Revelation 1:4: “John to the seven churches which are in Asia: grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne”
Revelation 3:1: “And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write: these things saith he that hath the seven spirits of God, and the seven stars”
This is the constellation made up of seven stars known today as Ursa Major, commonly known as the Big Dipper, The Bear, and The Plough. In France it is still called the Chariot of Souls (or Spirits). It is suggested that the Elohim of the Hebrew Genesis had their origin in these seven stars of Ursa Major and are the same personages as the Seven Rishis of India (Judaism: stellar religion and originated from Hinduism). The Seven Spirits of the Great Bear found in Egypt, China and Japan, the “Seven Carpyri, the Seven Amshaspans of the Persians, the Seven Princes of the Qiblis Chariot, the Seven Titans with Chronos, the Seven Greek Pleiades or Sons of Helios, the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, the Seven Doors in the Cave of Mithras, the Candlestick with Seven Branches, the Seven Enclosures of the Jewish Temple, the Seven Spirits before the Throne”.
“The Throne” is the constellation known nowadays as Cassiopeia (the Celestial Throne) and Ursa Major (the Seven Celestial Luminaries) is right in front of it, near the Celestial Pole. Cassiopeia’s association with Christ, which the Book of Revelation refers to with the person sitting on the throne, can be seen on almost every medieval star chart often and was explicitly depicted on many star maps of the 16th Century. In the middle ages it was actually perceived as a stellar image of Christ. The Book of Radanus contains a picture of the crucified Cassiopeia upon the back of the throne to which the hands are pinned, obviously a version of the Christian crucifix. This is the enthronement of Cassiopeia.
Revelation 4:1-3: “After this I looked, and behold, a door was opened in heaven…and behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone…”
We are told that it had the appearance of a sardine stone, which is a blood red colour. “Sardine” comes from the Greek Sardion from the root meaning RED. A jasper is a crystalline quartz. We are told in Revelation 21:11 it is “as clear as crystal”. Since we know that Christ sits on the throne and Jesus Christ is a metaphor for the sun, the jasper and sardine are descriptions representating the sun. Jasper, symbolic of the colour white: the clear bright white light of day; sardine, typical of the red flame of the setting sun. White light mingled with red fire - what is that but the sun? Sardine and jasper were the FIRST and LAST stones on the breastplate of High Priest Aaron in Exodus 28:17: “And thou shalt set in it settings of stones; the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this shall be the first row. And the second row shall be an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond. And the third row a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst. And the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper…” These rows distributed into FOUR rows of threes correspond to the solar tropical year divided into the seasons, solstices and equinoxes of the zodiac circle. That circle when divided into four parts constitutes three zodiacal signs in each of the four seasons of the year: spring (Aries, Taurus, Gemini); summer (Cancer, Leo, Virgo), autumn (Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius), winter (Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces); and the four cardinal points (at the cardinal signs of Aries-Libra-Capricorn-Cancer). Signs called “cardinal” mark the beginning, a season begins. The four fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius are called “fixed” because these are right in the middle of a season. The solstices are at Cancer in summer 21st June and at Capricorn in winter 21st December and the equinoxes are spring 21st March in Aries and autumn when the sun enters Libra in late September around the 21st-23rd, when autumn begins. And the four mutable signs are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces, called “mutable” because a season ends before changing to a new one. You have a beginning, a middle and an end. Cardinal means action, direction, to begin, to launch; fixed, it stays, you maintain and nurture what you have; mutable means to mutate, to change; to end in order to transition. Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva. Creation, maintenance and destruction. Each have an element. Aries: cardinal fire, spring has sprung, warmth, burst of new life. Taurus: fixed earth, the heart of spring. Gemini: mutable air, change, end of spring. Cancer: cardinal water, more humid, summer now begins. Leo: fixed fire, raging in the heat of summer. Virgo: mutable earth, the earth turns, cools off, nights get chilly. Libra: cardinal air, actual start and definition of autumn. Scorpio: fixed water, damp, in the thick of autumn fog. Sagittarius: mutable fire, burns that away with some cheeriness, revelry and sparkly Christmas lights. Capricorn: cardinal earth, start of winter, New Year. Aquarius: fixed air, in the dead of winter. Pisces: mutable water, winter is ending and washing out the dead wood before spring. All made known to us by the revolutions of the sun. The connection with the twelve stones of the breastplate to the twelve zodiacal signs (which were also called the “twelve tribes of Israel”) was acknowledged by Philo and Josephus.
Revelation 4:3: “And there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald”.
The rainbow describes the sight of the luminous Milky Way that expands around the night sky like an arch, giving the impression the images are taken from the celestial sphere.
Revelation 4:4: “And round and about the throne were four and twenty seats; and upon the seats I saw a four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold” - Any complete astronomy textbook points out that in the days of yore the sky was divided into twenty four winged-shaped segments. These were meridional sectors which converge at the poles of the celestial sphere. These sectors are also called sidereal hours or direct stellar ascension hours, the twenty four hours that define the celestial coordinate system. The elders that the Book of Revelation refers to are the star hours in the equatorial system of coordinates in astronomy, each one being the division standard for the celestial sphere. The white clothing of the elders reflects the white glow of the stars in the sky. The golden crowns refer to the constellation called Northern Crown, CORONA BOREALIS. In Mediterranean latitudes during everyday rotation this constellation first rises into the zenith directly above the heads of the “elders”, those sectors that are the twenty four hours; then it descends into the northern part of the horizon.
Revelation 4:5-6: “And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices; and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the Seven Spirits of God. And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal”
Seven fiery lamps (stars) are situated before the throne on which God sits in glory, which we have established is Cassiopeia, drawn in the middle ages as Christ sitting on his throne. The sea of glass similar to crystal apparently is the sky as seen by the author.
The Four Beasts
Revelation 4:6-7: “And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal; and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind”
This obscure reference to a place around the throne becomes intelligible when you know that it refers to the celestial sphere which surrounds a constellation and is strewn with stars – “eyes” – scattered all across the background. What does four beasts, living creatures full of eyes, mean? It becomes clear from looking at a star chart and becomes more obvious in the next verse:
Revelation 4:7: “And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle”.
The first beast is the constellation of Leo, the zodiacal sign of Leo the Lion and represents summer. The second beast is Taurus the Bull and represents spring. The third beast is Aquarius the Water Bearer and represents winter. And the fourth beast is Scorpio the Scorpion, but in the Bible the scorpion has been substituted by the Eagle. Scorpio is the only constellation that uses three creatures: the scorpion, the eagle and the phoenix which is the symbol of transformation and spiritual rebirth. The Scorpion was exchanged by the Tribe of Dan for the Eagle and was carried by the different tribes of the Israelites on their standards: the Lion, the Bull, the Water-Bearer and the Eagle (currently fixed signs) were the symbols of Joseph, Judah, Ruben and Dan and placed at the four corners, the four cardinal points at the equinoxes and solstices when the vernal equinox was in Taurus the Bull at the time, and the autumnal equinox was in The eagle (currently in Aries the Ram and Libra the Scales). Each season begins in a cardinal point (cardinal means to start). The cardinal points once occurred in Taurus for spring, Leo for summer, Scorpio for autumn and Aquarius for winter. Each were one zodiac sign back due to the procession of the equinox. The cardinal points are the vernal and autumnal equinoxes and the winter and summer solstices. That is what these animals, these four beasts, symbolised 4,000-5,000 years ago. These four cardinal points are the origin of the symbol of the Cross. You find the same four beasts in Old Testament in Ezekiel1:4-10: “And I looked and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire. Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side; and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle”. The very same description of the very same four creatures of the zodiac. It is blatantly obvious that the description in Revelation had heavily borrowed from the Book of Ezekiel, yet John was said to be exiled to the Isle of Patmos, and Ezekiel to Babylon. It is an enumeration of the four main constellations along the ecliptic of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius that denote the seasons forming a square or cross.
Revelation 4:3: “And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within”.
Since there are exactly twenty four star sectors or wings proceeding from the pole, each one of these animals has exactly six sectors, “six wings around them”. Each animal is located in the constellation that is governed by the six sectors of wings in four divisions, four seasons, of the celestial sphere and six times four is twenty four, described in the Bible as “four and twenty”. The “eyes” here are the stars. Indeed they are drawn as stars on any medieval star chart. “Twinkle in your eye; Twinkle twinkle little star!” The word “star” from the roots of Old English, Old Norse, Old High German, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, Breton, Latin and Welsh mean “to scatter”. The word “stare” from all those same roots means is 1. To glitter, to shine; 2. To look fixedly
“Behold, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. And I beheld, and lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the Seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb…and they sang a new song, saying Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof; for thou wast slain…”
The Lion is the constellation Leo, the Lamb is the constellation Aries. It says that the Lion could open the book of the seven seals, but it is the Lamb on whom that function devolves? These are the two emblematic animals under which the sun possesses its full power. Here it is to be noticed that the Lion is identical with the Lamb. The zodiacal signs of Leo and Aries are of fire signs. Aries, the spring equinox, brilliant and glorious, and Leo, warm ardent and invigorating.
The English word “hell” in the Bible has been translated from the Greek word “Hades”. “Hades” mistakenly became synonymous with the relatively new concept of a Christian fiery hell. That Greek word “Hades” actually means cold darkened world, a shadowy gloomy world cut off from God: Aries, spring. What is that but the winter? The river of Hades is part of the stream of the Milky Way which is below the equator and which the sun passes into in October and November represented by the Scorpion (Scorpio) and the Archer (Sagittarius). This part of the Zodiac was called “Hades” by the ancient priests of the sun, the realm of the dead the winter months, and so it is said “Hell followed with him” (Hades).
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Among most ancient nations we find the sun was shown to proceed from east to west by a chariot drawn by swift horses to bring life to the earth and sacred books of the ancient Persians said “praise to the sun that drives four horses in its rapid course”. For the Persians horses were sacred to the sun and were sacrificed to it. They described a procession in which the chariot consecrated to Jupiter was drawn by white horses and was followed by a horse of extraordinary size – they called it the Horse of the Sun. Herodotus said they worshipped the sun alone to which they sacrificed horses in order to give the swiftest horses to swiftest gods. The Romans offered the sun a chariot drawn by four horses which by their colours were to represent the four seasons and the four elements, their ancient lore said: “The sun has four. It is a rule which cannot be deviated from – a rule established by antiquity for very good reasons. The four horses are symbols of the four different appearances of the sun and of the four seasons. Their names prove it. According to Fulgentius, they are called Erythreus, red; Acteon, the luminous; Lampos, the resplendent; and Philogeus, the friend of the earth which relate manifestly to the different degrees and appearances of the solar light.
Revelation 6:2: “And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying: Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse; and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.”
All four horses are the carriers of the sun and are coloured according to the season its rider represents. The first rider rides a white horse. He is associated with the good guy. He wears a crown and carries a bow. He rides out as a conqueror bent on conquest. In spring our hero renewed has come, conquered the dark cold and death of winter with its warm life-giving energy of spring. He is turned round aiming his bow at winter. “Crown” is from the Latin word “corona” meant to represent the golden rays of the sun and the ruler with the power of the sun in his authority to rule, because the sun is EXALTED in Aries hence he is called the Conquering Sun the Sol Invictus that arose from the dead (of winter) to save us. This is where the age old myth of many sun gods comes from like Mithra, Helios, Hercules, Marduk, Krishna, Apollo and many more. They all exhibit the bow and arrow to represent the conquering, purifying and fertilising energy of the resurrected sun that conquers death and winter.
Revelation 6:3-4: “And when he had opened the second seal. I heard the second beast say: Come and see. And there went out another horse that was red, and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another and there was given unto him a great sword”
The red horse and its rider symbolises the summer sun and season. The word “red” here came from the Greek “pyros” meaning “fire” to signify the scorching heat of summer. That “power was given to him to take peace from the earth and that they should kill one another” does not apply to enmity between men, it alludes to the destructive aspect of the sun. At times it can be as destructive as it is beneficial. Its rays can easily scorch the land, cause drought and leave crops wilted and dead. Locus swarms usually occur after a severe drought or towards the end of summer! “And was given unto him a great sword” – again, the sword denotes solar power. The sword symbolises martial virtues, manly strength and courage, the active masculine principle, as well as the piercing sword-like rays of the sun. For our ancestors the sun’s heat could be like a devouring lion.
Revelation 6:5-6: “And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say: Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he then sat on him and had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, a measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.”
The black horse indicates the fall, the autumnal season when the sun has crossed the equinox and the days grow darker and shorter and give us the signs of dreary approaching winter. The scales represent the constellation Libra, judgment, and the sun’s fall below the equator as it heads towards its head at the winter solstice. Scales represent equilibrium where there is an equal length of day and night. There are six months above the equator and six months below it. The six months above are positive and life-affirming, the light, hence the white horse; the six months below are negative and life-effacing, the darkness, hence the black horse. “A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny” is about the exalting of the abundance after harvest throughout the world, and tells you to reserve your stockpile, winter is coming. If the ancients had not reserved enough food by the end of this season, they could easily starve to death in the winter months ahead. “See thou hurt not the oil and the wine” was a warning to be sparing of olives and grapes because these were products not yet ripe enough for oil and wine.
Revelation: 6:7-8: “And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say: Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse; and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with the beasts of the earth”.
This fourth rider Death mirrors the dying sun and the pale horse implies the winter season when death comes to all vegetable life, the earth is frozen, grass that was green and growing is now withered in every field, nor dare a flower show its petals, the frost and snow, the chilling winds blow on the leafless trees. All insect life is hushed as well as the music of the birds. Thus the saying “dead of winter”. The fourth horseman of Death kills with all the negative aspects of the preceding horsemen. “And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with the beasts of the earth” means the ending quarter on the Zodiac he kills with the sword given to the second horseman of summer whose effects trickle down to winter, the beasts of the earth, the insects, have been affected too not only man, by the troublesome plights of summer and with Libra whose scales tip us below the equator into darkness and man is destroyed by all the beasts of the field, by all the negative aspects of each of the Zodiac signs, by all four living creatures. And NO, the Fourth Seal in the Book of Revelation does NOT warn of a 'Corona' virus that will wipe out the whole world as the papers have tried to stir up, or any epidemic or disaster. At the fourth seal where it says “Come and see”, this is a mistranslated corruption, for in the Greek and Latin Vulgate it is rendered only as “Come”. The four living creatures are NOT telling the author to “come and see”, the four living creatures of fixed spring, summer, autumn and winter are calling forth and inviting the four horsemen to start their designated cardinal seasons!