It was during the last part of the Age of Aries, which lasted for 2,160 years from 1946 B.C. to A.D. 215, that the incarnation of Christ took place. Having come down to the Earth in the Age of Aries, the incarnation of Christ had been prepared for by the tradition of the Magi, inaugurated by Zoroaster in Babylon in the sixth century B.C. The three Magi were the fulfillers of this tradition, as I have described in detail in Christian Hermetic Astrology: The Star of the Magi and the Life of Christ. This is one aspect of Christ's incarnation. Another, obviously, is that it was also prepared for by the people of Israel. In the Age of Aries the incarnation of Christ on the Earth took place, and John the Baptist heralded him with the words, "Behold the Lamb of God who bears the sins of the world." The Lamb relates to Aries, the sign of the Ram, who became sacrificed for humanity. This is the deeper significance of the coming of Christ in the Age of Aries.
At the same time, in his life's teaching and work Christ prepared the way for the approaching Age of Pisces. During the life of Christ the vernal point was at 2½ degrees Aries; it was right at the beginning of Aries and about to pass over into Pisces. In this connection it is significant that Christ gathered his disciples from fishermen. And there are further indications that point to the coming age of Pisces. For example, at the start of the Age of Pisces, around the year 215, in the catacombs the symbol of Christ was used, which is also a symbol meaning fish. Here Christ is designated as the fish. Ichthys (I-Ch-Th-Y-S) - Ichthys is a Greek word meaning fish - was understood to mean Ich for Ießoûs Christòs (Jesus Christ), then Th Y for Theoû (h) Yiòs (God's son) and S for Ssotér (Saviour). "Ießoûs Christòs Theoû (h) Yiòs Ssotér -- Jesus Christ, God's Son, Saviour," this was the word Ichthys (fish). In the event of the walking on the water, we see a manifestation of Christ in the power of the Divine Fish. Thus, in the Age of Aries Christ took on flesh and was named the Lamb of God. In the Age of Pisces the symbolism for Christ is connected with the Fish. The symbol for Christ among the early Christians was simply the vertical line connecting heaven and earth, and the symbol for Jesus was the cross. | = Christ; X = Jesus; = Jesus Christ. This sign was seen as the symbol of Jesus Christ. This is also the hieroglyph for fish ( = fish).
Let us dwell upon an important aspect of the new wisdom of the stars, which is that the Magi were prepared through their star knowledge for the coming birth of Jesus. As discussed in my book Christian Hermetic Astrology: the Star of the Magi and the Life of Christ, his birth took place in the evening of March 5 in the year 6 B.C. [Click here to see the horoscope.] It was the night of the Full Moon in Virgo. Where was the Sun in the zodiac at this birth of Jesus as described in the Gospel of St. Matthew, who was visited by the three Magi? It was in Pisces. The Full Moon was more or less in the middle of Virgo; the Sun was opposite in Pisces. Here we see this incarnation of Jesus, in the light of the Gospel of St. Matthew, in the sign of Pisces. Against this background we can understand why Jesus Christ gathered his disciples from fishermen and taught in terms of such sayings as, "You shall be fishers of men."
With regard to the life of Christ as discussed in Chronicle of the Living Christ, there took place the births of two Jesus children: one birth is described in the Gospel of St. Matthew. He was visited by the three kings, and his birth took place on March 5, 6 B.C., when the Sun was in the middle of sidereal Pisces. The birth of the other Jesus child is described in the Gospel of St. Luke. This child was visited by the shepherds. He was born shortly before midnight on the evening of December 6 in the year 2 B.C., when the Sun was in the middle of sidereal Sagittarius. [Click here to see the horoscope.] This latter figure is the human being who lived 331/3 years and passed through death on the Cross. His whole life was a living out of the higher image of Sagittarius as the teacher and healer.
Thus the divine birth of Jesus of Nazareth as described in the Gospel of St. Luke took place when the Sun was in the middle of sidereal Sagittarius. This birth has to be distinguished from the birth of Jesus as described in the Gospel of St Matthew, who was visited by the three Magi from the East and who could be called Jesus of Bethlehem. Here it is a matter of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth as described in the Gospel of St. Luke, who was visited by the shepherds. This birth took place on the night after the Sabbath, the night of December 6/7 in the year 2 B.C., toward midnight, as the Sun was in the middle of Sagittarius. [Click here to see the horoscope.] This divine birth took place when the Sun was in Sagittarius, whereas the other birth, that of Jesus of Bethlehem connected with the visit of the Magi, took place when the Sun was in Pisces. Contemplating this birth of Jesus of Nazareth in Sagittarius, we may think of the image for Sagittarius, that of the centaur. In Greek mythology this is connected with the figure of Cheiron, who was the wise teacher of the Argonauts, instructor of the great Greek heroes. He was the wise teacher and healer. This archetype was fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth, who became called the Saviour. Saviour actually means healer. Just as John the Baptist is so called because he baptised, Jesus is called the Saviour because he healed. Everywhere he went, he laid his hands on the sick. In almost every town he visited, he healed the sick and also he taught the people of Israel. So we find this archetype of the centaur, the wise being of Cheiron, the teacher and healer, as depicted in Greek mythology, actually finding its fulfillment in the life of Jesus of Nazareth.
Each year when the Sun returns to the same position in the middle of Sagittarius, we have a commemoration of the birthday of Jesus. In this event we can recall each year something of his divine mission. Because of the precession of the equinoxes, the Sun returns to the middle of sidereal Sagittarius a little later each year. Now it is no longer on the evening of December 6 that the Sun returns to the middle of Sagittarius. At the present point in time it is on January 1 each year. We can contemplate each New Year's Eve, when at midnight the church bells ring to herald the New Year, the hidden or deeper significance to this celebration. It is a celebration of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth in a cosmic sense, when the Sun returns to the same position in the zodiac as at his birth. And on January 1 in the year 2000 the Sun returned for the 2000th time to the same position where it had been at his birth. Therefore the transition to the new millennium was also the 2000th birthday anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.