The "three kings" who traveled to give gifts to baby Jesus, weren't really kings. They were Zorastrian Priests:
THE THREE KINGS WERE ZORASTRIAN PILGRIMS
"The story of the Magi in the New Testament, told by Jews who had become Christians, is spun from elements in the Old Testament, which are used to
prove that Jesus is the Messiah, King not only of the Jews but of the whole world. As the "messianic" passages of the Old Testament were read, they
"predicted" that the non-Jewish nations of the world would come to adore the Jewish messiah (or nation) and would bring international treasures.
"Some of the relevant passages that were alluded to in the Magi story are Isaiah 60:5-6: "...The riches of the sea will flow to you, the wealth of
nations come to you; camels in throngs will cover you, and dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; everyone in Sheba will come, bringing gold and incense and
singing the praise of the Lord."
"Another passage is in the Psalms, 72:10-11: "The kings of Tarshish and of the islands will pay him tribute, the kings of Sheba and Seba will offer
gifts; all kings will do him homage..." Other prophetic texts mention trade in incense and spices, such as Jeremiah 6:20 and Ezekiel 27:22.
"The gifts themselves have symbolism for Christians: frankincense is for Christ's divinity, gold is for his royalty, and myrrh is a symbol of his
eventual Passion and death, since it was used to anoint corpses. The number of the Magi is never specified in the Gospel, though it was assumed they
were three, since there are three gifts mentioned. In the Psalm 72 passage three kings appear, which was one origin of the "We Three Kings" concept.
"What about the Star that the Magi were following? The Christian story is intended to recall the "star of Jacob" mentioned in Numbers 24:17 : "A
star from Jacob takes the leadership..." A star was symbolic of a god, or a deified king, in the ancient Middle East - stars appear on carved
signature seals and wall-carvings.
"There are Zoroastrian legends about the Star of the Magi, that identify it as Tishtrya, or Sirius, the star whose rising heralds the coming of rain.
Sirius first rises in late summer, just before dawn, and in winter nights around the solstice and Christmas it blazes in the sky in the early and
middle evening. Tishtrya is a yazata or guardian spirit, now known as "Tir," whose festival, Tirgan, is celebrated in the summer with much splashing
THE MAGI'S GIFTS: TRIBUTE OR MEDICINE?
"These valuable items were standard gifts to honor a king or deity in the ancient world: gold as a precious metal, frankincense as perfume or
incense, and myrrh as anointing oil.
"In fact, these same three items were apparently among the gifts, recorded in ancient inscriptions, that King Seleucus II Callinicus offered to the
god Apollo at the temple in Miletus in 243 B.C.E. The Book of Isaiah, when describing Jerusalem’s glorious restoration, tells of nations and kings
who will come and “bring gold and frankincense / and shall proclaim the praise of the Lord” (Isaiah 60:6)."
CATHOLIC MEANING OF THE MAGI GIFTS
"From ancient times, gold has been associated with rarity and royalty. Because of its endurance, gold also became associated with immortality. In the
time of Jesus gold was an essential gift for a king or deity.
"Frankincense, also known as olibanum, was also considered precious. The plant-derived, resin-like substance was used for medicinal purposes and in
incense. In presenting frankincense to Jesus, the magi recognized Jesus's role as a priest.
"Myrrh was, in Jesus's time, more valuable than gold. It is obtained from trees which grow in southern Arabia and other parts of the African
continent. Its ancient use was as an analgesic and an embalming element. Myrrh symbolized pain, death and the afterlife. As a gift of the magi, it
foretold of Jesus's suffering and death."
(NOTE: No one argues over the exact three gifts brought to baby Jesus. But the interpretation of those gifts, as you can see, varies. I have also
read other accounts - which I now can't find - That the Magi actually arrived when Jesus was 6-9 months old, and could sit up and grasp things.
This account says that the three gifts were really a Test for the divine babe: If he reached first for Gold, it would confirm his Royal Divinity. If
he reached first for Myrrh, it would confirm he would be a Healer. If he reached first for Frankincense, it would confirm he was to be a Prophet or
Priest. In fact, the babe reached for all three - and confirmed to the Zoraster Magi that the babe was indeed the foretold Son of God.)