Robert Scott Wadsworth (Biblical Astronomy March 2003 Newsletter)
Reuben - Aquarius (Deli, water urn)
Gen. 49:3,4 (NIV) – Reuben, you are my first-born, my might, the first sign of my strength, excelling in honor, excelling in power. Turbulent as the waters, you will no longer excel, for you went up to your father’s bed, unto my couch and defiled it.This one is fairly obvious. Of course, where else would you find a good Reuben except in a Hebrew Deli. All joking aside, the oth for Aquarius (Deli) are waves of water or turbulent waters.
Simeon - Pisces (Dagim, the fishes)
Gen. 49:5-7 (NIV) – Simeon and Levi are brothers – their swords are weapons of violence. Let me not enter their counsel, let me not join their assembly, for they have killed men in their anger, and hamstrung oxen as they pleased. Cursed be their anger, so fierce, and their fury, so cruel! I will scatter them in Jacob and disperse them in Israel. This symbol for Pisces is thought to be two fishes tied together. But this could also be two swords joined together. At any rate, this is one that at the moment isn’t too obvious in the scriptural connection to the sign.
Levi - Libra (Mozanaim, the scales)
Deut. 33:8-12 (NIV) – About Levi he said: “Your Thummim and Urim belong to the man you favored. You tested him at Massah; you contended with him at the waters of Meribah. He said of his father and mother, I have no regard for them. He did not recognize his brothers or acknowledge his own children, but he watched over your word and guarded your covenant. He teaches your precepts to Jacob and your law to Israel. He offers incense before you and whole burnt offerings on your alter. Bless all his skills, O LORD, and be pleased with the work of his hands. Smite the loins of those who rise up against him; strike his foes till they rise no more.”Exodus 28:30 (The Scriptures) – And into the breastplate of right-ruling (judgment) you shall put the Urim and the Tummim, and they shall be on the heart of Aharon when he goes in before Yahueh. And Aharon shall bear the right-ruling (judgment) of the children of Yisra’el on his heart before Yahueh, continually.These scriptures are speaking of Moses and I believe Aaron, who teaches Yahueh’s precepts and laws to Israel, and offers burnt offerings on Yahueh’s alter. The above symbol of Libra is the symbol for a pair of balances or scales. The Hebrew name for Libra is Mozanaim, or, Moznayim which means the scales, weighing, a pair of balances, such as in Lev. 19. Lev. 19:35,36 (The Scriptures) - Do no unrighteousness in right-ruling, in measurement of length, in weight, or in measuring liquids. Have right scales (Moznayim), right weights, a right ephah, and a right hin. I am Yahueh your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim.These are the scales of judgement, the scales of justice for which Levi was responsible for.This symbol is also shown as a mound, where both sides of the top gently slope. In some ancient planispheres and writings the constellation Libra is shown as a holy mound or sacred alter.