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The New Year will begain at 12:01 am, and the first New Moon in
2014 will occur at 6:14 am on the same day, Washington, DC.
This New Moon will form a powerful Cardinal grand
cross in the heavens and Jupiter the planet of good fortune will be in opposition with the Sun and Moon and Mercury indicating
extremes in one's expectations.
We will need more discipline
this year. Our strength in 2014 will come from focusing on a specific objective and to determine to persist, there is much
we can accomplish if we can resist the tendency to hop from one subject to another, becoming a jack-of-all-trades and a master
of none. The New Moon Cardinal square cross
activity in this New Year, you must slow down, you have a lifetime to live. Pay attention to your diet in 2014 and don't overindulge
in food or drink. Plan to take vacations from your daily routine as often as possible to restore yourself to the vigorous
health necessary to sustain you in your ambitions.
In this New Year try not to lose contact with those who may have made your success possible- they
will support you if you remember them for their efforts. But be careful that you aren't misled; casual
acquaintances may take advantage of your emotional vulnerability. Your free time in 2014 could be
to church activities or to civic and community affairs.
in this New Year you should not make a commitment to anyone until his or her credibility is established. Don't be afraid to
develop new techniques for improving your talents God has given to you. It is important to maintain complete separation between
your domestic and professional life to avoid contaminating both of them. You must try not to drive yourself so had in fulfilling
your ambitions. When your efforts don't yield the expected results you can become annoyed and fly off the handle in disgust.
Experience will teach you that you did not plan your actions carefully enough, so that you got exactly what you deserved under
the circumstances. In time you should learn to meet obstacles by anticipating them and taking steps to overcome them in advance;
in this way you will avoid the frustration of resistance. Think before you do anything, and you will save the precious time
that is wasted in doing it over.
Much patience will be needed in handling difficulties and to conserve your energy for constructive purposes.
Our greatest strengths in 2014 will come from integrating the lessons we have learned
through experiences with your designs for the future. When your goals are within the guidelines you've set for yourself.
Success is not a surprise; you expect it because your proposals for yourself are responsible and
capabilities. People think you are inspired because
things always come up roses for you, but you know differently. You have access to useful information and are skilled in evaluating
the details on which you base your actions. The outcome of this planning is generally a sure thing even before you become
involved; you don't really take chances on anything.
Spiritual Influence of the Moon on man.
The superficies of the earth being twice seven times that of the moon, what an influence
the earth must exercise over its satellite! We may be unable to describe this influence in all of its effects; but we may
observe its existence in some of its apparent signs. The moon not only turns while we turn, but its rotations on its axis
keep exact time with its revolutions round our globe; it accompanies us as we encircle the sun, facing us all the while, never
turning its back upon us; it waits on us .
Among those who
worship the moon as a personal deity, whether beneficent or malign, its influences are of course welcomed or dreaded as the
manifestations of supreme power. In South America, for example, "the Botocudos are said to give the highest rank among
the heavenly bodies to Taru, the moon, as causing thunder and lightning and the failure of
vegetables and fruits, and as even sometimes falling to the earth, whereby many men die."
in Africa, the emotions of the worshippers vary with their subjective views of their God. "Negro tribes seem almost universally
to greet the new moon, whether in delight or disgust. The Guinea people fling themselves about with droll gestures, and pretend
to throw firebrands at it; the Ashango men behold it with superstitious fear; the Fetu Negroes jumped thrice into the air
with hands together and gave thanks." But even amongst men who neither personify nor deify the moon, its dominion
over the air, earth, and sea, over human health and happiness, is held to be so all-important, that if the Maker and Monarch
of all were jealous, as men count jealousy, such lunar fears and affections would be unpardonable sin.Let us proceed to particulars, rising from inorganic nature to beings endowed with the highest
instruments of life. Even the mineral kingdom is supposed to be swayed by the moon; for in Scotland, Martin says, "The
natives told me, that the rock on the east side of Harries, in the Sound of Island Glass, hath a vacuity near the front, on
the north-west side of the Sound; in which they say there is a stone that they call the Lunar Stone, which advances
and retires according to the increase and decrease of the moon."An ancient instance of belief in lunar influence upon
inanimate matter is cited by Plutarch.
The sun controlled the heart, the moon the brain, Jupiter the lungs, Saturn the spleen,
Mars the liver, Venus the kidneys, and Mercury the reproductive powers. But even with this distribution among the heavenly
bodies the moon was allowed plenipotentiary sway. As in mythology it is the god or goddess of water, so in astrology it is
the embodiment of moisture, and therefore rules the humours which circulate throughout the human system. No wonder that phlebotomy
prevailed so long as the reign of the moon endured. "This lunar planet," says La Martinière, "is damp
of itself, but, by the radiation of the sun, is of various temperaments, as follows: in its first quadrant it is warm and
damp, at which time it is good to let the blood of sanguine persons; in its second it is warm and dry, at which time it is
good to bleed the choleric; in its third quadrant it is cold and moist, and phlegmatic people may be bled; and in its fourth
it is cold and dry, at which time it is well to bleed the melancholic." Whatever the moon's phase may be, let blood be
shed! We are reminded here of that sanguifluous theology, which even Christians of a certain temperament seem to enjoy, while
they sing of fountains filled with blood: as though
a God of love could take delight in the effusion of precious life. La Martinière continues,
and physicians will make a note of his words: "
It is a thing quite necessary to those who meddle with medicine to understand the movement of
this planet, in order to discern the causes of sickness. And as the moon is often in conjunction with Saturn, many attribute
to it apoplexy, paralysis, epilepsy, jaundice, hydropsy, lethargy, catapory, catalepsy, colds, convulsions, trembling of the
limbs, etc., etc. I have noticed that this planet has such enormous power over living creatures, that children born at the
first quarter of the declining moon are more subject to illness, so that children born when there is no moon, if they live,
are weak, delicate, and sickly, or are of little mind or idiots. Those who are born under the house of the moon which is Cancer,
are of a phlegmatic disposition."
That the ancient Hebrews, Greeks, and Romans believed
in the deleterious influence of the moon on the health of man, is very evident. The Talmud refers the words, "Though
I walk through the valley of the shadow of death" (Ps. xxiii. 4) "to him who sleeps in the shadow of the moon."
Another Psalm (cxxi. 6) reads, literally, "By day the sun shall not smite thee, and the moon in the night." In the
Greek Testament we find further proof of this belief. Among those who thronged the Great Teacher (Matt. iv. 24) were the σεληνιαζομένοι
(lunatici, Beza; i lunatici, Diodati; les lunatiques, French version; "those who were lunatick").
The Revised Version of 1881 reads
epileptic," but that is a comment, not
a translation. So again (Matt. xvii. 15) we read of a boy who was "lunatick"--σεληνιάζεται.
On which Archbishop Trench remarks, "Of course the word originally, like μανία (from μήνη)
and lunaticus, arose from the widespread belief of the evil influence of the moon on the human frame." Jerome attributes
all this superstition to dæmons, of which men were the dupes. "The lunatics," he says, "were
not really smitten by the moon, but were believed to be so, through the subtlety of the dæmons, who by observing the
seasons of the moon sought to bring an evil report against the creature, that it might redound to the blasphemy of the Creator."
Demons or no demons, faith in moonstroke is clear enough. Pliny was of opinion that the moon induced drowsiness and stupor
in those who slept under her beams. Galen, in the second century, taught that those who were born when the moon was falciform,
or sickle-shaped, were weak and short-lived, while those born during the full moon were vigorous and of long life. He also
took notice of the lunar influence in epilepsy of which fearful malady a modern physician writes, "This disease
has been known from the earliest antiquity, and is remarkable as being that malady which, even beyond insanity, was made the
foundation of the doctrine of possession by evil spirits, alike in the Jewish, Grecian, and Roman philosophy." The terrible
disorder was a fact; and evil spirits or the moon had to bear the blame.
In modern times the moon is no less the deity of insalutary disaster. Of Mexico, Brinton
says: "Very different is another aspect of the moon-goddess, and well might the Mexicans paint her with two colours.
The beneficent dispenser of harvests and offspring, she nevertheless has a portentous and terrific phase. She is also the
goddess of the night, the dampness, and the cold; she engenders the miasmatic poisons that rack our bones; she conceals in
her mantle the foe who takes us unawares; she rules those vague shapes which fright us in the dim light; the causeless sounds
of night or its more oppressive silence are familiar to her; she it is who sends dreams wherein gods and devils have their
sport with man, and slumber, the twin brother of the grave."So farther south, "the Brazilian mother carefully shielded
her infant from the lunar rays, believing that they would produce sickness; the hunting tribes of our own country will not
sleep in its light, nor leave their game exposed to its action. We ourselves have not outgrown such words as lunatic, moon-struck,
and the like. Where did we get these ideas? The philosophical historian of medicine, Kurt Sprengel, traces them to the primitive
and popular medical theories of ancient Egypt, in accordance with which all maladies were the effects of the anger of the
goddess Isis, the moisture, the moon." Perhaps Dr. Brinton's own Mexican myth is a better elucidation of this origin
of nocturnal evil than that which traces it to Egypt. According to an ancient tradition in
"it is said that in the absence of the sun all mankind lingered in darkness. Nothing
but a human sacrifice could hasten his arrival. Then Metzli, the moon, led forth one Nanahuatl, the leprous, and building
a pyre, the victim threw himself in its midst. Straightway Metzli followed his example, and as she disappeared in the bright
flames, the sun rose over the horizon. Is not this a reference to the kindling rays of the aurora, in which the dark and baleful
night is sacrificed, and in whose light the moon presently fades away, and the sun comes forth?" We venture to think
that it is, and that it is nearest to a natural explanation of purely natural effects.
Coming next to Britain, we find that "no prejudice has been more firmly rivetted than the influence
of the moon over the human frame, originating perhaps in some superstition more ancient than recorded by the earliest history.
The frequent intercourse of Scotland with the north may have conspired to disseminate or renew the veneration of a luminary
so highly venerated there, in counteracting the more southern ecclesiastical ordinances." Forbes Leslie surely goes too
far, and mixes matters up too much, when he writes: "An ancient belief, adhered to by the ignorant after being denounced
and apparently disproved by the learned, is now admitted to be a fact; viz. the influence of the moon in certain diseases.
This, from various circumstances, is more apparent in some of the Asiatic countries, and may have given rise to the custom
which extended into
Britain, of exposing sick children on the
We know that the solar rays, from the time of Hippocrates, the reputed "father of medicine," were believed
by the Greeks to prolong life; and that the Romans built terraces on the tops of their houses called solaria, where
they enjoyed their solar baths. "Levato sole levatur morbus," was one of their medical axioms. But who ever heard
of the lunar rays as beneficial? If sick children were exposed on the housetops, it must have been in the daytime;
and, unless it were intended as an alterative, it is difficult to see what connection this had with the belief that disease
was the product of the lunar beam. Besides, is the moon's influence in disease an admitted fact? The "certain diseases"
should be specified, and their lunar origin sustained.
The following strange superstition
is singularly like that interpolated legend in the Gospel of John, about the angel troubling the pool of Bethesda. In this
case the medicinal virtue seems to come with the change of the moon. But in both cases supernatural agency is equally mythical.
"A cave in the neighborhood of Dunskey ought also to be mentioned, on account of the great veneration in which it is
held by the people. At the change of the moon (which is still considered with superstitious reverence), it is usual to bring,
even from a great distance, infirm persons, and particularly ricketty children, whom they often suppose bewitched, to bathe
in a stream which pours from the hill, and then dry them in the cave."
who are in danger of apoplexy, or other cerebral disease, through indulgence too freely in various liquids, vinous and spirituous,
should cherish Bacon's sapient deliverance: "It is like that the brain of man waxeth moister and fuller upon the full
of the moon; and therefore it were good for those that have moist brains, and are great drinkers, to take sume of lignum
aloes, rosemary, frankincense, etc., about the full of the moon. It is like, also, that the humours in men's bodies increase
and decrease as the moon doth; and therefore it were good to purge some day or two after the full; for that then the humours
will not replenish so soon again." All this sounds so un philosophical that it is almost incredible that the learned
Bacon believed what he wrote. Darker superstitions, however, still linger in our land. "In Staffordshire, it is commonly
said, if you want to cure chin-cough, take out the child and let it look at the new moon; lift up its clothes and rub your
right hand up and down its stomach, and repeat the following lines (looking steadfastly at the moon, and rubbing at the same
'What I see, may it increase;
What I feel, may
In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.'" There is a little
ambiguity here. What is felt is the child's stomach. But the desire is not that that may decrease, but only the whooping cough,
which is felt, we take it, by proxy. A lady, writing of
southern county of Sussex, says: "A superstition lingering amongst us, worthy of the days of paganism, is that the new
May moon, aided by certain charms, has the power of curing scrofulous complaints."
As the cutting of hair, finger-nails, and corns has some relation to health and comfort, we may here
mention that in Devonshire it is said that hair and nails should always be cut in the waning of the moon, thereby beneficial
consequences will result. If corns are cut after the full moon, some say that they will gradually disappear. In the British
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The New Moon on March 1, 2014.
If your birth date was yesterday, not only was it a New Moon but it was also the Sabbath, this is a double
blessing to you in your New Year. Any one born between February 19 and March 20, your body and mind will be in harmony.
You will have lot's of energy and your physical vitality and emotions all work together in harmony.Your relationships with
others, particularly with the opposite sex, will probably work more smoothly than usual.
This is an outward reflection of your
inner harmony. Group efforts are very favorably affected by this transit, because it gives you a greater sensitivity to the
feelings of other people around you. This is a good time for conferences or any situation in which you and others have to
come to some conclusion. If you are one of the fortunate Pisces who also have Mercury at birth in Pisces this transit indicates
that your mind is clearer than usual, and you feel more alert and mentally sharp.
At the same time you are very conscious of your purpose in any project you are engaged in, which
enables you to express that purpose clearly to others. Just be careful that you aren't putting so much energy into communicating
with others that you aren't allowing their communication to come back to you.
Also don't let your own subjective point of view blind you to other's point of view. Pisces is a very intuitive
sign, God has given you the ability to see through people, you have an excellent understanding of all that is mysterious and
strange, sometimes you tend to become so emotionally involved with the problems of the world that you will experience severe
depression over the sorrows of the world.
If I were
an administrator at a hospital and I was hiring Doctors and Nurses, Pisces you would be the first to be hired,
I would hire you because of the natural gift God has given to you, you have the gift
of compassion to help those that are suffering,many of the Doctors and Nurses that are hired to work
in hospitals and nursing homes don't have an ounce of compassion running through there veins, there working in hospitals
and nursing homes for all the wrong reasons. It takes a special person to heal the sick with compassion, either you have
it or you don't. Pisces you have it.
Being born under the sign Pisces you feel strongly attached
to people of a weak or afflicted mind or body.
inner desire for compassion and peace for the world finds it's most efficient outlet in helping the poor souls who are suffering.
You are highly emotional and you often suffer through love as you become deeply and emotionally absorbed in his or her love
one's. The problem is that when you go into a relationship you don't give it 70% or 90% you give it 130%, you are very
dedicated In your mind it's for life. especially if you have Venus in Pisces. Part of your purpose is to suffer,
just like Jesus, he came to heal the sick with compassion and then suffer because he was so emotionally involved with the
problems of the world only on a larger scale. Would you like to know if you are true to your sign?
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The Zodiac and Its Signs
Nearly every religion of the world shows traces of astrological influence. The Old Testament
of the Jews, its writings overshadowed by Egyptian culture, is a mass of astrological and astronomical allegories. Nearly
all the mythology of Greece and Rome may be traced in star groups. Some writers are of the opinion that the original twenty-two
letters of the Hebrew alphabet were derived from groups of stars, and that the starry handwriting on the wall of the heavens
referred to words spelt out, with fixed stars for consonants, and the planets, or luminaries, for vowels. These, coming into
ever-different combinations, spelt words which, when properly read, foretold future events.
As the zodiacal band marks the pathway of the sun through the constellations, it results in the phenomena
of the seasons. The ancient systems of measuring the year were based upon the equinoxes and the solstices. The year always
began with the vernal equinox, celebrated March 21 with rejoicing to mark the moment when the sun crossed the equator northward
up the zodiacal arc. The summer solstice was celebrated when the sun reached its most northerly position, and the day appointed
was June 21. After that time the sun began to descend toward the equator, which it recrossed southbound at the autumnal equinox,
September 21. The sun reached its most southerly position at the winter solstice, December 21.
Four of the signs of the zodiac have been permanently dedicated to the equinoxes and
the solstices; and, while the signs no longer correspond with the ancient constellations to which they were assigned, and
from which they secured their names, they are accepted by modern astronomers as a basis of calculation. The vernal equinox
is therefore said to occur in the constellation of Aries (the Ram). It is fitting that of all beasts a Ram should be placed
at the head of the heavenly flock forming the zodiacal band. Centuries before the Christian Era, the pagans revered this constellation.
Godfrey Higgins states: "This constellation was called the 'Lamb of God.' He was also called the 'Savior,' and was said
to save mankind from their sins. He was always honored with the appellation of 'Dominus' or 'Lord.' He was called the 'Lamb
of God which taketh away the sins of the world.' The devotees addressing him in their litany, constantly repeated the words,
'O Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us. Grant us Thy peace."' Therefore, the Lamb
of God is a title given to the sun, who is said to be reborn every year in the Northern Hemisphere in the sign of the
Ram, although, due to the existing discrepancy between the signs of the zodiac and the actual star groups, it actually rises
in the sign of Pisces.
summer solstice is regarded as occurring in Cancer (the Crab), which the Egyptians called the scarab--a beetle of
the family Lamellicornes, the head of the insect kingdom, and sacred to the Egyptians as the symbol of Eternal Life. It is
evident that the constellation of the Crab is represented by this peculiar creature because the sun, after passing through
this house, proceeds to walk backwards, or descend the zodiacal arc. Cancer is the symbol of generation, for it is the house
of the Moon, the great Mother of all things and the patroness of the life forces of Nature. Diana, the moon goddess of the
Greeks, is called the Mother of the World. Concerning the worship of the feminine or maternal principle, Richard Payne Knight
"By attracting or heaving the waters of the
ocean, she naturally appeared to be the sovereign of humidity; and by seeming to operate so powerfully upon the constitutions
of women, she equally appeared to be the patroness and regulatress of nutrition and passive generation: whence she is said
to have received her nymphs, or subordinate personifications, from the ocean; and is often represented by the symbol of the
sea crab, an animal that has the property of spontaneously detaching from its own body any limb that has been hurt or mutilated,
and reproducing another in its place." (The Symbolical Language of Ancient Art and Mythology.) This water sign,
being symbolic of the maternal principle of Nature, and recognized by the pagans as the origin of all life, was a natural
and consistent domicile of the moon.
autumnal equinox apparently occurs in the constellation of Libra (the Balances). The scales tipped and the solar globe began
its pilgrimage toward the house of winter. The constellation of the Scales was placed in the zodiac to symbolize the power
of choice, by means of which man may weigh one problem against another. Millions of years ago, when the human race was in
the making, man was like the angels, who knew neither good nor evil. He fell into the state of the knowledge of good
and evil when the gods gave him the seed for the mental nature. From man's mental reactions to his environments he distills
the product of experience, which then aids him to regain his lost position plus an individualized intelligence. Paracelsus
said: "The body comes from the elements, the soul from the stars, and the spirit from God. All that the intellect can
conceive of comes from the stars [the spirits of the stars, rather than the material constellations]."
The constellation of Capricorn,
in which the winter solstice theoretically takes place, was called The House of Death, for in winter all life in
the Northern Hemisphere is at its lowest ebb. Capricorn is a composite creature, with the head and upper body of a goat and
the tail of a fish. In this constellation the sun is least powerful.
The oldest circular zodiac known is the one found at Tentyra, in Egypt, and now
in the possession of the French government. Mr. John Cole describes this remarkable zodiac as follows: "The diameter
of the medallion in which the constellations are sculptured, is four feet nine inches, French measure. It is surrounded by
another circle of much larger circumference, containing hieroglyphic characters; this second circle is enclosed in a square,
whose sides are seven feet nine inches long. * * * The asterisms, constituting the Zodiacal constellations mixed with others,
are represented in a spiral. The extremities of this spiral, after one revolution, are Leo and Cancer. Leo is no doubt at
the head. It appears to be trampling on a serpent, and its tail to be held by a woman. Immediately after the Lion comes the
Virgin holding an ear of corn, Further on, we perceive two scales of a balance, above which, in a medal lion, is the figure
of Harpocrates. Then follows the Scorpion and Sagittarius, to whom the Egyptians gave wings, and two faces. After Sagittarius
are successively placed, Capricornus, Aquarius, Pisces, the Ram, the Bull, and the Twins. This Zodiacal procession is, as
we have already observed, terminated by Cancer, the Crab."
of the zodiac is much in dispute. To contend that it originated but a mere few thousand years before the Christian Era is
a colossal mistake on the part of those who have sought to compile data, concerning its origin. The zodiac necessarily must
be ancient enough to go backward to that period when its signs and symbols coincided exactly with the positions of the constellations
whose various creatures in their natural functions exemplified the outstanding features of the sun's activity during each
of the twelve months. One author, after many years of deep study on the subject, believed man's concept of the zodiac to be
at least five million years old. In all probability it is one of the many things for which the modem world is indebted to
the Atlantean or the Lemurian civilizations. About ten thousand years before the Christian Era there was a period of many
ages when knowledge of every kind was suppressed, tablets destroyed, monuments torn down, and every vestige of available material
concerning previous civilizations completely obliterated. Only a few copper knives, some arrowheads, and crude carvings on
the walls of caves bear mute witness of those civilizations which preceded this age of destruction.
Here and there a few gigantic structures have remained which, like
the strange monoliths on Easter Island, are evidence of lost arts and sciences and lost races. The human race is exceedingly
old. Modern science counts its age in tens of thousands of years; occultism, in tens of millions. There is an old saying that
"Mother Earth has shaken many civilizations from her back," and it is not beyond reason that the principles of astrology
and astronomy were evolved millions of years before the first white man appeared.
The occultists of the ancient world had a most remarkable understanding of the principle of evolution. They
recognized all life as being in various stages of becoming. They believed that grains of sand were in the process
of becoming human in consciousness but not necessarily in form; that human creatures were in the process of becoming
planets; that planets were in the process of becoming solar systems; and that solar systems were in the process of
becoming cosmic chains; and so on ad infinitum. One of the stages between the solar system and the cosmic
chain was called the zodiac; therefore they taught that at a certain time a solar system breaks up into a zodiac.
The house of the zodiac become the thrones for twelve Celestial Hierarchies, or as certain of the ancients state, ten Divine
Orders. Pythagoras taught that 10, or the unit of the decimal system, was the most perfect of all numbers, and he symbolized
the number ten by the lesser tetractys, an arrangement of ten dots in the form of an upright triangle.
The early star gazers, after dividing the zodiac into its houses, appointed the three brightest stars in each
constellation to be the joint rulers of that house. Then they divided the house into three sections of ten degrees each, which
they called decans. These, in turn, were divided in half, resulting in the breaking up of the zodiac into seventy-two duodecans
of five degrees each. Over each of these duodecans the Hebrews placed a celestial intelligence, or angel, and from this system,
has resulted the Qabbalistic arrangement of the seventy-two sacred names, which correspond to the seventy-two flowers, knops,
and almonds upon the seven-branched Candlestick of the Tabernacle, and the seventy-two men who were chosen from the Twelve
Tribes to represent Israel.
two signs not already mentioned are Gemini and Sagittarius. The constellation of Gemini is generally represented as two small
children, who, according to the ancients, were born out of eggs, possibly the ones that the Bull broke with his horns. The
stories concerning Castor and Pollux, and Romulus and Remus, may be the result of amplifying the myths of these celestial
Twins. The symbols of Gemini have passed through many modifications. The one used by the Arabians was the peacock. Two of
the important stars in the constellation of Gemini still bear the names of Castor and Pollux. The sign of Gemini is supposed
to have been the patron of phallic worship, and the two obelisks, or pillars, in front of temples and churches convey the
same symbolism as the Twins.
sign of Sagittarius consists of what the ancient Greeks called a centaur--a composite creature, the lower half of whose body
was in the form of a horse, while the upper half was human. The centaur is generally shown with a bow and arrow in his hands,
aiming a shaft far off into the stars. Hence Sagittarius stands for two distinct principles: first, it represents the spiritual
evolution of man, for the human form is rising from the body of the beast; secondly, it is the symbol of aspiration and ambition,
for as the centaur aims his arrow at the stars, so every human creature aims at a higher mark than he can reach.
Albert Churchward, in The Signs and Symbols of Primordial Man, sums up the influence of the zodiac
upon religious symbolism in the following words: "The division here [is] in twelve parts, the twelve signs of the Zodiac,
twelve tribes of Israel, twelve gates of heaven mentioned in Revelation, and twelve entrances or portals to be passed through
in the Great Pyramid, before finally reaching the highest degree, and twelve Apostles in the Christian doctrines, and the
twelve original and perfect points in Masonry."