Originally Posted by stevieray
the stars are fallen angels.
I've stumbled across a possible meaning that is much deeper and more poetic:
. Verse 13. And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth,
signifies the dispersion of all the knowledges of good and truth. That "stars" signify the knowledges of good and truth, may be seen in (n. 51
); that "to fall from heaven to earth" means to be dispersed, is evident; in the spiritual world, also, stars appear to fall from heaven to the earth there, when the knowledges of good and truth perish.
. Even as a fig-tree casteth her unripe figs, when shaken by a great wind,
signifies by reasonings of the natural man separated from the spiritual. It is said to have this signification, when yet it is a comparison, because all comparisons in the Word are also correspondences, and in the spiritual sense they cohere with the subject treated of, as in the present instance; for "a fig," from correspondence, signifies the natural good of man conjoined with his spiritual good, but here, in the opposite sense, the natural good of man separated from his spiritual good, which is not good; and as the natural man, when separated from the spiritual, perverts by reasonings the knowledges of good and truth, which are signified by the stars, it follows that this is signified by "a fig-tree shaken by a great wind." That "wind" and "storm" signify reasoning, is evident from many passages in the Word, but it is not necessary to adduce them here, because it is a comparison. The reason why "a fig-tree" signifies the natural good of man, is, because every tree signifies something of the church in man, therefore also man with respect thereto. In confirmation are these passages:--
All the host of heaven shall fall down, as a leaf falleth from the vine, and as it falleth from the figtree (Isa. 34:4).
I will consume them, there shall be no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig-tree, and the leaf shall fall (Jer. 8:13).
All thy bulwarks shall be like fig-trees with the first fruits; if they he shaken, they shall even fall upon the mouth of the eater (Nah. 3:12; Jer. 24:2, 3, 5, 8; Isaiah. 38:21; Jer. 29:17, 18; Hos. 2:12; 9:10; Joel 1:7, 12; Zech. 3:10; Matt. 21:18-21; 24:32, 33; Mark 11:12-14, 20-24; Luke 6:44; 13:6-9).
In which places nothing else is meant by "a fig-tree."