A Christian Zodiac

You Notice Different Dates Are Posted For the Signs.

     Christian Astrologers observe the planets and stars where they are right now, and report accordingly.  We also calculate where they were when you were born, giving you an accurate report of who you really are.  By observation, as the original Christian astrologers did, and through calculation, as the angels taught us, we arrive at the truth. 

     We have different dates because the stars have moved over the past four thousand years!  Everything moves.  Tropical astrology takes no account of where the stars are now, but postulates where they are according to the season.  We observe where they are now.  There is a difference of about 29 degrees, and in that difference lies a whole world of truth!!

     The zodiac is mentioned specifically in Revelation 4, verse 5, as 24 elders on 24 throne ringed around the throne of God.  Each sign is divided into a day and night side, twice twelve signs is 24.  Also mentioned in Revelation are the four Watchers, the 'living creatures' with four faces and wings, also knows as the four royal or fixed stars.

Captain Aries!!


The Ram rushes across the heavens from March 22nd till April 20th. As the Initiator of the Zodiac, Aries brightest qualities are dauntless courage, unending energy, resilience, and a contagious zest for life. 

The Egyptians saw the Rams more as a sheep in unison with the hireling who watched the flock; duality here demonstrated in almost irreconcilable terms! Here we see so clearly demonstrated that this earthly life is a lease for our eternal souls, and not its ultimate goal, that we are tempted toward recklessness and indifference to that lease. As hirelings, we know this body, this temple, this earth is not ours; do we act like the wise servants and still give it our 110% best efforts? 

Predictably, the influence most at home here is Dynamic Energy. Dynamic Energy displays how willing and skilled the prudent Christian is in publicly confirming our stand within the Christian body by letting our actions speak louder than our words.
The natural scent of Aries is that of bayberry and cloves. Iron, or steel, is the metal. Traditionally; the diamond or bloodstone as the gem, But the wise Aries would consider the humble and abundant mica. This material aids in perceiving the things of the soul, helping to understand the levels and layers of soul structure and improves the ability to see the many layers of a situation, especially from a spiritual perspective. It helps in discerning reality from illusion.


Aries material lambswool.

When Aries remembers to eat, the foods are hot mustard, peppercorns, rhubarb, salsa, lamb, cashews, and curry. 

These associations give the prudent Christian Aries a deeper insight into his nature and place in the world. 

Your words of knowledge are, 'I thrive on stress.'

The garden of Aries contains holly, aloe, dogwood, jonquil, hyacinth, honeysuckle, snapdragon, cactus, cayenne, basil, cumin, paprika, marjoram, mustard, onions, and garlic. It would center around a lamb, a rams head, or iron helmet.

The most effective pilgrimage for an Aries or anyone with a strong influx of Dynamic Energy influence would be to Notre Dame de Paris in France.

The most effective shrine would be on a sandy hill, a dry barren place, where sheep are seen; a lime or brick kiln; a fireplace, tool house, forge, in the corner facing east, or east corner room. Dedicate the shrine in the key of D.

Everything Begins With Aries!

     Aries, The Spring Lamb, ranges from April 15th till May 15th.  Aries is the sign of the Lamb of God, Jesus, in both the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures, the Old and the New Testaments. 

     Aries is all about heroics;  he follows the inner voice to great heights, surmounts terrible odds, performs noble deeds, rescues the lost, sweeps aside all challenges, as he sees his own hero, Jesus, do.

     John the Baptist was a model Aries from that Age!  He too was born in the age of Aries, like Jesus the Lamb;  he, like the perfect Aries, ran ahead of the pack and announced Truth with a loud and unwavering voice.  He met his end in the Aries fashion, losing his Aries ruled head. 

     The modern Christian Aries is no longer the sacrificial Lamb, but has become the Good Shepherd himself, in perfect imitation of his Lord!

     Like his Lord, Aries brings things to life!  He stirs up everything around him, especially the people, who may have become complacent.  Spontaneity, initiative, and fearlessness are the most noticeable traits which appear wherever Aries bursts through the heavens.

     Aries is closely associated with the angel of Physical Joy, Ambition, and Battle, known as Mars.  His sign rides above the Pacific Ocean.

Conversion to Christianity is the religious conversion of a previously non-Christian person to some form of Christianity. The exact understanding of what it means to attain salvation varies somewhat among denominations. It primarily involves belief (faith) in God, repentance of sin, and confession of Jesus Christ as the Son of God. While conversion to Christianity may simply involve a personal choice to identify with Christianity rather than another religion, many Christians understand it to mean that the individual attains eternal salvation by a genuine conversion experience or act.
The procedure for conversion itself depends on the sponsoring denomination, and hinges on meeting the ritual and substantive requirements for such conversion. A person converting to Christianity often chooses to experience baptism as a sign of their conversion. It is required by some Churches and denominations as a prerequisite to membership. Some Churches and denominations believe that baptism is essential for salvation, though most do not. Conversion is generally understood to be undertaken by a person who explicitly chooses to convert. In some denominations, this may include any person above the age of reason (typically between seven and 14 years of age, according to denomination). The official reception is usually preceded by a period of instruction in the faith.
The New Testament, written before there were denominations, does not require that one belong to any church or denomination for salvation. According to the New Testament, conversion to Christianity includes:
faith in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God (Acts 2:36; Acts 8:36–37; Acts 10:34–43; Acts 13:32–41; Acts 16:30–34); 
repentance (sorrow for rebellion against God leading to a change of heart and life) (Acts 2:38; Acts 3:19; Acts 5:31; Acts 11:18; Acts 17:30); 
a verbal confession of faith (Acts 8:36–37 and Romans 10:9–10); 
being baptized (completely submerged in water) for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38); (Mark 16:16) 
Conversion through salvation is predominantly a Protestant Christian position. It is variously called being "saved," "born again," and "converted." It holds that conversion to Christianity begins with salvation. A major tenet of the Protestant Reformation was that "Justification," i.e., salvation," is attained by faith alone (Sola Fide). The exact understanding of what it means to attain salvation varies somewhat among denominations. It primarily involves belief (faith) in God, repentance of sin, and confession of Jesus Christ as the Son of God.
The Protestant position further asserts that (1) all things necessary for salvation and concerning faith and life are taught in the Bible clearly enough for the ordinary believer to find it there and understand; and (2) Scripture alone (Sola Scriptura) is their authority.[1]
Protestants typically view profession of faith in Christ as savior (salvation) as the only step of conversion to Christianity. To them, baptism has more to do with public confession of faith in Christ than with salvation. They consider being baptized as identifying the individual with Christ through his death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, and being obedient to Christ's command in Matthew 28:19-20, but as having nothing to do with one's eternal salvation. Proponents find biblical support for this understanding in Luke 23:42-43. The thief also hanging on another cross had asked, "Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!" Jesus' straightforward reply was "Today, you will be with me in paradise." They point out that Jesus offered him unconditional salvation, apparently without necessity for baptism or any other prerequisite, based solely on the man's belief and confession. Further evidence is taken from John 4:2 which implies that Jesus never personally baptized anyone: "In fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples." That interpretation, taken together with the New Testament's consistent representation of Jesus as "savior," leads them to their conclusion that baptism is not necessary for salvation.
Evangelical, Fundamentalist, and Pentecostal Christians emphasize the need for a conversion experience that involves a personal, and sometimes intense, encounter of the individual with the power of God. Generally, these denominations teach that those without such a conversion experience are not "saved" and therefore are not true Christians. These groups frequently refer to personal salvation as being "born again." This term comes from Jesus' conversation with a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council (John 3:1-21). Jesus told him, "no one can see the kingdom of God without being born again." (John 3:3-7)[2]
Most other Protestant denominations place less emphasis on a conversion experience and rely mostly on the individual's personal statement of belief in and commitment to Jesus Christ as "Lord" and "Savior." They would expect the "convert" to receive believer's baptism to join the church.
Catholics, Orthodox and a few Protestant denominations view baptism as a requirement for conversion. This is known theologically as baptismal regeneration. They find biblical support for their understanding in such verses as Acts 2:38, Acts 16:30–34, and Acts 18:8). Baptism was commanded by Jesus (Matthew 28:19-20), but not explicitly linked to salvation. Baptism's role in the biblical text was pivotal in that its purpose included:

  • forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38 and Acts 22:16) 
  • salvation (1 Peter 3:21) 
  • identification with Christ (Romans 6:3–6), and 
  • being born again (John 3:5). 

The Bible does not clearly state whether children were or were not baptized, so there is disagreement among Christians on the subject of infant baptism vs. believer baptism. There is considerable evidence that it was performed by immersion in water. The Greek word for baptism means immersion and is illustrated in Acts 8:38–39 and Romans 6:3–5). It was performed in the name of (by the authority of and into the service of) Jesus (Acts 2:38; Acts 19:5). The beliefs of various groups are as follows:
The majority of post-Reformation (Protestant) churches practice infant baptism. However, most do not deem baptism as absolutely essential for salvation. They view it to be a sacrament or ordinance that is an outward symbolic sign of one's identification with Christ and membership in the Christian community.
Protestants that do not practice infant baptism include Apostolics, Baptists, Disciples of Christ, Christadelphians, Churches of Christ, Pentecostals, and Seventh-day Adventists.
In Roman Catholic doctrine, baptism plays an essential role in salvation. It is considered a sacrament that cleanses the person of Original sin and of all sins committed before baptism. Those who have not been baptized in a Trinitarian denomination are also baptized at reception.
In English-speaking countries, catechumens (people preparing to be baptized) take part in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA), where they are instructed in the Catholic faith and brought closer to the mystery of baptism through a series of rites.
Other Churches have varying practices, with especially the Orthodox tending to be more strict in the acceptance of the validity of the sacraments from other denominations.
Some Churches accept one's baptism performed by another denomination. Nearly always, the baptism must have been with water, and performed in the name of the Trinity. Such converts are usually received by a formal rite which normally also includes taking Communion in the denomination.
In earlier times, Protestant converts were generally conditionally baptized. Now it is generally assumed that a person who has been baptized with water, invoking the name of the Trinity, has received a valid baptism that may be accepted in transfer to the new denomination.
In the Catholic, Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches, converts also receive the sacrament of Confirmation/Chrismation at reception into the Church, except when they come from a Church about which it is accepted that the sacrament has been administered validly (as in the case of an Eastern Orthodox person converting to Catholicism).
In the Latin Church (the largest branch of the Roman Catholic Church), children who convert after having attained the age of reason, but before confirmation age, are generally not confirmed until they have attained that age. In the Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches, where infants are chrismated and receive First Communion at baptism, there is no such limitation.
In groups and denominations that practice believer's baptism, all people who declare themselves "being born again" and who have not previously been baptized as a believer are (re-)baptized, as baptism is not seen as a sacrament, but as a ritual expression of an interior conversion.


It's Great to be a Taurus!!

The unmistakable stars of Taurus were painted by Cro-Magnon deep in the caverns and grotto walls. Cheerful industriousness, loyalty, fidelity, and an appreciation for all qualities under the sun are the most marked Taurean traits.

The nature of Taurus is that of the nature of the earth itself; so sacred, so varied, so holy, where does one begin? With the Pleiades, on the shoulder, called the Beehive? Or with the star called, 'Bullseye!' since times so ancient we dare not date them. 

Somehow we never seem so secure in our spirituality as when we are loftily dismissing the things of the earth. Yet we are not now disembodied spirits, and most of us have no desire to return thus forever. What a duel dilemma!

The celestial Bull is where the Golden Girl makes her true home. The Golden Girl is that glittering, sought after celestial influence which brings the golden touch: beauty, riches, romance, good cheer, good friends, and good times, as well as quick cash and good fortune. She bestows her many gifts with a lavish hand she can really bowl you over. Her worldly attributes are always the most sought after by wordings, and the least attained: popularity, recognition, and abundant earthly rewards. This is the time to get rich in the worldly sense, and to remember the unfortunate when you do. 

It is in the spiritual realm where we appreciate this influence the most, and the keenest however, for the Golden Girl reveals our state of communion with the Christian fold. This influence as sacrament represents the mystical mingling of our earthly flesh with essence of the Divine. Unless our mingling with both our brethren and our Lord is daily, cheerful, natural, and sought after, like the Influence itself, it is not a blessed but a dead thing. 

The Apostle Andrew is the living link to Taurus to the Greek Scriptures, as is Asher of rich and royal daities to the Hebrew Testament.
The natural scent of Taurus is bergamot, verbena and lilac. Copper and brass are the Venusian metals, with the emerald, star sapphire, or turquoise as the most widely accepted gem. The prudent Christian Taurus would add lepidolite to this list, as this stone brings understanding of suffering and pain to the wearer. It is said to open and release pain and suffering layer upon layer, called the Cross of St. Michael. It is said to bring acceptance, calm, trust in life and in God, healing fear at its source.

The Taurean material is leather, but also flax, and cotton solids. Foods include, beside everything in creation, are beans, cocoa, beef, spinach, and wheat, in addition to anything sweet. 

These associations give the prudent Christian Taurus a deeper insight into his nature and place in the world. 

Your words of knowledge are, 'Feeling stronger every day!'

The Taurus garden sports columbine, daisy, larkspur, lily, daffodil, orchid, clover, lilac, peppermint, bergamot, catnip, golden seal, lemongrass, sage, thyme, birch and ivy, with a bull, elephant, or polar bear in the middle.

The most effective pilgrimage for Taurus or for anyone with a strong influx of the influence of the Golden Girl would be Orleans Cathedral in France.

The most effective shrine would be in a bank, a jewelry box, a stable or dairy, pastures, wheat or corn field; any middle room, or middle house on a block. Dedicate the shrine in the key of D. 


     A most important sign, Taurus reigns from May 15 through June 15!! 

      The Recording Angel of Taurus is a Royal Star, known since the beginning days, before Eden.  Known as Aldebaran, this is the guise of Michael the Archangel.  Luke the physician apostle is closely allied with the sign of the Bull, as the Recorder of events on earth;  Taurus is an earth sign which loves solid facts and security!  Luke was a physician, and Taurus usually enjoys great good health in a strong stout body.  He observes, records, and remembers everything as Jesus' Recording Angel, and these things are written down in the Lambs Book of Life.  

     Closely linked to Taurus is the spotless beauty of the angel of Grace and Charity, Venus.  She brings the Lords lavish gifts to us with celebration and gratitude!  When we accept this sweet light, we become a fountain of good gifts through which God supplies the entire world.  Look at the 5 fishes which fed a multitude!  This is the example of Venus.

     Those things and people and experiences which you value the most show in the area of Taurus in your heavenly blueprint.  These are important to acknowledge honestly and deal with directly!

     The lands of Taurus are all of India, as far as Burma.

The Sacraments of the Catholic Church, "instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, are efficacious signs of grace perceptible to the senses. Through them divine life is bestowed upon us." They assist individuals in their spiritual progress and growth in holiness. The sacraments contribute to the Church's growth in charity and in giving witness.

Though not every individual receives every sacrament, the sacraments as a whole are seen as necessary means of salvation for the faithful, each conferring that sacrament's particular grace, such as incorporation into Christ and the Church, forgiveness of sins, or consecration for a particular service.
The Church teaches that the effect of a sacrament comes ex opere operato, by the very fact of being administered, regardless of the personal holiness of the minister administering it. However, a recipient's own lack of proper disposition to receive the grace conveyed can block the effectiveness of the sacrament in that person. The sacraments presuppose faith and through their words and ritual elements, nourish, strengthen and give expression to faith.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church lists the sacraments as follows: "The whole liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments. There are seven sacraments in the Church: Baptism, Confirmation or Chrismation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony."
The Eucharist is the sacrament (the third of Christian initiation, the one that, as stated in CCC 1322, "completes Christian initiation") by which Catholics partake of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ and participate in his one sacrifice. The first of these two aspects of the sacrament is also called Holy Communion. The bread (which must be wheaten, and which is unleavened in the Latin, Armenian and Ethiopic Rites, but is leavened in most Eastern Rites) and wine (which must be from grapes) used in the Eucharistic rite are, in Catholic faith, transformed in all but appearance into the Body and Blood of Christ, a change that is called transubstantiation. Only a bishop or priest is enabled to be a minister of the Eucharist, acting in the person of Christ himself. Deacons as well as priests are ordinary ministers of Holy Communion, and lay people may be authorized in limited circumstances to act as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion. The Eucharist is seen as "the source and summit" of Christian living, the high point of God's sanctifying action on the faithful and of their worship of God, the point of contact between them and the liturgy of heaven. So important is it that participation in the Eucharistic celebration (see Mass) is seen as obligatory on every Sunday and holy day of obligation and is recommended on other days. Also recommended for those who participate in the Mass is reception, with the proper dispositions, of Holy Communion. This is seen as obligatory at least once a year, during Eastertide.

Sociable Gemini


The Twins waltz across the skies from May 21 till June 20th. Most prudent Christians consider these anciently recognized stars as the most holy site in the sky. Gemini's most charming traits are mental dexterity, eloquence, and conviviality.

The sign of Gemini aptly demonstrates that polarity doesn't necessarily mean enmity, that opposites can attract and balance, and that integrated duality is stronger than Rock. 

The influence of Good News waxes brightest in this most dual of all signs. Good News, also known as Mercury, is our continuing confession and testimony of salvation through following the examples and doing the works of Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Thomas the Twin is the obvious link to Gemini from the Greek Scriptures, while Simeon and Levi connect to Hebrew times.

The natural scent of Gemini is honeysuckle and lavender. The Mercury ruled signs metal is of course quicksilver. The gemstones aquamarine, clear quartz, or agate are those most traditionally associated with Gemini, though the wise and prudent Christian Gemini would consider the calcite family, most especially the blue calcite as being soothing for the throat, easing the ability to speak out, healing to the throat centers blockages and throat diseases, supports peaceful assertiveness, aiding shyness, and promotive of the ability to speak of ones own needs. 

The best material is ubiquitous and slinky chintz.

The foods, so often least mentioned and last thought of, are walnuts, hazelnuts, coffee, tea, carrots, buckwheat and caraway seeds. 

These associations give the prudent Christian Gemini a deeper insight into his nature and place in the world. 

Your words of knowledge are, 'I am lighting the way!'

The Gemini garden flashes azalea, honeysuckle, lily of the valley, cedar, vervain, yarrow, valerian, dill, parsley, fennel, lavender, tansy, heather, ferns, and endive, with a butterflies wings of granite as a centerpiece.

The most effective pilgrimage for a Gemini or anyone with a strong influx of the influence of Good News would be Notre Dame de Dalbade Toulouse in France.

The most effective place to establish a shrine would be pillared buildings, doorways, bookcases, hills and mountains of a barren nature. Establish a shrine with the tone of F.


    Gemini rules the skies from June 15th till July 15th.

     The Scriptures are full of twins!  The first were Adam and Eve;  oh yes, they were twins, created side by side out of nothing in Genesis 5:2.  Later, we discover this first pair actually included Lilith, Adams first wife, who left him for her freedom;  so Adam lost his soul mate and first love and had to settle for Eve, who is also his twin. 

     Sounds just like modern Gemini drama, doesn't it?

     We know that Doubting Thomas was a twin, but we don't know whose.  Some interesting speculations have been put forward that he was Jesus' own twin;  it is much more likely that he was the twin of St. Jude.

     The angel of communication is linked to Gemini, and to Virgo, in a most intimate way.  The gift which this angel graces to us is that of crystal clear reception of the thoughts of God. The modern Christian Gemini is usually full of the light of the Holy Spirit, but may not understand this; he may think he is too full of nervous energy, thoughts that drive him with intensity, or visions that come from another world. When understood properly, channeling the Holy Spirit is a wonderous gift!

     We will meet Lilith again as Scorpio; and again as Mary Magdalene, in Aquarius.  Eve redux we find in Virgo.

     The Twins lands are Thailand, the Philippines, all the way to eastern China.

Confirmation is a rite of initiation in many Christian Churches, normally in the form of laying on of hands and/or anointing for the purpose of bestowing the Gifts of the Holy Spirit upon them. In some denominations, confirmation bestows full membership in the church upon the recipient. In others, such as the Roman Catholic Church, confirmation "renders the bond with the Church more perfect", but a baptized person is already a full member.
Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox Churches, and Anglicans view Confirmation as a sacrament. In the East is conferred on infants immediately after baptism, but in the West is usually administered later at the age of reason or in early adolescence.
In Protestant Churches, the rite tends to be seen rather as a mature statement of faith by an already baptised person. However, it is required by most Protestant denominations for membership in the respective church, in particular for traditional Protestant faiths. In traditional Protestant faiths (Presbyterian, Methodist, etc.) it is recognized by a coming of age ceremony.
The roots of confirmation are found in the New Testament. For instance, in the Acts of the Apostles 8:14-17:
Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit, for it had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.
When the Apostle Paul met disciples in Ephesus who had only received the baptism of John the Baptist, they received Christian baptism and then Paul laid hands upon them and "the Holy Spirit came on them" (Acts 19:2-6).
Also, in the Gospel of John, Chapter 14, Christ speaks of the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles (John 14:15-26). Later, after his Resurrection, Jesus breathed upon them and they received the Holy Spirit (John 20:22), a process completed on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4). After this point, the New Testament records the apostles bestowing the Holy Spirit upon others through the laying on of hands.
In the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, Confirmation, known also as Chrismation, is one of the seven sacraments instituted by Christ for the conferral of sanctifying grace and the strengthening of the union between individual souls and God.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church in its paragraphs 1302-1303 states:
It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost.
From this fact, Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace:

  • it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, "Abba! Father!" (Romans 8:15); 
  • it unites us more firmly to Christ; 
  • it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us; 
  • it renders our bond with the Church more perfect; 
  • it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross: 

Recall then that you have received the spiritual seal, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, the spirit of holy fear in God's presence. Guard what you have received. God the Father has marked you with his sign; Christ the Lord has confirmed you and has placed his pledge, the Spirit, in your hearts.
In the mid-twentieth century, Confirmation thus began to be seen as an occasion for professing personal commitment to the faith on the part of someone approaching adulthood. However, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1308 warns: "Although Confirmation is sometimes called the 'sacrament of Christian maturity,' we must not confuse adult faith with the adult age of natural growth, nor forget that the baptismal grace is a grace of free, unmerited election and does not need 'ratification' to become effective."
The Catholic Church teaches that, like baptism, confirmation marks the recipient permanently, making it impossible to receive the sacrament twice. It accepts as valid a confirmation conferred within Churches, such as the Eastern Orthodox Church, whose Holy Orders it sees as valid through the apostolic succession of their bishops. But it considers it necessary to administer the sacrament of confirmation, in its view for the first and only time, to Protestants who are admitted to full communion with the Catholic Church.
One of the effects of the sacrament is that "it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1303). This effect has been described as making the confirmed person "a soldier of Christ".
The same passage of the Catechism of the Catholic Church also mentions, as an effect of confirmation, that "it renders our bond with the Church more perfect". This mention stresses the importance of participation in the Christian community.
The "soldier of Christ" imagery was used, as far back as 350, by St Cyril of Jerusalem. In this connection, the touch on the cheek that the bishop gave while saying "Pax tecum" (Peace be with you) to the person he had just confirmed was interpreted in the Roman Pontifical as a slap, a reminder to be brave in spreading and defending the faith: "Deinde leviter eum in maxilla caedit, dicens: Pax tecum" (Then he strikes him lightly on the cheek, saying: Peace be with you). When, in application of the Second Vatican Council's Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, the confirmation rite was revised in 1971, mention of this gesture was omitted. However, the French and Italian translations, indicating that the bishop should accompany the words "Peace be with you" with "a friendly gesture" (French text) or "the sign of peace" (Italian text), explicitly allow a gesture such as the touch on the cheek, to which they restore its original meaning. This is in accord with the Introduction to the Rite of Confirmation, 17, which indicates that the episcopal conference may decide "to introduce a different manner for the minister to give the sign of peace after the anointing, either to each individual or to all the newly confirmed together."
In many English-speaking countries and in German-speaking lands, as well as in Poland, it is customary for a person being confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church (and some Anglican dioceses) to adopt the name of a saint with whom he/she feels a special affinity, thus securing an additional patron saint to be his/her protector and guide. This practice is unknown in many other countries (including the Spanish and French-speaking ones and also Italy), and is not mentioned in the official liturgical book of the Rite of Confirmation. Obviously, the custom prevailing in a country influences, often decisively, the practice of immigrants from another country, even if they keep their own language.
The saint's name is often used in conjunction with the confirmee's middle name, and is without effect in civil law, unless, of course, the confirmand pursues the appropriate legal avenues.

The Compassionate Crustacean

Considered by many to be preeminent, Cancers redemptive qualities include loyalty, kindness, inclusiveness, and tenacity.

The dual human nature of Cancer is demonstrated here in the shape of a crab, at home both in the deep and ashore. The Egyptians saw a sacred scarab in the stars here, which seemed to rise from waste and live forever. How does a prudent Christian reconcile the material grossness of this world with his eternal existence? With love of course! Cancers feel.

The Center of our Hearts and Minds is at home in the sign of the cold wet Crab. Its pearlescent light, ever changing, yet keeps regular the weeks of seasons, the cycle of years. 

The Center of our Hearts and Minds is sensitive and must be protected, hence, we never touch with iron that part of the body then occupied by the moon. We don't die from having surgery on the breasts when the moon is in Cancer, but we don't heal quickly either. 

The Apostolic link to Cancer lies in Simon the Zealot of course, whose intensity is legendary. The Hebrew Scripture links through Joseph, of the many blessings.

The natural scent of Cancer is lily of the valley, night blooming jasmine, pink rose, and ginger. Its metals are silver and aluminum. Most people will agree that the pearl and moonstone are remarkable gems, but the prudent Christian Cancer will choose the rose quartz. This stone promotes heart healing through positive self love, self esteem, self image and a good body image. It heals the emotional body and its heartaches, loneliness, inducing emotional release and clearing. It fosters acceptance, inner peace, forgiveness, and self forgiveness, soothing and easing fears and grief.

Cancers fabric is softest flannel or fleece.

Moon foods cheese, dairy products, sesame oil, candied ginger, melons of all kinds, and of course shellfish.

These associations give the prudent Christian Cancer a deeper insight into his nature and place in the world. 

Your words of knowledge are, 'I am deeply concerned about everything.'

The garden of Cancer embraces the iris, jasmine, water lily, white rose, anise, sesame, coriander, ginger hyssop, lettuce, willow, and watercress. In the foreground must be a little white house, white seashells, moon snail shells, with a statue of the Blessed Mother holding the Holy Child is a fit centerpiece.

The most effective pilgrimage for a Cancer or anyone with a strong influx of the Heart and Mind influence would be to the Cathedral of St. James at Compostela in Spain.

The most effective shrine would be in a bathroom by the tub, or in the bathroom sink, also the shower; outside by a lake, river, a brook, and places where rushes or vegetables grow; anywhere in the kitchen; in the home itself which is ruled by Cancer; the stall of a sheepfold; in a tavern, hotel, motel, or boardinghouse; anywhere in the cellar, or a corner facing north in your own house. Dedicate the shrine in the key of G.


     Cancer scuttles across heaven from July 15th through August 15th.

     The sign of Cancer is clearly reminiscent of Mary, mother of Jesus, who suffered so much over her Divine Child.  Within the confines of Cancer in the sky is the minor sign of Praesepe, the Manger, clearly indicating where Jesus was born.   

     Also close to Cancer is the Little Bear, within which is Polaris the Pole Star, our guide home from everywhere.  The Heavenly Ship of Argo contains the star Canopus, important to many early people.

     Cancer is the mother of so much concern for so many!!  Cancer always lights the way!  And she is always right!

     Cancer is also the mother of needless drama and high drama, at that!  This is because the pearly light of the moon, under the feet of the woman clothed with the sun, is a reflected light, not its' own.  Cancer empathically picks out others thoughts and feelings, and confuses them with her own;  this is why so many miracles of Jesus appear to come from Mary, His mother!

     Cancer is an empath, who one day will play a major role in the healing of the nations.   Cancers lands include Japan, New Guinea, and eastern Australia.

     Many of our Protestant congregations point out, validly, that elevating Mary, Jesus' mother, to a status she could never earn, is unscriptural and borders on idolatry.  We agree;  she could never earn a semi divine status, as we ourselves can never earn our place in heaven or our salvation into eternity.  No human is capable of earning these;  they are gifts of God to us.  We see clearly that God did elevate Mary to zodiacal status, before the universe was created, He out her heart and soul up in the skies as a model mother.  We have no problem with His decision.

It is a known practice in the Orthodox Church that every person, child or adult, should have a godparent (sponsor) at the time that they enter into the faith through Holy Baptism and Chrismation. To be a godparent is at the same time a great honor and a tremendous responsibility. God asks each godparent to assist in leading souls along the narrow path which leads to the Kingdom of Heaven. For this reason the role of the godparent is not to be minimized or trivialized. It is in fact a role that is holy and needs to be taken seriously.
The task of steering a child along the narrow path, and bringing them up according to the law of God is perhaps the greatest of all things in life. St. Theophan the Recluse says that there is no holier act. What better thing can we offer our children than to lead them to our Lord and teach them to imitate Him in their life. 
The challenge of raising up a child in the teachings of God is perhaps far greater today than ever before. We are contending against many negative influences that carry with them great appeal. Due to the fallen state that we are in, and the unhealed passions that remain within us, the things that are most harmful are the things that are most enticing. With the many obstacles and temptations, the parents along with the godparents, must help the precious souls entrusted to them through the course of life. 
While it is an honor to be asked to be a godparent, one should make sure that the potential sponsor will be committed to the responsibility. The role must be honored and not taken lightly. Every godparent will be accountable to God as to whether or not he or she has fulfilled their duties. Prospective godparents must know their faith, or at least be in the process of learning their faith and be committed to a life in Christ. One problem today is that people who are called upon to be godparents do not know their faith and are not regular participants in the life of the Church. This is also true for some parents. Consequently a child who is baptized may never know anything about Jesus Christ and the Church. 
In the early Church heavy emphasis was placed on the educating of the faithful and those who desired to come into the Christian faith. As Christianity spread in a pagan world, the need to teach individuals before their baptisms became crucial. The systematic instruction, which was a preparatory stage for baptism was and is called "catechism."
During catechism one learned the basic elements of the Christian faith and moral life. We see the importance of these teachings and the teachings themselves in the 4th Prebaptismal Catechesis of St. Cyril of Jerusalem. The candidate had to be introduced by one of the faithful, called anadochos, (the godparent to be) and be examined by the "doctors" (the Bishops) who were in charge of the catechumens, to ensure that clear spiritual motives led him to enter the Church. Other than in cases of urgency, baptism was not something that was rushed. Not only did the candidate need to understand the teachings of Christ and the Church, but he also had to be living by them. 
The anadochos which means one who receives (the person out of the font), was responsible for the candidate and played a very important role during the process of his Catechesis and even after the candidate had been baptized. This obviously took place primarily with adult candidates or young people. However, as the faith spread and as entire families were coming into the Body of Christ, infant baptism became more the norm rather than the exception. With the emergence and common practice of infant baptism, the anadochos was called upon to be the spokesperson for the infant at their baptism.
The godparent, therefore, is the representative of the infant who is being admitted into the Church of Christ. He speaks for the infant and vows that he will do all he can to assure that the child will be a true soldier of Christ and a devoted member of His Church. He accepts the sacred responsibility of guiding the child into the understanding and practice of the teachings of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. The godparent makes a public profession of the Nicene Creed during the Baptism. Likewise, his renunciation of the devil is made on behalf of the candidate for Baptism. The godparent implicitly pledges himself to aid his godchild in whatever necessities that may arise, but most especially in the giving of a good Orthodox Christian example to the Godchild.
How should one go about choosing a Godparent?
1. Parents must exercise the greatest care in the selection of godparents for their children. Certainly they will never select atheists or agnostics, or persons who are lukewarm toward the Church. This would obviously defeat the purpose of having a godparent in terms of their role.
2. The Godparent must bring godliness and holiness to the child. Godparents are parents representing God or parents on God's behalf.
3. Parents should not choose godparents because they feel obligated, or because they think that if they don't ask a certain person or couple that they will be offended. Many, if not most situations, where people who have chosen someone to be a godparent out of guilt or obligation, end up being disastrous. 
4. The faith of the godparent and their involvement within the sacramental life of the Church is crucial. The person who confesses Jesus Christ as His Lord cannot ignore and violate in word and deed this faith. How can he promise God that he will make certain that the child will grow to be a true follower of Christ, when he himself lives a life of unbelief and disobedience?
5. It goes without saying that the godparent must be an Orthodox person. How could someone who is not Orthodox provide the proper religious education, example and inspiration to his godchild? It should also be noted that an Orthodox Christian who has not had his or her marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church is excluded from exercising the privilege of serving as a godparent, because they are not considered to be in good standing with the Church.
6. The Church also cautions us to select a person who has reached the age of reason and moral responsibility (at least 12 years of age). It is also good to look for godparents outside of the family. In this way, the family grows and special bonds are created.


What are some other things that are expected of the Godparent? 
1. It is a gross misunderstanding to think that the only duty of the godparent is to buy a new outfit and a cross for the infant. Certainly this is a beautiful tradition, but the emphasis must not be on the material but rather the spiritual. Many times people are so concerned with the clothing, the cross, the martyrika, (witness pins) and the luncheon afterwards, that they forget the magnitude and the awesomeness of the great mystery and the great gift of Holy Baptism. Both the parents and the godparents should be careful not to fall into this trap, but instead to keep their minds focused on the most important aspect and that is the baptism itself.
2. The godparent should make a faithful commitment to join the struggle with the parents, guided by the Church, to bring the infant carefully and prayerfully along the difficult road to Heaven.
3. After the baptismal service is finished, the godparent delivers the child into the arms of the mother in front of the congregation. As she receives the child, now baptized, sealed and illuminated, she kisses the hand of the godparent as a token of the spiritual relationship that is established between the godparent and the family. This is a Christian expression of gratitude and respect.
4. If the godparent lives in the same city, it is customary for the godparent to bring the infant (or accompany the newly illumined adult) to Holy Communion with the lit baptismal candle for the next three Sundays. After three Sunday's the candle is no longer used, but it is good for the godparent to take the child to communion each week.
5. A faithful godparent will make the effort to maintain close contact with their godchild, building up their relationship. The main focus, however, is the progress of the child in the knowledge and practice of the Christian life. He should at all times model a Christ-like example. For this reason it is important that the godparent stay on top of their own spiritual life. The godparent should pray, fast, read from Holy Scripture, and participate in the sacramental life of the Church. As they grow and mature in the faith, they will in turn be able to offer more and more to their godchild who has been entrusted to them. To neglect their own spiritual life is ultimately to neglect the spiritual life of their godchild.
6. Godparents are encouraged to call to remembrance the sacred and joyous moment of Baptism, which may be done by participating in "Godparents' Sunday", a National Observance by the Greek Orthodox Church in America. 
7. Appropriate gift-giving honoring the occasion of the godchild's nameday, birthday or baptism day, could include such things as icons, a Bible, and religious books that will be helpful in building up the spiritual life of the child. These are the most important, but it is not wrong to give other things as well that the child would enjoy and make use of. 
8. Most of all, the greatest duty of the godparent is to pray fervently for their godchild that God will always watch over them and guide them throughout his/her life. The Akathist to the Mother of God the Nurturer of Children could be read by the godparent and they could simply replace the word "child" with "godchild".

The role and responsibility of the Godparent can be summed up in the Divine Commandment that is read from the Holy Gospel at the service of Baptism. "Teach them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age." It is truly an honor to be called upon to be a godparent. May we all live a life close to the Church, seeking help from Christ, that we may fulfill our sacred duty as godparents in a way pleasing to God. 
From the newsletter Agape published by St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Eugene, Oregon. Posted on July 4, 2006 with the kind permission of Fr. Timothy Pavlatos.

The Lion Rampant


The best organized, the most colorful, resplendent, tastiest, and lavish traits, are Leos.

At home in the Royal sign is the sun, itself being the strongest light and that which stamps its image most dominantly upon us. Thus the sun is associated with the sacrament of baptism in the prudent Christian community. We are baptized into the family of Light. 

The Apostle John fills in the connection to Leo in the Greek Scriptures with his lyrical, unique prose, while Judah connects us to the Hebrew Testament.

The natural scent of Leo is frankincense, almond, and amber, not that of the litter box! Leos the metal is of course gold, as is the fabric. The ruby, amber, or tiger eye is the usual gem, though the prudent Christian Leo will pause over the many varieties of fluorite. This stone releases tears, and aids one in the expressions of grief, so foreign to the proud and hearty Lion. It also helps us toward the ability to ask others for help, for healing and comfort, which the Leo almost never does. Best of all, fluorite fosters the safe expression of anger, releasing and healing it, and resolves fears.

The foods of Leo are almonds, sunflower seeds, golden apples, saffron rice, gin, honey and olives. 

These associations give the prudent Christian Leo a deeper insight into his nature and place in the world. 

Your words of knowledge are, 'The Lord is my shepherd.'

The Leo garden encloses a red rose, larkspur, poppy, marigold, peony, dahlia, sunflowers, cinnamon, saffron, chamomile, dill, rosemary, fennel, and ash, around a sun dial.

The most effective pilgrimage for a Leo, or anyone with a strong influx of the suns life sustaining influence, would be Chartres Cathedral in France.

The most effective shrine for Leo would be high, round topped hills, places inhabited by free animals, forest, hard, stony gravely pathways; castles, forts, theaters, solariums, playgrounds, sports arenas, gambling halls, and fireplaces. Dedicate the shrine with the tone of A.


  Leo rules the heavens from August 15th through September 15th

     Here we have The Woman clothed with the sun, with the moon at her feet;  she is in Revelation as the True Church who must flee into the desert at the attack of the Red Dragon. 

     Leo is the seat of the chief royal fixed star,  the healing Archangel Raphael, the watcher of the North, Regulus.  Regulus in some ancient views was regarded as having as much strength and importance as a planet in its' own right. 

     The Apostle Mark, as the first hagiographer of the Gospels, has his place here in Leo, along with the angel of Regulus appearing as a winged lion with a stylus and scroll.

     Leo is the heart of the zodiac, the golden sun, the rose of the garden, especially loved by Christ! 

     Sometimes this makes Leo a little too confident.

     Leos' geographic territories are the Bering sea, and the Northern and south Pacific seas, to New Zealand.


The Sacrament of Baptism 

The Sacrament of Baptism... to be "Born Again": 
"Jesus answered and said to him, "Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above". Nicodemus said to him, "How can a person once grown old be born again? Surely he cannot reenter his mother's womb and be born again, can he?". Jesus answered, "Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit." (John 3:3-5) 
This Born Again issue is mentioned 7 times in Jn.3, and it is an absolute necessity, as Jesus puts it: "Very truly, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit" (Jn.:5)… no one can even "see" the kingdom! without being born from above, says in Jn.3:3 (Tit.3:5). 

A person becomes Born Again by the Sacrament of Baptism, which is the Sacrament of spiritual rebirth. By Baptism, a person is cleansed of all his sins and incorporated into Christ. He becomes a member of the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ, and Christ lives in him, receiving the graces of the supernatural life. The person before Baptism is in sin, at least the original sin, and a slave of the devil; after Baptism, becomes a saint, with Jesus in his heart. 
This Sacrament can be receibed only once, because only once you can be born again in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, for the glory of the Father, for our own good, and for the good of the Church... and nobody can be baptized by himself, a member of the Churh has to baptize you!. 
Thus, by Baptism, you become a Christian, and it gives me vertigo just to think what a Christian is: It is not just to imitate Jesus, which is very good, it is even more than a heart transplant, it is a new creature in Christ, not just a new heart, but a totally new creature!. The body and spirit of the person remains the same, with the same nose and hands and memory and intellect and will, and the same emotions and concupiscence and bad habits… but his soul is new!… now, as a whole, he is a new creature, becomes holy, pure, immaculate, a "child of God", a brother of Jesus, with the same inheritance than Jesus Christ himself, and the Holy Trinity living in him… he is now a tabernacle of Jesus, a dwelling of God the Father and the Holy Spirit, a Temple of God himself!.. and all of these, here, on planet hearth, right now! (Jn.14:23, 1Cor.3:16, 6:19, 2Cor.5:17).
And he continues being the same "person": He is not a robot now, nor an animal with only instinct, he continues to be the same human person with free will. He still can love or hate, he can do his will or the will of God, he still can live with faith in Christ or live trusting in himself, the greatest sin of them all, worse than drugs or abortion or murder! (Rom.14:23).
But if the Christian is faithful, in grace, with Christ in him, his hands and feet and heart and brain become those of Christ, so Jesus can teach the people, heal the sick, cast out the devil, feed the hungry of bread and love, give water to the thirsty, visit the sick and those in prison, cloth the naked... (Mk.16:17-18, Matt.25:31-46)... a most glorious adventure in Christ... and it is not I, but it is Christ who lives in me (Gal.2:20). 
The baptized becomes a member of the Mystical Body of Christ, with the three distinctions of being a prophet, a priest, and a king, just like Jesus Christ!: A "prophet", to speak to men about God. A "priest", to talk to God about men. A "king", with power to cast out the devil and to heal the sick. 
There are then two things involved in Baptism:
1- The immersion into water means the cleansing of all sins... we have died to sin, crucified and died with Christ, says Romans 6:1-8.
2- The coming out of the water means to be resurrected with Christ, to live with Him too, to live the life of Christ within ourselves (Romans 6:1-8), a most glorious adventure!.
Baptism is the fulfillment of the Scriptures: "I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesess, and from your idols I will cleanse you. A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart if stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my Spirit within you, and make you follow my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances" (Ezek.36:25-27).
This is the greatest difference between Christianity and any other religion, including Judaism: In the Old Testament God was with the people, guiding them, but in the New Testament God is within the people, inside the heart of every Christian. The Hindus work very hard to get in touch with the Absolute, who is already in the heart of any baptized child . The Muslims want to surrender their lives to God, Lord of the Universe, the Compassionate, the Merciful, and the Christians are already living in that God, and that God in them, praise the Lord
The Baptism imprints an invisible but indelible spiritual mark, the Baptismal Character, and for this reason, the Sacrament can not be repeated (Ef.4:5). 
It is all free, by grace, by faith... but to do good works!:
It is like being a "Prince": A person is not a Prince because he did very good works, or because he is very strong or handsome, he is a Prince free, by grace, just because his father is the King. But once he is a Prince, he has to do good works, he has lots of opportunities to do them, and if he does not do good works, or if he does bad works, he is a bad Prince. 
The same is a Christian: He is a Christian not because he is a good person, or because he has done good works, but simply because he has been born of God by Baptism, freely, by grace, only through faith... but once he is a Christian, he has to do good works in Christ, and if he does not do good works, or if he does bad works, he is a bad Christian, and he will go to Hell, instead of Heaven.
St Paul puts it clearly in Ephesians 2:8-10, but some Christians always forget to mention the verse 10: "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life"... by grace, by faith... but to do good works!.
In fact, in the Last Judgment, the King, Jesus, will not ask us if we were Christians or Jews or Muslims, but he will say: Come in to Heaven because I was hungry and you gave me to eat, I was naked and you gave me clothing... or he will say: Depart from me to Hell, you accursed, because I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, sick and in prison and you did not visit me... please read it in full in Matthew 25:31-46. 
St. Paul explains it also in the Letter to the Romans, the Cathedral of Faith: "For God will repay according to each one's deeds... For God shows no partiality" (Rom.2:6,11). Read also 2Cor.5:10, Rev.20:11-15, Jn.5:29.
God will not judge us for the gifts he gave us, but for the fruits we did with those gifts: He will not bring us to Heaven because he had giving us a beautiful face or strong hands or a good voice, but for what we did with that face and hands and voice... he will not bring us to Heaven for the gift of being a Christian saved from sin and the devil, or for the gift of the Bible or the Church, but for the good works we did with those gifts. And if we did bad works, having such wonderful gifts, he will send us to Hell... and I may add, to a much worse Hell that a pagan who never had such wonderful gifts.
God shows no partiality: He will use the same measure to judge Abraham or David or a Christian or a Muslim... the works he did with the gifts God gave him!.
How can you be Born Again? 
It is very simple: Just get baptized in the Church of Christ! ( Matt.28:19, Act.2:38, Jn.3:3,5, Tit.3:5). 
Some Christians refer as "Born Again" to an experience of admitting being a sinner, repentance, believing in Jesus, and receiving Him by faith to come in and control their life through the Holy Spirit… and this is not the "Born Again" fact, but an actualization of it, an experience of it. These 4 steps are the acts of faith that every Christian should repeat and live more every day from faith to faith… but the real and unique "Born Again" fact is done once in a life time, and with Baptism… the faith experience of a Pentecostal, or Charismatic, or Cursillista, is not the Born Again fact of John 3, but an experience of it, and they are very important to live the glorious fact of being Born Again. 
Baptism is so important and necessary, that in an urgency, any person can do it, a layman, or even a heretic, and it is licit and valid, as far as he does it with the spirit and form of the Church of Christ. The only person that can not baptize you is yourself, someone else has to baptize you!. Baptism can be performed by immersion or by pouring or sprinkling water in the head, as mentioned in the above quotation of Ezekiel 36:25, while pronouncing the baptismal words of Matthew 28:19: "I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit". 

Children can and should be baptized with the faith in the Church. Jesus included children when he ordered the disciples, "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit" (Matt.28:19). The disciples acted accordingly, when they baptized the whole "household", including the children (Act.16:15,33, 18:8, 1Cor.1:16). Baptism is the greatest gift the parents can give to their children, and the most biblical time to do it is 8 days after birth, because "circumcision" was done 8 days after birth, and it was replaced by Christian Baptism (Luk.2:21, Col.2:11). 
If your church can not baptize children, it is a church without power, it is not the Church of Christ, where there is power to baptize children… the most beloved persons to Jesus! 
Can a non-baptized person receive the Holy Spirit?:
Oh yes. The Holy Spirit is like the wind, working constantly in every person, Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hindu, Atheist, Pagan, Heretic... at the house of the pagan Roman Cornelius they had the same experience of Pentecost before they were baptized, and afterwards they were all baptized in the Church of Christ. That's why this Pentecost is called the "Pentecost of the Gentiles", because for the first time gentiles were baptized, before this only Jews were baptized (Acts 10:44-48). 

Faith in Jesus: A "born again" experience: 

Faith is essential to be born again, to become a Christian, which is free, by grace, only by faith, without any good work or merit from our part (Ef.2:8-9)... 
... And it does not end there, faith is essential to live every minute of this life on earth. If Christ is with you, in you!, you have to be in this life full of enthusiasm and joy and love, no matter what happens. But you have to be aware of it and actualize it, trusting in Him, in every occasion or circumstance of your life... in everything, just do your best, and then, trust in God all the way, it is the formula that never fails, the one given by God to Joshua (Jos.1). 

If you ever fill sad or worried, it is because at that moment you are in sin, with the devil in you, or you forgot that Jesus is with you. In fact the greatest sin in the Bible is "not to trust in God": In the Old Testament it is called "prostitution against God", St. Paul says, "whatever does not proceed from faith is sin" (Is.1:21, Jer.2:20, Rom.14:23). To trust in power or money or our abilities, instead of trusting in God, is a prostitution against God, it is to throw ourselves in the hands of other, trusting in that other, and that's prostitution!. And this is the worse sin, and the one we usually do not confess. 
It is so important to live in faith every minute of this life, that in this chapter 3 St. John repeats it 9 times: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life... Those who believe in the Son are not condemned, but those who do not believe are condemned already"... and ends up saying: "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains upon him" (Jn.3:16, 18, 36)... It is a matter of life or wrath, now!, in this life on earth, and for all eternity.
In fact, John mentions "faith" or "believe" 98 times in his Gospel. John is called the Apostle of love, but his Gospel is the Gospel of faith, because only you can love if you have God in you, and the only way to have God is by faith... faith in God in the Old Testament, faith in Christ in the New. 

A "Christian", is a person who lives in Christ, in his Church, and Christ lives in him... he lives inside God, and God lives inside him... "it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me" (Gal.2:20). It gives me vertigo just to think on it!… Jesus is with you, in you!, right now, but you have to live every moment with faith, aware of this fact, and in every minute of this life… A Christian is "another Christ", to live on earth the glorious adventure of love, being humble and meek like Jesus, doing the same work of Jesus, casting out devils and healing the sick, going about doing good, helping people to go to eternal Heaven, by being like Jesus "the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world", to take away all bad karma of people, would say the Hindus... teaching and preaching the gospel of the Kingdom with his words and good deeds... and it is not I, but Jesus who lives in me!. 
... And all of this with fear to nobody and to nothing, because a Christian does not trust in power or money, but lives this present mortal life "by faith in Christ"... and if God is within me, I am not afraid of anybody, because God takes care of me... and I am afraid of nothing, because Jesus is the Lord of the winds and of the tempests and of the hurricanes, and he lives in me!... and if the Antichrist comes, let him do!, Jesus in me is more powerful than 1000 Antichrists!… and a Christian who is "poor", is a millionaire, like the child who has nothing in his pocket, but has everything in his father who loves him... and God, my Father, is "the multimillionaire", the owner of all the money in the world, and of all the cars and houses, and the Lord of health and power and honor... and he has everything for me!, just as anything I have is for my child!. - One day someone asked me: How come if my Father is the multimillionaire he lets me go around with my old Chevy instead of giving me a new Cadillac?... of course, I don't know the answer, but God knows... may be God knows that with a Cadillac at hand you may end up in Hell, and for sure he wants to see you in Heaven with the old Chevy and not in Hell with a new Cadillac... 
Jesus tells us that we have to trust God our Father as the birds or the lilies of the field, as little children trust in their father (Matt.6:25-33, Matt.18:3)... a child has nothing, but he has everything in his father that loves him. Never ever a child thinks his father is going to forget to get his meals or dresses or toys... he trust his father!, it is the main characteristic of a child... and a Christian, since Baptism, becomes a child of God, a brother of Jesus, with the same inheritance that Jesus Christ himself (Rom.8:17)... God loves us and cares so much about us that even all the hairs of our head has well counted (Matt.10:30)... anything and everything in our lives are for the good of us!, including sickness, hurricanes, failures, problems in the family or at work... everything is a gift of God for us, planned with care and love by God himself for us (Rom.8:28).
If you ever fail on any project because lack of money, start another one a thousand times more expensive!... your Father is the multimillionaire!... if you failed, it was not for lack of money, it was because God your Father did not wanted you to succeed, may be it was not good for you, or will bring you to Hell, He knows better!... you and I are like little children compared with our Father, like birds or the grass of the field... He knows!... and he loves and cares for you!.
A Christian is got to be a very happy person, even in death!... because death is the glorious door to enter Heaven. And by the way, we celebrate the feast of the Saints on the day they died, the greatest day of their lives!.
Suffering must also be a source of happiness for a Christian, because every affliction has a glorious double edge:
1- It is like an injection that God uses to purify him... I am a Medical Doctor and people pays me to give them injections, they may hurt a little, but they are meant to heal a lot. (Read Heb.12).
2- Every pain or sorrow is an individual cross, the best weapon to help relatives and friends to go to Heaven. Jesus did not redeem us with his beautiful sermons, nor with his miracles, but with his cross!... and our daily cross is our best way to be evangelists, co-redeemers with Christ, as Paul puts it: "I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, the church" (Colos.1:24).
A Crippled old Christian lady at home is not a burden for the family, but the best treasure of that home... she is another Christ helping all her relatives and friends to go to Heaven... and Heaven is our home!.
An unhappy person is a bad Christian. He is a Christian without faith, without trust in his Father!. He is worse off than a pagan.
Do you want to have a "born again experience" right now?: Follow these 4 steps:
This is not the way to be "born again", to become a Christian, which is by Baptism, but an actualization of our faith, an experience of the greatness of the born again reality, and it can be done by anyone, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Atheists, pagans... in the house of Cornelius, pagans received the Holy Spirit as in Pentecost (Act.10:44-48).
1- God loves you:
- "For God so loved the world, you!, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (Jn.3:16).
- "I have come that they may have life, and they may have it more abundantly" (Jn.10:10).
God in person loves you right now the way you are, but He loves you too much to let you stay that way. Think about that. He is your Father, yours!, the way you are now. He cares for you so much that even the hairs of your head has well counted, right now! (Matt.10:30).
2- The Problem: The separation from God… sin!… Repent of your sins, right now!. 
- "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Rom.3:23).
- For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ our Lord" (Rom.6:23).
"Sin" is the only evil of a Christian, and of a pagan!. The repentance is got to be not like the one of Judas, but like the one of Peter, with tears, with sorrow, with the strong desire not to do it ever again. Thinking in the truth, that every sin is to reproduce the whole passion and crucifixion of Jesus (Heb.6:6). Look at Judas and Peter on Matt.27:3-5, 26:75: A big difference was that Peter trusted in Jesus, and Judas not, the sin against the Holy Spirit!.
If you are a Catholic, promise to go to Confession as soon as possible.
3- The solution: The Cross of Jesus Christ:
- "For Christ died for our sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God (1Pet.3:18).
- "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:8).
- "For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ" (!Tim.2:5).
It is done!... Jesus already paid for all your sins and mine!... it is done!... our worse attitude against God, is not to trust in Him, it is to count the work of Jesus as nothing!... to let it go!... not to appreciate and use it... it can be the difference for you and me to be happy or sad on earth, and even more, to go to eternal Heaven or Hell!... and with us we may bring our relatives and friends, because the children pay for the sins of the parents, and God blesses the children of those who love and trust in Him... Do you love your children or grandchildren?... do you want to do something good for them?... the best thing you can do is to accept the work of Christ on the Cross for you!: Read it in Exodus 20:5-6.
4- Your response: Believe in Jesus Christ, and receive Him in your heart, right now!.
- To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God" (Jn.1:12).
- "That if you confess with your mouth "Jesus is Lord", and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the death, you will be saved" (Rom.10:9).
- Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me" (Rev.3:20). 
Believe in Jesus right now, and you will be saved!, right now!... it is easy!, that's the way to receive Him, to believe in His name!... so easy!... "Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household" (Acts 16:31).
Lord Jesus: I am a sinner, and I repent of my sins. I believe in You. You are the Messiah, my Savior, who died on a Cross for me, and resurrected to come to my heart. I receive you Jesus. Thank you, my Lord and my God, I adore you and I praise your most holy name. Amen.
If you are not a Christian, get Baptized in the Church of Christ, the greatest gift and glory you can ever get on earth!... and in Heaven! (Acts 2:38). 


    Virgo reclines across the heavens from September 15th through October 15th

     In the skies, Virgo is a woman crouched over, protecting a seed or sheaf cradled in her arms.  Her ancient name is House of Bread, or Bethlehem.  

      A dark horrid monster menaces The Woman, and her seeds, with threatening claws so huge they trail away into the sweep of Libra.  Her hair takes up a constellation of it's own, called Coma;  a second constellation makes her The Despised.  This woman is obviously Eve, the long despised and blamed, whose seed is threatening to that of the menacing serpent. 

     What a refreshing view God has made of our first mother!!  No more shame, no more blame, no more keeping silence when the hand of YHVH has put her form in heaven as our progenator.  No wonder Mary, mother of Jesus, is hailed as the second Eve!

     The swift angel of communication, Mercury, is close to Virgo holding her chief tools:  discernment, patience, and victory (Revelation 3:8 & 9).

     Virgos beautiful hair also links her to the woman who anointed Jesus' feet at the Last Supper.

     The entire Pacific Ocean, including Hawaii and Alaska, are Virgin Territories!


Vigilant Virgo


The bright stars of Virgo are considered by many to be the most important in the whole heavens. Virgos most admirable traits are discernment, tactfulness, intelligence, and industriousness.

The woman in the sky expresses her dual nature by holding a branch.

Which influence is most at home in the Discriminating sign of Virgo? Is it coolly mental, fastidious Mercury, bringing his winged Good News to the cerebral sign? Or Chiron, also a messenger of the spirit world, with tales to tell of unbelievable wisdom? As with any of the coruled signs, Virgo has the dual task of reconciling its nature both from within it's innate duality, and from without, in it's attempt to follow two masters. A most difficult task, attempted by a most complex character; either scintillating success or total disaster is the fate of a Virgo. 

Good News is our continuing confession and testimony of salvation through following the examples and doing the works of Jesus Christ. Chiron is the Wounded Healer, another way of saying Jesus Christ. 

The natural scent of Virgo is lavender. Mercury the planet rules this sign, so logically enough, the metal is mercury too. 

The traditional gemstones are sapphire, jade, peridot or pink jasper. Additionally, the ametrine can be used to stabilize the balance between spirituality and ones daily life, which is so important to a Virgo. This stone is said to aid in bringing the spiritual values and abilities into daily use, and support spirituality as a way of life. 

A good choice of fabric for the basic Virgo is canvas; casual, strong, goes everywhere, never wears out, and you get your moneys worth!

Typical Virgo foods are wheat, barley, honey, corn, licorice. 

These associations give the prudent Christian Virgo a deeper insight into his nature and place in the world. 

Your words of knowledge are, 'At last! This is what I have been waiting for!!'

The Virgo garden shows aster, heather, lavender, myrtle, pink geranium, fern, gentian, caraway, celery, sassafras, savory, valerian, aster, fennel, azalea, dill, and mulberry, with a beautiful woman or angel holding the cornucopia, or the Mother Mary in the center.

The most effective pilgrimage for a Virgo, or anyone with a strong influx of influence from Good News would be to Notre Dame de Dalbade Toulouse in France. A further visit to ones ancestral home would complete the journey.

The most responsive place to establish a shrine would be a garden, cornfield, any place where fruit and vegetables are kept and where hay, wheat, barley, cheese or butter are stored; any place where books, papers, maps, charts, planes, or medicines are stored. Establish the shrine with the tone of F.

Anointing of the Sick is one of the seven Sacraments.

Anointing of the Sick is the ritual anointing of a sick person and is a Sacrament of the Catholic Church. It is also described, using the more archaic synonym "unction" in place of "anointing", as Unction of the Sick or Extreme Unction. Although less common, this sacrament is also referred to as the Administration to the sick by some ecclesial communities.
The early-twentieth-century Catholic Encyclopedia states: "In previous ages the sacrament was known by a variety of names, e.g., the holy oil, or unction, of the sick; the unction or blessing of consecrated oil; the unction of God; the office of the unction; etc. In the Eastern Church the later technical name is euchelaion (i.e. prayer-oil); but other names have been and still are in use, e.g. elaion hagion (holy), or hegismenon (consecrated), elaion, elaiou Chrisis, chrisma, etc."
When these words were written, the official name of the sacrament in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church was Extreme Unction (meaning, Final Anointing), a name attached to it when it was administered, as one of the "Last Rites", only to people in immediate danger of death. To reflect the restored discipline whereby, in the Latin Church as in other ancient Christian Churches, the sacrament is to be conferred on those who are "dangerously ill", this Church now always uses the name "Anointing of the Sick". "Extreme Unction" naturally continues in popular use, and is always used by those who prefer to keep the terminology that was customary before the Second Vatican Council (see Traditionalist Catholic).
The term "Last Rites" is not equivalent to "Anointing of the Sick", since it refers also to two other distinct rites: Penance and Eucharist, the last of which, when administered to the dying, is known as "Viaticum", a word whose original meaning in Latin was "provision for the journey". The normal order of administration is: first Penance (if the dying person is physically unable to confess, absolution, conditional on the existence of contrition, is given), then Anointing, then Viatecum.
Biblical text
The chief Biblical text concerning anointing of the sick is James 5:14-15: "Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the Church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. And their prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make them well. And if they have committed sins, these will be forgiven."
Matthew 10:8, Luke 10:8-9 and Mark 6:13 are also quoted in this regard.
An extensive account of the teaching of the Catholic Church on Anointing of the Sick is given in Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1499-1532.

Liberated, Liberating Libra!

The wonderful thing about Libra is that Libra is a wonderful thing!

Libra is actually the extended claws of Scorpio, which modern eyes can reimage as a balance hanging in skies. It is a mistake however to leave off the crusher claw when considering the potential of the nature of this sign; it also has a gatherer claw. 

The Golden Girl makes this sign her summer home, as it were, while some esoteric purists insist that Vulcan rules in this sign. Duality in rulership is one of the most difficult aspects of any earthly life. 

The Golden Girl is that glittering, sought after celestial influence which brings the golden touch: beauty, riches, romance, good cheer, good friends, and good times, as well as quick cash and good fortune. She bestows her many gifts with a lavish hand she can really bowl you over. Her worldly attributes are always the most sought after by wordings, and the least attained: popularity, recognition, and abundant earthly rewards. This is the time to get rich in the worldly sense, and to remember the unfortunate when you do. 

It is in the spiritual realm where we appreciate this influence the most, and the keenest however, for the Golden Girl reveals our state of communion with the Christian fold. This influence as sacrament represents the mystical mingling of our earthly flesh with essence of the Divine. Unless our mingling with both our brethren and our Lord is daily, cheerful, natural, and sought after, like the Influence itself, it is not a blessed but a dead thing. 

Vulcan, or Hephastus, is a near-mythical body which may revolve around Mercury; it has been sighted historically, but never found when searched for. This injured influence is closely related to volcanoes, iron weapons, and injuries to the feet. 

Which either you choose, or if you choose to use both, you will be right. 

The natural scent of Libra is peppermint, raspberry, and red rose. The metal is copper and brass. Most traditionally the opal is sited as the gemstone, with coral, or lapis lazuli secondly. Also the stone magnetite can be beneficial, as this stone balances energy polarities and opens blocks, aiding energy movements within the body itself. It promotes grounding and balance throughout and along ones chosen paths.

The material is the best silk.

Libra foods are the least, the minimum, but the best; chocolates, strawberries, apricots, and raspberries in a combined confection. 

These associations give the prudent Christian Libra a deeper insight into his nature and place in the world. 

Your word of knowledge is, 'Let me explain exactly what I am going to do...'

The Libra garden includes cosmos, apple blossoms, daisy gardenia, pink rose, violet, hibiscus, myrtle, sage, golden seal, pennyroyal, peppermint, thyme and wild strawberry. The center would feature not a scales, but a pair of objects which balance.

The most effective pilgrimage for a Libra or anyone with a strong influx of influence of the Golden Girl would be to Orleans Cathedral in France. A visit to Mount Shasta in California, or any active volcano, would complete your trek.

The most effective place for a shrine would be near windmills, straggling barns, where wood is cut or piled, a harbor for ships, a boat yard or boat launch, top of a mound, hill, or mountain; hawking copse, golf links, cupola or dome, closet, or guest room. Dedicate the shrine in the key of D.



     Libra balances across the heavens from October 15th through November 15th

     Libra represents the ultimate sacrifice which paid the balance for humanity, and saved us from ourselves.  Libra falls right in the middle of the zodiac, to balance it out!  The arms of the scales stretch out into eternity!

     About Libra in the skies are the signs The Cross and The Crown!  Below Libra lurks The Wolf.

     Librans are sought out for their elegance of mind and manner, courtesy, diplomacy, tactfulness, and good judgment!

     Many times in Revelation, Jesus describes Himself as the Morning Star;  in the physical realm the Morning Star is Venus, orb of grace and charity and lovingkindness, when she rises before the sun.  She becomes the evening star when she rises before sunset.  The angel of charity is the ruling influence of Libra, hence, we can say that Christ is Venus and has satisfied all the requirements.

     Geographically, Libra covers California, Baja, the western coast of the United States and of Canada.  The letter from Christ to the angel of Libra can be read with great interest by those dwelling there.

The most polished and prized Libra in the Gospels is Jude Thaddeus.

The Gospel tells us that St. Jude was a brother of St. James the Less, also one of the twelve Apostles. These two together with two other brothers (one St. Simeon of Jerusalem) are described by St. Matthew (13:55) as the "brethren" of Jesus. In the Hebrew language, the word "brethren" indicates a near relationship. 

Tradition has it that St. Jude's father, Cleophas, was murdered because of his forthright and outspoken devotion to the risen Christ. Mary Cleophas, the mother of St. Jude and St. James the Less, was a cousin of the Virgin Mary. After her death, miracles were attributed to her intercession. 

St. Jude is shown, traditionally, as carrying the image of Jesus in his hand. This represents, according to tradition -- our principal sources of knowledge of the saint -- the imprint of the Divine Countenance that was entrusted to him by Our Lord. 

The circumstances were these: King Abagaro of Edessa, who suffered from leprosy, sent word to Jesus asking Him to come and cure him. With his request, we are told, the King sent an artist to return with a picture of the Master. Impressed with his great faith, Our Lord pressed His image on a cloth and gave it to St. Jude to bring to the King of Edessa and cure him. The King was cured and together with most of his subjects was converted to Christianity. 

After the death and resurrection of Jesus, St. Jude traveled throughout Mesopotamia for a period of ten years, preaching and converting many to Christianity. He probably returned to Jerusalem for the Council of the Apostles, and then he and St. Simon visited Libya and Persia where many more converts were made. 

Ancient writers tell us that he preached the Gospel in Judea, Samaria, Idumaea, Syria, Mesopotamia, and Lybia. According to Eusebius, he returned to Jerusalem in the year 62, and assisted at the election of his brother, St. Simeon, as Bishop of Jerusalem.
He is an author of an epistle (letter) to the Churches of the East, particularly the Jewish converts, directed against the heresies of the Simonians, Nicolaites, and Gnostics. This Apostle is said to have suffered martyrdom in Armenia, which was then subject to Persia. The final conversion of the Armenian nation to Christianity did not take place until the third century of our era.
Jude was the one who asked Jesus at the Last Supper why He would not manifest Himself to the whole world after His resurrection. Little else is known of his life. Legend claims that he visited Beirut and Edessa; possibly martyred with St. Simon in Persia.
Jude is invoked in desperate situations because his New Testament letter stresses that the faithful should persevere in the environment of harsh, difficult circumstances, just as their forefathers had done before them. Therefore, he is the patron saint of desperate cases and his feast day is October 28. Saint Jude is not the same person as Judas Iscariot who betrayed Our Lord and despaired because of his great sin and lack of trust in God's mercy. 


St. Jude died a martyr's death. Tradition tells us that he was clubbed, possibly into insensibility, and his head was then shattered with a broad ax. Sometime after his death, St. Jude's body was brought to Rome and placed in a crypt in St. Peter's Basilica. 


Libra is the Season OF THE ROSARY

The month of October has been specially selected as the "Month of the Rosary," and the feast of the Holy Rosary is now celebrated on the 7th of this month. This feast of the most Holy Rosary took its origin from the great victory of the Catholic forces over the Mohammedans at the battle of Lepanto on October 7th, 1571. The defeat of the enemies of the Church and of civilization was due to the special assistance of the Mother of God. The Rosary was recited throughout the countries of Europe for the success of the Christian forces, and the victory was attributed to Our Lady, called the "Help of Christians." The Rosary has been the great weapon against heresy and infidelity, but it is also the chief safeguard for family peace and holiness.

Many of The Wise recognize the Rosary as a bulwark against the encroachments of the wicked and against the wiles of the devil aimed at the destruction of domestic sanctity. Society depends upon the family, and if we have good families, not all the powers of earth and Hell can make headway against the Church in her mission for the salvation of souls. We see some countries where the Faith has been preserved in spite of all the fury of Hell and in the face of all the powers of the world. How can we account for such steadfastness in the face of such trials? We must go deep down to the basis of social virtue to get the explanation of such heroism, and when we go deep enough, we will find family holiness in these countries. If we examine a little more, we will find that the chief means of preserving this sanctity in family life was the practice of the Rosary as a family prayer.

The Rosary has been the great safeguard of whole nations during times of storm and stress when the wolves of heresy threatened to devour the faithful children of Jesus and Mary. When priests were put to death, it was practically impossible to preserve the Faith for the want of assistance of the Sacraments and on account of the absence of religious instruction. The devotion to the Rosary kept the Faith in whole countries, and we have no reason to be surprised at this. The simple meditations of the Rosary on the lives of Jesus and Mary and the consideration of some mystery of faith kept the knowledge of the supernatural truths before the minds of the faithful, and the prayers or the repetition of the Our Father and Hail Mary reminded the people of the Angelical Salutation and the Providence of God, while it at the same time prepared the soul for and obtained grace by the power of impetration, or by its efficacy as a prayer. This devotion of the Rosary has been the great secret of family holiness and has therefore been the source of vocations and of much of the sanctity of the Church. Vocation come from homes in which Jesus and Mary have a prominent place and in which the family is sanctified each evening by the recitation of the Rosary, which draws down the blessings and the protection of this sweet Mother.

We mean by goodness in families, supernatural goodness. Many families may be respectable and may enjoy the goodwill of their neighbors, but their goodness may be purely or largely natural, and may take no account of eternity. Some are here confused and they may tend to copy the natural goodness of others because they cannot distinguish between the natural and the supernatural. Some ask why do worldlings prosper, while the good have to suffer. This is again confusing the natural and the supernatural. Worldlings, or those who act as if this world were the only world, may prosper and be respected in this world, and God gives them this reward for their natural good works. But there is no word here of the supernatural rewards of eternity, which surpass any of the passing joys of this world. Our Lord never promised worldly rewards to His followers. The friends of Jesus may receive the gifts of this world, but these are only accidental. Our Lord advised His friends to lay up "treasures in Heaven" where they cannot be destroyed and where thieves do not steal. The hundredfold promised even in this life may not necessarily consist of wealth or honors. It may and generally does consist of blessings, which bring true peace of soul and prevent many misfortunes. But the supernatural reward promised to those who seek first the Kingdom of God will begin on the shores of eternity and will be never-ending. The family Rosary will prevent those unhappy occurrences in the home which cause such sadness for both parents and children and which often end in the destruction of the matrimonial bond. The family Rosary is one of the best prayers of the Church. Prayer is intended to raise the mind to God and to take our thoughts away from the passing affairs of this world. The Rosary is long enough to engage our attention for a sufficient time to enable us to leave aside our worldly cares, and this is good for both body and soul. It can be said on a journey or even when engaged in our occupations which do not demand all our attention. The indulgences of the Rosary are so great that the faithful ought to make use of this devotion for the relief of the souls in Purgatory. The Rosary is the devotion which belongs especially to Our Lady. No one who wishes for the assistance of Mary will neglect her Rosary.


This transmutative sign is always awash in mystery, controversy, and change. The enduring qualities of Scorpio are regenerative, healing, forgiving and resurgent.

The Scorpion is widely known for not only duality, but three levels of it. The serpent is the lowest and most primitive emanation; the eagle is the average everyday Scorpio one meets at Starbucks, with the Phoenix rising through self sacrifice to become the eternal star of an immortal heavens. 

Both Dynamic Energy and Fate are at home in Scorpio, and some suggest a third body. Duality in rulership may be compared to living in a house divided against itself. 

Dynamic Energy displays how willing and skilled we as prudent Christians are in publicly confirming our stand within the Christian body by having our actions speak louder than our words.

The influence we know as Fate is currently reposing in the Far Seeing sign of Sagittarius. The public cleansing of the churches of their dirty laundry and diseased shepherds, the quiet revolution in cultural values and overhauling of legal processes, are founded by this little powerhouse visiting the Centaur. The Influence of Fate, which has occupied Sagittarius for some years past, has turned direct now, and requires an accounting from all of us. This influence causes change from within, evolving and purifying the inner person from the ground level up; change that cannot be undone or turned back, but is willed by Heaven. This can be harsh if one fights oneself, or gets in ones own way, but a serene transition to higher things if one goes along. 

The influence of Fate is both a recording angel, and is an allegory of our giving up ourselves for our new life in Christ.

The natural scent of Scorpio is patchouli, which is sometimes called graveyard dust. Most people really love this scent, it has very spiritual qualities. The metal is fine spun steel. Although the topaz, lodestone, or bloodstone are the most associated gems, a wise Christian Scorpio would seriously commend the aqua aura crystal, with it's ability to bring light into the throat for healing and expressing emotions, for increasing the awareness of inner truth, and for encouraging others to live out their spirituality. 

Scorpios material is anything recycled, or a pattern resembling snakeskin.

The foods are anything scarlet red and black, truffles, oats, and artichokes. 

These associations give the prudent Christian Scorpio a deeper insight into his nature and place in the world. 

Your words of knowledge are, 'I am taking myself to the heights!'

The Scorpio garden features chrysanthemum, orchid, violet, dogwood, eucalyptus, foxglove, raspberry, hops, rye, unicorn root, and periwinkle, with a treasure chest at the center.

The most effective pilgrimage for Scorpio or anyone with a strong influx of Dynamic Energy influence would be Notre Dame de Paris in France. A further visit to the Holocaust memorials in Germany or Poland, or at Hiroshima, would complete your destination. 

The most effective shrine would be in a low garden, vineyard, muddy stream, small pond, operating room, bathroom, a recycle station, compost heap, junk yard, crematorium or incinerating plant. Dedicate the shrine in the key of E. 


     Scorpio spans the distance from November 15th through December 15th.

      The Apostle John, the beloved, whose name literally means 'The Dove' waits here in Scorpio, witnessing all our deeds, thoughts and acts into the Book of Life of the Lamb.  With him is the Watcher star Antares, at the heart of the Scorpion, just as John himself lies upon the heart of Jesus!  Oriel the Archangel of Antares is the spirit of the west.

     One ancient wise teacher advises that the soul of every Scorpio is a battlefield.  The intense desires within battle to the finish.  Here is wisdom;  Scorpio is an eagle, as God is good!

     This sign has associations with Judas, whose kiss betrayed Jesus, and so started the journey of our salvation and redemption.  This explains how the lowly serpent is raised to the height and status of the divine eagle through salvation! 

     The angels of Mars and of Pluto are close to this sign, as are the lands in Central Canada, central America, Mexico, the Yucatan, and Honduras.  The letters from Christ to the angels of these lands still obtain.

Penance is a sacrament of the New Law instituted by Christ in which forgiveness of sins committed after baptism is granted through the priest's absolution to those who with true sorrow confess their sins and promise to satisfy for the same. It is called a "sacrament" not simply a function or ceremony, because it is an outward sign instituted by Christ to impart grace to the soul. As an outward sign it comprises the actions of the penitent in presenting himself to the priest and accusing himself of his sins, and the actions of the priest in pronouncing absolution and imposing satisfaction. This whole procedure is usually called, from one of its parts, "confession", and it is said to take place in the "tribunal of penance", because it is a judicial process in which the penitent is at once the accuser, the person accused, and the witness, while the priest pronounces judgment and sentence. The grace conferred is deliverance from the guilt of sin and, in the case of mortal sin, from its eternal punishment; hence also reconciliation with God, justification. Finally, the confession is made not in the secrecy of the penitent's heart nor to a layman as friend and advocate, nor to a representative of human authority, but to a duly ordained priest with requisite jurisdiction and with the "power of the keys", i.e., the power to forgive sins which Christ granted to His Church. 

By way of further explanation it is needful to correct certain erroneous views regarding this sacrament which not only misrepresent the actual practice of the Church but also lead to a false interpretation of theological statement and historical evidence. From what has been said it should be clear: 

that penance is not a mere human invention devised by the Church to secure power over consciences or to relieve the emotional strain of troubled souls; it is the ordinary means appointed by Christ for the remission of sin. Man indeed is free to obey or disobey, but once he has sinned, he must seek pardon not on conditions of his own choosing but on those which God has determined, and these for the Christian are embodied in the Sacrament of Penance. 


No Catholic believes that a priest simply as an individual man, however pious or learned, has power to forgive sins. This power belongs to God alone; but He can and does exercise it through the ministration of men. Since He has seen fit to exercise it by means of this sacrament, it cannot be said that the Church or the priest interferes between the soul and God; on the contrary, penance is the removal of the one obstacle that keeps the soul away from God. 

It is not true that for the Catholic the mere "telling of one's sins" suffices to obtain their forgiveness. Without sincere sorrow and purpose of amendment, confession avails nothing, the pronouncement of absolution is of no effect, and the guilt of the sinner is greater than before. 
While this sacrament as a dispensation of Divine mercy facilitates the pardoning of sin, it by no means renders sin less hateful or its consequences less dreadful to the Christian mind; much less does it imply permission to commit sin in the future. In paying ordinary debts, as e.g., by monthly settlements, the intention of contracting new debts with the same creditor is perfectly legitimate; a similar intention on the part of him who confesses his sins would not only be wrong in itself but would nullify the sacrament and prevent the forgiveness of sins then and there confessed. 

Strangely enough, the opposite charge is often heard, viz., that the confession of sin is intolerable and hard and therefore alien to the spirit of Christianity and the loving kindness of its Founder. But this view, in the first place, overlooks the fact that Christ, though merciful, is also just and exacting. Furthermore, however painful or humiliating confession may be, it is but a light penalty for the violation of God's law. Finally, those who are in earnest about their salvation count no hardship too great whereby they can win back God's friendship. 

Both these accusations, of too great leniency and too great severity, proceed as a rule from those who have no experience with the sacrament and only the vaguest ideas of what the Church teaches or of the power to forgive sins which the Church received from Christ. 
The Council of Trent (1551) declares: 
Power to forgive sins:
It is noteworthy that the fundamental objection so often urged against the Sacrament of Penance was first thought of by the Scribes when Christ said to the sick man of the palsy: "Thy sins are forgiven thee." "And there were some of the scribes sitting there, and thinking in their hearts: Why doth this man speak thus? he blasphemeth. Who can forgive sins but God only?" But Jesus seeing their thoughts, said to them: "Which is easier to say to the sick of the palsy: Thy sins are forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, take up thy bed and walk? But that you may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say to thee: Arise, take up thy bed, and go into thy house" (Mark 2:5-11; Matthew 9:2-7). Christ wrought a miracle to show that He had power to forgive sins and that this power could be exerted not only in heaven but also on earth. This power, moreover, He transmitted to Peter and the other Apostles. To Peter He says: "And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven" (Matthew 16:19). Later He says to all the Apostles: "Amen I say to you, whatsoever you shall bind upon earth, shall be bound also in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose upon earth, shall be loosed also in heaven" (Matthew 18:18). As to the meaning of these texts, it should be noted: 
that the "binding" and "loosing" refers not to physical but to spiritual or moral bonds among which sin is certainly included; the more so because 
the power here granted is unlimited -- "whatsoever you shall bind, . . . whatsoever you shall loose"; 
the power is judicial, i.e., the Apostles are authorized to bind and to loose; 
whether they bind or loose, their action is ratified in heaven. In healing the palsied man Christ declared that "the Son of man has power on earth to forgive sins"; here He promises that what these men, the Apostles, bind or loose on earth, God in heaven will likewise bind or loose. (Cf. also POWER OF THE KEYS.) 
But as the Council of Trent declares, Christ principally instituted the Sacrament of Penance after His Resurrection, a miracle greater than that of healing the sick. "As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained' (John 20:21-23). While the sense of these words is quite obvious, the following points are to be considered: 
Christ here reiterates in the plainest terms -- "sins", "forgive", "retain" -- what He had previously stated in figurative language, "bind" and "loose", so that this text specifies and distinctly applies to sin the power of loosing and binding. 
He prefaces this grant of power by declaring that the mission of the Apostles is similar to that which He had received from the Father and which He had fulfilled: "As the Father hath sent me". Now it is beyond doubt that He came into the world to destroy sin and that on various occasions He explicitly forgave sin (Matthew 9:2-8; Luke 5:20; 7:47; Revelation 1:5), hence the forgiving of sin is to be included in the mission of the Apostles. 
Christ not only declared that sins were forgiven, but really and actually forgave them; hence, the Apostles are empowered not merely to announce to the sinner that his sins are forgiven but to grant him forgiveness-"whose sins you shall forgive". If their power were limited to the declaration "God pardons you", they would need a special revelation in each case to make the declaration valid. 
The power is twofold -- to forgive or to retain, i.e., the Apostles are not told to grant or withhold forgiveness nondiscriminately; they must act judicially, forgiving or retaining according as the sinner deserves. 
The exercise of this power in either form (forgiving or retaining) is not restricted: no distinction is made or even suggested between one kind of sin and another, or between one class of sinners and all the rest: Christ simply says "whose sins". 
The sentence pronounced by the Apostles (remission or retention) is also God's sentence -- "they are forgiven . . . they are retained". 
It is therefore clear from the words of Christ that the Apostles had power to forgive sins. But this was not a personal prerogative that was to erase at their death; it was granted to them in their official capacity and hence as a permanent institution in the Church -- no less permanent than the mission to teach and baptize all nations. Christ foresaw that even those who received faith and baptism, whether during the lifetime of the Apostles or later, would fall into sin and therefore would need forgiveness in order to be saved. He must, then, have intended that the power to forgive should be transmitted from the Apostles to their successors and be used as long as there would be sinners in the Church, and that means to the end of time. It is true that in baptism also sins are forgiven, but this does not warrant the view that the power to forgive is simply the power to baptize. In the first place, as appears from the texts cited above, the power to forgive is also the power to retain; its exercise involves a judicial action. But no such action is implied in the commission to baptize (Matthew 28:18-20); in fact, as the Council of Trent affirms, the Church does not pass judgment on those who are not yet members of the Church, and membership is obtained through baptism. Furthermore, baptism, because it is a new birth, cannot be repeated, whereas the power to forgive sins (penance) is to be used as often as the sinner may need it. Hence the condemnation, by the same Council, of any one "who, confounding the sacraments, should say that baptism itself is the Sacrament of Penance, as though these two sacraments were not distinct and as though penance were not rightly called the second plank after shipwreck" (Sess. XIV, can. 2 de sac. poen.). 
These pronouncements were directed against the Protestant teaching which held that penance was merely a sort of repeated baptism; and as baptism effected no real forgiveness of sin but only an external covering over of sin through faith alone, the same, it was alleged, must be the case with penance. This, then, as a sacrament is superfluous; absolution is only a declaration that sin is forgiven through faith, and satisfaction is needless because Christ has satisfied once for all men. This was the first sweeping and radical denial of the Sacrament of Penance. Some of the earlier sects had claimed that only priests in the state of grace could validly absolve, but they had not denied the existence of the power to forgive. During all the preceding centuries, Catholic belief in this power had been so clear and strong that in order to set it aside Protestantism was obliged to strike at the very constitution of the Church and reject the whole content of Tradition. 
""The Lord's words: 'Receive ye the Holy Ghost, whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them, and whose sins you shall retain they are retained' (John xx, 22-23
The reconciliation of the sinner with God has as a further consequence the revival of those merits which he had obtained before committing grievous sin. Good works performed in the state of grace deserve a reward from God, but this is forfeited by mortal sin, so that if the sinner should die unforgiven his good deeds avail him nothing. So long as he remains in sin, he is incapable of meriting: even works which are good in themselves are, in his case, worthless: they cannot revive, because they never were alive. But once his sin is cancelled by penance, he regains not only the state of grace but also the entire store of merit which had, before his sin, been placed to his credit. On this point theologians are practically unanimous: the only hindrance to obtaining reward is sin, and when this is removed, the former title, so to speak, is revalidated. On the other hand, if there were no such revalidation, the loss of merit once acquired would be equivalent to an eternal punishment, which is incompatible with the forgiveness effected by penance. As to the further question regarding the manner and extent of the revival of merit, various opinions have been proposed; but that which is generally accepted holds with Francisco Suαrez (De reviviscentia meritorum) that the revival is complete, i.e., the forgiven penitent has to his credit as much merit as though he had never sinned. See De Augustinis, "De re sacramentaria", II, Rome, 1887; Pesch, op. cit., VII; Gφttler, "Der hl. Thomas v. Aquin u. die vortridentinischen Thomisten όber die Wirkungen d. Bussakramentes", Freiburg, 1904. 
For those who sought to escape the obligation of confession it was natural enough to assert that repentance was the affair of the soul alone with its Maker, and that no intermediary was needed. It is this pretext that St. Augustine sweeps aside in one of his sermons: "Let no one say I do penance secretly; I perform it in the sight of God, and He who is to pardon me knows that in my heart I repent". Whereupon St. Augustine asks: "Was it then said to no purpose, 'What you shall loose upon earth shall be loosed in heaven?' Was it for nothing that the keys were given to the Church?" (Sermo cccxcii, n. 3, in P.L., XXXIX, 1711). The Fathers, of course, do not deny that sin must be confessed to God; at times, indeed, in exhorting the faithful to confess, they make no mention of the priest; but such passages must be taken in connection with the general teaching of the Fathers and with the traditional belief of the Church. Their real meaning is expressed, e.g., by Anastasius Sinaita (seventh century): "Confess your sins to Christ through the priest" (De sacra synaxi), and by Egbert, Archbishop of York (d. 766): "Let the sinner confess his evil deeds to God, that the priest may know what penance to impose" (Mansi, Coll. Conc., XII, 232). For the passages in St. John Chrysostom, see Hurter, "Theol. dogmat.", III, 454; Pesch, "Praelectiones", VII, 165. 

The Centaur poses across the skies from December 16th till January 16th, to include the winter solstice. His best traits are determined optimism, calm courage, and grace under fire. He is perhaps best known for his frequent faux pas, hence his ability to laugh at himself. God bless the Centaur!

The duality of the human being here is blatantly expressed as a half man with a horses ummm....; goodness, how many times have we witnessed this in everyday life??

Only the Supersizer is big enough to rule the Centaur. As long as the Supersizer, a source of generosity and abundance, remains in his own broadminded sign of Sagittarius, we will prosper and enlarge everything having to do with travel, school, foreign affairs, the church and theology, law and the legal business. These areas of human endeavor continue to blossom in spite of circumstances. It would be wise not to jump out of the stock market just yet, nor would I give up on a competition, or conflict, on foreign soil, while the heavens remain thus intent on working things out above. 

The Supersizer is connected with the sacrament of holy matrimony, hence 'lawful wedlock.' While in his own sign, this angelic influence will connect many soulmates and bind those who so desire to be bound. On the psychic level, finding ones' other half is a prerequisite to serious spiritual study in most disciplines.

Simon Peter fits so well the profile of Sagittarius, when we read of his fiery forthrightness and backsliding. In the Hebrew Scriptures we find reference to Benjerman. 

The natural scent of Sagittarius is lime, sandalwood and myrrh. It's metal is tin; with turquoise or topaz as the traditional gems. tourmaline should be considered for the Centaur too, as this wonderful stone is adept at detoxification and release. It acts as a protective shield, strengthens the hara line, heals fear and panic, and encourages rootedness by making the person feel more welcome on the earthplane itself. 

The perfect fabric or material for the modern Sagittarius is spandex, like in Speedos, or rubber. 

The foods are any imported, plus chestnuts, figs, currants, maple syrup and asparagus. 

These associations give the prudent Christian Sagittarius a deeper insight into his nature and place in the world. 

Your words of knowledge are, 'I am dancing as fast as I can!!'

The Sagittarius garden highlights paperwhite narcissus, Christmas cactus, dandelion, magnolia, agrimony, cardamom, sandalwood, hyssop, roses, red clover, sage, maple, pinks and chestnuts, with an arrow in the center.

The most effective pilgrimage for a Sagittarian or anyone with a strong influx of influence from the Supersizer would be Amiens Cathedral in France.

The most effective place to establish a shrine would be the highest point in the land, hills, ground that rises higher than the surrounding country; the topmost room in the house, place near fire, or where it has been; stables for war horses or race horses. Establish the shrine in the tone of Fb. 


     Sagittarius shoots across the skies from December 15th through January 15th.

     We have always thought that Simon Peter must have been a Sagittarius;  blustery, flustery, endearing, saying the wrong thing at the worst time, with the best of intentions causing disaster everywhere he went... he must have been a Sag with red hair!  In the end he betrayed who he loved most, not once but three times.

     And how Jesus loved him!  Before, during, and after!

     It is an object lesson for all of us.  What we love the most, we will eventually betray, because it is our nature to do so.  God loves us in spite of what He knows we will eventually do;  He saves us from our debased core and raises us up to shine like the sun.

     The picture of Sagittarius is that of a man and a horse, but in the Christian view this exaltation is that of man to the heights of a saint.

     The letter of Christ to the angel of Sagittarius is of great interest and import to those living on the east coast of North America, and all of South America minus the tip of Brazil;  and Costa Rica and Panama.

Prayer and Meditation for Sagittarius
The Sacraments of the Catholic Church, "instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, are efficacious signs of grace perceptible to the senses. Through them divine life is bestowed upon us." They assist individuals in their spiritual progress and growth in holiness. The sacraments contribute to the Church's growth in charity and in giving witness.
Though not every individual receives every sacrament, the sacraments as a whole are seen as necessary means of salvation for the faithful, each conferring that sacrament's particular grace, such as incorporation into Christ and the Church, forgiveness of sins, or consecration for a particular service.
The Church teaches that the effect of a sacrament comes ex opere operato, by the very fact of being administered, regardless of the personal holiness of the minister administering it. However, a recipient's own lack of proper disposition to receive the grace conveyed can block the effectiveness of the sacrament in that person. The sacraments presuppose faith and through their words and ritual elements, nourish, strengthen and give expression to faith. 
The Catechism of the Catholic Church lists the sacraments as follows: "The whole liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments. There are seven sacraments in the Church: Baptism, Confirmation or Chrismation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony.
Matrimony, or Marriage, like Holy Orders, is a sacrament that consecrates for a particular mission in building up the Church, and that provides grace for accomplishing that mission. This sacrament, seen as a sign of the love uniting Christ and the Church, establishes between the spouses a permanent and exclusive bond, sealed by God. Accordingly, a marriage between baptized persons, validly entered into and consummated, cannot be dissolved. The sacrament confers on them the grace they need for attaining holiness in their married life and for responsible acceptance and upbringing of their children. As a condition for validity, the sacrament is celebrated in the presence of the local Ordinary or Parish Priest or of a cleric delegated by them (or in certain limited circumstances a lay person delegated by the diocesan Bishop with the approval of the Episcopal Conference and the permission of the Holy See) and at least two other witnesses, though in the theological tradition of the Latin Church the ministers of the sacrament are the couple themselves. For a valid marriage, a man and a woman must express their conscious and free consent to a definitive self-giving to the other, excluding none of the essential properties and aims of marriage. If one of the two is a non-Catholic Christian, their marriage is licit only if the permission of the competent authority of the Catholic Church is obtained. If one of the two is not a Christian (i.e. has not been baptized), the competent authority's dispensation is necessary for validity.

Commanding Capricorn 


The top, or midheaven, of the zodiac is commanded by this old sign, whose most shining qualities are loyalty, industriousness, resolution, and rationality. 

The true nature of Capricorn is water, hence feeling. They do not emote openly as do Cancer natives, yet they feel even more deeply due to their watery depths.

The duality of human nature is represented here by the goat, innocently but rapaciously grazing on a mountaintop, having the tale of a huge fish, which, free and wild, thunders through the sea. 

The natural Capricorn native struggles with the same rapacious appetite, the same drive that thunders through the natural world. How does the prudent Christian Capricorn reconcile such opposites? By using the Serious force within to concentrate her energies, rather than trying to restrict from without.

The Serious Influence is at home in the sign at the Top. Seriousness, the heavenly doorstop, or Influence which says 'Enough!', is what gives our life form, structure, boundaries, even to limitations. Here is the influence which inspires us to do most serious planning and growth; we mature by measuring ourselves against ourselves. It is we, rather than the influence, which decides whether or not we make the grade. 
Seriousness represents our commitment to the sacrament of holy orders.

The apostolic connection to Capricorn comes in the form of tax collector Matthew; in the Hebrew Scriptures, we have reference to Napthali who goes forth as a hind.

The natural scent of Capricorn is a pine tree by the seashore. The intriguing metals are pewter or lead. Most Capricorns can be matched with onyx, jet, smoky quartz or malachite as their gemstones, but the smoky quartz is the wisest choice by far. This quartz stabilizes and enhances security and safety, encouraging awareness and responsibility of the Earth as a biosphere and living being, and helps one to accept ones place on the planet; healing fear, depression, addictions, and obsessions.

The materials and fabrics are leather, cashmere, and hemp.

The foods exclusively Capricorn are mushrooms, carob, barley, beer, potatoes and all their forms, and poppy seeds. 

These associations give the prudent Christian Capricorn a deeper insight into his nature and place in the world. 

Your words of knowledge are, 'I am solidly integrated!'

The garden of Capricorn centers on holly, carnation, mistletoe, pansy, hemp, aconite, poppy seed, carob, comfrey, skullap, oak, wintergreens, all moss, thistles, and pine. The centerpiece is a any reference to Time, such as an hourglass, though the wisest of gardeners center on a unicorn.

The most effective pilgrimage for Capricorn and anyone with a strong influx of the Serious influence would be to Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland. 

The most effective shrine would be in an old church, or a vault, sepulcher, tomb, like a mausoleum; an animal manger or pen; on thorny or barren ground; in the cellar, a deep pit; in a convent, a cave; or a deserted forest. Dedicate the shrine in the key of G. 


    The Goat dies and the fish rises from January 15th through February 15th.

     Capricorn is considered by many as an unfortunate sign, looking like a goat, which itself has strong associations with the idea of the devil, or The Devil itself. 

     In fact, Capricorn is only half a goat, the upper half, and that part is dying.  The lower half is vibrant, coming alive, in the form of a Christian fish, which is actually a dolphin! 

     The lesson of Capricorn at the top of the mountian is to climb no higher in this world, but to transform into the next! 

     Since Christ in fact was the sacrificial goat, and this sacrifice was found acceptable and put paid, we have much to learn from Capricorn, and nothing to loath!

     Capricorns companion sign, Aquila the Eagle, represents the United States of America in astrology, the most Christian nation on earth.  The sign rules the region from the mid Atlantic Ocean, the eastern region of Brazil, Greenland, and western Iceland, which most of the wise and sensitive know as Atlantis.  The letters from Christ to the angel of Capricorn contain a great deal of insight!!

     What a helpful and encouraging sign!

In a general sense, the term Holy Orders refers to those in the Christian religion who have been ordained in Apostolic Succession. As a more theologically technical term in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Anglican, Old Catholic, Independent Catholic and Assyrian churches, it is a Sacrament or Holy Mystery in which the candidate is ordained as a bishop, priest or deacon.
The purpose of the Sacrament is to constitute a person as a minister within the Church.
Deacons are ministers of service, delegated to act in the name of the Church and therefore are able to witness marriages (the Sacrament of Matrimony is actually conferred by the couple on each other, with the deacon as witness), to baptize solemnly (any human being may baptize in an emergency but a deacon may do so on ordinary occasions with full ceremony), and to preach.

Priestly Ordination, a popular devotional depiction of ordination in the Roman Catholic Church from the 1920s.Bishops receive the "Spirit of governance" and are the successors of the Apostles, as a group (that is, the "college" or body of bishops is the successor body to the college of apostles; in Roman Catholic theology, there is a belief that the apostle Peter had a role of leadership in the college of apostles, which the pope retains today among the bishops, but this is not accepted by the Orthodox churches; sacramentally the pope is a bishop). Bishops, since they have the "fullness of orders," therefore may confer all seven of the sacraments. Bishops are governors of the church to the point where a bishop in the Catholic Church, even if not given authority over a functional diocese, will be given a "titular" or honorary diocese (a diocese that no longer exists) as a gesture toward the notion that a bishop is ordained for leadership.
Priests, as cooperators of the bishops in their sacramental ministry, may confect all of the sacraments except Holy Orders, the sacrament of governance, itself.
It was the mission of the Apostles to go forth into all the world and preach the Gospel, baptizing those who believed in the name of the Holy Trinity (Matthew 28:18-20). In the Early Church those who presided over congregations were referred to variously as episcopos (bishop) or presbyteros (priest). These successors of the Apostles were ordained to their office by the laying on of hands, and according to Orthodox theology formed a living, organic link with the Apostles, and through them with Jesus Christ himself.[5] This link is believed to continue in unbroken succession to this day. Over time, the ministry of bishops (who hold the fullness of the priesthood) and presbyters or priests (who hold a portion of the priesthood as bestowed by their bishop) came to be distinguished. In Orthodox termology, the terms priesthood and sacerdotal refer to the ministry of bishops and priests. All of the ordination ceremonies take place during the Divine Liturgy.
A bishop is the Teacher of the Faith, the carrier of Sacred Tradition, and the living Vessel of Grace through whom the energeia (divine grace) of the Holy Spirit flows into the rest of the church.[5] A bishop is consecrated through the laying on of hands by other bishops, normally at least two or three, but in emergency situations, such as times of persecution, a single bishop may ordain another. His consecration takes place before the Little Entrance of the Liturgy. A Gospel Book is laid over the head of the one being ordained, and the consecrating bishops lay their hands upon the Gospel Book, while the prayer of ordination is read, after this, he ascends the synthranon (bishop's throne in the sanctuary) for the first time.


The Waterbearer flows across the skies from the 15th of February till the 15th of March.

All for one, and one for all!

Duality is expressed in Aquarius by both the female water bearer, her jug, and the water flowing from without it. Most esotericists regard Aquarius as a resurrection from the depths.

Seriousness has initial rulership of Aquarius; it is a serious mistake to blithely disregard this in the brighter Awakeners light, as the native too has a need for structure and organization in the core of his nature which is in danger of overbalancing by the corulership. Dual rulership is a difficult task for the most advanced.

The Awakener is most at home here in the most free thinking, group conscious sign. In the influence of the Awakener many prudent Christians recognize the very star of Jesus the Messiah. In mundane astrology, Uranus has the reputation of being a wild card, impossible to hold, impossible to predict, always challenging the status quo and upsetting every aspect of life at bedrock level. Sounds like the word of the Lord, certainly. In His own sign, the Awakener is getting a 'whole lot of shakin' going on' among His shepherds and His flocks, and those who so profess this should expect His attention, motivation, and perhaps an incentive.

The apostolic connection to the WaterBearer lies with Philip in the Greek Scriptures, and with Reuben in the Hebrew.

The natural scent of Aquarius is cinnamon and cloves. Platinum and uranium are the recognized metals. Traditionally the garnet, zircon, or obsidian are mentioned as the gems but the modern angelite is worth considering. This stone stabilizes the emotions and the physical and emotional bodies, enhances creativity and teaching abilities, and aids in dispelling anger, aids forgiveness and self forgiveness, and is obviously close to the angels! 

The fitting materials are feathers, or feathery fabrics. 

Aquarian foodstuffs are coffee, ginseng, cinnamon, cloves, and pomegranates. 

These associations give the prudent Christian Aquarius a deeper insight into his nature and place in the world. 

Your words of knowledge are, 'Let's get together and get excited!'

The Aquarius garden features carnation, arbutus, wild rose, ginseng, allspice, clove, chicory, cinnamon, nutmeg, unicorn root, pomegranate, star anise, and ladies slipper, and must have a waterfall!

The most effective pilgrimage for an Aquarius or anyone with a strong influx of Serious influence would be Roslyn Chapel in Scotland.
In addition, the Uranian corulership can be recognized by a following visit to Alamogordo, New Mexico, Roswell, New Mexico, or Colorado.

The most effective shrine would be on hilly and uneven places where water runs, near springs or conduits, vineyards, roofs of houses, eaves, on the dashboard of a car, any highway (rest stop), railroad crossings, broadcast stations, power lines, electric power houses, garages. Dedicate the shrine in the tone of A. 


     Aquarius pours from February 15th through March 15th .

    Twice, Aquarius is mentioned in Scripture;  once by Jesus Himself, in Luke chapter 22, 8 through 13;  Jesus sent Peter and John to the city to find a place for the Last Supper.  He specifically and carefully described 'a man carrying a jar of water', or Aquarius!  They were to follow Aquarius, and request the guest room upstairs, already furnished, for The Teacher.

    The second mention of someone carrying a jar, this time of alabaster, refers to A Woman.  In Matthew 26 we read:

6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, 7 there came to him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat. 8 But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, to what purpose is this waste? 9 for this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. 10 When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.11 For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.12 For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.13 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.


     It may have been Mary called Magdalene who performed the burial service for Jesus; it was definitely an Aquarian who in both cases knows Jesus instinctively, intuitively, and prepares a place for Him!

     The fixed Watcher star of Aquarius, Fomalhout, is known as the archangel Gabriel, the angel of Alchemy.  The human figure with wings and a pen, scribing what he witnesses, is the apostle Matthew, also an Aquarian, and the model for the modern Christian.

     The territory of Aquarius includes the eastern Atlantic Ocean, Ireland, Iceland, England and Western Europe and Western Africa.  The letter of Christ to the angel of Aquarius can be gleaned for deep insight!

Christian mysticism is traditionally practised through the disciplines of:

  • prayer (including oratio, meditation and contemplation); 
  • self-denial, including fasting, broadly called asceticism; and 
  • service to others, broadly called almsgiving. 

In the tradition of Mystical Theology, Biblical texts are typically interpreted metaphorically, for example in Jesus' "Sermon on the Mount" (Matthew 5–7) the text, in its totality, is held to contain the way for direct union with God. Also, in the contemplative and eremitic tradition of the Carmelite "Book of the First Monks", 1 Kgs. 17:3-4 is the central Biblical text around which the work is written.
Whereas Christian doctrine generally maintains that God dwells in all Christians and that they can experience God directly through belief in Jesus, Christian mysticism aspires to apprehend spiritual truths inaccessible through intellectual means, typically by emulation of Christ. William Inge divides this scala perfectionis into three stages: the "purgative" or ascetic stage, the "illuminative" or contemplative stage, and the "unitive" stage, in which God may be beheld "face to face." 
Biblical foundations
The tradition of Christian Mysticism is as old as Christianity itself. At least three texts from the New Testament set up themes that recur throughout the recorded thought of the Christian mystics. The first, Galatians 2:20, says that:
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (KJV)
The second important scriptural text for Christian mysticism is 1 John 3:2:
Beloved, now we are the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
The third such text, especially important for Eastern Christian mysticism, is found in II Peter 1:4:
...[E]xceedingly great and precious promises [are given unto us]; that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (emphasis added)
Two major themes of Christian mysticism are (1) a complete identification with, or imitation of Christ, to achieve a unity of the human spirit with the spirit of God; and (2) the perfect vision of God, in which the mystic seeks to experience God "as he is," and no more "through a glass, darkly." (1 Corinthians 13:12)
Other mystical experiences are described in other passages. In 2 Corinthians 12:2–4, Paul sets forth an example of a possible out-of-body experience by someone who was taken up to the "third heaven", and taught unutterable mysteries:
I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) how that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
Perhaps a similar experience occurred at the Transfiguration of Jesus, an incident confirmed in each of the Synoptic Gospels. Here Jesus led three of his apostles, Peter, John, and James, to pray at the top of a mountain, where he became transfigured. Jesus's face shone like the sun, and he was clad in brilliant white clothes. Elijah and Moses appeared with Jesus, and talked with him, and then a bright cloud appeared overhead, and a voice from the cloud proclaimed, "This is my beloved Son: hear him."
While such phenomena are associated with mysticism in general, including the Christian variety, for Christians the major emphasis concerns a spiritual transformation of the egoic self, the following of a path designed to produce more fully realized human persons, "created in the Image and Likeness of God" and as such, living in harmonious communion with God, the Church, the rest of humanity, and all creation, including oneself. For Christians, this human potential is realized most perfectly in Jesus and is manifested in others through their association with Him, whether conscious, as in the case of Christian mystics, or unconscious, with regard to persons who follow other traditions, such as Gandhi. The Eastern Christian tradition speaks of this transformation in terms of theosis or divinization, perhaps best summed up by an ancient aphorism usually attributed to Athanasius of Alexandria: "God became human so that man might become God."
Going back at least to Evagrius Ponticus and Pseudo-Dionysius, Christian mystics have pursued a threefold path in their pursuit of holiness. While the three aspects have different names in the different Christian traditions, they can be characterized as purgative, illuminative, and unitive, corresponding to body, soul (or mind), and spirit. The first, the way of purification, is where aspiring Christian mystics start. This aspect focuses on discipline, particularly in terms of the human body; thus, it emphasizes prayer at certain times, either alone or with others, and in certain postures, often standing or kneeling. It also emphasizes the other disciplines of fasting and alms-giving, the latter including those activities called "the works of mercy," both spiritual and corporal, such as feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless.
Purification, which grounds Christian spirituality in general, is primarily focused on efforts to, in the words of St. Paul, "put to death the deeds of the flesh by the Holy Spirit" (Romans 8:13). The "deeds of the flesh" here include not only external behavior, but also those habits, attitudes, compulsions, addictions, etc. (sometimes called egoic passions) which oppose themselves to true being and living as a Christian not only exteriorly, but interiorly as well. Evelyn Underhill describes purification as an awareness of one's own imperfections and finiteness, followed by self-discipline and mortification. Because of its physical, disciplinary aspect, this phase, as well as the entire Christian spiritual path, is often referred to as "ascetic," a term which is derived from a Greek word which connotes athletic training. Because of this, in ancient Christian literature, prominent mystics are often called "spiritual athletes," an image which is also used several times in the New Testament to describe the Christian life. What is sought here is salvation in the original sense of the word, referring not only to one's eternal fate, but also to healing in all areas of life, including the restoration of spiritual, psychological, and physical health.
It remains a paradox of the mystics that the passivity at which they appear to aim is really a state of the most intense activity: more, that where it is wholly absent no great creative action can take place. In it, the superficial self compels itself to be still, in order that it may liberate another more deep-seated power which is, in the ecstasy of the contemplative genius, raised to the highest pitch of efficiency. Mysticism: A Study in Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness by Evelyn Underhill (Public Domain)
The second phase, the path of illumination, has to do with the activity of the Holy Spirit enlightening the mind, giving insights into truths not only explicit in scripture and the rest of the Christian tradition, but also those implicit in nature, not in the scientific sense, but rather in terms of an illumination of the "depth" aspects of reality and natural happenings, such that the working of God is perceived in all that one experiences. Underhill describes it as marked by a consciousness of a transcendent order and a vision of a new heaven and a new earth.
The third phase, usually called contemplation in the Western tradition, refers to the experience of oneself as in some way united with God. The experience of union varies, but it is first and foremost always associated with a reuniting with Divine love, the underlying theme being that God, the perfect goodness,[3] is known or experienced at least as much by the heart as by the intellect since, in the words 1 John 4:16: "God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God and God in him." Some approaches to classical mysticism would consider the first two phases as preparatory to the third, explicitly mystical experience, but others state that these three phases overlap and intertwine.
Author and mystic Evelyn Underhill recognizes two additional phases to the mystical path. First comes the awakening, the stage in which one begins to have some consciousness of absolute or divine reality. Purgation and illumination are followed by a fourth stage which Underhill, borrowing the language of St. John of the Cross, calls the dark night of the soul. This stage, experienced by the few, is one of final and complete purification and is marked by confusion, helplessness, stagnation of the will, and a sense of the withdrawal of God's presence. It is the period of final "unselfing" and the surrender to the hidden purposes of the divine will. Her fifth and final stage is union with the object of love, the one Reality, God. Here the self has been permanently established on a transcendental level and liberated for a new purpose.
Another aspect of traditional Christian spirituality, or mysticism, has to do with its communal basis. Even for hermits, the Christian life is always lived in communion with the Church, the community of believers. Thus, participation in corporate worship, especially the Eucharist, is an essential part of Christian mysticism. Connected with this is the practice of having a spiritual director, confessor, or "soul friend" with which to discuss one's spiritual progress. This person, who may be clerical or lay, acts as a spiritual mentor.
Some examples of Christian mystics:
St. Paul (? –c. 66) 
St. John the Baptist 
St. John the Apostle (? –c.100) 
St. Peter 
Valentinus (c.100–c.153) 
Saint Anselm (1033–1109) 
Hugh of Saint Victor (1096–1141) 
Hildegard of Bingen (1098–1179) 
St. Francis of Assisi (1181–1226) 
St. Clare of Assisi (1194–1253) 
St. Anthony of Padua (1195–1231) 
Beatrice of Nazareth (1200-1268) 
Mechthild of Magdeburg (1210–1279) 
St. Bonaventure of Bagnoregio (1221–1274) 
Gertrude the Great (1256–1301) 
Marguerite Porete (?–1310) 
Meister Eckhart (c. 1260–1327/8) 
St. Bridget of Sweden (1302–1373) 
St. Julian of Norwich (1342–c.1416) 
St. Catherine of Sienna (1347–1380) 
William Langland (?–1385/6) 
Margery Kempe (c.1373–1438) 
Thomas ΰ Kempis (1380–1471) 
St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491–1556) 
St. Teresa of Avila (1515–1582) 
St. John of the Cross (1542–1591) 
St. Francis de Sales (1567–1622) 
Jakob Bφhme (1575–1624) 
Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) 
George Fox (1624–1691) 
Johannes Kelpius (1667–1708) 
Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) 
John Woolman (1720–1772) 
William Blake (1757–1827) 
Anna Catherine Emmerich (1774–1824) 
St. Bernadette Soubirous (1844 - 1879) 
Max Heindel (1865–1919) 
Sergei Bulgakov (1871–1944) 
St. Therese of Lisieux (1873–1897) 
Evelyn Underhill (1875–1941) 
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881–1955) 
St. Pio of Pietrelcina (1887–1968) 
T. S. Eliot (1888–1965) 
Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889–1929) 
St. Theresa-Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) (1891–1942) 
St. Faustina Kowalska (1905–1938) 
Dag Hammarskjφld (1905–1961) 
Simone Weil (1909–1943) 
Thomas Merton (1915–1968) 
Vernon Howard (1918–1992) 
Thomas Keating (1923– ) 
St. John of the Cross: Ascent of Mount Carmel, Dark Night of the Soul 
St. Teresa of Avila: Interior Castle, The Way of Perfection, Autobiography 
St. Bonaventure: The Soul's Journey into God, The Tree of Life 
Meister Eckhart: German and Latin sermons 
Jan van Ruysbroeck: The Adornment of Spiritual Marriage 
Anon.: Cloud of Unknowing 
Anon.: Theologia Germanica 
St.Ignatius of Loyola: Spiritual Exercises 
William Law: Works 
George Fox: The Journal 
Heinrich Suso: The Book of Eternal Wisdom 
Thomas ΰ Kempis: On the Imitation of Christ 
Jakob Lorber: The Great Gospel of John 
Pseudo-Dionysius: Divine Names, Celestial Hierarchy, Mystical Theology 
Anon.: The Way of a Pilgrim 

The Magickal Fishes pursue themselves across the star-studded skies from March 15th till April 15th. This intriguing constellation consists of two fish, one upright and the other facing left, and one band, linking them. Pisces most pronounced traits are real empathy, sustaining compassion, and emotional alchemy. 

The ruling influences of Pisces are the Supersizer and Inspiration. 

The Supersizer is the Great Benefit in that is supersizes everything and anything. If one has a gift to share, the Supersizer turns those 5 fish into a meal for 5 thousand. If it happens to be a capacity for thieving, the Supersizer makes one a master thief, with a Robin Hood complex. In this light, the Piscean scope for drama, for any extreme, is understandable.

The Supersizer is connected with the sacrament of holy matrimony, hence 'lawful wedlock.' While in his own sign, this angelic influence will connect many soulmates and bind those who so desire to be bound. On the psychic level, finding ones' other half is a prerequisite to serious spiritual study in most disciplines.

Inspiration is coruler of Pisces, called the higher octave of the Golden Girl. This can also effect us as Intoxication, Delusion, Addiction, and Debauchery. It depends on how the native will receive her that Inspiration gives her graces.

Any of the dually ruled signs is a complex one to navigate. The soul, naturally divided from the spirit, must first reconnect from within; then the integrated character must live an alchemical formula to successfully recombine the two seeming masters. 

The natural scent of Pisces is citrus, ylang ylang, apricots and wisteria. Pisces is associated with all gases, or any metal in a gaseous state. The amethyst, aquamarine, coral, or rose quartz are the traditional gems. Most modern of the Piscean associations is that of pink chalcedony, which is said to encourage compassion, heartfelt empathy, and emotional maturity. Diane Stein promotes this stone as one which is self blessing, enhances womens self image, and inspires awe at all that is sacred in life. 

A Piscean fabric is acrylic. 

Fish foods are citrus fruits, peaches, and all beverages but especially those which add alcohol. 

These associations give the prudent Christian Pisces a deeper insight into his nature and place in the world. 

Your word of knowledge is, 'This is the happiest year ever!'

The Pisces garden nourishes violets, heather, passion flower, wisteria, narcissus, lotus, poppy, mint, thyme, and water lilies, around a cross in the center.

The most effective pilgrimage for a Pisces or anyone with a strong influx of influence from the Supersizer would be Amiens Cathedral in France. A further visit to Bethlehem to recognize the corulership of Inspiration would perfect the journey.

The most effective place to establish a shrine would be besides the ocean, a fishing place, a fish pond, any grounds overflowing with water, wet boggy places, places formerly underwater, spiritualist churches, or an abandoned oil refinery.

Establish the shrine with the tone of B.


     Pisces splashes from March 15th through April 15th.

     Jesus was born just as the age of Pisces dawned;  He was the Lamb of God who became the Fisher of Men.  Within the boundaries of Pisces are the stars of Cepheus, the King, holding a scepter!

     The antichrists were born just as Pisces ended, Karl Marx 1818, Adolph Hitler 1889, George Soros 1930, all defeated by His breath.

    Pisces demonstrates through extremes.  Even the mission of Jesus is called The Passion!!  It was dramatic and frankly messy, and demonstrated that a price must be paid in full.   Most agree that the age of Pisces ended in 1881, and recognize that in 1914 Jesus the Christ was first observed on the etheric planes of earth.  What a relief, to know that the age of the dragon is over, and Christ reigns as our king!

     The physical territories of Pisces include eastern Europe, Grece, and Egypt.

     The transfer to the Age of Aquarius has been completed, which we know for a fact in the most innocent and innocuous of ways;  most, if not all of us, nowadays, carry a water bottle!

Exorcism (from Late Latin exorcismus, from Greek exorkizein - to adjure) is the practice of evicting demons or other evil spiritual entities from a person or place which they are believed to have possessed. The practice is quite ancient and part of the belief system of many countries.
The person performing the exorcism, known as an exorcist, is often a member of the clergy, or an individual thought to be graced with special powers or skills. The exorcist may use prayers, and religious material, such as set formulas, gestures, symbols, icons, amulets, etc.. The exorcist often invokes God, Jesus and/or several different angels and archangels to intervene with the exorcism.
In general, possessed persons are not regarded as evil in themselves, nor wholly responsible for their actions. Therefore practitioners regard exorcism more as a cure than as a punishment. The mainstream rituals usually take this into account, making sure that there is no violence to the possessed, only that they be tied down if there is potential for violence.
The concept of possession by evil spirits and the practice of exorcism are very ancient and were widespread, and may have originated in prehistoric Shamanistic beliefs.
The Christian New Testament includes exorcism among the miracles performed by Jesus. Because of this precedent, demonic possession was part of the belief system of Christianity since its beginning, and exorcism is still a recognized practice of Catholicism, Eastern Orthodox and some Protestant sects. The Church of England also has an official exorcist in each diocese.
After the enlightenment, the practice of exorcism has diminished in its importance to most religious groups and its use has decreased, especially in western society. Generally, in the 20th century its use was found mainly in Eastern Europe and Africa, with some cases gaining media coverage; Anneliese Michel is perhaps the most recent of these. This is due mainly to the study of psychology and the functioning and structure of the human mind. Many of the cases that in the past which were candidates for exorcism are often explained to be the products of mental illness, and are handled as such.
However in 1973 the motion picture The Exorcist came out, and the idea of Exorcisms became thrust into the limelight. After its release a very large response came from the public in the United States and Europe, and belief in Demon Possession and Exorcisms found a place in contemporary society. Belief in the validity of the practice became less of a radical idea, and more widespread.
In Christianity, Exorcisms are performed using the "power of Christ" or "In the name of Jesus." This is founded in the belief that Jesus commanded his followers to expel evil spirits in His name(Matthew 10:1,Matthew 10:8; Mark 6:7; Luke 9:110:17),(Mark 16:17). According to the Catholic Encyclopedia article on Exorcism: Jesus cast out demons as a sign of his Messiahship and empowered his disciples to do the same.
The Jewish Encyclopedia article on Jesus stated that Jesus "was devoted especially to casting out demons" and also believed that he passed this on to his followers, however he was superior to them in the Exorcisms."
In the time of Jesus, non-New Testament Jewish sources report of exorcisms done by administering drugs with poisonous root extracts or other by making sacrifices. (Josephus, "B. J." vii. 6, § 3; Sanh. 65b). They do not report of Jesus being an exorcist, but do mention that exorcisms were done by the Essene branch of Judaism (Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran).
The belief in Roman Catholicism is that unlike Baptism or Confession, Exorcism is one ritual that isn't a sacrament. Unlike a sacrament, exorcism's "integrity and efficacy do not depend ... on the rigid use of an unchanging formula or on the ordered sequence of prescribed actions. Its efficacy depends on two elements: authorization from valid and licit Church authorities, and the faith of the exorcist. That being said, Catholic Exorcism is still one of the most rigid and organized of all existing exorcism rituals. Solemn exorcisms, according to the Canon law of the church, can be exercised only by an ordained priest (or higher prelate), with the express permission of the local bishop, and only after a careful medical examination to exclude the possibility of mental illness. The Catholic Encyclopedia (1908) enjoined: "Superstition ought not to be confounded with religion, however much their history may be interwoven, nor magic, however white it may be, with a legitimate religious rite." Things listed in the Roman Ritual as being indicators of possible demonic possession include: speaking foreign or ancient languages of which the possessed has no prior knowledge; supernatural abilities and strength; knowledge of hidden or remote things which the possessed has no way of knowing, an aversion to anything holy, profuse blasphemy, or sacrilege.
The Catholic Church revised the Rite of Exorcism in January 1999, although the traditional Rite of Exorcism in Latin is allowed as an option. The act of exorcism is considered to be an incredibly dangerous spiritual task; the ritual assumes that possessed persons retain their free-will, though the demon may hold control over their physical body, and involves prayers, blessings, and invocations with the use of the document Of Exorcisms and Certain Supplications. Other formulas may have been used in the past, such as the Benedictine Vade retro satana. In the modern era, the Catholic Church authorizes exorcism rarely, approaching would-be cases with the presumption that mental or physical illness is in play. In mild cases the Chaplet of Saint Michael should be used.

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