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The Astrotheology Behind Christianity's Origins

Christianity traces many of its core symbols and narratives back to ancient Mystery School teachings about the cyclical life and death of the sun, interpreted as the “son of God.” This esoteric philosophy encoded in the Bible remains hidden knowledge to most. Unpacking astrotheology reveals surprising parallels between Christianity and far older solar religions. What’s really behind all the virgins, twelve disciples, fishermen, and astrological ages peppered throughout the Bible?

oil painting of the sun god Helios in his golden chariot

The Sun as Central Religious Symbol The sun features centrally in ancient religions as the supreme symbol of the divine creator. Ancient people considered the sun too majestic to be “owned” by any human, so the sun embodied the celestial son of God.

At dawn, the sun’s daily rebirth reflected God’s son risen, bringing light and salvation. The sun’s nurturing warmth allowed life to flourish on earth. People thus associated the sun with benevolence from above.


Without the sun, life ceased. So the sun became the eternal savior, ensuring rebirth each day. As long as the sun rose, life would continue indefinitely. The Sun’s Daily Death and Rebirth In mystery traditions, the sun undergoes death and rebirth each day:

  • Morning sun = Savior’s birth at dawn

  • Midday sun = Savior’s adulthood at full power

  • Dusk sun = Savior’s death each sunset

Darkness was considered evil, with night ruled by the “prince of darkness.” The sun battled this darkness daily:

  • Sunset = Death of the sun (light)

  • Sunrise = Rebirth of the sun (light)

When the sun sank below the horizon, allowing darkness to temporarily prevail, this symbolized the temporary triumph of evil.

Christ’s death embodied the sun’s demise at the hands of darkness. But believers found hope in the promise of the Savior’s imminent return each morning.

A breathtaking sunrise with radiant sun-rays

  • Winter Solstice (December 22): Lowest sun point, death for three days

  • Spring Equinox (March 21): Rebirth, resurrection after three days

  • Summer Solstice (June 21): Peak height at noon, adulthood

  • Autumn Equinox (September 21): Old age, dying

The sun’s figurative death and rebirth at the winter solstice became a central religious narrative. Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection embodied this solar allegory.

The Twelve Zodiac Signs The sun’s yearly journey through twelve zodiac signs further shaped religion:

  • The year divided into twelve months, symbolized by twelve zodiac signs

  • Each month appointed a zodiac “house”

  • Three zodiac signs made up one season

  • Four seasons altogether

This twelve-part solar narrative translated into biblical symbols:

  • 12 months = 12 disciples

  • 12 zodiac signs = 12 tribes of Israel

  • 12 patriarchs = 12 kings of Israel

Multiples of twelve, and the number twelve itself, feature heavily in biblical texts because of the solar zodiac’s influence.

Jesus as Solar Deity Parallels between Jesus and solar deities become apparent through an astrotheological lens.

In the zodiac, the sun presides in Leo during summer. In the Bible, Christ is called the lion of Judah (Revelation 5:5).

Christ’s birth on December 25 aligns with the date of the sun’s “birth” at the winter solstice, celebrated for millennia in different cultures.

a spectacular illustration of the Virgo zodiac sign set against a mesmerizing cosmic backdrop

Virgo the virgin spans August-September. The sun’s figurative “birth” by the constellation Virgo connects to the Virgin Mary giving birth to Jesus.

Pisces the fish marks the current astrological age starting in 1 AD. Hence, Jesus as a fisher of men, along with abundant fish imagery in the New Testament.

Luke 22:10 depicts Jesus entering the “house of the man with the water pitcher,” referencing Aquarius, the coming age. The long-heralded Age of Aquarius will supersede the Age of Pisces we’re now departing.

The Zodiac as Twelve Mansions Another clue comes from John 14:2. It states: “In my Father’s house are many mansions.” This verse originally referred to the twelve mansions that make up the zodiac, not individual dwellings.

The proper translation is: “In my Father’s heavenly abode are many [zodiac] houses.” The twelve mansions specifically denote the twelve zodiac houses.

Esoteric Meanings in Christianity Numerous additional examples illustrate Christianity’s solar underpinnings.

The cross itself echoes the cross of the zodiac—the sun’s yearly transit through the four seasons.

Christ represents the “light of the world,” while Judas symbolizes the backstabbing darkness.

Christ’s crown of thorns depicts the radiant sun. Kings wear solar crowns even today. Easter sunrise services commemorate the discovery of Christ’s empty tomb at dawn, associating Easter with the sun’s resurrection.

The creator as “consuming fire” in heaven refers to the blazing celestial sun. Abundant evidence links Christianity’s origins to solar astrotheology and zodiac-based mythology. This esoteric philosophy permeates the Bible as remnants of ancient Mystery School teachings.

a spectacular illustration of the Pisces zodiac sign set against a mesmerizing cosmic backdrop

Each age spans approximately 2,000 years. Our current Age of Pisces has extended almost 2,000 years, from 1 AD to the present. This is why we’re said to be living in the final days—the twilight of the Age of Pisces.

Certain New Testament verses mention the “end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). This traces back to the Greek word “aeon” meaning age, not world. So the verse refers to the close of our current astrological Pisces era.

Soon we’ll cross over to the next age in the zodiac precession—the Age of Aquarius. References like the “coming of a new age” stem directly from these Mystery School teachings. The long-fabled Aquarian age represents the prophesied future era ruled by the sign of the Water Bearer.

Unpacking Hidden Knowledge While fascinating, these esoteric theories contradict mainstream Christianity. We aim to expose the ancient secret philosophy underlying Western religious traditions—not to attack personal faith itself.

By illuminating astrotheology’s role, we can better understand the Bible in its original cultural context as part of the larger history of sun worship. This hidden knowledge provides keys to deciphering obscure biblical symbolism around astrological phenomena.

Unpacking Christianity’s astrological roots reveals striking parallels between our “modern” religion and far more ancient sun religions. It also raises provocative questions about the nature of belief systems themselves.

At heart, the talk invites us to approach institutional belief structures with open minds and critical thinking. What other latent influences and agendas shape our cultures in ways we scarcely perceive? Keep questioning.


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