You might ask why I would choose to share a Christmas practice focused on the signs of the zodiac. What place does the zodiac have in the Gnostic tradition? The Pistis Sophia talks extensively of the Rulers of Fate, archons that rule the signs of the zodiac, and the planetary spheres. In this book, Jesus explains that he who has been baptized is released from the power of Rulers of Fate, such that any prediction astrologers might make of the future become irrelevant to the one who has been baptized.
As Epiphany is a time when Baptism is offered, the Twelve Days of Christmas are an appropriate time to confront the Rulers of Fate, and begin to loosen the bonds the archons have upon us, which will be completely cast off through the Sacrament of Baptism. Even those of us who have already been baptized can benefit from this inner spiritual practice: just as we are offered blessed Epiphany water to take home with us as a reminder of our own baptism, it is also good practice to annually remind ourselves of what baptism has done for us – it releases us from the power of the archons, so that we can say to them with confidence, “Take to yourselves your destiny!”
I didn’t mention this yesterday, but perhaps a good conclusion to this daily Christmas practice would be to recite the Renunciation of the Archons following your meditations. This, of course, is optional, but it is a bold way to proclaim your freedom from their tyranny.
Renunciation of the Archons
Rulers of the Midst, hear me: Ye usurpers of the rightful Realms of Perfection, I renounce you and your works, deeds, images. Take to yourselves your destiny! I come not to your regions from this moment onwards. I have become a stranger unto you forever, being about to go unto the region of my inheritance. Rulers of the Midst, hear me: I renounce you and your servants, and commend my whole self to the Realms of Truth, now and forever. Amen.
The Second Day of Christmas
Evening of December 26th
Today we meditate on the qualities of Taurus: practicality, ambition, affection, and slowness to anger; and on the negative side, stubbornness, materialism, sensuousness, capability of raging when pushed. It is also associated with St. Andrew, known for his humility. While meditating on the following suggestions, feel free to visualize the symbol of Taurus displayed below, focus on an icon or holy card of St. Andrew, or simply light a red candle.
Read the following scripture, and then focus on the negative qualities of Taurus that you recognize in yourself.
“For the sake of the race of men, because it is material, I have torn myself asunder and brought unto them all the mysteries of the Light, that I may purify them, for they are the refuse of the whole matter of their matter; else would no soul of the total race of men have been saved, and they would not be able to inherit the kingdom of the Light, if I had not brought unto them the purifying mysteries.” – The Pistis Sophia
Knowing that you can transform these aspects of yourself, read the following scripture, and meditate upon the positive qualities of Taurus you possess. Focus on cultivating these qualities further, keeping a humble and loving heart, in emulation of St. Andrew.
“He that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God.” – 1 John 4:16