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 says that the Zodiac signs are witnesses to the Day of Judgment. What does this mean?
The Twelve Signs of the Zodiac today are associated with astrology and the horoscope. Today’s horoscope predicts your fortune by your birth date in relation to these twelve Zodiac Signs. The horoscope then guides you to find true love (love horoscope), or good luck and success in relationships, health and wealth. These Twelve Astrological Signs connecting your birth dates to your personal horoscope are:
- Virgo: August 24 – September 23
- Libra: September 24 – October 23
- Scorpio: October 24 – November 22
- Sagittarius: November 23 – December 21
- Capricorn: 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) meaning ‘hour, season or period of time’ and the Greek skopus (σκοπός) meaning ‘goal or mark on which to focus’. Astrology comes from astro (άστρο) ‘star’ and logia (λογια) ‘study of’. The idea in this modern horoscope of astrology is to mark the time of one’s birth according to the zodiac’s constellations of stars.
But is this the original way that the ancients read zodiac astrology?
What is the Zodiac? Where does it come from?
The 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.
Blessed is He Who made constellations in the skies, and placed therein a Lamp and a Moon giving light;Surah al-Furqan: 25:61
Why would Allah make these constellations? How did the ancients use the zodiac with its twelve signs?
The oldest book of the Bible (al kitab), written even before the Taurat, was Job. Job also affirms that the constellations were made by God:
He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.Job 9:9
So does Amos, another 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 Taurus constellation. If Job speaks of them in a book more than 4000 years old, the zodiac constellations have been with us a very long time. We can learn how the ancients used the zodiac to guide ourselves differently than today’s horoscope. We explore this by examining the constellation Virgo.
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 wikipedia image, 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 shown in full detail, but the details do not come from the constellation itself.
Below is the entire Zodiac in the Egyptian Temple in Dendera, dated to 1st century BCE. This zodiac contains the 12 Zodiac signs. Virgo is circled in red. The sketch on the right shows the zodiac images more clearly. You see that Virgo holds a seed of grain. This seed of grain is the star Spica, the brightest star in the Virgo constellation.
Here is Spica in a night sky photo, with the Virgo stars connected by lines.
How does one know that Spica is a seed of grain (sometimes an ear of corn)? It is not apparent in the constellation itself, just as a virgin woman is not apparent from the Virgo 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. So where did Virgo with her seed come from? Who first had the Virgin in mind and then placed her and her seed as Virgo in the stars?
Horoscope & Zodiac from Creator Himself
Surahs al-Furqan, al-Baruj and Job declares that the zodiac constellations were ‘signs’ 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 a visual story to guide us to the Straight Way.
We see this from the creation account in the beginning of the Taurat. 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
Modern astrology claims to know about 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 planned – and He affects our lives.
Since the creation of the stars were to ‘mark sacred times’ and horoscope means ‘horo’ (period of time) + ‘skopus’ (to mark for focus), the intent behind the constellations was for us to know His horoscope through the twelve Zodiac Signs. They form a Story in the Stars – the original astrology.
Astrology and the Prophets together
Studying the stars (astrology) to mark sacred times (horoscope) does not tell all that the Creator planned about these events. The Creator’s written record gives further details. We see an example of this in the birth of Isa al Masih PBUH. The Injil records how astrologers understood his birth by studying the stars. It says:
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 knew from the stars ‘who’ was born (the Masih). But the stars did not tell them ‘where’. For that they needed 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 the prophets to more fully understand what they observed 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 get more understanding through the prophetic writings which further develops each zodiac sign. This is what we will do going through each astrological sign of the original Zodiac story.
This story written in the stars from the beginning of 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. Where does the story begin? Today horoscope reading usually begins with Aries. But this was not so from ancient times, when it began with Virgo (see here for details from Esna Zodiac).
We begin the Zodiac story at 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.”
Allah promised 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 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. The first humans, to remember the Creator’s promise, created Virgo with her seed (Spica) and placed her image in the constellation 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 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’. 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. 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 the Ancient Zodiac
The prophets set forth sacred hours 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 using the written record to explain the Zodiac constellations more fully. The Prophet Isa al Masih PBUH himself marked the Virgo + Spica ‘hour’ for us. Here is a Horoscope reading for you based on this:
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 becoming 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 compatible for this are curiosity and an eagerness to dig for answers. If these traits mark you then put it into action by seeking further insight into Virgo.
Deeper into Virgo and the Complete Zodiac Story
Continue on to become familiar with the complete Story as it was originally given by following the Zodiac constellations below. 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
- Chapter 11 -Cancer: Rising from the ashes of death
- Chapter 12 -Leo: The Roaring Lion Comes to Rule
To go deeper in the written story of Virgo see: