Mazzoroth: The Constellations, Including Mizraim, Astronomy of Egypt

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Weiser Books, Jan 1, 2001 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 272 pages
Modern biblical dictionaries and commentaries designed for a popular readership tend to shy away from any reference to the word Mazzaroth, let alone attempt to interpret it. This is scarcely surprising, for the word is obscure and it occurs only once in the Bible; twice, if it is equated with Mazzaloth. Traditional sources tended to interpret the word as meaning the constellations, specifically those forming the zodiac. But there was no universal agreement; others accepted that the word referred to the zodiac, or even identified it with the star Sirius. The idiosyncratic ideas expressed in the four parts of Mazzaroth, and its appendix Mizraim, are all based on solid research -- misapplied, perhaps, in light of Rolleston's steadfast Christian outlook, but fully documented and with sources quoted at length. The whole work provides the reader with an amazing compendium of obscure material on ancient mythology, symbolism, and etymology, with comprehensive biblical references and a wealth of learned and detailed footnotes. Much of the information is set out in a tabular form that inevitably reminds the reader of S. L. MacGregor Mathers's book of correspondences that we know as 777. And this may not be coincidental. Mazzaroth may have been passed over by reviewers when it appeared, but it was not ignored by esoteric scholars, even though they were not its intended readership. W. Wynn Westcott possessed a copy and loaned it to the Golden Dawn library, where it was certainly read by F. L. Gardner (he includes the book, albeit misdated, in his Bibliotheca Astrologica) and most probably by Mathers when he compiled 777. It is a valuable resource that fully deserves its rescue from oblivion, just as its neglected author deserves our praise. Rolleston (1781-1864) spent her life studying the sky and the scriptures

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Contents

Explanation of the Tables 1
1
Aries The Ram or Lamb coming Forth 9
9
Leo The Lion the Separating 15
15
Capricornus The Goat the Atonement Slain 21
21
The Pleiades
28
Note on Enoch
34
On British Triads
36
Part of the Prophecy of Balaam
42
On the Antiquity of the Square Character of the Hebrew
110
Ancient Names of the Sun Moon and Earth explained from their Primitive
117
The Twelve Great Gods of Assyria Presided over by Ashur the King of
125
On the Sign Aries
132
Days of the Planetary Week as named after the Sun Moon and Five Planets 1
1
Memorial Lines according to the Order of the Signs 7
7
Memorial Lines for the Names of Stars 12
13
The Mythology of India in connexion with Ancient Astronomy 20
20

The Twelve Signs as alluded to by Jacob in Gen xlix and Moses in Deut xxxiii
49
Types of the Apocalypse corresponding with the Emblems of the Constellations
58
On the Immortality of the Soul as known to the Antediluvian Patriarchs and
66
Prophecy as connected with the Emblems of Ancient Astronomy
73
Fables of Greek and Roman Mythology annexed to the Constellations
81
The Twelve Labours of Hercules as agreeing with the Signs
88
On the Sign Virgo
97
The Star of Bethlehem
104
Memorial Lines for the Names of the Mythology of Scandinavia with Notes 26
26
Advertisement 111
Testimonies to the Great Antiquity Here Claimed for the Emblems of
7
CONTENTS OF THE FIFTH PART
17
Planisphere of Denderah foldout
1
On the Emblems of Egyptian Mythology 15
15
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