I recently read a book written by a friend of mine called “Stars of Light: the Hidden Message of Redemption”. The book explains how the twelve constellations of the zodiac actually tell the story of God’s redemption. The author explains that the story is divided into three sets of four constellations; which tell the biblical story of Jesus’ birth and life prophesy, His dealings with His elect people, and His coming in triumph over Satan respectively.
The author, Chris Siegel, writes that the constellation Libra depicts the Easter story; its stars telling us of God’s redemptive plan for us. The word “libra” means scales in Latin and similar meanings are found in many languages and cultures: weighing, or purchase, redemption of some sort, scales of justice, balance.
Within the constellation Libra, there are three main stars that reveal the message of God: The first star, Zuben al Genubi, means “the price deficient” and represents our need for a Savior (Matthew 19:16-17; Romans 3:9-20). The second star, Zuben al Shemali, means “the price which covers,” represented by the blood of Christ that covers our sins (I Peter 1:18-19; 2Cor 8:9). And lastly, the third star, Zuben Akrabi, means “the price of conflict,” which speaks to the ongoing war of Genesis 3:15 (Siegel, 2012).
Libra also has three decans (groups of smaller sets of constellation that are part of major constellations) – Crux, Lupus, and Corona – that Seigel explains have great significance to the Easter story God wrote in the stars:
Crux, (the cross) means “the cutting off” in Hebrew and represents how Jesus willingly became filled with sin and cut off from life with His Father for our sake. Crux depicts the sacrifice of Christ for mankind, thereby tipping the scales (Libra) in our favor before God (Siegel, 2012).
Lupus (which means “slain” in both Hebrew and Arabic) is a picture of a victim and signifies the cost of sacrifice. It represents Jesus offering Himself as for mankind so that we could be reconciled with God.
Lastly, Corona is a picture of a crown of victory. This is what we celebrate on Easter, His victory on the cross. He overcame death and He’s risen! The resurrected Jesus!
What I loved about Seigel’s book was the realization that the message of redemption, God’s love letter to us, is written in the stars! What a beautiful way to tell us a story; I imagine it as though we, being God’s children, are playing with Him in a beautiful sky, standing before him as he paints his beautiful message before us in the stars.
This message God put in the sky is so well summarized in Colossians 1:19-20a:
“For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all fullness to dwell in Him and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself having made peace through the blood of His cross.”
It is incredible that even the stars tell the story of His reconciliation with mankind and creation! Who would imagine that? Redemption through the blood of Christ on the cross, right in the sky freely for all of us to see. That tells us something profound that is in God: He uses His creation to show us His plans, His messages, His stories, His love.
To see more about the study of the stars and God’s plan for us see the book Stars of Light: the Hidden Message of Redemption: Message One by Chris Siegel.
Siegel, Chris G. (2012). Stars of Light: the Hidden Message of Redemption Message One.Bloomington: CrossBooks.