MOSES' SUN SIGNS
The history of man is a series of conspiracies
from nature some advantage without paying for it.
-R. W. Emerson
From my boyhood days, I remember a Disney cartoon, called "Johnny Appleseed." It was a local Pennsylvania legend that explained why Pennsylvania had so many apple orchards. The story traces the adventures of a man named Johnny Appleseed who went around the state planting apple seeds.
The life of Moses has a similar purpose. When Jewish children ask their elders where their religion and culture came from, they can tell them all about Moses. This report demonstrates that the biography of Moses can be explained as a solar myth that follows the path of the sun around the zodiac.
In brief, the Israelites were forced into slavery by pharaoh. Moses was born at a time when pharaoh was instituting a policy of birth control for Jews by killing their firstborn sons. Moses' mother put him in a small basket and floated him down the Nile. He was found by pharaoh's daughter and raised to young adulthood.
One day he killed an Egyptian whom he saw beating a Jewish slave. When his crime was discovered, he fled to escape punishment. In his new home, he encountered a burning bush that would not consume itself. It was an angel of God who recruited him to free the Israelites from slavery.
In a duel between Moses, his brother Aaron and the Egyptian magicians, there were ten plagues. On the tenth plague, after witnessing the death of all firstborn in his kingdom, pharaoh finally let the Israelites go. After they left, he changed his mind and pursued them to the Red Sea. The sea opened up to let the Israelites cross on dry land; but when pharaoh's army crossed, the sea closed and drowned them.
Moses led them to Mount Sinai, where he received the Ten Commandments and six hundred other laws. When they came to the Promised Land in Canaan, the Israelites were afraid to get involved in war. That was when God punished them by making them wander in the desert for forty years until a new generation grew up.
For violating one of God's commands, Moses was not allowed to enter the Promised Land. He took the Israelites as far as the Jordon River before he died.
Lack of Historicity
Based on their archeological findings, the authors Finkelstein and Silberman conclude in their book, The Bible Unearthed, that there is no evidence to support the existence of Moses and the Exodus. These are some of their findings:
1. There was a period of Canaanite migration in recorded Egyptian history. Eventually, these Canaanites, called the Hyksos, actually came to rule for five hundred years until they were forcibly expelled. Afterward, immigration from Canaan was severely restricted. The writers found that the biblical and Egyptian dates differ by 130 years. I would add that the Hyksos were expelled, they didn't escape. And they did not leave as slaves, they left as dethroned rulers.
2. The Egyptians were notorious for keeping records, and there is not a single word of hint of Israelites living in Egypt in any capacity. This does not mean that Israelites never set foot in Egypt. It means they were too insignificant to be worth mention.
3. Exodus 1:11 connects Israelite slavery with the construction of the city of Raamses. The problem is that the first pharaoh named Ramesses did not come to rule until over a hundred years later.
4. The city of Raamses was built by Ramesses II in the thirteenth century. At that time, Egypt was at the height of its power and had controlling authority over the Canaanite region. Any group escaping the will of pharaoh would have easily been tracked down, either by the Egyptian army or by Egyptian soldiers in the forts of northern Sinai and Canaan. I add that Ramesses II died a natural death; his mummified body can be viewed in the Cairo Museum.
5. Modern archeological techniques have been capable of finding meager remains of hunter-gatherers and pastoral nomads all over the world. Despite this, the Sinai desert has been thoroughly explored with no evidence found.
6. They conclude that "The Exodus did not happen at the time and in the manner described in the Bible". I would add it never happened at all. The proof is in the stars.
As explained in Light verses Dark, ancients personified light as moral goodness and darkness as its nemeses. The story of Jesus and Moses follows the same pattern. They are born on the darkest days when the world is overwhelmed by evil. Their origins are marked by water because water symbolizes birth. As the sun rises they increase in strength. As the sun descends, their career descends.
I apply the same method used in Gospel Zodiac to shown that Jesus was a solar hero. Moses life story can be partitioned into twelve parts according to the motifs of the zodiac. Knowing about when he allegedly existed, astronomy software can simulate some key events to show their allegorical origins.
From its Greek heritage, each Zodiac House has a particular motif specified by its name. Within each House there are other constellations with mythological stories behind them. When comparing the ancient myths with their Hebrew versions, there are some remarkable similarities in their themes. To read the Exodus at face value, they often seem unconnected. But when we follow the Zodiac they fit into place like floor tiles.
According to the report on Bible Dates, the Exodus occurred in the Age of Aries and Scripture points to 1480 BCE as the starting date of the Exodus. Moses and Jesus are the only two characters that personify the four seasons of the sun. So just as Gospel Zodiac follows the life of Jesus from Capricorn to Sagittarius, this report will follow the same outline. Simultaneously Aries marks the time of the spring equinox, so the Exodus had a double significance.
The story of Moses takes place in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. It is no coincidence that the life of Moses and Jesus take four chapters. Though Moses is spread through four chapters, and Jesus' is repeated four times with subtle differences. "Four" is one of those biblical magic numbers that designates the yearly journey of the sun through the four seasons.
The sun's position starts from its lowest point on the horizon and ascends upward as the days get longer. This is a time of darkness when evil forces are in control and when dangers are immense.
Other constellations within Capricorn are Aquila the Eagle and Sagitta the Arrow. The Eagle has always been the bird of kings. In one Roman myth, Jupiter sent Aquila to kill Ophiuchus with one of Jupiter's arrows.
Moses was born at a time when the Egyptian Pharaoh feared that at the fast rate the Israelite population was growing, Egyptians would eventually be outnumbered. So he decreed that all male newborns shall be killed. To escape Pharaoh's soldiers, Moses' mother put him in a papyrus basket and sent him floating down the Nile. Pharaoh's daughter found him and decided to raise him.
1. Pharaoh's daughter named him Moses because he was drawn out of the water.
Half fish half goat, Capricorn symbolizes Moses' being drawn out of the water.
2. When Moses grew up, he once saw an Egyptian beating an Israelite slave. Moses killed the Egyptian and buried the body.
Sagitta the Arrow symbolizes Moses killing the Egyptian.
3. When Pharaoh heard of it, he sought to kill Moses. Moses escaped capture by fleeing to Midian.
The Eagle symbolizes Moses flight from Egypt.
Water and light is the essence of all life (Gen 1:2-3). The sun needs water to bring new life into the world.
A relevant constellation within Aquarius is Cygnus the Swan. The constellation is associated with love. In one ancient myth the swan involves a love scene between Jupiter and Leda, the wife of Tyndareus, King of Sparta. One evening as Leda was taking a bath, Jupiter, watching from on high, fell desperately in love with her. So he changed himself into a swan and swam up to Leda. Seeing his magnificence and friendliness, she stroked him. After a while, Jupiter discarded his disguise and lay with her. Their union produced twins.
1. When Moses came to Midian, he came to a well where he met Zipporah, the daughter of a Midianite priest. He married her and they bore a son named Gershom.
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2. When Moses came to Horeb, the mountain of God, a burning bush appeared before him. The bush was an angel, who came to tell him that he was to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
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The burning bush can be explained by the emergence of the star Sirius when the sun is in Aquarius at noon. Sirius is the brightest star in the sky. Orion the hunter could be seen as Moses. Horeb, the mountain of God represents the sun at it highest position.
Figure 2. Sirius' rising at noon on February 12.
The sun needs food to sustain it on its journey. There are no grains or meat at this time. The sun is rising, but there is still more darkness than light.
In the House of Pisces the constellation Cepheus the King is portrayed with his arms raised and a scepter in one hand. Next to Cepheus is Draco the Serpent.
Exodus 4. Moses assembled the Israelites and gets them to unite behind him.
1. When Moses feared that no one would believe him, God put a rod in his hand. When he cast it to the ground, it turned into a serpent. When Moses grabbed the serpent by the tail, it turned back into a rod.
12 3 4 (Ex. 4:2-3)
Aries starts with the spring or vernal equinox, when days and nights are equal. It is the time of year when lambs are born. As the days get longer, the sun is perceived as conquering darkness.
Across from Aries, the constellation Perseus appears with a sword raised above his head representing a symbol of violence. Perseus faces Andromeda, a beautiful woman bound up in chains. In the southern hemisphere in Aries is Cetus the Sea Monster.
In the popular rendering of the myth, Andromeda boasted of being more beautiful than the Nereids, the water nymphs who were renowned for their beauty. When the Nereids overheard this boast they complained to Pseidon. In anger Pseidon created a flood and a monster called Cetus. When Andromeda's father King Cepheus consulted an oracle as to what he could do to get rid of the monster, he was told he had to sacrifice his daughter to the monster. So he led her to the edge of the water and had her bound up in chains and left to mercy against the monster. When Perseus came by he killed the monster and rescued Andromeda. A wedding followed combined with a celebration to celebrate the monster's slaying.
Exodus 5-13. Moses inflicted ten plagues on Egypt. On the last plague, Moses told his people to sacrifice a lamb and smear its blood on their doorways, so the angel of death would know who they were. On Passover evening, the angel came and killed all Egyptian firstborn. It was enough to force Pharaoh to let them go. Similar to the myth of Perseus and Andromeda, Moses rescued the Israelites from Pharaoh represented by Cepheus. The chained Andromeda represents the Israelites held in bondage.
Bulls are needed for plowing and tilling the fields. Bulls pull, so in the similar sense, the Israelites are pulling away from Pharaoh.
The Eridanus River figures in the adventures of Phaeton, one of the sons of Helios the god of light. He once got Helios' permission to drive the Sun's chariot for a day. The horses went wild and came so close to earth that the rivers began to dry up. To avert disaster, Zeus struck Phaeton with a thunderbolt, and the youth plunged into the River Eridanus where he drowned.
As Taurus is rising, above it is the constellation Perseus with its meteor shower the Perseids. Perseus and Taurus straddle the Milky Way. The Perseids can be seen from July 23 to August 20, but is best seen on August 12-13. Two thousand years ago they would have appeared a month earlier from June to July.
The constellation Auriga the charioteer lies above the horns of the bull.
In Exodus 14, the River Eridanus is known as the Red Sea that opened up to let Moses and the Israelites cross on land. Auriga represents Pharaoh's chariot army when they gave chase and drowned in the Red Sea. In Exodus 16, the Perseids represent the manna that rained from heaven.
1. The waters covered the chariots and the horsemen.
2. The second month from the spring equinox defines Taurus.
3. In the evening quails came up and covered the camp. The morning left dew that they called the bread God gave them for eating: manna. (Bird droppings?)
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Figure 3. A Perseid meteor shooting across the Milky Way.
Gemini is a time of increasing or doubling as the sun reaches its zenith. It ends on the Summer solstice when days are the longest and nights the shortest. The sun is at the peak of its strength. Allegorically, the sun is at the top of the mountain (Sinai).
The constellation of Gemini the twins lie high above Orion. Gemini includes two bright stars, Castor and Pollux, the heads of the twins. According to myth, Pollux was immortal but Castor was not. After Castor died, Pollux pleaded with Jupiter to let him die too. Since an immortal cannot die, Jupiter allowed Pollux to spend one day with the gods and the other in the underworld.
Astronomically, when the sun sets in the west, Castor sets with it and Pollux follows him immediately. When the sun rises in the east, the order reverses: Castor rises in the east with Pollux by his side. The constellation forms almost a perfect triangle like a stone tablet. Because the sun is facing Gemini, their daily rise and fall occurs in unison.
Another important star formation is the Milky Way which treads through Gemini and Orion. As explained in Pillar of Cloud, the Milky Way represents the highway to heaven.
In Exodus 19, the main event occurs when Moses went up to the top of Mount Sinai to get the Ten Commandments. From Exodus 20 to 30, a host of laws were decreed. In Exodus 32, Moses punished his people for building and worshipping a golden calf. Moses went up the mountain a second time to get a new set of tablets, because he broke the first set. The entire book of Leviticus to Numbers 10, are devoted to laws.
1. The third new moon from the spring equinox defines Gemini (See Figure 1).
2. Mount Sinai was wrapped up in smoke because the Lord descended upon it in fire.
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As the photograph Figure 3 shows, the Milky Way looks like a cloud of smoke.
3. The people had Aaron make a golden calf to represent the gods that brought them out of Egypt.
The sun can't go back to Taurus, so Moses had them punished. (When Lot's wife looked back, she was turned into salt.)
4. The Lord told Moses to cut two tablets (Gemini) like the first two he broke.
5. When Moses came down Mount Sinai, his face shown (like the sun).
6. God scorched two of Aaron's sons for making an unholy fire.
12 (Lev. 10:1-2)
The incident depicts the sun in front of Gemini.
The sun has crossed a major divide; darkness starts to increase. Crabs walk in a zigzag path, sideways and backwards at the same time in a kind of a backsliding movement. This is a time for assessment and division.
From Numbers 11 to 20, Moses brutally suppressed a string of complaints and rebellions. See Moses the Jewish Hitler.
1. In Numbers 13, the people were tired of eating manna. So Moses promised more meat for a month than they could possibly consume. A wind brought enough quail to pile three feet high for as far as they could walk in one day. So the people worked for two days gathering quail. But as soon as they started eating, God struck them down with plague.
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As noted above, the Perseids meteor shower symbolized manna from heaven. The heavy downpour of quail in the Age of Aries on July 12-13 represents when the meteors reached their peak of brilliance.
2. In Numbers 13-14 Moses sent a small party of spies to assess the Promised Land. When they came back they reported that the land was inhabited by giants and powerful kingdoms. When the people expressed their fear and wanted to go back to Egypt, God sentenced them to wander forty years in the desert.
34According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, for every day a year, you shall bear your iniquity, forty years, and you shall know my displeasure.' (Num. 14:34)
3. In Numbers 16 the elders led by Korah and two associates challenged Moses' leadership. The next day the earth swallowed Korah and his two associates alive.
Astronomically, as the morning hours increase, Auriga the Charioteer and the Gemini twins sink below the horizon.
The sun is still hot; this is a time of strength when the sun goes to the end of the growing season. At the end of the growing season, food is plentiful, and seeds have to be stored for the next season. Leo is noted for kingship or in this case, kingdoms.
In Leo there is a constellation called Corvus the Crow. The crow was the bird of Apollo that had white feathers and a beautiful singing voice. When Apollo sent the crow for some water, the bird became tantalized by a fig tree and decided to wait for its fruit to ripen. To account for his delay, he lied to Apollo. So Apollo turned him black and made his voice screechy.
From Numbers 20 to 21, there is a series of confrontations with other kingdoms in which the Israelites prevail. In Numbers 22-24, cities in the path of the Israelites hired a prophet to put a curse on the Israelites, but had no success.
1. When the Israelites wanted to pass through Edom, the king would not let them so they went around.
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2. They had a confrontation with the king of Arad.
3. There was a war with the Amorites.
4. Finally there was one last war with Bashan and their king Og.
5. King Balak of Moab sent elders to hire the prophet Balaam to put a curse on the Israelites. When Balaam asked God for permission, he was refused; so Balaam wouldn't perform the curse. Afterwards, Balaam prophesied the demise of the Moabites. Balaam wouldn't act against the Israelites but Moses didn't see it that way. In Libra, Moses had Balaam killed as a way of settling a debt. There is a faint resemblance to the myth of Corvus where the favored bird does wrong and gets punished.
Virgo is depicted as a woman with grain stalks in her hand. This is when the harvest is milled into flour. As the sun descends to the equator, troubles start to emerge.
The subject changes to female issues. In Numbers 25, Israelite men where punished for having sex with Moabite temple prostitutes. Numbers 27 has stuff about inheritance laws for daughters and Numbers 30 has a section on female vows.
1. The men of Israel took a liking to the temple prostitutes of the Moabite deity Baal of Peor. So Moses had the Moabite chiefs hanged and the guilty men slain.
12 3 4 5 (Num 25:1-5)
2. The love affair between a Midianite woman and a man of Israel was believed to be the cause of a plague. To stay the plague, Aaron's grandson impaled them both. 24,000 died anyway.
67 8 9 (Num. 25:6-9)
3. God told Moses to slay the Midianites for the two above incidences, though the first involved Moabites.
1617 18 (Num. 25:16-18)
4. Moses appointed Joshua as his successor.
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As Virgo sets in the West, Perseus rises in the east. Perseus had a reputation as a conquering hero.
The balance symbolizes the fall equinox when days and nights are equal. It is a time for settling debts, getting organized and weighing the good against the bad.
In Numbers 31, Moses takes revenge against the Midianites, but allows his soldiers to take the virgins as booty. Numbers 32-36 discusses a host of matters to put in order. Some conquered land was apportioned among three tribes. Moses lays out the itinerary for taking possession of the Promised Land. He gets into inheritances and how boundaries shall be apportioned. There is a chapter on legal procedures and the final chapter discusses inheritances for women.
1. Moses had Balaam slain for his treachery as counsel of Balaam (discussed in Leo para. 5).
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2. Moses had the Midianites killed for the matter of Peor (discussed in Virgo para. 1), but he let his solders keep the virgins for themselves.
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Deuteronomy 1-30. The sun is getting weaker and the air is cold, remindful of a scorpion's sting. Scorpions are seen as crawling creatures who frequent cracks, holes and other secluded spots, so they are associated with acts of secrecy and evil. This is a time of argument and conflict.
Moses is in the twilight of his life; he has another month to go. He gave three sermons in which he reviews the past along with his accomplishments.
1. God was angry with Moses, so he commanded Moses not to cross the Jordan.
2122 23 24 (Deut. 4:21-24)
At the winter solstice on December 22, the sun enters the lowest point on the horizon. The next three days are the darkest days of the year. The scorpion's stings turn into the archer's arrows. The weakened sun is going to die on the solstice.
1. Moses and Joshua went to the top of Mount Nebo where he could get his last look at the Promised Land. Moss died there at 120 years old.
4"This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, 'I will give it to your descendants.' I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there."5 6 7 (Deut. 34:4-7)
In biblespeak, his age of 120 years translates into 12 months of the zodiac cycle.