St Francis as the Pope’s patron
The Telegraph 22-3-2013
The new Pope, who has taken the name Francis, the saint, said something interesting at his inaugural Mass last Tuesday, St Joseph’s day.
The “vocation”, he said to “protect creation” (as St Joseph, a working man, had protected the young Jesus) is “not just something involving us Christians alone; it also has a prior dimension which is simply human, involving everyone”.
This means, “protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world… as St Francis of Assisi showed us”.
St. Francis honors the Stars and the Elements
The canticle of the Sun
Of the several “cantica in vulgari” which St. Francis composed, the only one that has come down to us, as far as is known, is the “Praises of the Creatures,” or, as it is now more commonly called, “The Canticle of the Sun.” The Canticle appears to have been composed toward the close of the year 1225 in a poor little hut near the Monastery of San Damiano.
The Canticle is accepted as authentic by Professors Boehmer and Goetz in their recent works on the Opuscula of St. Francis. The text of the Canticle here translated is that of the Assisi MS. 338 (fol. 33), from which the version given in the Conformities differs only by some unimportant variants. (sacred-texts.com)
Here begins the praises of the creatures which the blessed Francis made to the praise and homor of God while he was ill at St. Damian’s:
Most high, omnipotent, good Lord,
Praise, glory and honor and benediction all, are Thine.
To Thee alone do they belong, most High,
And there is no man fit to mention Thee.
Praise be to Thee, my Lord,
with all Thy creatures
SUN: Especially to my worshipful brother sun,
The which lights up the day, and through him dost Thou brightness give;
And beautiful is he and radiant with splendor great;
Of Thee, most High, signification gives.
MOON: Praised be my Lord, for sister moon and for the stars,
In heaven Thou hast formed them clear and precious and fair.
WIND: Praised be my Lord for brother wind
And for the air and clouds and fair and every kind of weather,
By the which Thou givest to Thy creatures nourishment.
WATER: Praised be my Lord for sister water,
The which is greatly helpful and humble and precious and pure.
FIRE: Praised be my Lord for brother fire,
By the which Thou lightest up the dark.
And fair is he and gay and mighty and strong.
EARTH: Praised be my Lord for our sister, mother earth,
The which sustains and keeps us
And brings forth diverse fruits with grass and flowers bright.
The Bible is filled with references to astrology. This is because astrology was widely accepted as truth in Biblical times. Christians who believe that astrology is Satanic would be surprised to learn that the Bible is filled with astrology and even Jesus himself made numerous references to astrology.
People believed in the study of the stars in Biblical times. Everyone knew the influence of the sun on the Earth, and the sun was a star. It certainly made a pattern, so far as life on Earth was concerned – it shaped everything, or at least nourished everything – and the shape had to be such as to allow the sun to give life to it.
One of the great astrological stories in the Bible is the story of the star of Bethlehem. It is written that the star was a sign from God signaling the birth of the Messiah into the world. The three Magi, Persian astrologer-kings, determined the time of this birth by the position of this star.
Astrology and the classical elements
Astrology has used the concept of classical elements from antiquity up until the present. In Western astrology and Indian astrology four elements are used, namely Fire, Earth, Air and Water.
In Western tropical astrology, there are always 12 astrological signs; thus, each of the four elements is associated with 3 signs of the Zodiac which are always located exactly 120 degrees away from each other along the ecliptic and said to be in trine with one another.
Most modern astrologers use the four classical elements extensively, and indeed it is still viewed as a critical part of interpreting the astrological chart.
Beginning with the first sign Aries which is a Fire sign, the next in line Taurus is Earth, then to Gemini which is Air, and finally to Cancer which is Water. This cycle continues on twice more and ends with the twelfth and final astrological sign, Pisces.
The Four Elements
The signs of the zodiac are broken down into the elements of fire, earth, air, and water. If we learn the elements we will understand how the signs share common features. This simplifies astrology, and makes it easier to learn.
THE FIRE ELEMENT:
Fire is bright, strong, and takes control. It wants to be in charge. People look to fire people as the energy boosters of the zodiac. Want to start something with enthusiasm? Find yourself a fire sign. Fire people can also be very arrogant and self-centered. Don’t go to a fire person for sympathy or comforting. They just don’t have the time. They tend to run over the weaker, shyer signs.
THE ELEMENT AIR:
Here you will find the talkers and communicators of the zodiac. If you need something written or spoken, ask an air sign. Ideas seem to materialize out of thin air for them. These people are like the air we breathe. Always moving and changing. Objective and rational no emotionalism here. The air signs are so objective they can become impractical in their actions and beliefs. Like the air, these signs hate to be restricted. Freedom of thought and movement are their most cherished desires.
THE ELEMENT WATER:
Like the water in a glass, water signs conform to the elements around them. Feelings, emotions, and deep personal conversations are what motivates and stimulates the water signs. Sensitive to a fault, the water signs are often more concerned with your feelings and needs then their own. Everything seems to touch them. Psychic and secretive are often characteristics of the water elements. If the emotions get too strong, these people can be become addicted to drugs, alcohol, food or anything that keeps them from feeling as deeply. Water signs dislike the strong boisterous personalities of the air and fire signs.
THE ELEMENT EARTH:
Talk about rocks. The most stable, consistent and sometimes rigid of all the signs. Practical, patient, reasonable, and persistent are these signs. If you want to make sure a project gets done and gets done “right” call, on an earth person. Not as sensitive as the water signs, the earth signs are still aware of the needs and often want to serve others.
Often so rigid, they become stuck with old routines to the point of impracticality. Fear of starting something new, earth signs can be very cautious to the point of missing a great opportunity. Conventional to a point of boredom.
Every man has a place,
in his heart there’s a space,
and the world can’t erase his fantasies
Take a ride in the sky, on our ship fantasy
Hearts of fire creates love desire
Plant your flower and you grow a pearl
A child is born with a heart of gold
The way of the world makes his heart grow cold