The Star of Bethlehem: Chapter 1 – Prologue

We are now going to try to get the measure of the man, using his birth chart. In the words of George Harrison’s song, “My Sweet Lord”, ‘I really want to know you’.

A Description of Jesus

Twenty years ago {forty years now}, I came across the following quotation in Jeffrey Furst’s book, Edgar Cayce’s Story of Jesus.

Few people are aware that there is in existence today, in the Archives in Rome, a description of Jesus. It is contained in a report written nearly two thousand years ago, by a Roman, Publius Lentulus, to his Emperor, Tiberias. It reads thus:

“There has appeared in Palestine a man who is still living and whose power is extraordinary. He has the title give him of Great prophet; his disciples call him the Son of God. He raises the dead and heals all sorts of diseases. He is a tall, well-proportioned man, and there is an air of severity in his countenance which at once attracts the love and reverence of those who see him. His hair is the color of new wine from the roots to his ears, and thence to the shoulders it is curled and falls down to the lowest part of them. Upon the forehead, it parts in two after the manner of Nazarenes. His forehead is flat and fair, his face without blemish or defect, and adorned with a graceful expression. His nose and mouth are very well proportioned, his beard is thick and the color of his hair. His eyes are gray and extremely lively. In his reproofs, he is terrible, but in his exhortations and instructions, amiable and courteous. There is something wonderfully charming in this face with a mixture of gravity. He is never seen to laugh, but has been observed to weep. He is very straight in stature, his hands large and spreading, his arms are very beautiful. He talks little, but with a great quality and is the handsomest man in the world.”

The Secret Archives of the Vatican


Sarcophagus of Junius Bassus

What I find so fascinating about this account is the way Jesus is portrayed — a tall, handsome, very masculine individual. It is almost as if we need him to be a “perfect” specimen in order to look up to him. But what if he were full of human foibles and blemished, or lacking in some way physically? Would we still admire him?

In contrast to the above, here is a small piece from The Secret Archives of the Vatican:

One of the earliest documents in the Secret Archives to come down to us in its physical form is an act of donation to the pope by a Romanized Goth, which escaped destruction because it was hidden in a very small church near Tivoli. Its date is 471, but its story begins in the previous century. In the year 359 there had died a great gentleman of a Rome that was going down to its tragic sunset: the consul Junius Bassus, prefect of the city. He was only forty-two years of age, and he was buried in a sarcophagus that is a masterpiece of the time. Now in the Vatican grotto, it is covered with bas-relief scenes from the scriptures; the central one shows Christ between the apostles Peter and Paul. At first one thinks that the scene has been misinterpreted and that it actually represents the boy Jesus in the Temple, for on it the Christ appears as a very young adolescent, a large fair child. Then one notices another scene, of the Palm Sunday episode; here again the Christ is shown as a young boy; and one realizes that the artist has seen him not as an historical figure but as the divine child of Diety.

Now, that’s justification for you. The author, Maria Luisa Ambrosini, is speculating about why Jesus is portrayed as a young boy. It never occurs to her that maybe he was actually small, not tall at all! Does this diminish him in our eyes?

The Gospel of Thomas


The Secret Books of the Egyptian Gnostics

In The Secret Books of the Egyptian Gnostics, Jean Doresse examines the passages from The Gospel of Thomas in which Jesus may have been describing his ‘less-than-perfect’ form:

’51. Jesus says: “From Adam to John the Baptist, among those who have been born of women, there is none greater than John the Baptist! But for fear that the eyes should be lost I have said: He who among you shall be the smallest shall know the Kingdom and be higher than John!”‘

Was he referring to himself? Commentators who are steeped in the classical image of Jesus think not, but I am not so sure. The other passage I wish to quote has an aside which suggests that Jesus himself was less than satisfied with his physical body:

’34. Jesus says: “If the flesh was produced for the sake of the spirit, it is a miracle. But if the spirit was produced for the sake of the body, it is a miracle of miracles.”

But for myself, I marvel at that because this great wealth has dwelt in this poverty.

Jesus’ Portrait


Jesus Christ Healing poster

Throughout this book, I shall be endeavoring to share the true measure of the man with you by quoting extensively from as many different sources as I can.

Also, I would ask that you read this book with an open mind. There are a great many things in this book which may cause consternation among those who could be best described as “There are none so blind as those who will not see”.

In the meantime, I hope this book will accurately complete the details of Jesus’ portrait and bring the purpose of his life closer to you, the reader.

So, let us begin this journey of discovery at the beginning, his birth.

Jesus’ Birth Chart


Jesus of Nazareth

For anyone wanting to replicate this chart, use the date and time of 6 January 6 BC @ 12:01 am local time (‘in the midnight hour’), then let the programme reset the date to the modern equivalent.

Sun – 13 Capricorn 48′
Moon – 16 Cancer 01′
North Node – 24 Aries 21′
Mercury – 29 Capricorn 24′
Venus – 27 Scorpio 28′
Mars – 17 Aquarius 36′
Jupiter – 19 Pisces 23′
Saturn – 17 Pisces 17′
Uranus – 03 Pisces 08′
Neptune – 07 Scorpio 00′
Pluto – 12 Virgo 14′

Ascendant – 11 Libra 01′
Midheaven – 11 Cancer 47′
2nd House cusp – 09 Scorpio 04′
3rd House cusp – 09 Sagittarius 41′
5th House cusp – 13 Aquarius 54′
6th House cusp – 14 Pisces 10′

2016 explanation: When I wrote this book in 1996, I hand calculated the positions of the planets based upon the concept that Jesus WAS born on 25 December 7 BC. My thinking was that the 10 days lost in the October 1582 conversion of the Julian calender to the Gregorian would somehow be constant over time. To see what the actual change was, go to this link.

2020 explanation: I have revised Jesus’ birth time to align it more correctly with Edgar Cayce’s explanation. It is now January 6, 6 BC, one minute after midnight old style, Julian calendar. The equivalent in the Gregorian calendar is two days earlier.

Due to my ‘miscalculations’, some of my numbers were slightly skewed. However, it was the image that resulted from those errors that made me choose the book title and main emphasis of this manuscript. See the next image for ‘proof’.

Picture Credits


Jesus’ original birth chart

Can you see the Star pattern?

Linked pages: The Star of Bethlehem: Introduction (part 1)
The Star of Bethlehem: Introduction (part 2)

Picture credits:
Sarcophagus of Junius Bassus courtesy of;
The Secret Books of the Egyptian Gnostics courtesy of;
Jesus Christ Healing poster courtesy of

About cdsmiller17

I am an Astrologer who also writes about world events. My first eBook "At This Point in Time" is available through most on-line book stores. I have now serialized my second book "The Star of Bethlehem" here. And I am experimenting with birth and death charts. If you wish to contact me, or request a birth chart, send an email to (And, in case you are also interested, I have an extensive list of celebrity birth and death details if you wish to 'confirm' what you suspect may be a past-life experience of yours.) Bless.
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22 Responses to The Star of Bethlehem: Chapter 1 – Prologue

  1. Why did you choose the date 5 January 7 BC instead?

    Really interesting post. I’ve had a renewed interest in the last few months re-biblical events, and have read some rather controversial ideas. The most recent that Jesus may have spent some time in england learning from the druids as a child. It was a passing comment in a book referenced to other works which I intend to look up at some point, so if you’re interested I’ll let you know if it comes to anything. šŸ™‚

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  2. cdsmiller17 says:

    Jessica, I am always interested in knowledge.

    BTW the date I chose is actually the last few minutes before 6 January 6 BC. As i shall document as I go along, the correct day was stated by Edgar Cayce, and the year was following a triple conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, which would appear in the sky as a new star. Details to follow…


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    Reblogged this on Lost Dudeist Astrology.

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