Figure 1. We can see here that Mercury (Me) is completely covering Regulus, the King and brightest star in Leo. After Mercury, follows the King planet Jupiter (Ju) approaching Leo (the King constellation). After this, Mercury goes into retrograde motion to meet Venus (Ve) for the first time in Mercury’s first and wider retrograde motion. Dates are given by the software at the right side in the bottom. There is a word in the Greek Septuagint translation of the porphecy of Jacob in Genesis 49:10 which has astronomical significance. It is εκλειψει (Strong's #1587). This word ekleipsei is translated to English as "depart" in KJV, "taken" in BBE, "taken away" in Wyclffe and in Douay-Rheims, or "turneth"" aside" in YLT. Ekleipsei means "to eclipse", "to disappear", "to surpass", "to outvie", & Thayer’s: 1a) "to leave out", "omit", "pass by", and 2b) "of the failing or eclipse of the light" (of Regulus, in this case). Three times Regulus was eclipsed: by Mercury, by Jupiter, and by the Moon, thus establishing the fulfillment of the prophecy. In these astronomical simulations the celestial bodies travel from Right to Left.



Figure 2. Conjunction of Venus (Ve) and Jupiter (Ju) seen as one. The Sun, the transparent circle running on the ecliptic, is in Leo in August, and also you can see Mercury (Me) in the distance (smaller size) in its first of two retrograde motions near Leo. Mercury's second retrograde motion occurred one year later.


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Some useful links:

Retrograde motion explained.

Retrograde motion in Leo's brightest star: Regulus.

Virgo at the day of Jesus' birth and Leo during the year surrounding his birth.

The birth of Jesus Christ.

September 11, 3 B.C. - The great sign in heaven.

Quirinius and Luke 2:2.

"The Star of Bethlehem", by Craig Chester. Imprimis, monthly Journal of Hillsdale College. December 1996, Vol. 25, No. 12. Pp.: 1-6. (PDF)

"Star of Wonder, Star of Night" An Astronomer Looks at the Star of Bethlehem. By Craig Chester. Minnesota Christian Chronicle Dec.23,1993.

The Star of Bethlehem, by the Griffith Observatory, presented on the MSNBC Mysteries of the Universe series. By ASK (Associates for Scriptural Knowledge).

Bullinger, E. W. “The Companion Bible”, 1922, appendix 12 “The Stars Also” (Gen. 1:16).

Bullinger, E. W. “The Companion Bible”, 1922, appendix 12 “The Stars Also” (Gen. 1:16).

Bullinger, E. W. “The Witness of the Stars”, 1981, Kregel, 204 p.

The Witness of the Stars text html doc pdf pics

Joseph A. Seiss - The Gospel in the Stars.

Frances Rolleston - Mazzaroth or The Constellations (Star signs and their Biblical significance).

In Spanish: "Aspectos Astronómicos Relacionados con el Nacimiento de Jesucristo", Fernando Castro Chávez.

In Spanish (Word Doc): "Algunos Datos Sobre El Nacimiento De Jesucristo", Dr. R. Cruz Mireles.

Tasters of the Word (YouTube), videos recientes: "Astronomía y Nacimiento de Jesucristo: Once de Septiembre Año Tres A.C.", "Estudio sobre Sanidades" (en 20 episodios), "Jesus Christ, Son or God?" and "We've the Power to Heal":

Tasters of the Word (the blog, with: "Astronomy and the Birth of Jesus Christ"):


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