by Frances Rolleston

Hardcover - 272 pages 
February, 2001
Red Wheel/Weiser
ISBN: 0877289468

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Book Description: Some traditional sources interpret the biblical word, Mazzaroth, as meaning the constellations, specifically those forming the zodiac. Others accepted that the word referred to the zodiac, or even identified it with the star Sirius. Because of its astronomical connotations, biblical commentary of the Victorian era avoided or ignored all mention of the word, which appears only once in the bible.

Rolleston, however, was passionately concerned with the correct interpretation of Scripture and fulfillment of prophecies. To this end, she devoted her studies and time to developing and refining her theories about the nature of the stars as outlined in the Bible, supported by years of astronomical observation.

Her classic book, Mazzaroth, makes a powerful and well-researched argument that the origin of the constellations are not a holdover from pre-Christian mythology, but in fact, the visual record of God's prophesies. They reflect divine inspiration, and catalog the original revelations God passed to the fathers of mankind.

Rolleston describes traditional meanings associated with the stars by working through the symbology of other cultures, including the Chinese, Egyptians, and Greeks. This research has resulted in detailed notes for each constellation and extensive tables of correspondences, which might very well have been the inspiration for the lengthy tables in 777 by Aleister Crowley. She has created an amazing compendium of ancient mythology, symbolism, and etymology, complete with comprehensive biblical refrences and footnotes that show the signs of the zodiac as representations of the twelve principle truths of divine revelation.

Originally published in 1875, this edition includes a Foreword by the noted esoteric scholar and bookseller R. A. Gilbert. He places Mazzaroth in its historical context and explains its influence on esoteric thought.

Little is known about the life of Frances Rolleston. Born in London in 1781, she spent her time quietly studying the scriptures and the heavens. Extremely well read, she was a devoted Christian who believed in the literal truth of the Bible. She published articles in an astronomy journal for amateur observers, and two books anonymously, The Book of Canticles in 1858, and Notes on the Apocalypse in 1858. Rolleston died in 1864.


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