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The images and texts published in these posts were created by Francis Donald. His wonderfully evocative images and inspiring writings help us to more fully understand the nature of astrological signs, and the esoteric concepts underlying their meaning and power.
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A Word goes forth from out the central point of the Cardinal Cross. That word takes the form of a winged cosmic sphere– the rarefied embodiment of a monad expressing the will to incarnate. The soul, mirroring that noumenal form, projects its own mental substance into phenomenal appearance. This is the highest aspect of the threefold outer form– created so that the soul might once again enter the realm of time and space– and thereby continue its journey on the Path of Return. “Matter is the vehicle for the manifestation of soul on this plane of existence, and soul is the vehicle on a higher plane for the manifestation of spirit, and these three are a trinity synthesized by life which pervades them all.” Secret Doctrine I. p. 80
Incarnation by Francis Donald
But there is another way to read this image: After aeons of incarnations the soul-infused personality has built its antahkarana– and now stands free of the three worlds of human endeavor. The soul responds and prepares to draw its shadow back into itself. “The ‘divine intermediary’ is no longer required. The ‘Son of God Who is the Son of Mind’ dies; the ‘veil of the temple is rent in twain from the top to the bottom’; the fourth initiation is passed, and there then comes the revelation of the Father.”
The Soul, from Incarnation, by Francis Donald
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Geometry: This month continues a new section in these notes that describes the geometry underlying these full moon images. Here the soul uses the Fibonacci spiral, a function of the golden ratio, as a tool to open a passage into the realm of time and space. You can see here a man’s mental sheath being created– a web of spirals emanates from the aura of the soul and finds resonance in its reflection below.
The Great Bear “Aries is, as might be expected, closely connected with the Great Bear but peculiarly so with one of the stars called The Pointers; these point to the Pole star which is at this time a major “star of direction.” Direction, will, purpose and plan are all connected with the solar Logos and with His evolutionary undertakings in connection with the many lives manifesting in the vehicle of expression which we call the solar system. All these respond to the influences of the first ray, which is the energy of divine embodied will, esoterically described as “unavoidable directed purpose.” Esoteric Astrology p. 195
The Cardinal Cross: “Aries is one of the constellations of the Cardinal Cross of the heavens. This is the cross of God, the Father, and, therefore, of the incarnating monad. It is the expression of will or power as it expresses itself through the great creative process.” Esoteric Astrology p. 91
Aries: “The keynotes of the sign Aries are four in number, all conveying the same idea. They can be expressed in the following four injunctions which are given, symbolically, to the incarnating soul:
- Express the will to be and do.
- Unfold the power to manifest.
- Enter into battle for the Lord.
- Arrive at unity through effort.
Creation—Being—Activity—Strife—Synthesis, these are the nature of the Lord of the first constellation and enable Him to influence our planet to these results.” Esoteric Astrology 93
Keywords: For man– “Let form again be sought.”
For the Initiate– I come forth and from the plane of mind I rule.”
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“Matter is the vehicle for the manifestation of soul on this plane of existence, and soul is the vehicle on a higher plane for the manifestation of spirit, and these three are a trinity synthesized by life which pervades them all.” Secret Doctrine I. p.80
The Hierophant, by Francis Donald
Through the one-pointed efforts of the soul, the struggling jiva is inexorably drawn towards its true Self until finally, after æons of focused endeavor, the disciple’s mental, emotional, and physical vehicles are brought into alignment. ‘The Hierophant’ depicts this moment– when the soul Presence penetrates the disciple’s brain and thus confirms the fact of the soul’s existence. “This knowledge renders the hitherto assumed reality of the three worlds futile to attract and hold, and is the first step, out of the fourth, into the fifth kingdom.” Treatise on White Magic p. 55
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Aries: This ‘first step’ is the province of Aries– the sign of beginnings– the ‘birthplace of divine ideas’. Though passage into the physical realm comes through Cancer, it was in Aries that the originating idea of each human being’s first incarnation was sent forth (a concept depicted in the image ‘Incarnation’). Aeons later, it is again through Aries that the 2nd great impulse is sent forth– this time opening the Way onto the Path of Return.
Aries rules the head, and it is through the ‘lesser fire of mind’ that the “jungles of experience are set on fire and dissolve in flames” Esoteric Astrology p. 95
Note the path of lightning in this month’s piece– from its origins in the mind of the Hierophant, whose outstretched arms define the arc of the disciple’s initiatory experience, down into the head, heart, and solar plexus of the jiva. This electric fire is the particular province of Uranus, which rules the occult Way. Note also that the eyes of the soul, representing soul consciousness, intersect this experiential arc, for Uranus “… symbolizes the effect of the soul upon the personality.” Esoteric Astrology p. 300
The Geometry of Aries is the initiating point– the “point of Light within the Mind of God.” The ability to apprehend this point is described in ‘A Treatise On White Magic’:
“Through the gradually growing synthesis of the meditation process carried on by the soul on its own plane and that of the aspirant, the man manifests (in the physical brain) a point of light which has been occultly lighted on the plane of the mind.” Treatise on White Magic p. 93
Uranus, the Hierarchical ruler of Aries, “… rules the occult Way and is, in an esoteric sense, connected with the Hierophant of the Mysteries of Initiation.” The following quote sheds much light on how Uranus and Mercury together rule in Aries: “Uranus embodies the energy of the seventh ray and its work is analogous to that of Mercury, for the seventh ray is the ray which relates spirit and matter and brings together electric fire and fire by friction, thus producing manifestation. Uranus leads the soul to the burning ground during the final stages of the Path, when the fire of Aries and the fires engendered through the potency of Uranus produce the flaming heat of the final burning ground.” Esoteric Astrology p. 100.
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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