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Week of July 18th - July 24th,  2003

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  Leo is the fifth sign of the zodiac. Deuteronomy is the fifth book of the Bible. Athena suggests that this fifth sign of the zodiac was part of the divine spark which inspired this fifth book. Another way of looking at it is that the authorship of Deuteronomy was heaven sent.

Children and hearts

Children and hearts go together

  As we saw last week, Leo is ruled by the Sun. The metal of the Sun is gold, in the body Leo rules the heart, and in life it concerns children.

  One of the repeating themes of the Mediterranean cultures circa 1,000 BC was their contract with god, or the gods. Whether this is the Phoenicians, Babylonians, Egyptians or Hebrews, each would connect with their god and offer some sort of divine contract. We will offer this sacrifice to you, be a good and just people in your eyes, and in return, you will do the following for us. Prior to Deuteronomy, the Hebrews are told that their promised land will include everything from the Mediterranean to the Tigris and Euphrates river valleys; in effect, the entire Mesopotamian fertile crescent. But the Hebrews do not live up to their end of the contract, and the Lord changes his end of the bargain. None of the people who were offered this land of milk and honey, who left the land of Egypt in the original Exodus would be allowed to enter this land, although Moses is allowed at one point to gaze out from high ground and look upon it. It is the children of these original pioneers to whom this land was promised who finally get to enter under the leadership of Joshua. From Dt 29:4,



  "Moses called the whole of Israel together and said to them: You have seen all that Yahweh did before your eyes in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh, to his servants and to his whole land, the great ordeals your own eyes witnessed, the signs and those great wonders. But until today Yahweh has given you no heart to understand, no eyes to see, no ears to hear."

  This notion of the heart, and of children, is one of the central distinguishing characteristics of the Book of Deuteronomy. Like a golden thread in a tapestry, it keeps rising to the surface and appears over and over again as part of the weave of this celestial design.

  "Is there any man here who is fearful and faint of heart? Let him go home lest he make his fellows lose heart too." Dt 20:8

  "You shall love Yahweh your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength. Let these words I urge on you today be written on your heart. You shall repeat them to your children..."

  That is from Dt 6:5. Dt 5:4 illustrates variations on this theme.

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Heart logo

  "On the mountain, from the heart of the fire, Yahweh spoke to you face to face..."

  Did I forget to mention that Leo is a fire sign? From Dt 8:5 the thread continues:

  "Learn from this that Yahweh your God was training you as a man trains his child..."

  From Dt 8:14, " not become proud of heart."

  This theme of children, heart and the fire comes up over and over again throughout Deuteronomy. In fact, the heart is mentioned some 46 times in various contexts. The issues of the heart, of love and devotion, an eternal commitment to God (Leo is a fixed fire sign), and the will of God are the central lessons of this fifth book of the Bible.