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The HEAVENS DECLARE
the GLORY of GOD
giving back to God what is his, a historical summary , enjoy reading this page first


introduction to the
rosaryworkshop birthstone rosaries
 RBS2 - BIRTH STONES
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WHAT DOES ALL OFTHIS MEAN?
"ASTRONOMY", THE STUDY OF THE STARS,
READING GOD'S MESSAGE TO ALL HIS CHIDREN
Giving back to God what is his? The story of salvation, the coming of the messiah, is written in the stars by God himself who formed and named each star and confirmed through the Old Testament --- read on! found out why the ancient Jewish New year begins with September (Virgo) and not January. This wonderful study is called 'Astronomy'

"ASTROLOGY"
Others put a mask over the stars and called it 'Astrology'. (Horoscopes - pointing it away from God and back to us, telling us about ourselves) Remove that facade and search out the true meaning of His love story written where all could see in the sky. Remembering that Astronomy is about all God's children ... not just one.
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PSALMS 19:2-6

THE HAND OF GOD
(see NASA)

PSALM 19
2 The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky proclaims its builder's craft. 3 One day to the next conveys that message; one night to the next imparts that knowledge. 4 There is no word or sound; no voice is heard; 5 Yet their report goes forth through all the earth, their message, to the ends of the world. God has pitched there a tent for the sun;  6  it comes forth like a bridegroom from his chamber, and like an athlete joyfully runs its course …..
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READ ON!
Understanding how to read the stars is pure joy!  Not as Astrology has written but as the hand of God has written with his own hand and studied by Astronomers. It is He who made the stars in the heavens above the heads of all living folk on earth. This is where he wrote his love story about salvation, so all would have hope after the fall of Adam and Eve.

A GOD OF CAREING DETAIL
Below is a summary you may enjoy reading.  Then see how we were inspired to string beads and stones into rosaries, stones that cry out the glory of God, stones that are, as written by God for the 12 tribes of Israel, shown in the 12 starry Constellations, chosen by their birth order, according to scripture.

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see how this history is revealed 
by ancient inages and old paintings
BEIT-ALPHA   -   BREASTPIECE of DECISION
THE STORY / HIS-STORY
what is the origin of these words below? Is it really 
Old Testament? What do they mean? 

ZODIAC  -   MAZZAROTH 
GIVING BACK TO GOD   -   ANCIENT STAR NAMES
THE NUMBER 12   -    MORE LINKS
to go directly to your birthstone see
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  EARLY MOSAIC (6c)

~ BEIT-ALPHA ~

SYNAGOGUE FLOOR
  Mosaic pavement (6th century) synagogue at Beit Alpha, Israel.
To read, start at 10 o'clock (Virgo) ad read counter clockwise th Leo.
BEIT ALPHA 6c TILE FLOOR
Signs of the Mazzeroth surround the central chariot of the Sun.
12 Constellations of the Zodiac - (The word Zodiac is
Greek for "The Way")
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PSALMS 19:2-6
2 The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky proclaims its builder's craft. 3 One day to the next conveys that message; one night to the next imparts that knowledge. 4 There is no word or sound; no voice is heard; 5 Yet their report goes forth through all the earth, their message, to the ends of the world. God has pitched there a tent for the sun;  6  it comes forth like a bridegroom from his chamber, and like an athlete joyfully runs its course …..

Reread this beautiful word from Psalms. Do you ever think of the symbolism of the sun/Son when you read this? ‘God has pitched there a tent for [his son] 6 [He] comes forth like a bridegroom from his chamber, and like an athlete joyfully runs [his] course …..,  If so, how was this message of the coming Messiah conveyed to the early desert fathers? Could God do that?
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On a clear night in the UP of Michigan when you look up at the stars, you are tempted to reach up and pluck one right out of the sky they seem so close.  And you wonder, if they could talk, what would they say?  The early desert fathers knew. They believed there was a message in the stars and many of the stars still carry the early names as evidence. What did the ancients see in these clusters of stars (constellations) and what did they say?  What was their story? 
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There was no media, no sound, no voice, no written word for God to use to tell his people about the greatest event to come, the coming of the Messiah.  Was this know to Adam before the fall? Is it possible that the stars proclaimed the good news, for 1000s of years before, going forth to tell all the earth to the end of the world?  If so, what is the glory of God that the heavens declared? Could God have eagerly written this good news, the message of the coming of his beloved son, salvation history in the stars by carefully placing and naming each one? Was it to be the new Adam?



  THE BREASTPIECE

~ THE EPHOD ~

OF DECISION
BREASTPIECE OF DECISION
AS WORN BY ELI AS HE LISTENS TO SAMUEL
JOHN SINGLETON COPLEY (1780) Eli listening to Samuel
PAINTING BY JOHN SINGLETON COPLEY (1780)
12 STONES, 12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL
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BBREASTPIECE OF DECISION
15  "The breastpiece, or breastplate, of decision you shall also have made, embroidered like the ephod with gold thread and violet, purple and scarlet yarn on cloth of fine linen twined. 16  It is to be square when folded double, a span high and a span wide  17 On it you shall mount four rows of precious stones: in the first row, a carnelian, a topaz and an emerald;  18  in the second row, a garnet, a sapphire and a beryl;  19  in the third row, a jacinth, an agate and an amethyst; 20  in the fourth row, a chrysolite, an onyx and a jasper. These stones are to be mounted in gold filigree work, 21 twelve of them to match the names of the sons of Israel, each stone engraved like a seal with the name of one of the twelve tribes. 
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(NOTE: stones were often identified by their country or origin and bible translations do not alway identify the same stones or placements. ie: some translations include turquoise (Turkey)
(image of the ephod with the 12 stones for the 12 tribes of Israel)
EXODUS 28: 6-21
6 "The ephod they shall make of gold thread and of violet, purple and scarlet yarn, embroidered on cloth of fine linen twined.  7 It shall have a pair of shoulder straps joined to its two upper ends.  8 The embroidered belt of the ephod shall extend out from it and, like it, be made of gold thread, of violet, purple and scarlet yarn, and of fine linen twined.  9 "Get two onyx stones and engrave on them the names of the sons of Israel:  10 six of their names on one stone, and the other six on the other stone, in the order of their birth.  11 As a gem-cutter engraves a seal, so shall you have the two stones engraved with the names of the sons of Israel and then mounted in gold filigree work. 12 Set these two stones on the shoulder straps of the ephod as memorial stones of the sons of Israel. Thus Aaron shall bear their names on his shoulders as a reminder before the LORD. 
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13 Make filigree rosettes of gold, 14 as well as two chains of pure gold, twisted like cords, and fasten the cordlike chains to the filigree rosettes.


 BIBLICAL ORIGIN OF

~ THE STORY / HIS-STORY ~

 YOUR BIRTHDAY STONE
  A BOOK ABOUT  THE JEWISH MESSIAH
AS WRITTEN IN THE STARS  BY THE HAND OF GOD
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This book  begins with the Hebrew calendar, starting with September, VIRGO ( the Virgin) and ending with August,  LEO (the Lion of Judah/Chirst).  Continue our journey by learning about how the stars carried the message of the coming Jewish Messiah from the beginning of time  And give the stars back to God who not only created them - but gave them their names.
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HOW DOES YOUR BIRTHDATE FIT INTO THE 12 CONSTELLATIONS? PRAY YOUR PRAYERS ON A ROSARY DEDICATED TO THE STONE GIVEN TO YOUR  MONTH.
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GIVING BACK TO GOD WHAT IS HIS
BEGINNING WITH SEPTEMBER:
 
 CHAPTER I
BORN OF A VIRGIN - (Promise Fulfilled)
Messiah, Christ, the story
 
SEPTEMBER (Virgo)   -   (OCTOBER (Libra)
NOVEMBER (Scorpio)   -   DECEMBER (Sagittarius)

   
CHCHAPTER II
HIS  PEOPLE - (The Sacrifice)
Blessings of his people, the redeemed

 JANUARY (Capricorn)   -   FEBRUARY  (Aquarius)
MARCH (Pices)   -   APRIL  (Aries)


  
CHAPTER III 
THE BATTLE - (Good / Evil)
between good and evil – life over death

MAY  (Tarus)  -  JUNE (Gemini)
JULY  (Cancer)   AUGUST  (Leo)


   
HIS-STORY
We have grown up knowing there is a birthstone for each of us, 12 in all. (American Gem Society – 1938). There is no question, that the origin of the Western system of the 12 birthstones is traceable back to the Breastplate of the High Priest; the 12 stones/12 tribes (Ephod). So when we choose our birthstone we need to remember the ‘Glory of the Lord’ who truly created all gemstones under the earth with the words of his mouth.  Ancient history of the story in the sky is much more exciting when it points us to the coming of the Lord. It helps us to realize in a way, we are all part of his-story.
 

THE BOOK BEGINS WITH THE HEBREW CALENDAR
If we do not begin with the Hebrew Calendar, the story is lost --- and the constellations assigned starting with September:  Virgo (Mary) and ending with Leo (Christ). This alone should bring joy to our hearts, reminding us that God is in control! The story begins and you are included.


STAR CONSTELLATIONS

~ ZODIAC - 'THE WAY' ~

PLACED BY GOD HIMSELF

ZODIAC DOES NOT 
HAVE ROOTS IN HOROSCOPES
What we know as the star constellations pictures in the night sky are often called in English the "signs of the Zodiac" is known in Hebrew as "the Mazzeroth", star constellations placed by God Himself, Job 38:31; Isaiah 13:10; Amos 5:8. This placement of the stars by God was done to tell the Gospel plan of redemption before the Bible was put into writing. The word Zodiac is a term used in astronomy, Job 9:9 (lb).  God’s message in the stars where the book of creation speaks to man of God's awesome power, Psalm 19:1–6 (Note words “speech,” “language,” “voice” in the text. Then compare verses 7–13.).
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The science of Astronomy is NEVER to be confused with ASTROLOGY which is fortune telling and the Bible condemns.  ASTRONOMY is the science dealing with the phenomena outside the earth’s atmosphere but especially concerned with the observable arrangements, motions, and characteristics of the heavenly bodies planets, stars, asteroids and universes in space. The word “astronomy” is based on two Greek words meaning “the law of the stars.”
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Astronomy is by no means a modern science. Human beings have always been preoccupied with the heavens. The concern of the earliest civilizations with the universe appears to have been mainly intellectual curiosity and the need for navigational orientation were certainly additional factors.
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The Bible provides some interesting insights about astronomy. According to Genesis 1:14–19 the sun and moon, along with the stars, have the function of giving light on the earth, determining the seasons, and functioning as “signs.” The word “season” may denote festal seasons as well as the annual seasons. The Hebrew calendar was a lunar-solar calendar similar to that of the Babylonians. Hebrew festal seasons were based on the phases of the moon. The function of the heavenly bodies as signs seems to relate to their delineation of the heavens, permitting human beings on earth to orient themselves, navigate land and the high seas and know the stars were created by God.

FROM THE HEBREW CALENDER

~ MAZZEROTH ~

THE GOSPEL IN THE STARS

MAZZAROTH – Hebrew for ZODIAC – Represents the band of stars that wrap around the sky containing 12 major signs (constellations), one for each of the 12 tribes of Judah (Israel.) (see book of Job below) – To read the 12 signs of the Zodiac (Greek ‘the way’ or ‘the path.’) and their 36 associated constellations correctly, one must go to the Hebrew calendar and start in September and Virgo the virgin. If we start in January as we normally do in the Western calendar, the story of the divine message will not be read correctly.
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'It is believed that the ancient Hebrews were given the names of the ancient Mazzeroth (Zodiac - the band of 12 constellations), the names, figures and their meanings by Yahweh (G_d)  from the time of Adam and the time of creation when he placed and named each one. This story of redemption would have passed from Adam to his children and carried from one generation to the next. It was believed that it was corrupted by the Babylonians during the time they built the tower of Babel (Genesis). Also over time, many of the meanings and root names were lost as the Hebrew language underwent numerous changes.
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And as mentioned above, the Hebrew calendar was used, starting with September and Virgo - the virgin woman, ending with Leo - the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, to reveal the Hebrew Messiah. Job knew, and the book of Job is one of the oldest books in the Old Testament dating back to as early as the 10c BC.
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JOB: 38:31-33
31 Have you fitted a curb to the Pleiades, or loosened the bonds of Orion? 32  Can you bring forth the Mazzaroth in their season, or guide the Bear with its train?  33 Do you know the ordinances of the heavens; can you put into effect their plan on the earth?

What does this mean? 'can you put into effect their plan on the earth?'  read that again! 'can you put into effect their plan on the earth?'  Remember, we have a tendency to relate the word ZODIAC with Astrology. It does not have its origins in and has nothing to do with Astrology (Astrology has twisted/adopted the word Zodiac to its own purpose and use in an attempt to put other gods before us. This is a perfect example of how evil has tried to destroy the goodness of the word of God)  It is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who placed and named every star in the heavens.
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Our purpose here is to give back the heavens and all creation to their creator, as in this he will complete his promise. Think about it, God gives us water. When we offer it back to him through the hands of the Priest who blesses it in his triune name - it becomes very powerful as 'holy water'. And what happens to bread and wine when given back to God in the Apostolic line? The most precious gift of Eucharist. Christ is with us!

ASTRONOMY?

~ GIVING BACK TO GOD ~

ASTROLOGY?

 ROMANS 1:20
understood in what he has made
20 Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made.

WISDOM 13:1-2
The scripture firmly condemns 'Astrology' ...
13:1. But all men are vain, in whom there is not the knowledge of God: and who by these good things that are seen, could not understand him that is, neither by attending to the works have acknowledged who was the workman: 2. But have imagined either the fire, or the wind, or the swift air, or the circle of the stars, or the great water, or the sun and moon, to be the gods that rule the world.

PSALMS 148:1
... but does tell the stars to praise the Lord and gave them tasks
1 Hallelujah! 1 Praise the LORD from the heavens; give praise in the heights. 2 Praise him, all you angels; give praise, all you hosts. 3 Praise him, sun and moon; give praise, all shining stars. 4 Praise him, highest heavens, you waters above the heavens. 5 Let them all praise the LORD'S name; for the LORD commanded and they were created, 6 Assigned them duties forever, gave them tasks that will never change

STARS STILL CARRY

~ THEIR ANCIENT NAMES ~

IS THIS THE PROOF?

Early imagery confirms the recognition of the coming of the Jewish Messiah
by reading the stars (constellations) and their original names.
 

ARE THESE ANCIENT NAMES PROOF?
Various stars in each of the 12 constellations (signs), plus the smaller constellations clustered around them continue the story of the coming of the Messiah adding to the richness of the following ‘CHAPTERS’ if you will - in this great story written in the heavens by the hand of God. Some of those ancient stars that still carry their original names are mentioned below and under each month. They have their origins in the Hebrew (H), Arabic (A), Greek (G), Chaldean (C) and Egyptian (E) languages. But is believed originally to have been given to Adam by Yawheh (God) himself as those who followed knew the story, certainly  it was not a mystery to Job. We will point out some of the 3 constellations that are associated with each of the 12. (36 + 12 = 48) There is much more to study but our intention here is to unearth that which has been hidden by other agendas, not of God and bring it back into his glory.

WHAT WAS THE SHEEPGATE?
A beautiful example is in the constellation Big Dipper/Ursa Major or the more ancient name of 'Sheepgate'. The stars in the handle of the 'dipper' still carry the names of wandering sheep leaving the ancient fenced in 'Sheepgate'.  The sickle (from the constellation Bootes (Christ the Shepherder) is pointing towards the stars of the sheepgate handle – the handle stars are lost sheep coming out of the gate. The stars still carrying the ancient names of lost and wandering sheep are: DUBEH: 'flock', ALIOTH: 'she goat', MIZAR: 'separate', AL COR: 'the lamb', AL KAID: 'the assembled' . Read on there is much more under individual months. It gets better!

TELLING OF THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH!
So, before we begin to read the Gospel as written in the stars thousands of years ago (3500 to 5000 years ago), it is important to remember that some of the stars have been read and changed since ancient times by many cultures, local myths and peoples. (including Astrology/Horoscopes) Here we concentrate on a very simple overview of the Judeo/Christian message given to us by the desert fathers who, we learn carried it very carefully by word of mouth - rote - from one generation to the next, probably from the time of Adam.  Is it true or just a coincidence? You decide.

 SYMBOLISM IN NUMBERS

~ THE NUMBER 12 ~

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

 A crown of 12 stars – what does it all mean? The number 12 is significant in scripture - Our first thoughts may go to Mary and her crown of 12 stars. Revelations 12 tells of the woman with the crown of 12 stars. Why 12? Do they represent the 12 tribes of Israel? Or we may think of 12 months in the year, the 12 constellations called forth during our birthday. Jesus was 12 when he went to the Synagog and spoke to the elders.
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But also think of the way God works through man: 12 tribes of Judah (Israel) (12 thrones) and the 12 Apostles. The Heavenly Jerusalem has 12 pearls, 12 foundations and the measurements are 12,000 furlongs and the wall, 144 (12x12) cubits.  Also considered to be ‘the governmental perfection’ or the’ mystical number of God’s chosen people’.
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In Exodus 28, God showed Aaron how to make the ephod and breastplate for the garment of the high priest and his descendants. One stone was assigned to each of the 12 tribes of Israel. It was believed each stone carried not only the name of the tribe but also the attributes of that tribe. And that each stone had special healing powers - for that tribe - from heaven. (see background image below)



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(Hebrew calendar begins with September) 
SEPTEMBER  -  OCTOBER  -  NOVEMBER  -  DECEMBER
JANUARY  -  FEBRUARY  -  MARCH  -  APRIL
 MAY  -  JUNE  -  JULY  -  AUGUST
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