For a more recent essay on this topic see Solar Mythology and the Jesus Story Explained

[A letter to a friend explaining the Jesus story. Presented here as a temporary explanation until I complete a better one.]
July 12, 2002

I am currently in the process of describing the details of how the story of Jesus was originally an allegory for the Sun passing through the Zodiac during the year causing the seasons to change, since there doesn't seem to be a good book already describing this allegory and apparently hardly anyone is aware of it, though it becomes obvious once it's pointed out.

Interesting that apparently in early Christianity the story sometimes had it that Jesus was born in a cave, and at the end of the story he dies in a cave, to be resurrected 3 days later. So the story is circular, like the year.

I've also discovered as you mention our English translations of the Bible are far from literal word-for-word translations. As I go back to the original Greek and Hebrew I find large long words that aren't even translated. I started translating Matthew 2:1 and there's this long word with no equivalent English. Not even a Strong's number for me to look up. Other words, like "Bethlehem," are just English spellings of what the Hebrew word sounds like, "Beth - Lehiem," without telling you what the word means. The word is essentially left untranslated.

My most recent findings: "Pilate" of "Pontius Pilate" means "armed with a spear," which is obviously Sagittarius. (At least when you become familiar with the signs of the Zodiac these things just jump out as being obvious.) Sagittarius is what the Sun passes towards after going through Scorpio, who is Judas the betrayer. The word Judas means "disabled in the limbs, maimed, crippled," what the Scorpion of Scorpio does to the sun as the sun disappears during Autumn, as the days get shorter.

Here's a synopsis of the latest on my search for Jesus

  1. Extensive evidence that Jesus never existed.
  2. Extensive evidence that the Jesus story can be found in previous religions.
  3. An explanation of how the Jesus story originated by observing the stars.
In construction of the final step, that of exposing the allegory, it is necessary to go through the Gospels and perform a LITERAL translation from the original Greek by identifying the Strong's numbers. Fortunately the original Greek with Strong numbers is readily available from numerous sources, including either of the two web sites:

  1. Blue Letter Bible (
  2. Bible Study Tools (
It is my contention that a literal word for word translation of the Bible exposes the allegory. Especially a literal translation of PLACES, which in all of our English Bible translations I have ever seen remain untranslated. For example, "Bethlehem" is literally "House of Bread." Without knowing this one may be tempted to take out a map and search for a town called Bethlehem. However, one should actually be looking for a place known as the "House of Bread." This may seem trivial at first, but it actually is a great first step towards exposing the allegory, for you see, there has always been a place known as the "House of Bread," except it's not a place on Earth, it's a time of the year!

"House of Bread" is August, which is harvest time. It's a great time of year ancient civilizations all looked forward to with great anticipation. The term "house" refers to one of the 12 houses of the Zodiac, which is like a big calendar in the stars. You can tell what time of year it is by observing the stars as they come out just after sunset and then determining where the Sun is in relation to the stars. You determine which constellation or "house" the Sun is in. It's like determining which page of the wall calendar you are turned to. It tells you what month of the year you are in. When the Sun is in the "house of bread" it's August - it's harvest time!

In the "house of bread" is the constellation Virgo, the virgin. Hence in Bethlehem, the House of Bread, you will find a virgin, the constellation Virgo. Virgo is always depicted as holding either a sheaf of wheat or an ear of corn. She represents harvest time. As the Sun moves through the Zodiac on it's yearly journey, it eventually passes out of the House of Bread and moves on to the next house. The Sun moves out of the constellation Virgo. Virgo, the eternal Virgin, figuratively gives birth to the Sun, as the Sun passes out of Virgo the Virgin.

Jesus allegorically represents the Sun. Remember Jesus says, "I am the light of the world." (John 8:12 & 9:5). Well the light of the world is the Sun. Jesus came "to preach the acceptable year of the Lord." (Luke 4:19 King James Version). His story is the story of the year, of the seasons, of the Sun passing through the Zodiac. The whole story of Jesus is just an allegory of the Sun passing through the houses of the Zodiac during the year. That's why Jesus' ministry lasted One Year.

There's a lot of details I'm skipping over. I haven't explained how Jesus is born December 25 when Bethlehem is the month of August. Actually if you read the Bible it says King Herold made a careful search of "Bethlehem", the House of Bread, where the Sun is in August, and didn't find him there. Why look there? Because that's harvest time. That's the time of year we all wait for with great anticipation. Jesus is born December 25. The Sun isn't in Bethlehem, the House of Bread, Virgo the Virgin. Not yet. The Sun is in Capricorn - the goat, or sheep, or lamb. Jesus is born in a barn with a bunch of animals - the starry night sky is full of constellations of animals. Jesus is the "Lamb of God." Capricorn is the lamb.

Skipping over that here's a brief overview. At "age 30" Jesus is said to begin his ministry. "Age 30" means 30 days, which is one month - the time it takes the Sun to move to the next house. Turn the page of the calendar and you're in January.

Jesus begins his ministry by being baptized by John the Baptist. In January the Sun moves to Aquarius, the water bearer. Aquarius - aqua, as in water, as in the word aquarium, where you keep fish and water. This is when it rains. It's also when the river Nile in Egypt floods, bringing water which is necessary for life, to make the plants grow. John the Baptist - Aquarius, the month of January, baptizes us with holy water, water from the sky, water from God. But Jesus will give us an even better reward, that of the harvest of August, in due time.

Jesus then spends 40 days in the wilderness being tempted by the devil. The devil is night. Hence 40 days and 40 nights pass, which is a month plus, enough time to travel "in the wilderness", which is the starry night sky full of constellations of animals, to the next house, which is the house of Pisces, the two fishes. And in the story of Jesus, he travels to the two brothers, Simon and Andrew, who are fishermen. Simon and Andrew represent the two fish of Pisces. Christians use the symbol of a fish to represent their religion.

The story goes on like that. The pieces all fit together.

We celebrate Easter in March or April. Easter day is technically defined to be:
  1. Wait for the Vernal Equinox, the day when the Sun rises directly in the East, hence East-er.
  2. Wait for a full moon, because they didn't have electric street lights at night and if you want to have a party it's much nicer to have it during a full moon. The full moon is your night street lamp.
  3. Wait for Sunday, our religious day of the week set aside for religious parties.
Hence East-er is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox, when the Sun rises directly in the East. We're all supposed to get up early in the morning and watch the Sun Rise, and then proclaim in church, "He is Risen. He is Risen indeed!" Because each day the Sun is rising further and further North, and the days are getting longer and longer. Figuratively the Sun crosses the equinox, the Sun is cross-ified. Jews celebrate Pass-over, when the Sun Passes-over the equinox.

Jesus is crucified and figuratively ascends into heaven, as the days get longer and longer, the Sun rises higher and higher.

Then comes the Summer Solstice - June 21, the longest day of the year. Here in Santa Barbara we have a Summer Solstice parade. The Sun is at it's highest. The Sun rises farthest north, the day is the longest, the Sun sets farthest north. From here on out it's all downhill. The Sun instead of rising each day slightly more north than the previous day now begins it's journey back south. Each day the Sun rises and sets slightly farther south. Each day the Sun doesn't quite get as high in the sky. Each day is slightly shorter than the last.

Finally comes August - harvest time! In the Bible story of Jesus there's the big deal of Jesus' triumphant entry into "Jerusalem", which is another allegorical reference to the Zodiac House of Bread, meaning it's harvest time. Jesus is said to ride into Jerusalem on the back of both a Donkey and a Colt (Matthew 21:7), which would be quite a trick if it were real, but look to the stars and find the constellation of the Donkey and Colt that the Sun rides as it makes it's way to the Jerusalem, the House of Bread, Harvest time. Everyone seems to know Jesus and is super happy of his arrival. Because it's harvest time! Jesus, the Sun, has arrived, and he brings us the harvest, life giving food we need to stay alive. We eat the flesh of fruit, figuratively the flesh of Jesus. We drink the blood of grapes, which is red and converted to red wine, figuratively the blood of Jesus.

Then Jesus gets crucified - again. But this time he dies and goes to Hell, the underworld, under-world, under the world, underneath us, down below, where the Sun goes at night, and during the winter when the days are short and we don't see much of the Sun because the Sun is spending most of it's time "down there." Hell is always downwards, below us, under the world. Hell is on fire because the Sun goes there every night, and the Sun on fire, so certainly it's got to be hot and on fire down there under the earth when the Sun is down there at night.

Heaven is always upwards. Look up at night and you will see heaven - the stars, where our story takes place. Heaven and Hell are not just theologically opposite, they are geometrically opposite. They are diametrically opposite. Heaven is up. Hell is down. When the Sun is up it's light and warm - that's good. When the Sun is down it's dark and cold - that's bad. Remember back then people didn't conquer darkness with the simple flip of an electric switch like we do today. They had to suffer the darkness, maybe with a candle or fire in the fire place, and wait for morning when the Sun rises again. Hooray! The Sun is Back! Now things are good again.

On September 23rd Jesus, the Sun, gets crucified again. Yes, there are two crucifixions, but you have to read the Book of Revelation to find the other one. (The Book of Revelation doesn't make any sense because no one realizes it's all just an allegory of Solar Mythology. It begins to make sense when you look upwards to heaven, and see the stars, and the constellations, and the sun, and the story. The whole Bible is full of stories which originated from Solar Mythology.)

Anyway this time it's the Autumnal Equinox. The Sun which has been rising north of due east every day during the summer, and setting north of due west, has started it's journey back south, and eventually reaches the point again where it crosses the equinox. The Sun rises exactly due East on the Autumnal Equinox, September 23, the month after harvest. The Sun also sets directly due west on this day. The Sun crosses the equinox, is cross-ified, as it slowly dies, and the days get shorter and shorter.

But not to worry. Jesus, the Sun, will be reborn again. December 22 is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, when the Sun has traveled farthest south. Three days after the Winter Solstice of December 22, figuratively the three days Jesus is in the grave, we can tell on December 25 that the Sun is rising slightly north of where it rose 3 days ago. The Sun is reborn. And we all anticipate another harvest year.

You can see the Zodiac in any newspaper that has an astrology column. Notice all the important dates and characters personified in the Jesus story are right there in the astrology column of your local newspaper. There you will find Capricorn, which begins on Dec. 22, the Winter Solstice, the beginning of Winter. We then have Aquarius (John the Baptist), Pisces (the two fish, Simon and Andrew who are fishermen).

Next comes Aries, March 21, the Vernal Equinox, East-er, when the Sun rises due east (and sets due west). The astrology column actually starts with Aries, the month of March, because March is actually the first month of the year. The names of the last 4 months of the year give this away:

Septem-ber(Septem = 7)
Octo-ber(Octo = 8, as in octopus.)
Novem-ber(Novem = 9)
Decem-ber(Decem = 10, "dec" as in "decimal", meaning ten.)

After Aries follows Taurus the bull.

Then comes Gemini, the twins, which are Castor and Pollox (see Acts 28:11). The two brightest stars in the constellation of Gemini are named Castor and Pollox. You can look it up in any star chart or Astronomy book. There they are, Castor and Pollox. And there in the Bible you will find your reference to Castor and Pollox. Cancer is June 21, the Summer Solstice. Cancer is the crab that goes backwards, as after June 21 the days begin to shorten.

Then comes Leo, the Lion of summer, the king of the jungle, the strongest animal, for the strongest hottest days of summer in July.

Then comes Virgo, the eternal perpetual virgin of August, which figuratively gives birth to the sun each year when the sun passes out of it, yet forever and always remains a virgin. Virgo the virgin is always depicted holding a sheaf of wheat or an ear of corn, representing the harvest. Farmers are known as "husbandmen" because they are figuratively eternally wedded to the virgin Virgo of August. The Sun enters Virgo - Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem.

Then comes Libra, the "Scales of Justice", after Virgo, the month of the harvest. Libra is the month when farmers sell their harvest, using scales to weigh what they sell. It's the only constellation in the Zodiac which isn't an animal. Libra is September 23, the Autumnal Equinox. Jesus overturns the tables of the moneychangers. Jesus then presents us with The Lord's Supper where we eat the harvest and drink the wine of the grape.

Then comes Scorpio, October, which figuratively stings the Sun causing it to die, because the days are now getting shorter and shorter. Judas is Scorpio who betrays Jesus and is responsible for his death.

Then comes Sagittarius in November. Sagittarius is a man on a horse with a bow and arrow. He's an archer, because November is a good time to go hunting. The animals are full grown. It's hunting season. Sagittarius is Pontius Pilate, who's name means "armed with a spear," who is the last person Jesus sees before dying.

And finally comes Capricorn - December 22 - the Winter Solstice. Capricorn is the goat, or lamb. Jesus is the lamb of God, born on December 25, after spending three days in Hell, under the earth, after being crucified on September 23 by crossing the Autumnal Equinox. The Sun is reborn. Jesus is reborn, starting off again "to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord" (Luke 4:19)

It's the great circle of life.

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