year at this time the Earth conjuncts the Dog
or God star Sirius, known as the Christ star. "We have seen His
Star in the east and have come to worship Him." (Matthew 2:2)
With the Earth and Sirius at this time, from the opposite side of the zodiac, both opposing the heart of the Milky Way galaxy, they are therefore in direct alignment with it. We celebrate
Christmas at a time when the Earth is celestially stimulated by the heart of our galaxy through the Sun,
and directly by the Christ star, Sirius.
At the time of the birth of Christ, Sirius, the Star in the East, was on the meridian line, Orion, called "The Three Kings" by oriental astronomers, was in proximity; therefore the constellation Virgo, the Virgin, was rising in the east, and the line of the ecliptic, of the equator and of the horizon all met in that constellation. It is interesting also to note that the brightest and largest star in the constellation Virgo is called Spica; it is to be found in the "ear of corn" (sign of fertility) which the Virgin holds. Bethlehem means the "house of bread," and there is therefore an obvious connection between these two words. This constellation is also composed of three stars in the shape of a cup. This is the true Holy Grail, that which contains the life blood, the repository of the sacred and the holy, and that which conceals divinity. These are astronomical facts. The interpretation of the symbolism attached from ancient days to these constellations is as old as religion itself. Whence came the signs, and how the meanings and symbols associated with them came into being, is lost in the night of time. They have existed in men's minds and thoughts and writings for thousands of years, and are our joint heritage today. The ancient zodiac of Dendera (antedating Christianity by several thousand years) is ample proof of this. In the sun's journey around the zodiac, this "Man of the Heavens" eventually arrives at Pisces; this sign is exactly opposite the sign Virgo, and is the sign of all world Saviours. We have already seen that the age of Christianity is the Piscean Age, and Christ came to the Holy Land when our sun transitted into that sign. Therefore that which was started and had its being in Virgo (the birth of the Christ Child) is consummated in Pisces when that Christ Child, having attained maturity, comes forth as the world Saviour.
One other astronomical fact is of interest in this connection. Closely associated with the constellation Virgo, and to be found in the same section of the Heavens, are three other constellations, and in these three there is portrayed for us symbolically the story of the Child which shall be born, suffer and die and come again. There is the group of stars called Coma Berenice, the Woman with the Child. There is Centaurus, the Centaur, and Boötes, whose name in the Hebrew language means the "Coming One." First, the child born of the woman and that woman a virgin; then the centaur, ever the symbol of humanity in the ancient mythologies, for man is an animal, plus a god, and therefore a human being. Then He Who shall come looms over them all, overshadowing them, pointing to the fulfilment which shall come through birth and human incarnation. Truly the picture book of the heavens holds eternal truth for those who have eyes to see and the intuition developed rightly to interpret. Prophecy is not confined to the Bible but has ever been held before men's eyes in the vault of heaven.
Thus as "the heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament sheweth His handiwork," we have the prophecy of that world event which took place when Christ was born in Bethlehem, the "house of bread," and Virgo rose above the horizon, whilst the Star in the East shone forth.
Christ came, then, to His Own flesh and blood because the world of men drew Him and the love of the Father impelled Him. He came to give to life a purpose and fulfilment, and to indicate to us the Way: He came to give us an example, so that we could be galvanised by the hope that "maketh not ashamed" to "press toward the mark for the prize of our high calling." (1)
more about Star of Bethlehem theories and what the Wise Men could
have seen, at the following links ...
[ Excerpt from the book Secret Chamber by Robert
G. Bauval ]
Crab Nebula | NASA/CXC/SAO
of Wonder~Is the star of Bethlehem now a pulsar?
[ Beliefnet ]
A Royal Star?
[ MSNBC ]
received this poem, you may also enjoy ...
*****The Christmas Star*****
light from this star falls
from heaven to illuminate the way,
Of wise men and simple shepherds
from then to this day.
It lights the way to the
kingdom of heaven which is within,
As we follow this light we come
to better know our kin.
When the light of this star penetrates
into one's heart,
The journey to enlightenment is sure to start.
The light is angelic
inside our heart is divine,
Looking now toward heaven
as our heart is incline.
The wise men knew from the
science they had,
The shepherds simply knew that
inside they were glad.
It matters not how we know,
what counts is that inside we grow.
The star shown bright casting
light upon he,
Who came to give love and wisdom
to the likes of you and me.
May the Christmas Star shine
bright upon you,
And rekindle the divine love in your heart anew.
May this love shine out to all
family and friend,
May it last all year long and never come to an end.
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(1) Alice A. Bailey, From Bethlehem to Calvary, p. 63–65
(top): Adaptation from "Euch ist ein Kindlein heut gebor'n"
by Karl Fuchs; Wiechmann-Verlag, Germany