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Sagittarius (2) Moving Mountains

Mark 11:12-14 He went into Jerusalem to the Temple and when he'd looked round at everything he went off to Bethany with the twelve because it was already late. The next day, as they were leaving Bethany, he was hungry, and seeing a distant fig tree in leaf he went to see if he could find anything on it. But he found nothing but leaves, because it wasn't the fig season. He said to it, 'May no one eat fruit from you ever again!' and his disciples heard him. Mark 11:20-26 Early the next day as they were passing along they saw the fig tree withered to its roots. Peter remembered and said to him, 'Rabbi, look. The fig tree which you cursed has withered!' In reply Jesus said to them, 'Have faith in God. I'm telling you the truth. Whoever says to this mountain, "Be lifted up and thrown into the sea!' and who has no doubt in his mind but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him! Because of this, I say to you, whatever you as

Sagittarius (1): Where Two Roads Meet

  Sagittarius, by Dan Hodgkin Sagittarius is the Archer or the Centaur, and is the third of the Fire signs. It is associated with zeal, foreigners, travel, horses, religion. Notice how Mark says that Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a young unbroken horse, before zealously venting his spleen on the hypocritical religious activity of the Temple . Two of its decans - Lyra (the Eagle or Lyre)) and Draco (the Dragon) – do not appear to be significant, but there is a clear allusion to the third, Ara (the Altar, in Latin; the Curse , in Greek).  Mark 11:1-11 When they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany towards the Mount of Olives, he sent out two of his disciples.  He said to them, ‘Go into the village opposite and as soon as you enter it you will find a tethered colt on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it.  If anyone asks you what you are up to, tell them that your master needs it, and he will send it straight back.’ They went off and found the

Scorpio (2): The Ransom

  Mark 10:46-52 And they came to Jericho, and when he, his disciples and a large crowd left Jericho, Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. Hearing that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Many people told him to keep quiet, but he cried out all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him.’ They called the blind man, saying, ‘Cheer up and get up. He’s calling you.’ Throwing off his coat, he jumped up and went to Jesus. Jesus said in response, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man said to him, ‘Rabbi, let me see again!’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Go. Your faith has saved you.’ And at once he could see and he followed Jesus on the road. Story: Diluting the Wine  Many years ago, the mayor of a village in China wanted to prepare a big feast for the whole village. He called together his chief advisers and told them of his plan. ‘I sha