THE ALPHABET AND THE STARS
From "The Gospel In The Stars" by Joseph Seiss
It is now mostly admitted that alphabetic writing is as old as the human family-that Adam knew how to write as well as we, and that he did write. there certainly were books or writings before the Flood, for the New Testament quotes from one of them, which it ascribes to Enoch, and Adam still lived more than three hundred years after Enoch was born. All the known primitive alphabets had the same number of letters, including seven vowels, and all began, as now, with A, B, C, and ended with S, T, U. But whilst we are using the alphabet every day in almost everything, how few have ever thought to remark why the letters appear in the one fixed order of succession, and why the vowels are so irregularly distributed among the consonants! Yet in the simple every?day a, b, c's we have the evidence of the knowledge and actual record of the seven planets in connection with the Zodiac, dating back to the year 3447 before Christ. If we refer the twenty?five letters of the primitive alphabet to the twelve signs of the Zodiac, placing the first two letters in Gemini as the first sign, and take the seven vowels in their places as representing the seven planets, a for the Moon, e for Venus, the two additional sounds of e* for the Sun and Mercury, i for Mars, o for Jupiter, and u for Saturn, as Sanchoniathon and various of the ancients say they are to be taken, the result is that we find the Moon in the first half of Gemini, Venus in the first half of Leo, the Sun in the latter half of Virgo, Mercury in the first half of Libra, Mars in the latter half of Scorpio, Jupiter in the latter half of Aquarius, and Saturn in the first half of Gemini; which, according to Dr. Seyffarth, is an exact notation of the actual condition of the heavens at an ascertainable date, which can occur but once in many thousands of years, and that date is the seventh day of September, 3447 before Christ!