Robert Scott Wadsworth (Biblical Astronomy March 2003 Newsletter)
THE 12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL AND THE 12 SIGNS OF THE MAZZAROTH, PART II
Now of the 12 tribes of Israel in the instructions for their encampment it is written:
Num. 2:1,2 (The Scriptures) - And Yahueh spoke to Mosheh and to Aharon, saying, “The children of Yisra’el are to camp, each one by his own banner (degel), beside the sign (oth) of his father’s house. Let them camp around the Tent of Meeting at a distance.They were to camp beside the sign (oth) of their fathers house. In astrology each sign of the 12 signs is a sign of a house. The sign and symbol of Aries belongs to the first house; the sign and symbol of Taurus to the second house, etc, etc. These are most likely perversions of the true meaning of the signs and houses, which were the 12 signs (oth) of the 12 houses of the tribes of Israel.
The 12 signs of the Zodiac were most likely the eleven stars of Joseph’s dream, Joseph being the twelfth star. His father Jacob (Israel) knew the interpretation.
Gen. 37:9,10 (The Scriptures) - And he dreamed still another dream and related it to his brothers, and said, “See, I have dreamed another dream, and see, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars bowed down to me.”
And he related it to his father and his brothers. And his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall we, your mother and I and your brothers, indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?”
There is only one asterism (group or groups of stars) in the heavens that contain 12 stars or 12 groups of stars, and that is the 12 signs of the Zodiac. This is also seen in the book of Revelation, chapter 12, verse 1 where it speaks of the woman with a crown of 12 stars on her head. The woman is portrayed by the constellation and sign Virgo (Bethulah). Though some say that there is a group of 12 stars above her head, it is not so. The beginning and the end of the Zodiac circle is above the head of Virgo. The 12 stars spoken of here are the twelve signs of the Zodiac, with Virgo being one of them, and the first one. These twelve stars are referring to the twelve tribes of Israel, which the woman represents.
Below are the symbols or oth for the houses of the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve signs of the Zodiac. The Hebrew name and meaning for each of the signs is in parenthesis next to the modern names. Again, these may or may not be exactly how they appeared on the banners of the twelve houses. And some of the connections between the tribe and the sign are obvious and others are not at all obvious. This is more or less an introduction and serves as an outline. Much more research needs to be done in this area for a full understanding.