Love Is…?

Love Is…?

Many people have reservations about examining love on an individual basis for several reasons.

One of the main reasons is that when love is felt the ability to accurately describe it is difficult to put into words. You can’t really say that love feels like A, B or C because love only feels like love.

Another problem is that many have heard the idea of love tossed around a lot, but have not yet experienced it themselves in fullness. They thus have difficulty in describing that which they have only partially experienced.

Consider this:

Is love a feeling or is love that which produces the feeling?

The feeling is only the vehicle of love and the actions that bring the feeling to life is the fuel that sets love aflame.

So what is this power which lies in back of the feeling and actions that we call love?

It all goes back to the two energies which create our manifested universe

(1) Radiation (Light)

(2) Magnetism (Love)

The power of radiation caused the singularity at the center to expand toward unlimited space.

After the expansion the power of magnetism (Love) creates a pull to draw all elements back to their source.

In other words, radiation creates space and the expansion of space, whereas magnetism, or love collapses space and brings the many into the One. Light is the world without – Love is the World within.

The present interplay of radiation and magnetism (or Light and Love) causes a sustaining power that keeps our universe in manifestation. Because the universe is still expanding we are to assume that Light presently dominates Love as a whole. Yet within certain concretized planets and systems in the universe, Love dominates Light. Because the total domination by love is yet future this explains why those who look toward the future as a better world are more in alignment with love than those who dwell upon the past.

Simply put Love is that driving force which pulls us toward oneness and becomes manifested through our feelings.

Is hate the opposite of love?

When considering the feeling world alone it is indeed, but from a wholeness point of view it is not.

One can say that a black car is opposite in color to a white car yet they are both owned by the same driver.

The driver of the feelings of love and hate is the one originating energy of love. The difference is that the feeling of love plays the energy in its purity whereas hate is a distortion like a note played out of tune.

Seeing Heaven

A reader quotes me as follows:

“Not all who have had visions of heaven have seen heaven. Some have seen hell and think through deluded sight they have seen the realms of the highest. On the other hand, all who can look upon the souls of their fellow men and women (whether these people be loving or full of gloom and negativity) and can see the face of Christ therein, and love this inner Christ – these people have seen heaven and have entered the Kingdom of God.”

Comment: Once again those are words, but no experience. And seeing good in people has nothing to do with heaven.

The above words are based on experience, my friend

You missed the point of the quote. I was not talking about merely “seeing the good” in people. Everyone, even the great unwashed thinks that’s a good idea.

Seeing the Christ in someone is much different than looking for a person’s good points. Looking for a person’s good points is something a personality does when viewing another personality. Looking for the Christ in another is something that must be done soul to soul and when this is perfected you can see the Christ in another even if you see zero good points in him as a person.

When Christ was on the cross he probably saw nothing praiseworthy about the bunch who nailed him to the cross, yet he saw the Christ, or the God within them, as he said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”

I know, not from theory, but from hard earned experience that when one is able to see Christ with all people and love that Christ in even the least (most despicable of brethren) then heaven is experienced whether one is on earth or some other realm, it matters not.

Technically heaven is not seen, for the higher states are not limited to one of the senses, but must be experienced in wholeness. Heaven is seen, felt, heard, tasted, smelled and absorbed in totality, and this takes place when oneness through the soul in love occurs with the least of the brethren.

If you are interested in taking a journey to other realms, as many successfully have, you can check out the New Jerusalem meditation at: LINK

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March 15, 2002

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The Elusive Second Coming

The Elusive Second Coming

I remember thinking a lot of the future when I was a kid in the Fifties. Back then thinking about the Sixties seemed like science fiction, but the Twenty First Century? Thinking that far in the future seemed like a far away period that only existed in dreams where everyone had their own flying saucer in their backyard.

Many adults who were religious figured that Jesus would be here long before the century ended. Most saw this century (21st) as a time the wicked would all be destroyed and everyone would be running around following orders sent forth from the dictator Jesus.

The funny part was that even though they claimed that the world was going to be turned into a paradise few were looking forward to it. When I attended church I often overheard a statement like: “I hope Jesus doesn’t come for at least twenty years. I’ve got a lot of things I want to do first.”

What does this tell us of a popular concept of Jesus?

That he’s coming here to take away all our fun and freedom and that we’re all going to live like monks from that point on.

Let me tell you this. The coming of the Lord will be 180 degrees different from what is expected, and instead of boring us to death and taking away our opportunities, this will be a period of intense excitement, tension and opportunity. It could be over 100 years after his arrival before the world as a whole realizes that the Master of Masters has been here among us.

Think on this. It was over three hundred years after the birth of Jesus before his coming received enough recognition to even be noted by recognized observers of history.

When I talk of the coming of the entity who is Christ I am not talking about a vague coming of the Christ consciousness which is in us all. Many there are who think that all there is to the Second Coming is the recognition of this Christ consciousness among the masses, or even on an individual basis. While it is true that a certain amount of recognition of the Christ consciousness must become manifest before his appearance we must not overlook the absolute fact that every great avatar was indeed an individual entity and this includes he who held the office of Christ that manifested in Jesus.

When we say that the second coming does not include this individual entity manifesting again, what are we saying?

What we are doing by assuming this philosophy is charting a course for the Master instead of allowing him to outline his own destiny. Who are we to say that he cannot decide to reappear among us? He is the one who decides whether or not to manifest. His individual manifestation has nothing to do with whether or not it fits into our preconceived notion of what the Second Coming is supposed to be.

Why should we believe he will come again?

(1) He promised he would 2000 years ago.

(2) This promise was reaffirmed by several revelations from the Hierarchy. One of note is Djwhal Khul through Alice A. Bailey telling us his arrival is near.

(3) The majority of spiritual thinkers in the world sense and expect a great avatar to arrive. Such expectancy does indeed create a point of tension which attracts the attention of the Great Ones.

A fullness of knowledge concerning his manifestation is not given but there are three possibilities.

(1) A divine possession, or overshadowings as it did in the coming 2000 years ago. This will definitely happen in this age, and may have already happened to some degree. The mystery is whether the Second Coming will go beyond this to possibilities (2) and (3).

(2) He could appear in the flesh as an adult in his current physical body. DK points out that this type of manifestation is difficult because of required papers, VISAs etc necessary to live and travel in the world. A man, with absolutely no birth record, attracting attention is asking for trouble. The barriers between nations are being taken down and this will make this type of appearance more possible. I have heard that you can travel in the European Union with no papers.

(3) He could be born as a babe just like the rest of us. If he was born today, it would be a few years before he would make much of an impact.

Question: Suppose The Christ was indeed here among us and began teaching tomorrow. What limitations do you think he would face and how would he be received? Do you think he will have emphasis on miracles this time?

Suppose he appeared on a talk show. What would he present and what do you suppose the public reaction would be?

Or… supposing that Christ were to come as a regular human in appearance. Now imagine how his approach would be different as either a male or female.

How would his approach as a female be different than if he were to come as a male?

If you were the Christ (speaking of the entity and not generic consciousness) which sex would you choose and why?

The coming of Christ will be different than Christianity as a whole is expecting. On the other hand, it will also be different than many New Agers are expecting.

The orthodox believer thinks that a great Anti Christ will soon surface that will make Hitler look like Richard Simmons. Those who believe in the “correct” concept of Christ will be raptured into heaven whereas those who remain will go through a living hell as the anti Christ plants computer chips in their hands and foreheads and reigns supreme as God on the earth over his subjects.

After seven years or so of this Jesus appears in the sky in a big blaze of fire and light and zaps the anti Christ and all who have not turned to Jesus. There is a difference of opinion as to what happens after this but many believers think that the righteous dead will rise and live with Jesus on the earth for as thousand years. During this time Jesus will boss everyone around with a will and power so supreme that none would dare challenge him thus forcing peace upon the earth.

Reality Check:

The religious ones are as deceived about the coming of Christ in this age as they were in the last one.

One of the reasons that the first coming of Christ did not register in public consciousness until about 300 years after his birth is that it was also thought back then that the Messiah was going to come in a blaze of glory and destroy his enemies, while exalting mediocre believers to thrones of glory.

Their attention was toward the skies, but the Lord was born in a cave/manger at the stroke of midnight. His humble coming was overlooked by all but a small handful who knew he would come among them as a mortal human.

As his coming was last time, so shall it be again. He will either come directly in a body of his own or by divine possession. Either way he will walk among us as a “regular guy” just as he did last time.

The scriptures will be fulfilled, but when all is said and done it will be seen that few there were who read them correctly through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Many New Agers are also deceived in that they see the coming of Christ as a nebulous rise in consciousness among the people of earth. Many there are who do not believe that we need a great individual intelligence to manifest among us, but that the average seeker is doing just fine on his own and needs no master to inspire him. Everything is within and we need no outer Christ for all is inside.

Reality Check

The truth is that just as we need male as well as female, positive as well as negative, past as well a future to create a world, let alone a better world, even so do we need the outer as well, as the inner teachers.

Those who rely only on the inner at the exclusion of the outer or the outer at the exclusion of the inner will have no light for all light is created by duality. To enter the light we must look to both inner and outer teachers and give them both true recognition and attention when justified.

While it is true that we have an inner Christ there is also a Master who has the outer office of Christ and has manifested the qualities of the Christ within to perfection, which perfection is far in the future for average seekers. As seekers we need the example and teachings of those who have progressed further along the path than ourselves.

How long would it take for you to learn Algebra without a teacher or a textbook written by a teacher? It would take you a thousand times as long to figure it out and learn it all by yourself than with the help of one who knows.

Even so, it is silly to claim we need no one to help us to greater heights on a spiritual level. Find me one who has moved ahead one step by looking within only and I’ll show you a dozen who have moved many steps with the help of others who not only look within but have given a helping hand without.

He who takes upon himself the name of Jesus Christ will seek to lift his brother up to where he is.

Would the Christ approach his mission differently in either a male or female body?

Definitely yes.

While it is true that all of us clear up to the Christ have both male and female energies within us, all of us have a polarization in one or the other.

If you are in a male body you’ll generally have between 50-65% of your influencing energies be radiant, active, visible. If you are in a female body you’ll have from 50-65% of your influencing energies be magnetic, receptive and invisible. If you are a highly charged male or female you can still balance the energies within and use them both to your advantage.

Even so, Christ will tune into both energies within and use them both to his advantage. Just like us he will be charged more in one energy than the other and he will use the polarization to help complete his mission.

If he comes as a male he will seek to promote his teachings with male energy by seeking to take his message to the people. If he were to come as a female he would seek to create a magnetic center that would draw people to him.

It is true that he will use both energies, but the focus will always be on the one where the natural surplus of energy is.

In his appearance 2000 years ago he did use some magnetism (female energy) and drew people to him, but because he had a surplus of male energy he actively (male energy) traveled from town to town seeking to teach. Then instead of creating a school to draw people (female energy) he sent out (male energy) missionaries to convert.

Question: One of the main missions of Christ was to present the ideal of love before humanity (the highest female aspect).

Give us your definition of Love and what is the difference between spiritual, love and the love of the lower self.

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Astrology and the Bible, Part 4

Astrology and the Bible, Part 4
The Magi and the Star

Perhaps the most stark, but positive, presentation of astrology in the Bible is the story of the wise men, or magi, who were guided by a star to find the Messiah. Let us examine the scripture on this:

Matt 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

Matt 2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

Matt 2:3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

Matt 2:4-5 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is

written by the prophet,

Matt 2:6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

Matt 2:7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

Matt 2:8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

Matt 2:9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

Matt 2:10-11 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

Matt 2:12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

The word “wise men” is a euphemistic translation to water down the meaning of the Greek word MAGOS. A few translations more accurately render the word “magi,” but most still use the term “wise men” to avoid any connection with the occult or astrology.

This word is also translated as “sorcerer” in Acts 13:6-8. This particular magi was called a “false prophet” and if this was all the scripture we had where this word was used then all fundamentalists would indeed be proclaiming that all magi are evil, just as they proclaim that equivalent Hebrew terms are spawned from hell.

But that fact that there was an evil magi in Acts 13 does not mean that there cannot be a good magi. And indeed the Bible does teach that there is such a thing as good magi for it indeed speaks of the “wise men” (MAGOS) on positive terms. It tells us (1) they recognized the Messiah, (2) they brought him gifts and (3) God recognized their virtue by warning them of danger in a dream (Matt 2:12).

The question now arises as to who or what these magi were and why were they awaiting a messiah?

As stated earlier the term comes from the Greek MAGOS, which Strong’s defines as “a magician, or sorcerer.”

The Blue letter Bible states that it is the name given by the Babylonians (Chaldeans), Medes, Persians, and others, to the wise men, teachers, priests, physicians, astrologers, seers, interpreters of dreams, augers, soothsayers, sorcerers etc.

The New Catholic Encyclopedia says this about the magi:

“The Magi were specialists in interpreting the signs in the heavens. According to the dialogue “Alcibiades”, ascribed to Plato, the Persian Magi practiced a form of spiritual mysticism which was their religion. .

“The word ‘Magi’ is the plural form of the word ‘magus’ (from old Persian ‘magu’) which designates a member of an ancient Near Eastern priestly caste.

“Catholics celebrate the visit of the Magi with the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6th). There is no mention of the number of the Magi who came to pay homage to Christ. The idea that the Magi were three in number may have grown from the number of gifts (gold, frankincense and myrrh) offered to the infant Christ.”

Other legends claim there were twelve magi in all and one of the special gifts they brought to the Christ was an ancient scroll written by Seth, the son of Adam. This scroll was said to contain prophesies of the Messiah and the signs which would appear at his birth.

This brings up an interesting question. Why would these supposed heathen magicians have an interest in the Jewish Messiah? And if they had ancient Jewish scrolls why would they have taken them seriously?

The answer to this is a startling one that you will never hear in Sunday School.

After Daniel saved the lives of the Astrologers of Babylon by interpreting the kings dream we read:

“Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and CHIEF OF THE GOVERNORS OVER ALL THE WISE MEN (magi/astrologers) OF BABYLON.” Daniel 2:48

So who became the chief magi/astrologer and lead teacher of all the astrologers in Babylon?

None other than Daniel; the prophet.

What do you suppose Daniel taught the Babylonian astrologers as their leader?

If he had the scrolls of Seth and other prophesies of the Messiah he would have indeed taught them about these. If he was aware of certain planetary configurations which would portend the birth of Christ he would have surely taught them about these.

And because Daniel saved their lives they undoubtedly would have listened to and respected his teachings.

The Syrian scholar Abu’l Faragius (1226-1286) tells us that when Zoroaster was in Babylon he became a pupil of Daniel and taught some of his astrological teachings when he founded his great religion in Persia.

It is indeed interesting to note that legend has it that there were twelve magi in the East who’s job it was to search the skies for signs of the Messiah and when one died another took his place until the looked for configuration appeared.

So what was this new star which appeared?

Actually between 7BC-1BC there were numerous “signs” in the heavens that a person of destiny was about to arrive. For one thing the age of Pisces was solidly over the threshold, yet no new Moses or Saviour of the new age of Pisces had yet arrived. In the minds of astrologers of the day the time of his coming could not be delayed much longer.

Here are some signs:

7 BC Jupiter and Saturn conjuncted in Pisces three times during a six month period. May 29, Oct 3 (The Jewish day of Atonement) and Dec 4. This even happens once every 900 years.

April 17th 6 BC The Moon eclipsed Jupiter in the Constellation of Aries. It went retrograde Aug 23 and Dec 19.

Feb 6, 6 BC A Triple Planetary Conjunction Jupiter, Saturn and Mars in Pisces. This only occurs once every 900 years.

The Chinese reported a super nova in March and April of 5 BC

Ancient Korean and Chinese texts both agree that a comet appeared around March of 5 BC and was visible for 70 days.

Feb 20, 5 BC The moon passed close to Jupiter while Saturn and Mars were conjuncting. All this was in Pisces.

Thus we see that astrologers watching for signs during this time period had plenty of anomalies to behold that seemed to portend a great event on the horizon. Surely the people of that time were living in a period of great expectation.

Does the scripture give us any additional clues about the event? Let us take a closer look:

“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men (magi/astrologers) from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. Matt 2:1-2

Here we learn that these particular magi were definitely astrologers for they were followers of the stars.

A phrase of interest here is “we have seen his star in the east.” “In the east,” here comes from EN TE ANATOLE. When the singular “anatole” is used it’s meaning is more than a literal “east” but in reference to a star takes on special astrological implications. The literal translation would be close to “star at the rising” or “Morning Star.”

It is interesting that “at the rising” is a definite astrological term and would indicate the last star visible on the ascendant. The last star or planet visible in the morning was also called the “Morning Star.”

Notice that the magi call the star “his star.” Why would they call the Morning star “his (Christ’s) star?”

The answer is quite simple. Jesus said:

“I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” Rev 22:16

It is also interesting that Luke identifies Jesus using the word ANATOLE:

“Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring (ANATOLE – rising or morning star) from on high (from HUPSOS – heavenly place) hath visited us.” Luke 1:78

The morning star is “his star” because he is the “morning star” for us. He is the light that guides us to the heart of the Sun. Apparently the magi knew this even before the birth of Christ.

Whereas Venus usually takes the title of “the morning star,” Jupiter is also called this at times because it is sometimes a the brightest (and last) object visible in the morning sky.

Therefore when the magi spoke of “his star” they were either referring to Venus or Jupiter, or even possibly both of them in conjunction with each other or other planets. Venus and Jupiter conjuncted August 12, 3 BC, June of 2 BC and August 21, 1 BC. Because of their brightness a conjunction would have produced a super star that may have even been visible after the sun came up.

Some scholars say this was not the star of Bethlehem because it is out of sink with the death of Herod who is said to have died in early 4 BC. However, there is some dispute on this because the source of this may have been based on misinformation supplied by his sons and a possible transcribing error by Josephus. Nevertheless, mainstream historians and coin experts stick with 4 BC as his death date

If Herod did die in early 4 BC this means the great sign had to first appear 6 BC or earlier for the scripture tells us that “he had diligently enquired of the wise men” to discover “what time the star appeared.” Afterwards in an attempt to kill the messiah he had all children under the age of two years killed. This would indicate that the sign appeared as far back as two years before the visit of the magi which would have been 6 BC or earlier.

The most spectacular sign in the heavens involving a “morning star in this time period was the triple planetary conjunction on Feb 6, 6 BC of Jupiter (a morning star), Saturn and Mars in Pisces. This only occurs once every 900 years.

Another lesser known celestial event is supported by a book called The Star of Bethlehem: The Legacy of the Magi by Michael R. Molnar. Molner contends that even though the age of Pisces was on the horizon the constellation of Aries was of supreme importance for the Jews. He writes:

“In the spring of 1990 I purchased a lovely bronze coin from ancient Antioch which portrayed the zodiacal sign, Aries the Ram looking back at an overhead star. I bought the coin for $50. But the coin turned out to be priceless because I found that this was the sign of the zodiac that represented King Herod’s kingdom. The so-called “bible of astrology” the Tetrabiblos of Claudius Ptolemy explained that Aries the Ram controlled the people of “Judea, Idumea, Samaria, Palestine, and Coele Syria” – lands ruled by King Herod. I think the coin was issued by the Romans of Antioch to commemorate their takeover of Judea in AD 6.”

He further writes about a significant astrological event around the morning star of Jupiter:

“The second occultation (eclipse) on April 17 coincided precisely when Jupiter was “in the east,” a condition mentioned twice in the biblical account about the Star of Bethlehem. In August of that year Jupiter became stationary and then “went before” through Aries where it became stationary again on December 19, 6 BC. This is when the regal planet “stood over.” – a secondary royal portent also described in the Bible. In particular, there is confirmation from a Roman astrologer that the conditions of April 17, 6 BC were believed to herald the birth of a divine, immortal, and omnipotent person born under the sign of the Jews, which we now know was Aries the Ram. Furthermore, the coins of Antioch and ancient astrological documents show that there was indeed a Star of Bethlehem as reported in the biblical account of Matthew.” Quotes from the author’s web page now inactive.

Molner mentions Jupiter standing over the young Jesus. He is referring to this scripture:

“When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.” Matt 2:9

From this believers conjure up the idea that some magical light from the heavens shined some type of laser beam before the magi until they arrived at Jesus’ address.

This fanciful thinking dissipates when one sees the astrological meaning in the verse.

“Went before” comes from PROAGO which means to “lead forth” or “to go before.”

“Stood over” comes from the Greek HISTEMI EPANO which is more accurately translated as “stopped above.”

Any amateur astrologer knows that when a planet stops in the above sky it is in transition period to go retrograde. It is seen to be standing still in the heavens, or “stationary direct.”

Of course, the planets do not really stand still but because the orbits of each of the planets differ in length and distance an illusion is created from the vantage point of the earth and during the stationery direct period a visible planet will not appear to move in the sky.

This tells us that during the visit of the magi to Bethlehem that either Venus or Jupiter went retrograde and stood still in the heavens for a time. The planet apparently went stationary direct at the same time they entered Bethlehem and the Magi took this as a sign from God that they had found the place of destiny.

Even though books could be (and have been) written on astrology and the Bible I will limit myself to one more – the four beasts of Revelation:

“And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.

“And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.” Rev 4:6-8

The most obvious thing of interest here is that these four beasts are symbols of the fixed cross of the zodiac. The first beast was the lion, the symbol of Leo, the second a calf for Taurus, the third a man, a symbol of Aquarius and the fourth a flying eagle, one of the symbols of Scorpio.

Each sign of the zodiac is in one of the three crosses, the mutable, the fixed and the cardinal. The fact that all four of these signs are in one cross shows that the astrological connection is no coincidence, but an important message is embedded therein through symbolism.

The meaning of the fixed cross fixed intent, persistence, reliability and firmness – that which can be depended upon.

This gave the early saints three messages. (1) You can depend on God to stand by you and (2) he who endures to the end shall be saved. (3) a symbol of the cross whereon the Son of God was fixed between heaven and earth.

Each of the beasts has six wings. Isaiah calls these beasts Seraphim

“In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.” Isa 6:1-3

Searaphim comes from the Hebrew SARAPH and means “burning or fiery ones.” This is translated as “fiery serpents” in Numbers 21:6 & 8 and as a “fiery flying serpent” in Isaiah 14:29

The fact that these four beasts are associated with serpents (a symbol of wisdom) tells us that there is much wisdom to be gained through an understanding of the fours signs of the fixed cross. The fact that they are fiery before the throne of God is a sign that enlightenment can come through the contemplation of God’s handiwork in the heavens.

The six wings are a symbol of the six worlds of creation with the seventh being the throne of God. Four wings cover the fiery light and only two are in use which tells us that average humanity cannot see (wings covering the face) or work (wings covering the feet) in the higher worlds. They are limited to two worlds – the physical and emotional. When the “mark of the beast” is removed two more wings shall be free and cause the seeker to gain greater power of flight to the world of the mind and intuition or higher love.

The four beasts were “full of eyes before and behind.” “Before” is a symbol of a vision of the future and “behind” a symbol of the past. The beasts speak of that “which was, and is, and is to come.”

This tells us that when we uncover the secrets of the throne of God (the stars of heaven) that we can decode the secrets of the past, present and future. This is the destiny of the science of astrology which is yet in its infancy as far as the general understanding of humanity is concerned.

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Feb 16, 2002

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Astrology and the Bible. Part 3

Astrology and the Bible. Part 3
Signs of Pisces and Aquarius in the New Testament

Just as the symbols of astrology abound in the Old Testament, even so do they fecundate the New.

Perhaps the most obvious astrological symbol is on display by the born-again anti astrology Christians driving about in their cars. Who has not seen the symbol of the fish on the bumpers of devotees?

Many of these Christians would be surprised if they discovered that this symbol originated as a sign among early Christians that represented Jesus as the Messiah who was ushering in the age of Pisces.

The fish (or fishes) was indeed the secret sign for the early Christians. A commonly-used icon in the early Christian churches is the “Vesica Piscis” (Latin for “mouth of the fish”) – that shape which also resembles a human eye or a fish without a tail. You can see it in the shape of stained glass windows in many churches and cathedrals.

Fred Gettings who did an exhaustive study of Christianity and astrology wrote in his book, The Secret Zodicac “The true books of the esoteric astrology of the mediaeval era are not to be found in manuscripts, but in stone and marble of the mediaeval cathedrals and churches.”

Many of these ancient Christian monuments have astrological symbols in them with emphasis on Pisces represented by the sign of the fish.

It is also of great interest that Jesus himself was associated with the fish. The phrase “Jesus Christ, Son of God and Saviour” in the Greek reads Iesous CHristos THeou Uios Soter. The capital letters from this phrase spells ICHTHUS which is the Greek word for “fish.” Because of persecution a Christian would secretly communicate his belief in Christ with another Christian by merely drawing or making the sign of the fish.

The constellation Pisces is formed by a set of dim and scattered stars that trace the images of two widely separated fish joined by a knotted cord. One fish, swimming upward, faces east toward Aries, while the other fish swims westward toward Aquarius along the plane of the ecliptic. The directions of motion of the two fish form a cross, the symbol of the Christian religion-the upright line of the cross representing spirit and the horizontal line signifying matter.

Thus the evolution Christian tradition from making the sign of the fish to the sign of the cross was merely a simplification of the sign of the fish in Pisces.

Around 800 AD the Church of Rome began to distance itself from astrology and to drop the connection of the Christian church, or Jesus, with Pisces, or even the fish, and only kept the sign of the cross. Even though this sign still had a connection with Pisces, and there were short revivals of interest, few realized the connection after this time period. It is only of recent date that Christians have revived the sign of Pisces and proudly (but unknowingly) wear it on their bumpers.

Notice that almost all of the fish symbols used by Christians today face to the left, a symbol of the past on to which they are holding instead of advancing on to the consciousness of Aquarius.

Just as Moses said the stars were given for signs, even so did Jesus acknowledge that the stars would indeed bear signs:

“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring” Luke 21:25

“Stars” is usually translated from the Greek ASTER, but in this case it comes from ASTRON which is more correctly translated as “constellations.” This could imply the standard constellations as we know them, in particular the twelve constellations making the twelve signs of the zodiac, or it could refer to certain alignments of planets and stars which have been seen as signs from ancient times. For instance a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn with another planet in the constellation of Pisces was seen as an important sign in the days of Jesus.

What constellation do we look to today for signs of the coming of the son of Man? As we leave Pisces and enter the age of Aquarius then it is only logical that this sign of the zodiac has many portends for us.

This is verified again by Jesus:

“And then (as the coming of Christ draws near) shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” Matt 24:30

In past writings I have given one interpretation of this scripture, but, as I have said, scripture has at least three levels of meaning which are correct. Let us now look at the astrological level.

Before Christ comes there will “appear the sign of the Son of man (literally mankind) in heaven.”

The word “heaven comes from the Greek OURANOS. What is significant about this? This is the word that the planet Uranus is derived from. What is significant about Uranus? It is very significant because it rules the sign of Aquarius which we are now entering.

Note that the scripture reads literally in the Greek as the Sign of the Son of Mankind. Aquarius is the sign most representative of mankind as a whole.

The importance of the coming sign of Aquarius was indicated at the last supper:

“And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare? And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in.

“And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready. And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover. Luke 22:9-13

This mysterious man “bearing a pitcher of water” led the disciples to the “last supper.” It is not a coincidence that the main symbol of Aquarius is a man bearing a pitcher of water. This symbol indicates the servant of God who pours forth the waters of life to humankind, thirsty for the words of life.

The fact that the Aquarian symbol shows up at the last supper of the Christ in Pisces is a symbol of the work of Christ in the coming age – that in the Age of Aquarius the service of Christ and his servants will have its true fulfillment.

Now, let us examine the meaning of the scripture in Matthew 24.

“And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man (the servant giving the waters of life) in heaven (Aquarius): and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn…”

Did the peoples of the earth mourn as Aquarius began to rise on the horizon?

Indeed they did. As Pisces was passing into Aquarius we had the manifestation of World Wars I and II. We are not yet fully into Aquarius for the transition period between the ages lasts from 100-200 years so we still have a point of tension or two to come. If the Lights of the earth do their part, however, the worst will be over.

The fact is that the time between the ages is always highlighted by a point of tension. For instance, the transition from Taurus (the worship of the bull) to Aries (the sacrifice of the ram) was highlighted by the conflict between Moses and Pharaoh as the Israelites escaped Egypt.

The greatest point of tension in this age was the conflict between Nazi Germany (strong authority – Pisces) and the Allied nations (freedom of the human spirit – Aquarius). It is of interest that World War II was very close to the midway point between Pisces and Aquarius. This battle just resurfaced on a lesser scale with the conflict between terrorists who seek rule by the strong authority of the Piscean energy and the free world following after Aquarian energy. In coming conflicts with peoples seeking the establishment of strong authority the changing energies are mounting against them and the old ways are doomed to failure. Only those movements which increase the freedom of the human spirit are in alignment with the coming age.

The founders of the United States Constitution realized this when on June 20, 1782 they approved the Great Seal of the United States bearing the Latin words: NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM which means “a new order of the ages.”

These men inwardly realized that a new age was on the horizon, but little did they understand that they were manifesting one of the signs of the Son of Man in Aquarius.

The last part of the verse reads:

“…and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”

What does this have to do with the age of Aquarius?

Very much. Aquarius is an air sign and all astrologers attribute the development of air and space travel as a sign the this age is coming into manifestation.

One of the messages Jesus was giving out here was this: As we enter into the sign of Aquarius, before his return to us, we would see sons of men traveling in the air with the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Those who pioneered such Aquarian achievements did indeed achieve power and glory. Such people were the Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh and Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon – the greatest Aquarian achievement in and above the air so far.

“And I will shew wonders in heaven above (air and space flight), and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke. (World Wars I & II and conflicts yet to come) “ Acts 2:19

Indeed, there have been many signs in the heavens and earth, and all the while Christians have been looking for signs yet future.

The words of Jesus are yet true today:

“He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?” Matt 16:3

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Feb 12, 2002

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Astrology – The Science of Relationships

Astrology – The Science of Relationships

Question: What is the validity of numerology on names that are spelled with the letters of a foreign language (English is the foreign language in the case of DK).

The numerology of Djwhal Khul’s English name (see previous post) would have meaning as he relates to the readers of his books. He would use a different set of numbers for his name as it would be used in his native language. Any time you change your name a new set of numbers is produced and different vibration set up. This happens to females when they marry and take their husband’s name. Even though some modern females rebel at this idea, the practice has a good foundation in that a couple with the same last name will tend to have an advantage in harmonizing with each other with their numerology. Technically it would not matter much who switched names.

Children who assume the last name of an adoptive parent will naturally feel closer to them because of the harmonious vibration.

Now the reader lives in Israel and speaks Hebrew as well as English. Using his name in Hebrew would produce a different set of numbers and create a different influence than we sense from him here where he spells his name in English.

Many famous people who have a strange spelling to their name changed the spelling of their birth name on advice from a numerologist so the vibration would be more favorable to their career. For instance, you might see a spelling of Dyan rather than Diane or Rahn rather than Ron. Odd spellings like this, especially by celebrities, often are the result of advice by a numerologist.

Question: “Many scientists give the following as a reason they do not accept astrology:

“The gravitational influence of Mars or the other planets on the earth or a person on it is just about zero, so the idea that Mars could influence a person on earth is preposterous.”

“Where is the flaw in this argument?”

It always irritates me when I see a scientist interviewed and he states that astrology could not be correct because of the weak gravitational influence of the planets on any one individual.

This is a silly illogical argument coming from one who makes his living dealing with logic and I never see anyone calling scientists on this distorted argument, even when an astrologer is being interviewed at the same time.

A reader gave a good analogy when he stated that I (living in Idaho) can have a great influence on him (living in Texas), even though the gravity or warmth of my body is not even detectable by him.

Even so it is with the planetary bodies. They are living entities and the true science of astrology is built around the science of relationships. The principle is this. One living being in relationship with another living being will influence that entity.

The relationships we have with each other and the influence we wield is a display in miniature of the influences of the planets and other heavenly bodies. You may have a friend living 1000 miles away whose physical body has no effect on you, but as a living entity has a significant one.

Next objection: “God commands that we are to worship Him, not the stars.”

I do not know where religious zealots get the idea that astrologers worship the stars. The worship of heavenly bodies is not mentioned in any astrological manual I have read.

Such an accusation is just another deceptive attempt to portray that which is harmless as being an evil of some kind.

An astrologer does not worship Mars for having an influence on him any more than he worships his next door neighbor for doing the same.

Some also accuse believers in astrology as detaching themselves from the will of God, thinking they are controlled by the planets. This is not the teaching of this ancient art. Astrological configurations create influence, not control. Again it is like your next door neighbor or your friends. They influence you, but unless you have given up independent thought they do not control you.

A final objection of religious fundamentalists is that astrologers look to the stars for guidance rather than God.

To these people I ask – how does one look to God for guidance?

None of us have such a direct pipeline to God that we are told what to do at any given moment. In fact most who do feel they are getting guidance from God feel they are getting it from the scriptures. What are the scriptures? They are signs put into letters and words that give us guidance.

And what are the heavens? They are the “work of his fingers” (Psalms 8:3). In other words, the heavens are also the handwriting of God, but on a different level.

How many of these critics get advice from their friends, their family, stock broker, real estate agent, books, television etc.? None of these sources of advice is any direct link with God. To seek advice from the language of the stars is no more of a departure from the will of God than is to seek advice from a marriage counselor.

To seek to understand the knowledge that God has placed in a cell or DNA is not looked on as forsaking God. Even so using the stellar orbs to “let them be for signs” Gen 1:14) is actually in harmony with the scriptures.

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Astrology in the Bible Part II

Astrology in the Bible Part II
Astrology and the Old Testament

It is interesting that there are numerous fields of endeavor in new age thought that attract people who have only a superficial knowledge of that which they practice. Astrology does not let you get away with a lazy study. To become really proficient requires a study somewhat akin to becoming a medical doctor. In addition to there being a lot to learn one must combine his intuition with knowledge to make the most of it.

In our last post we covered what seemed to be Biblical objections to astrology only to discover that there was no condemnation of it after all, and, Daniel, one of the greatest Biblical figures was a leader of the Magi astrologers in Babylon.

Contrary to condemning astrology the Bible is actually quite supportive. For instance, the prophetess Deborah tells us that the stars “fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera.” Judges 5:20

David writes: “He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.” Psalms147:4

A name in ancient Hebrew was suggestive of different characteristics similar to modern astrological descriptions of the planets.

Jeremiah tells us the power of the ordinances of heaven:

“Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.” Jer 31:36

One of the most powerful evidences is found in the very beginning of the scriptures:

“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for SIGNS, and for seasons, and for days, and years.” Genesis1:14

The lights in the firmament are of course the stars and planets and these are to be used for “signs,” a concise endorsement of astrology if there ever was one.

The translation “seasons” is quite misleading. It makes it sound like the celestial orbs are there so we can tell the four seasons, but the original meaning was quite different.

“Seasons” comes from the Hebrew MO’ADIM (plural) or MO’ED (singular) . which literally means “appointment” or “fixed times.” It is not a literal word for the four seasons. It only has meaning for words translated from it (such “seasons” or “festivals”) as they relate to fixed times.

One of the best ways to get a feel of the word is to examine how it is used in other scriptures:

“But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear (a child) unto thee at this SET TIME (from MO’ED) in the next year.” Gen 17:21

“Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the TIME APPOINTED (from MO’ED I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.” Genesis 18:14

“The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, IN THE TIME (from MO’ED) of the month Abib: for in the month Abib thou camest out from Egypt.” Exodus 34:18

In addition to this MO’ED is oddly translated as “congregation” when the scriptures speak of the “Tabernacle of the Congregation.”

“Tabernacle comes from OHEL (“dwelling place.”) which comes from the root AHAL which means, “to be clear or shine.” Not only does this root relate the tabernacle to the stars but within the tabernacle was a lampstand called a menorah which held seven lighted candles. These are mentioned several times in the Bible

“And thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof: and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it.” Exodus 25:37

“And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon.” Zech 4:2

Now the interesting thing is that the famous Jewish historian, Josephus, who had available many ancient manuscripts that are now lost, tells us that each lamp represented a planet and the seventh candle was symbolic to the Jews of the planet Saturn as well as the seventh day.

Of further interest is the fact that the tabernacle was portable and moved from place to place. It is also quite possible that it was called the Tabernacle of MO’ED because of the location of each new location of the tabernacle was set by the stars and was also a place for study to keep track of astrological positions and signs.

Whatever the case we have Biblical evidence here that a prime purpose of the stars and planets in relation to humanity is to reveal to us appointed and fixed times that are “signs” of things to come.

In addition to the lights in the firmament being for “signs” we are told they have influence just as taught in astrology:

“Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven?” Job 38:31-33

“Loose the bands of Orion” could be translated as “make way for the salvation of Orion,” again teaching that heavenly orbs have influence.

The word “Mazzaroth” is from an ancient Babylonian word for the signs of the Zodiac.

Concerning this word The New Westminster Dictionary of the Bible defines it as:

“A feature of the starry heavens (Job 38:32). The margin of the Authorized Version and the Revised Version of the Bible interprets it as the sign of the zodiac, equivalent to Hebrew MAZZALOTH (II Kings 23:5, RSV, ‘constellations’). The Hebrew word is of Babylonian origin. It goes back to the old Akkad, MANZAZTU which became MANZALTU, MAZZALTU (station, position of the planet in the zodiac). In late Hebrew MAZZAL, Aramic MAZZALA came to mean constellation of the zodiac, or planet.” pages 599-600

Another authority reads:

“Mazzaroth therefore… clearly signifies the twelve constellations of the zodiac through which the sun appears to pass in the course of the year, poetically likened to the “’inns,”… in which the sun successively rests during the several monthly stages of his annual journey.” (The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 312)

Mazzaroth then is another word for “Zodiac.” Zodiac comes from a primitive Hebrew root Sodi, or “the way” in Sanskrit. This is very interesting since “The Way” was the first name given to Christianity (Acts 9:2; 19:9,23; 24:14,22).

Thus we have “The Way” a basic identification for Christian salvation as having the same meaning as the word “Zodiac.” This adds much more meaning to Job’s mentioning of the “salvation of Orion.”

These twelve signs are the same in all ancient nations of the world and in all ages, from ancient chronologies of China, Chaldean and India. Zodiacs are in the Temples of Denderah and Esneh in Egypt. Traditions of the recently discovered islands of the South Sea, traces of them are discerned most clearly among the most ancient and earliest civilized nations. In the remains of Assyria they are recognized; in those of Egypt they are perfectly preserved; in those of Etruria and Mexico they are recognizable.

The scripture ends with “Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven?” “Ordinances comes from the Hebrew CHUGGAH

The Gesenius Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon interprets this literally as “that which is established or defined” and when singular refers to a singular law or ordinance. Obviously Job was referring to laws governing the stars   and planets.

Books have been written about astrology in the Bible, but I will finish up this section by mentioning just a few more points from the Old Testament.

The number of the signs of the Zodiac keep showing up again and again. Legend has it that the twelve tribes of Israel are representative of the twelve signs.

There were twelve stones of the breastplate just as there are twelve stones representing the twelve signs.

In addition twelve repeats itself many times in various ordinances and of course, we cannot overlook the “twelve disciples” of the New Testament.

A fascinating but little known link of the Zodiac with Israel is revealed in the Sepher Yetzirah, a kabbalistic text attributed to Abraham. This indicates that symbols of the signs of the zodiac and the origins of the Hebrew alphabet are linked. Critics may be surprised to learn that the knowledge of the very Bible they read is delivered to mankind through astrological correspondences.

It is also interesting that a mysterious astrological configuration is called a “Yod,” the tenth letter in the Hebrew Alphabet and also the first letter of the name of God (Yahweh YHVH). The Yod within a natal chart is made up of 3 planets. 2 of these planets are 60 degrees from each other, forming a sextile, and both are quincunx, 150 degrees, to a 3rd planet. It forms an elongated triangle when looking at the aspect wheel.

It is said to lead a native on his/her life journey by creating an environment of frustration and adjustment, directing us to hear the call; to reach inside, and sacrifice all that we’ve learned on earth, and challenge us to remember what our soul already knows.

The fact that this “finger of God” configuration is very ancient gives evidence that it was originated by the Hebrews themselves, perhaps even Daniel the prophet.

But this is not all. Phases of the moon were important to the worship of the ancient Jews.

“Behold, I build an house to the name of the LORD my God, to dedicate it to him, and to burn before him sweet incense, and for the continual shewbread, and for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the sabbaths, and on the NEW MOONS, and on the solemn feasts of the LORD our God. This is an ordinance for ever to Israel.” II Chronicles 2:4

Numerous times in the Old Testament is the mention of the festivals of the New Moons along with the importance of keeping the Sabbath. At the time of the new moon they offered animal sacrifice and the exact time of this occurrence was so important that watchers were placed on the hills around Jerusalem and signaled the news of the exact time of the new moon to distant cities.

Much more could be written but this should suffice for the Old Testament. Readers may want to refer back to my articles on the linkage of ancient Israel to the planet Saturn for more evidence.

After contemplating the scriptures one must exclaim: “The (study of the) heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” Psalms19:1

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Feb 8, 2002

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Astrology and the Bible. Part I

Astrology and the Bible. Part I

I’ve always given some credibility to astrology, but several things have influenced me to give it a more serious study.

First it has always seemed that people fit the description of their birth sign more than the law of averages would allow.

Secondly, just as it makes sense that one person has influence on another, it makes sense that one planet (being a living body) will have influence on another planet and the life forms therein.

Thirdly, I have had two readings which stimulated my interest. I sent off for the first reading when I was in my early twenties. I was impressed by this lady’s ad, for she mentioned that she had come across some ancient Babylonian astrological data that she incorporated with modern astrology.

When I received the printout which was 6 or more pages I was very impressed by her description of my character traits. There were things in there that I could not have gotten from a handwriting analysis. Then on hindsight I am even more impressed for all her predictions came true. She was so good that even now that I have a knowledge of astrology I can not figure out how she came to some of her conclusions. Maybe it has something to do with her studies of ancient Babylonian astrology.

Unfortunately my copy of this disappeared a few years ago. I would really like to have it to read again.

Then, around the age of 35, a friend of mine became very enthused about astrology and raved about an astrologer he met here in Boise who he claimed was as good as they get. He pestered me to make an appointment and I finally succumbed.

I went to see him and on the table he had my chart all colorfully drawn up by hand. As he got into my chart he got quite enthusiastic and told me that I had a combination of aspects he had heard of but never seen in a chart.

“What’s that?” I said.

He said that I had two grand trines, composed of connecting planets, joined together to produce a six pointed star, commonly known as the Star of David.

“Really,” I said. “What does that mean?”

“Legend has it in some astrological circles that this was found in the natal chart of Christ. No one knows if that is true, but this configuration can be a powerful force to help you accomplish something worthwhile.”

I found this flattering yet genuinely interesting and asked him some more questions. I learned that the Star of David is rare, but there are a handful of others who have it and some of them turned out to be average people. The energy of this combination is powerful in bringing a balance of energies, but the person with it must make an effort to release it and then use it effectively.

In my case he said I had squares with Saturn that had to be mastered before I could receive the full benefit of the two grand trines. Saturn was not going to let me get away with careless mistakes, that I would be under strong discipline until I had prepared myself for the full benefit of the star.

The rest of the reading was interesting, but this piece of information stuck in my mind and made me decide to study the art myself to see what there was to it. In fact a few years later I attempted to teach astrology as one of my classes and did a handful of professional readings.

As mentioned in my book and several posts, I met my wife when she began attending my classes and I was impressed with her when I analyzed her writing in my handwriting class. Shortly thereafter, she requested an astrological reading.

I not only calculated her natal chart, but also her progressed chart and noticed that the Sun on her progressed chart was extremely close to the placement of my natal sun. She still has the tape I made wherein I told her something like this:

“Our suns are in the process of merging. This would indicate that you and I are going to have a very close relationship or partnership of some kind.” Then keeping in mind that we were both married to other people at the time I added, “I’m sure that would be a working relationship.”

Then about six months later, when both of us were separating from our spouses, one Thursday evening lightening struck us both at the same moment and we have been together since.

Several days after this particular day I became curious as to how near that Thursday was to the merging of the suns. I thought it would be close, but I was truly amazed when I ran the progressed charts again and saw that her progressed sun merged exactly with mine on the very day we fell in love. The chances of this happening was miniscule.

That’s enough anecdotal information. Now on with the subject.

We have covered a number of subjects that cause a number of Bible believers to have concern that metaphysics is either evil or condemned by God, but we seemed to have bypassed astrology except as it relates to other subjects. In this treatise I seek to cover some basics so future readers who are concerned about Bible verses can look at the subject from a wholeness (holiness) point of view.

The first question to ask is why, in the first place, do many Bible believers think that Astrology is either evil or condemned by God?

There are several scriptures that present a problem. Let us examine this one brought up by a reader:

“There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.

“For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.” Deuteronomy 18:10&14

Let us translate this from the Concordant version which I believe to be the most accurate overall.

“There shall not be found among you one causing his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or one divining divinations, or consulting clouds, auguring or enchanting…

“For these nations in whose place you are tenanting, they herarken to cloud consulters and diviners. As for you Yahweh your Elohim does not allow you to do so.”

The main item in question here comes from the phrase “observers of times” which most believe refers to astrology. The phrase comes from the Hebrew ANAN which literally means “to cover.” This comes from ANAWN which is the Hebrew for cloud.

Interestingly ANAN is used in the following verse after the flood of Noah:

“And it shall come to pass, when I bring (ANAN) a cloud (ANAWN) over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: Genesis 9:14

Because the earliest use of ANAN is associated with the motion of clouds we can see why the Concordant version translates it in Deuteronomy as one who consults or interprets patterns in clouds, a quite different art than that of astrology. ANAN corresponds more closely with a tea leaf reader than an astrologer.

The second verse mentioned comes from Daniel:

“And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them (Daniel and his friends) ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.” Dan 1:20

The word “magicians” comes from the Chaldean CHARTOM which is interpreted as “magician” because of its context throughout the Bible but more than likely merely refers to a “keeper of permanent records” – probably hieroglyphics of hidden or occult knowledge. Because they possessed hidden knowledge, it is quite possible this led to them being seen as magicians.

The Concordant Version translates this word as “sacred scribes.”

“Astrologers” comes from ASHSHAPH and seems to be of mysterious origin. It is generally translated as “astrologer.”

The meaning here is probably the same as the Greek “Magi” or “Magos,” the title of the astrologers who visited Jesus as a child. This is evidenced by the fact that the earliest known Greek manuscript of Daniel translates ASHSHAPH as “Magi.”

The Concordant Version agrees and translates the word also as Magi.

According to historical evidence the magi could have indeed been astrologers as part of their work, but they were also philosophers, counselors and interpreters of the signs of the times.

The idea that Daniel and his friends were “ten times” wiser is misleading. In the original language the term was a unit of measurement. It was more like saying that Daniel was “miles ahead” of his competition.

So Daniel was “head and shoulders” above the Babylonian astrologers and record keepers “in all matters of wisdom and understanding.” This indicates to us that the Babylonian Magi were more than just astrologers but also philosophers.

When the king found that none of the astrologers could interpret his dream he decided to have them all killed. The interesting thing is that included in this group of wise astrologers to be destroyed was Daniel and his friends. Daniel was then concerned when he learned that the “wise men” including himself would be killed so he petitioned to God for knowledge that he “and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men (magi/astrologers) of Babylon.

Then, as we know, Daniel received knowledge from God about the meaning of the dream which truly impressed the King. The scripture reads:

“Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and CHIEF OF THE GOVERNORS OVER ALL THE WISE MEN (magi/astrologers) OF BABYLON.

“Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.” Dan 2:48-49

Daniel who was clearly named as one of the wise men (another name for the magi/astrologers) was appointed “governor” over all the magi. Obviously Daniel was an astrologer/magi himself if he was identified as such by the king when they were targeted for death and later as their leader when they were allowed to live.

Therefore, if astrology is evil, Daniel and his friends were evil.

There are several other scriptures not mentioned which are used to discredit astrology. A popular one is in Deuteronomy 4:16-19:

“Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female, The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air, The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:

“And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.”

This scripture is against the making or worshiping of engraven images. This no more condemns people for studying the influence of the stars than it does the study of psychology, or the influence of one person upon another. Both heavenly bodies and human bodies are figured in this commandment.

Here is another one:

“Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.” Isaiah 47:13

This was not a condemnation of the astrologers, but of the kingdom of Babylon for its “wickedness” in enslaving the Israelites and self-serving attitude, among other things.

To say that the astrologers could not save Babylon because of her misdeeds is like saying a doctor cannot save a patient because he has abused his body. Such line of reasoning is neither a condemnation of astrologers or doctors.

The interesting thing is that even if we confront the literalists at their own game we can win the scriptural battle, but there is another angle to consider here. That is – what is deemed taboo or evil in one age can be a benefit in another. There is a time and season for every purpose under heaven.

The God of the Old Testament commanded the people not to eat pork, shellfish and many other items, yet God in the New Testament told the people it was all right to eat these things.

The God of the Old Testament commanded the people to put witches, gays, Sabbath breakers and disobedient children to death. Fortunately, we are wise enough in this age to not follow such instructions in a black and white manner, but to use good judgment over scripture.

If we are willing to trust our judgment rather than go by old testament commands in civil matters then why not also judge astrology for what it is, looking at the subject with an open mind?

If it works and is useful then use it, if it has no value then do not use it.

We are not under condemnation if we sincerely follow the highest we know.

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Feb 6, 2002

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The Word of God

The Word of God

Question: Is the Bible the Word of God

Answer: Not in the way people think.

Note that the Bible does not claim to be the word of God. In fact the Bible does not even speak of itself for the Bible did not even exist in book form when it was being written.

The Jewish Biblical collection was not assembled in present format until around 90 AD and the Christian Bible not until 367 AD.

Nowhere in the two collections does the Bible speak of itself or of either collection of books – which had its existence hundreds of years after the actual writing of the individual books therein.

So why do people refer to the Bible as the Word of God?

Basically most of the scriptures of the world are called the Word of God by the followers thereof because it is thought by the followers that God revealed all or part of the writings involved. The Bible fits in this category because there are a handful of references to the direct voice of God speaking and then there are prophets who claim to be speaking on behalf of God. On the other hand, such writings comprise just a small segment of the Bible with the rest of the scriptures being a historical record making no claim to be the “Word of God,” but only claiming to be a history of a people devoted to God.

So if the Bible itself makes no claim to being the literal word of God – where does such a claim come from?

Answer: This claim comes from the Beast as written in the Thirteenth Chapter of Revelation.

The idea of the Bible being the word of God comes from the Beast??? How can you say such a thing?

If you read my first 100 posts you will realize that the Beast is the unearned authority of the religious, political and other organizations of the earth.

Representatives of this beastly authority compiled our Bibles and have declared them to be “the Word of God.”

Why would the Beast, the arch enemy of truth, declare and establish the idea that the Bible is the unerring “Word of God?”

Because an even greater objective of the Beast than deception is control. It’s prime objective is to control the souls of men and women. Can you think of a more powerful way to control the souls of humanity than to declare they are quoting the “Word of God,” and that your choice is to either follow or to find yourself fighting against God and doomed to suffer his wrath?

No. There is no more powerful method of control than this, and this the Beast realizes and uses to the max.

Now the question arises – is the Beast correct? Is the Bible the Word of God?

The answer may astound you but please bear with me.

The Bible is the Word of God in the same way that Tom Sawyer, Aesop’s Fables and the Farmer’s Almanac is the Word of God.

(I suspect my enemies will be quoting this last sentence out of context.)

“Blasphemy,” cries the literal believer. “How can you say that?”

Before one can call the Bible or any other book the “Word of God,” he must understand what the Word of God is.

The Bible itself give us several hints.

First, we are told that the name of Christ is the “Word of God.” Rev 19:13

Why is Christ called such? The scripture gives a hint:

“Thy word is truth.” John 17:17

“God is true.” John 3:33

So here we have it in writing so simple it is impossible to misunderstand. That which is “true” is the “Word of God.” Christ is called the Word of God because he speaks the words of truth and the Spirit of Christ which is within us speaks the words of truth within.

Here is a great description of the Truth, which is the “Word of God.”

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Heb 4:12

Indeed, when the truth is discerned, it is sharper than a two-edged sword and nothing can prevent it from making its presence known.

If truth is true does it make any difference who speaks it? Is truth truer if spoken by God, Christ or an angel? Is it less true if spoken by an average person or even a devil?

No. “Truth is true and nothing else is true,” to quote a phrase by A Course in Miracles.

Perhaps we can word it another way:

If a truth is true nothing can make it untrue – neither God, nor the devil, saint or sinner.

If the Word is God (John 1:1) then nothing can unmake God and make God to not be God, or make the truth into a lie.

So, to answer the question: “Is the Bible the Word of God?” one must simply ask if the Bible is true.

So… Is the Bible true?

Answer: Yes and no.

“But how can you say that?” says the believer. “Isn’t the Bible the infallible Word of God?”

To illustrate just pick any verse from the scriptures.

Let us pick two scriptures starting with one coming from the voice of God declaring his name:

“And God said to Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus salt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” Exodus 3:14

Other translators have worded God’s identification differently:

“I am being that which I am being”

“I am becoming who I am becoming”

“I shall come to be as I am coming to be.”

“I will be who I will be.”

“I am who I am.”

Then, of course, we have the translation as given in my writings:

“I AM BECOMING THAT WHICH I DECIDE TO BECOME”

Each of these translations carries with them arguments as to why they are correct, but they all differ subtly in meaning. So which one is the true one?

Go to the original Hebrew you say?

The Hebrew which reads as: EHYEH ASER EHYEH is available to all and still there is no consensus as to the correct meaning as originally spoken.

Or how about this scripture:

“What shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Matt 24:3

Instead of “coming” other translators use “presence.” This puts an entirely different twist on it and could indicate the second coming could happen with people feeling the presence of Christ and no physical appearance.

Instead of “end of the world” many versions use “end of the age.” This changes the meaning completely and can mean the end of the world bunch are completely mislead, even though they have complete faith in the infallible word of God.

So which version is the true version?

They could all be wrong or one or more could be true.

It is possible that a translation could be entirely wrong, yet still be true?

For instance the word “world” in the above scripture comes from the Greek word AION which does literally mean “an age.” Even so there are times that it is mistranslated as “world” where truth is still conveyed:

“And the cares of this WORLD, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.” Mark 4:19

Here it does not matter much whether “world” or “age” is used. The teaching is true in either case. Because both versions are true, then both are the “Word of God.”

If the Word of God is that which is true, does this mean that one can read the Bible, see that which is not true and not really read the Word of God?

Yes. One can read the Bible with self deception and not be reading or seeing the Word of God.

It also means that if he reads Tom Sawyer and sees a truth or true principle, then he has read the word of God.

Can the Word of God even be printed in black and white text?

No.

The fact is that truth can only be hinted at in black and white text, for any written word can be interpreted in a number of different ways. The way to find the Word of God is to take the hint given by the words and use the power of the soul to see the underlying truth behind them. When the underlying truth behind the physical words is seen, then the Word of God resides within us no matter what the source was.

One must reach that point where “the word of God abideth in you” I John 2:14 Notice that it does not abide in a book, but “in you.”

So in answer to question number one: The Bible is the Word of God inasmuch as the words you draw from it harmonize with the Word of God within the Soul of man which is in harmony with the Spirit of God.

To have all the Word of God would mean we have all truth. Since we do not have all truth this means we do not have all the Word of God. Because there are many truths not in the Bible (for instance 2+2=4) this means the Bible is far from the complete Word of God.

Copyright By J J Dewey

Feb 3, 2002

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Finding The Rays

Finding The Rays

Assignment. Search the Bailey writings (Esoteric Astrology) and find the orthodox and esoteric planetary rulers of the signs with their accompanying Rays.

Here was the result:

Exoteric/Esoteric Rulers

  1. Aries – Mars/Mercury
  2. Libra – Venus/Uranus
  3. Taurus – Venus Vulcan
  4. Scorpio – Mars/Pluto Mars
  5. Gemini – Mercury/Venus
  6. Sagittarius – Jupiter/Earth
  7. Cancer – Moon/Neptune
  8. Capricorn – Saturn/Saturn
  9. Leo – Sun Sun/Neptune
  10. Aquarius – Uranus/Jupiter
  11. Virgo – Mercury/Moon
  12. Pisces – Jupiter/Pluto

Rays

Sacred Planets

  1. Vulcan 1st Ray
  2. Mercury 4th Ray
  3. Venus 5th Ray
  4. Jupiter 2nd Ray
  5. Saturn 3rd Ray
  6. Neptune 6th Ray
  7. Uranus 7th Ray

Non-sacred Planets

  1. Mars 6th Ray
  2. Earth 3rd Ray
  3. Pluto 1st Ray
  4. The Moon (veiling a hidden planet) 4th Ray
  5. The Sun 2nd Ray

Now take your sun sign and find the Exoteric and Esoteric (outer and inner) ruling planets and find the rays associated with them.

For instance, I was born on Feb 6 and am an Aquarius. My exoteric ruler is Uranus. (This is recognized by orthodox astrologers.) Uranus is governed by the 7th Ray. This would indicate a strong 7th Ray influence in my personality, or one of my bodies, or my life in general.

My Sun’s esoteric ruler is Jupiter which is governed by Ray two. This would indicate a Ray Two influence in the soul or on subtle levels.

The next thing to look at is your rising sign.

Mine is Gemini an air sign, related to mind. The Orthodox ruler is Mercury which is Fourth Ray and the esoteric ruler is Venus which is Fifth Ray. This would indicate two Rays which influence the mind in particular and there will be a good chance that the mental body will be on one of these.

Another hint lies in the placement of the Moon. Mine is in Sagittarius whose exoteric ruler is Jupiter ruled by Ray two. This indicates a ray influencing the astral body. Again this is right on for me since my astral body is governed by this ray.

Now if we move to the esoteric ruler of Sagittarius we see it is the earth which is governed by Ray Three. This indicates a key to higher intuitive contacts for me is the Holy Spirit, the third aspect.

The various Ray influences in your astrological chart is not an infallible guide for your rays, but does give hints that can verify what you are discerning about yourself.

For instance, if your natal chart hints that your personality is on the Second Ray, you may really be on another ray, but have a strong secondary influence from this ray.

Energies in Astrology and the Rays

Each of the signs have varying degrees of male or female energy and each of us are polarized in either the male or female rays. The rays on the male side are the odd numbers: 1, 3, 5 and 7 and the female are 2, 4 and 6.

Let us therefore discern how the male and female energies manifest in our natal charts. Plus numbers below are representative of male energy and minus as female.

The Elements

Water = minus 2

Earth = minus1

Air = plus 1

Fire = plus 2

The Crosses

Mutable Cross = minus 1

Fixed = 0

Cardinal Cross = plus 1

Now let us apply these energies to the signs:

Aries 2+1=Plus 3

Taurus -1+0=Minus 1

Gemini 1+-1=0

Cancer -2+1=Minus 1

Leo 2+0=Plus 2

Virgo -1+-1=Minus 2

Libra 1+1=Plus 2

Scorpio -2+0=Minus 2

Sagittarius 2-1=Plus 1

Capricorn -1+1=0

Aquarius 1+0=Plus 1

Pisces -2+-1=Minus 3

In addition to your sun sign you can also give some weight to your rising sign and the sign related to the placement of your moon. These two together are around 40% of the influence of the sun sign.

If you discover that your chart reveals a polarization in female energies then chances are the ray patterns of rays 2-4-6 will dominate in your makeup, but if the polarization is in the male energies then 1-3-5-7 will be strong.

Notice that Aquarius, the sign we are entering is positive one and Pisces, the sign we are leaving is minus three, the most female of all the signs. There was strong female suppression at the beginning of this age but ended with females making inroads into establishing their own power. The Pisces energy will still be in play during the transition for a few years to come.

Aquarius is positive one, near the point of balance so with the appropriate use of mind there should be a reasonable balance of male and female energies in the new age with appreciation of the two energies making one great whole.

This finishes a basic introduction to the rays. There is much more information in the Bailey books that you will discover as you read through them.

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Jan 31, 2002

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The Sabbath of Laughter

The Sabbath of Laughter

I would like to add two more measures to the previous eight that can be taken in defeating negativity or dark forces.

(9) Laughter. After contemplating this principle I sense that there is more to this than meets the eye and that we can use laughter for positive results unrealized.

There have been a few people who have used laugher as a means to aid with healing, but using it to dispel darkness and negativity is perhaps a new twist.

A reader made the comment that maybe when we get down and out and there’s no where to go but up that a good laugh will propel us in the desired direction.

Think of it. What actually happens when we laugh? How do you feel when you are actually in the act of joyous laughter?

No matter how negative you felt the instant before, no matter what your stress or pain, it all seems to disappear during the time of the actual heartfelt laughter.

In a way laughter is like a Sabbath of rest from all the cares and concerns of life. It is also interesting that one of the promises of God to the faithful in the scriptures is to “enter into his rest.”

Is it possible that laughter is a method of entering into the rest of God while still living upon the earth?

Let us, my friends try an experiment during the next month and laugh at the following:

(A) Any situation that distresses you.

(B) Any negative feeling that bothers you

(C) Anything painful.

When you laugh, just do not make the sound thoughtlessly, but actually laugh at the negativity you wish to disappear. This will send a message through your soul that you do not recognize the negative and will call forth the magical power of the Spirit to move you one additional step toward creating heaven on earth.

Here’s an interesting quote from DK on the subject:

“One is to cultivate the ability to “sit light in the saddle” (to use an old proverbial injunction) and the other is to develop a sense of humour, a real (not forced) capacity to laugh at oneself and with the world. This is one of the compensations which comes to those who can succeed in working in the light upon the mental plane. When you can do this, the constant tension under which you labour will adjust itself.” Discipleship in the New Age, Vol 1, Page 414

(10) Create a positive affirmation. In addition to saying the Song of the 144,000 you can write a personal affirmation geared to your own situation. You can either say it to yourself during the day or make yourself a tape and listen to it regularly.

“Every day in every way I am getting better and better,” is a popular, but short positive statement.

Reader Comment: If it is the “heavens”, then I don’t understand how it can separate the “waters below the firmament” from the “waters above the firmament”. If the “waters below” are the oceans, etc.; and if the firmament is the “heavens” (in which were placed the sun, moon and stars, in day 4), then somewhere, way out is space, it would seem there’s a whale of a lot of water (pun intended). Enough to surround our galaxy?

I’ve read one account that said the ancient Hebrews believed the world was flat, and that a literal translation of the Hebrew word from which firmament was translated, was a dome — and that they believed the sky was a dome, whose ends rested on the mountains, on which the stars, etc. were placed. Even if that were so (and personally, I give the Hebrews more credit than that) … the other and bigger issue STILL is … where is the water ABOVE the firmament??????

An ocean floating in space?

JJ: Yes, the Bible clearly says there are waters both above and below the firmament.

The word “firmament” comes from RAQIYA which literally means “expanse.” Some believe it referred to a dome, but others feel it merely refers to our atmosphere.

Thus you have waters above and below the atmosphere. The waters below are obvious – the oceans, rivers, lakes etc. But what are the waters above? One interesting theory I read stated that before the days of Noah the earth had rings like Saturn composed of frozen water and the flood was caused by the descent of these rings. If there were such rings then there would have indeed been waters above the atmosphere.

My thought is this. Many of the ancients had little knowledge of space and when they looked up at the sky they saw it was blue like a great body of water and thus many thought that somewhere beyond the air we breath is a universal body of water.

This is not entirely untrue for some ancient writings call the invisible ethers of space, “waters” that give birth to all there is and from this vantage point there are indeed waters above the atmosphere.

The Covered People

I have just a few minutes tonight so I thought I would pose a question.

I notice that all those of the Islam faith are adamant about wearing a covering over their head so I figured there must be some commandment on it in the Koran. I therefore, did a search and instead of finding a demand that they wear a covering I found the opposite. Let me quote:

10: 27. For those who do good deeds, there shall be the best reward and yet more blessings. And neither darkness nor ignominy shall cover their faces. It is these who are the inmates of Heaven; therein shall they abide.

10: 28. And as for those who do evil deeds, the punishment of an evil deed shall be the like thereof, and ignominy shall cover them. They shall have none to protect them from ALLAH. And they shall look as if their faces had been covered with dark patches of night. It is these who are the inmates of the Fire; therein shall they abide.

Her they are commanded that “darkness” shall not cover their faces and that the evil ones are “covered with dark patches of night.”

Another Quote:

11: 6. Now surely, they fold up their breast that they may hide their evil thoughts from HIM. Aye, even when they cover themselves up with their garments, HE knows what they hide and what they reveal. Surely, HE knows full well what is in their breast.

Again, covering themselves up with garments does not sound like a positive thing.

Is it possible that the idea of covering themselves so much is as much of a distortion of Islam as handling snakes would be for Christians?

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Jan 19, 2002

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