The Summer Constellations

 

Many Christians have shied away from learning the constellations, and particularly the zodiac constellations, because of their association with astrology.  In doing so, we have forgotten the much more ancient biblical truth that God placed the stars in the sky for signs and seasons.  A study of the stars and of the ancient star charts is not only fascinating but also enlightening, leading us to worship the God who "made the stars also."  Woven throughout each session are many Scriptures that uncover the depth and breadth of the Gospel.


This retreat consists of:

  • four main sessions
  • constellation workbook activities
  • night-time constellation identification
  • two family devotionals
  • songs related to the stars

 

Introduction:  A Review

This brief introduction reviews the apologetic for trusting the concept of the Gospel in the Stars and the movement of the stars and planets.

 

1st main session:  Sagittarius and Its Decans

The fourth zodiac constellation, Sagittarius is a champion of hope.  Marvel at the precision of placement and the wonder of this illustration that reveals the love and power of God in effecting our salvation!

Workbook and Family Activity: 

Using star stickers that show the size and color of the stars, each of the 4 constellations taught in this session are outlined.  Night-time star gazing:  With a laser flashlight to point the way, each of the 4 constellations will be located (weather permitting).

 

2nd main session:  Capricornus and Its Decans

A large bright constellation in our southern sky, Capricornus leads into a discussion of skepticism and the nature of symbolism.  Although its decans are some of the smallest of the constellations, they are easy to find and are powerful illustrations of God's plan.

Workbook Activity: 

Using star stickers that show the size and color of the stars, each of the 4 constellations taught in this session are outlined. 

 

3rd main session:  Aquarius and His Decans

Though somewhat faint, Aquarius is perhaps the most dazzling constellation in our late summer sky.  One of its decans, soaring high in the sky and lying exactly in the line of the Milky Way, nightly proclaims in the loveliest voice the glory of Christ. 

Workbook and Family Activity: 

Using star stickers that show the size and color of the stars, each of the 4 constellations taught in this session are outlined.  Night-time star gazing:  With a laser flashlight to point the way, each of the previous 8 constellations will be located (weather permitting).

 

4th main session:  Telling Time by the Stars

Did you know that stars have birthdays?  Not in the traditional sense, but their "birthdays" can enable us to tell fairly accurate time.  The procession of the stars reveals the mathematical precision of God and the universe He has made.  This session teaches the names of the 10 brightest stars in the sky and their "birthdays" as well as how to tell time by them.  The summer and winter triangles are also learned.

Workbook and Family Activity: 

Using star stickers that show the size and color of the stars, each of the 4 constellations taught in this session are outlined.  A physical outdoor activity is used to demonstrate the time movement of the stars.

 

Family Quiet Time 1:  Explore More of What the Bible Says about Stars, Part 1

Stars are used as metaphors of other things in the Bible.  This devotional takes you on a trek of discovery.  Did you know that YOU are likened to the stars?
 

Family Quiet Time 2:  Explore More of What the Bible Says about Stars, Part 2

Using what God has revealed through His Word about stars, our imaginations can take flight through the vast sea of stars!