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Now that we have gone through the Tower of Babel study and we are a bit more equipped to find our way through centuries of distortions, it is time to dig into the stars. This week in our journey through Star Chronicles: A Bible-Based Study of the Stars by Dawnita Fogleman we are taking a look at Virgo and the collection of constellations commonly referred to as the “zodiac” as a whole. I was shocked to learn that the “zodiac” was actually mentioned in the Scriptures!

Disclaimer: While this study is using Star Chronicles: A Bible-Based Study of the Stars as a guide, neither The Torah Garden nor this astronomy study claim to reflect the views or beliefs of the author or anyone else associated with the production of the Star Chronicles.

“Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season” {Job 38:32a ESV}

“Mazzaroth” is the Hebrew word for “constellation” and is used to refer to the “zodiac” as we know it today. There are constellations mentioned by name around this passage as well, but we will get to those later. The significance for me here was that Yah laid out all Knowledge and Truth in His Word and gave us Ruach to teach us in all things, and I think we harm ourselves and our Faith when we close our hearts off to any part of that gift.

It all starts with Virgo

The Hebrew name for this constellation is Betulah {Strong’s H1330}. The word means virgin and is found 50 times in the Hebrew Scriptures. The Greek equivalent in the Brit Hadashah is “parthenos” {Strong’s G3933} and is found 15 times {or 14 in KJV}. Simply reading through these verses is an enlightening experience! Virginity is the essence of purity and I find it so beautiful that Yah chose to begin His Story with a virgin. From Eve to Mary to the bride washed clean and prepared for Yeshua at the End of Days, life and rebirth begins with virginity. How fitting that, according to the Mazzaroth, it is attributed to the Hebrew month of Elul as we are purifying our hearts and homes for Yom Teruah {Feast of Trumpets} and Yom Kippur {Day of Atonement}!

The decans of Virgo

Each of the 12 constellations assigned to the Mazzaroth is accompanied by 3 groups of stars traditionally referred to as “decans” or “decantes”. This means the Biblical year, looked at from an astronomical perspective, is comprised of 12 constellations and 36 decans. The 3 decans that accompany Virgo are called Coma, Centaurus, and Bootes.

Coma, called Kamah {Strong’s H3642} in Hebrew, is the first one listed. The Hebrew “kamah” is rendered in Psalm 63:1 as “longs” {ESV} and is very closely related to the word rendered as “desire” {KJV} in Haggai 2:7, as mentioned in the book. This reminds me that the deep thirst and longing that David described in that Psalm is the same deep thirst, longing, and desire that I need to keep burning in my heart for Yeshua, His life, His ministry, and His return.

Next up is Centaurus. The Hebrew name for this one is Asmeath, meaning “sin offering”, and some scholars denote this decan as “the despised sin offering”. It is reported to be related to the word rendered as “offering for guilt” {ESV} in Isaiah 53:10. I like this one because it shows the other side of what Yeshua brought. While He was deeply desired as Mashiach, He was also despised by many which lead to Him being offered up for our sins.

Finally we have Bootes. This name is said to come from the Hebrew word “bo” which means “to come”, thus it is said by some scholars denote this decan as “the coming”. Blending this with the prophecy shared in the book, it could be referred to as “the coming Lord of the Harvest”. What a beautiful way to end this first chapter in the Story laid out for us in the stars!

Going forward beyond Virgo

While I am likely to be peeling away at the layers in this study for years to come, but I am truly grateful to have such a great resource as Star Chronicles: A Bible-Based Study of the Stars to plant these seeds in my children’s heart early on. It is such a delight to see their eyes lighting up with new and exciting revelations from the Scriptures. I believe it is in these moments that deep relationships with Yah are built. I pray those relationships are growing in your house as well! Shalom!~

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Our plans this week

1. Read through “Virgin and Bride” in Star Chronicles: A Bible-Based Study of the Stars by Dawnita Fogleman, utilizing the coloring pages and notebooking pages
2. Read through our Virgo Supplement {a print copy of the lessons in this blog post}
3. Do our Virgo Worksheets, including writing the first part of The Story.
4. Fill in the Virgo section of our Defining the Constellations worksheet

Our Resources {Click image to download for FREE!}

 

 

Virgo Supplement via @TheTorahGarden Defining the Constellations Worksheet via @TheTorahGarden Virgo Worksheet via @TheTorahGarden

 

 

{Be sure to read my review of Star Chronicles, learn why I believe studying the stars and constellations is so important for believers, and check out the full 14-week study.}

What impacted you the most as you studied about Virgo?

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