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Three Kings Day

[T]he star, which they saw in the east, went before
them, till it came and stood over where the young
child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced
with exceeding great joy. And when they were come
into the house, they saw the young child with Mary
his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they
presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense,
and myrrh.

Updating the website on Three Kings Day, 2012, I cannot but help to associate to the day itself, and its meaning from an astrological perspective.

The story the Three Kings Day day commemorates is recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, the first book of the New Testament. In Matthew it is written that they had ”seen his star in the east” and that they came to worship this new-born King. 

The text does not state the actual number of them, but in the West three has been assumed because they brought with them three gifts. In Eastern-Orthodox countries the number is said to be twelve. For long they have been called ”wise men” in translations, but the original text states that they were magi, meaning astrologers. 

Of course. That makes sense and the pieces fit together. They followed a star. That in itself is a symbol of how they received their guidance; from above. These astrologers were the first Christians in the world, having started out on their journey before Jesus was born. They were believers without having seen, before seeing was even possible. 

In a time and era when Christians and atheists unite against astrologers, I find the story of the three kings of the East reassuring. If these wise men could use their wisdom in harmony with guidance from above to find their way to Christ, to God, then there can be no doubt that this is a wisdom that can be used for good. 

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The Three Wise Men, by Gustave Doré

The Three Wise Men, by Gustave Doré.