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Many traditions recognize a spiritual hierarchy, and among that
hierarchy a group of advanced souls who aid mankind. Some names for
this group include the Inner School, the Great White Brotherhood, and
in the Catholic tradition, the Communion of Saints. Saint Lucy's
Feast Day is December 13. Clarity and light are attributed to her.
She is thought to aid in times of temptation, and she grants good
judgment and discrimination when we pray for her aid in confusing
situations.

According to legend, St. Lucy was a woman of great beauty, who was
born into an affluent family in Syracuse in 285. She practiced
Christianity in secret and was devoted to St. Agatha. Her mother
converted to the faith after she was healed miraculously of chronic
illness when St. Lucy took her to St. Agatha's tomb. St. Lucy refused
an offer of marriage because she had promised her virginity to Christ
and wished her dowry to be given to the poor. Her betrothed turned
her into the Roman authorities, where she refused to sacrifice to the
gods, saying "the sacrifice that is pleasing to God is to visit the
poor and help them in their need." When she was ordered to serve in a
house of prostitution, she could not be moved by a thousand oxen, a
thousand soldiers, or the spells of wizards and magicians. She
survived being set aflame and boiling oil poured over her head, saying
"I have prayed for this prolongation of my martyrdom in order to free
believers from the fear of suffering and to give unbelievers time to
insult me." She was finally killed by a dagger, which was stabbed
into her throat. She died in 304.

St. Lucy is always depicted carrying her eyes on a dish. There are
two opposing legends concerning this. One is that her eyes were
gouged out during torture and miraculously restored. The other is
that she herself gouged them out and gave them to a suitor who was
enraptured by them. Here, too, they were miraculously restored. In
addition to the qualities of clarity and light, people pray for the
intervention of St. Lucy in problems of eyesight. St. Lucy can be
seen as a representation of true vision, as opposed to the false
vision of those who are enslaved to appearances and materialism.

St. Lucy's significance can be more deeply understood by exploring her
story through the lens of the esoteric tradition. St. Lucy refused
marriage, offering herself instead as a virgin bride of the Lamb. We
find this mystical marriage symbolized in the Major Arcana of the
Tarot through the Empress and Emperor trumps. The Emperor is
identified with the zodiacal sign, Aries, which is symbolized by a
ram. A young ram is a lamb. The Emperor, like St. Lucy who holds her
eyes on the dish, is associated with the function of sight. In The
Book of Tokens, by Fr. P. F. Case, we find the following in the
meditation on the Hebrew letter-name Heh (meaning "window"), which is
attributed to the Emperor:

Again, a window is set in the wall of a house,
Even as the eye is set in the head,
That they who dwell within may look abroad
To see what passeth without.
Hence it is written in the Book of Formation
That the letter HEH correspondeth unto the faculty
of Sight.
This referreth to my power of vision,
Which is not as thine, since nothing escapeth it,
And all things appear unto it in their true aspect.

It is written:
"The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
Beholding the evil and the good";
And because I,
The Dweller in the House of the Supernal Will,
See all things as they really are,
My vision hath no taint of false judgment.
Seeing, I understand,
And because nothing is hid from me,
Therefore am I merciful.

Elsewhere in the meditation, we find this passage:

For my Way is the Way of the Word,
And the Word is hidden in thy heart.
For this is the Word creative,
Which calleth all things into being.
Here is a mystery,
For the letter HEH concealeth the Word,
And the Word is as truly a vision as it is a voice.
With me there is no difference between speech
and sight.
In very truth, I utter myself by seeing.

Thus we can see that the Emperor is symbolically synonymous with the
"Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" in the Liberal Catholic
Liturgy, that creative Word or LOGOS of the Father by which the worlds
were formed. St. Lucy has a connection with her mystical husband, the
Lamb, through the gift of true sight, since the creative Word is
uttered by seeing.

The identification of Christ with Aries is strengthened by the
assertions of some astrologers, who claim that Christ was born not in
the sign of Capricorn, but in Aries (the sign ruled by the planet
Mars), and that Aries is the ruling sign of Judea.

Just as St. Lucy waited for her mystical husband, the Lamb, so we too
as Christians should wait with a mental posture of receptivity to the
Word, as Christ's church is also symbolized as a bride.

Another passage in Case's meditation on Heh states:

Even as in Genesis thou mayest read
That Light was the first creation,
So hath it been known since the beginning
By the wise.
They worship me with wisdom
Who turn their faces toward the East,
For the shining of the dawn
Is a type of all my works.

Just as, in the first passages from the meditation, we saw how St.
Lucy was connected with the Lamb through sight, here she is connected
with him through Light, which is the meaning of her name. As we read
in the Qabalistic passage from the opening of St. John's gospel, "In
him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light
shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." Before
the reform of the Gregorian calendar in the 16th century, St. Lucy's
Day fell on the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.
Scandinavian hymns about St. Lucy have lyrics describing the Light by
which St. Lucy overcomes the darkness. Thus we have seen that the
Lamb, God's Word, is associated with both vision and Light, both of
which are attributes of St. Lucy.

Nov 07, 2008, 16:30



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