As a 12-year-old I read the Bible for the first time. As you can imagine, I was way too young to truly understand it. One part in particular in the Old Testament, “God’s” says he is “…a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me” Exodus 20:5 … in other words, the children pay for the sins of the father. “This never made sense to me, nor did I find it right, just, or fair for such an “omnipotent merciful God”. (I think, secretly most devout religious people might feel the same way)
I realize, in these modern times, that there might be many out there who don’t think much of the Bible, especially the Old Testament, but I always say, regardless of how you might feel about the old book, don’t throw the baby out with the bath water, and please don’t assume because of this title, this is a religious blog, if you do, you might be disappointed.
As an adult, Astrologer and somewhat of a researcher, philosopher and metaphysician, living in the information age, I think I found a way to understand the meaning behind this verse, a verse, which could be more important than it appears,
Epigenetics, the study of inherited changes, natural and or influenced by factors such as environment, age, disease, and lifestyle which can manifest in the active versus inactive gene expression of the individual, curiously enough, is believed to continue “to the third and fourth generation”. Epigenetics helps us see the connection with our environment, and health, the generational lasting effects of exposures to toxic chemicals, (poisons) and dare I say understand the truth behind the Old Testament revelation “God’s” says he is “…a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me” Exodus 20:5 )
Discover magazine states in their article, “In a pregnant mother, three generations are directly exposed to the same environmental conditions at the same time. An epigenetic effect that continues into the 4th generation could be inherited and not due to direct exposure.” 
In my own understanding of what I have termed, “Astrophilogenesis” and in a book I’m currently writing, about our Astral DNA, I can now see how this unfair, and unjust, consequence of the “Sins of the father” can embody itself in a gene expression, and I see the connection of gene’s expression’s, inherited condition, in “Epigenetics”.
Environmental deterioration is now part of our inheritance of a modernity that doesn’t place healthy values in preservation of clean air, water, food and land. It is an inheritance we leave our children and children‘s children.
How we live now, what we value, how we treat ourselves, others and the planet, matters in the same way our choices matter in directing or re-directing our lives, and our health. Our actions, and lack of right action, or iniquities to this life and through the mistreatment, ignorance of the treatment, of our environment, (by polluting our oceans, air, land, food, and planet with toxic chemicals, etc ) is something we’re also doing to ourselves via our active, or inactive, inheritance genes up to the 3rd or 4th generation. And this is one way our children pay for the sins of the fathers. But just having this awareness is a first step. This is something we can change and choose to do differently from the previous generations, in this case, the “fathers”.
This is a subject worthy of more exploration, and research, in many levels and the current book I’m working on, will do just this, in an astrological level, but what is uplifting and promising is the last New moon of 2017 in Sagittarius 26 degrees on December 17, (Pacific) December 18 (Eastern). This New Moon in Sagittarius has Saturn, Earth, Sun and Moon all aligned with the Galactic center, the black hole of our galaxy. Some Astrologers are describing this time to be a release of speeding up the Karma, erasing, receiving and “resetting” with Saturn, (father time in the mix) there is a 28-29 year of Karmic either “catching up to you” or a reaping of all the good “that is owed to you”. A time for “accountability” and “integrity”. With Saturn returns to Capricorn, Saturn builds foundation, and it looks to me as if the heavens have announce an ending of the old, and with this new alignment a new beginning. A “changing of the guard” sort of speak, or perhaps a cosmic transformation. The center no longer spinning inwards, but also outward? Could this be why even in the bible there was always a mentioning of old rules, old ways becoming absolete as time went on.
A new Heaven and a new Earth, a new time, a time to take accountability for our own actions, the past has been “re-set” with this alignment at the center of the black hole of creation, perhaps a greater understanding and having learned the lessons of flesh and matter, can start a new journey and destination, a resetting back to the conscious light of our divine expression, one that cleans out the “sins” “toxins” of our pass ignorant civilizations. It’s up to you. Where do you want to express your embodiment in this world? Do you want to be part of the problem, or the solution?
It is up to all of us to be the super heroes, the light workers, the rescuers of our planet and ourselves, it is no longer up to our fathers.
Written by: Karuna Diaz
 Jacobsen, Thorkild, “The Treasures of Darkness A history of Mesopotamian Religion,” Yale University Press, 1976, pg1.70
 Because of Precession of the equinoxes every 26,000 years the pole star can be other stars closest to ‘true North’ Polaris is our current Pole star, but Thuban (Persian word for dragon or serpent) was the pole star in 3000 BC
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