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THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM AND SIRIUS by Bruce Johnson
DECEMBER ASTROLOGICAL UPDATE by Marcia McCaffery
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THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM AND SIRIUS
by Bruce Johnson
The Star in the East the Three Wise Men followed to Bethlehem suddenly appeared, guided them to Jerusalem, changed direction, and ultimately stopped and hovered directly over Jesus. Different astronomers have theorized the Star in the East as a comet, supernova, and Jupiter, by itself or in conjunction with other planets. Esoterically, the Star of Bethlehem, the Star in the East, Sirius, and the Star of Initiation are identical symbols. They are all signs in the heavens that indicate the birth of the Christ within, for an individual below on Earth.
Sirius was the star that related to life, rebirth, and the Mysteries of Initiation in Egyptian and other ancient mystery schools. Initiation into the light of the God Self was achieved through five steps of development, each resulting in an expansion of consciousness. The five initiations corresponded to the five major points of crisis and growth demonstrated in the life of Jesus-birth, baptism, transfiguration, crucifixion, and ascension. Sirius, as the Star of Initiation, was depicted as a fiery white pentagram with its apex pointing heaven-ward, each point symbolizing an initiation into greater consciousness.
The Three Wise Men signify spiritually and psychically advanced teachers and guides from the Spiritual Hierarchy who participate and assist in the birth initiation of any given individual. Clearly knowledgeable in esoteric study, they demonstrate prophecy, astrological skill, and the ability to interpret dreams. They are from the East, the direction associated with spirituality, the Sun, birth, and renewed life. They are ever watching for the birth of Divine Consciousness on Earth, and celebrate its arrival, whether in ancient times, 2000 years ago, or today.
The Three Wise Men gave gifts of myrrh, frankincense, and gold to the spiritually newly- born child. These represent different types of spiritual power which strengthen respectively the mental, emotional, and physical aspects of the Soul experiencing the birth initiation. This blessing conferred power to the Soul and helped it to accomplish its Earthly purpose, which included in the life of Jesus, the attaining of in one lifetime the four remaining initiations on the Path of Light and Liberation.
If you enjoy beautiful lights during the holidays, check out the Denver Zoo Lights exhibit at 2300 Steele Street in Denver. The hours are 5-9 p.m., with the light display running December 9, 2011 through January 1, 2012.
Bruce Johnson has over 30 years of study in the fields of Ancient Wisdom and occultism. He has taught classes on a wide range of topics, from Atlantis to mediums to Zoroaster. He is also a spiritualist minister, with a background in spiritual astrology. He lives in Colorado with his wife and their cat.
DECEMBER ASTROLOGICAL UPDATE
by Marci McCaffery
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” ~~T. S. Eliot
Standing on the Cusp of a New Cycle
SAGITTARIUS (November 23-December 21)
Happy Holidays Everyone!
Time has accelerated at warped speed, leaving us reeling from the dizzy effects of change occurring almost daily. We must remind ourselves that the old patterns are simply showing up to be transmuted. We are moving beyond limitation into possibility, as we let go of old circumstances to embrace the new. We are shifting from a rational, linear age to one of vast creative uncertainty. There is a pull to become more alive and awaken to our own fullness. What an exciting and eventful time! Imagine possibilities!
During each month, as the Sun and Moon rise together, we receive a cosmic invitation to evolve into the next sign. As we emerge from the depths of November’s Scorpion intensity, we are greeted by the optimistic, adventurous sign of Sagittarius for the month of December. We are encouraged to explore broader horizons.
As the third of the fire signs, Sagittarius symbolizes the fire of higher knowledge, wisdom, and the super conscious mind. Jupiter, the planetary ruler of Sagittarius, is currently transiting the fixed earth sign of Taurus until July 2012. We are presented with an honest assessment of where we stand economically and environmentally through inconsistent patterns of stability and instability. Many blessings are available during this cycle. Gratitude and appreciation assures long-term success.
This month’s New Moon, Solar Eclipse at 2 degrees 37′ Sagittarius, falls on November 25th, Thanksgiving Day. This eclipse is one of the most hopeful eclipses of the year. The Sun, New Moon Eclipse, Venus and Mercury all assume their positions in Sagittarius, proving positive energy for increased confidence. In addition, Mars, Pluto and Jupiter form a harmonious grand earth trine, producing new opportunities, power and fortitude to move ahead.
On December 10th, a Full Moon at 18 degrees 11’ Gemini is charged by a Total Lunar Eclipse, marking a major turning point as we advance to the next level in our evolutionary journey. The intensity of this Full Moon energy increases our awareness and views about reality and our interconnectedness.
Three planets turn direct this month. On December 9th, Uranus known as the Awakener planet, changes direction following a six month retrograde journey. Our ability to individualize and express our uniqueness in the outer world is enhanced by sudden breaks from the past. On December 13th, Mercury reverses its backward movement through the sky, bringing forth new perspectives on how to expand into the bigger picture. On Christmas day, Jupiter emerges from its five month hiatus to deepen our growth and conscious awareness regarding our role during this incredible time in history.
The Winter Solstice on December 21st, leads us into the long-anticipated year of 2012, globally recognized by the 2012 Mayan Calendar end date. What is the real purpose of the Birth of 2012? According to Barbara Marx Hubbard it is: A way for us to interconnect and activate pioneering souls globally, by weaving visions and work into a larger, more powerful whole.
Join my complimentary talk on 2012 and Beyond, held on Sunday, January 15th 2012 and again on Sunday, Feb 19th 2012 from 2-3PM at the Shining Lotus Bookstore. Gain insightful overviews about 2012 from a planetary and numerological perspective. Discover what’s in store for this New Year.
In gratitude, thank you all. For your love, your wisdom and continued support. Peace and Blessings for the upcoming New Year!
Marcia McCaffery is an NCGR certified astrological counselor specializing in life purpose, career and relationship readings. She is also a Reiki master teacher, a spiritual advisor, and an accredited life direction coach with a private practice in the Denver area. She has a lifelong involvement with meditation, spiritual studies and the healing arts. She is a featured astrological consultant at Shining Lotus™ Metaphysical Bookstore.
To learn how these changes impact you personally, contact Marci at firstname.lastname@example.org. For free, valuable resources, visit her website at http://www.stardirectionastrology.com.
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