Regulus in Leo and the Star of Bethlehem
The star configuration depicted above is not a random, casually-drawn motley. It is supposed to be the Constellation Leo. The constellation consists of twelve (12) stars. There are twelve (12) tribes of Israel, as represented by the twelve (12) sons of Jacob. The Lion (as depicted by Leo) has been used to represent the Tribe of Judah [the tribe of King David and subsequently Jesus (cf Genesis 49:9)]. The brightest star in Leo is Regulus, and is actually a ternary star system, which explains why, in most depictions of the constellation, there are apparently only ten (10) stars shown. Regulus means "Ruler." Is it possible that this is what is referred to in Balaam's prophecy?:
A star shall advance from Jacob,
And a **staff shall rise from Israel
**as in that of a ruler/"regulus"
The fact that Regulus is a ternary star system may also be significant w/r the prophecy. The Old Testament Joseph was originally the ruler of Israel (cf Genesis 49:26). However, see what happens here:
Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel---he was indeed the firstborn, but because he defiled his father's bed his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph, the son of Israel, so that genealogy is not listed according to birthright;
Yet Judah prevailed over his brothers and from him came a ruler, although the birthright was Joseph's
Reuben is thus completely hidden, presumably for good, and Joseph has been eclipsed.
Now we move to the Christian era of "Leo." Joseph of Nazareth, who, according to Pope Leo XIII in his 1889 Encyclical (Quam Quam Pluries), was pre-figured by the Old Testament Joseph, likewise has, as part of the Divine Plan, been "eclipsed" by "Judah"---in this case, ultimately by his Son. At other times, Joseph himself hides Jesus (cf Matthew 2:13-15)---and to an extent that it is hard to tell who is concealing whom---just as God the Father does, and just as it is probably difficult to tell which star is hiding the other in the ternary star system known as Regulus in the constellation Leo:
You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes
......no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son, and he whom the Son wills to reveal Him
The revealing of the Father and the Son in all their splendor is a very rare, albeit special occasion indeed, just as a special simultaneous prominence of the three (or at least two) members of Regulus probably is. 'May the eyes of our hearts be enlightened' to see His (and Joseph's) star(s) rising. Such splendor, when revealed, will be like a rainbow, which reveals the splendor of both the Sun and Clouds. The sun just by itself can be blinding and scorching, just as the Pure Light of God's Son can be. He will---and frequently for our own good---hide His Son completely or at least to some degree, just like the Clouds hide the Sun. Given special conditions, however, the Sun and the Clouds produce a most special work that reveals part of the mystery of them both. The result is a rainbow. Similarly, at certain special times throughout our Salvation History, the Father and the Son [two craftsmen (cf Proverbs 8:30), just like Jesus and Joseph, and/or our Heavenly Father and Jesus the Son] produce a special work that reveals part of the depths of the mystery of them both. Perhaps this is what happened at Fatima, where the three shepherd children saw a special apparition of Joseph holding a two-year-old Jesus, with them both apparently blessing the world (a fulfillment of ** Psalm 72:17, perhaps?), all the while the Sun was making some wild gyrations and putting out a variegated display of colors (as in, perhaps, a rainbow?), and many of the 70000 on-hand for the occasion were being healed of various infirmities (perhaps as at least a partial fulfillment of the prophecy of the 'Sun of Justice with healing in its rays' (cf Malachi 3:20).
'May the eyes of all our hearts be enlightened' (cf Ephesians 1:18) so we can be able to see Their works whenever, wherever, and through whomever they may occur. This is important, since the rising of the "regulus" star [however it was manifested---be it in the Constellation Leo or something else entirely different and/or defying ANY humanly logical explanation (being wrought by God as it was)] was apparently not noticed by everyone until the Magi pointed it out (cf Matthew 2:3). At least, let us hopefully not be disturbed (cf 1 John 4:18) the same way that Herod and the people of Jerusalem were, if someone does point it out.
** RE: In him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed.
Recall that Psalm 72 speaks about the King and the King's Son. Originally, this alluded to David and Solomon. It can just as easily, of course, refer to God the Father and His Son. On the other hand, given that Joseph is a 'Son of David' along with Jesus, it may as well also be referring to Joseph and his Son Jesus. At Fatima, it most certainly appeared to allude to those kinds of ruling-father/son relationships. Perhaps an understanding of the Old Testament Joseph can also be of help here. The Old Testament Joseph was considered to be a Father to Pharaoh. (cf Genesis 45:8). Indeed, the cry "Abrek!! (cf Genesis 41:42) is believed by some Biblical scholars to mean "Father of the King." Other scholars have suggested that it was a command to "Bow the Knee." Not "just" out of reverence, but also in order to receive a blessing as the "motorcade" of chariots (with Joseph behind the Pharaoh in the second chariot) passed by. Perhaps at Fatima, in them (Jesus and Joseph and our Heavenly Father) were all the 'tribes' of the earth blessed indeed, even if they didn't know (or even care to know). Part of this 'blessing' may have been the fact that at least some of the 'tribes' were not annihilated, as was warned in part of the conditional nature of the good news and bad news message(s) of Fatima.
Think of how much more this blessing also actually happens when, during a Eucharistic procession (as part of, for example, the Feast of Corpus Christi), The King passes by, through the midst of the people on the streets. Think of a Heavenly "motorcade" of chariots. Jesus, of course, would be riding in the first "chariot." I would assume that Mary and Joseph, as the Father and the Mother of the King (cf Genesis 45:8; 1 Kings 2:19), would be riding in the second "chariot." The Archangel Michael and his entourage, I suppose, would be going ahead, beside, and behind the procession in a Heavenly Chariot equivalent of a police motorcycle escort. The "sirens" in this case, I guess, would be the Archangel Gabriel, crying out "Abrek!!" And the people would (or at least should) be moved interiorally to "bow the knee" and receive a blessing as The King, His Mother and His Father(s) pass by. All of this activity, although for the most part invisible to the naked eye, and inaudible to the ear, is no less real. On the other hand, I sometimes wish a tradition could be started, w/r such Eucharistic processions, especially those on the public streets, wherein someone would actually go ahead of the procession by a few feet, and cry out "Abrek!!" Hopefully, enough people could actually be enlisted to position themselves strategically along the route, and indeed, "bow the knee" at the cry of "Abrek!!" Hopefully everyone else [regardless of whether they are Catholic, non-Catholic or even non-Christian, for in Him shall all the peoples of the earth be blessed (cf Psalm 72:17)] in the immediate area along the route would get the idea, and follow suit, not out of blind conformity, but because they somehow would have some interior sense that it's for their own good [the receiving of a blessing, in this case, no matter how "invisible" and undetected it may all seem (cf 2 Corinthians 4:18)]. And the Sun of Justice, with healing in His rays, would then do what He does best as He [and the rest of the Heavenly offices that always travel with Him on such 'business trips' (cf Genesis Ch. 18-19)] passes by.
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