Attorney Rick Larson spent many years researching the Star of Bethlehem and discovered that sidereal astronomy is real science, based on observation of the arrangement and movement of the fixed stars and planets. Watch Rick Larson's Star of Bethlehem as a Christmas treat to you and your family.
The ancient Egyptians were masters of sidereal astronomy (not astrology). The stars in the constellation of Leo were especially important to the Nilotic peoples because the Nile rose when the Sun passed through the constellation of Leo. Therefore, they associated the arousal of the Lion with the arousal of the waters. The lion was the totem of the tribe of Judah. In Genesis 1, we read that the Spirit of God hovered over the watery deep at the beginning. In John's Gospel we are reminded that the Son was with the Father and the Spirit before the world was made and that all things were made through Him.
The Magi were sidereal astronomers who lived east of Israel, likely in Babylon or Persia. They were heirs of the same astronomical knowledge as the ancient Egyptians because they were from Judah, like Daniel and the other Judahites (Jews) who served as advisors to King Nebuchadnezzar. The people of Judah knew of the ancient Horite prophecy concerning a Woman of their people who would bring forth Messiah in Bethlehem. When the Magi appeared before Herod they were told that the King of the Jews was to be born in Bethlehem. I Chronicles 4:4 claims that Bethlehem was a Horite town. Abraham and David were of the Horite ruler-priest lines. Joseph, a descendant of Abraham and David (Luke 1:26) , went there to register for the census.
The Magi were aware of God's promise concerning a King whose kingdom would endure through all the ages because reference to the Messianic promise of Psalm 145:13 is found repeatedly in Daniel. It punctuates the rise and fall of kingdoms and proclaims the coming of an eternal kingdom. As astrononers, the Magi recognized the singular event of Jupiter's triple spiral that brought it in close proximity to Regulus. The Babylonians called Regulus Sharu, which means king. In the Persian language Shir means lion.
Using Starry Night, a software program that tracks celestial events at any time in history, Larson discovered that Jupiter, the King Planet met Regulus, the King Star at the beginning of the Jewish New Year in 3 BC. The conjunction of the King Planet and the King Star produced the appearance of an extraordinarily bright star. Larson believes this is when Gabriel announced to Mary that she was chosen to bear the Son of God. When Mary asked how this could be, she was told that she would be "overshadowed"; the very expression used by the Horites to speak of the virgin conception of Hor. Hathor, Horus' virgin mother, was believed to conceive by the overshadowing of God and she brought forth her son in a stable.
The Horites commemorated the death and resurrection of Horus in a 5-day festival. As Plutarch noted in Isis and Osiris, 69, the first 3 days were marked by solemnity and mourning for the death of Horus. His death was commemorated by the planting of seeds of grain. On the third day, the 19th of Athyr, there was a joyful celebration of Horus’ rising to life.
Skeptics claim that Christians based the story of Jesus on the ancient myth of Horus. Christians have done a poor job of answering this ridiculous claim. It takes more faith to believe that Christianity is the Horus myth reworked than to accept that Abraham's ancestors were Horites. This is why the Jews call their ancestors "Horim" and this is what is revealed by analysis of the Genesis King Lists. The Horites believed the promise made to their Edenic ancestors (Gen. 3:15) that a woman of their ruler-priest lines would bring forth the Son of God. This is the origin of Messianic expectation.
Related reading: Mary's Ruler-Priest Lineage; Joseph's Relationship to Mary; Jesus Fulfills the Horus Myth; The Christ in Nilotic Mythology; Frank Moore Cross: Israel's God is the God of the Horites