Before we jump straight into this blog…if you have little to no knowledge of the zodiac and its signs/the seven planets……and the four elements……please read the first blogs to give some background as to how this blog came about
Again…before this blog gets underway…I said in the previous “wheels within wheels ” blog you can get a lot of bible stories from looking at the decans of the zodiac…the decans being the three ten-degree sections of each sign of the zodiac (each sign takes up 30 degrees of the 360 degree circle of the zodiac)
Can you remember the three decans of Cancer from the last blog?
Cancer decans are…..Ursa Minor(the little bear),Ursa Major(the great bear),Argo(the ship)
Isn’t it another coincidence that argo is a….ship!…..ARK!
Also we have two animals…the great bear and little bear (ursa major and ursa minor)
Again….coincidence?……an ark and two animals?
add to that coincidence the fact that cancer is a WATER sign…(the flood)
so now we have water,an ark and two animals……
well…we actually have more animals connected to cancer……in the actual constellation of cancer we have “Asellus Borealis” and “Asellus Australis”….the two donkeys!..another two animals to go in the argo!
Now we have two bears and two donkeys next to the argo…ARK!
(can you also see the story of the Jason and the argo-nauts in the story…as they go looking for the golden fleece (the sun in aries the ram)…i.e the start of spring bringing back the sun from the months of darkness
And funnily enough if you take the first letter of all the months after the summer solstice has been and gone….(J)uly,(A)ugust,(S)eptember,(O)ctober,(N)ovember….you get……JASON!
Cancer is the top of the “mountain” of the zodiac….it is the acme…the heights…the pinnacle…the highest the sun will get to in the year…the longest day is in cancer
and doesn’t the ark land on a mountain?
The crab is the symbol of cancer…in Egypt the scarab beetle was the symbol of cancer
The tarot card that corresponds to the sign of cancer is “the chariot”
see if you can find further connections for yourself,with the sign of cancer…its decans and stars in its constellations…..and neighbouring constellations also….and also “the chariot” tarot card….it will take effort…but it is very rewarding when you see all the connections for yourself
for instance…the crab has a suit of armour…a shell…the scarab has “armour” also
and on the chariot tarot card we have someone in a suit of armour
It all means something!….see if you can find anything else for yourself
“When the pupil is ready the teacher will appear”…..YOU are both the student…AND the teacher!
however….back to this blog talking about another “wheel”
The wheel we are concerned with this time is the wheel of the zodiac
The glorious twelve!
The cycle of the twelve
The twelve signs of the zodiac!
“Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There Is a Season)”
Pete Seeger wrote the above song (made famous by The Byrds)……and it is true…everything does have it’s season
However did you know that Pete Seeger got the lyrics to the song from the bible?
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”
notice the polarities?
weep/laugh…break down/build up
war/peace….tear apart/sew together
The Kybalion (do not get confused with Kabbalah..they are different) has seven principles all concerned with natural concepts…..they are as follows
1/The principle of mentalism
“The Universe is Mental–held in the Mind of THE
(The principle of Mentalism embodies the idea that “All is Mind,the universe is mental”)
2/The principle of correspondence
“As above, so below; as below, so above.”–The Kybalion.
(The Principle of Correspondence embodies the idea that there is always a correspondence between the laws of phenomena of the various “planes” of being and life)
or another way of saying it…“As above so below”
3/The principle of vibration
“Nothing rests; everything moves; everything
(The Principle of Vibration embodies the idea that motion is manifest in everything in the Universe, that nothing rests, and everything moves, vibrates, and circles.)
4/The principle of polarity
“Everything is dual; everything has poles; everything
has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same;
opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree;
extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes
may be reconciled.”–The Kybalion.
(The Principle of Polarity embodies the idea that everything is dual, everything has two poles, and everything has its opposite.)
everything has two poles?….hmmm
THE “J” and “B” on the card above stand for Jachin and Boaz
it means the two polarities…the male…Jachin
and the female…Boaz
In Kaballah the two pillars are called the pillar of mercy (male)
and the pillar of severity (female)
however…wouldn’t you think that the pillar of mercy should be a feminine trait?
and should not the pillar of severity be a masculine trait?
you would think so……however…here we have the fourness again….the masculine contains the feminine
and the feminine contains the masculine…..just like the yin/yang has the fourness…as does the compass and square…see previous blogs for more info on this
5/The Principle of Rhythm
(The Principle of Rhythm embodies the truth that in everything there is manifested a measured motion, a to and fro, a flow and inflow, a swing backward and forward, a pendulum-like movement.)
or as the Kybalion also says….“everything has it’s tides” everything has a “toing and froing”
the tide comes in…and it goes out…….the summer must eventually give way to winter and vice versa
“Everything flows out and in; everything has its tides;
all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests
in everything; the measure of the swing to the right,
is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm
6/the principle of cause and effect
(The Principle of Cause and Effect explains that there is a cause for every effect, and an effect for every cause.)
It also states that there is no such thing as chance, that chance is merely a term indicating extant causes not recognized or perceived.
“Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause;
everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a
name for Law not recognized; there are many planes of
causation, but nothing escapes the Law.”–The Kybalion.
for instance the “chance” of throwing a six on the dice every time…….if you knew angles and speed (the unrecognized law) to throw the dice to a microscopic extent..you could throw a six every time…it wouldn’t be chance
7/the principle of gender
“Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine
and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all
(The Principle of Gender embodies the idea that gender is manifested in everything.)
Gender is manifested as the Masculine and Feminine principles, and manifests itself on all planes.
The kybalion also tells us that there are those among us who understand these principles and can use the laws to gain advantage over others who do not understand the concepts and are tossed about by these laws rather than using them to their own advantage
you can get a free audiobook of the kybalion at the link below….I would highly recommend it….it furthered my understanding of these concepts by leaps and boundshttp://thoughtaudio.com/titlelist/TA0094-Kybalion/index.html
and you can also download it and put it on your mp3 player…for free!
Back to the twelve signs now
The zodiac is a wheel that turns…..it has its twelve signs and each comes in its turn…and gives way to the next in turn
The poet Manilius…celebrated in the days of Augustus Caesar,wrote this about the twelve signs
“Now Constellations, Muse, and signs rehearse,
In order, let them sparkle in thy verse.
Those which obliquely round the burning Zone,
And bear the Summer and the Winter Sun,
Those first: then those which roll a different way
From West: nor Heaven’s Diurnal whirl obey:
Which Nights serene disclose, and which create
The steady Rules, and fix the Laws of Fate.
First Aries, glorious in his Golden Wool,
Looks back and wonders at the mighty Bull,
Whose back-parts first appear: He bending lies
With Threat’ning Head, and calls the Twins to rise,
They clasp for fear, and mutually embrace;
And next the Twins with an unsteady pace
Bright Cancer rolls: then Leo shakes his mane:
And following Virgo calms his rage again:
Then Day and Night weigh’d in Libra’s Scales,
Equal awhile, at last the Night prevails,
And longer grown the heavier scale inclines
And draws bright Scorpius from the Winter signs:
Him Centaur follows with an aiming Eye
His Bow full drawn and ready to let fly:
Next narrow Horns the twisted Caper shows,
And from Aquarius’ Urn a Flood o’erflows.
Near their loved Waves cold Pisces take their seat,
With Aries join and make the round complete.”
Occult literature tells that we can find the twelve signs of the zodiac in the “blessing of Jacob”
This occurs in Genesis chapter 49…where Jacob is on his deathbed and gathers his sons to give each of them a blessing
The first son to get his blessing is Reuben in chapter Genesis 49:3,4
3 Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power:
4 Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father’s bed; then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch.
at the end of verse four Jacob is alluding to Reuben sleeping with Jacobs concubine Bilhah
“While Israel was living in that region, Reuben went in and slept with his father’s concubine Bilhah, and Israel (Jacob) heard of it.”
However did you also notice that Jacob said that Reuben was as unstable as water?
and in the zodiac the only sign containing water is Aquarius…in fact the symbol of Aquarius looks like this
1/Reuben represents Aquarius!
The next blessing is bestowed on two brothers at once….unusual….why two?
“Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations.
6 O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall.
7 Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel”
well there is one sign of the zodiac that has two brothers in it….Gemini
What two brothers does Gemini contain?…Castor and Pollux..the Dioscuri…the polydeuces
and isn’t it strange that both sets of brothers have a similar story?
The story involves revenge for their sister…and slaughter of the men of a city
in the case of Simeon and Levi it is the rape of their sister Dinah by Shechem
and in the story of Castor and Pollux it is the rape of their sister Helen
and the slaughtering of a city in revenge
and did you notice Jacob also says…”I will divide them”
and in the myth of Castor and Pollux weren’t they divided?
Castor was killed and became a mortal in Hades and Pollux remained immortal
2/Simeon and Levi are the brothers representing Gemini
Next brother is Judah…..Genesis 49:8,9
8 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee.
9 Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?
Judah is compared to a lions whelp
now what sign of the zodiac contains a lion?
Leo is the sign of the lion…Leo (july-august) is the hottest part of the year in the northern hemisphere…the sun with its long rays……the lion with its mane
just a coincidence?
3/Judah is Leo
Next Zebulun at Genesis 49:13
“Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon.”
Of all the animals in the zodiac…which would dwell at the haven of the sea?
There are possibly two…the two fish of Pisces…..and the crab of cancer….however…notice it says “He” not “They”
There is only one….the Crab……Cancer…the home of the crab is usually close to the shore…the haven of ships
and cancer is also a genus of crabs!
4/Zebulun is Cancer
Next Issachar at Genesis 49:14,15
14 Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens:
15 And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute.
the name Issachar means “hireling” or “servant”
The ass or ox is the servant of man…both are “beasts of burden” that pull things in helping the labour of man
and Taurus is an earth sign……Taurus arrives at the time of year for plowing and planting and those beasts of burden help with that work
5/Issachar represents Taurus
16 Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.
17 Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.
If you have read any of the previous blogs …you will know the sign of Libra the scales is connected to law,courts and judgment
in fact you see the set of scales connected with courts…the scales of justice
Dan represents Libra…..in fact all of the autumn signs get a mention in connection with Dan….starting with Libra the judge/law/justice
just to recap the three autumn signs are respectively…Libra,Scorpio,Sagittarius
scorpio can be represented by a serpent as well as a scorpion and an eagle
and Sagittarius is a horse and rider……
16 Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.
17 Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.
6/Dan is Libra the judge
Next we have Gad at Genesis 49 verse 19
19 Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last
Gad is overcome by a troop (or little army)
what signs are connected with armies and troops?…….the answer is those signs connected with mars…..and there are only two….Scorpio and Aries…Scorpio is ruled by mars as is Aries
Scorpio is connected with generation and the sexual organs…sensual delights
and this is what is meant by being overcome with a troop…this is the fall of man through sex…the little troop according to esoteric literature is the little army of sperm
7/Gad is Scorpio
Next we have Asher in verse 20 of Genesis 49
20 Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.
Again,if you have been following the blog….and joining the dots on your own…you will know the house of bread is Virgo….you will see the connection in my blog about “the eternal virgin”….Virgo holds an ear of wheat….Virgo is when the harvest begins…..in the human body Virgo corresponds to the stomach….”the bread basket”
what about when the verse says “he shall yield royal dainties”….well didn’t the king “Jesus” come from Bethlehem?…and doesn’t Bethlehem mean…”house of bread?”
see the first paragraph of the wiki page below
8/Asher is Virgo
21 Naphtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words.
Next we have Naphtali…what sign does he represent?
notice he is called a hind?….a hind is a deer….a climbing animal!….as is a goat…what time of the year do we usually see deer in cards and tales?
At Christmas!….Christmas is in the sign of Capricorn….also…..in the picture below we will see summer represented by a lion…and winter by a deer
Naphtali means “my struggle” and this is when the light returns (the daylight starts increasing again…light struggling with the darkness….in the bible this is represented by “the slaughter of the innocents” by Herod) and little Jesus being taken into Egypt to hide from Herod’s wrath…
or in revelation…into the wilderness to hide from the wild beast
it is also represented in the old testament by Moses struggling with Pharaoh to set his people free…(which Pharaoh does eventually at Aries…..symbolized by the lambs blood on the door lintels of the Israelites)
Both Herod and Pharaoh represent the darkness of winter…and the weak but ever strengthening sun is represented by Jesus and Moses….and they struggle for dominion
it is the yearly natural struggle between light and dark
in the lion king it is the struggle between scar and little simba…(the weak sun…no mane)
and it also says in the bible verse above…he giveth goodly words…and we do too at Christmas
9/Naphtali is Capricorn
Next Genesis 49:22-26
22 Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall:
23 The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him:
24 But HIS BOW abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel)
25 Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb:
26 The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.
The “archers that hated Joseph” were his jealous brothers who sold him into slavery
You might also notice that this parallels the story of Saul hating David and throwing a spear at him
1st Samuel 19:9,10
“Now there was an evil spirit from the LORD on Saul as he was sitting in his house with his spear in his hand, and David was playing the harp with his hand
Saul tried to pin him to the wall with his spear, but David eluded him as Saul drove the spear into the wall.”
(Sagittarius is a centaur…and you will see the centaur either with a bow or a spear…and it does mention a bow in the bible verse above)
The only sign of the zodiac with a bow is Sagittarius…..just a coincidence?
To be precise Sagittarius is the centaur “Chiron”…and again….Chiron is wounded by an arrow fired by Hercules….I am sure you will see the parallels with the Jacob’s blessing of Joseph above in the myth of Chiron
You will also see the parallels with Joseph,David and Chiron in the story of Hercules and one of his twelve labours…….that of fighting the Nemean lion
In Genesis 49:24 it also talks about a shepherd..and that alludes to the sign of Aries
24 But his BOW abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel)
now the amazing thing about all these myths when you put them together…they are talking about the element “FIRE”….why?
the fiery triplicity of the zodiac are the following….Aries(shepherd),Sagittarius(bow,centaur,chiron) and finally Leo (the Nemean lion and Hercules fighting it with his bow)
Hercules first labour contains all three of the fiery signs actually
Hercules fires his bow at the lion……(Sagittarius and Leo)….however there is also a ram (Aries) in the story
In the above page it says the following
“he (Hercules) met Molorchos, a shepherd who had lost his son to the lion, saying that if he came back within 30 days, a ram would be sacrificed”
each of the signs of the zodiac take up 30 degrees of the zodiac also…..and that corresponds to the “30 days”
10/Joseph is Sagittarius
Next we have Benjamin (meaning “son of the right side”)
The right side is the favoured side….the East where the sun rises each day
“Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.”
what planet and sign is the wolf connected to?
well for one thing…the planet mars is connected to the wolf…see the first paragraph in the page below
and mars is where the month “march” comes from
and March is when the sign of Aries arrives
notice in the bible verse above it also talks about “devouring the prey?”
sheep are among the prey of wolves
Mars rules Aries
Mars is connected to wolves and Aries is connected to sheep
the bible connects the two also
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.”
remember false prophets arrive just as the Christ arrives…and the arrival of the light is at dawn…..dawn is connected to Aries…the dawn of the year is in the spring equinox……Aries
“Wolf in sheep’s clothing” is a hidden symbol of Aries
the verse above also says “Benjamin(Aries) shall “divide the spoils”
And Aries does divide the spoils…the spring equinox separates the winter from the spring…the darkness from the light……the daylight becomes longer then the nightime…they divide
again…Mars rules Aries
11/Benjamin is Aries
and the blessings of Jacob stop there
28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spake unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them.
Strangely there seem to be only 11 signs mentioned in that blessing don’t there?
We seem to be missing one of the twelve signs…and that sign is Pisces..the two fish
However…..this matter can be resolved
Let’s go back a chapter to Genesis 48:5,6 where Jacob is talking to Joseph
“Now your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine, as Reuben and Simeon are. “But your offspring that have been born after them shall be yours; they shall be called by the names of their brothers in their inheritance.…
Jacob says to Joseph…”your two sons are mine”…..the two sons belong to Jacob…….and the verse goes on to say…any born after those two belong to Joseph!
In the above verse Jacob claims Ephraim and Manasseh as his own…and those two fit neatly just like a jigsaw into the sign of Pisces…the two fish
why?…..well let’s go forward to Genesis 48:16
“the Angel who has delivered me from all harm –may he bless these boys. May they be called by my name and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac, and may they increase greatly on the earth.”
the word “increase” is “dagah” in hebrew
“and let them grow”
to move rapidly; to spawn, i.e. become numerous — grow.
and the word “dagah”….also means “fish”
Fish are known to breed/multiply like crazy
Do you remember another famous account of growth or multiplication with fish?….Jesus feeding the multitude with …how many fish?…..Two fish…again the sign of pisces…because Jesus was the messiah for the Piscean age
12/Ephraim and Manasseh represent Pisces!
And that gives us the final piece of the jigsaw…the twelve signs of the zodiac in the blessing of Jacob!
The next blog will be about the sevens
If you managed to get through all that…..thanks for reading!