Star: 8 – Pluto: The Transformative Star (part 1)

In the Court of Heaven, Satan plays an important role: the Prosecuting Attorney. His job is to root out our negative tendencies and bring them to the light of consciousness.

Christ Tempted by Satan

We have all experienced a crisis at some time in our lives. These ‘trials by experience’ are the testing ground of the lessons we have learned to incorporate. After all, we know the theory, but the practice makes perfect.

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their arms, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’

Jesus answered him, “It is written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you, “ he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.’”

Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: “Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. (Matthew 4:1-11)

The Story of Job

Concerning the passage from Matthew, doesn’t it strike you as strange that Satan quotes the scriptures? This verbal test of Jesus’ character was carried out by Satan, after Jesus’ baptism and before his mission begins. Why? To see if he was ‘for turning’? Many times I have returned to this passage and wondered what was going on here. Did Satan really not perceive that Jesus was a Son of God, or was he just ‘doing his job’? The last time such a testing took place in the Old Testament, Job was the man on trial.

There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.

His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men in the east.

And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.

And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed {renounced} God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.

And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? Thou hast blest the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord. (Job 1:1-12)

Written by Melchizedek

Here we have a description of a case presented in the Court of Heaven. The Lord thinks Job is a good example of a God-fearing man; Satan, the ‘Devil’s Advocate’, thinks that God has made it too easy for Job. But no-one seems to be Job’s ‘defending’ attorney, so he has to do the job on his own, a real trial by fire, as it were.

According to the author of Jung and the Lost Gospels: The Book of Job, a work dating vaguely between the years 600 and 300 B.C., deals ostensibly with the theme of the righteous man who is unjustly afflicted by God. In Jung’s Gnostic view, this venerable story concerns not the theme of a suffering human who arrogantly questions God’s inscrutable designs, but rather that of a God who is unwise, uncharitable, and unjust because he is imperfect. Here, then, in brief outline form is Jung’s myth of Job and his afflictor.

Driven to extremity by the sufferings unjustly visited upon him, Job demand a confrontation with God, who with great bluster replies to him out of a whirlwind. But the answer given so dramatically by God is in reality no answer at all. What sense is there, asks Jung, to God’s thundering about morning stars, flowing seas, crocodiles, and so on, and what is the point of his asking Job where he was when he created the world?

And well he might ask, because the Edgar Cayce Readings state that “the Book of Job was written by the Master (as Melchizedek) as an explanation for the pattern of man in the earth. The characters are symbolic rather than actual persons who lived on the earth.” And what seems perfectly clear to me is that hints of the state of perfection are given in that above-quoted passage, with 10 cropping up regularly as the sum of two sets of numbers, together with the term “morning stars” (5 x 2).

Job’s Answer to God

Let us continue with “Job’s Answer to God”: The moral superiority of Job, the created man, over God the Creator introduces a truly Gnostic paradox into the myth. Obviously, there is something radically wrong with God, whereas there is much that is right with Job. It is Job who is the real hero of the story, and as a representative of humanity, as against so-called divinity, he represents the small but potentially vital element of consciousness of the human spirit confronted with the huge, materially powerful, but spiritually unaware almightiness of the Creator. Jung here restates the ancient Gnostic proposition…that the God of this world is a Demiurge, and that the materially feeble human being possesses a moral superiority over the Creator by virtue of the presence of the supernal spark deposited into his nature by Sophia. The words uttered by Job, “I know that my redeemer liveth,” shows that Job is aware of beings and forces that are superior to the God of this world who are capable of bringing about the redemption of the captive light-sparks from this lower region of existence.

More importantly — and it is here that Jung’s myth adds a new keynote to the Gnostic theme — God is still in the process of growing, of developing consciousness. Jung’s God is an undifferentiated being, possessing a double nature. The sufferings of Job, as well as his questionings, have led to a significant achievement. The double nature of God, his light and dark aspect, was now revealed, and with the assistance of the human spirit God would have to renew himself. Jung states bluntly that when God discovered that his creature caught up with him, he then decided that it was time for him to become different. The growth and development of God could occur by God coming to consciousness in humanity — in other words, using Christian terminology, by incarnating…

When the time is ripe the promise is fulfilled, and the Son of Man appears on earth as the messianic figure of Jesus-Christ. Jung points out that great precautions were taken by divine providence to make sure the venture of the incarnation is a success. The circumstance of Christ’s birth, occurring by way of a virgin, the paternity not being assigned to any man but to the Holy Spirit, and many more elements indicate that he conforms to the Hero archetype, thus being sharply distinguished from other men…

A fascinating aspect of Jung’s myth is the assertion that Jesus seems to have been aware of several Gods, according to his recorded statements. On the one hand, he speaks of his heavenly Father as a God of kindness and love, and he insists that humans could count on his being such. On the other hand, he addresses the petition “lead us not into temptation” to someone in the Lord’s Prayer. How can a God of love lead human beings into temptation? Obviously, in addition to the loving Father we are dealing here also with a darker, more tricksterlike and therefore perilous aspect of divine nature. Clearly, Jesus was aware that, although he as an embodiment of divine light was in touch with the God of light, the dark god, or the dark aspect of God, was also in evidence and was in need of being addressed.

Pluto in Virgo

Pluto, the ‘lord of the Underworld’ combines with Virgo, mutable Earth, in the 12th House of the ‘unconscious’, create an image of unconscious motive being brought to light through life on earth. According to the authors of Spiritual Astrology: Those born in the generation having Pluto in Virgo experience the call to participate in world transformation on the levels of health and service to those less fortunate… On a personal level those born with Pluto in Virgo experience their greatest fears by risking the criticism of others through a commitment to their sense of duty. Their challenge is to serve others on practical levels even though they may not have attained the perception of self-perfection they seek.

Jesus went throughout Galilee teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, the epileptics and the paralytics, and he healed them. Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him. (Matthew 4:23-25)

Picture Credits

To be continued.

Linked pages: The Star of Bethlehem: Chapter 1 – Prologue;
My Satanic Struggle;
Lessons for This Day (and Age)

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/FxhH3JCMZ0A?rel=0

Picture credits: Star of Bethlehem courtesy of clipartbest.com;
Christ Tempted by Satan courtesy of http://www.pinterest.com;
Blake (1793) Job’s Tormentors courtesy of en.wikipedia.org;
Job’s Answer courtesy of slideplayer.com;
Pluto in Virgo courtesy of http://www.sunsigns.org

About cdsmiller17

I am an Astrologer who also writes about world events. My first eBook "At This Point in Time" is available through most on-line book stores. I have now serialized my second book "The Star of Bethlehem" here. And I am experimenting with birth and death charts.
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6 Responses to Star: 8 – Pluto: The Transformative Star (part 1)

  1. cdsmiller17 says:

    Decapolis = 10 cities!

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  2. Grandtrines says:

    Reblogged this on Lost Dudeist Astrology.

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  6. cdsmiller17 says:

    One more thought: 10 in binary equals 2 in decimal…

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