, Greece, Egypt, Persia, or Babylon…all describe the same 12 signs, representing the same 12 images, which appear in the same order. But the stars which represent those signs bear no resemblance to the pictures of the signs themselves! What do they mean? (Kennedy 1989)

We are warned in the Bible against exalting astrology to the level of idolatry and looking to the stars or other occult practices for guidance in our personal lives, Deut. 18:9-12; Is. 47:12-15. Yet the Bible is very specific about the fact that God has named all the stars, Ps. 147:4, and some of the ancient names for the constellations appear in the Word of God, Job 38:32a. So we must look more carefully at the reason for naming these heavenly objects and communicating them to mankind.

The Bible tells us that God is the Creator of the heavens and the earth, of all things seen and unseen. We are also told the following truth from God’s Word, The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world, Psalm 19:1-4a. The Apostle Paul repeats this truth, e.g. that the creation is evidence that there is a Creator, in his letter to the body of believers in Rome, For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse, Rom. 1:20.

What could be so important, so foundational and essential, that God would declare it in the stars, writing it across the heavens so that all people from every nation and generation would be able to see it? It is the Gospel, the message of God’s great love for all mankind expressed in the life, death, burial and resurrection of His beloved Son, the Holy One of Israel. A message communicated in such a way that everyone could understand. In this book you will read about Virgo, the Virgin, who exemplifies the promise of the coming Messiah. A prophecy recorded in the Bible 750 years B.C., Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and you shall call him Immanuel (God with us), Isaiah 7:14.

You will be thrilled and amazed to see how God in His infinite wisdom and grace confirms the Good News of our Lord and Savior in a way that cannot be ignored. It will be a blessing to read and an invaluable tool for sharing the gospel in a world where just about everyone knows their own astrological birth sign and will be intrigued to know why God created the signs of the Zodiac for His glory and the revelation of His Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth.

Submitted by: Steven Rowitt, Th.M., Ph.D. (c)

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