Pisces: Exploring Star Chronicles – Week 8

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We are now over the halfway mark in our journey through Star Chronicles: A Bible-Based Study of the Stars by Dawnita Fogleman! It has been an awesome ride so far, hasn’t it!?! This week we will be covering Pisces. Fish have been readily identified with Yeshua over the centuries, so it will be very interesting to see what we uncover in this week’s studies.

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.

The Fish of Pisces

Dagim {plural of Strong’s H1709}, meaning “fishes” is the Hebrew name for the Pisces constellation. As we saw last week, it comes from a root word that means “to multiply, increase”. There is one fish swimming upward, reaching out for the King, striving with all its might for Heaven and the things above. The other one is traveling along in a straight line, moving forward but never rising above the ways of the world. Sounds quite like the struggle of believers and humanity as a whole doesn’t it!

The Hebrew month attributed to Pisces is Adar. As Divinity would have it, this is also the only month that occasionally exists in duplicity! See the Biblical calendar is dependent on the signs and wonders that HaShem wove into nature during Creation. The start of a new month in the Biblical calendar is marked by the new moon. The 1st month begins on the 1st new moon that occurs once the barley crop in Israel reaches a ripened stage that the Bible calls Aviv. As the 12th month of the Biblical year, this means that if a new moon is seen at the end of Adar and the barley crop is not yet Aviv, then we have to have Adar II until God is ready shows us that He is ready to start a new year. I believe God designed His calendar this way to keep us living in the present, without trying to plan too far ahead that we forget to enjoy the moment, and to keep us connected with and dependent on Him in every moment.

Adar is also the month that Purim is celebrated. While Purim, like Hanukkah, is not a Holy Day prescribed by HaShem, it shares with us a mighty example of Divine deliverance and triumph that we can learn many lessons from. The part of the story that rings out the most while studying this constellation is Esther 4:14, “For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Deliverance for His people is guaranteed and there is NOTHING that can be done to stop it! How comforting is that!!!

The Decans of Pisces

The first decan for Pisces is The Band. As far as I can find there is no Hebrew name for this decan and the vast meanings of the word “band” make finding the Hebrew word that would fit this particular usage very difficult. I do, however, believe that this decan was expressed out of the mouth of Yeshua Himself.

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:29-30 {ESV}

See this band binds both the fish moving upward and the one moving along sideways. Here Yeshua reminds us that the yoke, the weight of the band that binds us, is lighter for the fish seeking Him. Maybe that’s why that one is able to rise upward while the other is bound to travel on the earth!

Next we have Andromeda. This decan appears to have two Hebrew names, Sirra, meaning “the chained”, and Persea, meaning “the stretched out”. I have not been able to find the corresponding Strong’s number for either, but the concepts are found all throughout the Word. We were chained to sin, bound to the death that it brings, but HaShem stretched out His hand toward us, stretched out His very Son to save us, and broke those chains once and for all!

Last, but certainly not least, is Cepheus. It is derived from the Hebrew word kippâh, meaning “branch” {Strong’s H3712}. I find that very fitting addition to the other titles attributed to this decan…a King, a Shepherd, a Branch. Sounds very much like the titles given to Yeshua!

“On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.”
Revelation 19:16 {ESV}

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
John 10:11 {ESV}

“And say to him, ‘Thus says יהוה Tzevaot, “Behold, the man whose name is the Branch: for he shall branch out from his place, and he shall build the temple of יהוה.”
Zechariah 6:12 {ESV}

Lessons from Pisces

I think that Pisces very accurately represents the conflict that exists in humanity, the tug between serving God or serving the world. Yeshua has freed us from those bonds and given us the power of choice, making a way for us to be truly free. We need only to take His light yoke upon our neck and walk daily in His Truth. Too often though, we attempt to ride the line and end up with a life that is neither going forward nor rising higher. I think this is what Yeshua cautioned us against when He warned us that we could not serve two masters {Luke 16:13}. The time to choose is now!

I pray that all duplicity and confusion is removed from your life beloved. Shalom!~

Surrendered to Him~
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Our plans this week

1. Read through “Fish” in Star Chronicles: A Bible-Based Study of the Stars by Dawnita Fogleman, utilizing the coloring pages and notebooking pages.
2. Read through our Pisces Supplement {a print copy of the lessons in this blog post}
3. Do our Pisces Worksheets, including writing the next part of The Story. {Please note: Question #3 this week is likely to require family discussion and study to help the children see things differently over time.}
4. Fill in the Pisces section of our Defining the Constellations worksheet {located here}

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{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.}

What impacted you the most as you studied about Pisces?

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