The Horoscope of Jesus of Nazareth

Many years ago I came across a wonderful and insightful article in the old Astrology Now magazine, written by Don “Moby Dick” Jacobs, and called “Astrology’s Pew In Church”. The article described his research and conclusions in a quest to find the birth chart of Jesus of Nazareth. Because King Herod is known to have been alive at the time of Christ’s birth, and yet died in the year 4 BC, it is historically obvious that Jesus must have been born before that date. Also, despite the fact that the Christian world celebrates the birth of Jesus on December 25th, it has long been accepted by most theologians that the December birthday is symbolic, not literal, and was chosen to coincide with the pagan feast of Saturnalia at the winter solstice, as a lure to draw in new followers. In the end Jacobs came up with March 1st of 7 BC as the likely date, and you can perhaps see why he called it “the most powerful horoscope in world history”. I highly recommend seeking out a copy of the original article, which also offers an amazing chart for King David as well, in the shape of the two interlocking equilateral triangles that make up the familiar Star of David, comprising six of the seven known planets.

PiscesMy computer software is limited in its scope, and so I am unable to conjure a chart from it for such an early date. Instead I have reverted to the old style of handwritten charts, and some of my students from the 1980’s may recognize the lovely chart form created by my friend Rebecca Wilson. As you can see, it really is quite a birth chart, and it certainly tested my abilities to squeeze all the Piscean planets together so they are still legible. Bearing in mind that the three outermost planets had yet to be discovered, this chart has only two planets (Mars and Mercury) that are not in the sign of Pisces, and once we add in the extra three we find Uranus is actually in Pisces as well. When you consider the procession of the equinoxes, and the approximately 2,000 year astrological ages, it is extremely fitting that the Avatar of the Age of Pisces, has this tremendous alignment of planets in Pisces in his birth chart. It is also interesting that the bible is full of images of fish and fishermen, and that even today you can find many Christians that have a fish symbol on their cars, representing their faith.

Magi & Star

At first glance this is quite a challenging birth chart, with Saturn conjuncting both the Sun and the Moon, as well as the massive opposition involving Pluto in Virgo. In fact, it’s a perfect example of how potent challenging aspects can be, if someone has enough consciousness and awareness to express those energies in a creative and positive manner. The strong Saturn suggests the heaviness of his destiny and his full awareness of the task at hand, as well as his self-discipline and determination necessary for his quest to serve humanity. Without the strength provided by his Saturn, it is unlikely that he would have survived experiences like the temptation in the desert, and of course the whole betrayal and crucifixion. The aspects to Pluto provide him with a tremendous depth of insight into human pain and suffering, and the desire to help and to heal, something obviously echoed by the Piscean cluster’s compassion and deep empathy. How much more compassion is possible, than that of a man who was willing to sacrifice his life to help the whole human race take important steps in its evolution? The presence of the Pisces planets in the 3rd house, including the chart’s ruling planet, Jupiter, suggest an orator, a teacher, a man of words, with a message that rings with both compassion and forgiveness. With Uranus also present in the cluster, and Aquarius ruling the 3rd house, we get a glimpse of how revolutionary and innovatory Jesus’ message really was, especially in context of the world that he lived in.

Neptune-statue2When I first saw this chart I was struck by the pattern formed by the aspects, particularly the oppositions to Pluto (red lines) and the trines to Neptune (blue lines), which make a shape similar to a harp, a symbol long associated with heavenly matters. In this case the tremendous impersonal clarity of Pluto is softened by the empathy and sensitivity of Neptune, allowing Jesus to deliver his message in a gentler way than if Pluto was left to his own devices. It seems that with Neptune, the ruling planet of all six Pisces planets, placed in the 11th house, there’s a strong impulse to teach an ideology based on love, compassion and truth, to the community at large.  Pluto at its higher levels is associated with healing, with the giving of one’s power in service to others, and for having penetrating insight. Placed in the 9th house it brings the need to regenerate old belief systems and reinvigorate them with deeper awareness and new perspectives, which of course suggests the inevitability of some “rattling of cages”.

wisemen_starIn the late 70’s I attended a lecture at the Scottish Astrological Association, by an astronomer, who tackled the question of the Star of Bethlehem, from an astronomical perspective. His search for a viable “Star” brought him to the same year as Jacobs, and a focus on the ongoing conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn that had been unfolding in the months before Christ’s birth. In 7 BC these two planets were the two outermost that had been discovered, and had long been associated with the births and deaths of kings. This is the same pair of planets that has been implicated in the extraordinary series of deaths of American Presidents who were elected in the year of a Jupiter/Saturn conjunction. So it’s likely that the Magi, who were of course astrologers, would have been on the lookout for the birth of the Jewish Messiah, for some time previously. The astronomer also spoke of a phenomenon called the “zodiacal lights”, a hazy light extending in the skies from the horizon, usually in the shape of a triangle or a pyramid.  He speculated that the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn may have appeared along with this phenomenon, and may have even seemed to “point the way” to Bethlehem, when the Magi were in nearby Jerusalem.

I decided to post the Jesus chart mostly to share this extraordinary horoscope with you all, but also to elicit some comments from those who are more familiar with his life and Christian teachings than I am.  This chart certainly seems to speak to the Golden Rule, “love thy neighbor as thyself” and “turn the other cheek” with all its Neptunian/Piscean symbolism, and of course the victim/redeemer themes that are an integral part of his story.

10 Responses to The Horoscope of Jesus of Nazareth

  1. lori rubenstein December 21, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    that was so interesting Gavin. I’m going to try to pin the chart to bring others to this blog.

    • Gavin December 21, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

      Thanks a bunch Lori!

  2. Dan Lewis December 21, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    Great blog, Gavin! I think I may have a copy of that chart from a class back in “the days.” Alas, I have no more of the lovely chart forms. Is there any way to get more?

    • Gavin December 21, 2013 at 11:58 pm #

      Send me a private e-mail Dan, and I’ll put you in touch with Rebecca. She may still have them.

  3. Joyce Mason December 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    Gavin, I have long felt that Moby Dick’s chart for Jesus was right-on for all the reasons you state. It’s a brilliant rectification, down to Sag Rising and Jesus being Jupiter-ruled and having Mars and Pluto in the 9th. You’d expect nothing less than a stellium in Pisces and Jupiter/9th emphasis of someone whose teaching evolved into a new religion that became dominant in much of the world. Another thing that resonates for me is Jesus having Mercury in Aquarius. His concepts and delivery must have been so alien in his day, yet they were so Aquarian in content–brotherly love, treating all individuals with respect, etc. We connect Aquarius with “love-ins,” and Jesus’s teachings were the ultimate love-in. The square to the North Node also makes sense, as it was his destiny to teach love (Venus/Taurus) but it was the content of his communication (seen as weird, “off the reservation,” rebellious and threatening the long-held status quo) that resulted in his death by the capital punishment of the day.

    I especially liked your notice of the harp pattern. And, of course, being one of your students in the 1980s, seeing this chart in the beloved artsy hand-drawn form is a special Solstice gift to me, now printed out for looking at often. Happy Solstice and Merry Christmas from one of your forever fans!

    • Gavin December 22, 2013 at 12:00 am #

      Thanks Joyce. I’ve always loved this chart, and it’s one I enjoy sharing with others because it’s so striking and powerful…… and thank heavens it’s not my chart! :)

  4. Joyce Carlson December 21, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    As one who has thankfully discovered the truth about the roots of Western Christianity, I appreciate you posting information I believe is beginning to heal all the gaping wounds that exist around his mission. See for more interesting info on the spirituality and message of Jesus in light of his chart. I always thought it might be interesting for you and Neil Klotz to meet. He lives and teaches near you in Scotland. I hope you enjoy your holidays and Happy Solstice! We miss you in Sedona.

    • Gavin December 22, 2013 at 12:02 am #

      Love and hugs to you Joyce, and please send them for me to my beloved Sedona as well! I look forward to meeting Neil sometime, and seeing you again when you make it to Scotland next time. Happy Holy Days!

  5. Nancy Freeman December 23, 2013 at 3:17 am #

    Gavin, comment from a minus amateur astrologer… The thing I noticed (besides the cluster on the nadir) was that the majority of the planets are below the horizon… isn’t that introvert–and creating one’s own world view. Of course, Mars on the mid-heaven would give him some get-out-in-the world energy…. but with Neptune and Pluto, that’s not a lot of practical world energy.
    I’m wondering about his India connection… some people (Christians) are refuting it…. but it is feasible since Saint Thomas’ mission there after the resurrection goes undisputed.

    • Gavin December 24, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

      Nancy, I think the below the horizon placement gives him the ability to make decisions outside the pressures of “fitting in with the prevailing belief system” and cultural norms. If you look closely the Pisces planets are pretty squarely in the 3rd house, with only Venus even widely conjunct the Nadir, so it’s the mark of a speaker, thinker, teacher, especially when you bring in the opposition to the 9th house, which raises things to a more spiritual than purely informative/intellectual level. There’s quite a bit of practical energy hidden away in this chart, at least potentially, in the form of the MC/Mars in Virgo, which not only has a practical mission (informed by the humanitarian and humanistic ideology of his Mercury in Aquarius of course), but also the drive and energy to achieve it, and then don’t forget the Saturn conjunctions to Venus, Sun and Moon, which have tremendous practical abilities if harnessed appropriately. This is the kind of chart that American republicans will instinctively recoil from as being representative of Jesus, because this chart clearly confirms he’d have been pretty liberal in his views, which of course is born out by his teachings. What a tremendous disconnect there is with so may mixing politics and religion and losing sight of both.

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