The Power of the Cross

8 05 2008

The cross, therefore, said the ancients, is a figure which is made by the strength of the stars and serves as a receptacle of their strength; it therefore possesses the greatest power among images and receives the forces and spirits of the planets.

This opinion was either introduced or principally confirmed by the Egyptians, among whose characters a prominent one was the cross, which signified in their usage the future life; and they would engrave this figure on the breast of Serapis.  But I think as follows: the cross was not so much a testimony of the gifts of the stars as a prophecy of the power that it was going to receive from Christ.  Astrologers who came right after Christ, seeing that wonderful things were done by Christians through the cross, but not knowing or not wanting to ascribe such great things to Jesus, ascribed them to the heavens; though they ought to have considered that through the cross itself without the name of Jesus no miracles at all were performed.  That a cruciform figure is appropriate to images because it resembles the strength of the planets and all stars, is perhaps probable; but this is not a sufficient reason for it to have such tremendous power.  But in concert with the other things which are necessary it is perhaps able to do something towards bodily health. 

-Marsilio Ficino, De Vita Coelitus Comparanda


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13 05 2008
Arturo Vasquez

It’s Coptic. I don’t think it has a specific name, but I got it from here

13 05 2008
Tripp

Arturo, what cross is this? Does it have a name?

9 05 2008
Melchior

The Magi come from the East
guided by a star
but knowing the stars
and recognizing a King
but the symbol of that King
is not a crown of gold
but a cross of wood
and that cross
represents death and life
and we are the faithful wife
and the child
the brother and the son
our altar now facing the Sun
to hang the King on the Cross again
and to visit and kiss him at the end
travelling in our hearts like Magi
but to the East
to one day live eternal Peace

The Cross

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