“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
The next decan of Aquarius is Cygnus, the Swan. In this celestial figure we have another creature that, though it isn’t a composite of two different species, is nonetheless comfortable in two different environments: Earth and sky.
The swan is the most beautiful and graceful of creatures. It flies effortlessly, gracefully, through the skies, reminding us of our altogether lovely Jesus, full of grace and truth! He is the One Who has gone away for a little while but is coming back.
Unlike the Falling Eagle belonging to the previous segment of this story, Cygnus is not falling down in death, but soars far above. It is full of life! Just as the swan is comfortable in two environments, so Jesus is comfortable in both heaven and earth.
Notice in the picture above that the stars of this constellation are roughly in the shape of a cross, reminding us that the God-Man, Who came to earth, won our freedom by way of the cross.
Known as the king of waterfowl, because of its grace and beauty, it is often associated with music, beauty, and poetry. But it is also associated with death. You’ve heard of a “Swan song?” This is a metaphorical phrase for a final gesture, effort, or performance given just before death or retirement.
Ancient Names For The Sign.
This decan is called, “Cygnos,” by the Greeks and “Cygnus,” by the Romans. Both names mean the same thing: “He who goes and comes, or Circles.” It reminds us of what the opening scripture says: That the One Who came to us from heaven will return again one day to take us home to be with Him forever!
Ancient Names For The Stars.
As you can see in the picture above, there are four names preserved for us. The brightest is “Deneb: The Lord or Judge Comes,” located in the lower middle of its back. We met another star bearing this same Hebrew name in Capricorn. They also called this same star, “Adige,” which means “Flying swiftly.”
The second brightest star bears an Arabic name: “Al Bireo: Flying Quickly,” located in its beak. Next in order of brightness is, “Sadr,” which means “Who returns in a circle,” in Hebrew, located in the lower shoulder. Kind of sounds like a boomerang, doesn’t it?
Two more stars, located in the tail, are “Azel,” meaning “Who goes and returns quickly,” and “Fafage,” which means, “The glorious shining fourth.” The last ancient star name we have is, “Arided: He shall come down.” All three are Hebrew names.
Though from different languages and cultures, the message nevertheless clearly seems to be the same: This Man from heaven Who came to earth is coming back and will return quickly.
The temple at Denderah in Egypt, the oldest map of the heavens, agrees with all the above. They called this decan, “Tes-Ark: This (One) from afar.” It echoes what the angels said to the disciples as Jesus was taken back to heaven:
“Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
Pretty descriptive! Every part of this star sign speaks of Jesus as having left but returning to earth at some point. The star names remind us of the scriptures in Revelation 22 where He says, “Behold, I am coming quickly.”
His return will be swift. He wants us to be ready, and by that He means, “Be born again.”
People, Jesus is the only acceptable sacrifice for sins. There is NO OTHER NAME given among men by which we can be saved.
No one can come before the Father without presenting an acceptable sacrifice, so make sure you have said, “Yes!” to what has been freely offered to you while there is still time.
Please follow the link below to Part 21 if you wish to continue this study of the story in the stars. We’ll be looking at the next major constellation: “Pisces: The Fishes:”
(Link is mis-numbered, please disregard)