I started to follow in my sleep,
touched by the star itself.
The star paraded over my head
night after night.
One night I sat on a hill and watched the star
until the morning.
Then I knew it would lead me,
if I chose to follow.
The route: circuitous.
The country: rugged.
The ruler: vicious.
The companions: odd, and wise.
The nights: cold, colder than in my land.
Stories say the star led us to a Child, the Child.
This I know now:
It led to Light.
—meb, Epiphany, 2015
I choose to see the story for its mystical vividness, realness, and depth.
There are many traditions associated with the Magi, and traditions have broadened and deepened the story, through the years. Many of the traditions have arrived via art through the ages.
“The three Magi developed distinct characteristics in Christian tradition, so that between them they represented the three ages of (adult) man, three geographical and cultural areas, and sometimes other things. In the normal Western account, 14th century (for Caspar is old, normally with a white beard, and gives the gold; Melchior is middle-aged, giving frankincense from his native Arabia, and Balthazar is a young man, very often and increasingly black-skinned, with myrrh from Saba (modern south Yemen).” from Wikipedia