The Book of Revelation is a book of prophecy, but one that is so steeped in metaphor and imagery that it has remained for most people an enigma over the last two thousand years. Through the Spring of 1995 the WEB examined elements of that work week by week, pulling apart the pieces, and going over the sections that remained clear and obvious. It was a good start.
Since that time, and for the last month as I have once again immersed myself in this project, additional pieces of the puzzle have continued to fall into place, describing what the authors from the 1st century BC thought was their future. That’s what prophecy does. It claims to understand what is coming and warns the people about the opportunities or tribulations that are around the corner so they can prepare for the days ahead.
The mechanism Revelation uses to make this determination is by signaling the various stars that are aligning with the Vernal Equinox, and history shows it has done an excellent job. You simply look up the dates astronomically for the alignments and determine what the corollaries were. This is what we go over in great detail in the upcoming book, The 8th Seal, soon to be available through IBIS Press.
We’re in the home stretch.
But there is a second piece to the puzzle, one that Revelation does not cover (although it is recorded in Matthew), and that is the Star of Bethlehem. Kepler (of astronomy fame) felt, based upon his research, that the Saturn Jupiter conjunction of 6 BC was that star.
From Athena’s WEB, May 14th, 1999:
On December 17th, 1603, Johannes Kepler was watching an alignment in the heavens; an approaching Jupiter Saturn conjunction in the sign Pisces. While later looking through his notes, Kepler remembered something he had read by the rabbinic writer Abarbanel, referring to an unusual influence which Jewish astrologers were said to have ascribed to this alignment. It stated that the Messiah would appear when there was a conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter in Pisces. Kepler wondered if, in fact, this could have been the original Star of Bethlehem, and determined the positions of these two planets around the time of the birth of Christ. Since Herod died in 4 BC, history suggests that the Messiah must have been born before this date. Kepler calculated that the triple conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn (they aligned three times in the course of a year) occurred in 6 BC. It was, in fact, 7 BC. Kepler felt that this might have been the original ‘star’ signaling the birth of the Christ child; but which one of the three alignments? Because Kepler was both an astronomer and astrologer, some of his ideas were a little too radical for contemporary society. His musings were forgotten until the 19th century. It is now, however, one of the most popular contenders for the fabled ‘Star of Bethlehem’.
This alignment of Saturn and Jupiter is something that only takes place every twenty years, and it roughly tends to occur in signs of the same element for a period of two hundred years. So for the four elements these conjunctions occur in bundles of about 800 years. There was a little interplay as the elements realigned themselves, but they did run a series of coming together for six and seven times at twenty year intervals. I ran the series for a thousand years and there are these series of groupings. This alignment, therefore, was a good long term indicator of regular changes and were used in part to determine long range predictions.
And so, based on these ancient texts, while the alignment of the Vernal Equinox with Omega Piscium has already occurred (setting the stage for the New Age), the next Saturn Jupiter conjunction would mark another significant stepping stone involved in the labor pains of Aquarius. Unlike the combination of 7 BC (the birth of the Messiah) which had three alignments due to retrograde motion, our next alignment in the series has only one, and it occurs on the 21st of December, 202o, the date of the Winter Solstice that year.
We include that chart for your consideration. We nudged it slightly forward in time to the end of the Moon’s Void-of-Course period. We’ll let you look at it for your own contemplation for now, as it has some very interesting implications.
Where does the Saturn Jupiter conjunction fall in this chart?
Zero degrees of Aquarius.