The Series: Galactic Alignment And Christ
1. The Conception of Jesus and the Winter Solstice
2. The Baptism of Jesus and the Winter Solstice
3. The Mount of Transfiguration and the Winter Solstice
4. The Golden Gates
5. The Lost Christian Symbol for Galactic Alignment
6. The Apostle Peter’s Heavenly Gate and Galactic Alignment
The Conception of Jesus and the Winter Solstice
By Steve Santini
This six part series propounds that the ancients knew that when the sun resided at the intersection of the ecliptic and the galactic equator between Sagittarius and Scorpio on the winter solstice that heaven and earth would transition into a new age. More specifically, the ancient authors of scripture knew that this transition and future age would be brought forth and ruled by the Messiah. Later Hebrew authors identified the Messiah as the Lord Jesus Christ who had first come as perfect soul in flesh to lead in suffering with and for the souls of men. As the man who transcended into the heavens through death, resurrection, and ascension he established the path that all men will follow in their respective orders. At that time, in completion, in the end of all the ages, he will deliver all up to the Father. Then, he, the Lord Jesus Christ, will have become the savior of all men as declared in scripture.
For those of us that have run a portion of our course in the more fundamental Christian religious circles the winter solstice is a “dark” subject. As we may have been informed, winter solstice celebrations are pagan or, even worse, are diabolical. However, if we consider the preponderance of scriptural, cultural, astronomical and historical evidence in determining the date of the birth of Jesus we may want to reconsider our position on the spirituality of the winter solstice.
Moses wrote in the first chapter of Genesis that both the greater light of the day and the lesser light of the night were for signs and seasons and day and years. In the Hebrew language signs means marks, proofs, miracle, and omen. Seasons means appointed meeting place with an inference relating to a wedding feast. The position of the sun within the dynamic context and scope of other unique celestial positions was never underestimated by the Magi and other priestly lines in antiquity.
In chapter 19 of the book of Psalms the writer likens the sun’s circuit around the zodiac to that of the bridegroom in the circuitous wedding dance that precedes the consummation of union during the wedding night.
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
According to Dr. Ernest Martin, in his well-received book, The Star that Astonished the World, and according to other biblical scholars, the date of the birth of Jesus was in the first two weeks of September 3 BC. Most concur that the date was on September 11th of that year. According to the Hebrew lunar calendar, September 11 of 3 BC was the first day of the seventh month named Tishri. The month of Tishri was the first month of the royal calendar and as this first day of the month was reserved for the coronation of kings.
If one counts backwards the 266 days, give or take 3 days, for the human gestation period, the conception of Jesus by the power of the Highest and the Holy Ghost took place on, or nearly on, the winter solstice of 4 BC. (Luke 1:35) To us in this modern western world this may seem unimportant but the date of conception of a child in antiquity was a day that was marked out as significant. By a reading of the third chapter of Job this becomes apparent.
Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived. Job 3:3
And by a reading about the first child conceived and born of Adam and Eve:
And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. Genesis 4:1
A reading of Ptolemy's 2nd century compilation entitled Tetrabiblios also indicates the importance of the day of conception in Eastern thought. He wrote from Alexandria, in this classical astronomical standard that endured for over a thousand years, that the sex as well as the incidents relating to a child, prior to its birth, may be deduced from the positions of the planets at the time of conception.
In the verse in Job, both the day of birth and the day of conception are important. In Eastern thought the day of conception was associated with the paternal line while the day of birth was associated with the maternal line. It may be that this line of thought is a reason for the differences between Matthew’s account of the lineage of Jesus and Luke’s account of the same. Matthew’s account provides Jesus lineage from Abraham through Mary while Luke’s account provides Jesus “supposed” lineage from Joseph back through David and Abraham to Adam. Matthew’s gospel moves directly to the birth of Jesus while Luke’s account provides a plethora of information concerning the time from the “conception” of John the Baptist and Jesus until their births.
In antiquity, when Jesus was conceived, there were three to four days on either side of December 21st considered as the solstice because, as the sun approached its lowest point in the sky, the observed daily movements of the sun were so incrementally small that they could not be noticed without modern scientific instruments. Even though the Hebrews were focused on their feminine lunar calendar with its three major annual religious festivals, they did assign names and designate days to recognize the solstices and equinoxes.
From antiquity, winter solstices have been universally celebrated. Most celebrations centered on the coming of a god or demigods. There are also themes of birth and rebirth and judgment associated with winter solstice celebrations. Neolithic megaliths like Newgrange and Stonehenge are aligned to sunrise and/or sunset on the winter solstice, as are the entrances to ancient tombs and graveyards. These common beliefs were spread throughout the ancient world from the cradle of civilization. In the course of expansion and the corresponding extended commercial and spiritual intercourse, merchants, explorers, pilgrims, wayfaring philosophers, couriers, ambassadors, entertainers and priests moved in caravans along the ancient trade routes and in ships over the expanses of the seas.
A quite well known example of spiritual travelers was the arrival of a small sect in Jerusalem from within the distant and ancient tribe of Magi during the winter solstice of 2 BC.[i] This small sect had escaped the persecutions of the Magi in Persia and the destruction of their sacred texts in the previous three centuries by the conqueror Alexander the Great and the Seleucid rulers that followed. At the beginning of those times, this sect of Magi had found a protectorate further north near Mt. Ararat in eastern Anatolia, as Asia Minor was then named. From there they came to search out the King of the Judeans whom they knew to be the Messiah for all mankind. It was this small faithful sect that became so committed to leave their families and their remote haven to travel hundreds of miles across mountains, deserts and through unfriendly territories for months in response to the very ancient prophecies of people like Enoch and Noah. They, as among the premier readers of the celestial signs had historically held the solar calendar sacred. They, as the keepers of the prophecies, had followed the star representing mankind’s Messiah generation upon generation looking for the days and years in which they would see a series of celestial displays foretold and retold among their elders from the regeneration of man after the deluge.
In their disciplined “watchings” the Magi had recognized the extraordinary display of the grouping of all visible planets with the sun and moon in a relatively short span from Aires to Gemini in the spring of 4 BC. They had seen the retrograde motion of the leading royal star, Jupiter, resulting in a triple conjunction with the Silver Gate of Heaven; one of the two celestial locations where the circle of the galaxy or Milky Way intersects the circle of the zodiac. They also had seen the tripe conjunction of the Pleiades by Mercury in those days. And they had seen the month long super nova or exploding comet in Aquila during the same times in April of 4 BC.
When the Magi arrived in Jerusalem during the winter solstice of 2 BC, the king star Jupiter, which had previously made a triple conjunction with the Silver Gate of Heaven and a triple conjunction with the bright regal star Regulus in Leo, was then in the midst of a tripe conjunction within the star group Awwa, known as the desired, in the constellation of Virgo. Herod, out of cultural respect for and apprehension about their inquires concerning the birth of another King of the Judeans, called together the Judea elders to ask where this King of the Judeans was prophesied to be born. They found the location of Bethlehem written in the 8th century BC prophesies of Micah. Then Herod called the Magi privately to a secret meeting during which he asked when the star had become apparent to them.
Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. Matthew 2:7
In this verse the original Greek word for star is aster. Aster is used at times to denote the chief star of a group of stars. Jupiter was known as the ruling star or planet of the planetary positions and configurations. The word appeared is the Greek word phaino. It means come to light, strike the sight, become evident, and become clear or manifest. It does not necessarily mean a sudden or unexpected appearance.
In verse 2 the Magi said that they had seen his star.
Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east (anatole), and are come to worship him.
The Greek word translated have seen is eido. It is many times translated as know and has a flavor as according to these parts of its definition: perceive, notice, discern, discover, to see, to turn the eyes, the mind, the attention to anything, to pay attention, observe.
It seems that the celestial displays in the spring of 4 BC would have brought Jupiter to the attention of the Magi. To us, the students of scripture, the fact that it was the celestial displays in the spring of 4 BC that caused the Magi to take notice becomes more apparent with further reading in Matthew and reading in the introductory chapter of Luke. After Herod, the jealous and vindictive ruler of Judea, had learned from the Magi the time they had taken note of Jupiter’s movements and positions in the spring of 4 BC and had not been informed by the Magi, as requested, of the location of this young child, he ordered that all children under two years old be slain in the area of Bethlehem. Since the Magi had come to Jerusalem around the winter solstice of 2 BC that would mean every child born from the winter solstice in 4 BC until the winter solstice in 2 BC. Since the extraordinary celestial displays in the spring of 4 BC indicated the conception of a or the special child to the Magi, the potential for the birth of that child would have been be after the winter solstice of 4 BC two years before the arrival of the Magi in Jerusalem.
Luke was not a witness to these events or to the events in the life of Jesus. However, Luke, as a trained physician, was meticulous in gathering information for his gospel from those who had been eyewitnesses. (Luke 1:1-3) His record is, as he declares, “from the beginning”. It commences within the time frame of the extraordinary celestial displays that the Magi noticed in the spring of 4 BC during which also an angel appeared to the priest Zacharias as he was in his course burning incense inside the temple. The angel told Zacharias that his barren wife would bear and bring forth his son to be named John. (Luke 1:13-15) The retrospective “beginning” written of by Luke and the time at which the Magi took note of Jupiter in Matthew are the same, occurring under Jupiter leading the extraordinary celestial signs in the spring of 4 BC.
Proposed Timeline Based on the Magi’s Paternal Solar Calendar
and the Hebrew’s Maternal Lunar Calendar
Spring 4 BC
Extraordinary Celestial Displays with Jupiter leading the naked eye visible planets and the sun along the ecliptic in a narrow span. Magi take note of Jupiter. Starting point of the gospels.
May 26 – June 2, 4 BC
Zacharais serves his priestly course of Abia in the temple. The angel Gabriel appears to him and tells him he and Elizabeth will have a son to be named John
Summer Solstice 4 BC
John the Baptist conceived 6 months before Jesus is conceived
Winter Solstice 4 BC
Nissan 1, 3 BC
John the Baptist born. The first day of the Religious Year of the Hebrew Calendar
Tishri 1, 3 BC
Jesus born in Bethlehem. The first day of the Royal Year of the Hebrew Calendar. Within this Hebrew month of Tishri are the most sacred Day of Atonement, the Feast of Tabernacles and the Octave.
Winter Solstice 2 BC
Magi arrive in Jerusalem in search of the young King of the Judeans two years after his conception. Herod orders all children two and under in and around Bethlehem slain
Conception of Jesus
Birth Date – 266+/-3days = Conception
Sept. 11, 3 BC – 266+/-3 days = Dec. 23 -17, 4 BC
Birth of John the Baptist
Conception + 266+/-3 days = Birth Date
June 21, 4 BC? + 266+/-3days = March 19 -13, 3 BC
Truly, John the Baptist was both the celestial forerunner and practical forerunner of Jesus. It is of whom Jesus said. “For I say unto you, among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist.” (Luke 7:28)
So this year when the winter solstice approaches remember the Magi who traveled hundreds of miles to honor the young child Jesus in 2 BC. More so, remember the time of the conception of Jesus and when you put that angel on the tree remember the angel Gabriel that came to Mary during the winter solstice of 4 BC about 2000 years ago and told her:
Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?: And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. Luke 1:26-35
And when you give a gift remember, most of all, the gift of the firstborn son given to mankind by the Father through the Holy Spirit around the winter solstice of 4 BC. This season is absolutely one to remember and revere as a unique landmark in the history of mankind.
[i] (The scripture reads that when the Magi did see Jesus that he was not a babe (brephos) wrapped in swaddling clothes but was a young child or paidion in the Greek language. On the winter solstice of 2 BC Jesus would have been about 1 year and 3 months old according to birth and 2 years old according to conception.)