The Message of the Stars Chapter 5 - Capricornus by Rabbi Ian K. Michaels
CAPRICORNUS – Life out of Death
This fifth chapter of the zodiac is really the first chapter of a Second Book. The first signs from Virgo to Sagittarius told us all about the promised Redeemer. Book two introduces more fully the Redeemer’s People and the work of Messiah as it relates to them. Here is the outline;
Book Two – THE REDEEMER’S PEOPLE Chapter One a. CAPRICORNUS - Life out of Death b. SAGITTA – The Arrow of Elohim c. AQUILA – Pierced and Falling d. DELPHINUS – Springing up again in Abundant Life
Chapter Two a. AQUARIUS – Life Waters from On High b. PISCIS – Drinking in the Heavenly Flood c. PEGASUS – Carrying and Speeding the Good News d. CYGNUS – Bearing aloft the Cross over all the Earth
Chapter Three a. PISCES – Swimming in the Heavenly Waters b. THE BANDS – Upheld and Governed by the Lamb c. ANDROMEDA – The Intended Bride Bound and Exposed on Earth d. CEPHEUS - Head Over All Things to the Church
Chapter Four a. ARIES – The Lamb Entered on Dominion b. CASSIOPEIA - The Bride Released and Making Ready c. CETUS - Satan Bound d. PERSEUS - The Breaker Triumphing
Capricorn is a strange animal; half goat and half fish. The goat part is in a fallen position with one leg doubled under his body; the head is bent forward and he is in a dying situation. But, the back half is a vigorous tail of a fish and it is very much alive. This gives us a beautiful picture of what the Messiah would accomplish through His sacrificial death and that through it, He would bring forth the living Body of His people – referred to in Scripture as “Fishes.” In Hebrew, the name of this constellation is Gedi which means “A Kid; A Goat”; it also means “The Cut-Off” – the picture and meaning of atonement.
Some of the brightest stars are Al Gedi, “The Kid”; Deneb Al Gedi, “The Coming Sacrifice”; and Ma’Asad, “The Slaying.”
And Mosheh diligently sought the goat of the sin offering…seeing it is Most Set-apart…..and Elohim has given it to you to bear the iniquity of the congregation, to make atonement for them before YHWH. [Wayyiqrah/Levitcus 10:16-17]
There is a time when a lamb is used to portray Messiah’s sacrifice. Everyone loves a little lamb. They are a picture of innocence and purity which shows us the inner nature of our Saviour, but, what about a goat? Goats have a very different nature from lambs. They eat tin cans! They butt children at the petting zoo. In the parables, goats don’t fair as well as the sheep! If a little lamb is a picture of innocence and purity, then a goat is a picture of guilt and sin. What does it mean when a goat is used to portray Messiah’s sacrifice?
YHWH has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. [Yeshayahu/Isaiah 53:6b]
For He has made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of Elohim in Him. [2 Corinthians 5:21]
Because the Second Book is about the Redeemer’s people, a goat is used to show how He becomes what we are. All our guilt is laid upon Him. We were dead in our sins, but now through His death and resurrection, we are made to be alive! Like the mythological Phoenix who rises out of the ashes of its own death, so also the congregation of called-out ones, the fishes of Elohim rise out of the death of the atoning sacrifice provided through the Goat of YHWH.
I was crucified with Messiah: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Messiah lives in me. [Galatians 2:20]
If we are in Messiah, we take part in His death, and out of that death we rise in newness of life with Him. This is the picture of the fifth chapter of the zodiac; the goat-fish, Capricornus.
SAGITTA- THE ARROW The first decan is Sagitta, which simply means “The Arrow.” It is the killing arrow which has been shot. It stands alone without an archer visible. Unlike the arrow of Sagittarius which was aimed at the heart of the Scorpion, this arrow comes down from heaven itself like the lightning bolts of heaven that are said to have taken the life of Aesculapius/Ophiuchus, the Serpent Holder in Scorpio. It is the arrow of YHWH’s wrath against all wickedness, but His plan is made clear. The arrow of His wrath will strike the perfect and sinless Messiah.
How can we understand atonement? By understanding the following: 1. YHWH is Echad (a united plurality) - Father, Son and Spirit. (Miss this point and you miss everything!) [Deut. 6:4] 2. YHWH has a standard of righteousness and He will never “lower the bar” for anyone. [Tehellim/Psalms 89:14, 119:89 & Malachi 3:6] 3. The price of sin is death, (and that means complete and permanent separation from YHWH). [Romans 6:23] 4. A perfect Sacrifice (ONE WITHOUT SIN) is required, but ALL mankind has inherited the blood disease of sin, therefore no mere man qualifies to pay our price. [Psalm 49:7-9, Romans 3:23] 5. ONLY YHWH HIMSELF (WHO IS WITHOUT SIN) QUALIFIES TO BE THE PERFECT SACRIFICE. [Acts 20:28, 1 Kepha/Peter 2:22, 1 Yochanan/John 3:5]
If the Messiah you believe in is not YHWH in the flesh (see Yochanan 1:1 &14) shedding His unique untainted, sinless blood to wash away your sins, you have a false messiah and therefore remain damned!
AQUILA – THE EAGLE The second decan is Aquila, The Eagle (the pierced, wounded and falling eagle). In Biblical symbolism, it has long and widely been understood that an eagle depicts divinity. Once again, a sign in the zodiac is here to remind us of the divine nature of the sacrifice required. A very bright star in this constellation – one of the first magnitude in glory, is called Al Tair, “The Wounding.” The other stars point out the same story. Tarared is “The Wounded” or “Torn,” and Al Cair is “The Piercing.” In the tail of the eagle is Al Okab, which means “Wounded in the Heel” – another reminiscence of the protevangelium – the prophecy about the bruising of Messiah’s heel given in Genesis 3:15 and in the house of Scorpio.
The eagle is a royal bird and the natural enemy of the serpent. There is an interesting phenomenon about the eagle in that it takes greater care of its young than do most other birds. In fact, it will even go to such an extent that if there is no food to be found to feed its young, the eagle has been known to tear itself with its beak in order to feed its young with its own blood – a beautiful story and picture of Messiah.
How I bear you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto Myself. [Shemoth/Exodus 19:4]
As an eagle stirs up her nest, flutters over her young, spreads abroad her wings, takes them, bears them on her wings: So YHWH alone did lead him.. [Debarim/Deuteronomy 32:11-12]
Messiah is that royal eagle, flying high – the one who is at the right hand of the Father; who thought it not robbery to be equal with Elohim (see Philippians 2:6) ; that glorious One, the Son of Elohim from on High. Yet, that One who humbled Himself and was pierced by the arrow of Elohim’s wrath for our sins, is seen here plummeting to the ground, the One wounded with the arrow of Elohim’s wrath.
DELPHINUS, THE DOLPHIN The final decan of this sign is Delphinus, The Dolphin. It is a beautiful picture of a dolphin vigorously leaping upward out of the water. Messiah plunged into the waves of death. He says in Psalms;
All Your waves and Your billows are gone over Me. [Tehillim/Psalms 42:7]
And so, He went down into the waves of the deep and descended into Hell. But, just when His enemies would like to think the story was over, like a dolphin, He breaks forth from the waves of death, the great Conqueror of death and the grave! In ancient mythology, the dolphin was the most sacred and honored of fishes. It was also known from ancient times that the sign of Pisces, The Fish represented Israel, the people of YHWH. Messiah portrayed as a dolphin therefore identifies Him with His people. His death is our death (see Galatians 2:20). His resurrection is our resurrection (see Colossians 3:1). Not only has He died and brought forth a living Body of believers; not only has He fallen from the skies of Heaven as the great Victim for our sins, enduring the arrow of Elohim’s wrath, but also He has risen again from the waves and billows of death to bring hope to a needy world. He is our glorious conquering Saviour who fulfills all of those things which were prophecied of Him.
Then He said to them, “O fools and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Messiah to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” And beginning at Mosheh and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. [Luke 24:26-27]
References: “The Gospel in the Stars” by Joseph A. Seiss and “The Real Meaning of the Zodiac” by Dr. James Kennedy, Ph.D.