Yesterday my mother called me loudly to watch a TV show in which a bunch of serious men were claiming they had found the true date of Jesus’ birth. What I saw and heard left me dumbfounded. They could not figure out even the most evident symbolism.
Right after I did my own calculation and, at breakfast this morning, I told my mother that Jesus was born on 25th, yet not of December but of July, in summer, and neither in the year 0 but in the year 7 before Christ (I obviously mean before the date arbitrarily chosen to start our modern calendar). Then I explained her my reasoning – very simple when we know three symbolic keys – and I even think I managed to convince her, because she stopped chewing.
Those three keys are:
1) The three Biblical Magi who arrived from the east were three luminaries, because they always move across the sky from east to west.
2) The gifts (gold, frankincense, and myrrh) show us what three luminaries among the seven (Sun, Moon, and five visible planets) they represent. The association between gold and the Sun needs no further explanation. Myrrh was a substance used to embalm the dead, so it has to represent that complementary of life, of day and the Sun; so myrrh symbolizes death, night and – that’s right – the Moon (the black King Balthazar). And what about frankincense? The only planet which comes closer to the symbolism of a fragrant smoke is Mercury, a liquid metal which can amalgamate gold and silver (Sun and Moon). So we have identified the three Wise Men from the East: the Sun, the Moon, and, between both, Mercury.
3) Jesus’ birth occurs in a manger between an ox and a mule. Is there something similar in the sky? Indeed! Visible to the naked eye there is a star cluster in Cancer constellation named Praesepe (Latin for manger), between two stars named Asellus Australis & Asellus Borealis (Latin for northern donkey & southern donkey). So now we also know where to place the three Magi: in Cancer’s vicinity.
As you are about to see in the following picture of the sky above Bethlehem, these three keys suffice to find the true date of Jesus’ birth: July 25, 7 BC.
At the dawn of that date the Moon was “walking” on Cancer, while the Sun came a few steps behind, on Leo (each luminary on its traditional sign). Specifically, the Sun was transiting over the brightest star in Leo: Regulus (Latin for little king), announcing the birth of a very special “king.”
The Moon – a fingernail over the horizon – was illuminating the celestial Manger with its two Donkeys. And, as we predicted, Mercury was transiting between the two “parental” luminaries (between the Moon and the Sun).
The Bible says that a very striking star guided the Magi to Bethlehem (near Jerusalem), and, on the date in question, a striking conjunction of luminaries was taking place in Pisces constellation. So we have also solved the riddle of the Star of Bethlehem: It was the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction, ahead of the three Wise Men who came from the east (the Moon, Mercury, and the Sun, in that order).
Moreover, Pisces was the sign of the new Age, hence the Star of Bethlehem also announced the Age of Pisces, and that is why the Church chose the fish as a symbol for Jesus. (Another symbol was the lamb, indicating the birth of a new order continuation of the previous one of Aries, represented by the ram.)
On the other side of the sky, the Northern Cross (Cygnus constellation) was setting over the western horizon, resembling a huge cross stuck on the ground. Somehow, the sky also showed the symbol of Jesus’ death towards the west, and the symbol of the religion that would be founded after his teachings. The Northern Cross situation in the sky would also serve as a template for the layout and orientation of the Christian temples.
[There are many other significant elements in the sky of that date; such as the Milky Way orientation between a pair of “stargates” (Sirius-Procyon in the east, and Vega-Altair in the west); the heliacal rising of Sirius, the brightest star in the night; the Big Dipper orientation, pointing to the north; Orion rising from the SE; the locations of the rest of luminaries below the horizon (Mars on Libra, and Venus on Virgo); etc.]
Suffice this to pinpoint the birth-date of one of the key figures of humanity.
This type of astronomical interpretation has helped me to unravel many mysteries of the past, like that of Atlantis. I explain this in my new book, Voyage Zero (US link; UK link).