Astrological Implications of the Idea of “Virgin Birth” It has been said that: “The adventures of Jesus Christ are all depicted among the stars.”  The Romans saw him as an equivalent of the sun gods Mithras and Sol Invictus, with whom he became identified and whom he eventually replaced.   The sign of Virgo has in it a very bright star, named Spica, which was represented by an ear of corn (or stalk of wheat) (which is what the name of the star means). Hence, in the Hindu and Egyptian zodiacs, the sign of Virgo is often represented as a maiden with an ear of corn/stalk of wheat.   In the centuries ending the first millennium BC, the precession of the equinoxes led to a curious celestial event that occurred in both 11 BC and 3 BC.   The star Spica, which might be considered the child of the cosmic virgin, rose on the Eastern horizon at the autumnal equinox (at the end of the sign of Virgo) at the same time as the sun. So it would have seemed to watchers on earth as if the son of the virgin (the grain symbolizing the bread of life) had risen as the glorious sun. Hence, the virgin had given birth to a god. On some of these occasions, the morning star Venus, Queen of Heaven, rose in the constellation of Virgo before the sun. So the sun would seem to be rising as the child of the virgin Queen of Heaven over the eastern horizon. In many countries the sun would appear out of the sea.  In Latin, the word for “sea” is “mare,” which many researchers cite as the origin of the name Maria or Mary. In some ancient zodiacs, the sign of Virgo was represented as a tree with branches. The star Spica would have been an offshoot or a branch of the tree. The word Nazarene come from the word Neser, meaning “a branch.” The messianic name Shiloh, which puzzled scholars for a long time, also means “branch,” and would therefore refer to the star Spica in the sign of Virgo. When the branch or son of the virgin appears as the light of the east, then the messiah would have been born. From these astrological and astronomical events may very well have come the words of the Magi: “We have seen his star in the east, and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:8) Made with Xara Website by Susan Smily “Madonna and Child with Saints and Angels”  by Sano do Pietro, c. 1471