Cancer: Exploring Star Chronicles – Week 12

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As we near the end of our journey through Star Chronicles: A Bible-Based Study of the Stars by Dawnita Fogleman, this week we will take a look at Cancer. Looking from a Hebrew and Biblical perspective, this constellation’s modern reputation seems to have strayed the most from its Divinely Ordained purpose and the month that it covers has not fared much better. Let’s see if we can’t find our way back to the story that God actually wrote!

Disclaimer: While this study is using Star Chronicles: A Bible-Based Study of the Stars as a guide, neither The Torah Garden nor this astronomy study claim to reflect the views or beliefs of the author or anyone else associated with the production of the Star Chronicles.

Cancer…Crabs…NO WAY!

The Hebrew name for Gemini is Sarṭon, meaning “who holds or binds” and might be a form of the Hebrew word ‘âsar, meaning “to bind” {Strong’s H631}. In modern Hebrew this word has come to take on the meaning of “crab”. The Torah teaches us, however, that a crab is tamei {ritually unclean}. In fact, God flat out calls them a detestable abomination {Leviticus 11:9-12}! This is probably the reason there is actually no ancient Hebrew word for crab. Why then would God write this creature into His story of salvation and the restoration of holiness? I don’t think He would!

We find our first clue to the real identity of this constellation in the Denderah, a depiction of the ancient Egyptian zodiac. In this depiction, though the picture is of a scarab beetle, this constellation is called Klaria, meaning “the cattle-folds”. Along with the names of many of the stars found in this constellation, we begin to see a picture of a pasture or shepherd unfolding before our eyes, giving a whole different feeling to that “who holds or binds” definition we saw at first. Instead of a tamei animal, we are in fact being given a picture of our Savior who holds close and binds to Him, the sheep of His flock.

As if this constellation didn’t have enough controversy attached to it, it covers the month the modern Hebrew calendar labels “Tammuz”. More biblically accurate, however, would be the name Chodesh Revi’i or Fourth Month. See Tammuz is actually the name of an ancient pagan god, the son of Nimrod to be exact. Remember him…the one who tried to overthrow the authority of God at the Tower of Babel and the founder of Babylon? Tammuz is also said to have taken Ishtar as a wife, Ishtar being the one whom the Ishtar, or Easter, egg gets its name from. With all this paganism shrouding this month, isn’t it comforting to know that we have a Savior who will hold us close and bind us to Him through these idolistic times on into eternity!

The Decans of Cancer

The first decan of Cancer is Ursa Minor and the second is Ursa Major. These two decans go hand in hand as they are intended to represent the same thing but in different sizes, with of course the “major” being the larger and the “minor” being the smaller. The Hebrew name for this decan is Dover {Strong’s H1699}, meaning “a fold or pasture”, as in a fold of sheep. Interestingly enough, though the spelling the Hebrew alephbet is different, the word Dover in pronunciation sounds very much like the Hebrew word “dov” {Strong’s H1677} which means “bear”. See how the confusion might have gotten started here?

Again, in these decans, we see the original story that God wrote coming back to life. We have the first and smaller fold representing Israel, whom Yeshua come to bring the good News to first, and the second and larger fold representing the Gentile nations, whom Yeshua charged is disciples with spreading the Good News to after His Ascension. Isn’t that absolutely amazing!?!

Lastly, we have the decan Argo. While there appears to be no Hebrew name for this decan, when I looked at it in light of all the of the shepherd and sheepfold aspects that we’ve been discussing the first thing that popped into my head was “For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man” {Matthew 24:37 ESV} and “For as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man be to this generation” {Luke 11:30 ESV}. The Hebrew word for ship is ‘onı̂yâh {Strong’s H591}. Can’t you just see Yeshua sailing in on that cloud to separate the sheep from the wolves and begin His reign as King in the Millennial Kingdom {1 Thessalonians 4:17; Revelation 1:7}!?! In that Day He will surely gather His folds close to Him, making it clear who is His and who isn’t!

Lessons from Cancer

I can honestly see why this has become the most distorted of all the chapters in the story! What a powerful message our God left for us in the stars! Can you imagine what a powerful force we would become for the Kingdom if we could really grasp and believe that we are gathered to Yeshua, a part of His fold, and bound to Him for life! Yeshua said it Himself, NO ONE can snatch those who belong to Him from His hands {John 10:28-29}!

Take some time to really digest that into your spirit and let it develop a spiritual confidence in you that shine through everything you do! Shalom beloved!~

Surrendered to Him~


Our plans this week

1. Read through “Resurrection” in Star Chronicles: A Bible-Based Study of the Stars by Dawnita Fogleman, utilizing the coloring pages and notebooking pages.
2. Read through our Cancer Supplement {a print copy of the lessons in this blog post}
3. Do our Cancer Worksheets, including writing the next part of The Story.
4. Fill in the Cancer section of our Defining the Constellations worksheet {located here}

Our Resources {Click image to download for FREE!}


Cancer Supplement via @TheTorahGarden Cancer Worksheet via @TheTorahGarden



{Be sure to read my review of Star Chronicles, learn why I believe studying the stars and constellations is so important for believers, and check out the full 14-week study.}

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