This article presents an original astrological and spiritual perspective on the story of Adam and Eve, giving a different insight on it. Before that, it is useful to remind the biblical text from the Old Testament, Genesis, chapters 2 and 3.
History of the Eden garden
And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
Inner organization of the garden
And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
Rules inside the garden
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
They ate from the fruits of the knowledge of good and evil
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the Garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
When this story is read by an astrologer, he would understand the following
(and it really sounds more real than any other perspective I have read so
So the story tells us that God created Adam and Eve, and put them in the garden of Eden. In the middle of the garden there were the tree of knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life.
From an astrological point of view we consider that the first man ever created may be symbolized by a circle with a point in it: (the Sun) Then God created the woman which astrologically is associated with this sign (the Moon). The glyph of the Moon is very similar to a rib, therefore it was said that the woman was created from a man's rib.
In order to make the further astrological parallels with the biblical story, we need the two trees, the tree of knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life. How about these glyphs, do they look like trees? ,
These glyphs have a circle which would be the branches and the leaves, a vertical line (the trunk) which is crossed by a horizontal line (the earth level) and then the vertical line continues below, this part representing the roots of the tree. There are all the main elements of a tree (leaves, branches, trunk and roots) as we learned in botany. Children usually draw a tree like this.
These two glyphs symbolize the planets Mercury and Venus. It is easy to further identify them: the glyph of Mercury stands for the tree of knowledge of good and evil and the glyph of Venus stands for the tree of life.
Why the tree of knowledge (Mercury) has two little horns is obvious: since eating its fruits was the cause of expulsion from the Garden of Eden and since the devil is usually represented with two horns, it was logical to add those two horns here as well.
But why would Venus be the tree of life?
In Egypt, there is this symbol named ankh, or the crux ansata, whose glyph is very similar to Venus': ankh is the force of the eternal life.
Also, for thousands of years humans know and use the golden number and the golden proportion, which represents a divine proportion and is found everywhere in the nature. Its value is 1.618339 and has countless uses in art, architecture, pyramids. The pyramidal energy is a healing and life supporting energy (the pyramid effect). The very same proportion is also found in the movement of Venus and the Earth around the Sun.
Another interesting observation is this: in Revelation 22:13-14 the Lord says "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. "
The glyph for Taurus is a tilt alpha , while the glyph of Libra is an omega with a horizontal line below it . These zodiacal signs are both ruled by Venus.
We further notice that these elements are all inside Earth's orbit: the Sun, Mercury, Venus and sometimes the Moon, which sometimes passes outside this circle (ellipse) of the orbit (when there is a Full Moon for instance).
And actually it was the woman (the Moon) who made the mistake to listen to the snake: The snake may be well represented by Mars, its glyph showing the snake coming out from the apple of the temptation .
We notice that only the quick moving planets are represented in the Garden of Eden. God is not represented, that would be impossible, of course. He is the one who sets the rules.
There is no other information on the other animals or trees. They are less important to the story. However it is possible that, following the same pattern, they would be represented by Jupiter and Saturn.
Moving further with the interpretation, we remember that God planted this garden "eastward". An astrologer knows that the east is the Ascendant. Also there was a river who divided in four parts - maybe these are the four axis of a horoscope: ASC-DSC, MC-IC.
And so, little by little, we came to see this whole biblical story of the Eden garden as a huge astrological design or a horoscope.
So, actually the biblical story of the Garden of Eden is actually a situation of our present life, because the astrology and the horoscopes are active today as well as they were in the ancient times.
God's interdiction referred to " eating the fruits " from the tree of
knowledge of good and evil refers not to some story of the biblical times, but
to some moral and spiritual laws of the existence, to a wrong attitude towards
knowledge and life which are abused by humans, by an egoistic attitude. So
"eating the fruits" means actually doing something for oneself, in order to feed
the ego, and not for other superior reasons.
The divine state of the man is the harmony and the communion with the nature, but humans have misused the knowledge in order to harm the others, and for other malefic purposes and for this reason they have lost the divine state and turned to misery. That is what 'feeling naked in the garden of Eden' really means.
The nakedness itself is not shameful; this is how people are born, it is natural. But the egoistic attitude and actions, the misuse of knowledge, the other sins have undressed us from the purity and other virtues and we remained empty of those. And this is shameful.
The result was the interdiction of the Christian church to knowledge, for thousands of years, not understanding that it is not the knowledge which represents a sin, but the use of it.
There is also the possibility for the man to live hundreds of years: the ancient patriarchs who lived a pure and virtuous life demonstrated that it is possible. Please notice that the interdiction of eating the fruits from the tree of life has come only after the first rule regarding the tree of knowledge has been broken. So, those biblical Patriarchs who all lived many hundreds of years, they have all eaten from the fruits of the tree of life and being wise, they haven't sinned through knowledge.
So, sinning has brought us both nakedness from the blessings of the Lord and a short life by the impossibility to eat the fruits of life.
The present efforts of the scientists for prolonging life represent a modern desperate strive to reach to the fruits of the tree of life, but the problem is that humans are not interested much in spirituality, in living by the spiritual, moral rules, quite on the contrary, and that's why scientists' efforts are in vain and prolonging people's life while not trying to increase its spiritual value represents a sin.
This is how I think that the biblical story of the Eden garden should be interpreted and not literally.