Navigational Properties of Specific Constellations

“Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, or loose the belt of Orion? Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season? Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs? Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you set their dominion over the earth?” – Job 38: 31 – 33

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Left Image Source: http://stellagraphy.blogspot.com/2011/04/bicentennial-of-manned-spaceflight_12.html

Image Source: http://library.thinkquest.org/J002231F/Constellations/bigandlittledipper.htm

1.  The constellation known as the “Great Bear” contains arguably the most famous of all constellations – the Big Dipper
  • “Bear” in Latin is “Ursa” – so this constellation is also known as “Ursa Major” 1

2.  The constellation known as the “Little Bear” contains the Little Dipper

  • In Latin is it referred to as “Ursa Minor” 2

3.  Incidentally, the Hebrew transliteration for “Bear” here is “Ayish” 3

4.  In Greek, the name of the constellation is “Arcturus” after the Greek would “Arktos”

  • Ultimately, the Arctic (North Pole area) and Antarctic (South Pole area) are named for this constellation 4

5.  The Job text associates “guidance” with these particular constellations

  • The ramifications of this as you will see is fairly profound

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empty Left Image Source: http://stellagraphy.blogspot.com/2011/04/bicentennial-of-manned-spaceflight_12.html

Right Image Source: http://earthsky.org/favorite-star-patterns/big-and-little-dippers-highlight-northern-sky

6.  The brightest start of Ursa Minor or the Bear Cub is Polaris or the North Star

  • This is easily the most important navigational star in our sky 5

7.  To locate Polaris, all you have to do is make a straight line from the Big Dipper’s pointer stars i.e., “Dubhe” and “Merak”

  • These two make up the outer part of the Big Dipper bowl
  • Simply draw a straight line from Merak through Dubhe, and go about 5 times their distance to Polaris 6

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Polaris has been the key navigational star in history for three reasons:

1.  Polaris Marks the way North

  • Polaris is in direct alignment with the Earth’s axis
  • As such, it sits directly atop the North Pole and has the moniker “Pole Star”
  • As a result, Polaris was an instrumental as a navigational aid for those traveling across the desert or the ocean 7

2.  Polaris is a Fixed Star

  • Do an internet search on “Polaris Photography” and you’ll quickly learn that it is the one FIXED STAR in the sky
  • Some amazing time-lapsed photos like the one here depict this
  • As a result, the rest of the night-time sky wheels around it as the earth rotates on its axis, while it remains fixed
  • Again, this made a key bearing point for navigators / travelers on distant journeys 8

3.  Polaris serves as a kind of Celestial Clock

  • “The Big Dipper, like a great big hour hand, goes full circle around Polaris in one day. More specifically, the Big Dipper circles Polaris in a counter-clockwise direction in 23 hours and 56 minutes. Although the Big Dipper travels around Polaris all night long, the Big Dipper pointer stars always point to Polaris on any day of the year, and at any time of the night. Polaris marks the center of Nature’s grandest celestial clock!” 9
  • This time keeping ability using Polaris was invaluable to navigators

No wonder trans-Atlantic explorers coming across the ocean in the 15th and 16th Centuries found Polaris, and indeed the Great Bear and its Cubs to be so key

These constellations and their stars were not only guided themselves by a Divine Mind, but God used them to guide many a traveler as well