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On The Twelve Signs Of The Zodiac And The Five Stars

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In this chapter the disciples question Mani about what powers rule over the Zodiac and the so called "Five Stars". In response, Mani is made to begin his discourse with an attempt at distributing the twelve signs in pairs to the Five Worlds of Darkness, which inevitably leads to the attribution of three signs to two of the worlds. The star of Zeus is generated by the World of Smoke, which is the Mind. Aphrodite came to be from the World of Fire. Ares belongs to the World of Wind. Hermes belongs to the World of Water, while Kronos belongs to the World of Darkness. The Two Ascendants, belong to fire and lust, which are dryness and moisture, they are the father and mother of all these things. While the Kephalaia compiler determined to associate five of the planets with the Five Worlds of Darkness, ancient astronomy recognized seven.

Keywords:Manichaean kephalaia; star of Zeus; twelve zodiacal signs; two ascendants; world of darkness

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