The Witness of the Stars by: E. W Bullinger
Hercules (the Mighty One)
Here the mighty one, who occupies a large portion of the heavens, is seen bending on one knee, with his right heel lifted up as if it had been wounded, while his left foot is set directly over the head of the great dragon. In his right hand he wields a great club, and in his left hand he grasps a triple-headed monster (Cerberus). And he has the skin of a lion, which he has slain, thrown around him. *
In Arabic he is called Al Giscale, the strong one.
There are 113 stars in this constellation. Seven are of the 3rd magnitude, seventeen of the 4th, etc. The brightest star, ? (in his head), is named Ras al Gethi, and means the head of him who bruises. The next, ? (in the right arm-pit, is named Kornephorus, and means the branch, kneeling. The star ? (in the right elbow) is called Marsic, the wounding. The star ? (in the upper part of the left arm) is named Ma'asyn, the sin-offering. While ? (in the lower part of the right arm) is Caiam, or Guiam, punishing; and in Arabic, treading under foot. Thus does everything in the picture combine to set forth the mighty works of this stronger than the strong man armed! PHILADELPHUS, under whose auspices the Hebrew Scriptures were translated into Greek) would have known of that Divine miracle, and of its applicaiton to the Coming One. Bishop Horsley believed that the fables of the Greek mythology could be traced back to the prophecies of the Messiah, of which they were a perversion from ignorance or design. This is specially true of Hercules. In his apparently impossible tasks of overthrowing gigantic enemies and delivering captives, we can see through the shadow, and discern the pure light of the truth. We can understand how the original star-picture must have been a prophetic representation of Him who shall destroy the Old Serpent and open the way again, not to fabled "apples of gold," but to the "tree of life" itself. He it is who though suffering in the mighty conflict, and brought to His knee, going down even to "the dust of death," shall yet, in resurrection and advent glory, wield His victorious club, subdue all His enemies, and plant His foot on the Dragon's head. For of Him it is written--
"Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder; The young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under foot." Psalm 91:13