“For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” -Romans 15:4
According to author, Nicholas Campion of Astrology and Popular Religion in the Modern West, 90% of adults know their zodiac signs & use it to dedicate their everyday lives. From receiving updates of what to expect from the upcoming day, who to date, & understanding their own characteristics, a lot of people turn to astrology for their everyday lives.
The same is not said about the Bible. Barna indicates that 14% of adults use the Bible daily, while 13% use it several times throughout the week, 8% once a week & 8% use it at least three to four times a year.
If we were to compare some of the women in the Bible with the zodiac signs, would more people be interested in knowing more of each history?
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*This is an OPINION piece matched with facts & research on Biblical women & zodiac signs*
A queen who displayed courage & confidence like the ram that she is! We are introduced to Queen Vashti in the Book of Esther, where her husband, King Ahasuerus, had hosted a party in their city of Shushan. While he & his guests were drunk & in the wrong state-of-minds, the king ordered his wife to appear before his male guests. He says this in Esther 1:11: “To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to shew the people and the princes her beauty: for she was fair to look on.” But she refused to parade around for mere entertainment for her husband & his friends & disobeys the king. This angers her husband, & he banishes Vashti & finds another wife (Esther). In this, we learn to not let others dictate who we are & what we do, but instead, hold our heads high with dignity.
Taurus/Shiphrah & Puah
These women eluded traits of a Taurus, with their devotion & responsibility of saving the children of Egypt. Midwives Shiphrah & Puah are mentioned in the book of Exodus, where they obeyed God while serving a tyrant. In Exodus 1:15-17, it states that: “And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah: And he said When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live. But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.” But Pharaoh found out about this, & asked them why did they do this, where the midwives hid their secret: “Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them.”(Exodus 1:19). Because of their devotion to saving the children & pleasing Him, God provided houses for them. Because of Shiphrah & Puah, we can learn that we must fear God more than man, for His Word is the one we should abide by.
A woman who was able to turn her pain into a blessing. Following the death of her husband & of her father-in-law, Ruth followed her mother-in-law, Naomi, to her home of Bethlehem, not knowing what may lay ahead of her. There, Ruth worked in a field to provide for her & Naomi, that belonged to a man named Boaz, who was a relative of Naomi’s husband. When Boaz heard of Ruth’s kindness to his kin, he told her that she could safely work in his field & get a drink from his water jars. Naomi encouraged Ruth to go after Boaz, instructing her to lie down at his feet after he comes back from work. Ruth did as she was told, & Boaz was surprised to see the woman. He exclaimed in Ruth 3:10-11: “And he said, Blessed, be thou of the Lord, my daughter: for thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning since thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich. And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.” From there, he married Ruth, for she showed him how gentle & affectionate she was for him & her mother-in-law. Ruth is an example for women that God will redeem us from our sorrows to give us more than we can ever imagine.
The zodiac sign, Cancer, is known to be empathetic & full of love & reassurance. They say that if you earn a Cancer’s trust, then you’ll be assured with a lifetime of friendship & support. This is the case with the Jewish queen, Esther. After King Ahasuerus dismissed his queen Vashti, he started looking for a new bride. He instructed a man named Hegai to prepare the women before the king, & Esther’s beauty won Hegai over. However, she was Jewish, unbeknownst to Hegai, & Esther’s cousin Mordecai advised her to not disclose her heritage to the king. The king was mesmerized by Esther’s beauty & made her his queen. During this time, Mordecai refused to bow down to the highest of all nobles, Haman. He was outraged that a Jew wouldn’t bow down to him, & convinced the king to set a date for all Jews to be killed. Mordecai told Esther of the plans & she instructed all Jews to join her in fasting for three days & three nights, & planned to make a plea with the king at a banquet with Haman present at the end of the fasting. After the three days, Queen Esther revealed her true identity, & asked the king to spare her & her people. In Esther 7:3-4 it reads: “Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favor in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request: For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. But if we had been sold for bondmen and bondwomen, I had held my tongue, although the enemy could not countervail the king’s damage.” She then revealed that the enemy was Haman, who only wanted to kill the Jews for his own greed. So King Ahasuerus hanged Haman & spared the Jews. Because of the love that she had for her people, Esther was able to save them from a grave fate.
A natural-born leader is described as a sign, Leo. The same can be said about Moses’s sister, Miriam. When her mother, Jochebed, placed her son Moses in a basket in the Nile River to be saved from the wrath of Pharaoh, Miriam was there taking watch. She saw when Pharaoh’s daughter saw Moses left unattended & picked up her brother from the basket. Miriam saw an opportunity & asked the princess if she would need a wet nurse to help care for the child. In Exodus 2:7-8, it states: “Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee? And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child’s mother.” Without revealing the relation to the child, Miriam saved her brother & kept him close to his real family. This teaches us that God places us in the right place at the right time to do His work.
A saint in her right, Lydia is known to be one of the first to be converted to Christianity in Europe. Also known as “The Woman of Purple,” Lydia was a seller of purple cloth when she met Apostle Paul on one of his missionary journies. We are introduced to Lydia in Acts 16:14 “And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.” She analyzed the words that Paul talked about God & wanted to improve herself as a Christian, much like the maiden, Virgo, who strives to perfect their skills. In Acts 16:15, it continues to talk about The Woman of Purple: “And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.” This service-orientated woman was a worshipper of God but had not yet heard the gospel of the Lord. Once she did, God opened her heart so that she could receive the life-giving message. We learn from Lydia to open our hearts to God, & He will bless us fruitfully.
A balance between beauty & brains is what is used to describe Abigail, the wife of a drunk named Nabal, who used diplomacy (like a true Libra) to save many lives. We are introduced to Abigail in 1 Samuel 25:3 “Now the name of the man was Nabal; the name of his wife Abigail: and she was a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance: but the man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb.” An outlaw because of King Saul’s hatred, David, had often helped Nabal’s herdsman. He then sent a request to Nabal asking for help for him & his 600 followers who were also isolated because of King Saul. Nabal, drunk, dismissed the appeal rudely & said he wouldn’t help the man who assisted him. Angered, David threatened to kill Nabal & all who emulated his contempt. Hearing this, Abigail set foot to detour David & to change his mind. She gathered food & wine & rode out to meet David & his men, where she averted David’s anger & asked for forgiveness of her husband. David accepted the apology; we see this in 1 Samuel 25: 35 “So David received of her hand that which she had brought him, and said unto her, Go up in peace to thine house; see, I have hearkened to thy voice, and have accepted thy person.” Abigail trusted her own intuition, & decided to resolve the problem head-on, therefore, saving her husband & his men from the wrath of David.
Persistent, strategic, loyal: all characteristics that describe the sign of Scorpio & of the woman, Rahab. A harlot, Rahab ran a house of other harlots where strangers were coming in & out throughout a day. That is why the spies sent by Joshua thought it was a good idea to hide in this house, as they scouted the examine the fighting forces in the city of Jericho. The Hebrews & Israelites were at war & the spies were sent to learn of the enemy. Men were then forwarded to Rahab’s house to seize the spies, asking Rahab to bring them out to them. Instead, Rahab bargained their safety for her family. She says this in Joshua 2:9 & 12-13: “And she said unto the men, “I know that the Lord hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you. Now, therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the Lord, since I have shown you kindness unto my father’s house, and give me a true token: And that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.” The spies kept their promise, & when the city of Jericho fell, Rahab & her family were saved. Rahab shows that God will use any of us for His Word & promises to bless any of His people.
Sagittarius/5 Daughters of Zelophehad
Mahlah, Noa, Hoglah, Milcah, & Tirzah faced challenges with dignity & showed real power among men. Channeling the sign of a Sagittarius, these women transformed their thoughts into action & created a new law for themselves & women after them.
After Moses delivered the Israelites from Egypt, he began to start a new land for the people. God gave instructions to Moses on how to divide the ground; He says in Numbers 26:2 “Take the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, from twenty years old and upward, throughout their fathers’ house, all that are able to go to war in Israel.” However, when this law was made, daughters were not included in this proclamation. Zelophehad, however, had no sons but daughters, thus creating a problem in his family inheriting the land. The women stood before Moses, the priest, princes & all of the congregation to declare (as it is said in Numbers 27: 3-4) “Our father died in the wilderness, and he was not in the company of them that gathered themselves together against the Lord in the company of Korah, but died in his own sin, and had no sons. Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family, because he hath no son? Give unto us, therefore, a possession among the brethren of our father.” Moses went to God, asking for his guidance in the matter. God then changed the law, proclaiming in Numbers 27:8 “And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a man die, and have no son, then ye shall cause his inheritance to pass unto his daughter.” Because of their determination, these five women changed the course of history, & they teach other women to stand up for their rights.
Capricorn/Mary of Bethany
There are several references to this servant of Jesus, who remained disciplined to Jesus & ambitious in knowing the Word of God. Like the goat sign, Mary of Bethany knew her responsibility as a devout to Jesus Christ.
Jesus visited Mary & Martha’s house, where Martha went right into serving Jesus & making sure that all was tidy for Him. Mary, whoever, sat at his feet & listened to what He had to say. Martha was furious with her sister, wanting her to help clean. Jesus, however, disagreed with Martha. In Luke 10:41-42 He says, “And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
In this instance, Mary teaches us that it is essential for us to hear the Word of God so that we can better serve Him. Sometimes our busy lives make us forget that we need to just listen to God.
Mary continues to teach us throughout the Bible. In John 12, we see that Jesus traveled to Bethany to visit the sisters. There, Mary showed her sincere devotion to Jesus in John 12:3 “Then Mary took a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment.”
Mary teaches us that we, as believers, must worship God through sacrifice & that it is vital to spend time with God & know His Word.
This priestess & judge fought for the rights & freedom of her people! Judge Deborah resembled that of an Aquarius, with her determination to fight for causes & her humanitarian efforts to provide a better life for the Israelites. Listening to the words of God, Deborah instructed the warrior, Barak, to bring 10,000 troops to attack Sisera, who was their enemy Jabin’s commander of soldiers. He told her he would only go if she went with him. She agreed but prophesied in Judges 4:9 that, “However, there will be no glory for you in the course you are taking, for then the Lord will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman.” And when they went into battle, the Israelites won the fight in the hands of Jael, who was the wife of another clan leader (she drove a peg through Sisera’s head with a mallet). Through this, we learn to step out on faith, no matter how scary the outcome may be.
Originally named Sarai, meaning “princess,” Sarah was the wife of Abraham & the mother of Isaac at the age of 90. When God promised that Sarah would be a “mother of nations” in Genesis 17:16, Sarah resembled the trait of a Pisces & feared this to not be so: “And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.” Letting her emotions control her, Sarah gave her maidservant, Hagar, to her husband so that she can bear a child. However, that is not what God promised. When God makes the same promise when Sarah is 90 years old, she laughs at the thought! However, within that same year, Sarah has gifted a child. Sarah gained wisdom through this journey with God, like the fish zodiac, & learns to trust God. Sarah teaches us that waiting for God can be a hard task, for we might feel that He is not moving in the timeframe that we want. However, we must sometimes know the waiting season is when we gain the most wisdom & life lessons that’ll prepare us for the road ahead.