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Symbolism of the star and the three gifts

This light, this star that shone over the stable at Bethlehem means that every initiate in whom the living Christ is present, radiates light; a light that soothes, nourishes and comforts, a light that heals, purifies and gives life. And one day this light is seen from afar by others and they realize that something very special is manifesting itself through this being, and this ‘something’ is the Christ.

This light that is represented by a star with five points is an absolute reality: it shines above the head of every initiate whose feminine principle (that is, whose heart and soul) has given birth to the Christ child, conceived by the Holy Spirit.”

St Matthew’s gospel recounts how wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star in the East, and have come to pay him homage.’ These wise men, traditionally called Melchior, Balthasar and Gaspar, brought Jesus gold, incense and myrrh. Each of these gifts has a symbolic meaning. Gold signifies that Jesus was king: the colour gold is the colour of wisdom, and its brilliance shines above the head of initiates like a crown of light. Incense signifies that he was a priest: incense represents the realm of religion, which is also that of the heart and love. And myrrh is a symbol of immortality: it was used to embalm bodies to ensure their preservation. So the three wise men brought gifts relating to the three realms of thought, feeling and the physical body. Each of the gifts is also linked to one of the sephiroth on the Tree of Life: myrrh to Binah, eternity; gold to Tiphareth, light, and incense to Chesed, devotion….

Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov   Christmas and Easter in the Initiatic Tradition

And another beautiful passage on stars-

“Stars are not simply heavenly bodies that produce and transmit energies; they are worlds inhabited by spiritual entities that send us messages. Scan the heavens, and find a star you feel drawn to because you sense you have a living connection with it. Concentrate on this star and speak to the angels living there. They are friends; you can confide your worries and sorrows to them, and especially your aspirations and hopes. When you return from these experiences, you will have a greater understanding of life; you will also sense that you are never alone, that benevolent entities are watching over you, conversing with you. Even if you do not know who they are exactly, you will feel their presence. When we are faced with the immensity of the heavens, we are quite insignificant, it’s true, but that is no reason to feel alone or lost.”

Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov      Daily Meditations

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