On this wonderful day when we are fortunate enough to gather with friends and family to celebrate, we all too often forget the spiritual lessons of Christmas. How did the three wise men know about the birth of Jesus Christ? His birth was announced by a star in the east which the three kings (the Magi) followed in order to locate him. Why were they looking at the stars? Because, amongst other things, they were astrologers. In Spanish, the three wise men are known as the “tres reyes magos”. What does “mago” mean? It means “magician”. The magi were practitioners of magic including astrology, alchemy and other forms of esoteric knowledge. The magi were those wise men initiated into the ancient secrets rooted in the mystery schools. They knew that there was a correlation between what happened on earth and what happened in the sky. They understood that everything is interwoven and that the stars reflected what was due to and needed to occur on earth. This is the principle behind the famous hermetic saying “As above, so below”. There really is nothing new about the use and power of metaphysics. The Magi understood that their attainments and spiritual knowledge carried great responsibility to make a difference in the world – literally, journeying to give gifts. So, on this wonderful day, we can take a moment to reflect upon the gifts that we offer to the world or what contribution we make to universal welfare.
The three wise men offered gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Why? Because gold represents spirituality. It is the indestructible metal representing the perfect blend of the other purified metals. We can describe it as “spiritual gold”. Frankincense represents thoughts and ideas and myrrh the purely physical. As we make our plans for the new year, we can reflect upon the extent to which we are creating spiritual gold. In other words, the extent to which we are learning the lessons represented by the other metals and purifying ourselves to become our best.
As you make your plans and journey with your gifts, remember that we have a huge amount of insight and potential at our fingertips. Metaphysics is a wonderful way of understanding oneself, life, and our opportunity to make a difference in the world. It is also a great way to peer into the future (as did the wise men) considering what is very likely to and needs to occur.
On the 22nd of December, the Sun reaches its lowest point in the sky. It appears to stop moving south for three days stationed in the southern cross (crux). On December 25th, the Sun moves north one degree indicating a move towards warmth, longer days, and Spring. As you enjoy the festivities, I wish you all the best for 2013 including “sonshine” in the form of light, warmth, and enlightenment.