Origins of the Zodiac Bible Code
You might say to yourself, "oh no, not another Bible code!" Well, this one doe not involve any contrived computer code; that idea is bunkum. This code breaker is based on of the way the Bible was originally written. Over past century, others before me have noticed, so I can't take credit for bring the first. Until computers, there was no way to simulate the star patterns during biblical times. Until the internet, there was no way to get the message to the general public.
The word "code" is not entirely accurate. The Bible stories were written in an allegorical form that reflects the history and culture of their time. Heaven was a parallel world where the gods or God dwelt. It was such a common practice, that there is a wealth of astral myths to draw from that parallel the Bible.
What got my attention, were several sources that alluded to a connection between the Bible and astrology. Each of the twelve sectors of the Zodiac has a unique motif relating to life in agrarian society. The motifs follow the yearly life cycle of the sun from birth to prime to death (Trinity). On a hunch, I tried to see how they fit with Matthew, and sure enough they did. Then I knew the rest of the Bible would most probably fall into place the same way. (References are in the book section.)
Astronomy software and a map of the Zodiac with mythological images proved to be indispensable tools. With these, I could track the parallel sequence of Bible stories and Zodiac images. In addition, this method serves as a twelve point check, like a key in a lock with twelve pins. This is when the Bible's astronomical legends really began to make sense. Some examples: In Numbers, the topic switches to women for no apparent reason. That's because the sun is in Virgo. Who would have guessed that Judas' Kiss is represented by the sun passing Scorpio's tail? How else would you know that Jesus' Transfiguration has to do with his coronation? What is manna? It's the Perseid meteor shower. The Red Sea is the constellation Eridanus River. Noah's Ark is up there too.
Once we get familiar with the Zodiac, the Bible practically tells us where to look. At the beginning of the first century, the sun on the vernal equinox passed from Aries to Pisces. That harmonizes with the oft-mentioned lamb and fish in the gospels. In John the Baptist, we see Aquarius, a man pouring water. Mary is Virgo the virgin. Next to Virgo is Bootes as Joseph. There is even a tiny constellation between them that represents baby Jesus, Coma Berenices.
Christianity and Judaism are revealed religions in the visual sense of dividing the motion of heavenly bodies. Messenger angels were angles of the stars. The son of God is the Sun of God. The red sunsets personify his blood. Moses and David were sun heroes to Jews. Those halos we see on Christian art represent the sun's corona.
Astrology precedes written history, and there is evidence of it all around the globe. If the gods dwelt in heaven, it was only natural for priests to look to heaven for signs to what the king had to know to please them. Egypt has star charts that go as far back as 4,200 BCE. The earliest forms of astrology came from Babylonia, Assyria, and Egypt. They merged with Greece when the conquests of Alexander the Great after 323 BCE spread Greek culture throughout the Mesopotamian and Roman world.
While it is true that the Bible rejects horoscope astrology, that has more to do with rivalry and differences of opinion. Matthew's narration of the Wise Men and the Star of Bethlehem demonstrates that Christians used it too. Though pagans first used it for kings, it began to be applied to individuals. For the Bible's priests, this was sacrilege. God dwelt in heaven and they were his chosen medium to whom he revealed his word.
It seems clear that the astrological nature of early Christianity was understood by the Bible writers and their contemporaries. It was common practice in the ancient world, so there is no reason to think otherwise, though contemporary Christians and Jews prefer to think otherwise. The question is how and when did the Bible's links to astrology get lost?
Most likely the Roman emperor Constantine (272-337) had other political reasons for making Christianity the religion of the empire. As for his selection of Christianity, the Christian sun god Jesus is similar to the Roman state sun god, Sol Invictus. Constantine had a Christian mother too. By some counts, there were over 90 Christian sects at that time, the Orthodox sect being one of them. When Constantine called the Council of Nicaea for the purpose of unifying the sects, the Orthodox sect won out. This is probably where astrology was discarded and official Christendom settled on a human form of Jesus.
Still, the remnants are there. Like archeologists who have developed the science and art of recreating an ancient world out of fossils, the heavens provide the clues to the beliefs of the earliest Christians.
There were about fifty different gospels in circulation during the first years. Scholars estimate that the gospels we know were written soon after the Jewish-Roman War (66-73 CE), between 65 and 100 CE. They could have been written as late as 185 when Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons first cited the four gospels by name, though it is not known what they looked like. The name of Theophilus in Luke 1:3 coincides with the same name of the Bishop of Antioch, 169-177 CE. It wasn't until 382 when the Council of Rome canonized the Bible we know today.
The Bible's writers had a sophisticated knowledge of the Zodiac, especially of precession. On 150 CE, Ptolemy published the Almagest, a treatise on astronomy that endured for a thousand years. Ptolemy gave credit to his predecessor, Hipparchus (190 to 120 BCE) for the discovery of precession and for compiling the 48 star catalog in his book. Hipparchus' works were lost, but there is a good chance it had an impact on the final edition of the Old Testament. Ptolemy also wrote a treatise on astrology that was the most popular work of antiquity. The timing of the Almagest fits in neatly before Irenaeus first suggested the four gospels.