- Shur (Hebrew) the bull coming to rule
- Al Thaur (Arabic) the bull
- Al Thaur (Syriac) the ruling bull
- Isis (Coptic) = who saves mightily, who delivers
- Egyptian – the mighty chieftain who comes
- Horus (Egyptian) = the bull
- Tor (Chaldee) the bull
- Tauros (Grk) = bull
- Taurus (Latin) = the bull
- Al Debaran (Chaldee) meaning “leader”, “governor” (this star is in the bull’s eye)
- Al Nath (Arabic) meaning “wounded”, “slain”
- Pleiades meaning “the congregation of the judge”
- Al Cyone = “the centre, foundation”
- Wasat (Arabic) “centre of foundation”
- Palilicium = “belonging to the Judge”
- Hyades meaning “the congregated”
Judgement verses abound in the Bible. Here are some with particular relevance to Taurus and Eridanus.
Isa 11:1,5; 30:27-28; Isa 13:11-13; Jer 16:16-18; Dan 7:9-11;
2 Thess 1:7-9; 2 Pet 3:10; Rev 6:12-17; 20:14,15
The Decans of Taurus
Orion – “he who comes forth as light”
Al Giauzâ – the branch
Al Gebor – the mighty one
Al Mirzam – the prince, the ruler
Al Nitak – the wounded
- Betelguese – the coming of the Branch (in the head of Orion)
- Rigol – the foot of the one treading underfoot
- Al Rai – the bruising
- Bellatrix – hastily coming (in Orion’s left breast)
- Saiph – in the foot of Orion (“bruised”)
- Mintaka – dividing, the belt
- Thabit (Hebrew) “treading on”
Orion’s left foot is crushing the enemy. In his head is the huge star Betelgeuse, which is 600 light years away, and is a reddish colour. It is about 400 times larger than our own Sun. The ancient saw Orion as a giant in the heavens.
“Can you direct the movement of the stars—binding the cluster of the Pleiades or loosening the cords of Orion?Can you direct the constellations through the seasons or guide the Bear with her cubs across the heavens?Do you know the laws of the universe? Can you use them to regulate the earth? ()Job 38:31-33
My question would be how much was Job and the other ancient writers aware of the connections they were making?
Eridanus – the river of judgement, the river of the judge
Phaet – the mouth of the river
Achernar – the after part of the river
Cursa – bent down
Ozba – the going forth
Zourak – flowing
Auriga – the shepherd holding a goat
Auriga (Latin) means conductor of the reins
In Hebrew he is the shepherd.
In Greek he is the driver or the charioteer. Yet another depiction of Christ who keeps appearing in different forms throughout the Mazzaroth.
- Aiyuk (Arabic) wounded in the foot
- Al Nath (Arabic) wounded in the heel (the horn of Taurus pierces Auriga in the heel)
- Gedi (Hebrew) the kid
- Capella (Latin) the goat, atonement,
located in the heart of the goat he is holding, signifying the compassion of the shepherd for the sheep and the goats. The goat is clinging to the shepherd but looking back to the Bull. In some depictions of the Mazzaroth the goat is depicted as a lamb. The Bible uses both to indicate those who are shepherded.
Isaiah 40:10,11; Ps 37
The connections between the 12 constellations of the Mazzaroth (Zodiac) and their associated decans is complex and detailed with many recurring themes or motifs. I can’t hope to do justice to the detailed connections in a single Nugget on each star sign. I am merely giving you a potted summary.
For instance looking back at the Star signs for the last weeks there is a connection between the chained Andromeda who is then transformed into the enthroned Cassiopeia, which is a depiction of church history and the appearance of the church as the bride of Christ. Likewise, judgment begins with the church and finally has its ultimate judgements unleashed on the ungodly. Taurus seems to arise out of the body of Aries. Taurus is set opposite the Scorpio on the Mazzaroth. So that when the bull rises the scorpion sets. Among the ancient kingdoms of the cradle of civilization they associated Taurus the bull with the judgment of the flood.
Despite the fact that a bull was used in the OT sacrificial system for a sin or burnt offering there is no hint in the Constellation of Taurus that the focus has any connection to the offerings. Here the focus is solely on judgement. Taurus depicts the coming Judge.
For it is not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.That is why, when Christ came into the world, he said to God, “You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings. But you have given me a body to offer.You were not pleased with burnt offerings or other offerings for sin. (Hebrews 10:4-6)