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Week of February 27th - March 4th,  2004

All the People, All the Time

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Chronicles

  "David conferred with the commanders of thousands and of hundreds and with all the leaders. To the whole assembly of Israel David said, 'If this has your approval, and if Yahweh our God wills it so, we will send messengers to the rest of our brothers throughout the territories of Israel, and also to the priests and Levites in their towns and adjacent lands, bidding them join us..."

  "The whole assembly agreed to this, for in the eyes of all the people it was the right thing to do."

  Chronicles 13:1-4

  In our last edition of the Web, we looked at a contemporary interpretation of Aquarius, the sign of freedom, independence and the collective. Whereas Leo, the sign opposite Aquarius, rules the concentrated light of the Sun, our brightest star and boldest presence in the solar system, so Aquarius deals with the diffused light of the nocturnal sky; stars spread out across the firmament, twinkling in the distance, collectively outlining and defining the boundaries of the vault of heaven. In society, Leo is king; a strong, powerful, central authority commanding respect and obedience. Aquarius is a popular revolution of people acting independently and yet pulling together in a single effort as a team. It is also the sign of friends and collective aspirations:

  "David went forward to them and addressed them. 'If you come to me as friends,' he said, 'to give me help, then I am ready to join you...'"

  Chronicles 12:18

King David

King David

  It's not often you'll find kings looking for buddies in the Bible. If our hypothesis is correct, that celestial design was intentionally woven into the Good Book, then we should find the themes of Aquarius, the 11th sign of the zodiac, being threaded through the 11th book of the Bible, Chronicles I & II. The initial illustration is typical of the pattern being included in these chapters, where the people are being harnessed as part of a holistic effort, securing what might be interpreted today as the popular vote, the will of the majority or a collective consensus. In earlier chapters we found repetitive catch phrases being used in their respective books, such as the 'heart' becoming a repeated image in Deuteronomy, the 5th book, equating to Leo. Here we see 'the people' and 'all the people' bubbling to the fore, expressions we would expect to find given our Aquarian design. From Chronicles 16:2,

  "...he blessed the people in the name of Yahweh."

  "...proclaim his deeds to the peoples..."

  Chronicles 16:8

  "And let all the people say, "Amen!"

  Chronicles 16:36

  "Is there another people on the earth like your people Israel, with a God setting out to redeem it and make it his people, giving yourself a name for great and terrible things by driving nations out before your people whom you redeemed from Egypt? You made your people Israel your own people for ever..."

  Chronicles 17:21-22

  Unlike the author of Kings, whoever penned Chronicles does not attempt to give a history of the divided kingdom, but concentrates almost entirely on Judah. If we perceive the astrological thread which is being woven into the fabric of this Biblical tapestry, we can better understand why as this unknown author strives for teamwork, shared communal cooperation, and unity of collective purpose in order to better achieve an example of heaven's will on Earth.

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