GENESIS 24, 1-9
And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had.
“Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh: And I will make thee swear by the Lord, the God of Heaven, and the God of the Earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell: But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Issac.”
And the servant said unto him, “Peradventure the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land: must I needs bring thy son again unto the land from whence thou camest?”
And Abraham said unto him, “Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again.
“The Lord God of Heaven, which took me from my father’s house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence.
“And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.”
And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning the matter.
Those are nine lines from out of the book of Genesis, and they seem to exhibit some curious mannerisms that are not that easy to interpret.
Why does Abraham want this servant to put his hand under his thigh? Does he have an itch? Is there something going on we don’t want to know about?
Neither of the above, as it turns out.
Abraham wants the servant to take an oath, before God, that he will do as Abraham asks him to. If he does not do it, God will know. A promise is something that we give to each other, person to person; but a vow stands before the Divine, and its consequences are traditionally thought to be more dire for the desertion.
Abraham is explaining what he wants the servant to sware to, explains that this is what is going on, and he has to make the vow before Abraham and before God.
The hand is ruled by Gemini, the sign of communication. It rules our promises, it monitors our daily communication. It is the words that we speak.
The thigh is ruled by Sagittarius, the most philosophical of all the signs of the zodiac, and the one most often associated with spirituality, wisdom and the divine. In society, they are the gurus and priests, the shaman and the medicine man.
By putting his hand under the thigh, the servant must now sware that he will do what he says (Gemini) he is going to do, before God (Sagittarius), or suffer the consequences. They are saying it verbally, and saying it a second time (Gemini) through the physical contact of the astrological association.
Think of it as a sign language, an ancient cosmic language.
And that’s your Sun in Gemini, Full Moon in Sagittarius story for this month.