The Star: Signs in the Heavens
Lackey #1: Your Grace the neo-pagans are at the door.
His Grace: Very Well. Let them in and call my theologians.
Lackey #1 to Visitors: Please be seated, the palace theologians will be with you shortly. Would anyone like coffee or mineral water?
Visitor #1: We appreciate the welcome but we were hoping to speak with his Grace. We have come a long way with a special message for his Lordship.
Lackey #1: I’m sorry, it won’t be possible. Philosophers, sages, luminaries, and other thinking persons have to be interviewed by the court theologians. I’m afraid it is protocol.
Visitor #2: We emailed our request for an audience some time ago and explained that we have a message based on Signs in the Heavens.
Lackey #1: I’m sorry but we only receive messages, electronic or otherwise, from persons who are properly credentialed. It all started after that unfortunate affair with John the Terrorist and his threats against the government.
Visitor #3: We thought that he was some sort of leader of revivals – a fringe sort of religious figure with some sort of discredited theology of liberation. We didn’t know he was a terrorist.
Lackey #1: Most people don’t know that and we would prefer to keep it that way – but some of his followers confessed after some aggressive interrogation.
Visitor #1: We thought that torture was outlawed here in the Commonwealth.
Lackey #1: It is, but let’s just say that our less squeamish allies can be of great assistance. Besides, most of our citizens are in favor of “necessary means” according to the polls if it will produce valuable information.
Visitor #2: You mean they would give up their constitutional rights?
Lackey #1: Not their own rights, mind you – just those of people opposed to his Grace. Well, here are the members of the Government’s Panel of Divinity. Please rise.
Theologian #1: Welcome Ladies of the New Age or should I say Priestesses of the Orient?
Visitor #1: Actually, we are astronomers and astrologers – scientists and visionaries.
Theologian #2: We are interested in speaking with you. We are specially licensed to deal with the occult and other forms of demon worship.
Visitor #2: We are not shamans or priestesses of the Crystal.
Visitor #3: We study the stars and are accredited to the Global Space Research Council.
Theologian #3: As unbelieving secularists how can you claim to be visionaries?
Visitor #1: We are as perplexed as anyone else. The patterns of planetary alignments are most unusual. The probability that this is mere chance is very, very low.
Theologian #1: Wouldn’t you say that it is just random chance in your Godless scheme of things? Besides, how would you know to come here? – and for what?
Visitor #2: What indeed! The Star Regulus – the King Star – in conjunction with Jupiter and Saturn in Pisces – the House of Judah – is a very unusual occurrence.
Theologian #2: Reading the stars. Don’t you mean reading into the stars? Astrology was discredited centuries ago and now you want to revive it in your so called Age of Aquarius? You must be the laughingstock of your fellow scientists!
Visitor #3: Empirical science is one mode of knowing certain things, including the mechanics of the stars, but it does not tell you what it means.
Theologian #3: It is very clear from the Writings what it means. God made Creation whole out of nothing – everything in six days.
Visitor #1: And the fossils?
Theologian #1: A simple test of faith. God made the fossils to fool unbelievers like you.
Visitor #2: We came here to honor the birth of a heavenly ruler. Has a child been born here?
Theologian #1: What Child? That’s absurd. We are a republic founded by God fearing men. How could a child be the Ruler?
Visitor #3: It has become more common for the sons of your rulers to be elected. But perhaps we are wrong.
Theologian #2: That seems to be the case. The Child was born a long time ago and rules in Everlasting Glory. Have you not heard the Good News?
Visitor #1: With all due respect, it hasn’t been such good news.
Theologian #3: What the hell!
Visitor #2: Yes, I am afraid that that has been the case.
Theologian #1: Did you come here to insult us or did your stars send a message with you.
Visitor #3: We will have to look elsewhere. She is not here.
Theologian #2: You’re going to look a long time. He came as a man.
Visitor #1: I thought it is written “He became one of us.”
Theologian #3: The correct wording is “He became man.”
Theologian #2: Perhaps you could let us know when you find her. We would be most interested in seeing who she is.
Visitor #2: Yes, perhaps we should be on our way. We are free to leave aren’t we?
Theologian #1: It’s a free country isn’t it?
Visitor #3: Peace Be With You
Lackey #1: Ladies – this way please.