The Spring 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:  Is This for Real?

This brief introduction provides an apologetic for trusting the concept of the Gospel in the Stars.

 

1st main session:  The Movement of the Stars:  How Astronomy Works

Using a star globe and an interactive demonstration, the movement of the stars begins to make sense. The relationship between the stars and the sun is taught, along with how their pathways interplay with our seasons.  An explanation is given of the brightness (magnitude), color, and distance of the stars.  The planets are also discussed and where they fit into the celestial dance.  Do you know the Bible term for the planets? 

Workbook and Family Activity: 

A planetary sticker chart.  A demonstration of the sizes and distances of the planets in relation to one another.

 

2nd main session:  Virgo and Her Decans

All 12 zodiac constellations are introduced and the term decans is explained.  Virgo begins the procession of the zodiac constellations.  This session includes the significant stars, their names and meanings, and the positions of each constellation in relation to the others.

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).

 

3rd main session:  Libra and Its Decans

Libra is the second constellation in the zodiac.  The significance of this constellation, along with the star names and decans are taught.  Here is an incredibly beautiful picture of the Gospel.

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. 

 

4th main session:  Scorpio and Its Decans

Scorpio, the third zodiac constellation, gives a powerful illustration of the deceitfulness of our enemy and the spiritual gravity of the danger we all face.

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).

 

Family Quiet Time 1:  What the Bible Says about Stars as Signs

This devotional gives a biblical defense for the Gospel in the stars, walking through several passages that tell of the stars' message.
 

Family Quiet Time 2:  What the Stars Teach Us about God and Ourselves

God specifically uses the stars in the Bible as illustrations about Himself and His relationship to us.  Discover the wonder of His power, love, and care.