The trial of Jesus is the most documented ever made. According to our beliefs it remains as an intriguing historical episode or the major event which shaped world history. In metaphysical terms it is a perfect demonstration of the Law of Cycles and the way in which energy manifests in accordance with individual and collective behaviour and beliefs, influenced by celestial coordinates which include both astronomical and astrological factors.
Jesus attracted large crowds wherever he went, the Sanhedrin, a political religious hierarchy of the day, jealously guarded its power. Perceiving him to be a threat to their own authority they conspired to kill him. Caiaphas the High Priest negotiated with Judas Iscariot, the disciple of Jesus who betrayed him.
- The arrest of Jesus occurred around 12 midnight in the garden of Gethsemane. This corresponds astrologically to the line of Capricorn relating to right use of power, in the negative aspect it manifests as power abuse.
There were six parts to Jesus’ trial, three in a religious Jewish court charged with blasphemy and three under Roman Civil Law, accused of Treason. The trial continued throughout the night manifesting the negative aspect of the astrological coordinates.
- The 1 o clock line of Aquarius signifies Freedom, the message Jesus brought to free the masses. In its negative application it relates to enslavement and control.
- The 2 o clock line of Pisces denotes polarity of consciousness, spirit and matter, the physical and the spiritual aspects of mankind, Jesus is viewed as the Master or Saviour of the Piscean Age. In negative expression the energy manifests as duality and deceit.
- The 3 o clock line of Libra manifests positively as balance and harmony and in its highest expression as Christ consciousness. In the negative, it represents anti Christ.
As Palestine was under Roman occupation the Jewish religious Council of the Sanhedrin had no authority to sentence a man to death and were required to bring the most serious charges to the Roman Governor. Blasphemy did not incur the death penalty under Roman law and so an accusation of Treason was brought by the chief Priest.
- The 4 o clock line of Taurus relates to obedience of spiritual law in its higher form and in the lower, to antipathy, rebellion, recalcitrance.
- The 5 o clock line of Gemini corresponds to clarity and truthful communication in its higher expression and to obfuscation, miscommunication, lies and deceit in the negative.
- The 6 o clock line of Cancer relates to family and to clarity of spiritual perception as its higher expression and to deception, psychic manipulation and self delusion in the negative.
The religious trials were illegal according to strict Jewish law which stated:
- No trial was to be held during feast time: This trial was held during the annual Feast of the Passover.
- No trial was to be held at night: This trial was held before dawn.
- The accused was to be given counsel or representation: Jesus had none.
- The accused was not to be asked self incriminating questions: Jesus was asked if He was the Christ.
- Each member of the court was to vote individually to convict or acquit: This did not occur as agreement could not be reached.
- The Sanhedrin had no authority to call for execution: They called for the death penalty through the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate.
- If the death penalty was given, a night must pass before the sentence was carried out: Jesus was put to death within hours.
Jewish religious trials: Jesus is first taken to the house of Annas the ex High Priest for preliminary examination on trumped up charges of blasphemy. Jesus is then taken before Caiaphas the high priest, (son in law of Annas) and certain members of the Sanhedrin, for further questioning. He is accused of blasphemy… claiming to be the Messiah. Found Guilty by common consent of those present he is brought before the full Council of the Sanhedrin for a formal trial, found guilty and a sentence of death sought. The Sanhedrin could not authorise capital punishment and so sent him to the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate. By 5am, the religious trials were complete and he had been brought before the Roman legislature by the Sanhedrin, falsely accused of Sedition (Treason) trying to overthrow the government of Rome and inciting riot, a serious charge .
Roman Civil Trials: Jesus is brought before Pontius Pilate at his official residence, accused of Treason which carries a sentence of death. The Roman Governor finds no fault in him and sends Jesus to Herod Antipas the Governor of Judaea, a puppet king of the Jews who is in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover festival. Herod is under the authority of Rome, he holds a mock trial in front of a mob; when Jesus refuses to speak to him he is returned to Pilate. In the early hours of the morning Jesus comes before Pilate for the second Roman civil trial. Pilate asks him ‘Who are you, are you a King? Jesus answered: “My kingdom is not of this world…I have come into the world to bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears my voice.” To which Pilate made his famous response ‘What is Truth?” Pilate finds no fault with Jesus but bows to political pressure when he is unable to placate the Sanhedrin. Pilate has Jesus flogged with 39 lashes, the soldiers mock and humiliate him, placing a cloak around his shoulders and a reed in his hand as a sceptre of authority with a crown of plaited thorns upon his head. He is then returned to Pontius Pilate for sentencing.
Pilate attempts to bargain with the crowd, offering to release a prisoner for the Feast of Passover; they call for Barrabas to be released and for Jesus to be crucified. Pilate condemns him to death under the Roman law, symbolically washing his hands, saying “I find no fault in this man.” Jesus spends the rest of the night in the Antonia Fortress, the Roman Garrison, awaiting his crucifixion.