So was Jesus a Capricorn born on December 25th? Not likely. Back in the days when the ancient Church Fathers were looking around for an official date to celebrate the birth of Jesus, they were also busily engaged in the very serious endeavor of proselytizing and “Christianizing” ancient Rome. The ancient Romans conveniently happened to have a popular pagan holiday season called "Saturnalia." It was originally celebrated each year on December 17th, and was a special day set apart for honoring the Roman god Saturn. This was a day for nostalgically remembering the "Golden Age" of Saturn's beneficent rule. Gifts were exchanged in remembrance of the bounty Saturn had once-upon-a-time bestowed upon the Roman people. For the ancient Romans, Saturnalia was joyous celebration of "the good old days," when everything had once-upon-a-time" been right in the world. At some point in time, the holy day of Saturnalia had also been tied into being a celebration of the rebirth of the Sun – and, as such, Saturnalia was held each year about the time of the Winter Solstice, which marks the beginning of winter. The Winter Solstice is the day having the longest night and the shortest amount of sunlight hours. After the Winter Solstice, the daylight hours slowly begin lasting longer and longer with each passing day, with this trend of increasing sunlight continuing on until the Summer Solstice in June, which is the day with the longest amount of daylight hours, and is the official beginning of summer. Anyway, the Winter Solstice takes place each year around December 21st to mark the rebirth of the Sun. In the 4th century AD, the Roman emperor at the time "officially" reset Saturnalia to be celebrated on December 25th. Shortly thereafter, the Church Fathers likewise set the official date for celebrating the birth of Jesus as being December 25th. What more appropriate day could the Church Fathers have "borrowed" for commemorating the birth of the Son than the already extremely popular pagan holiday set apart for celebrating the rebirth of the true Sun? [It's interesting to note that when looked at on a purely symbolic level, the esoteric Church placed the birth of John the Baptist at the time lf the Summer Solstice (decreasing sunlight), and the birth of Christ at the time of the Winter Solstice (increasing sunlight). This was meant to esoterically represent the New Testament scriptural passage where John the Baptist told his disciples that he must decrease, while Jesus must increase.] Astrologers have been speculating about the birth of Christ for almost 2000 years now. However, there was at least one small group of ancient Babylonian astrologers who got it right. Remember the traditional Christmas story and the "wise men" or "magi" that were following a star? It's highly unlikely that there was any sort of supernova explosion in the sky that these "wise men" were following. According to the New Testament Book of Matthew, only the wise men were aware of the star's presence. Everyone else – knowing something special was going on – had been clued into the fact by angels (or by another source of divine revelation). Only the most closed-minded person could possibly argue that these "wise men" from the East were anything other than ancient Babylonian astrologers. Based on Biblical accounts and independent historical sources, the birth of Jesus most likely took place between the years 8 BC and 4 BC. Beyond that we're forced back into the darker, murky waters of speculation. Many astrologers (dating back at least as far as medieval times) have typically placed the year of Jesus' birth at 7 BC. This was a landmark year when the planets Jupiter and Saturn made three exact conjunctions at different times in the sign Pisces. Such a triple conjunction of these great planets in Pisces is extremely rare, and has not occurred again during the past 2000 years. According to astrophysicist and astronomer Dr. Percy Seymour, the ancient Babylonian and Jewish astrologers associated the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn with the "passing of power" from one supernatural deity to another. However, the exceptionally unique thing about this triple conjunction was that it took place aligned with what is called the “Precession of the Equinoxes,” denoting a time when the precession was changing, i.e., going from the Age of Aries to the Age of Pisces. (Each astrological age lasts approximately 2155 years, and in the precession, the zodiac signs move backwards.) Jesus was (and is) traditionally thought to have ushered in the astrological Age of Pisces, symbolizing "salvation through suffering." This combination of a rare triple conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn in Pisces with the dawning of a new astrological age in Pisces was a cosmic phenomenon that any ancient Babylonian astrologer would have announced that it is time for the birth of a messiah. The "acronychal rising" of planets, known to be commonly used by ancient Babylonian astrologers, appears to have strong merit. Dr. Percy Seymour has combined this cosmic phenomenon and come up with the date of September 15, 7 BC. Among other things, it would put 23º of Pisces on the Ascendant in the horoscope of Jesus the Christ – with Jupiter and Saturn rising – and would place his Sun in Virgo, symbolic of being "born of the Virgin."