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Week of March 19th - March 25th,  2004

Learning through Loss

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Stained Glass Pisces

Stained Glass Pisces

  Last week, we took a look at Pisces, the 12th sign of the zodiac. The Web generally uses the term subconscious for this celestial slice, because it is an apt umbrella for all the diverse issues under which Pisces themes seem to fall. The subconscious is the repository for sleep, dreams and the imagination. It's what's behind the scenes, what's below (sub) our awareness (consciousness). It is what we can't see, don't know, are at a loss for, don't understand, can't find, nowhere, nothing, nobody, nil, nada, nix, nope, nevermore and the null set; at least on the material level, which is where most of us tend to look for answers. It's only by going within and developing our powers of intuition, prayer, meditation and various other connections with the divine that inner understanding begins to emerge. Those who've experienced Piscean journeys through a loss develop a heightened sense of both the suffering and the beauty of life. If you've been there, there's no need to explain. If you haven't been there, then you have no idea what I'm talking about.

  If our hypothesis is correct, that the original 12 books of the Bible correspond to the 12 signs of the zodiac (and the recently unearthed early Jewish Temples with mosaic zodiacs found in their floors would suggest they did), then it should be no surprise that Ezra and Nehemiah (originally one book) should have Piscean themes woven extensively throughout their pages. Christianity is a product of the Age of Pisces, and these are the books of Pisces. Many Christian themes are to be found here, but centuries before Christ. Herein we find the sufferers, those who have lost their greatest treasure, but in that loss, realize what may yet be reclaimed, learn faith and honor God even more devoutly for that which remains. Typical of this theme is Ezra 9:15, which states, "(Oh God...),

Hebrew Zodiac

Mosaic Zodiac recreation

" your justice we survive as the remnant we are today; here we are before you with our sin..."

  As a people, they have walked the Piscean path of captivity and loss. Everyone is crying. These are the undertow, the backwater, the poor and the emotionally distraught (Pisces is a water sign which rules jails, prisons and asylums). Nehemiah 1:3-4;


Prisons- behind the scenes

  "Those who escaped from captivity," they replied, "who are back there in the province, are in great trouble and humiliation: the walls of Jerusalem are in ruins and its gates burned down." On hearing this I sank down and wept; for several days I mourned, fasting and praying before the God of heaven."

  I love this one. The King of Persia asks Nehemiah,

  "Why is your face so sad?"

  If you were a Pisces, you'd be sad, too. Indeed, Ezra sums it up in 9:9,

  "For we are slaves, but God has not forgotten us in our slavery..."

  Even an early symbol of crucifixion is found here, marking times which still lie in the distant future, yet it is an apt Piscean symbol. Ezra 6:10,

  "I also decree this: If anyone disobeys this edict, a beam is to be torn from his house, he is to be pilloried upright on it..."

  Of course the trick is to hold onto God even through all the difficulties, to develop faith, and to rise above the emotions by metaphorically learning to walk on the water. Don't tell anyone though.

  They'd never believe you.