Sitting in the little United Methodist church up the street from my house this morning I was reminded of the simplest astrological associations between my Christian roots and my current profession.
* Easter happens at the Spring Equinox, the entry into the light half of the year
* Sunday is the Sun's day, and we celebrate the ending of one week and the beginning of another, a theme that echoes the Easter story of resurrection
* Jesus is the "Sun" of God, and as I read it the Gospel story is about living our lives in line with the simplest of Jesus' teachings: love for our creator and love for each other
* There is nothing in this simplest solar message, radiating warmth, kindness, and love that supports war, competition, or domination in the name of God or religion
* The redemptive message of Easter is that of rebirth...the living vibrations of divinity deliver us from the cold tombs of life: fear, anguish, suffering, hatred, and divisiveness
Sometimes people ask me if I'm still a Christian. I'm reminded of a story I heard from a good friend several years ago. Once there was a western/Christian man who was very devoted to God but who was displeased with the Church and all the hypocrisy. He was embarrassed to be associated with it. So he started studying Buddhism and eventually decided he wanted to become a Zen priest. He spoke to one of his teachers about it and his teacher asked him about his motivations. He explained his journey of faith from the time of his childhood in the Christian church, his disappointment, and his eventual departure. Much to the man's surprise his teacher said, "You need to go back to your roots, and you need to be the best Christian minister you can be. Then you'll be a zen priest." Whether this story is true or not, it's always stuck with me. It's probably the best kind of response I could give to where I stand with my Christian faith, which is still very important to me though it has become something vastly different, both theologically and practically.
When I was leaving the church this morning, the familiar benediction and organ music trailing behind me, I was reminded of how deeply and fully the Christian tradition lives in my heart. I would now summarize it differently, as an astrologer who has traveled to many different realms of consciousness, I would say: the Sun's day still lives at the center of my life, and Jesus Christ is both the celestial archetype and sacred teacher closest to my heart.
Prayer: May the Sun's day bring special healing, renewal, and revival to our lives. Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!