posted June 28, 2008 11:02 PM
Awesome new book I am reading called "The Fated Sky" by Benson Bobrick
"According to rabbinical tradition each of the twelve tribes of Israel represented a zodiac sign and the astrological symbols for the four fixed signs - a lion, a man, a bull and an eagle - were carried as totems in the Egyptian desert by the Hebrew host. These same symbols made up the composite creature we call the Egyptian sphinx, and in accordance with Ezekiel's vision came to stand for the four great Christian evangelists - Matthew, Mark Luke and John . It is said that each of the twelve disciples of Christ likewise stood for a sign - an idea that was carried over into medieval romance, where King Arthur's twelve knights of the round table also stood for the twelve astrological types. The idea that those types together constitute the complete circle of humanity is also carried over into our jury system , which is supposed to ensure that a man is properly tried by a representative assessment (or complete cross section) of his peers. The Hindus also say 12 is a number of completeness, which is why the Bible tells us that at the age of 12 , Jesus was able to confute the doctors in the temple , because his knowledge was already complete. "
"The ecclesiastical calendars of all known religions are also linked astrologically with the major phases of the Sun and the Moon. Passover for example , begins on the first full Moon after the vernal equinox; Easter Sunday, which marks the end of Lent , is usually the first Sunday after that; the Christian Sabbath is the day of the Sun (Sunday); and the Jewish New Year, the Rosh Hashanah, starts at sunset on the day of the New Moon closest to the autumn equinox. The first day of Ramadan is set by the New Moon in Libra , which begins the most holy period for Moslems of fasting and prayer. "