Astrology and four horsemen of Revelations
There is something very strange and unique about Revelations that needs closer examination.
The ancients imagined the sun as riding through the heavens in a chariot. It was once common knowledge that four horses represented the four seasons and this is what they represent in Revelations.
Each season bursts forward in a certain zodiac sign at “cardinal points”. The cardinal points once occurred in Taurus for spring, Leo for summer, Scorpio (eagle) for fall and Aquarius for winter.
If the compilers of the bible had understood that what they had in Revelations was really astrology sweetly wrapped in Christian rhetoric, it would never have seen the light of day.
Revelations is a beautiful finale of astrotheology. It starts by the writer identifying himself as John, with the implication that he is the disciple John (yet written in Greek?). He gives a Christian salutation then acknowledges the churches. It then switches into a beautiful astrotheological thesis and ends with another Christian salutation. What we have is a message written in the language of astrology. It also carries a warning to those living in perilous end times driven by the astrological phenomena of the 24,000 year -Great Year- of the precession of the vernal (spring) equinox.
The first indication that we have entered the realm of Astrology is that while Paul wrote to 10 or more churches, the author of Revelations mentions only 7. The numbers 7 and 12 are significant to astrology because there are 7 planets and 12 constellations. Planets are considered hosts of heaven.
So, let’s look at the beautiful piece of astrotheology that has come to us today, so carefully and unwittingly preserved by the Catholic Church. For image see link below.
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. And the first beast was like a lion (Leo) and the second beast like a calf (Taurus) and the third beast had a face as a man (Aquarius) and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle (Positive aspect of Scorpio).
Scorpio is the only constellation that has three signs, the scorpion, the eagle and the phoenix, the symbol of transformation and spiritual rebirth. The eagle could also represent the sign of Aquila, which means “eagle” and is also in that region.
These 4 beasts are the four fixed signs of the Zodiac. At these points the season is fixed. Spring is fixed in Taurus. Summer is fixed in Leo. Fall is fixed in Scorpio and winter is fixed in Aquarius. Seasons occurs in three phases. Each season has a startup phase called cardinal, its middle is called fixed, and its decline is called mutable. This cycling has been compared to an airplane. A lot of energy is required for a plane to take off (cardinal,) the plane coasts along (fixed,) and then the plane declines (mutable).
After we are introduced to this strange creature, the Lamb appears and opens a seal. The Lamb is the zodiac sign of Aries; which really begins the year. Then, each of these four beasts announces one of the four horsemen in turn.
The horses represent each of the four cardinal months or start of the seasons. The riders represents the four fixed months of the season. Together they are the four horse-men.
The four beasts also represent the four Ages of man called Veda Yugas that are equivalent to the Golden age, Silver age, Bronze age, and Iron age. The Satya Yuga is man’s Golden age. Tetra Yuga the Silver age. Dvapar Yuga the Bronze age and Kali Yuga the Dark age.
Due to cosmic influences, based upon our location in the universe as our sun drags us though the cosmos upon its elliptical path, man suffers long periods of intellectual and spiritual deficiency during the Dark ages, where his capacity for comprehension slowly diminishes. Yet, at other times based upon location and beneficial energy, during the Golden ages man’s intellectual and spiritual capacity increases. Some believe that we are leaving the dark ages and that entering Aquarius turns us back towards a Golden age. I don’t agree with this. It is my contention that we are moving below the galactic plane, not above it. Aquarius is a winter month and is ruled by Saturn; a malevolent planet of fear and control.
Rev, 6:1 And I saw when the Lamb (Aries) opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. 6:2 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.
The first horseman sounds almost regal. He is unique in that he represents both the season of spring and a savior-hero, hence the white horse and crown. The word Herod, as in King Herod, translates as “Hero’s song”. The hero’s song is the story of triumph and struggles as our hero (the sun) transverses the wheel of the zodiac.
The first horseman rides a white horse, always associated with the good guy. He wears a crown and carries a bow. He rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest. The word crown is from the Latin root word corona. A crown originally meant to represent the golden rays of the sun and associated the ruler with the power of the sun and authority to rule. The rider wears the crown because the sun is ‘exalted’ in Aries and in this house he is called the “conquering sun”. He arose from the dead, the dead of winter, to save us. He is after all, the light of the world.
The first horse is cardinal spring in Aries, and the rider is fixed spring in Taurus. Our hero, the sun, has conquered the dark and cold of winter with its warmth and life giving energy in spring. The world is renewed.
The rider has borrowed the bow from Sagittarius the centaur, a half horse, half man creature. In the constellations, Sagittarius follows after Scorpio. The centaur points his arrow at a star called Antares, which is at the “heart” of the scorpion that gives the sun the “kiss of death”. A scorpion’s sting is in the shape of a pair of lips. This is where Judas (Scorpio) betrays Jesus, the sun, with a kiss before he goes to his death during the winter solstice in Capricorn (the goat). The bow symbolizes that he plans to conquer death. He will be resurrected.
Rev 6:3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. 6:4 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 second horseman rides the face of the earth on a fiery red horse carrying a sword to take peace from the earth. The Greek word used for red is “purros” or “pyros,” meaning the color of fire. The normal Greek word for red is “eruthros” so the word chosen (purros) is a more specialized term to suggest fiery flickering of reds, oranges, and yellows of a flame.
The second horse is the cardinal summer in Cancer, and the rider is the fixed summer in Leo. The fiery color of the horse represents the heat of summer where emotions run high and if unbridled leads to war and strife (the sword) and takes peace from the earth.
The summer solstice occurs in Cancer June 21st when the sun is straight overhead during the longest day of the year. But the sun still rules the sign of Leo and always will. For our ancestors, the heat of the sun in summer became like a devouring lion. The lion may be courageous and brave and the king of the jungle, and all, but this sign’s negative aspects are the heat of passions and emotions.
Rev 6:5 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 that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. 6:6 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; see thou hurt not the oil and the wine”.
The third horse is cardinal fall in Libra, and the rider is fixed fall in Scorpio. While Aries represents 6am and daylight (white horse) on the zodiac clock, Libra represent after 6pm and night (black horse). The scales represent Libra and the sun’s fall below the equator as it heads towards its death at the winter solstice.
Scales represent the fall equinox where there is equal length of day and night. There are 6 months above the equator and 6 months below. One pan of the scales represents the 6 months above (positive & life affirming) and the other pan represent the 6 months below (negative & life effacing). This horseman is told to measure the wheat and barley and hurt not the oil and wine; meaning be very judicious with your food storage. If ancients had not reserved enough food by this time of the year, they could easily starve to death in the winter months ahead.
Next comes the forth horsemen of Death followed closely behind by Hades. The word Hades has mistakenly become synonymous with the relatively new concept of a Christian fiery hell. The Greek word Hades means the cold, dark underworld; a shadowy, gloomy Netherworld cut off from God. Hades is the lower, outer regions of heaven where Saturn is.
Rev 6:7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given unto him over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword (second horseman), and with hunger (third horseman), and with death (fourth horseman), and with the beasts of the field.
The fourth horse is the cardinal winter in Capricorn, and the rider is the fixed winter in Aquarius. The sun hypothetically dies on the cross every year during the winter solstice December 21st. The sun rises from the dead on December 24th. The sun is born at the spring equinox March 21.
The fourth horseman of Death kills with all the negative aspects of the preceding horsemen. He kills with the sword given to the second horseman representing Leo with his unrestrained passions and emotions. He destroys with hunger, which represents Libra, the third horseman. And he destroys with the beasts of the field. Each of the 4 beasts has 4 faces upon their body. Each body represents a Great Year (approx. 24,000 years). The 4 faces represent the 4 Ages within that Great Year, which are the 4 fixed signs of the zodiac (“without turning”). They are called “fixed” because these signs do not appear to move. The idea of four prior world creations agrees with other ancient peoples who say that the world has been destroyed and recreated many times. The Aztec and Navajo say we are in the fifth world and it could be true for them. The Maya agrees with Revelations in that we are in the fourth world and headed for the fifth. As you know, in Revelations this world is destroyed and a new heaven and a new earth appear in the heavens; all astrological.
The scroll in Ezekiel, Daniel and Revelations is Revelations itself!
The theme of Revelations is a carry-through of the visions of Ezekiel and Daniel. They share a common thread of the four beasts and each was given a prophetic scroll. Ezekiel was told to eat the scroll, which was sweet as honey in his mouth, and to go prophesy to the house of Israel. Daniel was told to seal up his scroll till the time of the end when knowledge would be increased and people ran to and fro.
In Revelations 10:10 the writer is instructed to take a “little book” and eat it. It is sweet as honey in his mouth but turns bitter in the stomach. But it is Revelations 22:10 that demonstrates that this is indeed the same scroll of Ezekiel and Daniel; “Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near”.
It is certain that the writer of Revelations, versed in ancient astrology, knew exactly what events would portend the end of the Age (of Pisces). The writer would have known about the 24,000 year, Great Year that marches out the rise and fall of man from the dark ages to the golden ages and back again. He knew that the destruction of the world was cyclic and just like it had happened before it was destined to happen again.
Revelations is a time capsule of astrotheology that has survived under the most extraordinary circumstances. Whoever wrote and successfully orchestrated its inclusion into the holy bible was absolutely brilliant.