Part One – Versions of the Cross
In my previous post, I mentioned that we can reflect on the April Grand Cross in our skies, as an emblem of noble human qualities. Not surprisingly, it is struck for the highest orders of knighthood.
Here is a small gallery of Maltese crosses:
The portrait of Sir Geoffrey (painted in Oslo, in 1988, showing his CBE) reveals my early fascination with medals. I researched them carefully, and went into a rather mystic state when painting them. For me, the mystic dimension has great precision – far more so than the muddle of our beliefs in life. I intuited them as elder emblems of human value. I was attracted to their geometry and detail. At that time I was just about to study Kabbalah.
The two final crosses show the cardinal points with their zodiac signs – fire, water, earth, air. In those days I did a lot of work with the Tetragrammaton (JHVH) on the Cross of Ezekiel – my text book was Mouni Sadhu’s The Tarot (Mandala 1962). I drew and experimented with placing the four elements in different points of the compass.
Today is Good Friday, and we concelebrate the light and shadow of Easter Cross.
Finally, here is an esoteric explanation of the Maltese Cross from a theosophical book called Saint Germain on Alchemy, recorded by Mark and Elizabeth Prophet. The chapter on the Maltese Cross of God, Power, Love and Wisdom inspired me years ago, and I am glad to rediscover it. To read it, click on any page:
Page 283 continues: “Thus is the fullness of God’s kingdom conferred upon his sons and daughters – thus through the pattern of the Maltese Cross is the concept of “Thine is the Power” realised!”
Those ideas inspired – in 2003 – this ‘conventional’ portrait of Saint-Germain. It is unlike my other ones of him as a musician, alchemist and diplomat, in 18th century dress. See http://janeaquariel.wordpress.com
Part Two: Tarot Keys
In my previous posts, we looked at Uranus in Aries (fire) square to Pluto in Capricorn (earth). In picture language, we see The Fool in Key 4, the Emperor – both in profile, but with different attitudes: the Fool dances and begins: the Emperor surveys and is vigilant.
Aries is a sign of birth and soldiery. Capricorn is a sign of old age and authority – the controlling powers. Both signs at present show transformation, wake-up call and upheaval. They are in Square aspect – a 90 degree angle. There is a lot of tension, but also room for building work, as they are part of the Grand Cross. T-squares – an opposition pivoting on a right-angle – are found in the charts of creative artists and high achievers. It takes work, and a passion for finding a solution to difficulties.
Uranus in 13 Aries is set in Cardinal Square to Pluto in 13 Capricorn, as pictured by The Judgement (Ascension) and the Shadow (Materiality). Note that under the Shadow’s authority, man and woman are in fantasy bondage to each other. In the Judgement, they open up and out, give birth, and are uplifted. This Key pictures a quantum leap. The Archangel is Gabriel whose trumpet calls the unique and beloved infant in each one of us. The Shadow effigy stands in front of Archangel Uriel of the lightning-flash.
Today I am looking at Jupiter in Cancer square to Mars in Libra.
Jupiter (Key 10) is exalted in Cancer (Key 7) the sign of growth and tidal movement. This combination fascinates me, for the Wheel is on the Chariot. Idly, I reflect that the Chariot was stationary because a wheel broke, and Jupiter brings the repair kit and moves things along. A highly auspicious partnership. I had a dream, recently, about this. An articulated lorry got stuck, and the calm sea filled with great waves which came over the land from the horizon, and lifted the vehicle onwards.
The Mars (Key 16) energy is uneasy and excessive in Libra’s (Key 11) serene prevarications and shifting diplomacies. Mars is in his detriment in this Venusian sign. He wishes he could be where Uranus is now – in his own sign Aries – and change everything. In places among us, truth speaks through shattering walls of falsehood; seed cracks for the plant to grow; chrysalis decays and releases an inconceivable butterfly. This is regulated by
cosmic Justice or equilibrium.
On the planetary Tree of Life, Jupiter is Hesed, grace and opportunity; Mars is Gevurah – discipline and constraints in the triad of the soul. On the face of it, these images in right-angle stress, balance each others’ archetypal character, for Jupiter is growth, and Mars rules the energy of that process. But astrologically, Jupiter is in his sign of strength; Mars in Libra is swayed this way and that. Watch the tide.
Any further comments on these pictorial effects, are welcome!
Here is a fascinatingly precise answer to … my personal question, this week. The cross’s vertical arm shows a transformative process – rising fire or altered state – Blow your Mind’s shisha and let it go. The Joker’s body is pure solar energy and fun. Horizontally the sacred masculine – (a priest’s puja with flowers over the shiny black lingum) – and the sacred feminine (the flowers in the rose garden, yoni) are honoured, and in balance. Siva’s “cremation ground” between them, is his dance floor – a challenging ascension through confronting death and Reality. It is related to Tarot Key 7, the Chariot.
To each side of this spread are – left-pillar or past – the Ally, corresponding to Tarot Key 15, the Shadow: confronting the unconscious. And (right-pillar or future), having ‘blown it’ – dakini 64’s Cosmic Smile !
In my notebook I jotted for general reference: “The jewel … is the most precious thing on earth, and the most abused thing on earth. Carry it with reverence. It is the same with words. Do not use them, without their pulse of meaning. What is respect? Respect is commitment and cultivation. The vessel, the seed, the human, needs shattering, to be born. The seed which didn’t get thrown around, is cherished.
“Miracle is real, through the stony beach of life. The miraculous is the natural state: stop thinking, and listen. The philosophers’ Stone is free to all who recognise and carve it in our shared subtle body of Life. Thank you, peace pipe dreamer, for understanding this.
“Miracle this morning, through the sign of the cross, changed my attitudes. Every single one of us, each fish, each elephant, plant and tree, is turned a little, by the cosmic crossing through our Earth body. How do I feel? Tears of joy earlier. Now tired, and need to sleep.
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