Figure 2. Conjunction of Venus (Ve) and Jupiter (Ju) seen as one. The Sun, the transparent circle running on the ecliptic, is in Leo in August, and also you can see Mercury (Me) in the distance (smaller size) in its first of two retrograde motions near Leo. Mercury's second retrograde motion occurred one year later.Figure 3. Conjunction of Venus with Mercury. Mercury is coming from its first retrograde motion near Leo. Mercury here is represented with a bigger (closer) size compared with Figure 2. The Sun now is in Virgo. Mercury appears below Venus. Jupiter is still approaching Regulus.
Figure 4. This picture shows that Mercury and Venus were actually running together for at least nine days. On the ninth day Venus is below Mercury and both were in a second conjunction. Jupiter is closer to Regulus.
Figure 5. First conjunction of Jupiter with Regulus in the constellation Leo. Jupiter eclipsed (ekleipsei, see Figure 1) Regulus. At the upper left we can see the name of a constellation related to Virgo, now called Coma Berenices, but that in old times was called “Comah” in Hebrew, “The desired of the nations”, which was represented as a mother with a child in her lap. Here, the child’s name represents Jesus Christ. At the bottom right we can see the name of a constellation called Hydra, which represents Satan as the old serpent, which has its head smashed by the feet of Leo.Figure 6. The full moon (phase 1) is here represented by the transparent circle slightly over the ecliptic, and is covering (ekleipsei, Figure 1) Regulus. Jupiter is seen ascending in retrograde motion, to be in conjunction with Regulus for the second time (of three).
Figure 7. Second conjunction of Jupiter with Regulus in Leo. Jupiter is at the midst of its retrograde motion.
Figure 8. Third conjunction of Jupiter with Regulus. The retrograde motion has been completed and now Jupiter is going to continue its path. The decreasing moon can be seen below Regulus.
Figure 9. Second conjunction of Jupiter with Venus in Leo, after the triple conjunction of Jupiter with Regulus in Jupiter’s retrograde motion.
Figure 10. The meeting of planets in Leo: Jupiter, Mars (Ma), Mercury (which is the last one at the right), and Venus (at the bottom). The Sun is also in Leo in August, as in the Figure 2. The Sun is the transparent circle on the ecliptic. Mercury is coming from its second retrograde motion in Leo, having had three conjunctions with Regulus, as Jupiter had before. Venus, as seen here at the bottom, is also in the midst of its retrograde motion (as "to meet" with the other planets).
Figure 13. The constellation of Virgo with the Sun clothing “her” and the moon at “her” feet, with its brightest star Tsemach (in Hebrew), Al Zimach (in Arab) or Spica (in Latin) on the horizon at the moment of Jesus Christ’s birth, as has been revealed in the book of Revelation 12:1. That day was the day of 1 Tishri, the beginning of a new year for the Hebrews (Rosh-Hashanah), a day of trumpets.
The birth of Jesus Christ.
A Hero For The Ages
September 11, 3 B.C. - The great sign in heaven.
Quirinius and Luke 2:2. (to be removed on October 26, 2009 with all other Geocities links)
"Star of Wonder, Star of Night" An Astronomer Looks at the Star of Bethlehem. By Craig Chester. Minnesota Christian Chronicle Dec.23,1993.
The Star of Bethlehem, by the Griffith Observatory, presented on the MSNBC Mysteries of the Universe series. By ASK (Associates for Scriptural Knowledge), plus the book: "The Star that Astonished the World", by Ernest L. Martin.
Bullinger, E. W. “The Companion Bible”, 1922, appendix 12 “The Stars Also” (Gen. 1:16).
Bullinger, E. W. “The Witness of the Stars”, 1981, Kregel, 204 p.
The Constellations and Their Intelligent Design
In Spanish: "Aspectos Astronómicos Relacionados con el Nacimiento de Jesucristo", Fernando Castro Chávez. Related YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnCaEqUr1m0
In Spanish (Word Doc): "Algunos Datos Sobre El Nacimiento De Jesucristo", Dr. R. Cruz Mireles.
In Spanish (Word Doc): "El Nacimiento del Señor Jesucristo", Ps. Lourdes Rosillo Ricardo.
Kitab suwar al-kawakib or "Book of the constellations of the fixed stars" [translation from Greek into Arabic of Ptolemy's "Almagest" (a work on the 48 constellations )], by al-Sufi (‘Abd al-Rahman ibn ‘Umar al-Sufi), 964 A.D. [Examples of drawings representing Jesus Christ: Ophiuchus, pags. 121-122; Aries, pags. 165-166; Leo, pags. 203-204.]
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