The oldest known gospel story exposes the origin of Christianity in the Palestinian rituals of sex, drugs, and human sacrifice. And, it is a star story. The last words of Mark give instructions for how to read the book:
And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. (Mark 16:20)
The author of Mark recreated the star chart on land, envisioning the Sea of Galilee as the center of the chart, with its shoreline following the circle of the zodiac. The Galilee was chosen by the author of Mark as the setting for his story because of the region’s reputation in the 1st century CE as an Eden. The region is naturally very beautiful and it was quite wild at the time of Mark. The story opens with Jesus coming from Nazareth to the Jordan. There is no evidence of a 1st century CE town or village called Nazareth in the Galilee. A recent excavation at the site later dubbed Nazareth, turned up a 1st century CE tiny village; but, no indication of its name. Regardless of an earthly Nazareth, the term had meaning in the stars. “Nazareth” means “the Guarded One.” The guarded one in the sky was the Cargo Boat constellation of Dumuzi, beneath Sagittarius. The savior god’s little boat was guarded by Pabilsag and Scorpio. The boat was the typical launch site of savior myths. In myth, the little boat always headed for the watery spring quarter of the sky chart, occupied by Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. Jesus arrived at the river Jordan, in Pisces. The river was the Euphrates in the Babylonian version of the constellation (White, Pisces - Babylonian Star Lore 2009). John the Baptist played the part of the fish on the short arm of Pisces. John (the fishy Oannes/Anunitum) refers back to the Joshua myth, with the savior as the son of Nun. The myth survived in Jewish Midrash (Midrash Genesis 97:3), stating: “The son of him whose name was as the name of a fish would lead them [the Israelites] into the land."