Surah al-Buruj (Surah 85 – The Mansions of the Stars) mentions the Zodiac with:
By the sky, (displaying) the Zodiacal Signs;
By the promised Day (of Judgment);
By one that witnesses, and the subject of the witness;Surah Al-Buruj 85:1-3
Surah Al-Buruj states that the Signs of the Zodiac are witnesses to the Day of Judgment. What does this mean?
The Twelve Signs of the Zodiac are today associated with astrology and the horoscope. Today’s horoscope guides your fortune and blessing as determined by the date of your birth in relation to the twelve Zodiac Signs. The horoscope is used as a guide to find true love (love horoscope), or guide decisions towards good luck and success in relationships, health and wealth. These Twelve Signs of astrology used today for finding your personal horoscope for love, good luck and fortune, with connected birth dates, are:
- Virgo: August 24 – September 23
- Libra: September 24 – October 23
- Scorpio: October 24 – November 22
- Sagittarius: November 23 – December 21
- Capricornus: December 22- January 20
- Aquarius: January 21 – February 19
- Pisces: February 20 – March 20
- Aries: March 21- April 20
- Taurus: April 21 – May 21
- Gemini: May 22 – June 21
- Cancer: June 22 – July 23
- Leo: July 24 – August 23
Astrology & Modern Horoscope
Horoscope comes from the Greek horo (ώρα) which means ‘hour, season or period of time’ and the Greek skopus (σκοπός) which means ‘watchman, goal or mark on which to fix the eye’. Astrology comes from the Greek astro (άστρο) meaning ‘star’ and logia (λογια) meaning ‘study of’. The idea in this modern horoscope of astrology is to mark the time of one’s birth according to the zodiac constellations of stars.
Here is an example of a modern horoscope for Virgo:
Your pragmatic sign can normally screen out distractions, but today what’s coming for you may be too intense to ignore. A seismic collision between a short-fused Aries moon and volcanic Pluto in your passion can stir up your mental chatter and nervous energy to the point where you feel you need to take action. Talk to a grounded friend before you make a rash move. This WILL pass, and you don’t want to spend the next week mopping up the mess. You may need more love and affection than you’re getting, Virgo—but maybe that’s because you’re looking for it in the wrong places. Between the big-hearted Sun and hazy Neptune, people might not honor their commitments to you. But you’re perfectly capable of taking care of yourself when this happens. Turn this into the opportunity to expand your social horizons and attract all sorts of fascinating new friends (or more).
This advice for Virgo (those born between August 23 – September 22) is to guide your life. If you are born under another horoscope sign then you would read that sign.
But is this the original way that the ancients read the astrology of the zodiac?
What is the Zodiac? Where does it come from?
These twelve Zodiac Signs are constellations of stars visible on the earth through the course of the year. Surah al-Furqan tells us that Allah himself made the constellation of stars in the sky.
Blessed is He Who made constellations in the skies, and placed therein a Lamp and a Moon giving light;Surah al-Furqan: 25:61
But why would Allah make these constellations? Astrology and the horoscope is generally regarded by the religious as a false worship, perhaps involving magic and forbidden arts.
The constellations and the twelve Signs of the zodiac have been part of human history for as far back as we have historical records. How did the ancients use the zodiac with its twelve signs?
The oldest book of the Bible (al kitab), written even before the Taurat of Musa PBUH, was the book of Job. Job also mentions constellations and affirms that they were made by God:
He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.Job 9:9
And so does Amos, another early prophet of the Bible
He who made the Pleiades and Orion, who turns midnight into dawn and darkens day into night, who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out over the face of the land— the Lord is his name.Amos 5:8
The Pleiades are stars that make up part of the constellation of Taurus the Bull. If Job speaks of them in a book that was written more than 4000 years ago, the constellations of the zodiac have been with us a very long time. We can learn how the ancients used the zodiac and receive guidance in a different way then how they are commonly used in today’s horoscope. We can see that by examining the constellation Virgo, the first chapter of the ancient Zodiac Story.
The Constellation Virgo
Here is a photo of the stars forming Virgo. Virgo is a young woman, a virgin. But it is impossible to ‘see’ Virgo (this virgin woman) in the stars. The stars themselves do not naturally form the image of the woman.
Even if we connect the stars in the Virgo constellation with lines as in this image from Wikipedia, it is still hard to ‘see’ a woman with these stars, let alone a virgin woman.
But this has been the Sign for as far back as records exist. Virgo is often depicted in full detail, but the details do not come from the constellation itself.
Below is the entire Zodiac from the Egyptian Temple in Dendera, dated to 1st century BCE. This zodiac contains the 12 Zodiac signs and the Sign of Virgo is circled in red. To help see more clearly, there is a diagram to the right with the images clearly sketched out. Virgo is again circled in red. You see that Virgo holds a seed of grain. This seed of grain is the star Spica, the brightest star in the Virgo zodiac constellation.
Here we see Spica in a photo of the night sky, as the Virgo stars are connected with lines.
How does one know that Spica is a seed of grain (or ear of corn in some ancient images)? It is not apparent from the constellation itself, just as Virgo is not apparent from the stars of the constellation.
This means that Virgo – the Virgin Woman with the seed of grain – was not created from the stars themselves. Rather, the Virgin with the seed of grain was thought of beforehand, and then was placed on the constellation. Where then did Virgo with her seed come from? Who first had the Virgin in mind and then placed her and her seed as the Virgo constellation in the stars?
Horoscope & Zodiac from Creator Himself
Surahs al-Furqan, al-Baruj and the Book of Job declares that the zodiac constellations were ‘signs’ and that they were made by Allah from the beginning of time. Long before the message of the prophets were recorded in books, they were placed in the stars as images to tell the story of Allah’s plan. The original zodiac was not to guide us to wealth, love and good fortune depending on when in the year our birth was. The zodiac was given as a story to guide us to the Straight Way.
We see this starting from the creation account in the first chapter of Taurat. In creating the stars during the six days of creation it says:
And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years,Genesis 1: 14
Traditional Astrology claims to know divine information on human affairs and events on earth based on the position of the stars. But it is not the stars that affect our lives. They are just signs to mark events that the Creator sets in place – and He affects our lives.
Since the creation of the stars in the sky were to ‘mark sacred times’ and horoscope means ‘horo’ (hour, period of time) + ‘skopus’ (to mark or observe) it would seem that the intent with the stars was for us to understand His horoscope through the twelve Zodiac Signs. They form a Story in the Stars – the original astrology.
Astrology and the Prophets together
The study of the stars (astrology) to mark sacred times (horoscope) does not tell all that the Creator revealed concerning these sacred events. The Creator’s written record gives further details. We can see this enhancement of astrology through the written prophetic record in the birth of Isa al Masih PBUH. The Injil records how astrologers gained information about his birth by studying the stars. It records:
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”Matthew 2:1-2
The Magi were astrologers who understand from the stars ‘who’ was born (the Masih). But the stars did not tell them ‘where’. For that they needed to consult the written revelation.
3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,Matthew 2:3-6
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’
The astrologers needed insight from the prophets to more fully understand the sign they studied in the star. It is the same for us today. We can gain the insight that the earliest humans had from the astrological horoscope of the ancient zodiac. But we can then augment this reading to get more full insight and guidance from the writings of the prophets through the scriptures that develop further each of the zodiac signs. This is what we will do for the Ancient Story in the astrological signs of the zodiac.
This story written in the stars from the beginning of human history extends an invitation to you. It invites you to participate in this cosmic plan of the Creator. But before we can participate in this Story we must understand it as it is told from its twelve zodiac signs. The Story starts with Virgo.
Virgo Story from Beginning
In paradise, when Adam & Eve disobeyed, and Allah confronted them and the serpent (Shaytan) He promised Shaytan that:
And I will put enmityGenesis 3:15
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
Here he gave a promise that an ‘offspring’ (literally a ‘seed’) will come from a woman – without mentioning her union with a man – thus she is a Virgin. This Seed of the Virgin would crush the ‘head’ of the serpent. The only person who was born of a virgin woman was the prophet Isa al Masih PBUH. The coming of the Masih from a Virgin was announced at the beginning of time, as explained more fully here. Then the sons of Adam, to remember the promise, drew out the constellation Virgo with her seed (Spica) so that their descendants would remember the promise.
Thus the Plan of Allah, given as 12 pictures, remembered in the constellations of the Zodiac, was studied, told and retold in the centuries from Hazrat Adam to Hazrat Nouh/Noah. After the flood, the descendants of Noah corrupted the original story and it became the horoscope as it used today.
Isa al Masih and your Virgo Horoscope
The Prophet Isa al Masih PBUH read this Virgo Horoscope when he said:
Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.John 12:24-25
The Prophet Isa al Masih declared himself as that seed – Spica – which would achieve a great victory for us – the ‘many seeds’. And this ‘seed’ of the Virgin had come at a specific ‘hour’ = ‘horo’. He did not come at any hour but at ‘the’ hour. He said this so we could mark (skopus) that hour and follow the story – read the horoscope he set out.
So the twelve Signs of the zodiac are for all peoples. There is not just one horoscope sign for you based on your birth date, but on specific times set by the Creator. The 12 Signs form a complete story to guide your life, if you choose to follow it, to eternal life through a lasting relationship with the Creator of the Zodiac.
Your Daily Virgo Horoscope Reading of Ancient Zodiac
The prophets set forth sacred hours, seasons and time periods, invite us to note them, and live accordingly. Since horoscope = horo (hour) + skopus (mark to observe) we can do that with the zodiac signs through the written record that explain more fully the Zodiac constellations. The Prophet Isa al Masih PBUH himself marked this important Virgo + Spica ‘hour’ for us. Here is a Horoscope reading for you based on this for daily living:
Be careful not to miss that ‘hour’ declared by the prophet Isa al Masih because you are too busy every day chasing unimportant things. Because of that, many will miss out on participating with the ‘many seeds’. Life is full of mysteries, but the key to eternal life and true wealth is to unlock the mystery of the ‘many seeds’ for yourself. Ask the Creator daily to guide you to understanding. Since He put the Sign in the Stars of Virgo as well as in His written record, he will give you insight if you ask, knock and seek for it. In a manner, the Virgo characteristics that is compatible with Him is curiosity and an eagerness to dig for answers. If that trait marks you then put it into action in seeking further insight into Virgo.
Deeper into Virgo and the Complete Zodiac Story
Continue through the complete Story as it was originally given by following the constellations of the Zodiac. Use it for guidance to the Straight Path
- Chapter 2 – Libra: Weighed in Heavenly Scales
- Chapter 3 – Scorpio: The Mortal Combat
- Chapter 4 – Sagittarius: Archer’s Final Victory
- Chapter 5 – Capricorn: The Goat-Fish explained
- Chapter 6 – Aquarius: Rivers of Living Water
- Chapter 7 – Pisces: Multitudes in Passing Bondage
- Chapter 8 – Aries: The Lamb Alive!
- Chapter 9 -Taurus: The Coming Judge
- Chapter 10 -Gemini: Royal Sons & Cosmic Bride
Here are the written messages from the prophets that develop further the Virgo chapter of the Zodiac: