Pisces in the Ancient Zodiac

Pisces is the seventh constellation of the Zodiac and is the third Sign in the Zodiac Unit that reveal the results for us of the victory of the Coming One.  Pisces is the image of two fishes bound together by a long band. In today’s horoscope if you are born between February 20 and March 20 you are a Pisces.  In this modern astrology horoscope reading of the ancient zodiac, you follow the horoscope advice for Pisces to find love, good luck, wealth, health, and insight on your personality.

But this was not its original meaning for the earliest humans. In Virgo we saw that the Quran and the Bible state that zodiac constellations were Signs made by Allah himself which go back to the beginning of mankind.  In this ancient astrology story from the stars each chapter was for all people. So even if you are ‘not’ a Pisces in the modern horoscope sense, the ancient story in the stars of Pisces is worth knowing.

Constellation Pisces in the Stars

Here is a picture of the stars that form Pisces.  Can you see anything resembling two fishes held together by a long band in this photo of the stars?  

Photo of the Stars that make up Pisces

In fact, even if we connect the stars in ‘Pisces’ with lines it is still hard to ‘see’ any such image.  How could early astrologers think up two fishes bound together from these stars? 

Pisces constellation with stars connected by lines

But this sign goes back as far as we know in human history.  Here is the zodiac in the Dendera Temple of Egypt, more than 2000 years old.  The image of the two fishes of Pisces in this zodiac is circled in red. You can also see in the sketch on the side that the band binds them together.

Ancient Egyptian Zodiac of Denderah with Pisces circled

Below is the traditional image of Pisces that astrology has used as far back as we know. So what is the meaning of the two fishes? And the band fastened to their two tails? What is the significance for you & me?

Astrological Pisces Image

Original Meaning of Pisces

We saw in Capricorn that the fish tail received life from the dieing head of the goat. In Aquarius we saw that the water was poured out to the Fish – Piscis Austrinus. The fish represent the multitudes who would receive the Living Water. This was foreseen back in the time of the Prophet Ibrahim PBUH when Allah promised him

all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.

Genesis 12:3

and through your seed all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me

Genesis 22:18

This vision of multitudes redeemed through the Coming Servant was divided into two groups

he says:
“It is too small a thing for you to be my servant
    to restore the tribes of Jacob
    and bring back those of Israel I have kept.
I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,
    that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”

Isaiah 49:6

Here the prophet spoke of the ‘tribes of Jacob’ as well as the ‘Gentiles’. These are the two fishes of Pisces. When Isa al Masih PHUH called his disciples he told them

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

Matthew 4:19

The very first followers of Isa al Masih used the symbol of the fish to show they belonged to him. Here are photos from ancient catacombs.

Fish symbol with Greek letters on ancient tomb
Fish symbol on ancient Roman tombs
two fish engraved in rock

The Band – Passing Bondage

The two fishes of Pisces, though given new spiritual life, are bound together by the constellation The Band. The Band holds the two fishes captive. But we see the hoof of Aries the Ram coming towards the band. It speaks of the day when the fishes will be freed by Aries.

Pisces with Aries in the Zodiac. Aries’ hoof is coming to break the Band

This is the experience of all followers of Isa al Masih today. The Injil describes our present bondage to suffering, decay and death – but still in hope looking forward to the Day when we are freed from this bondage

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

Romans 8:18-25

We wait for the redemption of our bodies from death. As it explains further

50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15: 50-57

So The Band around the fishes of Pisces pictures our present-day situation. But we wait expectantly for the coming of Aries to set us free. This freedom from bondage to death is offered to all. In the original zodiac, Pisces was not intended to guide your daily decisions to good fortune, love and better health, based on your birth date. It was a Sign that not only would the victory of Isa al Masih grant us Living Water, but also that one day we will be released from the bondage to the decay, trouble and death that hold us captive now.

Your Pisces Horoscope Reading from the Ancient Zodiac

Since Horoscope comes from the Greek ‘Horo’ (hour) and the Prophetic writings mark many important hours for us, we note their Pisces ‘hour’. The Pisces horo reading is marked by the fishes alive in the water, but still bound by the bands.  True life but still waiting for complete freedom. 

They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the hour is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. I have told you this, so that when their hour comes you will remember that I warned you about them. I did not tell you this from the beginning because I was with you,

John 16:2-4

“When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that hour what you should say

Luke 12:11-12

We live in the hour of Aquarius and we also live in the hour of Pisces.  Aquarius brought the water (Spirit of God) to bring life to the fishes.  But we are only in the middle of the Zodiac Story and the final Sagittarius victory is still in the future.  So we now face trouble, hardship, persecution and physical death in this hour, as Isa al Masih warned us.  The bands holding the fish are real.  But even as we are held by the bands we still have life.  The Holy Spirit indwells, teaches and guides us – even in the face of death.  Welcome to the hour of Pisces.

You and I can apply the Pisces horoscope reading today with the following. 

Pisces horoscope declares you must go through many hardships to enter the Kingdom. In fact some common traits of your journey to that Kingdom are troubles, hardships, distresses and even death.  Don’t let this get you down.  It is actually to your benefit as it can develop three characteristics in you: faith, hope and love.  The bands of Pisces can do this in you – if you do not lose heart. Though outwardly you may be wasting away, yet inwardly you are being renewed day by day.  This is because you have the firstfruits of the Spirit in you.  So even as you groan inwardly as you wait eagerly for the redemption of your body, recognize that these real problems are working for your good if they make you compatible with the King and His Kingdom. Keep yourself going with this Truth: In his great mercy The King has given you new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Isa al Masih from the dead,and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when The King is revealed.

Deeper into Pisces & on through the Ancient Zodiac Story

To start at the beginning of the Ancient Zodiac story see Virgo. To continue the Ancient Zodiac Story see Aries. To read the writings that correspond to Pisces see

Aquarius in the Ancient Zodiac

Aquarius is the sixth constellation of the zodiac and is the second Sign in the Zodiac Unit that reveal the results for us of the victory of the Coming One.  Aquarius is the image of a man pouring rivers of water from a celestial jar. Aquarius is Latin for water bearer. In today’s horoscope if you are born between January 21 and February 19 you are an Aquarius.  In this modern astrology horoscope reading of the ancient zodiac, you follow the horoscope advice for Aquarius to find love, good luck, health, and gain insight on your personality.

Aquarius shows that our thirst for happiness in wealth, luck and love is insufficient. Only the Man in Aquarius can provide the water that will satisfy our thirst. But in the ancient zodiac Aquarius offers his water to all people.  So even if you are ‘not’ an Aquarius in the modern horoscope sense, the ancient astrological story in the stars of Aquarius is worth knowing so you can choose whether to drink from His water yourself.

Constellation Aquarius in the Stars

Here is a picture of the stars that form Aquarius.  Can you see anything resembling a man pouring out water from a container in this photo of the stars?  

Photo of star constellation of Aquarius

In fact, even if we connect the stars in Aquarius with lines it is still hard to ‘see’ any such image.  How could anyone even think up a man pouring water onto fish? 

Aquarius with stars connected by lines

But this sign goes back as far as we know in human history.  Here is the zodiac in the Dendera Temple of Egypt, more than 2000 years old.  The image of the water-bearer Aquarius in this zodiac is circled in red. You can also see in the sketch on the side that the water flows to a fish.

Ancient Egyptian Zodiac of Dendera with Aquarius circled

Here is a photo of a National Geographic poster of the zodiac, also showing Aquarius as seen in the Southern Hemisphere. 

National Geographic Zodiac Star chart with Aquarius circled

Even though the stars that form Aquarius are connected with lines in this diagram made to show us the zodiac constellations, it is still hard to ‘see’ anything resembling a man, a jar and pouring water in this star constellation. But here are some common astrology images of Aquarius

Aquarius & Rivers of Water

Traditional zodiac image of Aquarius of Man pouring out water for fish (Piscis Australis – The Southern Fish)
Aquarius seen pouring out water to Piscis Australis – The Southern Fish

As with all the other zodiac constellations, the image of the Water-Bearer is not obvious from the constellation itself.  It is not innate within the star constellation.  Rather, the man and the running water have been thought of beforehand, from something other than the stars, and then in astrology have been superimposed into the constellation as an image.  But why?  What did it mean to the ancients? And why has Aquarius from ancient times been associated with The Southern Fish constellation so that the water flowing from Aquarius runs to the Fish?

The Ancient Zodiac Story

We saw, with Virgo, that the Quran and the Bible/Kitab state that the constellations themselves were made by Allah. They were given as signs in a Story to guide mankind until revelation was put in writing. Thus they were taught by Adam and his sons to their children to instruct them of Allah’s Plan. Virgo foretold the coming Son of the Virgin -the Prophet Isa al Masih PBUH. We worked our way through the Story explaining the Great Conflict and now we are in the second unit which reveals the benefits to us of His victory.

The Original Meaning of Aquarius

Aquarius told the ancients two great truths which today is wisdom for us. These truths are that we are thirsty people (symbolized by the Southern Fish drinking in the water) and that the water from The Man is the only water that will ultimately quench our thirst. These two truths were also taught in the messages of the ancient prophets.

We are Thirsty

The ancient prophets wrote about our thirst in various ways. Dawud in the Zabur expressed it like this:

As the deer pants for streams of water,
    so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
    When can I go and meet with God?

Psalm 42:1-2 (Zabur)

You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
    my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
    where there is no water.

Psalm 63:1 (Zabur)

But problems arise when we seek to satisfy this thirst with other ‘water’. The Prophet Jeremiah taught this was the root of our sin.

My people have committed two sins:
They have forsaken me,
    the spring of living water,
and have dug their own cisterns,
    broken cisterns that cannot hold water.

Jeremiah 2:13

The cisterns of water that we pursue are many: money, sex, pleasure, work, family, marriage, status. But these cannot satisfy and we end up still ‘thirsty’ for more. This is what Suleiman, great King known for his wisdom, experienced and wrote about. What can we do to quench our thirst?

Lasting Water to Quench our Thirst

The ancients prophets also foresaw a time when our thirst could be quenched. As far back as the Prophet Musa PBUH in Taurat looked forward to the day when:

“Water will flow from his buckets,
And his seed will be by many waters,
And his king shall be higher than Agag,
And his kingdom shall be exalted.

Numbers 24:7 (Taurat)

This was followed with the messages from the Prophet Isaiah

Behold, a king will reign righteously
And princes will rule justly.
Each will be like a refuge from the wind
And a shelter from the storm,
Like streams of water in a dry country,
Like the shade of a huge rock in a parched land.

Isaiah 32:1-2

‘The poor and needy search for water,
    but there is none;
    their tongues are parched with thirst.
But I the Lord will answer them;
    I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.

Isaiah 41:17

How would the thirst be quenched? The Prophet continued

For I will pour water on the thirsty land,
    and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring,
    and my blessing on your descendants.

Isaiah 44:3

In the Injil the Prophet Isa al Masih PBUH declared that he was the source of that Water

On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

John 7: 37-39

The Injil specifies that ‘water’ is a picture of the Spirit, who came to dwell in people on Pentecost. This was the partial fulfillment, which will be finalized in the Kingdom of God as it states:

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb

Revelation 22:1

Who needs water more than fish? So Aquarius is pictured pouring his water to the fish Piscis Australis – The Southern Fish. This illustrates the simple truth that the victory and blessings won by the Man – the Seed of the Virgin – will certainly be received by those for whom they are intended. To receive this we need to

Come, all you who are thirsty,
    come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
    come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
    and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
    and you will delight in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me;
    listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
    my faithful love promised to David.

Isaiah 55:1-3

This picture of the multitudes which receive these blessings is given in more detail in the fishes of Pisces. The gift of His Water is available to all – you and me included.

Your Aquarius Horoscope Reading from the Ancient Zodiac

Horoscope comes from the Greek ‘Horo’ (hour) and thus means the marking of special hours. The Prophetic writings mark the Aquarius ‘horo’.  The Aquarius reading is marked by the Prophet Isa al Masih in this manner.

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” …

“Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, an hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet an hour is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

John 4:13-14, 21-23

We are now in the ‘hour’ of Aquarius.  This hour is not a short specific hour as with Capricorn. Instead it is a long and wide open ‘hour’ that continues to extend from that time of that conversation until today. In this hour of Aquarius Isa al Masih offers us water that will well up to eternal life in us.

The Greek word used by the prophet two times here is horo, the same as the root in ‘horoscope’. 

You and I can apply the Aquarius horoscope reading today in the following way. 

Aquarius says ‘know thyself’.  What is it deep inside you that you thirst after?  How does this thirst show itself as the traits that those around you can see? Perhaps you are just aware of a vague thirst for ‘something more’, whether that be money, longer life, sex, marriage, romantic relationships, or better food and drink. That thirst could make you incompatible with those that are already close to you, causing frustration in any of your deeper relationships, whether that be co-workers, family members or lovers. Be careful that your thirst does not cause you to lose what you do have.  Now is a good time to ask yourself what is meant by ‘living water’.  What are its characteristics? Words like ‘eternal life’, ‘spring’, ‘spirit’ and ‘truth’ were used to describe the Aquarius offer. They bring to mind traits like ‘abundance’, ‘satisfaction’, ‘refreshing’.  This can turn around your relationships so that you are a ‘giver’ rather than just a ‘taker’.  But it all starts with knowing your thirst and being honest about what drives you.  Follow the example of the woman in this conversation and see if you can learn how she took up the offer.  A life worth living comes as you examine your heart

Deeper into Aquarius & through the ancient Zodiac Story

The Sign of Aquarius was not originally meant to guide decisions towards health, love and prosperity for those born between January 21 and February 19. Rather it was placed in the stars so that all would remember that we do thirst for something more in this life. The Sign was placed long ago in the stars that the Son of the Virgin would come who would quench that thirst in us. To start the Ancient Zodiac Story at its beginning see Virgo. Pisces continues the Zodiac Story. To understand the written message corresponding to Aquarius so you can better understand the ‘living water’ see:

Capricorn in the Ancient Zodiac

In today’s horoscope if you are born between December 22 and January 20 you are a Capricorn.  In this modern horoscope interpretation of the astrological zodiac, you follow the horoscope’s advice for Capricorn to find love, good luck, wealth, health, and insight on your personality.

Capricorn is an image of the front of a Goat joined to the tail of a Fish. Where did the Goat-Fish come from and what does it mean?

In the ancient Zodiac, Capricorn is the fifth of twelve astrology constellations that together form a Great Story. We saw that the first four constellations were an astrological unit that concerned the person of a Great Redeemer and his mortal conflict with His Enemy. Capricorn begins the second unit which focuses on the work of this Redeemer as it affects us. In this unit we see the results – the blessings to us – of the combat and victory of the Redeemer over His enemy.  This unit opens with a Goat and closes with a Ram (Aries) and the middle two Signs concern fishes (Aquarius & Pisces).  How fitting then that Capricorn has always been the front of a Goat joined to the tail of a Fish. 

In the ancient Zodiac, Capricorn was for all people since it foretold benefits available to anyone.  So even if you are not a Capricorn in the modern horoscope sense, the ancient astrology story embedded in the stars of Capricorn is worth understanding.

Capricorn Constellation in Astrology

Capricorn is a constellation of stars that form the image of a Goat fused with a fish tail.  Here are the stars that form Capricorn connected by lines.  Can you see anything resembling a goat-fish in this image?  As with the previous constellations it is not readily seen. How could anyone even think up a creature that is a fused goat and fish from these stars? 

Capricorn star constellation

Goats and fish are not even remotely related in nature.  But this sign goes back as far as we know in human history.  Here is the zodiac in the Dendera Temple of Egypt, more than 2000 years old.  The image of the Goat-Fish Capricorn in this zodiac is circled in red.

As with all the previous zodiac constellations we have looked at, the Capricorn image of the Goat-fish is not obvious from the constellation itself.  It is not innate within the star constellation.  Rather, the Goat and Fish have been thought of beforehand, from something other than the stars, and then in astrology it has been superimposed onto the constellation as a joined Goat-Fish.  But why?  What did it mean to the ancients?

Capricorn Goat-Fish

The image of Capricorn shows the Goat bowing its head, with its right leg folded underneath the body, and he seems unable to rise with the left.  It is as if the Goat is shown in death.  But the tail of the Fish is supple, bent and is full of vigor and life.

From the beginning of human history the goat (and sheep) was the accepted way to offer a sacrifice to Allah. The Taurat tells us that Hazrat Habil, son of Adam & Eve, offered sacrifices from his flocks. His sacrifices were accepted but Qabil’s were not. The Prophet Ibrahim PBUH offered a Ram (male goat or sheep) and was ransomed with it. Hazrat Harun, brother of the prophet Musa PBUH, was commanded to every year take two goats. One was sacrificed and the scape-goat went free. These were all signs to teach us that a ransom of another life would be needed to redeem us from the balance of Libra. The Prophet Isa al Masih PBUH, in his sacrifice on the cross volunteered to be that sacrifice for us.

The goat in Capricorn bowed in death was the sign that the ancients used through astrology to remind themselves of the promise of the redeemer who would come for the sacrifice. Isa al Masih was the fulfillment of that Sign.

The Capricorn Fish

But what is the meaning of the Capricorn Fish tail? To illustrate we look at another ancient culture – the Chinese. The Chinese New Year celebration occurs every January (around time of Capricorn) and it is a tradition that goes back thousands of years. In this festival there are decorations that Chinese hang on their doors. Here are some images of this.

Chinese New Year Card
Chinese New Year Decorations
Chinese New Year – Fishes

You will notice that all show fishes. Fishes are used in their New Year Greeting because, from ancient times, fishes were symbols of life, abundance and plenty.

In the same way, in the ancient zodiac, fishes represented the abundance of living people – multitudes – for whom the sacrifice was made.

Isa al Masih used the same image of fishes when he taught about the many whom his sacrifice would reach. He taught

Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. 48 When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away.

Matthew 13: 47-48

When the Prophet Isa al Masih explained the coming work of his disciples he said

As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

Matthew 4:18-19

Both times the image of fishes represented the multitudes of people who would receive the gift of the Kingdom of Heaven. Why not you too?

Your Capricorn Horoscope Reading from the Ancient Zodiac

Horoscope comes from the Greek ‘Horo’ (hour) and thus carries the meaning of marking special hours. The Prophetic writings mark the Capricorn ‘horo’ in striking ways.  Because Capricorn is two-fold (Goat and fish), the Capricorn horo reading is also two-fold: the hour of sacrifice and the hour of multitudes.  The reading marks the first of the hours in this manner.

14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” … 20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

(Luke 22:14-16, 20)

This is the ‘hour’ of the Capricorn goat.  This hour had been marked by the Passover exodus over 1500 years previously, where the blood of the sacrifice was painted on the doors so that death would pass over.  That very hour Isa al Masih revealed the full meaning of Passover by stating that his blood would similarly be poured out for them … and us.  He would die so we would get life, just like the Passover with Musa … just like the Capricorn goat.  That hour leads to the next hour – a reading of multitudes with life.

I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one like a son of man with a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. 15 Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud, “Take your sickle and reap, because the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” 16 So he who was seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.

Revelation 14: 14-16

The Greek word for the time of harvest is horo, the same as the root in ‘horoscope’.  The prophetic reading says that this hour will come when those who have joined to the Capricorn sacrifice will participate in the harvest to heaven at the end of this age.  This is the hour in the parable of Isa al Masih when the fish are brought in the net. These two hours of Goat and fish balance and fulfill each other.  These two hours are the hours to mark Capricorn in the ancient astrological horoscope.

You and I can apply the Capricorn horoscope reading today with the following guidance. 

Capricorn tells that there is more to life than meets the eye.  If you or I were running the universe perhaps all its characteristics would be straightforward and obvious.  But you need to accept the fact that neither you nor I are in charge.  Just as there are physical laws that govern the motion of planets, there are spiritual laws that govern you.  Better accept that reality than continue to fight or try to get around it.  Otherwise you will find going against these laws just as painful as going against physical laws. For sure you do not want to be incompatible with fundamental spiritual horos. Perhaps a good place to start in getting in sync with these spiritual laws is just express thanks and gratitude instead of first trying to understand it all.  After all, if there is Someone who is looking out for you in such a way as to spill some of his own blood on your behalf – why not try saying ‘thanks’.  Being thankful is a trait that can smooth out a lot of questions in any relationship.  And thanks can be done straight from your heart, anytime and any day.  Perhaps then all the puzzling pieces may start coming together to make sense of your life.  Be bold, take a new direction and say ‘thanks’ to Capricorn.

Further in the Zodiac and deeper into Capricorn

In the Capricorn Goat we have the sacrifice of death pictured.  In the Capricorn Fish we have the many peoples for whom the sacrifice gives life. Since they live in water, the fish of Capricorn also prepares us for the next chapter in the ancient Zodiac Story – Aqarius – the Man bringing rivers of living water. To start at the beginning of the Zodiac Story see Virgo.

To go deeper in the Written Story that corresponds to Capricorn see:

Sagittarius in the Ancient Zodiac

Sagittarius is the fourth constellation of the zodiac and in astrology is the sign of a mounted archer.  Sagittarius means ‘archer’ in Latin. In today’s horoscope if you are born between November 23 and December 21 you are a Sagittarius.  In this modern horoscope reading of the ancient astrological zodiac, you follow the horoscope advice for Sagittarius to find love, good luck, health, and insight on your personality.

Constellation Saggittarius

Sagittarius is a constellation of stars that form the image of a mounted archer, often shown as a centaur.  Here are the stars that form Sagittarius.  Can you see anything resembling a centaur, a horse, or an archer in this photo of the stars?  Absolutely not! 

Photo of Sagittarius Star Constellation

In fact, even if we connect the stars in ‘Sagittarius’ with lines it is still hard to ‘see’ the mounted archer.

Sagittarius Constellation connected with lines

But this sign goes back as far as we know in human history.  Here is the zodiac in the Dendera Temple of Egypt, more than 2000 years old.  The image of the mounted archer in this zodiac is circled in red.

Sagittarius in Ancient Dendera Zodiac of Egypt

Here is a photo of a National Geographic poster of the zodiac, also showing Sagittarius as seen in the Southern Hemisphere.  Even though the stars that form Sagittarius are connected with lines made to show us the zodiac constellations, it is still hard to ‘see’ a rider, horse or centaur in this star constellation.

Sagittarius in National Geographic Constellation map

As with the previous constellations, the image of the archer is not obvious from the constellation itself.  The image of the horse and archer is not innate within the star constellation.  Rather, the mounted archer has been thought of beforehand, from something other than the stars, and then it has been superimposed into the constellation. Below is a typical Sagittarius image. Sagittarius is usually only pictured in isolation. It is when we see Sagittarius with the other constellations that we will learn its meaning.

Typical Sagittarius Astrology constellation image

The Zodiac Story in the Constellations

The original zodiac was not a horoscope to guide your daily decisions towards good luck, health, love and fortune based on the date of your birth and the movement of the planets.  It was a plan promised by Allah to guide us on the Straight Way and was recorded with the 12 zodiac constellations so they could be seen and remembered by people every night.  Astrology originally was the study and knowledge of this story in the stars. This Story began with the Seed of the Virgin in Virgo.  It continued with the weighing scales of Libra, a reminder that our balance of deeds are too light so a payment is needed to redeem our light deeds.  Scorpio showed the tremendous struggle between the Seed of Virgo and the Scorpion – Shaytan.  Theirs is a battle for the right to rule.

Sagittarius in the Zodiac Story

Sagittarius foretells how this struggle will end.  We can understand when we see Sagittarius with the surrounding constellations. It is this astrology context that reveals the meaning of Sagittarius.

Sagittarius in the Zodiac – Complete defeat of Scorpio

The drawn arrow of Sagittarius is pointed directly at the heart of Scorpio.  It clearly shows that the mounted archer will destroy his mortal enemy. This was the meaning of Sagittarius in the ancient Zodiac. The victory of the mounted archer is similarly depicted in the ancient Egyptian Zodiac at Dendera (see above) and in all images where the constellations can be seen with each other.

Another Zodiac image of Sagittarius. His arrow is pointed straight at the Scorpion

The Sagittarius chapter in the Written Story

The final victory of the prophet Isa al Masih PBUH, the Seed of the Virgin, over his enemy is prophesied in the Bible to occur as pictured by Sagittarius.  Here is the prophecy of the return of the Masih to the earth.

11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.”[a] He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:

king of kings and lord of lords.

17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and the mighty, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, great and small.”

19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and his army. 20 But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. 21 The rest were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.

Revelation 19: 11-21

And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.

Revelation 20:1-3

When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—and to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. 10 And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Revelation 20:7-10

These first four signs of the Ancient Zodiac: Virgo, Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius form an astrological unit within the 12 chapter Zodiac Story that focus on the coming ruler and his opponent.  Virgo foretold his coming from the Seed of the Virgin. Libra foretold that a price would need to be paid since our deeds would be insufficient. Scorpio foretold what that price would be as the Coming One would be struck down in death by his enemy. Sagittarius foretold his ultimate victory with the arrow of the archer pointing directly at the heart of the Scorpion.

These Signs were given for all people, not just for those born in the month of that constellation. Sagittarius is for you even if you are not born between November 23 and December 21. It was given so we could know the ultimate triumph over the enemy and choose our allegiance accordingly. Virgo, Libra and Scorpio were fulfilled in the first coming of Isa al Masih. The fulfilling of Sagittarius awaits his second coming. But since the first three signs of this unit have been fulfilled, it provides a basis to trust that this last Sagittarius Sign will also be fulfilled.

Your Sagittarius Horoscope Reading from the Ancient Zodiac

Horoscope comes from the Greek ‘Horo’ (hour) and the Prophetic writings mark several important hours for us, including the Sagittarius ‘hour’. The Sagittarius horo reading is

But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

Matthew 24:36, 44

The prophet tells us that no one knows that precise hour (horo) of the return of the Masih and the complete defeat of his enemy, except God.  However, there are clues to tell us how near that hour is.  It says we are likely not to be expecting it or ready for it.  The prophet goes into greater detail in this teaching describing how we will not be expecting it. 

You and I can apply the Sagittarius horoscope reading today with the following guidance. 

Sagittarius tells that us that you and I will face many distractions before the hour of the return of the Masih and the complete defeat of Shaytan.  In fact, if you are not daily transformed by the renewing of your mind then you will be conformed to the standards of this world –and that hour will hit you unexpectedly and you will not be compatible with Him when He is revealed.  If you do not want to reap all the terrible consequences of missing that hour you need to make a conscious decision daily to be prepared.  Take stock of whether you are mindlessly following the gossip and intrigues of the celebrities and soap operas.  If so that will most likely result in traits such as slavery of your mind, loss of close relationships now, and certainly miss the hour of his return along with most others.  Your personality has both its strengths and weaknesses, but the enemy, who wants you to remain distracted, attacks you at your weak characteristics.  Be it idle gossip, pornography, greed, or just wasting your time on social media, He knows the temptations that you will fall for.  So pray for help and guidance so that you can walk the straight and narrow path and be ready for that hour.  Seek out the few others who also do not want to miss that hour and together you can help each other daily so it does not come upon you unexpectedly.

On through the Zodiac and deeper into Sagittarius

The next four Signs of the Zodiac also form a unit of astrology.  This unit reveals how the work of the Coming One affects us and it begins with Capricorn.

To go deeper in the written story of Sagittarius see:

Scorpio in the Ancient Zodiac

Scorpio is the third constellation of the zodiac and is the image of a venomous scorpion.  It is also associated with the smaller constellations (Decans) Ophiucus, Serpens and Corona Borealis. In today’s horoscope if you are born between October 24 and November 22 you are a Scorpio.  In this modern horoscope reading of the zodiac, you follow the horoscope advice for Scorpio to find love, good luck and health and gain insight on your personality.

Where did Scorpio Originate?

But was it read this way at its beginning?  Here is a picture of the stars that form Scorpio.  Can you see a scorpion in this photo of the stars?  You’d need a lot of imagination! 

Photo of the Scorpio stars. Can you see a scorpion here?

In fact, even if we connect the stars in ‘Scorpio’ with lines it is still hard to ‘see’ the scorpion.  But this sign goes back as far as we know in human history. 

Scorpio constellation connected by lines. The raised tail is clear. But how do you know it is a scorpion and not a hook?

Here is the zodiac in the Dendera Temple of Egypt, more than 2000 years old.  The image of the scorpion in this zodiac is circled in red.

Scorpio in the Ancient Egyptian Dendera Zodiac

Here is a photo of a National Geographic poster of the zodiac, also showing Scorpio as seen in the Southern Hemisphere.  Even though the stars that form Scorpio are connected with lines in this diagram made to show us the zodiac constellations, it is still hard to ‘see’ a scorpion in this star constellation.

Scorpio outlined in a National Geographic Zodiac Poster

As with the other constellations, the Scorpio constellation of a scorpion ready to strike was not created from the stars themselves. Rather, the idea of the striking scorpion came first. This idea was then overlaid in early astrology onto the stars as a recurring sign. The ancients could point out Scorpio to their children and tell them the story associated with it.

The Ancient Zodiac Story

The Zodiac constellations together form a Story – an astrological story written with the stars.  The Sign of Scorpio is the third chapter of twelve. We saw in the first chapter (Virgo) that the Quran and the Bible state that Allah made the constellations. So the Story is His and was given at the beginning of human history. It is this Astrology story that the first humans read in what we now know as the zodiac.

The original zodiac was not a horoscope to guide your daily decisions to good luck, health, love and fortune based on the date of your birth and the movement of the planets.  It was a guide by Allah to show us the Straight Way and was recorded with the zodiac constellations so they could be seen and remembered by people every night.  The Story started with the promise of the seed of the Virgin, given in the constellation Virgo.  It continued with the weighing scales of Libra, showing us that our balance of deeds are too light for the Kingdom of Heaven. A price must be paid to redeem our light deeds. 

Scorpio in the Ancient Zodiac Story

But who is it demanding this payment?  Scorpio shows who it is, and reveals the heavenly conflict between the Seed of Virgo and the scorpion.  To understand this conflict we must see Scorpio along with its Decan (an accompanying constellation that is connected to the main constellation) Ophiuchus.

Scorpio and Ophiuchus constellations, 19th century artwork. Artwork from the 1886 ninth edition of Moses and Geology (Samuel Kinns, London). Published in 1882.

The constellation pictures a gigantic scorpion (Scorpio) trying to sting a mighty man (Ophiuchus) in the heel, while Ophiuchus is trampling on the scorpion while at the same time wrestling a coiled serpent.  This gigantic scorpion has its tail uplifted in anger, ready to wound and strike the man’s foot.  This sign helps us understand that this conflict is to-the-death.  In Scorpio we begin to learn the nature of the price to ransom us from Libra, the scales of justice.  Scorpio and the Serpent (Serpens) are two images of the same adversary – Shaytan.

This sign in the stars repeats the promise given as a Sign to Hazrat Adam in the garden of Paradise and recorded in the Taurat when the LORD told Shaytan (in the form of a serpent) concerning the Seed of Virgo

 “… you will strike his heel and he will crush your head”

(Genesis 3:15)

The scorpion struck the heel when the prophet Isa al Masih PBUH was crucified on the cross, but the scorpion suffered mortal defeat when the prophet rose from death three days later.  This was foretold long before in astrology through the constellations Scorpio, Ophiucus and Serpens by the One who made the stars and arranged them in the heavens. 

Conflict with Scorpio remembered by others

This promised conflict that began in the Garden and reached its climax on the cross was remembered by many ancient cultures.

2200 BCE Babylonian seal in British Museum. Shows temptation of Adam & Eve
The serpent is crushed in the head in the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead

These two images show how both the ancient Egyptians and Babylonians had memories of Adam and Eve in Paradise and also the promise that the head of the serpent would be crushed. The ancient Greeks remembered this through Scorpio.

…you can trace the starlit Ophiuchus himself: so brightly set beneath his head appear his gleaming shoulders. … his hands … firmly clutch the Serpent, which encircles the waist of Ophiuchus, but he, steadfast with both his feet well set, tramples a huge monster, even the Scorpion, standing upright on his eye and breast.

Aratus quoting Exodus 4th Century BCE Greek poet

Serpens and the Crown – Corona Borealis

The third Decan Constellation associated with Scorpio is Corona Borealis – a crown placed above Ophiuchus and Serpens. Here is a typical astrological image of the three Scorpio decans shown together.

Ophiuchus and Serpens eyeing Corona Borealis – The Crown

You can see that both Ophiucus and Serpens are looking at The Crown. This is the constellation known as Corona Borealis. In fact, these two are battling for this Crown and we can see that Serpens is trying to grasp Corona Borealis.

The Serpent (Serpens) constellation up close – reaching for the Crown – Corona Borealis

Serpens is striving to lay hold of the Crown. This illustrates the nature of the conflict between the two. This is not only to be a conflict-to-the-death, but it is also a struggle for rule and dominion. The Serpent and Ophiucus battle to determine who will have the Crown.

Scorpio – A Story for you and me

Scorpio is for all people, not just for those born between October 24-November 22.  Scorpio is not a guide to more wealth or love, but from ancient times was an astrological illustration placed in the stars for you and me to know what great lengths our Creator would go to in order to redeem us from our light deeds – that it would involve a great struggle to the death – and for the right to rule. This is actually the meaning of ‘Masih’.

Your Scorpio Horoscope Reading from the Ancient Zodiac

Since Horoscope comes from the Greek ‘Horo’ (hour) and the Prophetic writings mark many important hours for us, we can note their Scorpio ‘hour’. The Scorpio horo reading is

31 Now is the hour (horo) for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.

I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me

John 12:31-33, 14:30

In stating that ‘Now is the hour’ the Prophet marks a special ‘horo’ for us.  Scorpio tells us that there is a conflict over who will rule the crown.  Thus Isa al Masih calls Shaytan the ‘prince of this world’ and at that hour he was coming to meet him in conflict.  Shaytan has a hold over everyone of us since our balance of deeds is light.  But Isa al Masih said confidently that he had ‘no hold over me’ meaning that the power of sin and death had no hold over him.  That horo would test this statement as these two adversaries confronted each other.

You and I can apply the Scorpio horoscope reading today with the following guidance. 

Sorpio tells us that you have to serve somebody.  Someone has the claim to the crown of your heart.  It is not a lover, spouse or relationship that has the ultimate claim to the crown of your heart.  It is either the ‘prince of this world’ or the ‘masih’ – the one who will rule the Kingdom of God.  Take stock now of who wears your crown.  If you live to save your own life then you have given your crown to the ‘prince of this world’ and you will lose your life.  Since his traits are to kill, steal and destroy, he is not compatible for you if he has your crown. Examine yourself to see if you need to ‘repent’ as the Prophet Yahya so clearly taught.  You can find some good examples to get a better idea of what this means.  It is not the planets but your heart that will determine the outcome for you.  Good examples to follow are not holy saints but ordinary people with regular traits who repented.  Repentance can be done any day of the week and probably to turn it into a habit should be done on a daily basis.

The story of the struggle between the two great adversaries is not finished.  It continues with Sagittarius. (or understand it from the beginning with Virgo)

To go deeper in the written story of Scorpio see: