As I approached writing this week’s Carnival of Healing, I noticed myself procrastinating, avoiding and even forgetting to do it. This is odd behavior for me when I have a task to do and a time frame to meet.
I knew my subject matter was to be about Epiphany and the Magi, astrology, numerology, and more. Yesterday I collected the blogs I wanted to include, but then still couldn’t write anything down. Finally I let it go and walked away.
Last night I couldn’t get to sleep, I tossed and turned and didn’t fall asleep until after 2:00 this morning. Then at 4:10, I woke up with a sudden burst of knowledge and enlightenment- I had an epiphany! It was regarding an issue I had been faced with for a very long time that never seems to be resolved. This sudden enlightenment, also known as satori according to the Zen Buddhists, was the deep revelation I have been questing for for many years. It was as though I needed to have an epiphany before I could write about the Epiphany!
I wonder if that is what the 3 Wisemen, or Magi experienced when they arrived in Bethlehem? Was their discovery a ‘revelation of God to mankind in human form’ a satori experience for them, and therefore is known as the Feast of the Epiphany, generally celebrated on January 6? Epiphany in Greek means 'the appearance or miraculous phenomenon.'
“In 1999, astronomer Michael R. Molnar published the results of his investigations in the book The Star of Bethlehem: The Legacy of the Magi. In contrast to other suggested events involving other constellations such as Leo, Virgo, or Pisces, Molnar had discovered evidence from multiple sources indicating that the stargazars of that time considered the constellation of Aries the Ram to be associated with the people of "Judea, Idumea, Samaria, Palestine, and Coele Syria", i.e. the lands ruled by King Herod. Additional evidence indicated that a special occultation of Jupiter by the moon that occurred in the east in Aries on 17 April 6 BC signified the birth of a great Jewish king.” according to the northanger's blog at LiveJournal.
The Magi were astrologers and knew of prophecies and divination. Were they following the stars, their intuitive knowings and predictions? Today we follow astrology closely and watch patterns emerge that influence us and our personal journeys. Transits and astrological events are widely known through the use of media and the world wide web. No longer is it prized by only the few learned in its science.
Simple intuitive timing can be based on the activity of the New moon and full moon. Christopher Stewart explains how to use moon timing in your life at Intuitive Living blog. I have a list of the New Moon and Full Moon dates for 2006 here.
Astrologically we are entering 2006 with a Grand Cross planetary formation, signaling that 2006 will be a year of inner and outer transformation.
Using the science of Numerology, "the World and Universal energy of the year 2006 is ‘8’(2+0+0+6 = 8)." according to Native Paths Numerology blog. An 8 year signals a good time for business, wealth and personal accomplishment:
"Some very interesting words came to my numerological mind when looking at 2006. They are PROSPERITY (62/8), DOLLAR (26/8) and INVEST (26/8). The words RICHES (35/8) and MIRACLES (35/8) are also an ‘8’ but with different components accomplishing the same end result. The words KARMA (17/8) and SUCCESS (17/8) also need to be mentioned. Last but not least is the hyphenated word WELL-BEING (44/8). Christmas Day of this year 12/25/2005 was a (44/8) energy day."
Figuring your personal Life Number, numerologically, you can determine the energetic influence that will be assisting you throughout the year by combining numerology with the symbolism of the tarot. The Magi always remind me of the Magician card in the Tarot deck.
Tarot cards are another form of divination and can be utilized to achieve greater clarity about yourself and your path. Spiral Visions offers us a simple Tarot quiz you can use to identify your personality.
Moving from divination, we look to prophecy as another gift of the Magi. Their astrological forecasting and prophetic abilities lead them to discover a precious gift to the world. Bearing gifts of Gold, Frankincese and Myrrh, they traveled through the desert to experience their epiphany. For us today, we look to prophecies from around the world and from famous prophets such as Nostradamus that scholars like John Hogue have spent years studying. Hogue, who offers his own prophecies with relatively good accuracy, publishes his new year predictions each January.
Looking into 2006, I wish you a year filled with powerful prophecy and epiphanies of your own!
Next week the Carnival of Healing will be hosted by Intuitive Living. If you would like to submit your blog post for consideration in an upcoming edition of the Carnival, please visit the Carnival home page.
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