Astrology is a system of thought concerning the connections between external reality and internal reality. A famous saying among the ancients who studied the stars is: As above, so below. They believed the study of the stars is a study of the inner workings of the human mind. Astrology literally means the science of the stars. The notion of the zodiac is very ancient, with roots in the early cited cultures of Mesopotamia around 2900 B.C. The following are insights concerning astrology from near-death experiencers profiled on this website.
1. Carl Jung’s NDE and astrology connection
Carl Jung, the world-renowned psychologist who had a near-death experience, believed that when people are born, or when anything happens, the influence of the planets are exerted on them. As such, Jung believed astrology is a symbolic system that works through synchronicity, a term coined by Jung. Synchronicity is the belief that everything in the universe is interrelated and that what occurs can be understood as a pattern of meaningful coincidences. Jung’s near-death experience was a major influence on his life and work.
a. In 1944, Jung had a heart attack, which resulted in a near-death experience. His vivid encounter with the light, plus the intensely meaningful insights he received, helped Jung develop his ideas on the archetypes of the collective unconscious and how it relates to concepts found in astrology. Jung’s experiences and knowledge led him to create the field of analytical psychology.
b. Jung did an analysis of astrology to determine its place in synchronicity. He studied 483 married couples and noted the astrological connections between the birth dates of married couples. These findings concluded that long lasting relationships had a certain astrological pattern which were found to be three times higher than the rate of coincidence. Also astounding was the fact that the couples whom astrologers would interpret as being the most conducive to marriage were the couples whose astrological pattern occurred most frequently. The pattern that astrologers interpret as least conducive to marriage occurred least often among the couples. Jung calculated the odds of the this result occurring randomly is 1 in 62,500,000. Jung believed incidents like these are the result of synchronicity. (Carl Jung)
2. The science of astrology
A recent episode of the television program, Unsolved Mysteries, profiled a segment concerning an experiment in astrology. The producers of the show had twenty astrological birth charts from people at random. Included with the twenty astrological charts, the producers put the astrological charts of four serial killers: Jeffrey Dahmer, David Son of Sam Berkowitz, David the Night Stalker Ramirez, and Ed Kemper. These astrological charts were given to Carolyn Reynolds, a well-known astrologer, to see if she can glean any information from them. Without knowing the identity of the people whose charts she was analyzing, Carolyn Reynolds successfully identified the four people as possible serial killers. She was also able to give other specific information about these serial killers that proved correct. She was able to do all this just by analyzing their astrological birth chart.
A similar experiment was done by other people with a different set of people and a different group of serial killers. The astrologer who evaluated their birth charts without knowing who they were, was Edna Rowland, another professional astrologer. They came up with similar results and published their findings in a book entitled, Destined for Murder: Profiles of Six Serial Killers With Astrological Commentary.
More scientific evidence suggestive of astrology is available on this website.
3. The twelve signs of the NDE zodiac
There is an astrological connection between the Beings of Light, the near-death experiencer, and the near-death experience itself. This astrological connection can best be seen in those NDEs where the experiencer appears before the Being of Light and a group of other light beings. Experiencers have referred to this group by different names: a Council of Elders, a council of men, or council, or Elders, or something similar to these. This council usually consists of twelve Beings of Light who are representatives of the twelve signs of the zodiac. This astrological connection becomes apparent when an experiencer undergoes a life review or special encounter with others usually for the purpose of learning about their destiny or a prophecy.
a. Dannion Brinkley and the twelve beings of light
Dannion Brinkley was led to a heavenly cathedral by a Being of Light. There he met twelve more Beings of Light whom represented the zodiac:
“I was able to count the beings as they stood behind the podium. There were thirteen of them, standing shoulder to shoulder and stretched across the stage. I was aware of other things about them, too, probably through some form of telepathy. Each one of them represented a different emotional and psychological characteristic that all humans have. For example, one of these beings was intense and passionate, while another was artistic and emotional. One was bold and energetic, yet another possessive and loyal. In human terms, it was as though each one represented a different sign of the zodiac. In spiritual terms, these beings went far beyond the signs of the zodiac. They emanated these emotions in such a way that I could feel them.” (Dannion Brinkley)
b. Betty Eadie and the council of twelve elders
“I was led to a room, which was exquisitely built and appointed. I entered and saw a group of men seated around the long side of a kidney-shaped table. I was led to stand in front of them within the indented portion of the table. One thing struck me almost immediately; there were twelve men here – men – but no women. The men radiated love for me, and I felt instantly at peace with them. They leaned together to consult with each other. Then one of them spoke to me. He said that I had died prematurely and must return to earth. I felt them saying it was important that I return to earth, that I had a mission to fulfill, but I resisted it in my heart. This was my home, and I felt that nothing they could say would ever convince me to leave it. The men conferred again and asked me if I wanted to review my life … I felt the love of the council come over me.” (Betty Eadie)
c. Edgar Cayce and the twelve apostles of the zodiac
The following information reinforces the connection between the twelve signs of the zodiac, the twelve apostles of Jesus, and the twelve Elders of the Council.
(1) Edgar Cayce revealed through his near-death journeys that the twelve apostles of Christ were representatives of the twelve signs of the zodiac. He said the stars represent soul patterns, not experiences. The twelve signs of the zodiac are twelve patterns from which the soul chooses when coming into the earth realm. They are like races – patterns of temperament, personality, etc. The star signs of the zodiac, for instance, influence people in subtle ways: by making some people bull-headed, or some people emotional, or some people timid, or some people introspective, based on the zodiac pattern chosen. [Cayce Reading 2823-1]
(2) Jesus stated that the twelve apostles would someday judge people in a heavenly tribunal (a Council?):
“Jesus said to them [the twelve], “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” (Matthew 19:28)
(3) Early Christians believed Jesus was the perfection of all the twelve heavenly constellations. He ruled over twelve apostles on earth and he rules over the twelve signs of the zodiac in the heavens. The early Church leader Clement of Alexandria (150-215 A.D.), in Excerpta ex Theodota, had no hesitation in equating the twelve apostles with the twelve signs of the zodiac, with Christ as the central sun … “By such reasoning, the body of Christ, through the numinous power of the zodiac, merges with the body of man, to become a single united symbol within the church.”
d. Lynnclaire Dennis and the circle of twelve elders
During Lynnclaire Dennis’ NDE, she entered into the Light of the Universal Life Source – God. In the light, she saw what she understood to be the “Pattern” of all life and was told that she was assigned to communicate to the world the message behind the Pattern. After her NDE, she would have recurring dreams of the Pattern and would be able to bring more subconscious memories of it into her consciousness. The pattern eventually caught the eye of quantum physicists because of its compatibility with the knotted pattern of 10-dimensional space in Superstring physics and its possible solution to the so-called Theory of Everything – the holy grail of all physics. The Pattern consists of twelve pieces surrounded by an unbroken line creating seven bridges within it. The mathematical name for it is a Fourier Trefoil knot. The following is the interesting connection between this twelve-piece Pattern and the Council of twelve elders:
Along with having recurring dreams of the Pattern, Lynnclaire also has recurring dreams of a “circle of twelve elders,” one of whom is Asian and currently living in the flesh. In 1996, she visited China at the invitation of a scientist named Steve Bryson and within hours of arriving there, she was introduced to a man whom she recognized as the Asian elder. She is currently working with The Gorbachev Foundation and has found doors opening to diplomatic circles in many countries. She views the metaphysical meaning behind the Pattern as a potential tool for negotiation. World-renowned University of Illinois mathematician Dr. Louis Kauffman had this to say about the unifying principle behind the Pattern:
“The fact that you can see many different forms in it as you turn it around makes it very beautiful for teaching purposes. You can say to people, ‘Here is something that if you look at it one way shows you the Star of David, and if you turn it another way shows you the Yin-Yang, and if you turn it again you see the crescents sacred to Islam, the symbol for infinity, and the conventional image of an atom. And they’re really all the same thing.’ Mathematics is slowly teasing out those kinds of patternings by stepping carefully and slowly through various structures that give rise to puzzles. Those puzzles become centers of attention for people, and from them we begin to understand how everything is knitted together in the universe.” (Dr. Louis Kauffman)
Perhaps the Council of Elders from the NDE dimension are doing more than just trying to give us the mathematical solution to the Grand Unified Theory to the Theory of Everything. Perhaps they are also trying to give us the religious, cultural, political and metaphysical proof that we are indeed connected, one, and the same. (Kevin Williams)
e. Sylvia Browne and the council of elders
Through her near-death experience and subsequent psychic abilities, Sylvia Browne learned that upon death, most people go through a heavenly process before entering into heaven. Part of that process is going before a Council of Elders:
“Another beautiful structure is the Hall of Justice where people go before a Council of Elders who are highly advanced spokespersons of God who help us decide how we are to progress further into the spirit realm. At some point, people recognize the need for even further advancement and therefore choose to return to earth to gain this spiritual advancement. With the help of a spirit guide, they decide on an incarnation which will meet their goals. They then proceed to the Hall of Justice where they meet once again with the Council of Elders. Here, the Council prepares people for their next incarnation. When they are ready to incarnate, their family and friends are gathered together to bid farewell.” (Sylvia Browne)
f. Dr. Michael Newton and the council of elders
Dr. Michael Newton‘s important research into hypnotic regression into past life memories led him to the discovery of memories of experiences in out-of-body dimensions between earth lives. After a multitude of regressions, Newton realized that a process exists after death where people appear before a Council of Elders:
“After souls arrive back into their soul groups, they are summoned to appear before a Council of Elders. While the Council is not prosecutorial, they do engage in direct examination of a soul’s activities before returning them to their groups. Upon returning to earth, one of the last requirements before embarkation for many souls is to go before the Council of Elders for the second time. The spirit world is an environment personified by order and the Elders want to reinforce the significance of a soul’s goals for the next life. Some return to their spirit group after this meeting to say goodbye while others say they leave immediately for reincarnation. Those souls getting ready for embarkation to earth are like battle-hardened veterans girding themselves for combat. This is the last chance for souls to enjoy the omniscience of knowing just who they are before they must adapt to a new body.” (Dr. Michael Newton)
g. Brian Krebs and the twelve beings of knowledge
During Brian Kreb’s NDE, Brian was given information about the past, the present, and the future from twelve otherworldly Beings of Light who have similarities to the Elders found in Betty Andreasson’s UFO NDE and Dannion Brinkley’s Beings who represented different signs of the zodiac:
“I then went to twelve beings of greater knowledge. They were in front of me and stood in a row. They were not human. They had no feelings of anything like judgment or authority, but seemed strong in themselves. They seemed taller than me and they wore silver white robes. They had white skin, large heads and large eyes. I do not remember them having mouths. Above them was a spirit. It was like a star as we see one from earth, but in size it appeared the same size as the heads of the beings. The spirit went to my left and hovered above the first being. I remember it was like a video of knowledge that sprung from the beings’ hands, which were held in front of them. Each being had something to relate. They opened the knowledge they had when the spirit moved above them. The last told me what I could do if I came back and the significance of it. I only remember seeing a young man with his head held back in pain as if his neck was injured. I said, ‘Oh! Aaron! My son!’ They said, ‘No, not that son.’ And I realized who they meant. (In 1978, my only other child was born, a son).” (Brian Krebs)
h. John the Revelator’s journey to heaven before the throne of elders
In the Book of Revelation in the Bible, John of Patmos is taken into heaven before Jesus and twenty-four Elders on thrones. Twelve of the Elders certainly must represent the twelve apostles as has already been established. The identity of the other twelve Elders could be the twelve Angels mentioned in the Book of Revelation. Both references are as follows:
“After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, ‘Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.’ At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne. Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four Elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. Before the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God. Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.” (Revelation 4:1-6)
During John’s experience in heaven, he is shown a vision of the future when the heavenly city comes to earth. In his description of this city, notice the connection between the twelve apostles and the twelve angels.
“It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel … The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” (Revelation 21:12-14)
i. Black Elk’s council of six grandfathers and six implied fathers
During Black Elk’s NDE, he went before a council of six old grandfathers whom he described as “older than men can ever be – old like hills, old like stars.” Because these six beings represent grandfathers, it might be implied that there are also six fathers that go with these six grandfathers but are not mentioned. Nevertheless, Black Elk’s NDE encounter with a council of men who are representatives of archetypal powers:
“The oldest grandfather welcomed the boy and said, ‘Your grandfathers all over the world are having a council, and they have called you here to teach you.’ His voice was very kind, but the boy shook all over with fear now, for he knew that these were not old men, but the Powers of the World. Each grandfather gave Black Elk a power. The first grandfather gave him the power to heal. The second grandfather then gave the boy the power of cleansing. The third grandfather gave the boy the power of awakening and its peace. From the fourth grandfather the boy was given the power of growth. The fifth grandfather, the Spirit of the Sky, gave the power of transcendent vision. The sixth grandfather, a very old man, incredibly grew backwards into youth until he became the boy, Black Elk. Growing older again he said, ‘My boy, have courage, for my power shall be yours, and you shall need it, for your nation on the earth will have great troubles.’ Then the boy hears a great Voice say, ‘Behold the circle of the nation’s hoop, for it is holy, being endless, and thus all powers shall be one power in the people without end.’ Then Black Elk, standing on the highest mountain, surveying the grand vista of the hoop of the world, said, ‘I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being.'” (Black Elk)
4. The afterlife realms as planetary dimensions
Near-death experiences support the ancient astrological concept of planetary afterlife realms. The following are some examples.
a. David Oakford’s NDE of planetary afterlife realms
“We traveled past all of the planets in our solar system. Near each planet I could hear the energy just like on earth. I saw the auras around each one of them too. I saw spirits on all of them as well. My friend told me that all planets are places for spirits to live, learn and thus evolve. I saw great cities on each and every one of those planets … The being told me that each planet has a theme for learning and that any of them can be chosen by a soul when we are between physical lives. He said we practice on the other planets to be ready to live on earth. He said earth is the ultimate experience for a soul. It is ultimate because our souls evolve faster here than anywhere else. It was said that the lessons we need to learn are difficult to learn without having a physical form.” (David Oakford)
b. Edgar Cayce’s NDEs of planetary afterlife realms
Reality is multi-dimensional. According to Edgar Cayce, we are multi-dimensional beings who exist simultaneously in a multi-dimensional reality. Long ago, our bodies evolved from primates. Even longer ago, our consciousness evolved from the stars. But before the universe began, our spirits existed forever as part of the divine in higher dimensions. At the conscious (physical) level, our bodies are like a miniature replica of the solar system. Our hearts perform the function of the sun – the center of the system. Other organs within our body are also used by our souls to find a means of expression. The planets exert subtle astrological vibrations upon our bodies that influence our personalities and soul patterns. At the subconscious (soul) level, the solar system is our larger body. We are connected to the planets, the stars, spiritual realms and entities. On the superconscious (spirit) level, we are one with the Whole. At this level, we are on a conscious level with all there is – the divine.
Solar systems were created for our souls to have cycles of life experiences for the purpose of spiritual advancement. The universe can be thought of as a gigantic university and each solar system as a college. Each planet is like a particular classroom – a realm – where souls can learn lessons related to that particular realm. The universe is the third dimension in the hierarchy and represents three-dimensional life. Other dimensions in the afterlife hierarchy represent other-dimensional life. Each planet in our solar system is a representation of a different dimension in the hierarchy. The planet earth represents three-dimensional life. The planet Mercury represents the second dimension. The planet Venus represents the fourth dimension. Cayce referred to the various afterlife dimensions by using the name of the planet associated with it. For example, when Cayce referred to souls sojourning through Venus, he was referring to souls experiencing the afterlife dimension associated astrologically with the planet Venus. He did not mean that people were actually dwelling on the surface of planet Venus.
The planets exert an astrological influence on us the moment we enter this world. These astrological planetary influences originate from the corresponding afterlife dimensions our souls have sojourned through before our current earth experience and in between earth lives. The purpose of these astrological influences is to provide particular life lessons that we need to learn and for which we are tested on earth.
As an example, Cayce described his sister Lila’s sojourns through the afterlife dimensions. Her soul sojourned in the dimension associated with the planet Jupiter prior to incarnating into the world. Jupiter’s astrological influence of high mindedness and large groups is one of the reasons she later became an executive for the International Red Cross. Large groups and high ideals often come with incarnations in the Jupiter realm according to Cayce. She also had a recent experience in the dimension associated with the planet Mercury. Mercury’s astrological influence is of mind and communication. Cayce mentioned that this experience added to her mental ability. Astrological influences such as these are hidden within the soul by soul experience – not just because the stars are in a certain position at the time of our birth – but because the soul actually had experiences in these realms. These influences are energies that the soul can draw on during an experience in the physical realm. These afterlife realms can also be experienced when we are not active in our physical body. These non-active states include deep sleep, meditation, astral projection, or other altered states that free the subconsciousness from its normal physical constraints. We are truly citizens of the cosmos even as we walk the earth. (Edgar Cayce)
Below is a chart that displays Cayce’s description of the connection between human bodies, astronomical bodies, astrological bodies, and the heavenly bodies.
According to the Gnostic Christian text, the Apocalypse of Paul, after death, each soul must rise as best it can through a hierarchy of afterlife realms and face the increasingly difficult challenges (in the form of a password) posed by the guardian angel of each realm. Those liberated souls that have attained gnosis (spiritual knowledge) are received back into the bosom of God. Others must reincarnate until they do. (Apocalypse of Paul)
During Mary Pollack’s NDE, she was confronted by two heavenly beings who asked her to give them a password for which she could continue further on in her experience. She gave them the correct password and was amazed because she had absolutely no idea how she knew it. She asked the beings, “You mean this is this all I had to say?” They replied, “You had to learn it for yourself. We couldn’t have told you. We couldn’t have taught you. This is something that had to come from you.” (NDE video documentary Round Trip)
According to Plato’s Myth of Er, a cosmic axis exists in the spirit world. It is a matrix of rainbow light that holds together eight spheres that revolve around the earth. Each sphere is guided by destiny. One of these spheres has a fate that casts a number of earthly destinies from which the soul can choose from. For example, a soul can choose to reincarnate as a tyrant, an animal, an artist, or, an ordinary citizen who minds his own business. (Plato)
5. Consciousness expansion through the stars
Many near-death experiences involve a person’s consciousness expanding until it fills the entire universe and beyond. This experience has been described as literally becoming the universe or becoming God by experiencers. This characteristic found in NDEs corresponds with the astrological concept of how we are influenced by cosmic forces and otherworldly experiences in past life dimensions. The following are some NDE examples of this astrological concept:
“Suddenly I seemed to be rocketing away from the planet on this stream of life. I saw the earth fly away. The solar system, in all its splendor, whizzed by and disappeared. At faster than light speed, I flew through the center of the galaxy, absorbing more knowledge as I went. I learned that this galaxy, and all of the Universe, is bursting with many different varieties of LIFE. I saw many worlds. The good news is that we are not alone in this Universe! As I rode this stream of consciousness through the center of the galaxy, the stream was expanding in awesome fractal waves of energy. The super clusters of galaxies with all their ancient wisdom flew by. At first I thought I was going somewhere; actually traveling. But then I realized that, as the stream was expanding, my own consciousness was also expanding to take in everything in the Universe!” (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)
“The stars seemed to fly past me so rapidly that they formed a tunnel around me. I began to sense awareness, knowledge. The farther forward I was propelled the more knowledge I received. My mind felt like a sponge, growing and expanding in size with each addition. The knowledge came in single words and in whole idea blocks. I just seemed to be able to understand everything as it was being soaked up or absorbed. I could feel my mind expanding and absorbing and each new piece of information somehow seemed to belong. It was as if I had known already but forgotten or mislaid it, as if it were waiting here for me to pick it up on my way by.” (Virginia Rivers)
After hovering around New York, Susan Blackmore floated back to her room in Oxford where she became very small and entered her body’s toes. Then she grew very big, as big as a planet at first, and then she filled the solar system and finally she became as large as the universe. (Susan Blackmore)
“I am love; I am understanding; I am compassion! My presence fills the room. And now I feel my presence in every room in the hospital. Even the tiniest space in the hospital is filled with this presence that is me. I sense myself beyond the hospital, above the city, even encompassing earth. I am melting into the universe. I am everywhere at once.” (Josiane Antonette)
“You must be ready to accept the possibility that there is a limitless range of awareness for which we now have no words; that awareness can expand beyond the range of your ego, your self, your familiar identity, beyond everything you have learned, beyond your notions of space and time, beyond the differences which usually separate people from each other and from the world around them.” (Dr. Timothy Leary)
“I was involved in this tremendous pouring forth of gratitude and joy and as that was going inside me, this white light began to infiltrate my consciousness. It came into me. It seemed I went out into it. I expanded into it as it came into my field of consciousness.” (Jayne Smith)
“I felt caught up in all of this to the very depths of my being. I felt myself expanding and expanding until I thought, ‘I’m going to burst!’ The moment I thought, ‘I’m going to burst!,’ I suddenly found myself alone, back where this being had met me, and he had gone.” (Margaret Tweddell)
6. NDE astronomical interconnections
One of the main principles behind astrology is the notion that all things are connected together, specifically the connection of planetary influences to the mind, body and soul. Some experiencers have seen this astrological connection in an astounding and explicit manner. These NDEs reveal how everything is connected to each other by a spiritual matrix or net – a concept which agrees with astrology. The following are some examples:
“I perceived how the earth, the sun, the moon, the darkness, the light, the planets, and all forms of life – plants, rocks, animals, people – are interconnected; they come from the same source of light. Everything is united by a transparent net, or web, and each thread shines with great radiance. Everything pulses with the same luminosity – a magnificent light of unparalleled brilliance.” (Josiane Antonette)
“As I asked the light to keep explaining, I understood what the Higher Self matrix is. We have a grid around the planet where all the Higher Selves are connected. This is like a great company, a next subtle level of energy around us, the spirit level, you might say. As I rode the stream on and on, I could eventually see a huge light coming. I knew it was the First Light; the Higher Self Light Matrix of our solar system. Then the entire solar system appeared in the light, accompanied by one of those velvet booms. I saw that the solar system we live in is our larger, local body. This is our local body and we are much bigger than we imagine. I saw that the solar system is our body. I am a part of this, and the earth is this great created being that we are, and we are the part of it that knows that it is. But we are only that part of it. We are not everything, but we are that part of it that knows that it is. I could see all the energy that this solar system generates, and it is an incredible light show! I could hear the Music of the Spheres. Our solar system, as do all celestial bodies, generates a unique matrix of light, sound and vibratory energies. Advanced civilizations from other star systems can spot life as we know it in the universe by the vibratory or energy matrix imprint.” (Mellen-Thomas Benedict)
“I knew the Lights were connected to the individual people, although more of them, than with them, almost as if they were an extension of their existence – a light connection to an aspect of their Higher Self. The Lights, a connection to the humans, which were glinting off the beings were so bright and expansive, they interconnected, forming a sort of light grid. I remembered accounts in books on the near-death experience of people seeing grids on the other side that they didn’t know how to explain. As I looked at the network of light before me and felt the immense outpouring of love coming from the beings, I realized the connection of human beings to the Beings of Light was through love and that the love itself was connected through this grid.” (Linda Stewart)
“Seeing the Pattern, I knew I was looking at life itself. It was light; it was time and space. It was the energy of all matter, the heart of all that mattered. It was the very essence of all being. It emanated from Source, illuminated to my mind by the Source behind the sun as it moved in perfect harmony with all the universe. In simplest terms the Pattern is knotted light, a matrix that connects two structures … The Pattern is quite literally the language between these two very different structures. It comes into being as the light from the 48 vertex of the inner sphere, are emitted, bouncing and caught under the twelve umbrella points of the external structure. As long as the light is a point with a joint, it continues around the larger sphere until it reconnects with Itself, thus forming a continuum, the Pattern.” (Lynnclaire Dennis)
“Extended from above throughout the heaven and the earth, a straight light like a pillar, most nearly resembling the rainbow, but brighter and purer … and they saw there at the middle of the light the extremities of its fastenings stretched from heaven, for this light was the girdle of the heavens like the undergirders of triremes, holding together in like manner the entire revolving vault.” (Plato’s Er)
“Suddenly I saw a streak of light come and it was absorbed into the earth. I thought, ‘A shooting star!’ No, it was impressed on me, it was not a shooting star, but it was a stream of power coming to the earth from the celestial bodies. These streams of power were coming down from all angles to the earth. There were also streams that were going between star and star and star like a tremendous web. These streams of power had a set pattern like a web of a fishing net, which was all continuous with the power of lights pulsating backward and forward. (Margaret Tweddell)
7. Biblical support For astrology
The Bible mentions that God uses the heavenly bodies to show humans the signs of his intentions. These signs can be read by anyone who knows how to interpret them. Astrology is about interpreting these signs in the motions of the sun, moon, planets, and stars. This section reveals Biblical support for astrology.
“And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.’ And it was so.” (Genesis 1:14-15)
Jesus used astrology to reveal the signs in the sky of his coming.
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” (Luke 21:25-27)
God used astrology to answer Job about questioning his omnipotence.
Astrology refers to every 2160 years as a new age which is a different sign of the zodiac that comes into position to influence the earth. The Bible describes events that will occur according to the signs of the astrological ages. Many people would be surprised to learn that the term and concept of a new age originated with the Bible.
a. “What will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3)
b. “These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.” (1 Corinthians 10:11)
c. “[Christ was raised] far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.” (Ephesians 1:21)
d. “Anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” (Matthew 12:32)
e. “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
f. “Just and true are your ways, King of the Ages.” (Revelation 15:3)
Here is an excellent Bible passage that uncannily describes the astrological influences on humanity:
“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)
According to Flavius Josephus (37-95 AD), the famed Jewish historian, the Jewish temple at Jerusalem had the twelve signs of the zodiac inlaid in its floor. Josephus also stated that the twelve loaves of showbread in the temple was a reference to the zodiac. In modern times, Israel issued stamps with the zodiac signs identified with the twelve tribes of Israel and the astrological symbolism of the temple. Also, according to Josephus, a kind of miraculous quality was presumed to be found in the stones of the breastplate worn by the high priest of the temple. In this breastplate were twelve stones, representing the twelve signs of the zodiac, and arranged in four rows to represent the four seasons.