Cancer: Journey from dark to light

Hedgerow | 1/14/2020 | Staff
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The eleventh of the twelve signs of the Christian Zodiac is Cancer (June 21 – July 22).

It signifies transformation, from darkness to light, from putting off the old self and putting on the new (Eph. 4:22-24). Its modern-day symbol is a crab, but the ancient Egyptian symbol was a Scarabceus, a sacred beetle.

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By way of illustration, the crab periodically sheds its shell and puts on a new one, which changes the form and shape of its body. So too, like believers and the church, through the sanctification of the Holy Spirit, they grow and change.

The beetle also undergoes a transformation, but much more so. In its first phase of life, it lives underground in complete darkness. It is “often terrified by unintelligible voices from the sunlit world above, compelled to eat and live amid filth, and with no worthier employment than to grow and wait for future changes,” Seiss explains. “And so it is with the earthly church… we are slaves of toil and suffering, full of darkness, doubt, and uncertainly loaded with groveling cares, … though bearing in us the germs and beginnings of eventual glory and blessedness.”

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The next phase of the beetle’s growth is the chrysalis, when it no longer eats, its senses are closed, it stops all activity and goes into a mummy condition– the middle stage in which the inner being lives but the outer being is eventually destroyed. The new beetle emerges out of the chrysalis in the last stage leaving behind the shell of its old life. It has wings and flies into the sunlit sky.

The ancient Egyptians mummified human bodies believing they too would rest in a middle state, their inner bodies would become celestial ones. The image of beetle was carved into the stones of rings, shoe-latchets, priests’ seals, and ornaments and...
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