The Message of the Stars Chapter 6 - Aquarius
by Rabbi Ian K. Michaels
AQUARIUS, THE WATER POURER
The sixth chapter is Aquarius, the “Pourer forth of water.” It is a picture of a man with a large urn on his shoulder from which pours out water to the east and the west and finally into the mouth or over the body of a fish.
Remember the words to the song by The 5th Dimension? “This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius”? Here’s what’s happening. While the zodiac circulates the heavens every 12 months, so also, in a larger and much slower process, our sun is moving through a cycle of ages in a reverse direction from the order of the yearly cycle. Don’t ask me how this works. I only know that this is what scientists tell us. This solar cycle of ages is each about 2,150 to 2,160 years long. Interestingly, the time of Messiah was marked with a changing of the ages from the age of Aries to the age of Pisces at Messiah’s birth. The past 2,000 years have been the time of the fish; YHWH’s people being harvested in by the net of the Gospel. We will soon see the age change again to Aquarius, a time of peace, harmony and joy. But Aquarius means far more than what most people think it means. Water is a symbol of the Ruach haKodesh/the Holy Spirit which YHWH promised to pour out upon the earth. The water of Aquarius is pouring out upon Pisces Australis, the Southern Fish. In the last chapter, Capricornus, we saw through the death of the goat (Messiah) the fish (His people) was brought into life. Now, we see that fish sustained in life by Aquarius, the Water Bearer, (our risen Messiah) who is pouring out the water of His Holy Spirit upon the living fish (the people of YHWH).
…Whosoever will let him take the water of life freely.
Just as the fish lives in the medium of water, so must the believer live in the medium of the Spirit of YHWH. We are leaky vessels, which is why we must daily seek to be filled afresh with His Spirit. Where it says, “Be filled with the Holy Spirit,” the present tense of the Greek verb indicates; “be continually getting filled with the Holy Spirit.”
What happens to a fish out of water? Do you see this very important message in Aquarius? Like a fish out of water, we will die if we as His people do not live inside the medium of His Holy Spirit! Without the daily infilling of that Spirit, we are of no use to YHWH and His Kingdom.
PISCIS AUSTRALIS, THE SOUTHERN FISH
As we have seen before in the other chapters, mythological stories developed from an original truth behind that story. With this decan called The Southern Fish, Greek mythology tells us that Aphrodite was transformed into this fish because she was trying to escape the horrible monster, Typhon. We are that woman who has been transformed into a new creature in order that we might escape the death-dealing clutches of our horrible enemy, Satan. We are now to live in the ever-flowing waters of life provided continuously by our Water Bearer, Y’shua our Messiah.
PEGASUS, THE WINGED HORSE
Above the head of Aquarius is the second decan of this house. It is a picture of a winged horse, but the Greek name of Pegasus literally means, “Fountain Horse.” The famous and familiar winged horse is a swift, divine messenger who brings joy to all of those whom he meets.
The first purpose of YHWH’s Spirit in our lives is to bring us cleansing and joy. But secondly, He comes to empower us for service to be a co-laborer for the spreading of the glorious Good News. As Pegasus flies through the heavens, so we are to fly through the earth carrying the Gospel message. This is the story contained in this decan of The Winged Horse. What a glorious message we have and what a wonderful privilege is ours to share the gospel with another. Pegasus stands in the heavens to remind us that we, who have received the Good News, are now the carriers of that Good News and we are to swiftly carry it to the ends of the earth bringing a fountain of life, joy and blessings to those whom we meet.
The last part of the message in Aquarius is Cygnus, The Swan – the kingly bird of the waters. It is interesting that this again ties in with the picture of the waters. In Cygnus, we have another beautiful reminder of the way in which our Messiah was to die. Cygnus is the most perfectly formed cross to be found in the sky. But, unlike the stationary figure of the decan in Libra known as The Southern Cross, Cygnus is a living swan seen in rapid flight.
The meaning of this swan in the shape of a cross becomes clearer when we look at the names of the stars. The brightest star in Cygnus is the famous star Deneb which means “The Lord or Judge to Come.” Then there is Azel meaning “He who goes and Returns Quickly” and Fafage meaning “The Glorious Shining Forth.” So, in Cygnus we have a picture of that One who died upon a cross in agony, smitten, disfigured, in whom there was no beauty when we saw Him that we should desire Him. This same One will return in brilliant glory to be the Judge of all the earth, yet forevermore bearing within His beautiful form that remembrance of the cross. As Michael Card wrote in a song, “He will be known by the scars…”
For the unbelieving, He comes as the One to judge, destroy and condemn for their impenitence and unbelief. For them, the day of His coming is a day of darkness and a day of wrath. But for us, who are the fishes of YHWH, who live in the waters of His Spirit, He comes as the lordly King of the Waters – the beautiful swan coming to receive His own.
References: “The Gospel in the Stars” by Joseph A. Seiss and “The Real meaning of the Zodiac” by Dr. James Kennedy, Ph.D.