Epihpanytide & The Gifts of the Magi

Epihpanytide & The Gifts of the Magi

In case you haven’t heard, for the entire antiquated “Octave” of Epiphanytide, which is from January 6th - January 14th 2020, we are offering a 40% discount on the Gifts of the Magi Spagyric Formulation along with Royal Frankincense [Boswellia sacra] and Omani Myrrh Spagyric Tinctures. Why? To celebrate Epiphanytide, of course!

Ephiphany is traditionally the day celebrated in the Western Christian Churches commemorating the revelation of the Christ as a prophesied King. It also coincides with the festival and tradition of Jesus being baptized in the River Jordan by John the baptist. In many parts of the world, children are given gifts on Epiphany instead of Christmas and it is often referred to as “Three Kings Day.” In other countries that still celebrate gift giving on Christmas, gifts are often spread out and either given half and half on Christmas and Epiphany or spread out through the 12 days of Christmas, which starts on Christmas Eve [Sundown of Dec 24th] and ends on Epiphany Eve [Sundown of January 5th]. It technically also marks the end of the Christmas Season and it has historically been a tradition to remove Christmas Decorations on Epiphany for good luck throughout the year. I’m sure you’ve heard the story once or twice. Jesus Christ was at birth gifted Gold, Frankincense, & Myrrh by Three Traveling Magi from the East. Although Epiphany is perhaps best known today because of its relation to Christian Tradition, it has a great deal of Esoteric significance in many cultures, including Zoroastrianism. In fact, it is the Zoroastrian Prophecy of a New Ruler Being Born which was to be Heralded by a Star In the East that drove the three Magi there in the first place. In many Christian denominations, the Magi are said to total three in number, however according to some non-Christian accounts, there were actually 12 magi, which could possibly provide a more thorough examination of the stars and their positions to give us a better indication of the zodiac at the time of birth of the “Christ Child.”

Written historical records are shoddy at best and there are dozens and dozens of legends surrounding the wise men and their function. What we do know is that between Christmas and Epiphanytide, also known as the Twelves, Twelvetide or the Twelve Days of Christmas, these are said to be reflections of the year to come, and there is clearly some Astronomical Associations that can be drawn there. It is, therefore, possible to conceive that the tradition of Epiphany in some places retains these twelve astronomical signs and combined the stories and condensed them over time with the association of 12 wise men. We may never know. Despite the differences and conflicting traditions surrounding Epiphany itself, all the legends that include Three Wise Men or Three Magi typically agree that they were there to provide a prophecy and to give gifts of Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh to the one being born. The legend is that they came to bear these gifts to the one whose birth was prophesied to be King, and this birth was heralded by the appearance of a Star in the East. The names of these figures are not given in any translation of the New Testament, and in fact, only the book of Matthew makes any mention of the Magi, unless the book of Luke was referring to them as shepherds. Nevertheless, in the majority of Western Europe, and especially in Bavaria, it is maintained that there were Three Magi and that they were called Melchior of Persia, Balthasar of Babylon, and Gaspar of India. Syrian, Armenian, and Ethiopian Christian Churches maintain totally different names, but the account of what omen brought them to the Child and what they brought with them remains the same. In its proper context, a magus was someone who professionally practiced the art of divination and served as a member of the priest class. Especially since many of the narratives appear to correspond directly to Zoroastrian cosmology and prophecy, it is generally historically accepted among scholars that these Magi would have had an enormous amount of experience with Astronomy/Astrology. A regular duty of Magi in Persia was to determine the appointed energy signature of people, locations, etc; and often times to prophesy auspicious times for wars, times for sowing crops, and much more using Astronomical Guidance and other divinatory methods. A thorough understanding of the stars then makes it quite conceivable that these Magi calculated the distance necessary to travel by following the Trajectory of a Star in a certain Constellation. And if we consider what was mentioned earlier about the possibility of 12 Magi, that might shine a lot of light on the positions of the Fixed Stars of the Zodiac at their time of the alleged event. Though there may be fascinating Astronomical Significance, it is actually the Alchemical significance of the gifts which is perhaps the most esoterically relevant consideration within the story, and also happens to be the most consistent element of the story as well. Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh symbolize the potency of the three Philosophic Principles within each of us: Salt (Body), Mercury (Spirit), & Sulfur (Soul). In the Esoteric Mystery Traditions of Western Europe and Britain, the most exalted state of each Philosophic principle exists as an archetype within the subconscious mind: the Priestly Quality is that of the Spirit (Mercury), The Prophet Quality is that of the Soul (Sulfur), and the King Quality is that of the Body (Salt). Giving these as gifts to a child who was prophesied by Magi therefore was a symbol of the Perfection of the three Philosophic Principles of the inner Philosophic plane. According to gospels, the Passion of Christ teaches everything about the Transmutation of the Human Psychological Paradigm and is a brilliant methodology that paves the way for the Transmutation of lesser desirable metals into Gold, or at least very similar Gold-like substance.

Gold is an nontarnishable metal - it does not corrode, and it has been deemed as the Metal that corresponds most to the Energy of the Sun. Gold was always the property of the king and minted with his face to denote which kingdom the tender belonged to. Because Gold is untarnishable and unable to break down except in Aqua Regia or via microbial and enzymatic decomposition, it takes center stage as a medicine. The history of the Oil of Gold or Aurum Potabile makes it hard to determine exactly when Gold started being used as an Alchemical Medicine, but cruder medicinal preparations containing gold have been found for thousands of years all across the world, so even if not using the same practices employed by Western European Alchemists such as Paracelsus and Valentine, it is entirely plausible that Gold would have been given as a medicine to prepare or preserve the body of kings. So even though we have no indication that the gold allegedly given to Jesus was a medicinal preparation of Gold, given the other two ingredients, it is entirely likely.

Frankincense is a material that has been used at least since the time of Ancient Egypt for myriad purposes, though it is perhaps most well known for its use by Priests as a medium to Purify the Spiritual Energy in Temples. In nearly all Western Ritual Traditions, Frankincense is used in Ritual to Cleanse the space and to afford protection; this is because on an archetypal level, the volatile vapors both Overcome and Penetrate denser spiritual vibrations in the Room. Frankincense has traditionally been used during birth and death ceremonies, for home clearings, and is still the most important incense used by the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches. It is of a very Priestly Nature and seems to help a great deal with the Spiritualization of space and mind. Lastly, Myrrh has been used for thousands of years, either alone or with Galangal, to induce visions. This Psychic Resin is traditionally Burnt while a decoction of the root of the tree is drunk - it has been noted that this causes visions that can provide clarity to future events or impart great wisdom from other worlds. Myrrh and Frankincense are often burned together in various Magical Rituals that are used for invoking Astral Energies into Physical Form. Traditionally, Myrrh preparations have been used by Seers and Psychics of all sorts. It taps into the Psychic (deriving from "PSYCHE", or Soul) Vibrations of materials and offers prophecies and insight.

The reason I have gone to such great lengths to discuss this is because all of these materials have gone into the Gifts of the Magi Spagyric Formulation. The purpose behind the formulation is to act as a general tonic as well as an initiatic, helping to create more and more of a conscious union with the unconscious drive towards Illumination and Personal Mastery.