In astronomical terms, our sun is considered a local star, in the same way that others are distant stars. In terms of vibrational energy from the Universe, everything that comes to us is focused through the sun and filtered through the planets.
A Prophet Without Honor?
Because we think of this star as only our sun, we forget that it is part of a larger system of stars known as the Milky Way. And yet, our parochial view is proper in that our solar system is insignificant compared to the majesty of the visible Universe. But the visitation of God’s messengers to the shepherds proclaiming Jesus’ birth 2,000 years ago is sufficient proof that we are important enough to have a Saviour sent to us for our (eventual) salvation.
Jesus left there and went to his home town, accompanied by his disciples. When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.
“Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him, that he even does miracles? Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son, and the brother of James, Joses, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.
Jesus said to them, “Only in his home town, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor.” (Mark 6:1-4)
Jesus is a Capricorn
Jesus was born when the Sun was in Capricorn which is a Cardinal Earth sign. If ever there was to be a human to lead us to our destiny, he would have to prove, first of all, that he was from the earth and not just a spiritual being who deigned to “visit” us.
According to Nicholas deVore in his Encyclopedia of Astrology, the symbolic interpretation of Capricorn is: A goat with a fish’s tail, signifying extremes of height and depth; changes wrought by time; union of the Christian and Jewish dispensations. The sign of Initiation, of Cosmic Order and Justice, wherein the Individuality is developed, and humanity fulfills its obligations to others.
Second Decan (11-20 degrees): Martyrdom; dauntless, again and again it comes back for more; by indefatigable effort, scaling heights of success.
According to Jan Spiller and Karen McCoy in their excellent book Spiritual Astrology:
Sun In Capricorn individuals feel they have the right to authority, to govern and control others in terms of establishing order; to be respected for their achievements and position.
The Disciples as Zodiac Signs
In “calling” his disciples to him, Jesus demonstrated that he was an able organizer and administrator, very Capricornian traits. But, in doing so, I think he showed that there was something symbolic going on as well. I believe he was delegating his authority along the lines of the astrological signs.
Aries: Peter, the fiery, impulsive, changeable, pioneering leader.
Taurus: Simon Zelotes, the dogmatic, determined zealot.
Gemini: James “the lesser”, slow to accept the authenticity of the Messiah, but became the eloquent preacher of the church in Jerusalem.
Cancer: Andrew, the sympathetic home body.
Leo: John, the most beloved apostle.
Virgo: Philip, always precise, calculating, inquiring, and practical.
Libra: Bartholomew-Nathaniel, the innocently pure one “in whom there is no guile.”
Scorpio: Thomas, the doubting skeptic, yet bold and courageous.
Sagittarius: James, the great teacher, who with Peter and John became the spiritual leaders of the early church.
Capricorn: Matthew, the tax gatherer, the politician, the one in authority in the governing seat in Rome.
Aquarius: Thaddeus-Jude, who sought to better the living and working conditions of the masses; and who interrogated Jesus at the Last Supper as to how he would manifest himself.
Pisces: Judas Iscariot, who when he succumbed to temptation suffered pangs of remorse.
Clement charmingly called the twelve Apostles the Twelve Months of Christ, who himself was the Year of our Lord.
Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his throne in heavenly glory, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.” (Matthew 19:28-30)
The Son in Capricorn
Jesus humbled himself by becoming human, a carpenter’s son, to demonstrate to the common people that they too could aspire to the kingdom of God. This demonstration of the rewards of humbling one’s self reminds me of the way Jesus settled an argument among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest:
Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Then he said to them,“Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all — he is the greatest.” (Luke 9:47-48)
The fact that Jesus “humbled” his spiritual Self in the “earthly” sign of Capricorn, which is ruled by Saturn, the most restricting of all the planets, is confirmed by the author of Transpersonal Astrologer, Errol Weiner:
If one understands that Capricorn is the doorway into the higher kingdom of the soul or Christ self, and that this entrance symbolizes the birth of Christ-consciousness in and through the personality, then one can understand that Christ Mass (or Soul Mass) is the time when individuals, groups, families, nations and humanity overall should be celebrating the reality and birth (manifestation) of love, light, joy, purpose, community, sharing and goodwill. It is an inner celebration of Christ-consciousness and not the celebration of the birth of the physical form of Jesus. The Christmas tree itself is the symbol of ‘the tree of consciousness’. This tree has seven lights (the seven chakras) and at the top of this tree is a five-pointed star or angel, both symbols of the higher Christ self. This self is actually referred to in the ancient wisdom teachings as ‘the Angel of the Shining Presence’.
There’s that five-pointed star again. However, I disagree with the author in that I don’t see it as symbolic of the higher Christ self, unless one means that in the sense of the perfected Wo/Man. He does however make an interesting case for Capricorn’s purpose which is to act as a ‘doorway into spirit’:
The entire winter cycle of Capricorn to Pisces is an inward cycle of personality withdrawal and spiritual conception. It can therefore be a time of personal negativity and depression, for the soul is at its ascension (so to speak) and the lower self at its descension. The winter cycle is therefore the most spiritual time of the year for it is the quarterly cycle in which we are attaining the highest degree of individual fulfillment (Capricorn), and in which we are also sharing what we have attained and received (Aquarius and Pisces). The Capricorn cycle is the time of the year when the mental seeds of Aries (Spring) have reached their highest degree of spiritual flowering. Physical and spiritual labor both take nine months, with birth occurring in the tenth month (Capricorn).
To be continued.
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Keep Calm courtesy of http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk;
12 Signs courtesy of http://www.solarmythology.com;
Sun in Capricorn courtesy of http://www.astology13.com