compiled by Dee Finney

8-9-04 - Visionary experience:  I hear the name Lauren Davis yelled at me.   [She is a movie star]

I then see star patterns in boxes like graphics.

I then hear a song playing and know it is, "Whether the sky is black or blue".

I then see this star pattern:


After I wake up, I discover that the star pattern is Capricornus.  It is next to Altair in the southern hemisphere.

Capricorn is my own birth sign:

December 22 - January 20


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CAPRICORN: Capricorn is a cardinal earth sign and its energy is particularly earthy associated with the practical materialist. Saturn's influence can make Capricorn's a cold and calculating and uninterested in flights of fancy. Their energy is more ruthlessly realistic. However this hardness is balanced in its symbol - the goat - with a fishy tale, suggesting strange watery depths and spirituality. It is profound, serious energy.


Capricornus ( or ), a name meaning "Horned Goat" or "That which has horns like a goat's" in Latin, is one of the constellations of the zodiac. It is commonly called Capricorn, especially in astrology. It is commonly called the sea-goat, as it is in an area of the sky known as the Sea. Capricornus is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy. Under its modern boundaries it is bordered by Aquila, Sagittarius, Microscopium, Piscis Austrinus and Aquarius.


This constellation is sometimes identified as Amalthea, the goat that suckled the infant Zeus after his mother Rhea saved him from being devoured by his father Cronos in Greek mythology. The goat's broken horn was transformed into the cornucopia or horn of plenty. Some ancient sources claim that this derives from the sun "taking nourishment" while in the constellation, in preparation for its climb back northward.

However, the constellation is often depicted as a sea-goat, a goat with a fish's tail. One myth that deals with this says that when the goat-god Pan was attacked by the monster Typhon, he dove into the Nile; the parts above the water remained a goat, but those under the water transformed into a fish.

In Sumeria, the constellation was associated with the god Ea or Enki, who brought culture out of the sea to humankind. Capricorn is also known by the name the 'Gate of Death' (opposite sign Cancer, 'Gate of Birth'). This is the time when the Sun enters its tenth phase of the journey and a time of new wisdom; Ea is seen to rise from the deep waters and instruct Man on the divine wisdom.

The constellation, together with its early greek name, associated ideas about sin, and the constellation of Aquarius, who was said to have poured out a river, may represent the origin of the myth of the Augean Stable, which forms one of The Twelve Labours of Herakles.

The constellation is located in an area of sky called the Sea or Water, consisting of many watery constellations such as Aquarius, Pisces, and Eridanus.

Capricorn is the tenth sign of zodiac and depicted by the symbol of the 'Goat'. The resolve to achieve is evidenced by Capricorn's who work hard and long, like the goat, slowly but surely to reach the top of their mountain until they wish to move on to new and better pastures. The sign is said to embody authority and maturity being associated with the stage of latter life of the adult. Here is the chance for a Capricorn to work and rework ideas to get it right, as second best is not bad but things can always be better. In ancient Babylonian mythology Capricorn was depicted as the 'God Ea', fish-tailed, also known as the 'Antelope of the Sea'.

'Saturn' is the ruling planet of Capricorn bringing with it the qualities of wisdom, security, self-control, discipline, determination, responsibility and limitation. Saturn is also known as 'Lord of Saturday', 'Kronos' or 'Time'

Capricorn is a cardinal and negative earth sign associated with the statement 'I master' and 'I will refine'. It rules the skin, knees and bones. It is associated with the Aspen, Elder, Elm, Pine, Poplar, Weeping Willow and Yew  and with Burdock, Hemlock, Holly and the Black & Red Poppy

Colours associated with Capricorn are black, earth tones, indigo and orange. The main stone associated with Capricorn is the Garnet, and the main stone associated with December is the Turquoise

Rhymes & Time - Language of Gems). Lucky number is eight, lucky day Saturday

Metal associated is lead.

In astrology, Capricorn is associated with the classical element Earth, and thus called an Earth Sign (with Taurus and Virgo). It is also one of the four Cardinal signs (along with Aries, Cancer, and Libra). It is the domicile of Saturn and the exaltation of Mars. Its polar opposite is Cancer.


8-9-04 - DREAM - I'm riding on a bus with Joe, a guy named John and two boys (I can't see their faces) who are sitting two seats in front of me.

[Joseph is the dreamer] [John is the writer of the book of Revelation]
[The two boys could be Ephraim and Manasseh  - adopted by Jacob - their grandfather]
[This could also be the two sons of Judah - Pherez and Zerah - the two disputed bloodlines because it was argued who was born first]

In the seat between us is sitting a chubby guy - like a workman type guy in a lightweight jacket (greenish color - light) and plain pants. He is sitting on the aisle seat in front of me, but there is an empty seat by the window.
[This is probably Dan who is missing from the book of Revelation]

I have my dream journal with me and I went to show Joe and John the star patterns I dream.  I know John will know what they are so I can identify them.

I try to pick up my dream journal which is a 3" thick 3 ring binder and struggle with it. But it has yellow handles like 1/2 rings [D rings] at the top and bottom which I finally manage to get together in one hand to carry the journal in one hand so I can use my other hand to steady myself on the seat back with the other hand.

I stand up to ask the guy ahead of me if I can sit in the window seat next to him and he stands up too because he is getting off the bus by the side back exit.  [Dan is one of the lost tribes and is missing from the book of Revelation]

I think this is great because I can take up the whole seat myself to talk to Joe and John about the star pattern. But when the guy stands up, I notice there is a couple thing sitting on the seat next to him.  I stop him and bring it to his attention that he forgot his stuff. He says, "No! That's not mine," as I picked up the first item on top which is a pair of binoculars in a case with a long handle on it to carry over the shoulder. Under it is a book about the stars.

I quickly say, "Okay! I'll turn it in to the bus driver," but to myself I think, "Hell if I will! I'll use it tonight to look at the stars and find the stars I dreamed. The book will help me too."

So the guy leaves and I move to sit in the seat he had vacated and I see that while I was busy talking to this guy, someone has sat on the seat where the boys were and is working on a radio type device on his lap and Joe and John are watching intently over this fascinating radio device. [Ephraim and Manasseh is replaced by Benjamin]
[The radio represents communications with the higher dimensions.] [In the body, the DNA is the tuning coil]

I tell Joe that I want to show John my dream journal star patterns and Joe tell me I have to wait while Ben fixes the radio.  

[[[[[ I must interject here that the two seats face each other like streetcars used to do because streetcars ran on the tracks in both directions without turning around and were driven from both ends and the seats flopped back and forth so when the car got to the other end of the line, the conductor moved the seat backs so people were facing forward no matter which way the streetcar was going and the conductor just walked to the other end of the car and drove it back to the other end of the line. ]]]]]] [This represents going out and coming back]

We now arrived home and I put my dream journal on the dining room table to await John so I can show him my star patterns.

Joe tells me that Ben is coming over and I keep thinking its Dr. Ben from One Life to Live TV show and I know he died last month on the show. So I tell myself it must be a different Ben and I'll see when he gets there.

Other pages on Capricorn on this site


Position in the Sky

Named Stars

Messier Objects

  • M30 (globular cluster)
This is one of the 13 constellations of the Zodiac.
In certain parts of the Orient, the constellation was known as the Southern Gate of the Sun, indicating that it is in this constellation that the Sun reaches its lowest point on the ecliptic and thereafter begins to appear higher and higher each day.

Capricornus has been recognized as a goat since Babylonian and Chaldean times. Usually, it is depicted as a goat with a fish tail, which might relate to a story about the god Pan. Pan, fleeing a monster called Typhon, jumped into the river Nile. The part of him that was below water turned into a fish, while the rest of him above water, stayed as a goat.

Zeus reappeared in his own form and prepared to do battle with Typhon, Zeus was defeated.  Typhon cut out the tendons of Zeus' hands and feet.  This made him helpless to move.  He then hid the tendons in a cave in the land of Cilicia.  To guard the tendons, Typhon selected the dragon-woman Delphyne, half-serpent and half-woman.  Now Delphyne wasn't a very good guard and permitted the tendons to be stolen by the gods Hermes and Aegipan. 

Aegipan, like the other gods, had transformed himself into an animal to escape detection by Typhon.  He had jumped into the river when Typhon approached.  But he was already halfway submerged before he thought of what form of animal he would wear.  He decided to be a goat.  So a goat he became, but only from the waist up.  From the waist down he took the form of a fish.

    Aegipan and Hermes managed to steal the tendons of Zeus and return them, making Zeus once again as fit as ever.  His strength regained, Zeus unleashed all his fury and killed the monster Typhon by hurling thunderbolts at him.  For Aegipan's role in this battle against the Titans, Zeus gave him an honored place in the sky as the constellation Capricornus

 Capricorn. Alpha Capricorni is actually a double binary i.e.4 stars. Usually the alpha star is the brightest, Delta Capricorni is the exception. This star is also known as Deneb Algedi – the Sea Goat!  

Capricornus is a very old but faint constellation of late summer.

Its significance lies in the fact that around 3000 B.C. the constellation marked the Winter Solstice, as the sun reached its furthest point south of the equator (22 December).

It was a time (then as now) of religious ritual, with Capricornus signaling the season.

These days, precession having moved its stars several months ahead and the Sun now enters Capricornus in January (although for astrological purposes the sun is still said to enter Capricornus on the 22nd of December).

In mid-August and September Capricorn is due south around midnight, below the ‘Summer Triangle’ (which is composed of Deneb (alpha Cygni), Vega (alpha Lyrae) and Altair (alpha Aquila).

Twelve Sons, Twelve Constellations

by John P. Pratt

Reprinted from Meridian Magazine (13 Jul 2005).
©2005 by John P. Pratt. All rights Reserved.

Relating the twelve tribes of Israel to the twelve zodiac constellations helps unravel the mystery of the Lord's sacred calendars.

There is a strong Hebrew tradition that each of the twelve tribes of Israel was associated with one of the twelve constellations of the zodiac. The precise identification of which constellation goes with which of Jacob's sons has only been known with certainty for four of the tribes. Each of the twelve carried a banner or flag, and the many of those flags are believed to have displayed one of the zodiac symbols. Thus, those figures came to symbolize the entire tribe to a large degree, much as the eagle represents the United States. This article proposes a correspondence of each of those tribes to one of the zodiac emblems, based on proposed dates for the birth of each. Knowing those dates then leads to greater understanding of the holy days on the Hebrew Calendar, and testifies of the Lord's foreknowledge of all things and of his great plan of salvation.

What does the zodiac have to do with the twelve tribes of Israel? Aren't the zodiac signs the basis of astrology, and isn't that a false belief system? Wasn't Israel admonished over and over not to worship the hosts of heaven? Why would Israel put zodiac figures on their flags?

It is not surprising if these are your first questions as you read this article, especially if this is the first you've read on the subject. As has been pointed out in numerous earlier articles,[1] the Book of Enoch records that an angel revealed the constellation figures to the prophet Enoch some 5,000 years ago, and many scholars claim they symbolize the key features of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Satan twists truth and perverts it for his own purposes, which he has clearly done with the zodiac signs. That causes many to avoid the entire subject, but the symbolism of these figures is so rich that it would be a tragedy not to learn of the beauty of their meaning, and the clarity of their symbolism. So my articles on the subject attempt to ignore the perversions and focus on the good. My position is that the sun, moon, and planets are like the hands on a huge clock, with the twelve zodiac constellations through which they move being the 12 numbers on the clock face. The Lord uses his clock to time key events in world history. But when Israel began to worship the hands on the clock, as did the pagan nations, then they were told they had missed the whole point, and to desist. Similarly today, if someone believes the planets are controlling his life, rather than merely keeping time, then Satan could falsely convince him that he is not responsible for his actions.

Having that disclaimer in mind, let us look at the evidence, even from the Bible itself, that the twelve sons of the prophet Jacob were each identified with a different sign of the zodiac.

First, consider the dream of Jacob's son Joseph, of the sun, moon and 11 stars (11 constellations?). He dreamed that they all bowed down to him (Gen. 37:9). When he told the dream to his family, they immediately knew that the 11 stars referred to his 11 brothers. Was that just because of the number eleven, or what it also because they already knew that each was associated with a different zodiac constellation? Evidence for answering this question affirmatively comes from noting that most of their names have close ties to the zodiac constellations, as discussed below.

Secondly, when the tribes received blessings under the hands of their father Jacob and many years later by Moses, many unmistakable references were made to zodiac constellations. Moreover, visions such as those of Ezekiel and John, describe figures with the heads of a man, lion, ox, and eagle, which just happen to match the four "cornerstone" constellations (Ezek. 1:10, Rev. 4:7).[3] It is precisely these four key figures which are the most easily matched with the four principal sons of Israel because each is mentioned in the blessings. Reuben is compared to a man and to water, Judah is compared to a lion, Dan to a serpent (counterpart of the eagle), and Joseph's two sons to the horns of the wild ox.

Those link to the constellations of the Water Bearer, the Lion, the Scorpion, and the Bull, respectively (Gen. 49: 4, 9, 17; Deut. 33:17). Those four sons are each also assigned to four directions (Num. 2:3, 10, 18, 25), and those four constellations are evenly spaced around the circle, as are the four points of a compass. And even non-Israelite prophets, such as Balaam, have used the same figures to represent the tribes (Num. 24:7-9). All of this has been discussed in detail in earlier articles, and is summarized here only as review and to make it clear that the Lord himself uses the symbolism. There is something very profound going on here, and it is certainly seems worth investigating.

Until now, the identification of the constellations associated with the other eight tribes has not been known with any degree of confidence. The other references to the zodiac are sketchy, and different scholars have proposed a variety of associations based on scriptural clues. But historical evidence of exactly what emblems were shown on which flags has been weak, and is based mostly on tradition. Thus, the information about the zodiac associations has been lost. This article proposes a correlation based on the "brute force" method of actually determining the birth dates of the twelve sons, and then looking at which constellation the sun was in at their birth.

1. Determining Birth Dates

 I have discovered a variety of sacred calendars, which the Lord seems to be using, including the Venus, Mercury, Enoch, and (Perpetual) Hebrew calendars.[4] My articles have proposed a framework of key religious dates in the history of mankind, from Adam down to the present day. Let us now begin to fill in more dates into that framework, and even be bold enough to propose precise dates for all of the twelve sons of Israel, and for two of their mothers, Leah and Rachel.

1.1 Seven Children in Seven Years

How is it possible to propose precise birth dates when the birth year is not given in the Bible for even one of the sons? In my former articles, at least the year was provided. Dates were proposed based on the birth dates being holy days on sacred calendars (especially the Hebrew calendar). How should we proceed if the years at not even provided? The answer is that it is clearly a puzzle to be solved, and the years are not necessary. The big clue is that we can calculate the seven-year period in which eleven of the twelve sons were born, and also the one daughter Dinah. If those dates must also fall on holy days on the Hebrew calendar and simultaneously on holy days of the Mayan Sacred Round,[5] then there are only a few dates available. If it turns out that there are twelve dates in the seven years specified, and it also happens that all twelve occur in different signs of the zodiac, then we have the beginning of evidence that we are correct. If the four principal tribes fit the cornerstone constellations and that the names and blessings of other tribes fit their respective figures, then the evidence becomes more compelling that we have solved the puzzle. So with that hope in mind, let us proceed.

The curious thing about the history of the birth of Leah's six sons and one daughter in a seven year period is that she had a barren period during that time. She was so distressed that she had stopped bearing children that she gave her handmaid Zilpah to her husband to bear children for her. Now when is the last time you saw something like that on the evening news? How many mothers do you know who had four children in four years who then became distraught when they didn't have a fifth in the next year? Both of Jacob's wives clearly qualify as understanding the importance of the blessings of having a large posterity. So we begin to see that the pieces of this puzzle must be very tight-fitting indeed because 7 births can barely be squeezed into those time constraints. So if it turns out that they drop into place perfectly, then it will be amazing indeed. Of every 18,600 families which have exactly twelve children, on the average only one will have each born in a different month of the year or with the sun in a different constellation. If the precise time of birth is known, then there is only about one chance in forty that any one date is holy on both of those calendars. Accordingly, if blind chance governed the universe, then there would be negligible probability that even one family in history could have such a noble set of birth dates. It has occurred to me that it would be interesting to calculate just how many seven-year periods even contain twelve such dates.

Let us review the entire story briefly in order to find the seven-year period. Jacob worked seven years to marry his beloved Rachel, and awoke after the wedding to find he had married her older sister Leah. How could that happen? The Book of Jasher, which is an excellent chronological source,[6] states that they were twins. It was still very important that one was slightly older than the other. Moreover, the bride's face was most likely veiled. In any case, seven days later he married Rachel. Leah gave birth to four children in succession: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah. Rachel was barren, which was considered a great curse, because it would mean no posterity, no family. When it was clear she was not bearing, she gave her handmaid Bilhah to her husband, and Bilhah bore Dan and then Naphtali. Note that we are not told that Dan is born after Judah, although that is usually assumed. Then it was Leah's turn to have a barren period. Each of her four children were probably born about a year apart. It must have been at least six months after the birth of Judah that she realized that she was not expecting and got nervous because by then Bilhah's second son was probably born. So Leah gave her handmaid Zilpah to Jacob to even up the odds. Zilpah bore Gad and Asher. Again we are only told the order of birth to each mother.

Now the plot thickens. We find that part of the reason for Leah's barren period was that Jacob was not spending his nights with her. When Leah's son found some fertility herbs, Rachel traded her sister Leah a night with Jacob in exchange for them. Sure enough, the trade was a success for Leah, who soon gave birth to Issachar, and later to Zebulon and Dinah. Then, finally, Rachel gave birth to Joseph. His birth was the last because immediately afterward Jacob told Laban that the second set of seven years had past, and that he wanted to take his family back to his own country (Gen. 30:25).

So these four women had twelve children (11 sons and a daughter) in seven years. And Leah alone had seven of them, with a barren period. Allowing a least an extra year for the barren period, wouldn't that have taken Leah eight years to have seven children? When I began calculating the dates, it became clear that the only solution was that Zebulon and Dinah had to be twins. After I discovered that, I found it confirmed in two sources. First it is Hebrew tradition that they were twins.[7] Secondly, it states it implicitly in the Bible itself. For all of the other children, we are told that "Leah conceived" and brought forth a son. When it gets to Dinah it doesn't state that she conceived again, but only that she brought forth Dinah after Zebulon (Gen. 30:21). In other words, it implied that they are twins by leaving out the word "conceived." It is accuracy in minute details such as this which has led me to believe that Genesis is a revelation from God, rather than an attempt by Moses to record oral traditions. So that eases the requirement somewhat, for now we need only six birth dates in seven years, with an extra year between the fourth and fifth dates.

1.2 Which Seven Years?

Just when is the seven-year period during which Jacob's first twelve children were born? The scriptures provide us enough detail to zero in on the exact seven year period. Let us begin by reviewing the chronological framework already established in earlier articles.

Jacob, later renamed Israel, was the father of the twelve sons who became the heads of the twelve tribes of Israel. As was proposed in an earlier article, Jacob was born on Wed 20 Mar 1892 BC pm* ("pm star" means after 6 p.m., when the stars are shining).[8] That is a precise starting point, but we are not told in Genesis how old he was when he had his children. With all of the other prophets and patriarchs discussed in my articles, we have been given their age when their children were born, but in the case of Jacob, we need to do a little detective work to get the answer.

Long after his children were born, and Joseph was prime minister of Egypt, Jacob took his family there to survive a famine. When he appeared before Pharaoh, he stated that he was 130 years old (Gen. 47:9), which was probably in the summer of 1762 BC. How old was his son Joseph at that time? Joseph had become prime minister of Egypt at age 30 (Gen. 41:46). The seven years of plenty began in the following year, and in the second year of the famine, Jacob's family came to Egypt (Jasher 55:26). Thus, the time that Joseph became prime minister would have been nine years earlier in 1771 BC. [9] He was age 30 at that time, so he would have been born in 1801 BC. Joseph was born at the very end of the seven years during which Jacob's first twelve children were born, so that puts the seven years from 1808 to 1801 BC.

The proposed date for the marriage of Jacob to Leah is Sat 30 Mar 1808 BC, which was the day 14 Spring 14 SPRING on the Enoch calendar. That means it was Passover day (14 Spr) in the year also representing Passover (14 SPR). That day only occurs once in 364 years, so that was a rare day indeed, but it was nothing special on the Hebrew calendar. The next week he married Rachel on Sat 6 Apr 1808 BC, which is the last day of passover on the Enoch calendar (21 Spr) and also the minor holy day 1 Iyar on the Hebrew calendar.

This example shows how the days are equally important, and neither wife is favored over the other because one date is more special on the Enoch calendar and the other on the Hebrew calendar. The same will be true of the twelve sons of Jacob. In other words, the birthright went to Joseph not because his "stars" were better, but because of both his actions and Reuben's actions. The proposed twelve birth dates are all very nearly equally good, which is another factor which defies chance.

If these marriage dates are correct, then the birth of Jacob's first twelve children occurred during a seven year period which corresponded to the Passover week of seven years on the Enoch calendar. The last born, Joseph, has a proposed birth date in the year 21 SPRING on the Enoch calendar, corresponding to the Last Day of Passover. In the Hebrew reckoning of years, it is similar. The marriage is in the year 10 NISAN, which is a the year of Consecration, and the seven years includes the year of PASSOVER. And both the first and last years are SATURDAY, the sabbath year of rest. If so, then it was a very unusual seven-year period during which these children were born from 1808 to 1801 BC.

1.3 Twelve Birthdays

Many years have been spent by this author in trying to determine the twelve actual birth dates for the twelve sons of Jacob. There are many problems but the principal one is to discover whether or not there is a pattern of holy days on sacred calendars which they all follow. Either God is using the sacred calendars to determine the birth dates of his prophets and key leaders, or he is not. Either they all follow a pattern or not. If they do, then there is a chance to discover the actual birth dates of these twelve sons of Jacob. If they do not, then the best we could hope for might be to determine the constellation associated with each birth, which would require an accuracy of about a month.

In the former published articles from my research, there have been three general patterns proposed that the birth dates of major prophets have followed. First, all births have occurred on holy days on the Hebrew Calendar, and usually also on holy days on other sacred calendars, with the Sacred Round being the second most important. Second, the length of their lives has usually completed an exact number of cycles on at least one sacred calendar. In the case of the antediluvian patriarchs who lived hundreds of years, sometimes the lives completed two or more such cycles.[10] And third, there has usually been a link from one parent to at least one child. That is, the interval between the birth of one child and the death of one parent is often an exact number of cycles on one calendar. In this case, there is one such link no matter what dates are proposed, because Benjamin was born on the day his mother died. That is exactly zero cycles on all of the sacred calendars, and it is perhaps the strongest parent-child calendrical link possible.

Rather than drag the reader through all my years of research on this subject, and preliminary attempts to discover any pattern that could be proposed for the twelve birth dates, I will simply report the results. It turns out that the requirement to fit eleven birth dates into eleven different constellations (four of which are known) in only seven years, with the twelfth birth many years later into the remaining zodiac figure is so difficult that one can easily rule out many potential patterns.

Here is the pattern which emerged. Exactly as in the case of the patriarchs, each was born on a holy day on the Hebrew calendar, and each was also born on either a day "1" or "7" on the Sacred Round. This latter proposal concerning day 7 being a minor holy day is new in this article. I have wondered about it for years. There are thirteen days in the time unit called the trecena on the Sacred Round, and it has been clear that both the first and last days ("1" and "13") are sacred, but there has not been an instance where the midpoint (or "meridian") day 7 of the trecena is also known to be holy. Now that has changed. The birth requirements are so strict for these twelve that to me it now appears that the day 7 must be a minor holy day. All twelve of the birth days turn out to be equally important. The ones which occur on minor holy days instead of major are compensated by also occurring on other sacred calendars, or having impressive conjunctions of the planets occur in the sky on those dates. We have already seen this in the case of Abraham, whose birth date was not as impressive on the calendar, but which was accompanied by a double conjunction of planets.[11]

Before listing the twelve birth dates, let us first turn to the difficult problem of determining at least the year of Benjamin's birth.

1.4 Benjamin

What about the twelfth son, Benjamin? He was born many years later, and we are not even given the year. Do we have any way of determining Benjamin's birth date? The answer appears to be in the affirmative because of the many clues we are given about the time of his birth.
On his way to Hebron, Jacob stayed at Succoth, Shechem, and Bethel.
Let us review the history in just enough detail to deduce the year of Benjamin's birth. Laban convinced Jacob to work for him six more years after the birth of Joseph (in the spring of 1801 BC). At the end of those six years (in 1795 BC) Jacob took his family and left on his way to Canaan. During that year he crossed the Jabbok at Peniel where he wrestled the angel who said his name would be changed from Jacob to Israel. Then they sojourned a while in Succoth, and then moved to Shechem. There his daughter Dinah was defiled by Shechem (the prince and namesake of the town), leading to Simeon and Levi destroying the entire village. This caused Jacob to fear retribution from the local inhabitants, and when Jacob prayed for help, the Lord told him to go south to Bethel, where he should stay and offer sacrifice (Gen. 35:1). This he did, and there the Lord appeared to him and officially changed his name to Israel, and told him that whole groups of nations would descend from him (Gen. 35:11). While there, his mother Rebekah's nurse Deborah died and they also got word that his mother had also died in Hebron at the age of 133. After mourning for both, Rachel conceived, and later they decided to relocate back to Hebron, further south. During that journey, when they came near Bethlehem, his beloved Rachel died while giving birth to their twelfth son Benjamin (Gen. 35:16-18). They continue on south to Hebron, where his father Isaac lived (Gen. 35:27).

So when was Benjamin born? The unknowns have been how long the family was at Succoth and then how long they remained at Bethel. Of many possible approaches to solve this problem, the following now seems the most straightforward. If we start from the premise that Rebekah died at age 133, a year or so before the birth of Benjamin, then everything works out easily, because Rebekah's birth date was already established in an earlier article.[12] This method avoids the problems of exactly how long the family stayed in those two areas because it skips most of that time period. It also dovetails nicely with the record of events after they arrived in Hebron.

1.5 Proposed Birth Dates

Here is a table of the proposed birth dates for the twelve sons of Jacob, as well as some other related events, such as the births of Leah and Rachel. If the day on the sacred calendar is not a holy day, then it is indicated at a dash (—). In the event column, "b." means birth, "c." means circumcised (one week later), and "md." means married. On the Sacred Round calendar, the day "1" represents beginning, so it is ideal for birth. In the cases where the birth is on "7", then the circumcision day falls on "1" on an especially significant day. In the case of Reuben, it is 1 Water, and Water is his emblem. In the case of Judah, the circumcision is on 1 Temple, where Temple also signifies birth.[13]
Event Gregorian Date (BC) Hebrew Sacred
Isaac b. 16 Mar 1952 Tue 10 Nisan 1 Serpent 1 Res (V) 1 Bir (M)
Rebekah b. 8 Nov 1923 pm* Wed 1 Kislev 1 Jaguar 1 Bir (V) 1 Res (M)
Jacob b. 20 Mar 1892 pm* Thu 15 Nisan 1 Temple 1 Birth (Venus)
Leah/Rachel b. 2 Mar 1836 Sat 15 Adar 1 Storm 1 Birth (Venus)
1 Lord (Merc)
Jacob begins work 9 Apr 1815 Sun 16 Nisan 13 Deer 15 Spr (Enoch)
Jacob/Leah md. 30 Mar 1808 Sat — 10 NISAN (H)
14 Spr 14 SPR (Enoch)
Jacob/Rachel md. 6 Apr 1808 Sat 1 Iyar 10 NISAN (H)
21 Spr (Enoch)
Reuben b. (Aqr) 23 Dec 1808 Mon 25 Kislev 7 Wind 10 NISAN (H)
14 SPR (E)
Reuben c. 30 Dec 1808 Mon 2 Tebeth 1 Water 1 Res (Merc)
Simeon b. (Cap) 16 Dec 1807 pm* Wed 1 Tebeth 1 Flower 1 Res (Merc)
Levi b. (Psc) 5 Feb 1805 Fri 1 Adar 1 Condor 1 Birth (Merc)
Dan b. (Sco) 9 Oct 1805 pm* Mon 15 Tishri 1 Temple 1 Adult (M)
Judah b. (Leo) 19 Jun 1804 pm* Tue 1 Tammuz 7 Condor 14 NISAN
Naphtali b. (Vir) 17 Aug 1804 pm* Fri 1 Elul 1 Eagle 14 NISAN, 1 Prime (V)
Gad b. (Sgr) 2 Nov 1803 pm* Sat 1 Kislev 1 Quake 15 NISAN, 1 Cre (M)
Issachar b. (Cnc) 29 May 1802 Wed 1 Sivan 1 Serpent 1 Res (M)
Asher b. (Lib) 23 Sep 1802 pm* Tue 1 Tishri 1 Wind 1 Res (M)
Zebulon b. (Ari) 4 Mar 1801 Tue 14 Adar 7 Dragon  
Joseph b. (Tau) 6 Apr 1801 Sun 18 Nisan 1 Quake 15 Spr 21 SPR (E)
Rebekah d. 6 Apr 1790 pm* Sun 18 Nisan 1 Jaguar 15 Spr (E), 1 Lord (V)
Benjamin b. (Gem)
Rachel d.
25 May 1788 Tue 1 Sivan 1 Jaguar 1 Adult (V), 1 Lord (M)
Leah d. 1 Jul 1786 pm* Sun 1 Tammuz 1 Light 1 Res (V), 1 Adt (M)
Ephraim &
Manasseh b. (Tau)
3 Apr 1767 Thu 1 Nisan 1 Grass 1 Prime (M)
Jacob d. 14 Apr 1745 pm* Tue 15 Nisan 1 Storm 1 Birth (V) 1 Cre (M)
Joseph d. 5 Mar 1691 pm* Sun 1 Nisan 1 Light 9 AB (H), 9 MSU(E)

Let us consider some of these results and their implications in more detail.

2. New Holy Days

One problem that has been difficult in all of this research is to know just what the "official" holy days are on the Hebrew Calendar. What are the holy dates which the Lord has on his calendar, not including those which have just been added by man to celebrate joyous occasions? It must be remembered that all of these births occurred long before the birth of Moses, and most of them would celebrate future events. Many of the holy days are explicitly described in the law of Moses, so there is little question about them. But what about Hanukkah, the eight-day Festival of Lights which commemorates the rededication of the temple in 165 BC? Was that date on God's calendar from the beginning? What about the Feast of Esther which celebrates Esther's saving the Israelites from execution in the fifth century BC? These questions have puzzled me for years.

2.1 Hanukkah

Grouping of Mercury, Venus, Saturn and the Sun in the Water Bearer on Hanukkah, 1808 BC.
The dates for Reuben teach us several things. First, to me it appears to establish the first (and last?) day of Hanukkah to be an official minor holy day. The first day of Hanukkah falls on 25 Kislev, near the Christian Christmas season. The last day occurs seven days later on either 2 Tebeth or 3 Tebeth, depending on whether the month of Kislev has 29 or 30 days. Reuben's birth date was almost certainly on Hanukkah, and the day of his circumcision one week later would have fallen on the last day. That day was "1 Water" on the Sacred Round, and Water is the symbol of the Water Bearer constellation (Reuben). As shown in the illustration, there was also a grouping of three planets with the sun in the Water Bearer on Hanukkah (25 Kislev) that year.

2.2 Feast of Esther

The same question concerns the Feast of Esther on 14-15 Adar. Are those two days "official" holy days or not? Again, the answer seems to be in the affirmative, because the twins Zebulon and Dinah were most likely born on 14 Adar. Not only does the date fit the pattern perfectly, the planets Mercury and Venus were both located in the leg of the Ram which is breaking the bands of death. Henceforth in these articles, both Hanukkah and the Feast of Esther will be treated as minor holy days.

2.3 Easter

Again, a similar question arises concerning Easter, called the Waving of the Omer on the Hebrew Calendar. It falls on the Sunday after Passover, but was not declared to be a holy day in the law of Moses, but only the day of a special offering of the first fruits from the ground. After the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, it became clear that this was really a major holy day, but was it an official holy day from the beginning? To me the answer now appears to be in the affirmative because the birth of Joseph most likely occurred on Easter Sunday of 1801 BC.

An interesting point is that Genesis states that Joseph was born at the completion of the second seven years (Gen. 30:25). According to these proposed dates, it was exactly seven years on the Enoch calendar from his marriage to Leah, and also exactly 14 years from when he began work for Laban. Apparently the seven year periods were precise to the very day.

3. Confirming Dates

Now let us look at some of the birth and death dates of the parents and grandparents of these twelve sons. They form the same type of interlocking pattern as we have seen in earlier articles about the birth dates of the antediluvian patriarchs.

3.1 Rebekah

One result of this study is the proposed death date for Jacob's mother Rebekah. Her death date is the key link in discovering the birth date of Benjamin. Her death date now appears solid enough to be the basis of forming an anchor point in history.

As discussed in an earlier article, the proposed birth date for Rebekah ties perfectly to her husband Isaac's. Her proposed birth date is Tue 8 Nov 1923 BC pm* which was 1 Kislev (Hebrew), 1 Jaguar (Sacred Round), 1 Birth (Venus) and 1 Resurrection (Mercury). His proposed birth date is Tue 16 Mar 1952 BC, being 10 Nisan (Hebrew), 1 Serpent (S. R.), 1 Resurrection (Venus) and 1 Birth (Mercury). The important feature to note is that the Venus and Mercury calendar dates are reversed for the two, just as they are for Ishmael and Isaac. That was such a rare coincidence as to really lock in her birth date.

The Book of Jasher, states that Rebekah died at age 133 while the family was at Bethel, shortly before the conception of Benjamin (Jasher 36:6). An ideal date is found at that time, being Sat 6 Apr 1790 BC, which was the same day as her birth on the Sacred Round (1 Jaguar). It is common in the ages of the patriarchs (and now matriarchs) to have their life be an exact number of cycles on one of the sacred calendars. In this case, the length of Rebekah's life would be exactly 186 Sacred Rounds. The day was also Easter on both the Hebrew and Enoch calendars, as was Joseph's proposed birth date. Again, it is common to have the period to the birth of a child or grandchild be an exact number of cycles. Moreover, it was also a holy day on the Venus calendar, as was her birth, and there are only 16 days in 584 days that such an alignment occurs. So these fulfillments of multiple patterns convince me that he death date truly has been found: Sat 6 Apr 1790 BC pm*.

3.2 Leah and Rachel

After discovering how impressive Rebekah's death date and life was, it caused me to search for the birth and death dates of both Leah and Rachel. Their birth and death years, and ages, are given in the Book of Jasher (Jasher 36:11, 41:2), so it was a much easier problem than the birth of the twelve sons of Jacob. Jasher also mentions that they were twins (Jasher 28:28), even as were Jacob and Esau. Their birth date was most likely Sat 2 Mar 1836 BC, which was the Feast of Esther (Hebrew), 1 Birth (Venus) and 1 Lord (Mercury). Thus, it is proposed that both of these wives were born on 1 Birth (V) as was Jacob, so that is a rare match. Rachel's death occurred at Benjamin's birth, and the day was also 1 Lord (M), so her life completed an exact number of cycles on the Mercury calendar. It was also on 1 Jaguar, the same as Rebekah's proposed birth and death dates.

Leah only lived a few years longer than Rachel, dying before Joseph was sold into Egypt. Her death was most likely on Sat 1 Jul 1786 BC pm*, which was 1 Tammuz, the same as her son Judah. It was also 1 Res (V), the same as Isaac's birth date, and also 1 Adult (M) the same as Jacob's birth date. Again, these are not just holy days, but the match the pattern of being the same as husband and children. It was also 1 Light (S.R.), the day beginning that cycle. These are enough patterns to merit publishing this date as likely to be her death date.

3.3 Jacob

Jacob lived an exact number of Hebrew years and Venus cycles.
One new date which emerged from this study is Jacob's death date. After discovering that Rebekah's life most likely was an exact number of Sacred Rounds as well as being a holy day on the Venus calendar, it seemed like a good idea to search for Jacob's death date. To me the result was stunning. By far the most likely date is Mon 14 Apr 1745 BC pm* which was both Passover and also 1 Birth on the Venus Calendar. It is amazing that such a date exists exactly 147 Hebrew years after his proposed birth date on Wed 20 Mar 1892 BC pm* which was also Passover and also 1 Birth (Venus). Until writing this article, I had not even considered that possibility for at least two reasons. First, 147 = 3 x 49, meaning that his life was exactly three jubilees long, and that alone was impressive enough to me to stop looking. Secondly, 1 Birth (Venus) only occurs on Passover about twice in 584 years on the average, so one wouldn't expect it after only 147 years. Note also that both 1 Birth (V) and 1 Temple, on which he was born, are the very days of those cycles that represent birth. Thus, this is yet another compelling confirmation of the birth date proposed for Jacob several years ago. [14]

3.4 Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh

The book of Jasher states that Joseph's two sons were born when he was age 34 (Jasher 50:15). While not stating that they are twins, my conclusion is that they are, because they are compared to the horns of the wild ox (Deut. 33:17), and there is a clear birth date for them when the sun is in the constellation of the Bull, the constellation of Joseph, whom they would replace in the set of twelve tribes. Moreover, there is a clear candidate to be the death date for Joseph at age 110 (Gen. 50:26) and it occurs on the same day of the Hebrew years as the proposed birthday for his sons (1 Nisan). Moreover, their birthday fills in one more very important holy day to the set of twelve (New Year's Day). Thus, the timing of the births appears to have been foreseen and carefully planned.

4. Scriptural Confirmation

There are several clues in the scriptures about which constellation is associated with which tribe, but some are not obvious at all. When I began this study I was really encouraged about how easy the four cornerstone constellations were, because each of those four tribes (Reuben, Dan, Judah, and Joseph) were compared to the figures (Water Bearer, Scorpion, Lion, Bull) explicitly in their names or blessings. Moreover, Dan means "Judge" and Judah means "Praised," both of which tie directly to the corresponding roles of Jesus Christ of Judge and King, as discussed in last month's article. So those are the four about which everyone agrees. But the other eight were not obvious and there is little agreement about them.

After I had finished this study and had determined the birth dates in the above table, and was in the process of writing this article, the idea occurred to me to read those names and blessings one more time. It was surprising how easy it was to see that there were strong indications in front of me all the time, but many of them are only clear in the light of knowing how the twelve roles of Jesus Christ correspond to the twelve constellations.

Simeon is the Sacrifice. There are two clues that Simeon is the Sea Goat which is sacrificed. First, the blessing by Jacob stated, "Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations" (Gen. 49:5). What does that mean? Ostensibly, it refers to their slaying of the village of Shechem to defend their sister Dinah's honor, but could there be more? It occurred to me that Levi's sign is Pisces, which contains the chains or bonds which shackle the fish to the Sea Monster. Those are certainly instruments of cruelty. And the Sea Goat is the other sign which refers to an animal about to be slaughtered by the knife. Thus, the Sea Goat is a good match for Simeon's instrument of cruelty. Moreover, it was Simeon whom Joseph kept behind in Egypt as a ransom for Benjamin, that is, he was the sacrifice.

Levi is The Fishes. Levi means "Joined" which now seems like a clear reference to the Fishes, which are joined by two bands or chains to the Sea Monster. Moreover, Levi's tribe was that to whom the priesthood was given, which corresponds to the Fishes representing the role of Jesus Christ as the Great High Priest.

Conjunction of Mercury, Jupiter and the Sun in the Maiden at birth of Naphtali.
Naphtali is the Maiden. There are at least three scriptural clues that Naphtali corresponds to the constellation of the Maiden. First, in the blessing of Jacob, he is compared to a hind or doe, that is, a female deer. Why not a buck? Perhaps it is because he ties to the female constellation. Secondly, in his blessing by Moses, he is told he will be "full with the blessing of the Lord." As in many languages today, the word "full" has the double meaning of expecting a baby. Truly the Virgin Mary was "full with the blessing of the Lord." Thus both blessings contain references not only to females, but one to an expectant mother, which is clearly the Virgin's Seed. Finally, the name Naphtali means "to struggle or wrestle," [15] which could describe the struggle of giving birth. 

Gad is the Archer. The name Gad means "fortune," coming from the root which means an invading troop or an attack which overcomes. The Archer is like a one man cavalry (a centaur) attacking and overcoming the scorpion with bow and arrow.[16] His blessing was that Gad "shall overcome at last" (Gen. 49:19) which again fits perfectly with the Archer representing Christ as the "Savior."

Issachar is the Crab. The name Issachar means to "he will bring a reward"[17]. That is exactly the role of the Crab, who represents Christ as the "Deliverer" who brings the captive dead forth from Hades. And his blessing echoes this theme: he is likened to a donkey "crouching down between two burdens" and "becoming a servant unto tribute" (Gen. 49:14-15).

Thus, six of the eight tribes with unknown constellations have hints in their names or roles of Christ. The other two Asher ("happy") and Zebulon ("habitation")[18] are not as obvious. Asher may well tie to the Balance because of the joy that comes after the price has been paid. And Zebulon's "dwelling" could refer to the everlasting life of the Ram's golden fleece, but neither of these is nearly as straightforward as the other six.

5. Conclusion

The mystery of how the twelve constellations of the zodiac correspond to the twelve tribes of Israel appears now to have been solved by applying knowledge of the Lord's sacred calendars to the chronological clues in the scriptures and the Book of Jasher. Confirmation is found in the meanings of their names, as well as in the corresponding roles of Jesus Christ. Some of the implications are that Hanukkah, the Feast of Esther, and Easter are all Hebrew holy days which were on the Lord's calendar from as early as the time of Jacob. All of these together testify of the importance of the Lord's calendars as a tool to determine the exact dates of key historical religious events, and to provide many more witnesses of the historicity and accuracy of the scriptures.


  1. See Pratt, John P., "Enoch Calendar Testifies of Christ," Meridian Magazine (11 Sep 2001) for authenticity of Book of Enoch, and " The Constellations Testify of Christ," Meridian Magazine (9 Oct 2001), section 1.8, for reference to Uriel revealing the constellations.
  2. Pratt, John P., " The Constellations Tell of Christ," Meridian Magazine (15 Jun 2005), called "The Zodiac Testifies of Christ" on my website.
  3. Pratt, John P. "The Lion and Unicorn Testify of Christ, Part I: The Cornerstone Constellations," Meridian Magazine (8 Nov 2001).
  4. Pratt, John P., "Venus Resurrects This Easter Sunday," Meridian Magazine (27 Feb 2001) for Venus and Mercury calendars, and footnote 1 above for Enoch Calendar. The Perpetual Hebrew Calendar has yet to be published, being a work in progress.
  5. Pratt, John P., "A Native American Easter: How the Ancient American Calendar Testifies of Christ," Meridian Magazine (28 Mar 2001) is an introduction to the Sacred Round.
  6. Pratt, John P., "How Did the Book of Jasher Know?," Meridian Magazine (7 Jan 2002).
  7. The Book of Jubilees states, "and she bore twins, a boy and a girl, and she called the boy Zebulun and the girl's name was Dinah" (Jubilees 28:23), from Charlesworth, James H., The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1985), vol 2, p. 110. I believe that account correct, but in general Jubilees is entirely unreliable in chronology and has all the earmarks of having been largely a fabrication. It gives many precise dates to give the feeling of authenticity, but they all appear to be nonsense. In this case, the birth dates of the twelve sons do not all fall within seven years, but within fourteen, which is not what is described in Genesis.
  8. Pratt, John P., "Divine Calendars Testify of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob," Meridian Magazine (11 Sep 2003), section 6.
  9. Thus, Joseph would have been 39 years old when his father was 130, meaning that Jacob was 91 years old when Joseph was born. That age is confirmed in the Book of Jasher (Jasher 31:21).
  10. One notable example is Jared, the father of Enoch, who lived 602 Venus cycles and also 1,352 Sacred Rounds. See Pratt, John P., "Astronomical Witnesses of the Great Flood," Meridian Magazine (13 Aug 2003), section 2.5.
  11. Pratt, John P., "Divine Calendars Testify of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob," Meridian Magazine (11 Sep 2003), section 2.5.
  12. Pratt, John P., "Divine Calendars Testify of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob," Meridian Magazine (11 Sep 2003), section 5.
  13. The meanings of the twenty day names are discussed by Pratt, John P., "The Twenty Day Names," (20 Apr 2000).
  14. See footnote 8.
  15. Strong, James, The Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible (McClean Virgina: MacDonald) Hebrew words 5321, and 6617.
  16. Strong, Hebrew words 1410, 1464.
  17. Strong, Hebrew word 3485.
  18. Strong, Hebrew word 836 (Asher) and 2074 (Zebulon).
Gen 49:1   And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you [that] which shall befall you in the last days.
Gen 49:2   Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father.
Gen 49:3   Reuben, thou [art] my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power:
Gen 49:4   Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father's bed; then defiledst thou [it]: he went up to my couch.
Gen 49:5   Simeon and Levi [are] brethren; instruments of cruelty [are in] their habitations.
Gen 49:6   O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall.
Gen 49:7   Cursed [be] their anger, for [it was] fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.
Gen 49:8   Judah, thou [art he] whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand [shall be] in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee.
Gen 49:9   Judah [is] a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?
Gen 49:10   The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him [shall] the gathering of the people [be].
Gen 49:11   Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes:
Gen 49:12   His eyes [shall be] red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.
Gen 49:13   Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he [shall be] for an haven of ships; and his border [shall be] unto Zidon.
Gen 49:14   Issachar [is] a strong ass couching down between two burdens:
Gen 49:15   And he saw that rest [was] good, and the land that [it was] pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute.
Gen 49:16   Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.
Gen 49:17   Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.
Gen 49:18   I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.
Gen 49:19   Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last.
Gen 49:20   Out of Asher his bread [shall be] fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.
Gen 49:21   Naphtali [is] a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words.
Gen 49:22   Joseph [is] a fruitful bough, [even] a fruitful bough by a well; [whose] branches run over the wall:
Gen 49:23   The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot [at him], and hated him:
Gen 49:24   But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty [God] of Jacob; (from thence [is] the shepherd, the stone of Israel:)
Gen 49:25   [Even] by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb:
Gen 49:26   The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.
Gen 49:27   Benjamin shall ravin [as] a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.
Gen 49:28 All these [are] the twelve tribes of Israel: and this [is it] that their father spake unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them.
Gen 49:29 And he charged them, and said unto them, I am to be gathered unto my people: bury me with my fathers in the cave that [is] in the field of Ephron the Hittite,
Gen 49:30   In the cave that [is] in the field of Machpelah, which [is] before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a buryingplace.
Gen 49:31   There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah.
Gen 49:32   The purchase of the field and of the cave that [is] therein [was] from the children of Heth.
Gen 49:33   And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people.


Benjamin, was the twelfth and youngest son of Jacob. His mother was Rachel, Jacob's wife. Benjamin was born during the journey that Jacob and his family took from Padan Aram to Canaan. His mother Rachel named him "Ben-oni," meaning "Son of my sorrow," before she died during the childbirth, but Jacob called him Benjamin. Joseph, Benjamin's brother was sold into slavery by his other brothers. Joseph later became prime minister of Egypt, and when Joseph's brothers refused to abandon Benjamin, after Joseph put them to a test, Joseph realized his brothers had a change of heart and were willing to risk their lives for their youngest brother. Through this test, the whole family of Jacob was joyously reunited. When Jacob blesses his 12 sons, in Genesis 49, he describes Benjamin as a wolf that prowls, devouring his enemies in the morning and dividing up the spoils in the evening. (Genesis 49:27). King Saul, and Judge Ehud, were descendants of Benjamin, as was Paul and the prophet Jeremiah. After the division of the Kingdom, the land of Benjamin served as a buffer zone between Israel and Judah. The name Benjamin means "Son of my right hand."

"Even before it became the capital of David and Solomon it [Jerusalem] was the allocated birthright of the Tribe of Benjamin."
     - Baigent, Leigh & Lincoln, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail

"Zelah, Eleph and Jebusi, which is Jerusalem, Gibeath and Kirjath; fourteen cities with their villages. This is the inheritance of the children of Benjamin according to their families."
     - Joshua 18:28

The Book of Judges chapters 19 to 21 describes an episode in which all of the rest of Israel attacks and defeats the Benjamites in the Battle at Gibeah, in retaliation following a disgraceful incident. To complete the defeat, all the civilians, including women and children, in the Benjamite towns and villages are then killed, and the other tribes vow that they will never allow their women to marry Benjamites ever again. However, so as to not exterminate a tribe of Israel, they then provide four hundred virgins, spoil from another town they have massacred, as wives to the Benjamites, and also allow them to raid a festival and carry off some of the women.

Later, when the Kingdom of Israel was divided, the Tribe of Benjamin joined with the Tribe of Judah to form the Kingdom of Judah, while the other tribes formed the reduced kingdom of Israel which was subsequently conquered and the people exiled. Benjamin was very much the minor partner, as the ruling House of David came from the far more numerous and powerful tribe of Judah. Thus it was the tribe of Judah who in time became identified with the entire people of the southerly Israelite kingdom, and gave their name to the Jews.  


from Joe Mason

 Numbers 2

I will paste in a few excerpts, along with my comments.  The chapter starts with: 
1And Jehovah spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 2The children of Israel shall encamp every man by his own standard, with the ensigns of their fathers' houses: over against the tent of meeting shall they encamp round about.
Keep in mind that they are being told to encamp in a way that reflects the Heavens as seen from earth, with an understanding of the Zodiac. The "tent of meeting" will be the Tabernacle in the center, which reflects God's position in the center of heaven. 

The "standard with the ensigns" seems to refer to symbolic designs, just as we have symbols for the Zodiac signs.  The word "Zodiac" came from words meaning "circle of animals." 

Also keep in mind that in other parts of the Bible, the "two anointed," associated with the two olive trees of Revelation 11 and Zechariah 4 are the High Priest and King.  The High Priests come from the line of Aaron.  They come from the Tribe of Levi, who are not counted among the Twelve Tribes, and are with the Tabernacle/Tent.  The Kings come from the Tribe of Judah. 

Inside the Tabernacle is the golden lampstand with seven lamps, the Menorah.  In Zechariah 4, the two olive trees stand on each side of the Menorah.  Joshua in Zechariah 3 is the High Priest.  Zerubbabel is mentioned in Zechariah 4.  This is not the Joshua of the Jerico battle.  Zerubbabel was the "governor" and this Joshua was the High Priest
when the Tribes returned from Babylon around 600 BC.  The short Book of Haggai speaks of these two.  Zerubabbel means "seed of Babylon." 

I believe these "two anointed" represent the Bloodlines.  The chronology of the Bloodline of Kings is given on the first Page of the New Testament, starting with Abraham and ending with Joseph who was married to Mary. 
In the Old Testament, the Bloodline is traced back to Adam. 

A dispute started many years later, with the "virgin birth" idea, and still goes on. Why would the Bloodline be traced in such a way if Joseph was not the real father of Jesus?  Some say the virgin birth is symbolic. 

In the verses from Numbers 2, above, Moses seems to correspond to the leader or King, and Aaron to the High Priest. 

Continuing with another excerpt from Numbers 2:
3And those that encamp on the east side toward the sunrising shall be they of the standard of the camp of Judah, according to their hosts: and the prince of the children of Judah shall be Nahshon the son of Amminadab.
Note that Judah is mentioned first and is on the east.  Judah is associated with the lion, as mentioned in Genesis 49:9.  This, then, corresponds to the Zodiac sign of Leo. 

5 And those that encamp next unto him shall be the tribe of Issachar: and the prince of the children of Issachar shall be Nethanel the son of Zuar.


7 And the tribe of Zebulun: and the prince of the children of Zebulun shall be Eliab the son of Helon.

  They shall set forth first.
So, now we have a total of three Tribes in the eastern quadrant, corrseponding to three Zodiac signs.  When the Tribes set out on the march, this eastern quadrant goes first, with the Judah Tribe leading. 

There also may be a "time" symbolism in this, something that started in the Age of Leo, like "marching" through time, as the precession of the equinoxes moves in reverse through the Zodiac over a period of 25920 years.  We are near or at the half way point, some 12960 years since the beginning of Leo.  The end of Pisces, of course, is
followed by Aquarius. 

The total number of people in this quadrant is 186,400.  Interestingly, this is quite close to the speed of light. 

10On the south side shall be the standard of the camp of Reuben according to their hosts: and the prince of the children of Reuben shall be Elizur the son of Shedeur.

And they shall set forth second.

17 Then the tent of meeting shall set forward, with the camp of the Levites in the midst of the camps: as they encamp, so shall they set forward, every man in his place, by their standards.
The Tribe of Reuben is in the South quadrant.  The symbol of Reuben is the ox, and this corresponds to the sign of Taurus.  The Tribes of Simeon and Gad camp with Reuben in the South quadrant.  They are second in line when the Tribes set out on the march. 

At this point, we have six Tribes or half the Zodiac.  The tent (Tabernacle) is in the middle (midst) of the encampment, tended by the Tribe of Levites.  When on the march, the Levites are in the center of the line.  The number of people in each of the Twelve Tribes is given, but the number of Levites are not given. 

This is followed by the Tribe of Ephriam in the West quadrant, whose symbol is a man, indicating Aquarius.  The Tribes of Manasseh and Benjamin also camp with Ephriam in the West quadrant. 

The Tribe of Dan is in the North quadrant, whose symbol is the eagle, corresponding to Scorpio.  The Tribes of Asher and Naphtali camp with Dan in the North quadrant. 

So, we have the Twelve Tribes representing the Zodiac, laid out in quadrants, three tribes in each, and a lead Tribe in each, that correspond to the Four Living Creatures.  The Tabernacle/tent is in the center with the "extra" Tribe of Levites. 

  33 But the Levites were not numbered among the children of Israel; as Jehovah commanded Moses. 34 Thus did the children of Israel; according to all that Jehovah commanded Moses, so they encamped by their standards, and so they set forward, every one by their families, according to their fathers' houses.

Scholars point out that similar symbolism has been found in the middle east, and appears to be quite old.  For example, a limestone "portal guardian" standing 11 1/2 feet high, was found at the palace of Ashurnasirpal II at Nimrud, Assyria, dating to 883-859 BC.  It is a "chimeral cherub" combining the body of a bull, the feet of a lion,
wings and breast of an eagle, and a human head wearing a miter of six horns. 

The four creatures, it is said, represent the Zodiac signs of the solstices and equinoxes during the Age of Taurus.  This would also be true for the Ages of Leo, Aquarius and Scorpio, as the four signs are 90-degrees apart. 

Some say the Sphinx has the same meaning, and that it once had eagle wings and ox parts.  Recent scholarship indicates that it is much older that previously assumed . . . that it dates to somewhere around 10,500 BC.  It faces almost due east, where the spring equinox was located in Leo at that time.  Aquarius, the "man," was directly behind,
180-degrees around the Zodiac.  The Signs of Taurus and Scorpio were to each side. 

Ezekiel had his vision in the 6th century BC.  He was one of the captives in Babylon at the time.  Scholars point out that he must have know about the "cherubs" and the Zodiac symbols.  The research of Zechariah Sitchin indicates that much of this knowledge traces back to the much more ancient Sumerians, who received it from the Anunnaki, the sons of the God who came down and married the daughters of men, as the Bible puts it.  Abraham came from Ur, which is in that land. 

The Book of Revelation, of course, speaks of the Four Living Creatures, the Twelve Tribes, the tent in heaven, the seven golden lampstands (the Menorah), and the two olive trees, the two anointed.  The 144,000 with their Father's Name on their foreheads are composed of 12,000 people from each of the Twelve Tribes.  The New Jerusalem certainly seems symbolically similar to camp positions of the Tribes in Numbers 2. But, instead of the Tabernacle, the Tree of Life stands at the center. 

The number seven, of course, is used over and over in the Bible and in Revelation.  The one like the son of man, standing amidst the seven golden lamps holds seven stars. 

All of it seems related to the Zodiac as envisioned in the camp positions in Numbers 2.  The ancient astrologers used the "seven planets" that moved along the plane of the ecliptic through the Zodiac signs.  The seven included the sun, the moon, and the visible planets.  The seven-day week was fashioned after the "seven planets." 

Ex. 28:17-21 speaks about the Twelve - "like the engravings of a signet." The last verses of Haggai say that Zerubbabel will be made the Signet Ring of the Lord when Heaven and Earth shake.  According to Blavatsky, the Signet Ring of the Lord is the Tau Cross, the equal-armed cross, and it is the Father's Name mark on the forehead (see Rev. 14:1).  The Father's Name is related to the "Tetragrammation," the four letters of the Divine name, YHWH. 

This seems contradictory, but all of the above are related to the same general ideas. 

The number four seems to be related to many myths and religions.  The Pythagorean tetraktys is a group of dots or stars arranged in a triangle.  There are nine dots/stars around a central one, giving four dots/stars on each side.  Two interlaced Pythagorean tetraktys are above the Eagle on our National Seal, giving a total of 13 stars.  The tetraktys is said to represent creation.  The One becomes Two - male/female, plus/minus, light/dark, etc.  The row with three dots/stars shows the relative balance of the dual forces - male dominant, female dominant, and in balance and accord.  The row of four dots/stars indicates "all things created" - the four quarters of the Earth and the four quarters of the Heavens. 

"The Sacred Symbols of Mu" has many forms of the four, such as four genii, four builders and four pillars.  Churchward relates them to the "four primary forces" (electromagnetism, gravity, the strong atomic force, and the weak atomic force). 

I had a dream of a counterclockwise Swastika. Energy was flowing from the center, out into the arms. A voice said,

"These are the forces going out from the center to experience negative manifested events, in order to learn. It is generally square, and you circle counterclockwise."

Prior to my study of ancient symbols, I had a dream of a counterclockwise Swastika. Energy was flowing from the center, out into the arms. A voice said, "These are the forces going out from the center to experience negative manifested events, in order to learn. It is generally square, and you circle counterclockwise."

I later found Swastikas in The Sacred Symbols of Mu. Five illustrations on page 78 show how the swastika evolved from the cross. In this case, the Swastika is counterclockwise. James Churchward wrote that the arms of the Swastika are formed by glyphs called "Builder." These "L" - shapes are "two-sided squares," like the tool used by carpenters, masons, and other craftsmen. It was called a Mason's Square by the Masonic brotherhood. Four of the glyphs in the form of the Swastika indicate "the Four Great Builders of the Universe." 

The two-sided square glyph is on many of Niven's Mexican tablets. In ancient Egypt it became a symbol of justice and uprightness. In the Book of the Dead and in various Egyptian papyrii, the seats of the gods and goddesses are composed of the two-sided square. It was a symbol of the god Ptah.  Two of his titles were "The Divine Artificer" and "The Divine Builder."

Another type of Swastika was composed of four curved horn-like shapes. Two forms of this type are shown on page 225, one from the Mound Builders and the other from Niven's tablet number 1231. These two are clockwise Swastikas, which indicate moving from west to east. It is a "Good Luck" symbol.

My dreams and coincidences indicated that the Demiurge god is symbolized by the Swastika, and represents the consciousness gestalt of mankind. The Demiurge god is a deity subordinate to the Supreme Deity, as creator of the physical world. He is often symbolized by craftsmen. He can do "good or evil." My experiences indicated that the counterclockwise Swastika symbolizes negative, yet learning, experiences, and that the clockwise Swastika symbolizes positive experiences.  The Swastika can be formed by the "L" - like shape, meaning "builder," or by curved horns.

I was astonished later, when I found the following verses in Zechariah:

   1:18 And I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold,   four horns! 19And I said to the angel who talked with me, "What are these?" And he answered me, "These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem." 20Then the Lord showed me four smiths. 21And I said, "What are these coming to do?"   He answered, "These are the horns which scattered Judah, so that no man raised   his head; and these have come to terrify them, to cast down the horns of   the nations who lifted up their horns against the land of Judah to scatter   it."

In my mind, this refers to a counterclockwise, or west-going Swastika composed of four curved horns, and to a clockwise, or east-going Swastika composed of four "builder" glyphs. Some Bibles translate the word "smith" as "carpenter." In any case, this is a "craftsman," a "builder" type of symbolism, and I believe it refers to mankind's role as co-creator of the reality. Remember too, that the basic New Jerusalem Plan was found by dowsing within the crop circle formation called a "Swastika circle." I also learned that the Swastika is a symbol of Kali, and her consort, Shiva.
Another thing that seems important, is that most all of these symbols (historically "real" or not), seem to indicate a negative time followed by a positive time.  In addition to the four horns and smiths, I think of these: 

1. The Kings of the Earth fornicate with the harlot (Rev. 17), become drunk on her wine, which causes fury, and collectively give over their "royal power" to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled.  That is the negative side.  The positive side is in Rev. 21:24, where the Kings of the Earth bring their glory into the New Jerusalem. 

I believe there is a symbolic connection to Genesis 38, where Judah had sex with the pretend harlot, Tamar, his own daughter-in-law.  In the exchange, he lost his signet, staff and cord.  The strange, breach birth of the twins, Pherez and Zerah, came from the union, and became two disputed bloodlines. 

I also think there is also a symbolic connection to Genesis 49:9-13, about Judah, the lion's whelp, having the scepter, the ruler's staff, between his feet until Shiloh (the person to whom it belongs) comes. 

2.  The two olive trees lay dead in the city for three days and a half.  Then, in Rev. 11:11, a breath of life from God goes into them and they stand up on their feet. 

3.  The "3 1/2" also seems to have a cycle of negative, as half of seven.  Daniel 9:27 speaks of abominations coming for "half of a week." 

So, we have the 2, the 4, and the 7 involved in a negative, followed by a positive.  And, again, all relate to Numbers 2, and the Zodiac associations. 

The "3 1/2" is indicated in other ways in various verses.  Here is my list: 

1.  Rev. 11:9 and 11:11 - 3 and 1/2 days. 

2.  Rev. 11:2 and 13.5 - 42 months, 3 and 1/2 years. 

3.  Rev. 11:3 and 12:6 - 1260 days - 3 and 1/2 revolutions on a 360 degree circle, or the Zodiac, or 3 and 1/2 years
     on the Jewish calendar, which had 30-day months. 

4.  Daniel 12:7 and Rev. 12:14 - "a time, two times, and half a time" -
      1 + 2 + 1/2 = 3 and 1/2. 

5.  James 5:17 and Luke 4:25 - telling the story in 1 Kings about Elijah's prayer that it not rain, and it did not rain
      for 3 years six months.  Then he prayed again, this time for rain, and Heaven gave rain, and the earth brought
      forth its fruit. 

6.  Daniel 9:27 - "And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week; and for half of the week he shall
     cause sacrifice and offering to cease; and upon the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate,
     until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator."  - half of a week is 3 1/2 days. 

My own dream-coincidences powerfully suggested that this is related to the chakra system and its "3 1/2" midpoint, the Heart chakra.  It is a universal "elementary" idea found in cultures around the world in various ways, according to Joseph Campbell. 


Humanity On The Pollen Path

People are having dreams and experiences that set them searching for the meanings.  Others are being "pushed" by other means, such as UFO/ET experiences, visions, synchronicities, and crop circles. 

I think it is clear that the crop circles are giving us related symbols, like the Tree of Life, and the Menorah.  Others indicate chakras. 


The Tree of Life Crop Circle Formation



Perhaps all of this is the "revelation," the revealing of that which has previously been hidden, the rending of the veil. 

It is difficult for any one person to solve the mystery.  I think it will take many working together.  Perhaps this is part of "The Plan." 

There is some suggestion that we are to develop our own ideas and beliefs, and that they do not all have to be exactly the same.  One example is in Isaiah 65:17 and 65:21, 22.  When the new heavens and new earth are created, people will build their own houses and live in them, and plant their own vineyards and eat the fruit.  They will NOT live in a house built by others, or eat the fruit planted by others. 

Another clue, I think, is in Revelation 3:11, where we are advised to hold fast to what we have, so that no one will seize our "crown." This would be like a king giving over his "royal power." 

There are a number of very good web sites with information about the subjects of which we speak.  I'll list some of them: 

  Ten Lost Tribes of Israel

The site has pages that show the emblems of the various Tribes, a page about the Breastplate with gemstones, and a great "history" section, which traces the covenants of two nations, which turn out clearly to be the British Empire and the USA, corresponding to Ephraim and Manasseh. 

  The Alpha and the Omega

This incredible site has extensive information about the Bible, especially about the Mazzaroth, the old word for the Zodiac. 

  Lost Tribes Of Israel   Study Maps - With Link to Each Volume

Unfortunately, Daniel just gives a brief description of his written material on the web pages.  But fortunately, his newspaper-like Study Maps with text only costs a few dollars.  It is well worth it, as it traces the Tribes down through history, showing who went where, and who they became.  The Greeks, the Trojans, the Scithyians, the Spanish, the Europeans, the Saxons (sons of Isaac), the Irish, Scots, and British are all part of the Lost Tribes.  According
to Daniel, Saint Paul's mission was to travel to the areas where the Lost Tribes were located, and inform them that God's "divorce"from Israel was over, via the sacrifice of His Son. 

  The Tabernacle Home Page

This site has extensive graphics and information about the Tabernacle. 

  The Menorah - Lamp of God

I recently found another very interesting site: 

  Tabernacle Wall at Gilgal, Copper Scrolls - What Has Vendyl Jones Found?

A low wall was recently uncovered at Gilgal, that seems to be the place where the Tabernacle was located before being moved to Shiloh.  A review of scripture indicates that this is the intended place for the new Tabernacle.  The disputes over the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem are therefore unnecessary.