2:16-17 16 "For no where doth He take hold of the angels: but of the
seed of Abraham He taketh hold. Wherefore it behoved Him in all things
to be made like unto His brethren, that He might become a merciful and
faithful Priest before God, that He might be a propitiation for the
sins of the people."
In April, Libra
rises in the East. The Hebrew name for this constellation is
"Moznayim," which means "the Scales, weighing." Its Latin name, and the
name by which we know it -- Libra -- also means "weighing." How
beautifully this sign reminds us of the propitiatory Offering of the
Son to the Father to appease the Father's justice and pay the wages of
our sins, which is death.
For the wages of sin is death. But the grace of God, life everlasting,
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Because by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified before Him.
For by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now without the law the
justice of God is made manifest, being witnessed by the law and the
prophets. Even the justice of God, by faith of Jesus Christ, unto all
and upon all them that believe in Him: for there is no distinction: For
all have sinned, and do need the glory of God. Being justified freely
by His grace, through the redemption, that is in Christ Jesus, Whom God
hath proposed to be a propitiation, through faith in His blood, to the
shewing of His justice, for the remission of former sins, through the
forbearance of God, for the shewing of His justice in this time; that
He Himself may be just, and the justifier of him, who is of the faith
of Jesus Christ.
Decan One: The Cross
Southern Cross is the symbol of redemption, and its brightest star --
Alpha Centauri, the third brightest in the entire sky -- is the closest
star to our Sun (the Southern Cross won't be visible above latitudes of
Decan Two: Lupus
At the right
times of the night, you will see underneath Libra, very low on the
southern horizon, a constellation that had formerly been regarded as an
asterism of Centaurus. This group of stars had always been seen as
representing the sacrificial offering of Centaurus, the two-natured
being we just read about when we looked at Virgo
and which represents Our Lord. After being separated from Centaurus, it
became known as "Therion" meaning "sacrificial animal"; since the
Renaissance, it is known as "Lupus" (Wolf). Christ here is both Priest
(Centaurus) and Sacrificial Victim (Therion) -- and this Sacrifice is
offered on the altar symbolized by the constellation Ara ("Altar"),
which won't be visible above latitudes of 25o.
Decan Three: The Crown
There is a crown
in the sky at this time -- a half-circle of
stars known as the Corona Borealis. This constellation can be
seen as referring back His Sacrifice, as symbolized by Libra, as it's through His Sacrifice that we're able to receive the crown
of life and glory we're promised if we endure to the end:
1 Peter 5:4
And when the prince of pastors shall appear, you shall
receive a never fading crown of glory.
Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer. Behold,
the devil will cast some of you into prison that you may be tried: and
you shall have tribulation ten days. Be thou faithful until death: and
I will give thee the crown of life.
Behold, I come quickly: hold fast that which thou hast, that
no man take thy crown.
constellation was thought by the Greeks to be the crown of Ariadne, who
gave Theseus a thread so that when he entered the labyrinth to kill the
minotaur, he could find his way back out again. Labyrinths, along with being symbols of the
path to Jerusalem, have long had a very old Marian symbolism because of the story of Ariadne, which
makes the presence of this constellation very appropriate at this time.
Libra is first
fully visible over the Eastern horizon in early April and can be seen
in the Spring and Summer in the Northern Hemisphere.
to other stars in the Spring sky: