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Libra


Hebrews 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.

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death. But the grace of God, life everlasting, in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 3:20-26
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

The 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 25o).


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. 

Apocalypse 2:10
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.

Apocalypse 3:11
Behold, I come quickly: hold fast that which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

This 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.

   

Libra relative to other stars in the Spring sky:

Table of Contents

The Zodiac

Introduction

A Tour of the Heavens

Envisioning the Celestial Sphere

The Constellations of the Zodiac

Virgo
Libra

Scorpius

Sagittarius

Capricornus

Aquarius

Pisces

Aries

Taurus

Gemini

Cancer

Leo

Summary and a Few Odds and Ends

The Traditional Catholic View of Astrology



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