Two-thousand years ago, the planet was entering the sign of Pisces (we go backwards through the zodiac signs, so that's why we are now entering the Age of Aquarius). The Wise Men were astrologers. The masses were expecting a Savior to arrive as the planet entered the sign of Pisces. That's why Jesus was born in early March (aka, the sign of Pisces). And, confirmation of this is that the shepherds were still in the field, meaning it was still light out at night.
Anyway, astrology was very much in vogue then, and much of the story revolves around an astrological interpretation.
Sat 14 Dec, 2013 07:10 pm
If nothing else, I am grateful that believers at various times have created beautiful music about this story.