When was Jesus Born?
For centuries people have speculated about the exact birth date of Jesus. Various hypotheses have been advanced to explain the account given in the Bible, but problems dog all the theories mooted so far. The idea of a star that moves across the sky while completely out of step with the rest of the stars cannot be accepted from a scientific perspective; and of course this argument apples to comets as well. But a new theory has been advanced that explains the Bible version and has scientific credibility. Interestingly it also makes sense astrologically.
Scientist Theorizes on the Birth Date of Jesus Christ
Historians have long known there was up to a 4 year discrepancy about the birth of Jesus. The best estimate has always placed it somewhere between 1 and 4 BC. Australian Astronomer and News editor of Sky and Space magazine, Dave Reneke, believes he has solved the mystery of the Star of Bethlehem. He computed that Venus, also known as the Evening Star, shared the same piece of night sky with Jupiter on 17 June 2 BC. This meant that people looking at the Evening Star saw a “star” that moved slowly through the night sky and shone more brightly than anything normally seen. These facts match the Bible’s version of events.
What did the Magi Expect?
The Magi (commonly known as the three wise men) had access to the astronomical data that would have allowed them to anticipate this powerful alignment of planets. Also they would have known and accepted the significance of this very positive conjunction, and even set out to a location where its astrological impact would be greatest.
Astrologically, this combination of planets indicates the best of success, good fortune and higher values. The astrologers of that day accepted these meanings of these planets; and they are still the same today. As this conjunction occurred in the sign of Leo they would inevitably expect a child born that day to become a singularly positive leader.
Is this the Horoscope of a Spiritual Teacher?
The planet Uranus represents large groups of people and there is a positive relationship (trine) with the spirituality of Neptune. Also the Sun is in Gemini suggesting a good communicator and educator. Primarily though, the connection that Mercury has with Uranus and Neptune suggests a person that has the capacity to communicate spiritual ideas to the masses.
Will there be Trouble Ahead?
Trouble occurs when planets conflict with each other. This is defined by planets having a 90 or 180 degree angle between them (respectively called a square and opposition). The Sun strongly conflicts with Uranus, which suggests harm can come from groups of people. Also, the Sun clashes with Pluto suggesting political or beliefs-based (Pluto) conflict with the individual (Sun).
Is this the Horoscope of Jesus?
Scientifically the case seems to be the best available that explains the Bible story of the birth of Jesus. Astrologically a case can clearly be made that aligns with the person we know as Jesus. Interestingly according Chinese Astrology this means Jesus was born in the year of the Sheep and the traits associated with the Sheep are the most consistent with the character of Jesus of all the Chinese Astrology signs.
It should be noted though that a similar event with Venus and Jupiter happened on 12 August 3 BC. That horoscope indicates a healer and a person high values too. Both horoscopes are quite powerful although for my part I lean to the first date as being a “better fit” in terms of history, astrology and astronomy.
What perhaps is of even greater note is that during this period in history there were many people known widely for having prodigious skills as healers. Astrologically the climate was ripe for such people to enter the world stage.
Ultimately it is up to each of us to decide if a date other than Christmas makes more sense of the profound historic event that was the birth of Jesus Christ.