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Week of February 6th - February 12th,  2004

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Frozen in Time

Frozen in Time

  Last week we looked at some of Capricorn's generic energies, of how it rules winter and the cold, our skeletal systems and the structures of life. It is buildings and architecture. It rules aging, ambition and the seat of power. This can be executives, presidents, CEO's or kings. It's the administration and hierarchy, the chain of command and the caste system. Part of the power of Capricorn comes from their ability to delegate authority. Seniority, privilege and rank all come from having made the grade, passed the test or done the time. It is an earth sign that deals with practicality, frugality and security.

  If our hypothesis is correct, that the 10th sign of the zodiac, Capricorn, relates to the 10th book of the Bible (the dual books, Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, and Ezra and Nehemiah were originally one book and were only later divided into two), then we should find these themes being used extensively, 'weaving' them into Hebrew history. We know how we view these attributes today, what did those in the late 7th century BC, about the time that Kings may have been composed, think of these themes?

King David

King David

  We don't have to dig very deep into this book to find precisely these examples commanding our attention. From Kings 1:1,

  "King David was an old man well on in years and though they laid coverlets over him he could not keep warm."

  From there our Capricornian examples continue. It seems that one of David's sons, not the one David has selected to succeed him, has his eye on the throne.

  "Now Adonijah, Haggith's son, was ambitious; he thought he might be king; accordingly he procured a chariot and team with fifty men to run in front of him." Kings 1:5

  Solomon's mother approaches King David and asks him for clarification.

  "My lord," she answered, "you swore this to your servant by Yahweh your God, 'Your son Solomon is to be king after me; he is the one who is to sit on my throne." Kings 1:17

  From there, the power, authority, and command of King David are underscored,

  "Yet you are the man, my lord king, to whom all Israel looks, to name for them the successor of my lord the king... Or have you not told those loyal to you who is to succeed to the throne of my lord the king?" Kings 1:20 & 27

  Step back and take a look at this. This is the Book of Kings, commander-in-chief and ultimate authority short of Yahweh himself. Indeed, the theme of these books is to respect and obey the highest authority and the commandments of God. Those who do, Yahweh honors. Those who don't receive the reverse. Unlike the earlier chapters where this same sentiment is conveyed, here we have a regal list of who did, and who did not, make the grade.

  When King David dies, he goes "the way of all the earth," an expression only used in the earth sign books Exodus, Joshua and Kings. In Chapter 4, a list is given of Solomon's high officials and administrators. In Chapters 5 and 6, specific instructions are given for the building of the Temple, Israel's preemptive archetechural structure. Kings goes on and illustrates its authoritarian theme, " are the man..."