The Message of the Stars Chapter 4 - Sagittarius by Rabbi Ian K. Michaels
SAGITTARIUS – THE ARCHER The Double Natured One Triumphing as a Warrior
The final chapter of Book One of this Gospel in the Stars ends with Sagittarius, which means “The Archer.” In Akkadian, he is called Nun-ki which means “The Prince of the Earth.” This is the second time we see a dual-natured Centaur in the heavens, but unlike the first who was a picture of the despised One willingly offering Himself up as a sacrifice, this Centaur comes as the risen and conquering king to vanquish the enemy who made that sacrifice necessary. Sagittarius is seen with a drawn bow aiming an arrow at the very heart of the Scorpion. The brightest star in Sagittarius is Naim, a Hebrew name meaning “The Gracious One.” Many wonder what kind of universe we live in and what will be the outcome of this struggle between good and evil. The message to us all was painted in the stars long ago. Our universe is governed by a gracious Creator and the outcome of all things is that He wins! And I saw, and behold a white horse: and He that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given Him: and He went forth conquering, and to conquer. [Revelation 6:2] Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies. [Psalm 45:5]
LYRA, THE HARP
He Gladdens the Heavens The first decan of this chapter is Lyra, The Harp. Lyra literally means “Praise for the Conqueror. It is shown as a harp combined with an eagle in the act of ascending. There’s a very bright star in Lyra called Vega which means “He Shall Be Exalted.” The purpose of this decan is to remind us that we have something to sing about. The divine One (depicted by the eagle) has ascended. He has triumphed over our enemy. By His great power and might, He has conquered; He is worthy and we are now to sing His praises..
ARA, THE ALTAR
He Builds the Fires of Punishment The second decan is Ara – a short name that has come down to us through antiquity to mean “Consuming Fire Prepared for His Enemies.” It is depicted as an altar turned upside down and pouring fire into the southern most parts of the southern hemisphere; a picture of eternal fires in the regions called Tartarus, or “outer darkness.”
In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not Elohim, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Y’shua the Messiah [2 Thessalonians 1:8] This decan tells us that we either take up the harp and rejoice for what He has done for us, or we will partake of the fate of the unbelieving and unrepentant and share in what has been prepared for the devil and his angels; the outer darkness and everlasting fire. Skeptics like to pretend somehow that they have evaporated Hell. They mock it; they laugh at it; but it still awaits them. Think of what it would mean to wake up in outer darkness and know that you would be there forever! There is no worse thought to the human mind than that. Now, think of how your Creator came to suffer your penalty and pay your redemption price. He came that we might never know what lies beyond the horizon in the lower depths, in the outer darkness, the Tartarus of Elohim; the burning altar of His consuming wrath. As horrible as it was, He took all our sins, enduring the full penalty, descending into the lowest depths of outer darkness for us. DRACO, THE DRAGON He Casts Down the Dragon
The final decan is Draco, The Dragon; another depiction of Satan being overwhelmed. The fact that evil abounds, confusion is rampant, false belief systems are accepted as truth and others don’t even believe in Satan’s existence at all, merely shows that Satan is doing his job and doing it well. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world… [Revelation 12:9a] The brightest star in this figure is Thuban and is located in the second coil from the tip of the serpent’s tail. Thuban is a Hebrew name meaning “The Subtle.”
Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast …. [Genesis 3:1a] In the serpent’s head can be seen the bright star Rastaban, another Hebrew name meaning “The Head of the Subtle.” The third brightest bears the Hebrew name Ethanim, “The Long Serpent” or “Dragon.” The existence of Messiah and Satan are equally evident in the struggle portrayed in the zodiac, and in this struggle, we always see a shift of power; an ending to the tyranny. It is interesting to note that more than 4,700 years ago, shortly after the fall of man, Thuban was the pole star. But, due to the precession of the equinoxes, that pole of the planet earth now points to Polaris. Similarly, as you recall from the house of Libra, we learned that The Crown has replaced the place in the night sky over Jerusalem that The Cross held for centuries until the time of Y’shua. The Scorpion was crushed and shot through by an arrow, the serpent was restrained from the Crown, the three-headed monster was subdued and in the same way here, the head of Draco is under the foot of Hercules. You will notice in this study of the zodiac that all three books end with victory. The first book ends with The Dragon being cast down. The second book ends with Cetus, The Sea Monster being bound. And the third book ends with Hydra, another serpent being ultimately and finally destroyed.
References: “The Gospel in the Stars” by Joseph Seiss & “The Real Meaning of the Zodiac” by Dr. James Kennedy, Ph.D.