The Winter 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
  • The Star of Bethlehem DVD
  • 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, the movement of the stars and planets, and the 12 zodiac constellations.

 

1st main session:  Gemini and Its Decans

In this zodiac constellation we see Christ and His Bride.  Its decans tell of the ministry of Christ to His Church.

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:  Cancer and Its Decans

Another faint constellation, Cancer gives a poignant picture of what an inn, like the one that had no room for Jesus at His birth, was like.  Its decans are the most well-known and readily recognized of all the constellations, but their ancient meanings may surprise you.

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:  Leo and Its Decans

Leo, the last constellation in the zodiac processional, is large and distinct in the late winter sky.  Its reclining position declares a triumphant finale to the drama of history.  Within this session, the winter triangle is reviewed.

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).

 

The Star of Bethlehem DVD

This DVD uses computerized astronomy software to go back into astronomical history, looking for clues about the Star of Bethlehem.  A fascinating study of the stars and planets.

 

4th main session:  The Feasts of the Lord, Blood Moons, and Other Signs of the Heavens

The Feasts of the Lord are directly related to the astronomical movements of the sun and moon.  This session explains how these feasts fit into our calendar year.  A blood moon is defined and the historical significance of the blood moons is discussed.  A brief look at Revelation reveals some other concepts of the signs in the heavens.  An encouragement to "Look up, lift up your heads, for your redemption draws near."

Workbook Activity: 

A worksheet is provided to understand the placement of the Feasts of the Lord in our calendar year.

 

Family Quiet Time 1:  The Star of Bethlehem

Before watching the DVD, this study helps each person discover for themselves the details that God gives us about the Star of Bethlehem.
 

Family Quiet Time 2:  What Does Revelation Say about the Stars?

Study the symbolism and the ways God uses the stars to describe the judgment of God on the earth.