Well now we start on the four constellations of the Mazzaroth that tell of the Church age, the age of grace. Let’s start with the next constellation in line as we travel clockwise around the Mazzaroth (starting at Virgo) Capricornus. The figure of Capricornus is a fascinating one, it is another two in one deal with the front half being a kneeling, dying goat and the back a wriggling, lively fish tail. Crazy I know, the centaur is a little less surprising in it’s combo, but this one is truly amazing once you understand what it stands for.
The goat is the sacrificial animal used by Moses in the desert as a sin offering (remember the scapegoat).
And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for Azazel. And Aaron shall present the goat upon which the lot fell for the LORD, and offer him for a sin offering. But the goat, on which the lot fell for Azazel, shall be set alive before the LORD, to make atonement for him, to send him away for Azazel into the wilderness. Leviticus 16:8-10
Some of the major stars in Capricornus point to the significance of this goat and it’s apparent impending death. Gedi. means a kid or a goat as well as the cut-off; Al Gedi, the kid; Deneb Al Gedi, the sacrifice comes; Ma’Asad, the slaying. This gives us a depiction of the atoning sacrifice of Christ, illustrating that through His death we, as the Church as well as individual believers, are made spiritually alive. Christ’s atoning death results in new life for those who are true believers making up His church which took the sign of the fish as it’s symbol.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men. John 1:4
I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly. John 10:10
The first decan is Sagitta, the arrow. This is a lone arrow, with no bow associated with it, being already in flight, sent from an unseen hand to do the work of the piercing and slaying of Christ. That hand was the very hand of the Father, who slew His own Son to atone for our sins.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5
And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced. John 19:37
Next we have Aquila or the pierced eagle, wounded, falling from the sky. It is a further symbol of Christ dying for His Church. Aquila’s brightest star is Al Tair which means the wounded. The second brightest is Tarared meaning scarlet-colored or covered with blood. The names of other stars mean things like: the torn and the wounded on the heel. These are obvious references to the curse given at the fall and to Calvary.
and I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Genesis 3:15
howbeit one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and straightway there came out blood and water. John 19:34
The eagle is described by Joseph Seiss as follows “The eagle is a royal bird, and the natural enemy of the serpent. It is elevated in it’s habits, strong and swift. It is very careful and tender towards it’s young, and is said to tear itself to nourish them with it’s own blood when all other means fail. And here is the noble Eagle, the promised seed of the woman, pierced, torn, and bleeding, that those begotten in His image may be saved from death, sheltered from, protected, and made to live forever.
Finally we come to Delphinus and means the dolphin. It is the third decan and is the figure of a lively fish jumping up. This points to life springing up out of death of the dying goat. We again see the fish symbol as used by the early church.
That my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ is Capricornus, may the Father bless and keep you.