Matt 4:1-3 1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. 3 And when the tempter came to him.... (KJV)
In many of the Bible stories, we hear of the prophets or the heroes venturing into, or being exiled into, the 'desert' or the so-called "wilderness." The most famous cases are Abraham, Jacob, Moses and Christ, though all the major myths feature something similar. Like all the passages of the scriptures, this is an occult reference. It deals with the heavens and with astrology, and well the clergy know it.
It has been mentioned in prior articles in this series that the sun passing through the twelve signs of the zodiac was frequently used as a motif in the great myths of the heroes. The Romans ridiculed the Deities, which were worshipped on the shores of the Nile; they proscribed Annubis, Isis and Serapis, and yet they worshipped themselves Mercury, Diana, Ceres and Pluto, in other words, absolutely the same Gods under other names and under different forms; so much is the ignorant vulgar swayed by names. Pluto said, that the Greeks had worshipped since the remotest antiquity, the Sun, the Moon and the Stars, and yet the same Pluto was not aware, that they had still preserved at his time the same Gods under the names of Hercules and Bacchus, of Apollo, Diana and Æsculapius. Only the names had changed but common to both is that these myths were personified from the path of the Sun through the Zodiac. The name of Jesus Christ must be included among such names as the depiction of Jesus Christ in the New Testament is nothing more than the personification of the Sun and its path through the Zodiac as well as we are seeing in these articles.
The Sun reaches it's highest place in the sign of Cancer. Cancer was one of the most important of the signs and the symbolism connected with it is very ancient. The Egyptians had several gods associated with the sign as it related to the Summer Solstice. The most important of these was Khepra or Khepera and his personal symbol was the scarab beetle. Later the astronomers changed the icon of the Scarabeus beetle to a crab. But though the sign of Cancer was the highest position of the sign and though it is the most northerly of the sign, it was given rulership by the Moon. In the northern hemisphere, the longest day of the year (near June 22) when the Sun is farthest north and is connected with the Summer Solstice.
It was also known as the Gate of Coming Forth, meaning coming forth into the world. The souls were thought to descend to the terrestrial abode via the sign of Cancer. This is why the sign is still associated with the female & the mother. Many important constellations, including the Great Bear, Ursa Major and the pole star are also in Cancer. However the majority of the sign of Cancer is dark. Its constellations are particularly dim. Not a single star of Cancer is brighter than the fourth magnitude. Magnitude is a system of designating the apparent brightness of stars. It was Hipparchus who arranged the constellations of the zodiac into the order we now know them. In his time, the Sun reached its apex in the northern hemisphere when it was in the constellation Cancer, the place in the sky and time of year we now refer to as summer solstice. This is the reason the northern boundary of the tropics is referred to as the Tropic of Cancer. The idea that this dimmest part of the zodiac represents a crab might have to do with the fact that the Sun turned southward when it reached that part of the heavens. This dim constellation has just eight stars that can be distinguished by the naked eye. In addition, the famous cluster, sometimes called the Beehive, can just be made out without optical aid, but none of its individual stars can be seen without a lens. Currently it rises upward in the east as it gets dark after sunset. To find it one must leave the city on a dark, clear night. An ancient writer tells us that Chaldeans associated this region with a crab because these creatures walk sideways, then backwards, like the Sun appears to move as it reaches the solstice and turns southward. Possibly related to this, ancient Egyptians called this part of the sky the Scarab, in reference to their concept that an invisible celestial scarab beetle pushed the Sun across the heavens. It is also interesting to note that somehow Cancer, then marking the northern gate of the Sun, became known to Chaldean and Platonist philosophers as the "Gate of Men," through which, they said, souls of people came down from heaven to enter human bodies.
Answer for yourself: Why then is the constellation of Cancer called the "wilderness"? It is because of this darkness of the stars of this constellation of the Zodiac that the ancient Magi referred to Cancer as the 'wilderness.' And when the sun was entering into the sign it was said that it had entered into the wilderness for 40 days.
Answer for yourself: How do we derive 40 days as connected with the wilderness of the constellation Cancer?
This is because most signs are considered 30 degrees wide and of 30 days in duration. But with 5 or so degrees on either side, we make 40 altogether. Now when the Sun physically, or any hero mythically, passes into and through the sign of Cancer, the orb or hero was said to be in the "wilderness."
Answer for yourself: Do you know that the term "the Devil" originates from the concept of the "dark-evil" or the "d-evil" or the "devil"? Man has feared the dark since creation and darkness and the bad things that happen to mankind in the dark were again personified by the Ancients as "the Devil" or the "dark-evil". Thus the Sun, as he passed through the darkness of the constellation of Cancer, was also said to be tempted by the evil one, the tempter, the adversary.
Answer for yourself: Then if our premise is correct, namely that the depiction of the "Jesus Story" is an allegory later "literalized" that expressed the movement and path of the Sun through the Zodiac then we should expect to find Jesus spending 40 days in the wilderness being tempted by the "Devil" or darkness and that is exactly what we find. So we read of Christ in the wilderness being tempted by Satan.
Answer for yourself: What other symbolisms are connected to the number "40" that originated from the darkness of the constellation of Cancer?
Answer for yourself: Having seen the preponderance of evidence does it seem likely that the reference to Jesus spending "40 days in the wilderness fighting the darkness or "Satan" is nothing more than the personification of the Sun as it travels through the constellation Cancer?