From The Alpha and the Omega - Insert Chapter Five
by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved
"Libra (Star Chart) "
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Star Chart Libra



    Libra, The Scales or the Balance [Middle English, from Latin libra, balance, the constellation Libra], appears on the Meridian on June 20. These stars were originally called Chelae (Latin for "claw") and were part of the much larger, adjacent constellation of Scorpius. The names of Libra’s brightest stars recall the constellation’s past position forming the claws of the scorpion. These stars seem to have become a separate constellation with the Romans and have been called Libra, the Scales ever since.

   In Roman times the Sun entered Libra on the autumnal equinox (about September 23), when the length of day and night are about equally balanced (in earlier Egyptian paintings the constellation also appears as a balance). The Sun is no longer in Libra at the autumnal equinox (but September 23 still marks the start of the astrological period known as Libra). The four fairly prominent stars that make up the box shape of the scales have also been interpreted as an altar. The astrological symbol is variously said to represent an altar or a balance.

   In Libra we see two scales, one higher and one lower. These scales represent the whole theme of redemption, or purchases, and describe a commercial transaction.

   Redemption comes from the Latin emptio which means "To Buy" or "To Purchase" and the prefix "re." In the word redemtio the "d" is put in merely for euphony so that there are not two "e’s" in a row.

   Redemtio or redemption means "To Purchase Back." Redemption is the act of redeeming or the condition of having been redeemed, pawned or mortgaged, a payment of an obligation, as a government's payment of the value of it's bonds. Deliverance upon payment of ransom; rescue. Salvation from sin through Jesus’ sacrifice [Middle English redempcioun, from Old French redemption, from Latin redemptio, redemption-, from redemptus, past participle of redmere, to redeem]. Redemption (Heb. ge’ullah, Gr. lytrosis, apolytrosis). In the OT doctrine of redemption: ga’al, usually translates "to redeem," and padhah "to ransom." The verb padhah is used of the Lord’s ransoming work, 13 out of the 39 references allude to the events of the Exodus, it concentrates on price and payment. Thus a coming of justice which is where Libra is in the astrological position opposite of Aries the Ram or Lamb. The NT theme of redemption is the position of human beings as slaves of sin (John 8:33-34). Psalms 106:10 "He…redeemed them from the hand of the enemy." In some ancient pictures of the zodiac the lower scale is held in the claw of the Scorpion, the Scorpion being a picture of Satan, which mankind is held in the grip of.

   The Coming of the Messiah is the central theme of Ezekiel which is apostasy and a need for redemption. Isaiah basically prophesied the coming fall of Judea and the concept of salvation.

   Scales and Balances from the Bible as in used as an instrument for weighing are referred to in Isaiah 40:12 and Proverbs 16:11, as balance. Job 6:1-2 "…my calamity laid in the balances together!"

   MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN are four Aramaic words that suddenly appear on the wall of Belshazzars banquet hall (Dan. 5:10) which Daniel interpreted.

   Daniel 5:24-30 "…the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN…the interpretation of the thing:
    MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished itTEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wantingPERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians…"

   The NT Greek word for Scales or Balance is (Zugos) a yoke, pair of scales as used in Rev. 6:5.

Denderah Zodiac and modern Libra

Arabic Lunar Mansion Names
Star Names of Libra

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