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Week of Jun 6th - Jun 12th,  2003

The Word of God

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  Gemini is the third sign of the zodiac. Leviticus is the third book of the Bible. It is in this book that the themes of Gemini are being introduced to those who would study the 'Word of God'.

Leviticus

Leviticus

  Gemini is the sign of transportation and communication. It is the speech, communication, words, thoughts, sentences, letters, phone conversations and emails of people everywhere. Unlike Sagittarius, the sign opposing Gemini which deals with mass communication involving the media, such as stories in the newspapers, in books, over the radio or on television, Gemini involves more one to one communication; of two people on the same phone line talking to each other, of a letter written to a friend, or a scribbled note folded and passed to another student while class is in session.

  Leviticus deals with a whole range of specific formulas of how to act, what to do and what to say given various scenarios. First, it establishes how to communicate with the divine, by offering up a Holocaust (a burnt offering), whether it be a bull, lamb, goat, turtledove or young pigeon. If one wants to offer an Oblation, an offering of crops, cereal or vegetable produce, then a slightly different set of instructions are offered. If one wants to offer a Communal Sacrifice, often called a "peace offering', where part of the victim was eaten by the worshippers and part offered to God, then the following formula was laid out, etc.

  From there Leviticus begins to branch out and cover a much wider set of formulas, from what you are supposed to do if you screw up and break one of the commandments (Gemini's often have a hard time honoring what they say they will do), and involves sins of the high priest, of the community, of private individuals or if reparation were to be offered. Following this, rituals were outlined as to how to ordain the priests who would be in charge of these functions down through time. This department was to be maintained by the sons of Aaron, the brother of Moses. Gemini is, of course, the sign of siblings, and here, the sibling is being put in charge.

Images from Leviticus

Images from Leviticus

  There are many more details which are included here which deal with the day to day living concerns of people. This is a Good Book Handbook. Things like incest and sexual relations, for instance. But the entire Book is framed in the 'Word' of God. This is direct communication from God, to Moses, to us. Leviticus 1:1 opens with

  "Yahweh called Moses, and from the Tent of Meeting addressed him, saying, 'Speak to the sons of Israel, say to them...'"

  ...and then the particular combinations are laid out. The tightest way of phrasing this was simply,

  "Yahweh spoke to Moses; He said..."

  ...but a slightly extended version of this would often follow, repeating the original notion of communicating,

  "Speak to the sons of Israel, say to them..."

  This formula is repeated in Leviticus 35 times in 27 chapters. In fact, it opens 17 of the 27 chapters. It is found in Leviticus 1:1, 4:1, 5:14, 5:20, 6:1, 6:12, 6:18, 7:22, 7:28, 8:1, 11:1, 12:1, 13:1, 14:1, 14:33, 15:1, 16:2, 17:1,18:1, 19:1, 20:1, 21:1, 21:16, 22;1, 22:17, 22:26, 23:1, 23:9, 23:23, 23:26, 23:33, 23:26, 23:33, 24:1, 24:13, 25:1 and 27:1.

  Do you think they're trying to tell us something?


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