The Sons of Jacob and the Zodiac

The Sons of Jacob and the Zodiac

It’s generally agreed that the twelve sons of Jacob has to do with the twelve signs of the zodiac, but there are many different views on how the sons, and the sons of Joseph who fathers two of the tribes, are distributed on the signs.

The homepage Meaning Life Center contains many interesting interpretations on the Old Testament, and especially A day in the life of a Jew is interesting in this connection.

The table shows the result of my work, and below the table follows my reasons and references.

Fixed Mutable Cardinal
Air Ephraim, Man

Aquarius ♒

Gemini ♊
☿, Leah, Gerizim

Libra ♎
♀, Zilpah, Ebal
Fire Judah, Lion

Leo ♌
☉, Leah, Gerizim

Sagittarius ♐
♃, Bilhah, Ebal

Aries ♈
♂, Zilpah, Ebal
Water Dan, Eagle

Scorpio ♏
♂, Bilhah, Ebal

Pisces ♓
♃, Asenath

Cancer ♋
☾, Leah, Gerizim
Earth Reuben, Ox

Taurus ♉
♀, Leah

Virgo ♍
☿, Leah, Ebal

Capricorn ♑
♄, Rackel, Gerizim

Contains the names of the signs, the old ruling planet, the mountain, and the mother of the son.

Family Tree of the Sons of Jacob

The Mothers

There are five mothers, the two wifes of Jacob, and their handmaids, and the wife of Joseph:

Leah gave birth to six sons and Dinah.

Rachel’s handmaid, Bilhah, gave birth to Dan and Naphtali.

Leah’s handmaid, Zilpah, gave birth to Gad and Asher.

Rachel gave birth to Joseph, and, near Bethlehem, Benjamin.

Asenath, the Egyptian wife of Joseph, gave birth to Manasseh and Ephraim.

Canaan – the territory of the Tribes of Israel

Chart of Canaan with the Tribes of Israel

The Mountains

The tribes are split in two groups:

The tribes Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin were connected to Mount Gerizim, Mountain of Blessing, Deut 27:12.

The tribes of Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali were connected to Mount Ebal, Mountain of Cursing. Deut 27:13.

Four Quadrants

In astrology the Zodiac are split in four quadrants, with the initial four star signs as the centers of these, that is the Ox, Lion, Eagle, and Man. God places the twelve tribes in four groups, so my thesis is that these groups corresponds to the quadrants.

First quadrant, South:

With Reuben as Taurus, would pitch camp on the South, with Simeon and Gad. Second rank: Num2:16.

In the first quadrant, everything is seen from out of the ego.

Second quadrant, East:

Judah as Leo, would pitch camp on the East. With him would be the tribes of Issachar and Zebulun. First rank.

In the second quadrant, everything is seen from from the family or tribe..

Fourth quadrant, West:

Ephraim, son of Joseph, as Aquarius, would pitch on the West, with Manasseh, son of Joseph, and Benjamin. Third rank.

In the third quadant we have left the tribal and reached the national viewpoint.

Third quadrant, North:

Dan as Scorpio, would pitch on the North, with Asher and Naphtali. Fourth rank.

In the fourth quadrant we have left the national for the universal, for humanity.

Center: The Levites would be located in the center (middle) of the four camps and were NOT to be numbered. Num2:17,33.

Zodiac with Old RulersZodiac with the tribes of Israel.

First Quadrant – South

2. Reuben = bull

Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power. “

As we are around the year 2000 BCE. in the bull’s age, it will be natural to start with the bull’s sign.

Taurus represents fecundity of spring, the sign of Venus, where the moon, as a symbol of all nurturing substance, is elevated. He laid with his fathers wife and is connected with the field where he found the mandrakes.

3. Simeon and Levi = Gemini:

“… Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations…I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.”

They are the twins, where Levi is separated from his brother and the Zodiac. In our intellectual arrogance we kills even love and its true fruits.

1. Gad Aries:

“… a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last.’. His mother Leah exclaims: “What happiness”, as she has given birth to Gad, whose name is a pun on the term ‘happiness’.”

Characterized as a warrior chief matching the ruling Mars of Aries.

Jacob blessing his sons

Second Quadrant, East

5. Judah = Leo:

“Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee. … Judah is a lion’s whelp … The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.”

Leo-born are known for their pride and desire to control the situation themselves. In addition Leo have joy of children and has natural skills for teaching. It is the Sun sign, which also highlights the Lion’s desire for self-expression.

6. Zebulun = Virgo:

“God hath endued me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because I have born him six sons,” and “Zebulun shall dwell at the shore of the sea; a harbor for ships shall he be….”

Moses’ parting words to the two tribes were:

Rejoice, Zebulun, in your excursions, and Issachar in your tents.

From  “A day in the life of a Jew“:

“Our sages explain:  Zebulun and Issachar made a partnership between them. Zebulun dwelled at the seashore, and would go out in his ships to engage in trade and make a profit, and support Issachar, who sat and occupied himself with the study of Torah.

Issachar and Zebulun thus represent the other two major items on the Jew’s daily schedule. After climbing the four rungs of the heart to serve G-d in prayer, the Jew moves “from the synagogue to the study hall” to bind his mind to G-d through the study of the Torah, G-d’s communication of His wisdom and will to man. Following that, the Jew goes out into the world as a businessman or professional, to “know Him in all your ways” and do “all your deeds for the sake of Heaven.” “

Virgo is a ‘ministering principle’, people who often cares about others’ wellbeing and health. The word ‘gift’ is associated with the name and can hang with the Festival of Sukkoth in Israel, in the month of Tishri, the first month of the year after the New Year which begins in our September month. A thanksgiving for nature’s gifts: The star Spica in Virgo symbolizes the wheat ear in the left hand of Virgo.
Virgo is a practical sign, connected with going out in the world in contrast to the Torah study.

7. Issachar = Cancer:

“Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens: And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute.'”

Cancer is a double sign, the two claws bearing two burdens, and cancer is a servant of the group.

In Cancer are the stars Aselli, or little asses, connected to the flag of Issachar, what Jacob compares to an ass.
Issachar and Zebulun could be changed!

Third Quadrant – North

8. Dan = Scorpio:

“Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward. I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.”

This description may well sound a bit harsh to our ears, but nevertheless demonstrates the fact that Scorpio-born people are able to distinguish between lies and truth. Also they are rarely deceptive. It may make others uneasy, why they choose to call scorpions for suspicious and distrustful of people. The area of sky is also characterized by constellations serpents (snake) and Ophiuchus (serpent bearer), where we find the star Unuka / hai (serpent heart or neck), which expresses ‘the face of God’ is said to be a strict judge, as by irradiation of the planets can ask the incarnate human spirit against the obligations to adhere to the truth.
Biting the horse heels could be the following Saggitarius.

9. Asher = Libra:

“Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.”

No other possibility in this setup. The fat bread may indicate the month after Virgo, the harvester.

10. Naphtali = Saggitarius

” …is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words.”

Naphtali is represented by a gazelle or running stag, which sounds like Saggitarius.

Fourth Quadrant – West

This quadrant contains sons of Rachel, and sons of Joseph. It’s reasonable to expect Joseph’s sons to have reached longer than Benjamin, so he must be Capricorn.

11. Ephraim = Aquarius.

Ephraim is mentioned first of the three, so he should be Aquarious.

12. Manasseh = Pisces.

As Ephraim and Benjamin are placed, Manasseh can only be Pisces.

10. Benjamin = Capricorn:

“… shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil. “

The ruling planet is Saturn, and it was under great pains that Rachel gave birth to her son, followed by her death.
Benjamin was the first to be born in the holy land, the first in the fourth quadrant.

The above quotations are from Genesis.
The daughter Dinah was born after Zebulun and just before Joseph. A mystery in herself; it’s not the only place where a single woman is connected to a group of twelve (or seven of twelve.)

Jacob blessing Ephraim and Manasseh


Pictures of star signs by Rudolf Steiner.

Paul Mahler Dam in “Skriften på himlen”. I had thought about researching this subject for a long time, but Paul’s book inspired me to start the project.

Various interpretations and sources:

The 12 Tribes of Israel.

The Symbology of Twelve Signs.

The Divine Civilization of New Jerusalem.

A day in the life of a Jew. Contains many interesting interpretations around the Old Testament.

Planetary symbols

Planet Signs

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  1. #1 by Reid on February 6, 2010 - 12:18 pm

    this is phenomenal. thank you.


  2. #2 by Joanne on July 23, 2010 - 3:38 pm

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  3. #4 by Jazmin on March 3, 2011 - 12:05 pm

    Sorry to be blunt, but whats your point?

    If your aim is understanding ‘the cycle of experience’, ie the 12 labors of Hercules, then you would be able to unravel the mystery from both ends. The esoteric, the exoteric and the mesoteric (or what you have here).


    • #5 by Kim Graae Munch on March 3, 2011 - 2:50 pm

      You are welcome to be blunt:)
      No, it’s my aim to understand the universe, whats behind it all, and this is a lead, just as who the twelve apostles around Christ are, the twelve ports to the new Jerusalem, what the twelve labors of Hercules corresponds to, the 5+7 Maccabees, the 1+7 Taoist immortals, the 7+5 Bodhisattvas, and so on.
      All of it relates of course to the twelve star signs, 7 planets, and astrology at large and Kabbalah. These connects the different belief systems with each other, just as facets of a diamond describing one and the same reality.

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  4. #6 by lau cau on September 18, 2011 - 4:02 am

    Palabras del Apocalipsis: “A vencido el león de Judá.”


  5. #7 by ahmed zahid on January 21, 2012 - 9:21 pm

    Hello, I heard that; in Jewish belief; Joseph’s brothers leave him near by the well, I’m a muslim from turkey, and in our holly book; brothers throw Joseph into the well. (with this events’ details). I wrote that because; jewish/ muslim who has a researcher spirit, need to know these details, which may lead people new informations. (For instance, muslims understand from this event: the “God’s power”, who makes a people from deep inside from the well to become Egypt’s King (Prophet.) For questions: Thanks.


    • #8 by Kim Graae Munch on January 22, 2012 - 8:37 am

      Hi Ahmed,
      In the Old Testament they put him into the well and the next day they decide to sell him as slave to the Medianites.
      See Genesis 37.


  6. #9 by Sid Pass on October 26, 2013 - 4:03 pm

    The ‘Clock of God’ has 24 ‘hours’, each of 90 ‘years’. These are also the 12 sons of Joseph and the 12 sons Jacob. The sons of Jacob are the ‘above’, the sons of Joseph the ‘below’. The foundation and base of the Temple is 1378, which is also the ‘year’ of the birth of Christian Rosenkreuz.


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  10. #13 by Mauriico on January 16, 2016 - 12:49 am

    Gad dont be capricorn?


    • #14 by Kim Graae Munch on November 4, 2017 - 8:52 am

      Don’t think so, Gad is a warrior, a Mars being, and then there is only Aries or Scorpio, and Dan is Scorpio. Capricorn is connected with Saturn and fate, with death, and Rachel dies after the birth of Benjamin.


    • #15 by Jake Stanton on June 13, 2020 - 5:20 am

      But it takes a warrior to overcome!


  11. #16 by R on October 31, 2017 - 2:31 pm

    Wouldnt libra and issacar be right……


    • #17 by Kim Graae Munch on November 4, 2017 - 8:36 am

      Cancer is a double sign, the two claws bearing two burdens, and cancer is a servant of the group, so I think it’s a good match.
      Asher as Libra is more difficult, but the fat bread may indicate the month after Virgo, the harvester.


  12. #18 by Joseph Friendly on January 24, 2018 - 9:05 pm

    Alternatively, I offer this relationship of the 12 sons and the 12 sun signs: Reuben is Libra, Simeon is Scorpio, Levi is Sagittarius, Judah is Capricorn, Dan is Aquarius, Gad is Aires, Ascher is Taurus, Zebulun is Cancer, Benjamin is Leo, Joseph is Virgo, Naphtali is Gemini, Issachar is Pisces. That fits the ordering of the sons’ births except switching Issachar and Naphtali to match the traits of Pisces and Gemini and switching Benjamin and Joseph to match the traits of Leo and Virgo. Of particular value is pointing to Aquarius to be our judges rather than astrology’s choosing Libra. Really, those born in mid-winter have an inner sense of justice we could usefully employ to improve our legal system. I have been studying, observing, birthday traits for 50 years in terms of the seasons, realizing birthday amounts to the fundamental mathematical dimension, phase, starting point, with regard to the annual sinusoidal-like cycle of daily levels of arriving solar energy in our Temperate Zone environment that newly born humans have evolved to respond to with systematic differences in neural networking patterns. For example, when I inform Taurus people that the Bible’s name for them is Happy (Ascher), they are pleased and it seems to fit because they are born in the middle of spring when it’s nice and then it gets better. Jacob’s curse of Simeon and Levi for their angry, murderous tendencies seems to fit best Scorpio and Sagittarius, born when it’s relatively cold and dark and then it gets worse. Indeed, they are the killers of the Zodiac signs.

    Kim, you’ve done so much work developing your relating Jacob’s sons and the sun signs that this may be shocking and even annoying, but hopefully you will be open-minded enough to consider this carefully. The benefit to the world is a solar compass for usefully navigating humanity.


    • #19 by Kim Graae Munch on January 25, 2018 - 12:03 am

      Joseph, we have a different approach, I work out of understanding of the characters archetypes, and you out of feelings. So we can of course not agree on the same solution.


  13. #20 by Joseph Friendly on January 25, 2018 - 12:37 pm

    Thank you Kim, for your openness. We do both point to Gad as Aires. I’ve observed that Libra tend to make sense of it all by concluding it’s all about money, and therefore the Zodiac’s scales may be a reference not to the scales of justice but the ancient notion of the marketplace.


    • #21 by Kim Graae Munch on January 26, 2018 - 12:17 am

      This is not my experience with Libra.
      Scorpio is all desires, and Libra is the opposite of Scorpio, so there are no desires, Libra is esthetician.


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  15. #23 by Linda on May 5, 2020 - 5:41 am

    Were does reincarnation fits in all of this


    • #24 by Kim Graae Munch on May 7, 2020 - 1:29 pm

      A very good and inspired question and the answer are everywhere. These twelve plus the female hidden one are incarnated around Buddha, around Christ, around Krishna, and other places where the twelve are mentioned.
      They are avatars or bodhisattvas and there are always seven incarnated, often with the hidden or thirteenth disciple, like the Eighth Taoistic Immortals.

      The twelve disciples with Magdalene as the thirteenth. She is the same as Rachel and Martha are the same as Leah. Jacob is Lazarus/John. Esau is Peter and Judah is Judas.

      The story has in reality taken more generations and incarnations, where the insignificant parts have been removed. Dina is Rachel, Joseph is Jacob, Levi is Esau, Abraham is John the Baptist and Elijah.

      Joseph is Elisha and Hiram Abiff, the Temple Builder. Abraham is King Hiram, Levi is King Solomon, Rachel is Queen of Sheba, called Balkis or Makeba.

      The last text in the old testament tells about the twelve Macabeans, seven sons and her mother, and five sons and their father. They are the main characters in the new testament, and the five sons are born hundred years later as Jeshu ben Pandira and his four disciples. Three of the five becomes Lazarus/John, Peter and Judas.

      It can be followed back to Greece, Persia, India, Mesopotamia and partly to Egypt, and forward to Europe and to the time the USA got its constitution and when King Jame I of England changed the thinking in England.


      • #25 by Jake Stanton on June 13, 2020 - 5:18 am

        Why does Jacob sons have to relate to the constellations in order of their birth or blessings?


  16. #26 by gunst01 on June 6, 2020 - 6:09 am

    Reblogged this on Die Goldene Landschaft.


  17. #27 by David on June 7, 2020 - 3:19 am

    The only way to truly unravel the mystery is through the Holy Scriptures. I heard there is a book coming out which will explain it all.


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