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by Francis Donald
‘Chrysalis’: “In the first cycle of experience upon the wheel, the soul itself is in captivity to substance; it has come down into the prison house of matter and linked itself to form.” Esoteric Astrology, p. 116
A disciple finds himself between the night of the form-world and the dawn of soul contact. Through the crisis of death– “death of desire, death of the personality and of all which holds him between the pairs of opposites” Esoteric Astrology, p. 127. Pluto (shown in this image midway between the moon and the dawn light) has shifted this disciple’s focus away from the world of form to a place of deep introspection, yet still the radiance of the higher realms are hidden from his inner sight.
As he has throughout the long ages of his existence– and will many times again in the aeons that lie before him– our Piscean native prepares for death. He retreats deep within himself– to a place that stands between the night of the form-world and the dawn of that which will follow. He is swayed in turn by both, and as he struggles against fear, the moon’s troubled waters fill him with doubt: form ever clings to the past, while the inner spark leaps towards its Source. In the midst of his struggle, unseen and unheard, a Lord of Will spirals from the inner realms into this outer place. His Presence fills our seeker with peace. In this moment of profound calm, the gateway into ‘life more abundant’ flashes across the disciple’s inner vision– and he realizes that death, as he has learned to view it, is an illusion born of fear. He releases his grip on the past, and the form-world loses its hold on him. He shifts his ‘point of tension’ beyond the chrysalis– which now appears to him as a binding sheath– and following his sutratma, the silver thread that has anchored him in his body, passes through the narrow passage.
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Geometry: As a metaphor for passage between planes of consciousness, this Piscean image uses the double helix (without the lateral connecting lines). Here, the energy of this double spiral surrounds the 1st ray Master who is presiding over the death of our seeker. Through focused intent He opens a passage into the higher realms. Another almost invisible double helix embraces Pluto, whose work of separating form from formless can be seen unfolding above and below this deeply mysterious planet.
The Portal is an opening into another state of consciousness. This image depicts two related but radically different such gateways. Our seeker must pass through the narrow neck of the chrysalis, whereas the 1st ray Lord can move at will between the planes that separate form from the formless realms. Sounding forth a note of dissolution, He raises his arms, and through His focused intent a wide flame-like opening appears, imbued with the Presence of the ‘Silent Watcher.’
“The first ray is the controller of the death drama in all kingdoms—a destruction of forms which brings about release of power and permits ‘entrance into Light through the gateway of Death.’” Esoteric Psychology I, p. 64
Pluto: Our Piscean disciple has moved beyond the expansive control of Jupiter, Pisces’ exoteric ruler. Its influence has passed to Pluto (Pisces’ esoteric and hierarchical ruler), where it functions as the ‘Opener of the Door’ and the ‘Liberator from Form.’ You can see Pluto’s influence in action here– the ‘Lord of Death’ compels form, which is under the rule of the Moon, to return to Earth (‘dust to dust’), while that which survives this dissolution is released into the dawn of life beyond the realm of physical form.
“[The disciple] comes through Pluto—under the destroying power of death—death of desire, death of the personality and of all which holds him between the pairs of opposites, in order to achieve the final liberation. Pluto or death never destroys the consciousness aspect.” Esoteric Astrology, p. 127
Pisces: “It is the interplay of these dual potencies (1st and 2nd ray) which precipitates the process of transmutation and eventual escape through death.” Esoteric Astrology, p. 125
“Pisces governs the feet and hence the whole thought of progress, of attaining the goal, and the treading of the Path of Return has been the underlying spiritual revelation of the great cycle through which we are passing.” Esoteric Astrology, p. 128
The 1st Ray Master: “The Lords of Will and Sacrifice come down into manifestation to redeem matter and raise the lives by which it is informed. This is the subjective purpose, underlying the sacrifice of these divine Lives Who are qualified by knowledge, love and will, and animated by ceaseless persevering devotion. They seek to bring about the death of the form in its occult significance and the consequent release of the indwelling lives into a higher state of consciousness.” Esoteric Astrology, p. 116-7
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‘Eye of the Soul’: “…upon the reversal of the wheel, [the soul] proceeds to detach itself from the personality and re-attach itself in consciousness to the One Who sent it forth. Such is the climaxing story of Pisces.” Esoteric Astrology, p. 116.
‘Eye of the Soul’ depicts the next stage of the Piscean process. A fish (representing the vehicle of personality consciousness) and its rider (the captive soul) have together navigated the waters of the lower quaternary for countless æons. Inexorably drawn by his monad, the ‘little one’ urges his Piscean vehicle to lift itself beyond its own watery element. Together they emerge from the dark waters of substance. But in the rare atmosphere of soul contact, the fish, which is the personality aspect, occultly ‘dies’. If you look closely you’ll see the night sky filled with those ‘fish’ who have gone before. This represents the transformative agency of Pluto, for as Djwhal Khul (DK) says, “Pluto never destroys the consciousness aspect.” Esoteric Astrology, p. 127
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The Geometry for this Pisces cycle is the point within the triangle, which, DK tells us, represents the Christ Himself. Take a look at the image and you’ll see that it is this point– the ‘solar eye’– with which the ‘eye of the fish’, or personality consciousness, aligns itself.
The following quote describes the work of the Christ (whose eyes can be seen in this image near the top of the circle of geometrical forms), “As Dispenser of the Water of Life and as Nourisher of the Little Ones, He enters upon His duties in the Aquarian Age, whilst at the centre of the Triangle, He influences, enlightens, and produces right relations in the masses of men. In the coming era, He will, therefore, be known as:
- The Point within the Triangle.
- The Dispenser of the Water of Life.
- The Nourisher of the Little Ones.
…As the Point within the Triangle, Christ becomes the awakener of the hearts of men.
… As Nourisher of the Little Ones, we are dealing with an aspect of Christ’s work which involves the stimulation of the consciousnesses of His disciples… The result of His work in the Triangle with the masses of men will be the presentation of the first initiation” The Reappearance of the Christ, p. 83, 86
But the point within the triangle also stands at the center of all geometrical forms, and thus at the center of the entire form-world– for spirit substands matter in all its permutations. Again to the image: Drawn by the light of higher mind (represented by the light issuing from the top triangle of the pentagon), the ‘little one’ passes up through the denser layers of the form-world becoming ever more transparent as he ascends.
A different but related perspective on this point within the triangle is given in Discipleship in the New Age, Volume II, “…the initiate, standing upon the point within the triangle and not upon the square, sees (in a flash of time) the great aligning procedure which will carry him from the immediate point of revelation on to the final glory…” Discipleship in the New Age, II, p. 399
The Astrological Symbols: The solar ‘point within the circle’ rises triumphant from the substanding lunar realm, while Neptune, which was conjunct the luminaries at the time of the Piscean new moon (for the first time since 1849), represents the Christ. “Neptune is known esoterically as the Initiator. In certain ancient formulas, the great Teacher of the West and the present world Initiator, Christ, is spoken of as Neptune, Who rules the ocean…” Esoteric Astrology, p. 219. For the personality (fish), the ‘eye’, formed by these three planets conjunct the point within the triangle, represents, the ‘eye of vision’, or intuition, which opens, DK tells us, “when duality is being overcome.” Discipleship in the New Age, II, p. 51. The interplay between these four conjunct symbols tells the story of the entire image.
The 1st and 2nd Rays: “…part of the work of [1st ray] Pluto is to ‘cut the thread which binds the two opposing lives together’.” Through Jupiter, Pisces is also ruled by the 2nd ray. “It is the activity consequently of the second ray force which relates soul and form and brings the two together, and this magnetic potency is peculiarly descriptive of the activity of Pisces.”
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Second invitation letter from Michael Robbins:
Dear Friends of Humanity and Disciples Aspiring Towards the Light of Wisdom,
We soon begin the eighth year of meditation and study within the Morya Federation—a federated group of esoteric schools bridging towards the New and Future Schools of Esotericism which are beginning to appear around the world. Their initial appearance may be anticipated perhaps in decades, and their full appearance perhaps in centuries; nevertheless the bridge must be built.
The Ageless Wisdom is the “pearl of great price”. It has been given to us through the tremendous sacrifice of Masters and high initiates. We must finally come to recognize this. When the opportunity exists to deeply study and meditation upon the Ageless Wisdom (and to enhance our service to humanity as a result of our meditation and study), the opportunity must be taken, if we are even truly to join the ranks of those who are the Custodians of the Divine Plan.
Please go to the Morya Federation Website (www.moryafederation.com) and press the tab called Applications. There you will find the opportunity to apply for one of three of our educational programs: Meditation Quest, Great Quest or Quest Universal. Please examine the website and learn about the Morya Federation, its programs and its purposes. We look forward to receiving one of your completed Applications shortly, so you can be ready to start your studies at the December Solstice, December 21st, 2015. This is the time when Master DK recommended for beginning the yearly cycle of the new esoteric schools. And if you are a former student of the Federation, we will be pleased to re-welcome you for the continuation of your studies. On the Path of Spirituality leading to liberation, we must never give up!
Light, Love and Power,
Michael D. Robbins, Ph.D., Ph.D.E.
Director: Morya Federation
President: University of the Seven Rays and Seven Ray Institute
First invitation letter from Michael Robbins:
Dear Prospective Students of the Morya Federation,
The Morya Federation is an esoteric school bridging towards the Future Preparatory Schools of Meditation about which the Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul, writes so inspiringly in His book, Letters on Occult Meditation. At the Morya Federation we have embraced as much of the Master’s extensive, proposed esoteric curriculum as is possible for us at this time. We seek to give students who wish to expand their understanding of the Realities of Life a comprehensive and deep exposure to the Ageless Wisdom which, if truth be told, is far older than our planet, Earth.
Every year at this time I begin to write those who may have an interest in going deeper in the understanding of the Great Mysteries which the Spiritual Hierarchy of our planet is now urgently presenting to the human race. Ever since the emergence of the great Initiate, Helena P. Blavatsky in the late 19th century (and her monumental words, Isis Unveiled and The Secret Doctrine) the Spiritual Hierarchy has been making a concerted effort to increase the spiritual light, spiritual love and spiritual will of the human race so that the great transformation which is anticipated for humanity may occur according to the Divine Plan. Alice A. Bailey (working with the Tibetan Master) continued this invaluable presentation for another thirty years—from 1919 to 1949. It has not been easy but, in many ways, the presentation has been successful, and we, at the Morya Federation, seek to be of assistance to the Great Ones in Their great task of assisting in the redemption of humanity.
We are beginning our eighth year at the Morya Federation on December 22nd, 2015. I will hold our annual Inaugural Meditation (which will include the exact moment of the December Solstice) on that date for all students (both new students and the veteran students who have been with us for some years or even from the very beginning). I hope your deep thought and meditation brings you to join us as participants in our Educational Program which lasts from one to eight years (or more, according to your will-to-complete and on your background in Trans-Himalayan Esotericism).
When you go to our Morya Federation Website (www.moryafederation.com) you will learn all about our Educational Federation and its programs. Please go there, read about what we offer, take your time to read carefully, and if you feel inspired by the possibilities, go to the Application Section, and choose to fill out one of our three types of Applications for 1) Meditation Quest (our Introduction to Meditation Program); 2) Great Quest (our Introductory Esoteric Psychology Program); or 3) Quest Universal (our Advanced Program in Esoteric Studies).
When one carefully examines the condition of humanity’s psyche, one easily sees the maya, glamor and illusion which excessively influence human thought and action. The unfortunate state of consciousness of so many in the Family of Humanity simply must change if we are to emerge as we should into the Age of Aquarius. The Ageless Wisdom holds the key to a far deeper understanding of the nature and destiny of the Human Family and of the aspiring individual within that family. Compared with the distorted and, even, childish visions which animate so many hundreds of millions, a true understanding of the Ageless Wisdom is seen as absolutely essential to humanity’s successful development. Bringing the Ageless Wisdom to humanity will require many intelligent men and women of goodwill, many servers, who are well-versed in its lore—students and teachers who understand it in depth. This potential for acquiring in-depth understanding (and the application in service of what is understood) is what we offer at the Morya Federation, the programs of which cover the wide range of esoteric thought—from the fundamentals all the way to the deeper and more abstruse levels of esotericism.
Please do go to our Morya Federation Website and take a good look at what we offer. If you wish to serve your fellow human beings by going deeply into the art and science of meditation and into esoteric studies (and inspiring others with what you have learned), then choose to fill out one of the three types of Applications and join us in the quest for true enlightenment – which will inevitably be followed by deeper service to your fellow human beings.
If you are already a member of the Morya Federation (either as a student or Faculty) please share this letter with those you know who may be interested in and may benefit from our educational programs. Many students illumined by the Ageless Wisdom are needed to help humanity make the great transition which lies before it—a transition into the fifth kingdom of nature, the Kingdom of Souls. This will signify the First Initiation of Humanity. We can hasten the arrival of this great unfoldment of consciousness if our will to meditation, study and service is of adequate strength!
Light, Love and Power:
Michael D. Robbins: Ph.D., Ph.D.E.: Director, Morya Federation; President, University of the Seven Rays and Seven Ray Institute