The Message of the Stars Chapter 10 - Gemini
by Rabbi Ian K. Michaels
GEMINI, THE TWINS
And so shall we ever be with the Lord. [1 Thessalonians 4:17]
Known as Castor and Pollux in Latin and Apollo and Hercules in Greek, this sign of the The Twins is a picture of two youths side by side at rest. The one on the left has a club in his hand, but even that club is in repose, leaning on his shoulder. The other figure on the right has a harp in one hand and a bow and arrow in the other. These were great hunters or warriors, but now they are enjoying a time of joy and rest. Greek mythology has them as the sons of Jupiter who had supposedly cleared the sea of pirates. Swearing oaths by Gemini sprang from this folklore as this sign of The Twins became known as a kind of guardian for seamen. The old Coptic name of this sign, Pi Mahi signifies “The United,” which is also the meaning of its Hebrew name Thaumin. The names of the stars seem to be speak to us of the dual roles of the Messiah- Redeemer and Judge.
The brightest star in the head of the figure that the Greeks call Hercules is Pollux meaning “The Strong One coming to Labor or Suffer.” (If you recall, Hercules is one of the decans of Scorpio. If you haven’t already, go to that chapter and read of the cleansing of the filth of the Augean stables accomplished by Hercules. It is a beautiful picture of how our Messiah came to suffer and labor for our redemption). Another star in this figure is located in the left foot with the name Al Henah, meaning “The Hurt” or “Afflicted.” This is yet another reminder of the bruising of Messiah’s heel by the serpent. The brightest star in the head of the figure called Apollo is Castor which means “The Ruler” or Judge.” In the right knee of Apollo is a star called Mebsuta, which means “Treading Underfoot.” Once again, the protoevangelium of Genesis 3:15. Another star shown at the waist of Apollo is Wasat, an Arabic name meaning, “Set.” The work of these two figures is completed. Although the Greeks and Romans have these figures as brothers, in the earlier Dendera zodiac, the figure is that of a man walking hand in hand with a woman. The same are sometimes called Adam and Eve. But, from the names of the stars, we see that this is not the Adam of Eden, but the Second Adam, the same Seed of the woman from Virgo, the glory of YHWH who is repeatedly being declared in these heavenly frescoes. Bone of His bone, and flesh of His flesh, the figure at His side is of course the Bride of the Lamb who is destined for an everlasting union with Him in glory and dominion. This is Redemption Completed with the Bride and Bridegroom now together forevermore. But if the people of YHWH are depicted in the second figure, how is it that the names of the stars depict the suffering and reigning of Messiah? It is because we, His people, are the very Body of the Messiah. We, in a very real sense are that heel at which the Serpent strikes.
That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; [Phillipians 3:10]
Blessed is the man who does endure trial, for when he has been proved, he shall receive the crown of life which the Master has promised to those who love Him. [James 1:12]
We are to share in His sufferings and so receive the crown of victory, just as He has received it from the Father. The union is such that one is in the other, and the two are so conjoined that one implies and embraces the other. There is no Messiah apart from His called-out-ones, and there are no called-out-ones except in Messiah. They are two, and yet they are one – He in them, and they in Him – so that what is His is theirs and what is theirs is His. He and His people speak the same words, pass through the same experiences, receive the same assurances, and rejoice in the same promises, hopes and honors. Hence, the names and qualities which appear in the one are at the same time construable with both, because they coexist in one another. There is a great mystery here concerning the complete Oneness that YHWH desires with us.
That they all may be one; as You Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in us… [John 17:21a]
When redemption is complete, death will be swallowed up forever and sin will be no more. Those who suffer in His sufferings shall share in His glorious resurrection to forever rule and reign at His side. This is the real meaning of the figures known to the world as Gemini.
LEPUS, THE ENEMY
Modern planisphere’s picture this first decan of Gemini as the figure of a hare or rabbit which is under the foot of Orion. But the oldest zodiacs show the picture of a serpent. Here again, we have a picture of the evil one, the serpent, being trodden under the foot of Messiah. Orion was the slayer of the lion that goes about “seeking whom he may devour.” In his left hand he holds up the skin and head of a slain lion and holds a mighty club in his right. In addition to this, we see here that his right foot is about to step upon – not the hare – but the serpent. The brightest star in Lepus is Arnebo meaning “The Enemy of Him that Comes.” (Orion is that one who comes. Remember, the name of the brightest star in Orion is Betelguesse meaning, “The Branch Coming.”) Other stars in this serpent have the names Nibal, The Mad; Sugia, The Deceiver; and Rakis, The Bound (in Arabic it means “Bound as with a Chain”). The enemy of Him that comes is called the deceiver, the mad one, the bound with a chain. In Revelation 20, John says that he saw the old serpent who was bound with a chain and cast into a pit – This decan is a perfect picture to us of the mad deceiver of the whole world, and a reminder to us of his demise.
CANIS MAJOR, THE PRINCE
Also known as Sirius, this second decan is known as “The Greater Dog.” It tells of the glorious Prince who will subdue the reign. But, again in the oldest Dendera zodiac, he is called Apes, which means “The Head” and is pictured as a hawk, the natural enemy of the serpent, coming down upon it. A star in it is called Naz, meaning “Caused to Come Forth,” “Coming Swiftly Down.” It has on its head a pestle and mortar, reminding us that Messiah is going to thoroughly crush the head of the enemy, as the hawk comes down upon the serpent. The brightest star is also known as Sirius, which in Hebrew means “Prince.” It is a bright star which can be seen at night when stars are visible. A form of the word Sirius is Sar, whose root implies “To Make Oneself a Prince.” Isaiah refers to Messiah as “The Prince of Peace.” Y’shua is the Sar or Seir, the Prince of all the earth. Yet, this star named Sirius has been associated down through the centuries with great heat and with evil things coming upon the earth. Many centuries ago, before the precession of the equinoxes, it was associated with the coming of heat in summer. That is no longer true. But it did give rise to such things as the words of Virgil, who said that Sirius, “With pestilential heat infects the sky.” Homer spoke of it as a star “whose burning breath taints the red air with fever, plagues, and death.” We are told in Scripture, And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Master Y’shua shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels.
In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not Elohim, and that obey not the gospel of our Master Y’shua HaMashiach. [2 Thessalonians 1:7-8]
So here is a picture of the Prince, this mighty One who is going to come with fevers, plagues, and death. It is very interesting that when the names of the stars Naz and Seir are combined, we get the word “Naz-Seir.” Y’shua is called the Naz-Seir-ene. Naz means “Sent” or “Caused to Come Swiftly,” and Seir means “Prince.” Naz-Seir means “the Sent Prince,” that One who is sent forth quickly; a Prince of all the earth who is come into the world. Biblical scholars were at a loss to explain by what prophet or what sacred prophecy it was said that Messiah should be called a Nazarene. There is no prophecy written which specifically says, “He will be called a Nazarene.” Granted, He is the man who is “The Branch” and Nazir is the Hebrew word for “Branch.” But, interestingly, the combination of these stars also produces the name “Naz-Seir.” So, the prophecy that He would be the “Sent Prince” come into the world has been in the sky from the beginning of creation. Painted here in the zodiac is the picture of Messiah, the Sent Prince who comes to bring death and destruction upon unbelievers.
CANIS MINOR, THE REDEEMER
Canis Minor is The Lesser Dog. But again, this is a modern picture. In the ancient Dendera zodiac it was depicted as a human figure with a hawk’s head and was called Sebak. The brightest star in the body is Procyon meaning “The Redeemer” (or redemption). So here we have in these two hawk figures confirmation of the same thing we had in Gemini; pictures of the two aspects of the work of Messiah, the One who comes to destroy the wicked and the One who comes bringing redemption. This is further supported by the next brightest star in this particular constellation named Al Gomeisa, which means “Burdened,” “Loaded,” “Bearing for Others.” Another star is named Al Shira, or Al Shemeliya, meaning “The Prince” or “Chief of the Left Hand.” So we have the “Prince of the Right Hand,” which is what Canis Major is called; and the “Prince of the Left Hand,” answering to the star in Sirius, “Prince,” corresponding perfectly to the two figures in Gemini. Apollo represents the ruler and judge, our “Sent Prince” who swoops down swiftly upon the serpent like the hawk of Canis Major. Hercules represents the Redeemer - “Burdened,” “Loaded” and one “Bearing for Others” – like the hawk of Canis Minor.
We may know assuredly, as even the stars in the heavens tell us, that Messiah is going to come back again. It will be a very hard time for those who are unbelievers. In fact, the star Sirius in Canis Major, because it was associated with all the terrible calamities coming upon the earth gave rise to the phrase “dog days of summer” – days that arose from the star Sirius, connected with the concept of burning heat. When Messiah returns, it will be “dog days.” It will be a time of flaming fire and searing heat. But believers shall be redeemed. We can rest in the fact that Messiah, our Head has already won the battle. He comes to claim His Bride and at the consummation of all things, we will know a union with Him that we can not now imagine within our present limitations.
References: “The Gospel in the Stars” by Joseph A. Seiss and “The Real Meaning of the Zodiac” by Dr. James Kennedy, Ph.D