Speculation has abounded over the centuries as to the birth date of Jesus. Since the date is unknown, December 25 was chosen to celebrate his birth because it was the traditional date of the mid-winter Saturnalia festival of the Romans in late December. Too, in 274 A.D., the Roman emperor Aurelian established a feast date for the birth of Sol Invictus (the unconquered Sun) on December 25. The traditional date we celebrate as Christmas was deliberately chosen by Christians to coincide with these pagan celebrations to encourage the spread of Christianity. They reasoned that if Christmas was celebrated on the same day as the pagan holiday, more people would be likely to celebrate it as well.
The theory presented in this article is that Jesus was born on March 19, 4 B.C., at midnight in Bethlehem of Judea. The origin of this information comes from the psychic readings of Edgar Cayce, generally considered to be the greatest psychic of the Twentieth Century (see Bibliography). Cayce was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, in 1877. He initially became famous as a healer even though he was a grade school dropout. He discovered that he could cure others while in a trance-like sleep by contacting a mystical source within himself that explained in complex medical terms (of which his waking self knew nothing) the problem of the patient and how he could be cured. His cure rate was so high (above 95%) that thousands of people came to him for help, often those whose doctors could not cure them with traditional medicine. He gave over 14,000 psychic readings during his lifetime and became world famous.
Some years after Cayce discovered his unusual talent for healing, he gave what are referred to as “life readings,” in which he told his clients about their character, their past lives, their spiritual assets and liabilities, and the astrological influences affecting them in their present life sojourn. Many readings included Biblical references, including information about Jesus. When asked in a trance sleep-state about the birth date of Jesus, Cayce said in Reading 587-6 that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Israel, on “March 19, the year 4.” Cayce did not specify whether the year was 4 A.D. or 4 B.C. As historians agree that Jesus was born around 4 B.C., I have chosen this date. I have decided on 4 B.C. for another, equally important reason. I believe his birth chart for that date is extremely symbolic of Jesus as we have come to know him from reading the four Gospels of the New Testament. As to his birth time, Reading 5749-15 of the Edgar Cayce readings states about Jesus: “the Master was born at midnight.” I believe astrology would move closer to the mainstream of society if this date were agreed upon as the probable date of Jesus’ birth, because I believe the delineation shows clearly the relationship between astrology and his birth.
THE DUAL RULERSHIP SYSTEM
An understanding of the Dual Rulership System is important in understanding the birth chart of Jesus. This is an ancient system depicting the relationship of planets to one another and to the signs of the zodiac. The ancients created this system (minus the modern-day planets) by grouping them as shown in Figure 1, which shows that the Sun and Moon each begin a procession of planets around the zodiac according to their distance from the Sun. Figure 2 shows how the planets line up with the signs they rule or co-rule when the modern-day planets are added. Planets that follow the Sun in this system are the main rulers of the signs next to them, for example, Mercury rules Virgo, while those planets that follow the Moon are sub-rulers of the signs next to them, i.e., Saturn is the sub-ruler of Aquarius, as it is next to that sign when we examine the Moon side of the dual rulership chart. I have included Ceres and Eris in Figure 2. At the end of this article I will speculate on the meanings of these two planets, their sign rulerships, and their co-rulerships (which can be referenced in an article I published in three astrological journals).1 I will then suggest their effect on the birth chart of Jesus (Figure 3).
All of the astrological planets except for the Sun and Moon have octave planets, i.e., planets with higher vibrations and a more universal expression. An examination of Figure 2 shows that octave planets all lie adjacent to their major planet, with the planet farther from the Sun being the octave planet and therefore a higher expression of the qualities of the major planet. Let’s look at an example in Figure 2 with regard to Mars and Pluto. Both planets are shown ruling Aries and Scorpio. Because Pluto is farther from the Sun, it is the octave planet and would thus express similar but more universal traits (see Cosmos and Psyche, by Richard Tarnas, to understand how Pluto acts to create broad social change when it aspects other outer planets). An octave planet is always smaller in diameter than the major planet with which it is associated, and all octave planets are further from the Sun than the major planets (after Saturn) except for Ceres, which is the only exception to this distance rule. An explanation has not as yet been found for this anomaly. One theory is that a large heavenly body passed through the early solar system, disrupting the orbit of Neptune (moving it closer to the Sun and interfering with Bode’s Law of Planetary Distances) and forcing two of its satellites, Pluto and Ceres, from Neptune’s orbit, the former being driven further from the Sun than Neptune and the latter closer to the Sun into the asteroid belt. A more recent theory (2012) is that Ceres was once a satellite of Pluto that was sent careening into the inner solar system when a heavenly body crashed into Pluto. This theory stems from the recent discovery of two new moons around Pluto that are very similar to Ceres in size, appearance, and planetary type. Interestingly, Ceres is farther from the Sun than its proposed major planet, Venus. Incidentally, in the Dual Rulership System (Figure 2), all planets that follow the Moon, in order and including the Moon, are polar opposites: Moon-Mercury (subconscious mind-conscious mind); Venus-Mars (movement toward-movement against); Jupiter-Saturn (expansion-contraction), etc.
SPIRITUALITY WITH REGARD TO CHART INTERPRETATION
Before interpreting what I believe to be the birth chart of Jesus, I would like to mention an astrological principal important in understanding all birth charts. Birth charts, in themselves, do not indicate the spiritual level of an individual. Without knowing anything about the native2, we cannot tell whether, say, the Sun in Pisces will manifest in a positive way (for instance, as a spiritual, idealistic, or compassionate person, etc.) or in a negative way (a confused, impractical, and lazy individual, etc.). Because we are dealing with the birth chart of someone universally recognized as being extremely spiritual (this article makes no claims as to the divinity of Jesus), I have concentrated on the most spiritual interpretation of the signs, planets, and aspects involved in his chart. In this interpretation I have included quotes from many of the most prominent astrologers in the world, past and present, as to the meanings of planets, houses, and aspects discussed in this article.
THE FOUR MAJOR POINTS IN THE BIRTH CHART OF JESUS
The four major points in all birth charts are the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, and Mercury, their signs, houses, and aspects. This is because these four points reflect the four elements of astrology: Sun (fire), Ascendant (earth), Mercury (air), and the Moon (water). Let’s look first at these four points in Jesus’ horoscope as together they form a general outline of his nature. This outline will be altered considerably by other factors in his horoscope, such as the placement of the planets and their aspects, but this is a good place to begin. Of these four placements, the Sun, the Moon, and the Ascendant (rising sign) are the most important (in every chart).
The Sun in Pisces
The Sun represents the heart of an individual chart and is the most important placement in a birth chart. Jesus was born with the Sun in Pisces. Pisces is the last and most spiritual of the signs. Those with the Sun in this position are said to be spiritual, emotional, compassionate, peace loving, and idealistic, as well as humble, sensitive, intuitive, and mystical. Neptune (ruling spirituality) is the main ruler of Pisces with Jupiter (ruling expansion) the sub-ruler (see Figure 2). Jesus was born in the third decanate of this sign (signs of the zodiac are divided into three 10-degree segments). The rulers of the decanates are influential in all birth charts. The first decanate of each sign is ruled solely by its planetary ruler and co-ruler. The second decanate is influenced by the sign and ruler(s) of the next sign of the same element moving counter-clockwise (i.e., Cancer and the Moon). The third decanate is influenced by Scorpio and its ruler Mars and sub-ruler Pluto, the decanate where his Sun is located, which made him more like Scorpio than most Pisces and thus more assertive (Mars) and with a stronger desire to transform others (Pluto) than those with the Sun in the other two decanates. The importance of this will be emphasized later in the article (as will the major importance of Pluto).
Joanna Martine Woolfolk, author of The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need, says this about the Sun in Pisces in general and also when in the third decanate of Pisces: “The most important trait of Pisces is compassion. This is the sign of eternity, reincarnation, and spiritual rebirth … a link to the spiritual world … These individuals have an other-worldly quality … in mystical terms, Pisces can be described as being half-body and half-spirit, pulled between material existence and spiritual concerns, possessed of the knowledge that they will never be entirely at home in the real world. … subtle and intuitive, they are born with the gift of prophecy. When the Sun is in the third decanate of the sign, Pluto, planet of power, gives force to Pisces’ Neptune and the native is drawn to religious and spiritual matters. Solitude and periods of withdrawal from others are necessary for the individual to think, review, and meditate … [the native] has a talent for writing and/or speaking and can move and influence other people. … Love motivates many of [his/her] decisions.”
The Sun is conjunct the fourth house cusp, the spiritual center of every birth chart, called the Nadir. Thus, Jesus was born with the Sun in the most spiritual sign (Pisces) conjunct the most spiritual point in the chart. The Nadir represents the direction the native naturally aspires to if he/she is affected by the highest vibrations of his/her sign.
Moon in Sagittarius
The Moon rules the emotions and is rising in the Ascendant, giving this planet a great deal of power and influence with regard to his character. The Moon rising indicates a native who is emotional, receptive, and intuitive. This would be further emphasized as the Moon is just five degrees from the Ascendant (the closer the planet is to a house cusp, the more powerful it is). The Moon also represents the subconscious mind, which implies information would have been available to him from intuitive and subconscious sources. In general, this placement in Sagittarius indicates someone who is optimistic, positive, self-confident, cheerful, freedom-loving, emotionally expansive, restless, outgoing, jovial, good-natured, and candid. Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius, and Neptune is its sub-ruler. Alan Leo, the great English astrologer of the nineteenth century, says about this placement in his book How to Judge a Nativity: “There is a strong inclination to the occupation and affairs of the Ninth House, and these are sure to be prominent in the life history. The native is religious and sincere in his belief even if it be unorthodox. There is some inclination for mysticism and psychism … . He is a natural teacher or preacher, and he may have something of the prophet in his nature. The intuition is strong and more sensitive than in most, and there may be some psychic gift, such as clairvoyance. … There may be talent or even genius for religion and philosophy … .”
It is important to note that the Moon is in the second decanate of Sagittarius (the Aries decanate). Thus the native would be more willful (Aries and Mars) with more of a desire to transform (Pluto) others than most individuals with the Moon rising in Sagittarius.
Let’s combine the meanings of the Sun and Moon from another source:
Sun in Pisces, Moon in Sagittarius
The book Sun Sign, Moon Sign, by Charles and Suzi Harvey, sums up traits common to those with this combination in their charts. “He or she is a gentle and unobtrusive person, the soul of kindness and friendly helpfulness, optimistic and genuinely humble. Often the individual seems not of this world, a sort of benevolent angel whose imagination traverses the universe on a large canvas. [His/her] mind is subtle and deep, sensing intricate relationships and boundless meaning, and [he/she] pursues avenues of thinking – often metaphysical … that may influence people enormously. Highly spiritual in essence but tending to avoid organized religion in practice, [he/she] exudes a deep confidence in themselves and their calling. [He/she] feels passionately about life and brings a religious and almost reverential fervor to their endeavors and their manner of expression. Friends will be amazed by their ability to find meaning in the rejected and negative … At times they are the self-confessed lone traveler.”
The Sun sign and Moon sign are highly significant of an individual’s nature, these two astrological planets representing the yin and yang of astrology, and are generally the two most vital influences in a birth chart. It is nearly impossible not to recognize a character portrait of Jesus when his Sun sign and Moon sign are combined.
The Rising Sign (the Ascendant) rules the temperament, personality, and physical appearance. Since the Moon is also in Sagittarius, similar traits that rule his emotions would also apply to his personality, making those traits doubly powerful and quite evident. Jessica Adams, author of Astrology for Women, and whose book concentrates on rising signs, says this about his rising sign: “Finding something or someone to believe in will be a key to their journey. Jupiter, ruler of Sagittarius, was connected to ancient laws — not only legal in the strict sense, but moral and ethical and bordering on religious as well, as they will be turned off by superficial or pointless theories and beliefs they hear along the way and they will be fascinated by what is meaningful in this life. … They will develop a sound ideological, spiritual framework in which to explain [life] to themselves – or others. … Consequently, they will become aware that they must develop some moral or ethical code that is far-sighted and all encompassing.” The rising sign also rules the physical appearance to a large extent. Alan Leo (ibid.) states the following about the Moon rising in Sagittarius: “This position quickens the intuitive and inspirational nature of the sign, giving the ability to prophesy and to foresee the future.” He describes the physical appearance of such an individual:
“Appearance: tall, slight, lithe and active, strong muscles or rather abundant nervous force to stimulate them into action, quick in movement, light and graceful in bearing and free and pleasant in speech. Large, well-opened eyes, somewhat dreamy and psychic looking, long slender neck. …”
Certainly, to this point in the interpretation, it continues to be difficult to ignore the strong similarities of the three major points in the chart to the nature of Jesus as we know him. It is important to realize that Neptune, the planet of spirituality, is already prominent in his chart as the Sun, Moon, and Ascendant are either ruled or co-ruled by this planet: the Sun in Pisces, the most spiritual sign, is ruled by Neptune; Sagittarius, the rising sign, is co-ruled by Neptune (see Figure 2); and the Moon in Sagittarius is co-ruled by Neptune (see also Figure 2); thus, his personality (Ascendant) is related to Neptune (spirit) as is his character (the Sun) and his emotions (the Moon). Of significance is also the fact that Neptune (ruling spirituality) in his chart has six trines and two sextiles (very harmonious aspects) and just one stress aspect, thus indicating a harmonious spiritual nature. Jupiter, co-ruler of Pisces, with Neptune, also has almost all harmonious aspects with just one planetary stress aspect. Jupiter rules religion (just as Neptune rules spirituality). Since Jupiter and Neptune and co-rulers of his Sagittarian Ascendant and Sagittarian Moon, these aspects are particularly important.
Mercury in Aries
Mercury rules the mind and in the Dual Rulership System Pluto rules Aries and Mars is the sub-ruler (see Figure 2). We shall therefore dwell mostly on the traits of Pluto with regard to his mentality, but also, naturally, consider the influence of Mars, especially as Mars is conjunct Mercury (see Figure 3). Since Mars sub-rules the sign, this position inclined him to be mentally assertive and excellent in debate or argument. These traits are prominent throughout the Gospels. Woolfolk (ibid.) states: “This position gives strong willpower and resourcefulness. The person is more concerned with truth than comfort. There is [regarding the Pluto influence] a special aptitude to comprehend reality in terms of energy rather than in terms of physical objects, the ability to comprehend the forces that generate fundamental changes in the environment, and there can be a definite interest in spirituality and working with the super-physical forces of nature.” Those with Mercury in Aries conjunct Mars tend to be frank, outspoken, and to have a strong temper. This would be especially true of Jesus as the Moon, ruling the emotions, is trine to Mars. One is reminded of Jesus clearing the temple of the moneychangers, his outspoken criticism of the Pharisees in their presence, and his direct condemnation of his contemporaries (“This is an evil generation.”).
Summation of the Four Major Points
Those who have read Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John should agree that, at least to this point, the chart seems eerily similar to what we know about Jesus of Nazareth. What I have said thus far gives but an overview of his birth chart, which when considered in its entirety, is even truer to his nature. An important aspect is the Sun in close sextile to Jupiter, ruler of Sagittarius. James Braha, author of How to Be a Great Astrologer, says about this aspect: “The individual has unwavering faith in the divine with generosity of spirit and a philosophical outlook. … There are high morals and a strong sense of devotion. … He excels in religious or consciousness-raising work. He is of a visionary nature, has high ideals, and is not afraid to take a risk.” This aspect increased the Sagittarian/Piscean aspect of his nature as Sun aspects strongly affect the character of the individual.
STELLIUM OF PLANETS IN PISCES
The stellium (three or more planets conjunct one another) of planets in Pisces, particularly Venus, provides us with perhaps the most important information about the character of Jesus. The stellium consists of Venus, the Sun, and Uranus, which is important because these planets increase in power due to uniting with one another and because all are conjunct the Nadir (the most spiritual point in the chart).
The Power of Venus in his Chart
Jesus has Venus in Pisces, the sign of its exaltation (which gives the planet more power to act according to its nature). Venus rules the principle of love and attraction, and in this sign the planet works with the transcendental vibrations of Neptune (ruler of Pisces) to enhance the spiritual nature. Those with Venus in Pisces are naturally attuned to the troubles of others, and this position allows the individual to sympathize and empathize more readily than Venus in any other sign. Frances Sakoian, author of The Astrologer’s Handbook, says this about Venus in Pisces: “Love is the most transcendent and exalted product of the evolutionary process; only one who has lived through all the experiences of humanity—as represented by Pisces—can fully experience spiritual love. … In Pisces the planet is tinged with the divine and rendered more mystical and altruistic. … These individuals are inspired by the highest spiritual teachings and often do much to live up to them.”
Quite importantly in the birth chart of Jesus, Venus, ruling love, is the strongest and most important planet. One reason is because it is conjunct the Nadir, the fourth house cusp, the spiritual center of the horoscope, by just one degree, closer than any other planet (planets are powerful near the four cusps, especially if very close to a cusp). Sakoian (ibid.) goes on to say that when Venus is in Pisces, “the individual sees the Eternal Life principle flowing through all of manifestation, uniting the soul with all of life.” Jesus constantly emphasized the oneness of life in his teachings.
Venus in Pisces is, as mentioned, conjunct the Sun in Pisces, which also adds more power to its expression (as well as to the Pisces influence), as any planet conjunct the Sun vastly adds to its power. Venus is also trine Neptune, the spiritual planet. Concerning the latter aspect, James Braha (ibid.) says: “The individual may be mystical and extraordinarily devotional. He is discontented with ordinary existence and feels a yearning in his soul to transcend the boundaries of earthly existence. He may lead a life of discipleship or religious ecstasy. He would be wise to practice meditation or other spiritual disciplines. … He is kind, sympathetic, and compassionate. He does well in any healing or service-oriented profession. … There is very great spiritual energy.”
It is important to note that Venus, like the Sun and Moon, lies in a decanate (Scorpio) that increases the power of Pluto and Mars. Pluto is associated with transformation (including healing), power, force, energy, and determination. Thus, once again, we see a connection to Pluto, in this case regarding his love nature. This combination implies the ability to transform (Pluto) others with love (Venus).
Uranus in Pisces
At this point we should discuss the third planet of the Pisces stellium. Uranus, as mentioned, is conjunct both Venus and the Sun. Uranus conjunct the Sun indicates an individual who is non-conforming, highly individualistic, and/or original (Jesus was all three.) He did not conform to the religion in which he was raised; he often criticized the Pharisees for their lack of spirituality; and he spoke in a highly individualistic and original manner (“Never has any man spoken thus,” New Testament).
Sakoian (ibid.) says about Uranus in Pisces: “The individual ventures into untried realms of experience … the frontiers of human knowledge. These individuals have the ability to delve into the higher-frequency planes of mind by applying their wills. Thus they can experience, understand, and work with what are generally termed “occult forces” expressed through new and untried ways of doing things. They will act suddenly, powerfully, and decisively. In the eyes of people who do not understand their purpose, they will seem unpredictable and eccentric. Individuals with this conjunction are not necessarily subject to ordinary limitations. The means they use are based on a higher law or, more correctly, on a more advanced understanding of the One Universal Law.” Applying this to Uranus in Pisces, we would naturally think of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual cures that Jesus was able to suddenly and unexpectedly perform (more on this later). Continuing on this note, concerning Uranus in Pisces, Sakoian says if Uranus is in Pisces in an angular relationship (near a house cusp—Uranus is conjunct the fourth house cusp), it can be very powerful. She goes on to add about this placement: “Uranus in Pisces indicates intuitive abilities and a curiosity about the workings of the unconscious. These individuals have religious leanings colored by mysticism … the fundamental motivating factor of Uranus in Pisces is to seek liberation from the mental and emotional influence of the past. There is a spiritual struggle to overcome past materialistic tendencies combined with seeking for a higher spiritual identity.”
Venus conjunct Uranus
Venus in Pisces conjunct Uranus in Pisces near the Nadir combines the love nature (Venus) with Uranus (independence, non-conformance, individualistic propensities). This aspect indicates someone who associates and loves those to whom he is drawn rather than to those he is expected to associate with and/or love (reminiscent of his relationship with Mary Magdalene). Uranus in this position disposes the love nature to be broad in scope (Uranus rules Aquarius, the most broad-minded of the signs) and to be more of a universal nature rather than a specific nature (reminiscent of Venus in Aquarius and certainly true of Jesus as a person).
One more aspect of importance is vital in this three-planet combination before we move on—Uranus trine Neptune. This aspect, according to Sakoian (ibid.), is important only if one planet is in an angle (Uranus is). She interprets this aspect as follows: “This aspect indicates highly developed spiritual faculties. … It gives the individual a decided leaning toward the mystical and the occult. … He will be inclined toward clairvoyance and the development of intuition such as extra-sensory perception. He may be inclined to utopian ideals. His destiny is to raise the overall level of civilization’s spiritual realization to a higher plane.”
The North Node in Pisces
Of great interest in the chart of Jesus is the placement of the North Node. It is at 11 degrees of Pisces conjunct Uranus, Venus, and the Nadir. Astrologer James Braha (ibid.), who places much importance on the moon’s nodes, states that “the North Node represents the purposes, intentions, and objectives of an entire lifetime.” He goes on to say that those with the North Node in Pisces experience their “greatest growth, evolution, and fulfillment through serving others in a profound way. … He will be drawn to idealistic callings for the betterment of mankind. … His main task is to relieve the pain and suffering of the masses. He will be drawn to … mysticism … . He is seeking enlightenment and ultimate freedom. … Of all possible life paths, his is the highest and most majestic. He wants to experience a life of purity, devotion, and unity with the infinite.” The fact that the North Node is near the Nadir (spiritual center) increases these propensities.
Mark Edmund Jones, one of the great astrologers of the Twentieth Century, developed the theory of the “Scout Planet.” He said this planet is the planet in a birth chart that rises on the eastern horizon (Ascendant) just before the Sun and is important irrespective of its sign and aspects. Venus in Pisces rises just before the Sun in the birth chart of Jesus. The scout planet, symbolically, “leads the way” to an understanding of the horoscope. I will note here that in Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, of the Great Courses Program of The Teaching Company, the narrator, Professor Luke Timothy Johnson, says that “mystical individuals lead the way to greater truths, acting, in a sense, as scouts to find a greater reality.”
THE STELLIUM OF PLANETS IN ARIES
At this point, I would like to examine the second stellium in the chart, the combination of Mercury, Saturn, and Mars in Aries, and its affect on the birth chart of Jesus. According to the Dual Rulership System, Pluto, as mentioned, is the primary planetary ruler of Aries and not Mars. It is important to reiterate that the native will respond to the higher vibration of a planet only to the extent that he or she has reached that spiritual level. The vast majority of individuals with Mercury in Aries will respond, therefore, mostly to the major planet’s vibrations [Mars] and not to the more esoteric vibrations of Pluto. These three conjunctions take on more of a Plutonian cast with regard to Jesus because of his great spiritual development and, of course, because Pluto is the actual ruler of Aries. Pluto rules the ability to transform others emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually (Jesus did all four), and Pluto (ruling evolution and transformation) is conjunct the Midheaven and thus very powerful by placement.
Mars Conjunct Saturn in Aries
Sakoian (ibid.) says about this aspect: “This aspect gives a capacity for hard work, enduring strength, resourcefulness, and courage in situations of danger and great difficulty.” Jesus was far more than just spiritual, according to the Gospels: he was willful and courageous in the face of opposition, extreme danger, and crucifixion. This aspect creates great self-discipline, so necessary to develop one’s spiritual nature (i.e., to develop spiritual power over the flesh, so to speak).
Mercury conjunct Saturn in Aries
Because of the Plutonian power of Aries, this aspect take on a similar meaning to Saturn conjunct Pluto, whose meaning Sakoin (ibid.) speculates as “This aspect is sometimes called the aspect of the magician because of the ability it gives to channel occult power through structured systems. … The natives’ ideas and projects can have a transforming effect upon the world.”
Summarizing this Stellium
Sakoian (ibid.) says: “With [these] aspects the natives have tremendous energy and power in action (Mars). Through their spiritual reserves, they are able to tap the energy of universal power (Pluto). Having more than normal endurance, they can accomplish things beyond the scope of the ordinary person. Their immense courage and willpower gives them the ability to face danger, and even death, unflinchingly. … In highly developed individuals, the Plutonian principle of will power (three Aries planets) controls the desires. If such control is achieved, great powers of regeneration will make possible a spiritual leadership in improving the affairs of humanity.”
THE POWER TO HEAL
Pluto at the Midheaven
Jesus became known for his ability to heal. Not surprisingly, this talent is very prominent in his birth chart. Let’s begin with Pluto. This planet, as mentioned, is powerful in the chart because it is conjunct the Midheaven (planets are very strong in this position) and, as mentioned, because it rules the three planets in Aries. Sakoian (ibid.) has this to say about this conjunction: “This position is likely to produce individuals who achieve fame or notoriety… an occult profession may be indicated … there is the ability to use intuitive and occult forces to influence people … . Exceptionally developed individuals can have an important spiritual mission to perform in some sphere of activity for the regeneration of forces controlling society. … . Some of the same perceptions of the workings of subtle forces of the universe as Pluto conjunct the Ascendant are found with this configuration. It provides the necessary spiritual impetus and insight for the natives to fulfill the roles of spiritual leaders.”
ASPECTS REGARDING PLUTO
Jesus’ healing power is especially shown by Pluto aspects. Although the aspects mentioned below traditionally cause great stress, such aspects are almost always necessary for accomplishment because they create great energy, and when the energy is used in positive ways the native is impelled to fulfill his (her) mission in life, to strive hard to do what he or she feels they must do to fulfill their role.
Venus Opposed to Pluto
Venus is opposed to Pluto from angular houses, indicating that this aspect is powerful. Sakoian (ibid.) says “in the horoscopes of highly developed individuals this can indicate the capacity for a regenerating, redeeming spiritual love, capable of uplifting all who come in contact with it. In such cases love is combined with spiritual power and the will is manifested at a very high level. … a valuable spiritual lesson is learned, that the Eternal, as the inner source of all creation, must be worshipped.”
Sun Opposed to Pluto
Sakoian (ibid.) says: “Natives who have this [aspect] express their power potential through their ability to regenerate and change themselves and those around them by focusing their wills. Since tremendous energy is at their disposal, they can penetrate to prime causes. … Pluto represents the ability to penetrate dimensions and tap the fundamental dynamic energy of the universe responsible for all manifestation. … Through the mind, the native has the transforming power to re-create individuals into spiritual beings with universal power for good. … It is important that these natives learn to bring their wills into harmony with the Divine Will.”
The latter sentence is exactly what Jesus did, if we are to believe the four Gospels.
Uranus Opposed to Pluto
This planetary opposition is powerful primarily because both planets are in angles. In the birth chart of Jesus, Uranus is opposed to Pluto by just one degree. According to Sakoian, this aspect is about the desire to transform civilization and bring about reform on a large scale. “There are … occult leanings. This aspect causes dynamic action and sudden change, a large part which is brought about … through the occult. … There is an awareness of higher forms of energy and a general unfolding of the intuitive faculties. … [such individuals] have a dynamic will to transform civilization … they institute dynamic progress and sudden change … there is an interest in life after death and an understanding of spiritual rebirth and regeneration. … this [aspect] has a double Scorpio significance because Pluto rules Scorpio and Uranus is exalted in that sign. … Therefore, all of the spiritual and occult qualities of Scorpio find their highest expression in this [aspect].”
Combining the Sun in Pisces (spiritual power) and Venus in Pisces (spiritual love) and Uranus in Pisces (sudden change through spiritual means) opposed to Pluto in Virgo (transformation in a physical sign as Virgo is an earth sign and also rules health) translates into: the power (Sun) to effect sudden (Uranus) physical healings (Virgo) with spiritual love (Venus). This three-aspect combination is critical to understanding the healing ability of Jesus.
Jupiter Trine Pluto
Another aspect to consider is Jupiter trine Pluto. Sakoian (ibid.) says of this aspect: “In its highest expression, this trine indicates a faith that can move mountains. Vast powers of spiritual regeneration, both psychological and physical, go with this aspect. The spiritual life of the natives is strengthened by willpower directed constructively. The natives possess the ability to meditate and to focus their concentration in such a manner as to bring their spiritual inspirations into concrete manifestation. Because Jupiter is ruler of Sagittarius, a fire sign, and Pluto rules Aries [both fire signs are strong in this chart] … the natives have tremendous creative power, enabling them to transform both their lives and their surroundings for the good of all. They have deep insight, knowing instinctively what is wrong with any situation, and what must be done to make it right.”
Moon square Pluto
This is a close square between two planets in angles and is thus very dynamic. The Moon (ruling the emotions) is rising in Sagittarius squaring Pluto (ruling transformation) at the Midheaven. This aspect creates dynamic tension to transform others (Pluto) through emotional intensity (the Moon) of a spiritual nature (Sagittarius rising indicates spirit because it is a fire sign and fire symbolizes spirit).
There are three dynamic T-Squares in the chart involving the Moon in Sagittarius. They are: (1) Venus opposed to Pluto square the Moon; (2) Uranus opposed to Pluto square the Moon; and (3) the Sun opposed to Pluto square the Moon. In all three aspects, the Moon is the primary player, as the planet at the apex of a T-square is always the focal point of the aspect. This would indicate that Jesus had great emotional drive (the Moon) to transform (Pluto) others through the force of his character (the Sun), through love (Venus), and through psychic power (Uranus), and that this power was of a spiritual nature as Sagittarius is a fire sign, indicating spirit.
Part of Fortune
The Part of Fortune in a birth chart is considered by astrologers to be indicative of ease and good fortune. Woolfolk (ibid.) says, “The activities of the sign and house in which the Part of Fortune appears are those in which the native finds success.” In the birth chart of Jesus, the Part of Fortune is at 19 degrees of Pisces, conjunct Uranus, Venus, the Sun, and the Nadir in Pisces. Thus, good fortune would be indicated through spiritual matters and especially matters related to spiritual love, as the Part of Fortune is closer to Venus than to any of the other points mentioned.
The March 19 birth date of Jesus as stated by Edgar Cayce while in trance adds additional symbolism to his chart. This date just precedes the Vernal Equinox, the first day of Spring, which heralds the birth of new life into the world. (Jesus said in John 10:10 that “I am come that they may have more life and that they might have it more abundantly.”)
CERES AND ERIS
Ceres and Eris play a strong role in the interpretation of this birth chart as they are exactly conjunct one another on the cusp of the Eighth House, one of the two natural houses of Mars and Pluto (the other house being the First House). I hypothesized the meaning of these two planets in an article published in the three astrology journals referenced earlier. I believe the meanings of these planets differ considerably from the meanings attributed to them by most astrologers. I use the Midheaven Equal House System with house cusps as midpoints, which is why Ceres and Eris are conjunct the midpoint of the Eighth House (the most powerful position of a planet in a house in the house system of my choosing).
To continue my in-depth study of Jesus’ horoscope (Figure 3), I’ll discuss briefly these two minor planets and my theory regarding them. My belief is that Ceres and Eris represent the upper octaves of Venus and Mercury, respectively (see correlation in the dual rulership system, Figure 2). Although my original conclusions about the meanings of these planets did not involve the birth chart of Jesus, understanding their meanings turned out to be a key to the interpretation of his chart. I will therefore discuss these planets briefly to give the reader enough background to understand my interpretation in the clearest light.
In my original article I postulated that Ceres is the upper octave of Venus, ruler of Taurus and co-ruler of Libra (see Figure 2), and that this planet involves how humans bind together, cooperate, and nurture each other in groups (its binding expression being more universal than Venus). Thus, Ceres would be strong in the charts of individuals such as social reformers; those seeking to unite competing groups into larger cohesive groups; political leaders seeking world peace through unity; individuals who want to expand unity and cooperation at a transcendental level (such as religious figures); as well as artistic geniuses (especially regarding art and music, as Venus rules beauty).
I also postulated in my original article that Eris is the upper octave of Mercury, ruler of Gemini and co-ruler of Virgo, and that the planet involves high mental ability, as well as possible intuitive, psychic, mystical, and clairvoyant abilities (the latter abilities manifesting mostly in spiritually advanced individuals). Mercury rules the down-to-earth factual understanding of day-to-day affairs and communication; Eris involves higher states of communication, such as those mentioned, as well as the ability to communicate well in speech and writing. The author realizes that the meanings of these planets are hypothetical, yet these meanings are astrologically logical when we examine the Dual Rulership System. It is important to understand, however, that I believe the birth chart of Jesus upon which I am speculating is very powerful spiritually and very much like Jesus even if these two planets are not taken into consideration.
THE CERES-ERIS CONJUNCTION AND HARMONY OF THESE TWO PLANETS
This powerful conjunction of Ceres and Eris creates tremendous harmonious power in the chart of Jesus if my hypothetical meanings are correct (see birth chart and aspect list in Figure 3). Ceres, the upper octave of Venus, ruling social concern, is in exact conjunction with Eris, ruling high mental powers, at the midpoint of the Eight House at 24Cancer08 and 25Cancer29, respectively. This conjunction combines altruistic concern (Ceres) with mental, psychic, and/or mystical power (Eris) in the house of transformation (Eighth House). The Eighth House is, as should be noted, ruled by Scorpio (which, in turn, is ruled by Mars and Pluto). Astonishingly, both planets aspect all other planets, which is quite rare, i.e., each planet has eleven aspects and almost all are very harmonious. Thus, all planets in the birth chart of Jesus are raised up by the combined harmonious aspects of this higher-vibration planetary conjunction. Ceres has five trines and two sextiles; Eris has six trines and two sextiles. Importantly, with regard to aspect, Eris has a near-exact trine to the Sun and an exact trine to the Nadir; Ceres also trines the Sun by just two degrees with an exact trine to the Nadir. Also impressive is that Eris trines Venus by just four degrees and Ceres trines Venus by two degrees (thus giving Venus even more harmonious power in the chart).
To further sort this out, let’s combine the meanings of Ceres and Eris as hypothesized in this article, keeping in mind that the two planets are in almost exact conjunction and that the planets are deposited in the eighth house, the house of Scorpio—the house most associated with transformation (Jesus’ message was one of spiritual transformation: “Ye must be born again”). One meaning of Ceres, as hypothesized, has to do with the desire to create harmony on a universal scale (including spiritual and societal harmony). Eris, as hypothesized, is equated with having to do with high mental ability (being the upper octave of Mercury) with possible access to the subconscious and the super-conscious minds (with psychic and mystical abilities possible if the individual is highly evolved). Jesus manifested both psychic and mystical abilities. Pluto, the planet most associated with Scorpio and the eighth house, is in the powerful Tenth House and is therefore very strong by placement, so we can hypothesize Jesus as one whose deepest desire was to unite humanity (Ceres) by transforming individuals (Pluto and Eighth House emphasis) spiritually (the Sun and Venus in Pisces) though the use of high intuitive, psychic, and mystical powers (Eris).
Interpreting all the aspects of the Ceres-Eris conjunction would take considerable space. Since the meanings of these planets are hypothetical, I will touch only upon a few in the hope that the reader will ponder other meanings of the many harmonious trines and sextiles of these two planets in this conjunction on his/her own. Needless to say, the spiritual nature of Jesus without even considering the Eris-Ceres conjunction and its aspects is very similar to what we know of him. If all of the mentioned aspects are raised to a much higher power by many close harmonious Ceres-Eris aspects, this would denote an individual who is highly spiritual and much concerned with social unity. Importantly, this conjunction lies in the third decanate of Cancer, ruled by Pisces and Neptune; therefore, the eleven aspects from this conjunction infuse the other planets with even more spiritual power from Neptune. Certainly, at a minimum, the near-exact trines of this conjunction to the Sun in Pisces (ruling the spiritual self) and Venus in Pisces (ruling spiritual love) would increase the power of these planets to express their natures in an even more harmonious way.
Astrology would benefit as to its authenticity if the birth date and time of Jesus as noted in this article were considered as probably true, as this would imply that the maxim “as above, so below” is not merely conjecture, but fact. Thus, more individuals would be inclined to study their birth charts as a way to “self-actualize,” as the birth chart contains in symbolic form important information about the individual. The Dual Rulership System, which main-stream astrology does not use in full, is implied in this article to be valid and useful for interpretation, as is the Equal House System with midpoints as house cusps (also not in general use). The operational model of planets as polar opposites and octave planets as presented here should be considered as a useful tool for all forms of interpretation (Figure 2). The speculative meanings of Ceres and Eris as octave planets (and polar opposites) should be considered, as should their rulerships and co-rulerships of the zodiac signs indicated. The use of the major aspects as a full 30 degrees each (one zodiac sign), with emphasis on orbs that are less than five degrees from exact on either side of the aspect, should be thought of as how all major aspects work, that is, in three five-degree power segments with power waning up to fifteen degrees on either side of the aspect. The latter theory is not in general use but can be useful for all forms of birth chart interpretation. Lastly, the use of midpoints of houses as the center of power of a house should be considered (for instance, a planet is powerful 15 degrees before it crosses the cusp of the tenth house and becomes more and more powerful as it approaches the house cusp, most powerful as it conjuncts the house cusp, and fades in power up to 15 degrees afterwards).
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