The Magi series – V. The Magi – Astrology/Astronomy meets the Jewish Festival Year – Crowning the King – Part 2

Jupiter meets Regulus –  Second Encounter – February 17, 2 BC

Purim (Esther)
Jupiter closed in to its second Regulus encounter at about 51 arc minutes separation, and that evening The Feast of Purim (Adar 14) began.  This is the story of Esther, and although not a God-commanded festival, it commemorated a wonderful salvation from Haman’s attempted genocide of the Jews: “he who designed the destruction of God’s People, at the seeming moment of his triumph, was himself destroyed by the very instrument he thought would bring him victory.”

It was a vivid expression of Genesis 3:14, “Jehovah God said to the serpent: ‘… On your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life.’”  The snake is the only animal which can unhinge its jaw to swallow something literally too big for its mouth.  At the cross, Satan, who had long wanted God to be out of his way, appeared to be getting his heart’s wish: he was putting God (the Son) to death on the cross.  His hatred of God’s People would be complete by removing all hope and life from them.  At the moment of Jesus’ death, when Satan’s mouth was opened wide in apparent triumph, he closed on a mouthful of dust and was himself defeated by the cross.

Was Daniel contemporary to Esther?  He may have survived to the time of Haman (Esther’s arch enemy), which would mean he could have identified Purim’s message in the triple conjunction’s description of Who Jesus would be and what He would be about.  Or the Magi themselves might have recognized on their own.

 Jupiter meets Regulus – Third Encounter – May 9, 2 BC

Shavuot (Pentecost)
On May 9 (Sivan 6-7), Jupiter and Regulus were at 42 arc minutes separation.  Khag HaShavuot (The Festival of Weeks, Exodus 34:22, Deuteronomy 16:10) or Pentecost (the “Fiftieth” Day) culminated the seven-week “Counting of the Omer” begun on the second day of Passover (which for Christians in 33 AD would become the Day of the Resurrection, Easter Day).  There were two connections: fifty days after their Exodus from Egypt, Israel stood at the base of Mount Sinai, there to receive the Torah; and, as all the grain harvests were now concluded, it is also Khag HaKatsir (the Festival of Reaping, Exodus 23:16), and Yom HaBikkurim (The Day of the First Fruits, Numbers 28:26).

What was this Torah that Israel received at their first stop in the wilderness?  “Torah” has been often translated simply as “the Law,” but it actually means “Teachings” or “Instructions” or “Doctrines.”  Although it ultimately comprised all five Books of Moses (the first five books of the Bible or “the Pentateuch”), the last three books had not yet been lived.  So just what does Moses receive at that time on the mountain?  It was the books of Genesis, and Exodus (which included the Passover/Exodus event itself, the basic laws for the new nation, and the blueprint for the Tent of Meeting for worshiping the Lord).

Shavuot was the reminder of the precious relationship with Jehovah that His People had through Covenant, and celebrated His bounty in the harvest that was at hand.  It was the initial day of the nation of Israel as God’s redeemed People, and it is also now the initial day of Christians as God’s also redeemed New Testament People.

For those who knew the Festival Year and watched the signs, the triple conjunction described that the New King would be the Creator, Re-Creator, the supreme King, the final Judge, the Sin-Bearer Who removes sin as far as the east is from the west.  There was the family in the stable visited by shepherds, the celebration of the bounty which came after the wilderness preparation, and the reminder of how the gates of heaven shall be finally opened to unite families once again.  Satan would be defeated by the very instrument which was to bring him victory.  The beginnings of the Old and the New Testament Peoples of God would culminated in a wonderful harvest of souls.  Linked to the Festival Year, the signs in the heavens became nature’s celebration of Him “Who is born King of the Jews.”

The heavens declare the Glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.

Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge.

There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard.

Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,  [Psalm 19:1-4]


Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights!

Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts!
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Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all you stars of light!

Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, And you waters above the heavens!

Let them praise the Name of the LORD, For He commanded and they were created.. [Psalm 148:1-5]

June 17, 2 BC, Venus and Jupiter – the Bright Star

Jupiter had now taken its leave from Regulus and set its sights toward Virgo.  The feminine Evening Star Venus joined Jupiter on June 17, 2 BC, at an astonishing distance of 35 arc seconds.  For about three hours before they drop below the western horizon, they were joined into a magnificent bright single star (had they overlapped they would have been dimmer), probably also made larger by the lens of the atmosphere near the horizon (just like the Moon can look many times larger near the horizon).

Throughout all this, “His star” would have been centered on Jupiter in all its different connections, and through the festival year of the Jews, Who Jesus was and what He would be about was clearly identified.  The sequence would span just under one year, although Herod likely wanted to have a good overlap to guarantee Jesus would be included in the death of the innocents.

Never Again
In the 10,000 years before and the 10,000 years after (I checked), Jupiter would never again “Crown The King” – it would never have a triple conjunction with Regulus again.  And, of course, there then would be no similar connection to the Festival Year either.

Only one festival was not touched so far in “Creation’s Ballet for Jesus,” and although it dealt not with the birth but the death of Jesus, it played a powerful and essential role, and so it is included in the next post.

Next: Creation Mourns the Death of Its Creator and the Nation of Israel is Ended.


Who were the Magi?  Why did they come to see Jesus?  What caused them to start their journey?  These are the topics which will be discussed throughout this series, based on research I had done for my book *Creation’s Ballet for Jesus*.  The attempt here was to keep each topic short, however that was not always possible, and Topic V, although not specifically dealing with the Magi, was added to include the missing major festival of Passover into the consideration.  The topics will be posted daily here in the following order for eight days, and also will be included on my Blog, ** (the specific blog address for each topic is listed with each day’s post).

I. The Magi – Who were they?  [p=1257 – same address as below, simply insert this location instead]
II. The Magi – Zoroaster meets Yahweh  [p=1260]
III.  The Magi – Astrology/Astronomy and a Living Prophet  [p=1268]
IV.  The Magi – Astrology/Astronomy meets the Jewish Festival Year – Crowning the King Part 1    [p=1271]
V.  The Magi – Astrology/Astronomy meets the Jewish Festival Year – Crowning the King Part 2
VI.  The Magi – Creation Mourns the Death of Its Creator and the Nation of Israel is Ended
VII.  The Magi – Herod’s Fear
VIII. The Magi – Epilogue

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