THE PISCEAN AVATAR: THE JESUS OF ASTROLOGY

By Marcia Montenegro, former professional astrologer (page 3 of 6)

Jesus, pisces personified

Astrologers view Jesus as the New Age Christ who models Christ Consciousness and embodies the purest principles of Pisces in order that humanity can learn from the Age of Pisces.

His lesson was that we need to give up the illusion of being separate so that we can be "liberated from the cycle of births and deaths," and "be reborn in the womb of God.....This is symbolized in the Resurrection (Easter), which takes place in Aries. This completes the Zodiac circle, for he who died as a mortal Man on Earth was reborn as immortal Spirit in the Heavens."47

One can see how easily the spiritual sign of Pisces can be welded to the new spiritual Jesus, one who came at the beginning of an age representing cleansing, compassion, and martyrdom for a higher spiritual understanding and evolution. Jesus' modeling of Christ Consciousness fits into the Piscean ideal of spiritual self-sacrifice like hand in glove. Jesus' teachings on loving your neighbor, turning the other cheek, humility, and even his sacrifice on the cross, are seen by astrologers as a perfect match for Piscean qualities.

An apologetic response

A response to Jesus as the Piscean Avatar can be made in three areas: A response to the asserted connection between Jesus and Pisces, a response to astrology, and a response to the Piscean Jesus based on the Biblical Jesus.

Jesus and pisces

The tie between Jesus and Pisces is made on superficial connections such as water and fish imagery, as well as on deeper correlations such as the Christlike traits of compassion and universal love with the Piscean ideal.

Examples of fish, water, and miracles with fish abound in the Bible stories about Jesus because Jesus lived in a land and culture where the major source of protein came from the sea. Other sources of protein were rare, and so fish was the normal food near the Sea of Galilee.48

The fish was an early symbol of Christ because the Greek word based on the initials of "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior" spelled "fish." Also, the connection to baptism and to men becoming "fishers of men" for Christ may have played a part in this.49

In a desert land such as where Jesus lived, water naturally was important. Water for baptism was symbolic of cleansing, and for Christians, of new birth in Christ. To read a spiritual meaning beyond this or to make a connection with Pisces is reading beyond the normal, literal situations and inserting a meaning that is not there. The Bible stories also refer to donkeys, feasts, tax collectors, salt, birds, light, the Pharisees, scribes, rich men, the Law, fig trees, sheep, and parables about seeds, yet none of these things would normally fall under Pisces, Neptune or the twelfth house.

JESUS, OUTCASTS, AND UNIVERSAL LOVE

Traditionally, the twelfth house of Pisces has signified the outcasts and disenfranchised. It is true that Jesus, who exemplified humility, did go to these types of people, and so another connection is asserted in this area. However, in context, Jesus modeled God's love for these people because of who he was, the Son of God, and He was showing the religious leaders that they were not being compassionate. He was teaching love, but a love based on God's love, not an amorphous universal love that is talked about but has no standard by which to measure it. God is the standard for love (1 John 3:1, 23; 4:10), and we love because God manifested His love for us through Christ (1 John 4:9).

This type of love is not what is meant by New Age astrologers when they talk about love and compassion, for they mean an undefined love based a connection to universal energy or based on recognition of one's self as God: "Your mind is everywhere because it is God's mind. Everything that you need to know is in that mind. God is in your mind; you are very holy...You are the Jesus Christ in a collectivity of these times,"50 or as Walsch's 'God' so succinctly puts it, "The most loving person is the person who is Self-centered."51

This kind of love is based on a focus on self as God and on techniques that trigger this awareness. This is taught very clearly in Redfield's book where the narrator is told that love "is a background emotion that exists when one is connected to the energy available in the universe, which, of course, is the energy of God."52 New Age philosophy quotes "God is love" (1 John 4:8) but neglects or denies who this God is. It is also a fallacy to believe that if God is love, then all love is God, leaving the meaning of love open to whatever one may feel it is. This is like saying that the ocean is blue, so all blue things are the ocean.

To understand that God is love requires us to know who this God of love is: "...everyone who loves is born of God and knows God," (I John 4:7). The God who said this is also the God who sent Christ as the Savior (John 6:29; 7:33; 8:18, 26, 42; 9:4). We know God through Christ (John 8:19; 10:15; 2 Corinthians 4:6). This God is the God who reveals himself in his word; those who reject his words do not know him. As Jesus himself said, "He who is of God hears the words of God," (John 8:47). Moreover, we cannot love on our own, but only when we recognize this God as the source of love: "In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins," (I John 4:10, 11).

To unselfishly love and serve the outcasts, the disenfranchised, the misfits, and the rejected is a reflection of the kind of love God shows for us, not a love with which we can credit ourselves. Those who claim to know Christ as Savior should heed this and allow Christ to be the model and motivation for this kind of love because "Whatever we do, it is because Christ's love controls us," (2 Corinthians 5:14).

IS ASTROLOGY FROM GOD?

Astrology, seen as a spiritual and psychological tool by astrologers and many others, is a form of divination.53 Astrology is condemned explicitly in Isaiah 47:13, 14 and condemned as a form of worshipping the heavens or the host of heaven in Deuteronomy 3:19, 17:3; 2 Chronicles 33:3; and Acts 7:42.

Isaiah 47:13-15 (Contemporary English Version):

You have worn yourself out, asking for advice from those who study the stars and tell the future month after month. Go ask them how to be saved from what will happen. People who trust the stars are as helpless as straw in a flaming fire. No one can even keep warm, sitting by a fire that feeds only on straw. These are the fortunetellers you have done business with all of your life. But they don't know where they are going, and they can't save you.

Divination is forbidden by God in Leviticus 19:26; Deuteronomy 18: 10, 11; 2 Kings 17:17; 2 Chronicles 33:6; Daniel 5:7, 8; and Acts 16: 16-18.

Seeking guidance through astrology replaces or prevents seeking God, as shown in Daniel 2:27, 28 and in Isaiah 37: 13, 14. Furthermore, astrology in not 100% accurate in predictions and therefore, when claimed to be a gift from God, cannot be coming from God, as God tells us in Deuteronomy 18:21, 22.

Although in some ways astrology may seem to work, whether by coincidence, by the desire of the client to believe the astrologer, or through occultic means, any accuracy it may claim does not point to the Creator God in Scripture. Thus, it fails the test in Deuteronomy 13:1-3, where we are told that even if a false prophet's visions come true, but he still leads us to other gods, he is not from God and we should not listen to him.

Astrology is an attempt at spiritual progress through one's own efforts. Reincarnation is often a part of the astrologer's belief system that one can advance spiritually on one's own. Both of these beliefs are answered by God: We are saved only by grace through faith in Christ (Ephesians 2:8, 9) and we live and die once (Hebrews 9:27).

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