The Birth of Christ: Exploding the Myth, Percy Seymour, Virgin Publishing 1998, ISBN 1 85227 796 3, hardback, 244 pp., £16.99.

Seymour’s work on the Star of Bethlehem mystery takes a wide ranging look at issues surrounding ancient and modern astrology, ranging through ancient time-keeping and calendars up to debates on the possible existence of planetary influences, including surveys of Seymour’s own work on geomagnetism and Michel Gauquelin’s statistical investigations. With regard to the Star of Bethlehem itself, Seymour opts for the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Pisces and proposes a horoscope for 15 September 7 BC.