Stars Of Wonder

In this darkening time of the year, as we await the return of the light that grows longer and stronger with each passing day after the winter solstice, I’ve been thinking about the importance of the “star” part of the word astrology (which, translated from the Greek, literally means “star talk.”)

For example, consider the Star of Bethlehem.  Although there is controversy about the exact birth date of Jesus Christ, there is general consensus that a great star hanging over the town of Bethlehem led the three wise men, or magi, to his birthplace.  They believed that the star designated the fulfillment of an important prophecy.  In those times, anything cosmically unusual or spectacular was considered to be a sign or omen, and a star such as the one that led the magi was certainly of a magnitude to merit serious consideration.

The Hebrew prophets and wise men were great astrological interpreters, and some of their methods still work today. To be a magus meant that one had knowledge of astronomy and astrology (which were the same thing until the invention of the telescope in the late 1800s) in one’s arsenal of wisdom.  That is, they studied not only the stars and the planets themselves, but the meanings behind the cosmic movements and events.

There are several theories about the astronomical event underlying the appearance of the Star of Bethlehem.  The one with the most credibility is that it was a conjunction, or coming-together, of the planets Jupiter and Saturn in the sign of Pisces that occurred three times in the year 7 B.C.  This was an astronomically rare event that happens only once in about 900 years, and involved the two planets that are at the outermost limits of what, in our solar system, is visible to the naked eye.  

There is much about this planetary event that makes it significant in terms of the important prophesy about the birth of the Son of God:

  • The rarity and spectacular visibility of the cosmic event;
  • That it occurred in the sign of Pisces, which is associated with spirituality;
  • That Jupiter can be associated with royalty, particularly in those times; and
  • That the planet Saturn was considered to be the protector of the Jews.

A Star of Wonder, indeed.

This led me to consideration of the Star of David, an astrological configuration created by an extremely rare, harmonious alignment of six or more planets.  It confers not only great mysticism and spirituality, but also enormous protection, potential, opportunity, and communication ability.  “Connecting the dots” of the planetary placements creates the Star of David, named for King David who is said to have been born with this pattern in his birth chart.  Considering that, at that time, only six planets were visible to the naked eye, it was an even rarer recognized occurrence than it is now.   To the Hebrew prophets, it signified that a great event, in this instance a birth, had occurred.

Interestingly, in late July - early August 2013, the Star of David was created by seven planets in earth and water signs, indicating the power and potential to manifest (earth) our dreams and visions (water.)  There will be another such alignment in 2014-2015, but after that we will have to wait 100 years for it to occur again.

We can sure use a Star of Wonder in these times, can’t we?

Blessings on your way,



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