A Birth Time For Jesus

By C. Marguerite Hafeman, © 2004

Many scholarly attempts have been made to designate a birth time for Jesus Christ, all of them using various references from the Bible as evidence for their arguments. Credence is also given to the postulate that the timing of certain biblical events was recorded astronomically in relevant scripture and can be retrieved, given a proper understanding of ancient language. Two thousand years ago astrology and astronomy were intertwined as complimentary sciences; heavenly transits were routinely taken as omens foretelling and marking the activities of life on earth. Of all the arguments proposed for the time of Christ's birth, the one offered by biblical scholar and cult leader Victor Paul Wierwille seems to hold some extra merit in terms of relating a holy event to astronomical phenomenon, via the use of Scripture. This does not imply support for the gentleman's theological bias, only an acknowledgement of some very interesting astronomical and astrological correlations that he discovered in the course of research.

Let us examine Revelation 12:1-5: "And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of 12 stars. And she being with child cried, travailing in birth and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth; and the dragon stood before the woman, which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who as to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up to God and to his throne."

The word "wonder" refers to the Greek "sign" and was used in the context of "Zodiacal sign". Only one constellation of the Zodiac represents a woman, and that is Virgo, the virgin. The sun passes into the midbody of Virgo for a 20-day period every year; in the year 3 BC the sun was in this position from August 27th through September 15th. The woman had the "moon under her feet" on one day only, September 11, between sunset and moon set; sunset was at 6:18 pm, and moon set was at 7:39 pm. In biblical and Hebrew terms, September 11 was the sacred first day of the seventh month of Tishri. Why pick 3 BC in the first place? The planet Jupiter was within 29m applying to the first of three exact conjunctions with the royal star Regulus. The times of exact conjunction were: Sept 14, 3 BC, Feb 17, 2 BC and May 8, 2 BC. This first applying conjunction between two such brilliant omens of power would be prominent in the sky over Bethlehem, big enough to warrant being called a "Great Star". The date and times for September of 3 BC constitute the only period when all three alignments of sun, moon and visible conjunction between Jupiter and Regulus were in effect.

A horoscope chart for this date is provided, cast for 6:18 pm. The reader is certainly free to experiment with other times up to 7:39 pm; however this chart resonated with some powerful symbolism for me. The Ascendant Sabian Symbol is "A man bringing down the new law from Sinai", or self-sacrifice and determination to further the ultimate upliftment of all men. The coordinates for the Sagitarrian Midheaven are within minutes of the current center of the galaxy, at approximately 26°Sag 52m; ironic that the end of times and a second coming of Christ has been forecast to coenside with end of the Mayan calendar in 2012.

For planetary aspects we have Uranus, classic symbol of the rabble-rouser and revolutionary, placed right at the Ascendant (basic persona) and ignited by opposition to Pluto, lord of transformation and resurrection on the Descendant. Pluto leads a stellum of planets located in Virgo, natural ruler of the 6th house of healing. The stellum includes the Sun, center of essential creative identity, Mercury the communicator and Venus the magnetic lover. Note that the majority of planets, including those associated with the personal and individual are located in the 6th and 7th houses; this would indicate one who was concerned with healing (6th house) others, even one's enemies (7th house).

The Sun hidden just beneath the horizon and Pluto just above the horizon would serve as an apt metaphor for one who was the Son of God. Sun-Pluto are part of a grand trine in earth also featuring a determined Capricorn Mars in the 10th house of public life and career, and Taurus Saturn in the 2nd house of personal values. This triune earth aspect is concerned with grounding the kingdom of heaven within the earth; it and the Virgo planets do not denote one who was recommending a transcendance of all things earthly. It does denote one who recommended humbling oneself as a little child to enter into the presence of God, also to know one's place in God through works, not faith alone.

Saturn the karmic taskmaster and lord of material form is conjunct the star Rigel, "bringing knowledge to others," in opposition to a penetrating, Scorpionic Neptune placed in the mystical 8th house of death, the afterworld and power. Saturn-Neptune seeks to pierce the veil between material life and the hereafter; the duo represent the challenging process of embodying the spiritual within the life on earth. Neptune conjuncts the star Antares, denoting "sucess which can be obsessive." As is well known, Jesus crossed between social classes and disrupted traditional ceremony to get his point across; his boldness cost him dearly.

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