Athena's Web Weekly Column

Week of August 8th - August 14th,  2003

Serve Him Perfectly

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  Last week we briefly examined Virgo, the last of our summer series. We touched upon many of the traits which are associated with this sixth sign of the zodiac, and if our hypothesis is correct, many of these themes will be illustrated in Joshua, the sixth book of the Bible.

The Promised Land

The Promised Land

  Virgo is the sign which strives for perfection. This week's title is from Joshua 24:14. Symbolized as the virgin, this is a mutable earth sign ruled by Mercury, the planet of thought, speech and the mind. Virgo's pride themselves on details and doing the job right. They learn to be specific about decisions, and train their minds to articulate within certain precisely marked constraints. Define it, so everyone will know, says Virgo.

  The Book of Joshua reflects this detailed analysis of our practical earth sign. In the first twelve books are described which Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, etc. originally owned the land and how Yahweh overpowered each of them, while the second twelve chapters are a survey of what land went to which tribes together with their boundaries. New ways of defining the Almighty emerge in Joshua, such as "Lord of the whole earth" (3:12) always with the emphasis on giving "this people possession of the land". (1:6) They "reconnoiter the country before going into battle". (2:2) After the battle, they "survey and map the whole country". (18:8) The whole point of this demonstration is "so that all the peoples of the earth (4:24) may recognize how mighty the hand (ruled by Mercury) of Yahweh is..."

  These Virgo-laced themes abound in Joshua, but even more dramatically is a combination of two of our Virgo images in this book. It is simply this: The Earth speaks (Mercury). In various ways, the Earth bears testimony to the exploits of Joshua and his people. It is a theme which might pass unnoticed, if the celestial clues hadn't tipped our hand.

  In Ch. 4, twelve stones are taken from the dry riverbed, matching the twelve tribes (and need I say it? the twelve signs of the zodiac), and they are to mark a "memorial in our midst" to commemorate the river drying up so they could pass over 'dry shod'.

Gaia<br>The Living Earth

Gaia
A living, breathing Earth

  "These stones are an everlasting reminder of this to the Israelites." (4:7) When Achan son of Carmi steals from Yahweh, the whole tribe is punished. Achan is found out, stoned (more earth imagery), and then "A great cairn (a pile of stones set up as a landmark) was reared over him, which is still there today." (7:26) The earth remembers and 'speaks' to those who will listen. In Ch. 8, Joshua defeats an enemy king and hangs him until dead. "...but at sunset Joshua ordered his body to be taken down from the tree. It was then thrown down at the entrance to the town gate (Mercury) and a great cairn was reared over it..." (8:29). "Great stones" are used to do the same thing again in 10:27. The tribes left outside the promised land build an altar amongst a "circle of stones" as a bond to the remaining tribes.

  Finally, Joshua uses stones to 'bear witness' to Yahweh.

  "See! This stone shall be a witness against us because it has heard all the words that Yahweh has spoken to us: it shall be a witness against you in case you deny your God." (24:27)

  In Virgo the Earth is conscious: it has ears, speaks, and bears testimony, and this literary image is used over and over again in Joshua.



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