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The Other Side of Pisces, the Treacherous Depths
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Judas leaves the Last Supper. The Last Supper shows the zodiac Twelve with Jesus, the dangerous Messianic thirteenth. Judas is ‘chosen’ by Jesus to betray Him, ‘that the scripture may be fulfilled.’ (Jn.13.11,18,21-30; Mt.26.20-25; Mk.14.17-21; Lk. 22.21-23) Like the Twelve Tribes of Israel, the Twelve Disciples stand for the circle of the Twelve Signs.
Judas Iscariot echoes Christ’s name and fate, hung upon the Tree. Judas represents the opposite side of the two Fishes, the inevitable antichrist, insistently listed last among the Twelve, darkly highlighted, the traitor. This is the meaning of the Pisces symbol, the back to back Fishes, a treacherously deep duality.
In the Dead Sea Scrolls we shall find Judas much closer to Jesus, his divine double, than is at all comfortable.
The twelfth Sign, Pisces, defines the Twelfth House (Key to the Houses) of the horoscope. Alongside the high holiness of discreet secrets and sacred places, care and compassion, the Twelfth House is also associated with the deeper, darker side of our secret, inner life : treachery and self-undoing, suicide. The predestined fate of Judas. (Acts 1.16)
Twelve Always Signifies the Zodiac
This Traditional identity is repeated, more explicitly still, in the supreme Kabbalistic vision of Revelation (Ch.21) where the City of God is built to the zodiac rule of Twelve : ‘twelve thousand furlongs, its length and breadth and height being equal. Its wall was one hundred and forty four cubits high.’ Innocently insisting the symbolic nature of this number.
When we find the 144,000 ‘Saved’ at the End (14.1) we might recognise a similar spiritual symbolism, as a measure of zodiac wholeness ? 12 x 12 plus some noughtiness ? the full Monty of holiness. Just doing your best, not your worst, probably. The zodiac is constructed from the four elements of earth, air, fire and water, divided in three stages and the City stands foursquare with three gates in each direction. As the Tibetan Buddhists paint their mandalas, representing these same elements. There’s nothing new under this Sun.
The twelve gates are named for the Twelve Tribes and the twelve foundations for the Twelve Apostles. The twelve foundations are ‘garnished’ with twelve astrological stones, ‘the twelfth, an amethyst,’ an ancient charm against the vices of the vine : the Pisces gem (see the wedding at Cana). Only a few examples are spelt plainly : Judas; probably ‘Doubting’ Thomas, the Twin, (Gemini is the Twins, sign of the duality of doubt) and Simon who is given the name of Cephas or Peter, 'the Rock,' symbolising the powerful spirit of Capricorn, the Goat, the essence of the Establishment, the Church, not omitting the darker side of the goaty Devil.
Peter as the Goat, Sometimes Satan
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