The Message of the Stars Chapter 7 - Pisces
by Rabbi Ian K. Michaels
PISCES – THE FISHES
In the house of Pisces there are two fish. Each of them has a band around the tail portion of their bodies with the other ends of the bands attached to the back of the head of Cetus, the Sea-Monster. These fish are not free to swim, but appear to be property of the Monster, yet the paw of Aries, the Ram (or Lamb) is crossing over the bands. The fish has been known as an ancient symbol of Israel for thousands of years. In the Egyptian language, this constellation is called Pi-cot Orion or Pisces Hori meaning “The Fish of Him who Comes.” One of the brightest stars is called Al Samaca, The Upheld. I will uphold you with the right hand of My righteousness. [Isaiah 41:10] Another star bears the Hebrew name Okda which means, “The United.” These two fishes represent two groups that together comprise the whole of Israel . We see this in several ways. First, there is the Israel of the old covenant days and the Israel of the renewed covenant today. The writer of Hebrews tells us that without us, they are not complete. And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: Elohim having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect. [Hebrews 11:39-40]
The remnant today brings fullness to the remnant of old. But secondly, we can also see the principal of the two houses of Israel which are united together as one family. One can not deny the other and only in unity can we succeed in the will of our Father. Two is also the number representing multiplication. The Hebrew name for this constellation is Dagim which is also related to a word for multitude. When Yaacov blessed Yosef’s sons he said, “Let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.”(Genesis 48:16). Even the name of Yosef means “I will add.” When we further the kingdom adding numbers to the family of YHWH, we bring spiritual fulfillment to the command to “be fruitful and multiply.” For the past 2,000 years starting at about the time of Messiah’s birth, we have been in the Age of Pisces. This is the age when the great net of the kingdom has been cast out to all the nations to bring in a harvest of many fish. Come after Me, and I will make you to become the fishers of men. [Mark 1:17] True believers are “The Fish of Him Who Comes” and He calls us to also be the fishermen. To have a passion for winning souls into the kingdom is a characteristic of a true disciple.
The first decan of Pisces is The Bands which connect the fishes to Cetus, the Sea-Monster. Because of the fall of man, the whole world was given over to the hands of the evil one. Although men may think themselves to be free, each of us is born in bondage to sin. The paw of Aries, The Ram (or Lamb) is placed upon those bands to remind us that there is One who is stronger than our enemy and He holds Sovereign control. The Lamb is able to free us from the bands that hold men bound to sin and death. He alone can set us free.
ANDROMEDA, THE CHAINED WOMAN
The second decan is Andromeda, which is the figure of a beautiful woman in what appears to be a seated position, and like the fishes, she is bound, but with chains upon her hands and feet. Her name, Andro- meda is made from two Greek words meaning “Man Ruler.” Interestingly, though she is bound, and seems to be helpless, her name tells us that she will be ruler of men. In this world, YHWH’s people, are weak and afflicted, but are destined to rule and reign with Messiah as a kingdom of priests. The names of some of the stars in this constellation mean “the weak,” “the afflicted,” ‘the chained” - a picture of the Bride of Messiah at present. A beautiful truth underlies the story of Andromeda in Greek mythology. She was the daughter of Cepheus and Cassiopeia, and the nymphs were resentful of her beauty, so they chained her to a rock near Yoffa in the Middle East to be devoured by the sea-monster. However, she was rescued by Perseus, who has a great sword in his hand and the head of Medusa under his arm. He has been off in battle with the gorgons and has destroyed Medusa, a monster with serpents for hair. He has destroyed this creature of darkness, and on his return from the battle, he rescues Andromeda from the chains on the rock and makes her his wife. Perseus is obviously another portrayal of Messiah, the Great Redeemer, the One who is presently engaged in a great war with the powers of darkness, and when the war is over, He will return to us again to free us from the weakness, affliction and chains of this world. There is something to be learned from the hatred against Andromeda, in fact, the whole sign of Pisces. It has been an ill omen in the eyes of the world. Ancient Assyrians and Babylonians would not even eat fish because of its connection to Pisces. So too, are the people of YHWH looked upon by the world with great disfavor. These past 2,000 years have been known as the Age of “The Church.” It is the “Age of Pisces” that people hate as they long for the “Age of Aquarius” to come. So, we see something of the malignant animosity directed at “the Church,” the true remnant of Messiah’s disciples. Like the sea-monster, Satan wants to devour us, but soon, our Perseus will come. He will free us and make us His Bride. The kingdom of heaven is established by Him and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it. An interesting astronomical observation about Andromeda is that this constellation can sometimes be seen through binoculars- in fact, even with the naked eye. Andromeda (or M-31, as astronomers call it) is the closest galaxy to our own. While everything else in the heavens is moving away from us, the Andromeda galaxy is moving steadily toward us. This galaxy is made of approximately 1 billion stars, which is about the size of our own Milky Way, and it is moving directly toward us at a rate of 160 miles per second! But even at that rate, it will still take a very, very long time to get here because it is a million and a half light years away.
CEPHEUS, THE CROWNED KING
The third and final decan in this house is Cepheus, the Crowned King. Here is a picture of a bearded man who wears a crown, seated upon a throne. In his uplifted hand he holds a scepter, and with his right hand he holds a portion of his robe. His right foot is placed firmly upon the Pole-star, the central point in all of the galaxies and all of the heavens. This is obviously a picture of Messiah enthroned; no longer the slain sacrifice of Capricornus to give life to His people, but now risen and glorious and enthroned as the Great Redeemer. Cepheus means “The Royal Branch.” In our study of Virgo, we noted that in one hand, she held a Seed, and in the other, a Branch. The Branch is a name given to Messiah in the Prophets. He is the Righteous Branch who was to come and now, in Cepheus we see Him as “The Royal Branch” enthroned as King. In Egyptian, this constellation is known as Per-Ku-Hor, meaning “This One Comes to Rule.” The brightest star in the right shoulder of this Crowned King is called Al Deramin- an Arabic name meaning “Coming Quickly.” The second brightest star at his midriff is called (also in the Arabic language) Al Phirk “The Redeemer.” At his left knee is a star named Alrai, meaning “He Who Bruises or Breaks.” SUMMARY This house of Pisces shows us the people of YHWH held in bonds in this world. But, we also see the Sovereign Lamb, the Royal Branch, looking down from above, and even now He controls the destiny of the world and holds His people in His hands. He has promised to uphold us, provide for us, protect us against all our enemies and one day will come to free us and make us His Bride to rule and reign with Him forever.
References: “The Gospel in the Stars” by Joseph A. Seiss and “The Real Meaning of the Zodiac” by Dr. James Kennedy, Ph.D.