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"There Is A Spirit For Him...": Human Or Zodiacal Spirits In 4QZodiacal Physiognomy (4q186)

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This chapter proposes a new interpretation of the words "there is a spirit for him"; one that makes sense within the astrological framework of the modified ascendant interpretation. If the allocation of numbers between the "house of light" and the "house of darkness" is astrologically the result of the ascendant zodiacal sign that is divided between the areas above and below the horizon, what then is the meaning of "spirit"? The chapter argues that "spirit" is used to refer to spirits that are related to the zodiacal signs; each of the twelve signs has a spirit. These zodiacal spirits have a close relationship with human beings from the moment of their birth. This interpretation has the advantage of explaining the different elements in the entries of the text of 4QZodiacal Physiognomy in a comprehensive manner.

Keywords: 4qzodiacal Physiognomy (4Q186); Zodiacal Spirits



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