Megan (jehoshabeath) wrote,

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The stars and the Scriptures

Recently, I learned that when we see the planets glowing in the night sky, that they follow a an orderly route. They rotate through the sky on almost the same path. They don't erratically move all around the sky - they rotate the sun on a similar plane, which appears to us as if they're traveling along an invisible line across the stars. It makes sense - the models that you see of the solar system show the planets all orbiting the sun on the same plane. And, generally speaking that's actually what they do!

The invisible path that the planets travel on is called the ecliptic. And the portion of the sky that this covers is filled with the constellations that we know as the zodiac. There are 12 signs that make a circle and the planets move through these day by day, year by year. When people talk about their "zodiac sign", they're usually referring to their "sun sign." This is the constellation in the zodiac where the sun was located on the day they were born. When I was born, the sun was located along the ecliptic in the constellation Aquarius. Day by day, the sun moves through Aquarius until the next month when it enters the next sign, Pisces. (Really, it's not the sun rotating, but the earth.) Earth makes a complete circle around the sun once per year, so it looks like the sun passes through a different zodiac sign each month and finishes the cycle in one year. The moon and other planets travel along the ecliptic in a similar way, though at a faster or slower rate. For example, when I was born, Neptune was in the constellation Capricorn. But Neptune is so far away from the sun that it takes a lot longer for it to orbit the sun. So, everyone born from 1984-1998 were born when Neptune was in the constellation Capricorn!

I also learned that the Hebrew calendar associates the months with these constellations. As I'm reading through the encyclopedia entries, it's fascinating to see how these align with the Jewish holidays, human history, and God's plan of salvation. I've jotted down some notes below. I might be updating this as I understand these things more clearly, but for now, I'm just astonished at the wisdom and love of God. :D Our Creator is amazing and worthy of praise!

(For some reason, the table borders disappear on my main journal page. The formatting looks better if you click within the entry itself.)

Number Month
(US Calendar)
Holidays God's Salvation and Prophecy
1 Nisan Mar-Apr Aries (ram) Passover
(Exodus 12)
God's sacrifice for Adam and Eve (Gen 3:21);
God provides a ram for Abraham (Gen 22:13);
Jesus, our Passover Lamb
(Matthew 26:26-28, Hebrews 9:12-14)
2 Iyar Apr-May Taurus (bull) Lag B'Omer
Counting of the Omer
(Leviticus 23:15-16)

3 Sivan May-Jun Gemini (twins) Shavuot
Festival of First Fruits
(Exodus 34:22, Deuteronomy 16:10, Exodus 23:16, Numbers 28:26)
God gives the Torah (first 5 books);
Jesus' resurrection and ascension
(1 Corinthians 15:20);
Holy Spirit is given at Pentacost (Rom 8:23)
4 Tammuz Jun-Jul Cancer (crab) seige of Jerusalem Beseiged by Babylon c.587 BC (Jer 39:2, 52:6–7);
Beseiged by Rome in 70 AD
5 Av Jul-Aug Leo (lion) Tisha B'Av
(Lamenting the destruction of the temple)
Remembrance of the Holocaust and other tragedies
6 Elul Aug-Sep Virgo (maiden) preparation for the High Holy Days
7 Tishrei Sep-Oct Libra (scales) Rosh Hashanah
New Year
(Leviticus 23:23-25)

Yom Kippur
Day of Atonement
(Leviticus 16, 23:26-32)

Feast of Booths
(Leviticus 23:33-43, John 7)
God finished creation, rested on the 7th day (Genesis 2:2);
civil new year; annual day of atonement for Israel;
God with us (Exodus 29:45-46, Revelation 21:3)
8 Marcheshvan Oct-Nov Scorpio (scorpion) The Flood (Genesis 7:11, 8:4);
Tribulation/Jacob's Trouble? (Jeremiah 30:7, Revelation 12)
9 Kislev Nov-Dec Sagittarius (archer) Hanukkah
Feast of Dedication
(John 10:22)
Festival of Lights;
Jesus returns in victory? (Revelation 19)
10 Tevet Dec-Jan Capricorn
(sea goat)
Jesus reigns for 1000 years in righteousness?
(Psalm 2, Psalm 96:13, Daniel 7:13-14, Revelation 20:4)
11 Shevat Jan-Feb Aquarius
(water bearer)
Tu BiShvat
New Year of the Trees
Growing and tithing the fruit of the trees; Healing waters from the temple, the trees that are for the healing of the nations? (Ezekiel 47, Revelation 22:1-2)
12 Adar Feb-Mar Pisces
(two fish)
(book of Esther)
God saved the Jewish people from an evil one; New heavens and new earth? (Isaiah 65:17, 66:22, 2 Peter 3:13)

"the Lord your God has given [the sun, the moon, and the stars] to all the peoples under the whole heaven as a heritage."
Deuteronomy 4:19
Tags: bible history, bible study, calendar, creation, day, history, holidays, life, love, maker of heaven and earth, meaning, prophecies, stars, student of creation, study of the stars

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