Sunday, 30 November 2014

Melchoir the Magi - Man of Wisdom

I was thinking of my youngest son when the next vision came through.  His beard looked white in my minds eye, but drawing him with pencil obviously you cannot see that.  He gave me his name after I finished drawing as "Melchoir".  I had a sneaking feeling he was one of the 3 Magi commonly known as one of the three wise men that visited at the birth of Jesus.  On researching him, one article suggests he was the oldest of the 3 Magi and was the King of Arabia who gave the gift of gold.  He apparently had a long grey beard and his gift symbolised

When I sought to see what gift Melchoir is offering us, he offered the message that he gives us protection while showing us how to allow our Higher Self to work through us.  He asks us to always act for the highest good of all and to work diligently and he will help us to open to greater wisdom, spirituality and intuition and the opening of the third eye chakra.

You can call upon Melchoir for healing when you are feeling confused, unworthy or have self-doubt.  Call upon Melchoir when you are wishing to tap into your higher wisdom and wish to bypass the ego and even go beyond the intellect and directly to the highest illumined wisdom........

According to John of Hildesheim, Melchior, the "smallest in stature," brought gold as his offering - including the treasure of Alexander the Great and "all the ornaments that the Queen of Saba [ShebaJ offered in Solomon's temple." Among Alexander's treasures was a golden apple and 30 pieces of money, gathered as tribute from all over the world. These, according to tradition, were the "30 pieces of silver" for which Christ at last was betrayed.

According to Porphyry* the word 'Magus' means 'one who is wise in the things of God and serves the divine'.  The Magi were considered to be philosophers and were the teachers of the Achaemenian kings, and they were the best of the Persians and strove to lead a holy life. The 'Magus', then, would be the man possessed of maga -the man who enjoys God's 'gift' or 'grace'; and he is in receipt of this 'gift' simply by virtue of belonging to the priestly caste.

The Hebrew term for magus was "Chartumin," while in Greek it was "Magos." The term "Magus" or "Magi" seems to have several meanings including wise men, magicians, and magians. Their antiquity is distinguished in both Egypt and Chaldea*. In Egypt they were said to possess secret learning and wisdom. Also in Egypt and Chaldea they were the sole seers and interrupters of sacred things in the past and future, but in Palestine they were never ranked with the prophets, unless among the idolatrous people. This would not mean that all were idolaters themselves, but some failed to express the orthodox views of the time. Some enhanced their eminent positions by displaying occult knowledge. They were considered sort of sacred scribes among the Jews, skilled in divination and the interpretation of certain scripture passages for hidden meanings.

Originally, the Latin noun magus (from the Greek magos) designated the members of the spiritualist-priest class, and later came to designate ‘clairvoyant, sorcerer’ and in a pejorative sense also ‘magician, trickster’. Thus the first meaning of the word ‘magic’ was the teachings of the Magi, i.e. the arts of acquiring supernatural powers and force, while later it was also applied disparagingly to fraudulent witchcraft.

And about differing between Magic and Sorcery Paracelsus wrote: "There are those who say that magic is sorcery: But magic is wisdom, and there is no wisdom in sorcery."

When the Medes stormed Babylon, as related in the Book of Daniel, they incorporated the Bel worshipping Ephraimite Chaldeas into their culture. These Chaldeas became Zoroastrian magi, and thus the Israelites became associated with Zoroastrianism. Martin Haug writes in 'The Sacred Language, Writings, and Religions of the Parsis' (p. 16): "The Magi are said to have called their religion Kesh-i-Ibrahim. They traced their religious books to Abraham, who was believed to have brought them from heaven". The Israelite association explains the existence of a Jewish sect called the Essenes*, whose members learned Zoroastrian doctrines. Jesus was an Essene, and Zoroastrian magi were deeply involved in the establishment of Christianity. It is very likely that the magi who converted to Christianity were those of Ephraimite descent. Certainly the magian establishment in Persia remained Zoroastrian, and did not approve of them. The magian Christians were Manichaeans* with ideas that contradicted both Zoroastrians and Christians. 'Before the Burning Times', a history of medieval magian culture, relates:;topic=5772.0

According to Christian teachings, the Magi were men who came, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, to adore the newborn Jesus. They were guided by the Star of Bethlehem. Their number was not mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew, but Christian tradition say there were three and they called them kings, and named them Caspar or Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. The Feast of Epiphany, January 6th, commemorates their visit.

It is said that after discovering and honoring the Savior, the Magi returned home and surrendered their high positions, gave their property to the poor, and went to spread the Gospel. The apostle St. Thomas is said to have baptized them forty years later in India, ordaining them as priests. An excerpt from a Medieval saints calendar printed in Cologne reads: "Having undergone many trials and fatigues for the Gospel, the three wise men met at Sewa (Sebaste in Armenia) in 54 (AD) to celebrate the feast of Christmas. Thereupon, after the celebration of Mass, they died: St. Melchior on 1st of January, aged 116; St. Balthasar on 6th of January, aged 112; and St. Gaspar on 11th of January, aged 109."  They became martyrs and were buried in the walls of Jerusalem. [1]