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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Zodiac, Cherubim & The Sphinx

Last Sunday, the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, had Psalm 18 as the appointed psalm. In it we read the following:
He bowed the heavens and came down; thick darkness was under his feet. He rode on a cherub and flew; he came swiftly on the wings of the wind. (Psalm 18:9-10)
The reference to riding on a cherub intrigued me. What was King David saying? What is the Holy Spirit revealing here? I have begun to research the Cherubim. I share with you today one of the fascinating websites that I've come across - The Zodiac, Cherubim and The Sphinx - Here's a quote from it about the Christian / Biblical interpretation of the Zodiac:

The Zodiac, Cherubim & The Sphinx

Myth and God's Message in the Heavens
E.W. Bollinger in Witness of the Stars, and Joseph Seiss in The Gospel in the Stars, provide detailed analysis of this understanding.

The various signs of the Zodiac are spelled out in detail in the above quoted site. The signs, they say, may be interpreted as follows:
  • Virgo = the virgin who gives birth to the incarnate God
  • Libra = the scales that weigh man's deficiency and Jesus' finished sacrifice
  • Scorpio = the scorpion, depicting the enmity between the serpent and the woman's offspring
  • Sagittarius = the complex symbol of God's redemptive work on earth
  • Capricorn = the goat with the tail of a fish, symbol of life and God's Spirit.
  • Pisces = fish connected to the sea monster, fulfilling the prayer that God's will be done
  • Aquarius = the water bearer who pours out the life-giving water of God's Spirit
  • Aries = the Lamb sacrificed for mankind
  • Taurus = the bull representing God's judgment
  • Castor = the twins representing the suffering Savior who is also the King
  • Cancer = the crab, the stronghold of the redeemed
  • Leo = the great Lion of the tribe of Judah

So the whole story of God's redemptive work is portrayed from beginning to end. Much to ponder here.