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Meet Me in the Center, in the Soul of the World…

Contemplating the hidden good of the center, I thought of this familiar quote:

We join spokes together in a wheel,

but it is the center hole

that makes the wagon move.

We shape clay into a pot

But it is the emptiness inside

That holds whatever we want.

We hammer wood for a house

But it is the inner space

That makes it livable."

—Tao Te Ching

All Things revolve around or encompass a center.  Atoms, cells, people, worlds, systems, galaxies.  In my book The Directory of 33 Systems and Solutions for the New Culture I explain that I once asked my Teacher what would define an “ideal reason” on which to center an intentional community striving for the “best existence obtainable,” being that how one defines their best possible existence is so very subjective.  The response was “Center it on Respite, for there is ever rest and refuge within the center of All Things.”  A five pointed star was drawn, and the number 108 was placed in the center.  I was assured that if I examined the star and the central number, I would better understand how the center is a point of “vibrant stillness,” rest, refuge, respite, et al…  Here I quote from my book:

I know the number 108 as a number of compassion and refuge, so this made sense. For example, when studying the Chakra system one will find that there are 108 energy lines converging in the Heart Chakra. Any who practices mediation, chanting and breath-work will also be familiar with calm developed through work with the number 108.

In Dharma traditions it is the number of names for God. In Islam, it is the number of God‟s name.
In astronomy, it is recognized for its frequent appearances when comparing the distances and measurements of the Sun and Earth. For example, the diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. The distance from the Sun to the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Sun. There are also interesting astronomical correlations between Earth and the star Eta Draconis featuring 108. When Eta Draconis was the Pole Star, the cosmic revelation that is the 108 temples of Angkor Wat was constructed. The last temple, in which 108 is heavily featured, is the terrestrial counterpart of the star Eta Draconis, dedicated to those who are “suffering in the ocean of existence” so as to bestow on them “the ambrosia of remedies to win them immortality.”

In Astrology there are 9 planets moving through 12 constellations, which also happens to multiply to 108.

108 is a number of being immersed in or “deep within” sound, or is even a way of understanding sound itself. This may be best demonstrated by the Sanskrit alphabet which has 54 letters in both a Shiva and Shakti, male and female form, for a total of 108. These pairs are mystically associated to the 54 points of intersection on the healing Sri Yantra, symbolically charging it with “all sounds” and linking it to states of extreme peace and healing. In Tantra, a practice of conscious Union, the Sri Yantra is known as a “sonic mandala”. From the permutations of Sri Yantra and the equilateral pentagon (which always has interior angles of 108º) the proportional equation governing the relationship of the notes to the musical scales is derived.

108 is a Harshad number, which is an integer divisible by the sum of its digits. Harshad is a Sanskrit word meaning “bringing a great joy.”
It is also the extension of the first three Powers in math. 1x4x27=108. (1 to 1st power=1; 2 to 2nd power=4 (2×2); 3 to 3rd power=27 (3x3x3).) And shares various relationships to 666, a number of Union and the Sun:

Example: 6²+6²+6² = 108

5 Creepy Paintings that Predicted Real World Events

 

This link was submitted to me today (thank you!) and I agree it’s worth sharing.

Here is one example, found on the $20 bill. Perhaps because it requires specific folding, it is the one that appears “less believable” to some so I thought I’d comment with two things I find interesting.  First, 20 is the number of Judgment and is associated to the concept of resurrection into eternal life from the tomb that is the material shell.  Second, if the Towers were, in any part, taken down as an act of ritual to unify what has been divided (as some have suggested), then I find it interesting that correctly folded the visible words are “The United America.”

The submission felt rather synchronistic, not only because I had opened Live Writer this morning with the intention of posting here today, but also because I just conversed with my daughter yesterday about literature that has predicted real world events.  Two of the best examples being Edgar Allen Poe’s The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket that foreshadowed events which transpired 46 years later aboard the ship Mignonette and Morgan Robertson’s book The Wreck of the Titan, or Futility, which provides specifics of the sinking of the Titanic 14 years before the ship was ever built.

We are all connected and outside of the material world, time is irrelevant.  When one becomes lost to their passion and inspiration (right brain activity), perhaps like the remote viewer, they can tap into the collective unconscious without the filtering (read: judgment) of the analytical mind (left brain).  Thus reaching beyond the twin-mind to the Collective, One.

The Hidden Good of the Center

Hold up your 10 fingers.  Put down your 5th finger.  Four fingers remain raised on the left hand; five on the right.  4 and 5.  Or, as they teach in elementary math when learning “the shortcut” for figuring multiples of nine – 45.

This is also the total value of all the numbers on the Lo Shu square.  From nine raised fingers or from the numbers one to nine – the same value shows.

Looking through my ever-expanding personal journal on numbers and their associations, I saw that in Hebrew Gematria the name Adam has the normative value of 45.  Jehovah (26) plus Eve (19) also has a value of 45.  Eve, of course, was told of Knowledge, by the Serpent…

Lo Shu Serpent

The 9th Letter of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet is Teth.  It means “serpent.”  I have drawn a basic form of the letter above by starting at five, and drawing through each of the 9 blocks.

Notice how this serpent is turning inward toward itself.  Also notice that it makes 3 1/2 turns from the “tail” in the top-left corner just like the coiled Kundalini.

In the Zohar of Teth it is said, “the good is hidden within it.”  The essence of the idea is the potential for actualization.  Such as the fetus concealed in the womb (for 9 months!).  The soul concealed within the body.  The future hidden in the moment.  The promise of eternity hidden inside the wheels of incarnation (the Phoenician origin of the letter means ‘wheel’).  But maybe most similar to the revelation of the Lo Shu would be the idea of Divine Intelligence as the organizing-good veiled by matter…Heaven hidden within the elements of Nature.

In Hebrew there are nine words/concepts for Beauty with “Goodness” (according to Rabbi Ginsburgh) being the innermost form.  This called to mind the Mason’s Square and Compass with the ‘G’ in the middle.  The Square and Compass has been called the “Emblem of Beauty,”  for they are the tools by which Beauty is formed and Beauty is to be found in their precise middle. (G for Good.  G for God.  G for Gnosis.  Take your pick – they all work.)

The Square and Compass are sometimes rendered in black and white like the Yin Yang.  Heaven encircling from Above.  Earth measuring portions, below.

star compass

This also shows the inherent Peace, Balance and “Good” when the lower worlds are in union with the upper worlds.  Or when the Fire of the Heavens (consciousness) circumscribes the Waters of earth (forms).  Most importantly (to where I’m heading with this) for the Masons the Square and Compass shows “building toward God” from below, while God’s handiwork descends from Above.

Not surprisingly the interlocked Vs of the Square and Compass forms what once was called the Sigil of Saturn.  I mentioned the Sigil of Saturn in my original post on the Lo Shu.

Saturn is the Lord of Time (or our experience-existence within time-space).  His symbols are things like the skeleton-structure and the door called Death.  He holds the sickle of reaping and can appear rather ominous and adversarial.  BUT he’s gotten a bad rap in the modern world.  Once upon a time he was associated to a Golden Age of peace and prosperity for Humanity.  You can find references in the works of Virgil, Hesiod and Ovid, among others.

SQUARE AND COMPASS LO SHU

In the midst of the Saturn Sigil ‘G’ represents the inherent Beauty and Good expressed through the five elements, organized by and proportioned on Above.  The Golden Greatness where material form and spiritual perfection collide.

The planet Saturn corresponds with both “higher and lower Lead” – or Lead as both a metal and a concept. Lead as an alchemical symbol reveals this concept, representing the lusterless Prima Materia or first matter from which the Universe of substance has come forth. That all things are derived of the One Thing and hold the potential to become something greater than they already are speaks of the Union and Peace central to the whole of Creation and implies the potential for transmutation from ordinary Humanity into something greater.  Thus the ‘G’ at the center has also been said to represent the Great Work of alchemical transmutation from the dark, heavy of lead into the bright, light of Gold.

I’ve also heard tell that there’s some intriguing Masonic ciphers associated with the Saturn Sigil placed over the Lo Shu – but I’ll save that for another post.

Lo Shu 2

 

I’ve been thinking a lot about the Lo Shu Square this past week (see previous post).  Last night I made a bunch of diagrams to help me see the information and process.  I decided to share.  

 

loshu (copy)

As a reminder, this is the Lo Shu Square, also called the Square of Saturn. Its eight possible rows each sum to 15.  And it has a lot to say about the mysteries of time and space and the structure of existence.

The 5 in the center of the Square represents “All Things” or perhaps more accurately, the unity in the middle of All Things. In a different symbol tongue it is very literally the rose in the center of the equal-armed cross; that which is central to all elements; the “Hidden Stone” in the midst of the four directions; the magnetism in the center void of our world.  One way of showing this is with the Lo Shu as a compass:

threeloshugridsb

Of course , the center void ultimately represents magnetism. The magnet at the center of the compass that responds to the magnetic forces within the center-void of the earth.

loshu

The diagram above is a simple demonstration of how the structure and arrangement of All Things came from the No-Thing.  Take away that central ingredient that exists within the All and Nothing remains.

LOSHUPAIRS

However, if we just take the 5 out of the equation but leave the other digits as they are, it is easy to see that every square added to its opposite produces 10.  These are the four Polar Pairs.

LOSHUSUN

But if we use the 5, we can easily produce four true equations that can be used to depict motion around the center when the digits of each equation are connected by a line.   (EX: 5+1=6, 5 +3=8)  Some have said that this is precisely how the swastika was born.

loshuelementsun

Given the counterclockwise motion of the branches this is linked this to the “Cycle of Destruction” of the elements.  In this case the word ‘destruction’ implies overcoming, diffusion or even, where the ascent of the Human is concerned, liberation or release from.

Because we are not talking about the Wheel of the Year and the created world, the elements are positioned differently than we otherwise would find them.  Here, the 5 in the center is Earth.  Water comes next in the cycle.  A full-circle is made back to Earth.

Consider that Earth can become diffused through Water and muddy it, Earth can impede Water’s flow, or Earth can be used to destroy the impurities in Water (such as filtering water through sand).  Where the individual is concerned, the physical (Earth) body can similarly either engage in activities that cloud or block the emotional/astral (Water) body or activities that help to make the emotional/astral body healthy and unburdened.  In turn, Water can dampen Fire’s light and warmth, or it can extinguish an unwelcome inferno.  Just as the emotions can overcome an individual’s state of consciousness (here represented by Fire), with a lapse into unconscious emotional patterns; or the emotions and sensations can be used like a guidance system to help liberate the Inner Fire.  And on like this, around.  So that the conscious construct either diffuses or overcomes the mind (Air); and the thoughts of the mind either burden or elevate the vitalizing forces (ether), which then destroys or enriches the physical vessel.

This is how I’d normally place the elements based on the Lo Shu (where the center is the Quintessence, Ether):

threeloshugridsa

This relates to Hermetic material which suggests the first expression of Becoming emerged from No-Thing into Some-Thing with four fundamental properties that are inherent in All-Things within the material Universe.  Some sources say these are the four elements, and that the elements are responsible for the qualities or temperaments of the Universe (i.e. Hot, Dry, Cold, Moist).  While other sources say that the temperaments actually represent “character traits” of the original conscious expression, and that these became the elements. (EX:  In this line of thinking ,  “I AM came forth in Silence,” is translated as the Universal quality of "cold.”)

There’s insight to be harvested from both ways of thinking, and maybe some additional clarity can be found in this depiction, sometimes called “the key” to understanding Alchemy:

ELEMENTSLOSHUQUALITIES

Here, the idea is that the four fundamental properties inherent to the composition of the material Universe are solids, liquids, gases and plasmas.  The four elements and the four qualities are then simply descriptions of our experience (of the properties of the central One manifesting the All-Things).   So, in other words, we call the “solid-state” (of vibration) “Earth.”  If something is solid has encountered Fire, it can become dry (like ash); a solid-liquid is cold.  Everything within the boxes represents an intermingling spectrum of expressions. So, for example, Earth infused with Liquid is moist.  Scorched Earth is hot.  Smile

This reminds me of another eightfold model filed away in my brain that also fits with the Lo Shu Square:

threeloshugrids

In this arrangement the four fundamental properties of the void’s externalized reflection are Height, Depth, Width and Magnitude.  These properties manifest within a spectrum of four phenomenon or abilities – temperature, mobility, solidity and adaptability (i.e. fluidity).

loshuorigina

Exploring the arrangement of the fundamental properties of course brought the source of these associations, the trigrams of the I-Ching, to mind.  With translations:

loshuorigin

Because this has to do with the created world, it is representative of the Wheel of the Year and can be paired with the Yin-Yang Calendar-Wheel given in the previous post, like this:

LOSHUYEAR

This shows the fundamental properties relative to the Sun, and the four fixed-signs of the Zodiac, commonly associated to the even-numbers and the spokes of the Wheel of Time (as are the corners of the Lo Shu Square).  While the Zodiac signs don’t necessarily align with their traditional elemental association, I did find some interesting correspondences between the rising of the fixed-star associated to each sign and both the trigram and the phenomenon associated to that square.  For example, Aldebaran is the “Might of Taurus,” is called the “fiery eye” and brings the heat.  Like the environment “Lake,” the sign is also strongly associated to reflection, harmony…and even stagnation.

loshupersonality

 

This reminds of the character-trait grid derived from the trigrams.  Heaven creates.  Earth receives.  The Mind needs arousing.  The Heart needs stilling.

Well, this is what I got out of my head last night.  As the wheels are still churning, I’m sure more is forthcoming.

The Lo Shu Matrix

January 25, 2012 1 comment

 

In the last few months I’ve been researching legends surrounding the last Emperor of China’s mythical period, the Great Emperor Yu.  This research is for another writing project I’ve undertaken, but there’s something I want to share that I think will be of interest to readers here…

Have you heard of the Lo Shu Square?  I was pretty sure I hadn’t until I saw it in its modern, simplified form.  A 3×3 magic square composed of the numbers 1 to 9, with 5 forever in the center, and the four even numbers always in the corners.  I have known it as the magic square of the number 15, also called The Square of Saturn:

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As soon as I understood what I was looking at, I knew it was so much more than what I had give it credit for!

The Chinese word Lo is often generically translated as ‘river’, but in this case specifically implies the river Lo.  The word Shu means ‘scroll’.  Legend says that the Great Emperor Yu walked along the river Lo during a time of great flooding to analyze why the river god was refusing the people’s sacrifices to stop the flood.  However, as Yu is most remembered for the engineering feats that gave China control of their waters, his famous walk along the river Lo probably had more to do with analysis and less to do with appeasing a river god.  At any rate, all stories congeal that it was the back of a turtle shell that provided Yu with his answers.  Presumably, what was drawn would have been something like this image that first introduced me to the Lo Shu Square:

Lo Shu tortoise

Note that the black square-dots in the corners represent even numbers.  Because they are black and square-shaped they represent Yin energy.  As such, the four corners are called “the numbers of the earth.” Just like earth has its four cardinal points. The white circles represent odd numbers and Yang energy.  They are called, “the numbers of Heaven.”  The whole thing together is also called the Nine Hall Diagram.  It is said to explain the relationships between earth and Heaven.  It is strongly connected to the nine directions (8 compass points, plus the center), the nine “pure colors” (3 primary, 4 secondary, plus black and white) and the nine temperaments (correlated to the interactions of Hot and Cold).  There are plenty of modern sources which connect the diagram to the  most profound mysteries of time and space.

It seems that Emperor Yu devised a system from this diagram that allowed the region to control their river.  My guess is that it worked with his irrigation canals in a time-based fashion, being used to track the opening and closing of the spillways.  This comes to mind because there are eight planes in which we can arrive at the sum of 15 (3 vertical, 3 horizontal, 2 diagonal) and in the traditional Chinese calendar each month is 15 days, with the 24-month year being mystically divided into three, eight-month periods (called Existence, Different and Same; the three that produce all things according to the Tao).  Thus during each of these three periods it would be easy enough to have associated one of the eight ternary groups to a month.  It is also worth noting that, like the square, this traditional calendar wheel was conceived of as an expression of Yin-Yang:

Solar

The first of the three mystical periods starts at the bottom-center of the wheel with New Year’s Day, marked by the  New Moon (this is a lunisolar calendar), and moves left toward the Vernal (Spring) Equinox.  This period is associated to Existence or what the Greeks called ‘Harmony’ or the “preferable middle.”  The next 8 month period is associated to ‘Different’ or, in Greek Philosophies, ‘Proportion’.  Then comes ‘Same’ or, ‘Symmetry.’

In the texts of the Bible, these 24 stations of the Sun are called the “24 Elders,” originally alternating between male and female pairs or “four twins” per 8 month period.  These four divisions or twins roughly align with four zodiac signs, so that each sign is ruled by a male and female “Elder.” They are said to reflect the original four cell-divisions of Human gestation, among other things to do with your existence within time and space, and orientating yourself therein.  (Interestingly, the number 15 belongs to Saturn, who is Lord our existence within time-space.)

The center of the Lo Shu Square is called the undivided and the ultimate, containing within itself all elements and therefore, all things.  And indeed, we find the center symbolized by the number 5, which is the number of elements.  More than symbolized, I guess, as when all numbers are connected in their numeric order, 5 is the central number of the sequence and right where it belongs in the center!  As the zero-point of the diagram, imagine that the undivided center was instead assigned ‘0’.  Unfold from the center the four directions of space.  Now you have five-spaces accounted for, the five Halls of Heaven where odd or Yang numbers would be placed.  This is the cross of the five elements within the square (four around the original one) and defines the “Wheel of Space.”  In each corner, at the four diagonals belonging to the even numbers, fix a pillar or stone of Yin.  These are the posts which turn the “Wheel of Time.”

It is these 8 directions around the center that are said to give birth to the 8 trigrams of the I Ching or “Book of Changes.”  Even so, these 8 trigrams were mystically revealed to the Emperor Fu Xi and actually predate the specific formulation of the Lo Shu Square itself; or more accurately probably presents the original way in which the Square was perceived.   I say this because the 8 trigrams are composed of 24 lines, half are broken and symbolize Yin and half are unbroken and symbolize Yang.  These lines are then stacked in groups of three (hence the word trigram), comprising the 8 symbols, which represent the four basic elements (fire, water, earth and heaven) and the four phenomenon (wind, lake, thunder-storm and mountain).  This calls to mind the eight ternary groups of the Lo Shu that sum to 15, which in essence are 24 digits, half Yin, half Yang, grouped into eight 3 digit arrangements, no differently than the construction of the I Ching.  From here we can arrive at the DNA code and all sorts of other wonders.  Indeed, great mysteries of astrology, astronomy, geography, biology and anatomy can be explained through this specific way of organizing and examining the numbers 1 to 9!

Given the concept of symbolic representation or “As Above, So Below;” it is no wonder that in the time of Emperor Yu everything from the nine provinces of the empire, to the layout of the temples, to the management of time, to the methods of divination, to the arrangement of the “Nine Wells” that dictate how rice is planted and maintained – came to be ruled by the Lo Shu matrix.

Bring into this correlations to the Solfeggio and the Rodin Vortex and what you have is the work of this brilliant site, appropriately called The Lo Shu Matrix!

 

 

Saturn's Intelligence

Roman Numbers in Gematria

In Latin there were originally 6 letters assigned to a Number value, as follows:

I = 1

V= 5

X= 10

L= 50

C= 100

D= 500

It became so common to write two D’s for 1000 that they were eventually combined into an M-like shape to perfect the Number system.  However, put that aside a moment and take a look … you might find it rather interesting that the Gematria of the above letters adds up to 666 (1+5+10+50+100+500=666)!

Base Numbers, Astrology Patterns, the Bible and More…

Quite some time ago I promised to return to the correlations between three-fold arrangements of the base numbers (popularized by Rodin and your telephone’s key pad), the 3 Mother Letters, and the 12 Zodiac Signs… This post is long overdue.

As previously mentioned, it was a discussion about Marko Rodin, the Rodin Solution, and sound frequency that served as my first introduction to “Key 528″.  Within that discussion it was brought to my attention that, albeit differently ordered, these numbers (2, 5,8) represent the same “row” of base numbers and are often found together in important ways.  I immediately recognized these numbers in my world as the positions of the first three Fixed Zodiac Signs.  The other two number triplets (1,4,7 and 3,6,9), are the Cardinal and Mutable Signs, respectively.

This seemingly simple mental click continues to unfold for me.

One of the first places it took me was to the Cross of the Kingdom (of the Tree of Life), also called the Elemental or Greek Cross.  Each arm of this cross belongs to one of the four elements found on the Zodiac Wheel thus there is an arm each for Fire, Water, Air, and Earth.  Starting at the first Sign, Aries, a Fire Sign, and moving counterclockwise through each Elemental arm in its aforementioned order, we also spiral through each base number triplet in turn.  This specific order of the Elements is said to represent the “original” formula of  crossing oneself, where Fire is the center of the forehead, Water is the Heart or groin, Air is the right shoulder, and Earth, the left.  This right to left motion symbolizes Liberation from the Cross, not descent as is commonly claimed (the reason being found within the formulary of this specific cross).

The three shaded squares are the last three Signs, not directly represented by base numbers:

This counterclockwise motion brings to mind banishing (as in the opposite of invocation).  This is the same notion as release from matter or Ascent.  We can think of it as the clock’s hands going backwards, taking us outside of Time.

In the system I Work with and write about often, this sort of action (i.e. banishing component-elements  not in Service to one’s Greatest Good) begins with the South and the element Air.  This was in the back of my mind when examining a drawing rendered from the The Midrash, depicting the Shevatim or (Twelve) Tribes.

As shown on the table below, when we begin with the South and move counterclockwise, positioning the Tribes according to the direction they are traditionally assigned and placing alongside them their related Zodiac Sign (corollary to a Tribe’s flag), we have a tidy revelation of the base number triplets.  What’s more, we can again see that each triplet, as I’ve described, emanates from one of three Qualities or “Mothers”:

The first time I composed this table, I shaded in the three Signs given to the West as they are represented by the non-base numbers.  This is the same thing I  did with the Elemental Cross above.

Then I read about what Marco Rodin refers to as the “Mathematical Fingerprint of God“.  Specifically, I read that he reduces the multiple digits back into single digits in the same way Manly P. Hall describes “Pythagorean Numerology”.  In this way, cycles repeat.  Thus what I would have previously conceptually discarded on some level as simply the non-base numbers, I now perceive as another turn (or even a certain completion) of the spiral; “10, 11, 12″ are simply “1,2,3″ in another guise!

This is what Rodin calls the Mathematical Fingerprint of God:

It is the starting point of Rodin’s Vortex Based Mathematics and is used to generate a model of the Universe with perfect mathematical coherence on all six-axis.  This grabbed my attention as, within my own construct, the six-axis underlay the  creation (or Becoming) of the Universe.

You will notice this fingerprint highlights one triplet in particular – 3,6,9.  These are the “control numbers” of the trinary Universe and can be witnessed in the Mutable Signs.  The other six base numbers come together to form an astounding, infinitely repeating pattern (1,2,4,8,7,5)…

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1×2=2

2×2=4

4×2=8

8×2=16 … 1+6=7

16×2=32 … 3+2=5

32×2=64 … 6+4=10 … 1+0=1

64×2=128 … 1+2+8=11 … 1+1=2

In the Mathematical Fingerprint these numbers form a manner of infinity sign, pierced by time’s arrow, 3, 6, and 9.  Or, in another perspective closely related to the Tree of Life, this arrangement of numbers can be seen to depict apparent opposites joined by a 3rd thing.  Perhaps “effect” made known by its “cause”, or the world pillars and the Knowledge inherent to the equilibrium between them.

This brought to mind an arrangement I’d summarized around the same time I’d summarized the Tribes – the 12 stones on the Breast Plate of the High Priest (also called the Breast Plate of Judgment).  In this case, the arrangement is not by Quality but by Quadruplicity (aka Element).  The three Primary Qualities (of Conscious Being), or Mother “strands”, are multiplied through the Four Elements:

Associations between the stones and the Signs are not necessarily by modern assignment, but taken from the tradition that each stone was engraved “with only six letters” selected from the name of each Tribe’s patriarch (so that the entire breast plate bore a specific arrangement of 72 letters, each letter also representative of one of the 72 names of God).  What stands out to me here is that the Mutable Signs are, as with Rodin’s Mathematical Fingerprint of God, preserved together, whereas the Fixed and Cardinal Signs are joined together onto opposite sides.

In the two columns where the Qualities are co-mingled, the Zodiac Signs are still distributed into the column containing their specific axis or polarity.  Example – Aries, the 1st Sign, is in the same column with its pole, Libra, the 7th Sign.  In this way, the Zodiac can just as easily be thought of as Six-Axis as it can be thought of as 12 Signs.

Then taking this same strain a bit further, within a model of Becoming (Creation) based on the Tree of Life, the Zodiac can ultimately be seen as the three Primary Qualities (of Conscious Being), or Mother “strands”.  Unfolding in the direction of “less perfection” (more separation), these Mothers gain polarity (as a friend put it, the “strands” are then conceptualized by their end-points instead of as the strand-entire).  Now there are six.  In the material realm this pattern again divides, duplicates, and/or otherwise expands so that each of the  six “end-points” actually emanate into our witness as a pair of Signs.  This pair, we see in polar opposite.  Example – Aries is the Sign of Self, Libra is the Sign of Others.

In this way, the 12 Signs of the Zodiac can be seen as Six-Axis positioned on three Mother strands of consciousness.  Again you can see how each of the number triplets emanate from one of these Mothers:

Another interesting aspect to this arrangement worthy of noting before closing out is that the pairs containing the 1st three Zodiac Signs and their polarities pertain to the extremes of personal expression and the collective identity, while the pairs containing the 2nd three Zodiac Signs and their polarities pertain to the extremes of personal identity and collective expression.

Also, where the Mothers are concerned…

the strand presenting as the Fixed Signs is mystically referred to as ‘WILL’

the strand presenting as the Cardinal Signs is mystically referred to as ‘REFLECT’

and

the strand presenting as the Mutable Signs is mystically referred to as ‘CHANGE’.

These configurations are also regarded as the three Cherubim.  Take a close look at the strand presenting as the Fixed Signs, and you might recognize the Cherubim having a face of a Bull, a Lion, an Eagle (Scorpio, Raised), and a Man…

Thus in summary:

(Pillar 2, Cardinal) REFLECT = 1,4,7,1 = Fire, Water, Air, Earth

(Pillar 0, Fixed) WILL = 2,5,8,2 = Earth, Fire, Water, Air

(Pillar 1, Mutable) CHANGE = 3,6,9,3 = Air, Earth, Fire, Water

VIDEO: Manly P. Hall Lecture – Tragedy of the Broken Doll

February 26, 2010 1 comment

Manly P. Hall is a proponent of the Universal Spirit of Truth.  He largely served as my point of introduction to the Wisdom Traditions, and I respect him.  Greatly, in fact.

His work flowed serendipitously into my life at the age of 19 (I’m 36 now, I do not mind saying).  The first time, I set the book on the coffee table like art.  It was art in many ways, but art more worthy of a pedestal than a coffee table and I hadn’t realized it yet.  The second time, when similar but peculiar circumstances produced the same random gifting of the same rare book, I paid attention.

I found that I really connect to the Astrological thread that is woven throughout, and draws together, the vast composition of his life’s efforts.  This is the same thread I referred to as the Universal Spirit, which can provide relief from misconceived dogmas and unfold the understanding of Humanity as ONE.

I find myself returning to his words time and again; a body of work astounding in both breadth and depth.  Which brings me to my purpose here today – his lecture series alone comprises over 26 hours of audio, and this lecture numbers among my favorites.  When I saw it in my updates, I had to pass it along:

Intelligence

Sweet friend MM posted this and I am compelled to share.  I’ve been reading much about Egypt lately, so it felt especially timely on a personal level, but more than this, it isn’t often I come across material which speaks to the cyclic nature of consciousness and intelligence!

While it’s the 2nd of a 5 part series, the information stands on its own…

Magical Egypt : Intelligence

Video: The Preisthood of Amen-Ra, Liber Oz, and The Eyes of the World

This isn’t my standard video flavor per se, nor is it often that I devote an entire 10 minutes to just one such video, but this one hooked me, and kept me that way.  Not only that, when it was done I went to the Labyrinth of the Psychonaut for more!  It’s not even that I necessarily agree with every word being said, but more that I appreciate the brilliance with which the narrator weaves together valuable revelations of the Great Synchro-Mystery and provokes experiences with contemplation…

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