The sun’s cycle
And the sun was round. It was a circle in the sky. So the ancients saw life as a round circle, "the circle of life," which was pictured or represented by the sun. The way they kept time, then, was on around calendar. Today we call them sundials. That's where they came from, the round calendars. As a matter of fact, the Aztecs, and the Mayans, and the ancient Mexicans kept the round sun calendars. Now the sun calendars that were in Egypt were round and were divided into twelve parts, just as all sun calendars are today, twelve parts, displaying not only twelve hours, but twelve months. Each one of the months was called a helper to the sun, because it helped the sun do his job on Earth in that particular month.
Later on, those particular months were called houses, because in the Babylonian scheme of things they began to develop what was called astrology. So each one of the months became a house. Therefore, the Sun, God's Son, the light of the world, who is our salvation, because he has risen, had twelve helpers, or twelve apostles. And the sun also enters into each one of those constellations of the zodiac.
This is very, very old knowledge, as a matter of fact, there are many books that trace at least fifteen other major religions that have used God's Son as the "light of the world" in the same context, in the same religious philosophy that was developed for the worship of God's sun. Yes, there were at least fifteen other major religions, ancient religions, that used the story.