by Rev. Michaël Merle
Simon was referred to as a Zealot. The Zealots were a political movement bent on overthrowing the Romans. They were referred to as Zealots because of their passion for their cause. It was long thought that Simon was called a Zealot because of his passion for his discipleship of Christ.
Jerome, in his translation of the Gospels, does not refer to Simon as a Zealot but rather as a Canaanean, someone from Cana in Galilea. This may have been his birthplace, but it is more likely that it referred to his spiritual path. Cana is associated with the manifestation of the Glory of God in the act of the water being turned into wine. It is therefore likely that Simon was at the Wedding in Cana.
The way in which John writes about the Wedding Feast in Cana, all those who accompanied Jesus had been with Jesus at the Jordan. They had witnessed the baptism in being present or in spirit.
Simon and Thaddaeus Jude are referred to as brothers of the Lord. This may have been as a result of being blood brothers of the Royal Family of Jesus or they were part of a spiritual brotherhood.
Simon received an apostate to Egypt. The changing of the water into wine revealed to Simon the power of the Christ – the power of the Sun-forces in the world that transform the water within the grape into wine and the ripening of the vine is through the power of the sun. Simon goes to Egypt to transform the magic that still resided in Egypt through the miraculous power of the whole of nature that is contained in a human being. Simon took on a Greek name when he went into service, rather than a Latin name.
Simon the Canaanean is connected with Taurus. The stone of Taurus is Jacinth which is a yellow-red gem variety of Zircon. The soul quality connected with Taurus is equilibrium that must be transformed into the spiritual quality of progress.
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