Archangelus

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Alpha Omega Stone, after Fulcanelli & bas-relief in Notre-Dame

Alpha Omega Stone, after Fulcanelli & bas-relief in Notre-Dame

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Following the general Grand Cross theme, here are my Archangels of the compass points.  To the south is Mahael of the Sun;
to the north, Uriel of the lightning from star to Earth.
To the east is Rafael where the sun rises – his element is Air.
To the west is Gavriel – sunset over the sea, the movement of the waters.

South:  Fire

South: Fire

North:  Earth

North: Earth

For more on my view of angels, see Angels & Providence, and Angels & Kabbalah.

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On Tuesday morning at just after 6am London time, the Sun was eclipsed by the new Moon.  And so the pressure of this rare event – the Easter Grand Cross between Moon and Sun eclipse – begins to ease and release its energy field.   Un-numbered moments of death and birth passed through, and changed their tune.

As waves move through water, all is change, and all is still.

Be still and look.  Did something in your life shift to a different field or level?   What now is history?

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Here is a poem I wrote during a much publicised Solar eclipse, 15 years ago – it felt like acupuncture :

Poem of Eclipse:  Archangelus

Ketu Southnode

Persons who look directly
might be blinded.

Michael’s wisdom sword’s too sharp
for the surface world to bear:
to receive unseen a big black blasting beam of light.

Like a needle
it enters where the meridian discharges.
It may secretly rest.
It is known from beyond the system.

In here,
a littleness oft asleep
into a great snake willingly grows.

The call of the hidden night is the Knight, Self knowing archangel Michael,
slayer of lies.

I recognise and within it, stay.
As it becomes, it disappears;

and do not say the miracle
should happen overnight.
Let the oracle rest inside, to clear
at point of spear… given time.

The sword of Michael archangel is the
serpent seeing itself dispassionately.

10 August 1999

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From a 7-page Booklet (2006):
Tetragrammaton, Star of Yeshua and Archangel Breaths:

(To view, click on each pair of images

Tetrad 7

Sandalphon is the Archangel of Earth

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Jacobs Ladder (4 worlds interlocking Trees of Life) showing planets, angels, archangels and names of God

Jacobs Ladder (4 worlds interlocking Trees of Life) showing planets, angels, archangels and names of God.  Sandalphon is at Kether of Assiyah.  Haniel is the Archangel of Venus, whose higher octave is Uriel.  Uriel is a more enigmatic entity whose realm is with the inner paths, and with the  Light behind all shadows.

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Archangelic compass cross, showing the Tarot’s archangelic guardians:
to the south, Mahael in Key 14 Temperance.
To the north, the enigmatic Uriel as Shadow, Key 15.
To the east, Rafael, the Lovers (key 6)
and to the west, Gavriel, the Judgement (key 20

archangel Mahael - Tarot 14, temperance

archangel Uriel - Tarot 15, the Shadow

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In Jung’s Red Book …

“He went into the desert … he wanted to find what he needed in the outer. But you find manifold meaning only in yourself, not in things, since the manifoldness of meaning is not something that is given at the same time, but is a succession of meanings.  The meanings that follow one another do not lie in things, but lie in you, who are subject to many changes, insofar as you take part in life.  Things also change, but you do not notice this if you do not change.  But if you change, the countenance of the world alters!”

Tao Cycle

Tao Cycle

“But I saw solitude and its beauty, and I seized the life of the inanimate and the meaning of the meaningless.  I also understood this side of my manifoldness.  And thus my tree grew in the solitude and quiet, eating the earth with roots reaching far down and drinking the sun with branches reaching high up.  The solitary guest entered my soul.  But my greening life flooded me. jung as hermit

“Thus I wandered, following the nature of the water.  The solitude grew and extended around me.  I did not know how unlimited the solitude was, and I wandered and looked.  I wanted to fathom the depths of solitude, and I went so far until every last sound of life had died.”

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Our sound of life is the mind, whether open space or crowded. The emptying is filled.

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“Balance is at once life and death.  For the completion of life, a balance with death is fitting.  If I accept death, then my tree greens, since dying increases life.  If I plunge into the death encompassing the world, then my buds break open.  How much our life needs death!  Joy at the smallest things comes to you only when you have accepted death.  But if you look out greedily for all that you could still live, then nothing is great enough for your pleasure … 

“If you accept death, it is altogether like a frosty night and an anxious misgiving, but a frosty night in a vineyard full of sweet grapes.  You will soon take pleasure in your wealth.  Death ripens.  One needs death to be able to harvest the fruit …  Limitation enables you to fulfil your being.”

C.G.Jung, The Red Book

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Angel, after Raphael's painting

Angel, after Raphael’s painting

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Poem of Eclipse – Light from Light being Taken

Rahu Northnode

Rahu Northnode

Distances in the solar system
‘twixt points of light,
are physical and illusory.
All occurs concurrently.

The fading here of the light
when the light goes out of things – the beauty
with light from light being taken,

my weary grieving
being drawn
during eclipse:

becoming less,
settling for less,
the fading light –

the fading and dismembering of Rahu is endarkenment !

What “enlightens”
but the withdrawal of excess meaning ?
a subtle sainted change
and thinning in the air …

the mist behind
the dying and the seeing,
is living here.

Poems of Eclipse, 1999

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Magic Circle rotation through a figure of eight

Magic Circle rotation through a figure of eight

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXttBgFaXBg – Liszt’s “Angelus” from the third Annees de Pelerinage – played by Joe Renouf

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Angel's Sound

The Angels’ Sound – a cosmic mandala

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Grand Cross part 5 – Moon in Aquarius

23.4.14, Moon in 13 Aquarius - Tarot Keys 2 and 17:  the Priestess and the Star

23.4.14, Moon in 13 Aquarius – Tarot Keys 2 and 17: the Priestess and the Star

These Tarot Keys, the Priestess and the Star show in picture language, the Moon in Aquarius, to which they are assigned.

Aquarius is the Water Bearer;  and those same waters flow from the lap of the Priestess.  Half hidden, she holds a scroll of the Akashic record;  the Grand Cross itself is on her breast!  On the pargod or veil behind her, is woven the Tree of Life:  her head is Da’at, union;  the cross is Tifareth.   The Sefiroth are pomegranates.  She is in bud.  She sits between Solomon’s pillars of Jakin (Yod) and Bohaz (Beit) – the day and the night.  She is the whole of the subconscious:  she is everything in us before it flowers and sprouts leaves and lives.  The Priestess serves the tides of the Moon.

Key 17 the Star is also called “Meditation”.  You can see why.  The Great Star shines through the seven stars or chakras of her spinal column:  the well has concentric ripples like the rings of a tree.  The scarlet ibis in the background is Thoth – intelligence of the Priestess’s ripe pomegranates.   The Priestess is heavily robed;  the woman of the Star is mother-naked.

Picture-language such as this, serves to open the mind;  to contemplate;  to begin to think creatively, as the surface of the pool is quietened.  We begin to see.

Explanations and interpretations are irrelevant.

We begin to see differently.  In psychological terms, it is the capacity of the Moon and of Yesod, to perceive;  to open the way.   This Wednesday, the Moon in 13 Aquarius resonates through Jupiter 13 Cancer, Pluto 13 Capricorn, Mars 13 Libra and Uranus 13 Aries, an unexpected reflection;  as if above and below all the news and views, the hidden spring is flowering.   But we must look within to find!

It is a providential yoga.  It is an alternative view;  the innner benediction.

On the Tree of Life, the Moon is Sefira Yesod – sphere of the personal self, our childhood conditioning, the filtering vessel through which we perceive the world.   The word yesod means “foundation”.   The transpersonal Self is expressed uniquely through each personal ego or small self: each way the “i” is tempered. This is where we grow, and open out into the branches of the Tree, and the heart of it which is Tifareth:  the beauty.

Menorah - showing Hebrew Sefiroth;  and Tree of Life, showing the Sefiroth in English.  Sefiroth means sphere or emanation.

Menorah – showing Hebrew Sefiroth; and Tree of Life, showing the Sefiroth in English. Sefiroth means sphere or emanation.

Many interpretations of today’s Grand Cross are locked into strutting sandwich-boards of doom.    So what’s new?  The symbols may be read as a closed-circuit or as a living spiral.  It is as old as the hills for the human monkey to look out there and project fear, drama and death onto what we view, and to give away to it, all our power.   During an eclipse period we are vulnerable to our negatives;  and it is Easter too.

What is the lesson now?  Seeing – and suffering –  a negative trend, keep the mysterious option open, wherein it swims.  Hold in consciousness both realities;  choose the limitless, and let the limitation within it, melt.  To access the power which knows the way, we need to look at life unfolding inside ourselves.  We tend not to.  It is more amusing, more horrifying and more dramatic to look at what the politicians and the corporations are doing.

Here is where it starts, and it takes strength to keep open, and to be in touch with ourselves where we really, really are.   The rest is hearsay, habit and a shrinking screen.

The Grand Cross mirrors human values and chivalry, as well as tension, challenge and change.

Ask:  am I a rigid frame, or do I dance?

“Move with the movement, keeping still, move with the beauty of the Tao in its flow of balancing, re-equilibrating. What seems dark to you is the water moving, and nature’s exquisite tendency to flow in and out of stress points. Sitting on the nub of what seems to be depression and insecurity, is a place from which to view the ebb and flow of life; without judgement, including the mood, without the mood. Tao is uncertainty. Don’t make it an enemy.

”Touch the muddy face with tenderness, and allow it to complete itself.”

These are thoughts inspired by Master Han, who wove his poems from the grasses and rocks of Cold Mountain in the 9th century AD:  here is a drawing of my own interface with him.  I had forgotten him!  Quietly he emerges from the dark corner of my soul.

old tao sage

old tao sage

So what matters?  Why does it matter so much
to me?  Who is “I”?
Let it go, dear heart, and be in touch.

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My adventure invites fellow travellers.  I am a poet, an artist and a seer.  I welcome conversation among the PHILO SOFIA, the lovers of wisdom.

This blog is  a vehicle to promote also my published work – The Sacred India Tarot (with Rohit Arya, Yogi Impressions Books) and The Dreamer in the Dream – a collection of short stories (0 Books). Watch this space.

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Grand Easter Cross, Part 4 – Problems

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Angel with rabbit, 1988

Angel with rabbit, 1988

There is a small green book by the astrologer Roy Gillett called Economy, Ecology and Kindness.  It reviews the major astrological events during the present two decades of Pluto in Capricorn, and its thesis is of turning-point:  it is crucial for “kindness” to begin to pervade governmental and financial institutions progressively, as in our kindred, our relationships and with Nature, at all levels.   Well worth a read.   And kindness begins at home.

I am having quite a hard time just now – unkind to myself –  and serendipitous insights from fellow bloggers give me a real pick-me-up in the morning!   Charlie wrote:  “At what point did kindness fall down, leaving the mind in charge of the rest of an entire life? … At the very bottom of the well there is you and your heart … a sacred temple for one … it matters how you vibrate and hold space.”

And this one, following Katie’s post on our mind as autopilot (see the comments also) – the challenge to discriminate this and to develop conscious creative thought:   “Mind gets on an unhelpful track and runs with it … (It is so helpful to share and realise this) … Every day is another chance to try it out.”

ANY UNHELPFUL TRACK, yes!   I am trying, as all my life, to disconnect from those unhelpful tracks, and reach the kindness in the bottom of the well.   It is hard. There is no success. It doesn’t get better or easier.   Each time the same bleak misery, then identify, name it, and disengage – and glimpse space and truth through the fog – the same struggle. Poor Easter bunny!

Seeking enlightenment

Seeking enlightenment

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Actually I spent the whole of Easter Sunday – after finishing and posting “Magdalene” – in bed (my burrow) reading Joanna Trollope and having short sleeps (by evening I was unhappy again).

Anyway, this is the poor old human condition, and we are in a mess, because we valiantly espouse our UNHELPFUL TRACKS and fervently believe in them.   The problem is my belief in myself being bad. The scolding mother has an embedded authority, and asserts this belief as top news item, come on, don’t tell lies, own up.

On the other hand, the weekend’s Tarot oracles show the lovers, the fool, and strength, they show me pujas and rose gardens, it beams to me the solace and articulate wisdom of fellow bloggers, THIS is real, this is the real condition, not my mental-assertive concrete bits.  Caught between the two, and with pain and grief in my stomach, I yet see my mind’s “unhelpful track” for what it is, ephemeral.  This helps me “lose” its command station, its power over my mood, its way of shutting me down.

But by yesterday evening, I was without community again.   That is what it does.

I am in community again now, thanks to writing, and I note my weakness; the idea I should do or be something bold and strong for Easter Grand Cross Bunny, and Pluto on my Jupiter – I feel actually overwhelmed and disabled by it all.   As a volunteer, I standunder the human condition –  where it lives, where we live in and out of community.   This is a useful definition.

The well - November 2013

The well – November 2013

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I live alone, and am vulnerable to battle and monitor these states.   That is to say: to endure them, and keep remembering – just enough – to awake from within them; to be kind?   to feel what is true. Kindness and … (visually) broken concrete slabs and landfill – the hard, dead, crumbling rubbish that gets thrown into the well – this and kindness –  kindness is the deep dark water which breathes.   Focus on kindness as “real love”.   Focus the open and never ending story.   Make this thought-form “Accurate, profound, courageous, positive” as Paul Foster Case wrote of Tarot Key 8 Soul Strength.

Change the pattern, and you change the result.

And if I go under and have to keep starting over, this is not failure.   It is work in progress.   It always even if for a brief time each day, awakes.   This is ongoing.

Good meditators and advaitins spurn the mind.   Some people have an ability to set themselves apart from the unhelpful tracks.   I haven’t.   And perhaps it is my nature and my job to suffer them (usually from ‘something I did wrong to someone else’), because dissolving their delusion each time, develops the muscle of what is true.   Like now, I see through the delusion into the kingdom of kindness – the unhelpful track is IRRELEVANT!

There is no fantasy in kindness:  just do and be it.

There is a big insight into why therapy can be for long intervals stuck and unproductive.   It is because the client is churning around and along the unhelpful track … the Great Story Fantasy of Done and Done-to.

The infertile Done and Done-to story fades.   It bears no relation to the light of today, to the river, and to kindness.   The Done and Done-to ethic is contagious through the lower mind in a novel, or something someone says … a collective opinion rules the unhappy roost for a time, until I slowly ignore it and climb out from the slurry.

cockerel

cockerel

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What is interesting, is how compelling it is.   It fastens on every operating wheel and lever of my mind and mood.   Of course, it is depression.   Depression is when I am cut off from community, from family … in the unhelpful track of me.   Depressives suffer from seemingly massive insights and motor feebleness.   Depression is the magnified self-script and scolding mother – a child too small and exhausted to tidy the house or cheer up or do anything interesting.   See?

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Neptune in Pisces;  Tarot Keys 12 and 18.  This will be the Ascendent here in London when the Grand Cross is in full focus (23 April 4.15 gmt).   On the Tree of Life, this represents Malkuth, the sphere of action, embodiment, materiality, type of birth.

Neptune in Pisces; Tarot Keys 12 and 18. This will be the Ascendent here in London when the Grand Cross is in full focus (23 April 4.15 gmt). On the Tree of Life, the Ascendent represents Malkuth, the physical sphere of action, embodiment, materiality, type of birth.   Neptune represents the Godhead, cosmic source.   They combine as the divine thread or KAV, through the Tree of Life:  as above, so below.

Neptune in Pisces! –  sounds mystical, but is actually the Hanging Man’s (reversals and turning-points) Self-surrender within the Moon-child’s journey of embodiment. There is the Self, head down in the well, being born and breaking invisible rocks:  a paragon of high and noble spirituality.

And there are my small-dog personal selves, sent to the bottom of the class to begin their journey again, through the Piscean Path’s snakes and ladders.

But the Self in the well – is where it bottoms out.   All is well.

The Piscean path of the Moon in Key 18 evolves from earliest life forms clambering from the sea – or the desert – to humanity and consciousness.  The sign Pisces rules the feet. The record is kept in that tiny part of our brain, the medulla oblongata, just where the spinal cord reaches the head.   It holds our lizard memory.  The distant mountain is Key 9, the Hermit’s illumination.   And what do the digits of 18 add up to?

Arcana 6 Lovers - detail

In the Lovers Key Six, there is the mystery of that same pointed peak between them: they do not touch.

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Tarot Arcana 4 & 5:  the Emperor (Aries) and the Hierophant (Taurus)

Taurus begins, today and tomorrow.   This thought opens my fire and earth landscape between Aries and Taurus, where I have the North node … the liberating Beauty, its fullness with life and humanity.   Be brave.   Be bold.   Be kind.   The Moon today works through Capricorn.

With these images, the Inner Lover is back, quite physically, through the wood and the well.   The discarnate One is closer than my breath:   I receive. I become still, with the subtle Kingdom in my pulse.   Touch and be touched with the root of the well which is kindness;   move onward with this, keep walking, the Hermit is not on a far distant mountain, his staff is in my hand, and so is his lamp with the Seal of Solomon.

Arcanum 9 hermit

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When the foot prints along the sand seem to be one person lonely … it is when he or she, my inner teacher and strength, is carrying me.   Life picks you up.   Don’t fight with life.   The sea breathes in and out.

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So on with the Red Book.

Jung writes:  “The small grains of sand have rolled in fabulous primordial oceans, over them swam primordial monsters with forms never beheld before. Where were you man, in those days? On this warm sand lay your childish primordial animal ancestors, like children snuggling up to their mother.   O mother stone, I love you.   I lie snuggled up against your warm body, your late child. Blessed be you, ancient mother. Yours is my heart and all glory and power. Amen.

“What am I saying …?   — Here the stones form states. … Is it the sun or is it these living stones, or is it the desert that makes my head buzz?”

In the desert there is nothing but prayer, the posture of prayer.

jung's painting in the Red Book of the tree of life (centre), the desert, the serpents and scarab

jung’s painting in the Red Book of the tree of life (centre), the desert, the serpents and scarab

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He returns to the Anchorite, to the Hermit. He tells him, “Why, all the things that you must experience in the desert, you wonderful man!   Even the stones are bound to speak to you …   although the thirsty desert surrounds us, an invisible stream of living water flows here.” Jung

He tells the Hermit that he is a stranger to the teaching – more foreign than one from Britain’s furthest shore – and has much to learn. The Anchorite tells him he “found inexpressible words to greet the break of day: let the heathen prayer to Helios suffice; be astonished at nothing, and in no sense condemn or regret it.   Let us go to work.”

The Anchorite (who is Ammonius Sacca) goes on to tell how he himself was freed from the awful predicament of spinning words – the days when he was a famous university lecturer in Alexandria.

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scarab

scarab

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The Scarab is a classical rebirth symbol. In my own light: the desire is to honour a Mystery effectively, to worship it well in its moving parts.   When I fail in any part of this, I suffer until the imprint fades. I suffer as an artist, getting the painting wrong.

The Greater Mystery of Life does not oblige me to be happy or sad. Those are adjuncts and adjectival only. The Greater Mystery does not mind how long my route turns around it, for it is timeless.   My Grand Easter Cross produces the scarab, and symbols of birth and death and second-birth, and planting flowers in the garden, and the word “COMMITMENT”.

In my desert I discover a greater commitment perhaps, and realise my faith is to my interior, and it doesn’t matter if it cannot or should not be told.   In the same instant of in-turning to source, is the outward flowing NOW, the connective fibre with the human family, as given.   The situation is so simple.

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Daffodils in Douglas Harding

Daffodils in Douglas Harding

Thus, for me, the Grand Cross resets my commitment, the same way as a home-hub modem is reset, by turning it off, then on again; or a piano is re-tuned.   The resetting recurs again and again in life, but is likely to be profound during a major astrological event.   And in the resetting is the soul’s dark night, a little death: paralysis for a while.   A fixed patter dies.  

Dies Irae – from the deep we cry to thee.

Arcanum 6, the lovers - an early version

Arcanum 6, the lovers – an early version

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My adventure invites fellow travellers.  I am a poet, an artist and a seer.  I welcome conversation among the PHILO SOFIA, the lovers of wisdom. This blog is  a vehicle to promote also my published work – The Sacred India Tarot (with Rohit Arya, Yogi Impressions Books) and The Dreamer in the Dream – a collection of short stories (0 Books). Watch this space.

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All art and creative writing in this blog is copyright © Janeadamsart 2012-2014. May not be used for commercial purposes. May be used and shared for non-commercial means with credit to Jane Adams and a link to the web address https://janeadamsart.wordpress.com/

April Grand Easter Cross & Tarot Keys part 3

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Part One – Versions of the Cross

planetary spiral around moving sun - Naseem Haramein

planetary spiral around moving sun – Naseem Haramein

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malta grand cross, masonic

malta grand cross, masonic

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.

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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.

lunation cycle, after Eliphas Levi

lunation cycle, after Eliphas Levi

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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

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Part Two:  Tarot Keys

23 April 2014 Grand Cross

23 April 2014 Grand Cross

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.

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Today I am looking at Jupiter in Cancer square to Mars in Libra.

Jupiter in Cancer, Keys 10 and 7

Jupiter in Cancer, Keys 10 and 7.

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.

Mars in Libra, keys 16 & 11The 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!

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Secret dakini oracle 18 April 2014

Secret dakini oracle 18 April 2014

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.

Rosicrucean emblem 14 - angel shieves wheat from chaff

Rosicrucean emblem 14 – angel shieves wheat from chaff

“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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Earth between moon and sun:  eclipse period 15 -29 April 10§4

Earth between moon and sun: eclipse period 15 -29 April 10§4

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This blog is  a vehicle to promote also my published work – The Sacred India Tarot (with Rohit Arya, Yogi Impressions Books) and The Dreamer in the Dream – a collection of short stories (0 Books). Watch this space.

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April Grand Cross & Tarot Keys, Part 2

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15 April 2014 - a chart of today's lunar eclipse on the forming Grand Cross.  The moon and retro mars in Libra are a warlike feature, balanced by the grand trine venus-neptune in Pisces, with Jupiter and Saturn.

15 April 2014 – a sketch-chart of today’s lunar eclipse on the forming Grand Cross. The moon and retro mars in Libra, (opposite mercury-uranus in Aries), are a warlike feature, balanced by the grand trine venus-neptune in Pisces, with Jupiter and Saturn:  Venus exalted in Pisces in 10th house suggests a factor towards peace making.  This is a chart of opposite waves, and of unexpected change:  indeed a tipping-point.  The Eclipse period lasts until the 29th of this month.  The seed of eclipse is alignment in the planes of Sun, Moon, Earth.

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Here is a precis of a recent Kabbalah meeting, in which we looked at a chart of today’s formation of the Grand Cross.

This morning, 15 April at 8.47 gmt, the Moon is eclipsed in Libra by the Sun in Aries. This might be a peak or tipping point.   We examine our impulses working for and against the situation. The crisis affects every one of us personally – to make up our mind: do we go forward? Or back?

Observe the shifting ground, the Karmic connections between involved nations, individuals and their planetary patterns.

Tonight – 15 April is Seder night – when the children of Israel left bondage and travelled into a new way of life. This applies to us all. In the gross media among nations, we can only hope the decision is peaceful. Pluto in Capricorn is Da’at – the space for long term processes – the knowledge of a civilization at the end of an époque: to evolve? Or to revert to savagery?   The present tension cannot go on.

Pluto in Capricorn.  Pluto is assigned to Tarot Key 20, Judgment (ascension) and Capricorn is the sign ruling Key 15, the Devil.  Behind the tension of opposites is their deliverance and release - the triad as with the child in Key 20.

Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto is assigned to Tarot Key 20, Judgment (ascension) and Capricorn is the sign ruling Tarot Key 15, the Devil. Behind the tension of opposites is their deliverance and release – the triadic release, as with the child in Key 20 – the family of humankind.

The Grand Cross works out in terms of our local interest and the bigger picture of the human community.   Are we selfish?   Or are we a human family? – our childrens’ children?

It is tentatively suggested that the World War One multiple-reactive patterns in Europe are now UNACCEPTABLE. This never before happened in history.  The economy cannot support them.  The situation is cosmic. In our sphere, the turn of the spiral crosses 1914 – the pattern was repeated since Roman-empire times.  Attempts to “secure” land go out of date, in the era of internet trading.   The guiding Hand pushes the situation as a challenge; the Tree of Humanity sways back and forth.  In 1962 (Cuban crisis) the planetary line-up was lop sided – with nearly all the planets in one sign, Aquarius –  and very dangerous.   The line-up this year is less so, because the celestial tensions are evenly balanced.

OBSERVE IN OURSELVES CLEARLY: local self interest versus the bigger picture in our conscience: watch the months following April.  Someone mentioned a recent TV programme on the beginning of cosmos, and the subtle electronics of our body – how illogical and unscientific it is to say “it just happened”!

Forces are at work at a very subtle level. Only from a Kabbalist-history standpoint can we get some idea of the bigger picture unclouded by surface hype and fears. A general feeling emerges here, that nothing spectacular occurs, but a great deal changes, which future perspective will reveal.   Countless geo-political and ecological factors are involved.  We shall see.

Uranus (The Fool or Pilgrim) in Aries (The Emperor, or Constitutional intelligence).  This combination is a wake-up call, for Uranus is "change" and the Emperor's sign Aries is "seeing".

Uranus (The Fool or Pilgrim) in Aries (The Emperor, or Constitutional intelligence). This combination is a wake-up call, for Uranus signifies “change” and the Emperor’s sign Aries is “seeing” – and also, Aries is the first-born in the Zodiac.

Uranus on 13 Aries forms an exact right angle to Pluto on 13 Capricorn (see above, in this post).  Since summer 2012 and until spring 2015, we experience a series of seven tight “squares” between these two planets.  23 April will culminate the fifth in this series of seven.  

Additional meanings are:  Capricorn, old age;  Aries, birth.

Pluto through Capricorn uproots old and outworn infrastructures – everything that was toxic emerges.  It is an agent of transformation and renewal.

The Tarot Keys are assigned to the signs and planets of the Zodiac, according to the Hebrew alphabet.  Letter Aleph (the Fool) is Uranus;  Letter Heh (the Emperor) is Aries the Ram. Uranus (radical change and revolution) in the Zodiac’s sign of birth, Aries, illustrates the obvious wake-up call.   A wealth of personal association may be discovered through contemplating these images.   For instance:  the relationship of dogs to sheep! – or “unarmoured” and “armoured”.   Please feel free to comment!

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The Grand Cross is elegantly depicted here, as the bow across the strings.

The Grand Cross is elegantly depicted here, as the bow across the strings.  The hands depict the angle of Aries and Capricorn.

In the School of Cremona, the violin makers were a soul group. Modern American violin makers don’t know how to do it!   They unglued Stradivarius violins, took them apart, to find the secret – and they couldn’t.

Likewise, the esoteric view on history escapes linear historians.   The principle comes into focus in the NOW – our current understanding of psychology: our rights and wrongs in nature: and how Providence operates through the numerous Schools of the Soul when we sit and listen. It is a different climate from the past, indicating a new unfolding future. More persons are being trained than ever before. The Schools of the Soul are what Jesus meant when he said “you are salt of the earth”.

Ez Haim, the Tree of Life

Ez Haim, the Tree of Life

Never underestimate the general telephone exchange and post office – Hod on the Tree of Life. How beautifully organised it is! We mess things up when we don’t notice them.

Though the Grand Cross configuration is massive, the decisions individuals make, matter; and for us personally, these decisions feel terrifyingly important to get right.   We are cells of Adam Qadmon.  Change and progress are inevitable.

Only individuals can change things and set the ball rolling – and not necessarily with great effort, it may come naturally.   It is about DOING YOUR JOB – or wanting to do it!   It is provided.

A friend was made a non-executive director of a company. He noticed how the business conducted itself in the boardroom much better in his listening and attentive presence, than it did when he was involved and trying to run it. A non-executive director in Life, learns all the time by listening – by being detached and seeing.   The art of life refrains from trying to tread the gear or push the action.

Yesod (coloured violet) - the personal foundation - is in the lower Great triad of Earth.   Daat (union) the transpersonal dimension, is in the upper Great triad of .  the Spirit (blue).  Between them is the solar heart centre of the Tree - Tifareth.   In the planets, Daat corresponds to Pluto and Yesod to the Moon.  In the physical world of our solar system, these are about the same size.

Yesod (coloured violet) – the personal foundation – is in the lower Great triad of Earth (red). Daat (union) the transpersonal dimension, is in the upper Great triad of . the Spirit (blue). Between them is the solar heart centre of the Tree – Tifareth. In the planets, Daat corresponds to Pluto and Yesod to the Moon. In the physical world of our solar system, these are about the same size.

This is pure Da’at on the Tree – operating by inference, and not by leaning into the situation. Rather than try to fix someone’s problem… hear the voice, hear her speak, so she hears herself and melts her own resistance to solution.

Solution is relationship – an interior connection..   Da’at is Yesod of the higher world. A director in a company who watches and takes notes, gets everyone working – it irritates or galvanizes the workers a little!   The Da’at of any situation is its essence, lightly touched to life.

Tarot Arcanum 0 - The Fool

Tarot Arcanum 0 – The Fool

The Tarot Fool, or Traveller … is both initiative and observer.

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Further thoughts for today: The Order of the Grand Cross is the most advanced in many knighthoods.  I hadn’t realised this.  Why not regard the planetary Grand Cross in this light – a sign of nobility?  What is noble? – the aspiration towards the best in human nature:  values which endure and transfigure great difficulties.  Lean consistently towards the better in myself, to which I aspire, and towards what works for the bigger picture, as far as I can see.  Cultivate it here.  Keep remembering, keep picking myself up through raw and vulnerable moments, remember again, and draw strength from that quality.

It occured to me, that I can take certain qualities – such as courage, honesty, mindfulness, real love – and contemplate them.  For what we contemplate we become.

Then a friend rang up this morning and told me he had a dream.  A voice in it was saying, “Cry me a river”.  The human racket goes on, and there is a deep grief and pain of life.  Go into a secluded garden and make it beautiful, he said.  When the tension eases, as we go into May and June, we all shall do our summer planting, as  spring this year buds and flowers a month early – we had no winter frosts.

Sad it is for each of us, that the pain in humanity is our non-recognition – often until late in life – of our Soul Law triad (Hesed, Gevurah, Tifareth) and its response to the transpersonal Daat in the tree.  We are born again, we come into life without the integrating memory, and we have to find it all over again, like a blind person feeling along the walls of a room (between people) towards … the open door.

We recreate our wholeness again and again, through the sweat of our brow, the willingness of the heart, and the sturdiness of our limbs to turn the earth and make it fruitful.  We labour to give birth.  The awakened “quantum” of humanity is – as ever through history – of homeopathic potency in its dilution.  The ratio remains about steady.

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Cardinal Grand Cross 23 April 2014, 4.15 am gmt, in Tarot language of images

Jupiter (Hesed) in 13 Cancer opposite Pluto (Daat) in 13 Capricorn

2 Pluto in Capricorn Keys 20 & 15

1 Jupiter in Cancer, Keys 10 & 7

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Uranus (Hokhmah) in 13 Aries opposite Mars (Gevurah) in 13 Libra

4 Mars in Libra, keys 16 & 11

3 Uranus in Aries, Keys 0 & 4

with … Moon (Yesod) in 13 Aquarius

5 Moon in Aquarius, Keys 2 & 17

and … Neptune (Keter) in 7 Pisces (as the Rising sign, Malkuth)

6 Neptune in Pisces, Keys 12 & 18

to be continued /

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APPENDED:
The Pluto, Uranus, Saturn T Square in May 2011, as shown in the Tarot Keys:

The T-square in March 2011:  Uranus opposite Saturn, T-square Pluto

The T-square in March 2011: Uranus opposite Saturn, T-square Pluto

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My adventure invites fellow travellers.  I am a poet, an artist and a seer.  I welcome conversation among the PHILO SOFIA, the lovers of wisdom. This blog is  a vehicle to promote also my published work – The Sacred India Tarot (with Rohit Arya, Yogi Impressions Books) and The Dreamer in the Dream – a collection of short stories (0 Books). Watch this space.

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The April Grand Cross in Tarot Keys

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Grand Cardinal Cross 23 April 2014, 04.15gmt

Grand Cardinal Cross 23 April 2014, 04.15gmt in London UK

This event is building in our lives all spring, ever since its New Moon messenger back in January.  Here – as the first in a series of posts – are some of my thoughts about it.  My drawing of the Grand Cross is coloured in the spectrum of the Tarot Keys (applied to  Zodiac signs and Houses) as taught by the Builders of the Adytum.

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Here is a reminder of the New Moon chart at the beginning of this year: and a link.

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Glancing across to the Red book this morning, I caught sight of the “little black beetle on a rock pushing its mythical ball of sand”, and Jung (on his journey in the desert) wondering if it creates its conscious Scarab myth: and a thought comes up, that when we are living the myth – the Great Myths & Archetypes, as well as our small local ones – we are perhaps unconscious! (We dream.)

scarab and granite

scarab and granite

Those titans who seeded their endeavours into the human collective imagination, endured (in their sight) perhaps ordinary and laborious lives, unawake to the resonance.   Perhaps the weight of the unfolding myth puts us to sleep, so future millennia will sing.

What is your myth?

I have been turned rather towards one room, lately and am loaded with Jupiter.   Time to step back a bit, and take a look through other doors. Yesterday, a lady from Cypress showed me a print-out from the internet, concerning the Christ-conscious viewpoint of the Grand Cross – the Child being born; the symbol, like a star, implying 4 and 8, and so on.   It was enough to remind me that the Grand Cross on which much human tension is projected, is an actual alignment of the Great Maestri or Hierarchy; it is full of “yogas” or points of resonance.   The Moon at 13 Aquarius in 12th, “sings” the Cross’s tone, each arm on the 13th degree of its sign.

Here briefly, is a list of Kabbalistic meanings for the number 13 gematria.  In this system, the Hebrew letters which spell a word, have numerical values.   The Hebrew consonants in each of these words add up to 13, and so each word (through spectrum of opposites), carries the same meaning as the others:

Gematria ahbh achd 13

The meanings are: “BNH, Binah (Understanding)”.  “AHBH, Love”. “AChD, Unity”. “AYB, Violation”. “BAHU, Void (desolation)”. “DAGH, Anxiety/cave/grief”.  “GHH, Healing/health”.  And GY, “Valley” …

… a depth of feeling and resonance.  Other echoes are the Sun and 12 Zodiac signs;  the Anointed One and 12 disciples, and so on.  A circle has 12 divisions and its centre, the One. “13” is union.

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In 2011, I laid out the T-Square of Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries and Saturn in Libra with the Tarot Keys (see at the end of my next post.)   This was pictorially effective, giving a different angle for interpretation.  So this morning I laid the Grand Cross out on the floor here, the same way.

The long arm includes its Yesod foundation – Moon in Aquarius, Keys 2-17. The Ascendent (Malkuth) is Neptune in Pisces; the Hanging Man in the path of the Moon.   That goes in the centre, where the horizontal and vertical arms intersect.   Look at that! – what powerful incentives for evolution and reversal of old patterns.

We will look at each pictorial pair, in my next posts.

Whatever makes or breaks in the surface dream, here are the long term dynamics, here is the river as it flows, the Wake up call … to contemplate.

The April Grand Cross laid out in the Tarot Keys.  The Wheel is Jupiter, in the Chariot, Cancer.  The Judgement is Pluto, in The Devil, Capricorn.  The Tower is Mars, in Justice, Libra.  The Fool is Uranus, in The Emperor, Aries.

The April Grand Cross laid out in the Tarot Keys. The Wheel is Jupiter, in the Chariot, Cancer. The Judgement is Pluto, in The Devil, Capricorn. The Tower is Mars, in Justice, Libra. The Fool is Uranus, in The Emperor, Aries.

In this series of posts, I shall discuss the planet/tarot relationships in more detail. For the moment, here is the situation in picture language – (for our subconscious storehouse responds to images, rather than to words) – and here are a few general observations, below.

The Sabian-symbol degrees of the April Grand Cross are not very auspicious.  (You can look them up online). This suggests to me the cosmic capacity within us, and in the Guardians who form the Cross, and in many key personages in world events, to catalyze or bring the light right into dark situations, and to be unexpected agents for transformation. Our view of anything at present, is incomplete.

It is make or break:  a time of decision in a myriad facets of the same gem.  Are we to continue selfishly – (unacceptable) – or with conscious community?   regarding our eco-system and human family?   Isolation or connectivity?   It starts at home.

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It so happens that the Grand Cross forms a major transit with my birthchart.  Here – for my own archive – is a brief run-through of my connecting points with it:

Pluto in 13 Capricorn, on my Jupiter.

Jupiter in 13 Cancer, opposite my Jupiter, and T-square my Neptune.

Mars retro in Libra, conjunct my Neptune (15), which it will cross on 17 April, and then again, (after the alignment), on 16 – 25 June.   Today Mars is at 17 Libra.   It will turn on 19 May at 9 Libra, to travel direct.  So look towards June for the full “effect”.

Uranus in 13 Aries, opposite my Neptune in Libra – a transpersonal contact/collective.

The Sun in 2 Taurus, conjunct my North node (touching Seal of Solomon aspect pattern).  It is in the April eclipse-alignment channel.

Saturn in 21 Scorpio, conjunct to my Midheaven/midnight axis.

Last but not least, is Neptune on the Ascendent, 7 Pisces, opposite my natal Saturn on my Ascendent.

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A further thought: events such as this in the sky around us, are older than the hills.   They are always happening, and passing through one another.   There is a Star when Jesus is born, which only a few wise elders recognise. There is a Harmonic Concordance – a Star of David – at eclipse in November 2003.   There is the lunar Grand Cross in summer 2012, and the bigger Jupiter Grand Cross this month.

There are countless similar events and births.   Each time, we look, we react and point to it as our ancestors did, and load it with racial and individual conscience, and try to figure out the meanings. Each time such a star forms, there is a tension of what is to be born.  We are the system of our Sun, our Solomon.  We embody microcosmically, the serene stresses of the planets’ orbital dance and nodal points of meeting.   Always it is changing:  arise, settle, change and vanish ;  arise, settle, change, vanish …

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Mercury April allegory, after Botticelli (2007).  Note the right angle Mercury makes to the nymph, in his self-enquiring stance, like a tree.  He is the messenger of the planets;  their swift voice - and in the Grand Cross, Mercury is in Aries between the Sun and the south Node.

Mercury April allegory, after Botticelli (2007). Note the right- angle Mercury makes to the nymph. His self-enquiring stance is like a tree. He is the messenger of the planets; their speech and bearer of tidings. In the Grand Cross, Mercury is in Aries between the Sun and the lunar-eclipse south Node, and almost overwhelmed. Keep quiet!

The Great Star patterns – such as this Grand Cross of Jupiter, Pluto, Uranus, Mars in Cardinal signs – were in place when the solar system’s present aeon through time and space began, and to the majority they pass un-noticed.   Through global networking, there is some stirring among the sleepers.   Here and there, Psyche beholds her Cupid.

But to apprehend
the point of intersection of the timeless with time,
is an occupation for the saint –
no occupation either, but something given and taken,
in a lifetime’s death in love,
ardour and selflessness and self surrender.
For most of us, there is only the unattended moment, the moment in and out of time …”

T.S.Eliot

A Grand Cross – symbol also of our Earth – centres a fluid intersection – vertical over the horizontal – of the planes: the awakened and the sleeper.

The myth of Cupid and Psyche (1972)

The myth of Cupid and Psyche (1972)

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Where is Mercury on the Grand Cross in chart?  He is conjunct the Dragon’s Tail of eclipse, and almost hidden by the Sun.   In London the Sun is still asleep, it is (in 1st or 2nd House, depending on the house-system used) the hour of Dawn, the hour of the Sun’s greatest power and potency below the horizon.

A week earlier, on the 15th, the Sun eclipses the Moon.   A week later, on the 29th, Moon’s shadow will pass over the Sun. We wake when we sleep. The Archangel draws upon our door, a phoenix feather.

An angel at the door - Rosicrucean emblem 3

An angel at the door – Rosicrucean emblem 3

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Millions of children in our world, young and old, are trapped in the agony of civil war, starvation, displacement and abuse.  Rain forests are destroyed, fuels are sucked from Earth, we destroy what we devour, we uphold petty arguments of empire, and those in government steal from the petty cash.  How can this go on?

Yet I feel the day will be a peaceful one.   We will be dreaming, and later events will reveal what dreams we let forth into the light.   We will in fact be delivering birth.   This is a time to be silent and hear.   It goes deeper than our emergency with ecology, climate change and international tension, for we have to get to the root – to touch the root of it within ourselves, as we are not separate.   How this feels, and how it informs you is for you to discover; for though we are not separate, our “I” is infinitely distinct and diverse in nature.

A Grand Cross of this kind, gives you a whole season, and the unfolding years, to feel it in your bones, and to grow. If you are able, be mostly at home during its peak period (15th – 29th April), and especially on the 23rd; and do practical house things to earth the currency, or to help someone who needs you.    If you are travelling, keep journeying into your private oasis, whenever you remember it is “here”.

The word “private” is highlighted here; for the Moon persona on 23 April at 4.15am in London will be in the 12th house, where she isn’t strong in the ways of the world.   The Pisces Ascendent has an introverted “psychic” character – in the higher humanitarian octave.

Pisceanly

Pisceanly

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Respecting this trend, do not go forth too much during the peak period; do not force any issue.   Whatever agitates your fishes in the sea, is in the hand of a Power which knows the Way.   Decisions will appear, in your field, after the new-moon eclipse on the 29th – when the new cycle begins.   This will be a wonderful time to start planting in your garden.

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BOTA Tarot Key 13.  The sign is Scorpio, and its hebrew letter is NUN, which means "fish" or sprout.  The symbol top left hand corner, is of the five senses of Life and renewal

BOTA Tarot Key 13. The sign is Scorpio, and its hebrew letter is NUN, which means “fish” or sprout. The symbol top left hand corner, is of the five senses of Life and renewal

Eclipse is a darkness, such as fell over Bethlehem the House of Bread, when the secret Child was born. The seed is like yeast or sperm. The seed falls into the ground and sprouts.   This is the meaning of Key 13.

The seed falls into the ground during autumnal Scorpio, and germinates during the winter;   this spring, we are given the whole process again in a nutshell.   If the germinating energies are very tiring, rest yourself, and don’t try to do too much.   You may feel an urgency to bring matters in your life to a head;   but this is being taken care of.   Your creative activity will gain surprising strength as the flowers come out in May, and as those forces which stir within the ground, come out onto the physical plane.   Watch this space!

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Eclipse is a simple withdrawal of energy.   The tide goes out.   The tide comes back in again.

For more on eclipse, see my post “The Field of the Dead”.  

J. Krishnamurti (who experienced and monitored his conflict in a moment-to-moment way) stated that the essence of conflict is peace.   The polarities – the high tide and the low tide – are not in conflict with each other.   He said essentially, there is no conflict in the movement, the unbroken circling of the tide itself. There is no conflict in our breathing in and out:   the Tao.   The NOW.

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My adventure invites fellow travellers.  I am a poet, an artist and a seer.  I welcome conversation among the PHILO SOFIA, the lovers of wisdom. This blog is  a vehicle to promote also my published work – The Sacred India Tarot (with Rohit Arya, Yogi Impressions Books) and The Dreamer in the Dream – a collection of short stories (0 Books). Watch this space.

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All art and creative writing in this blog is copyright © Janeadamsart 2012-2014. May not be used for commercial purposes. May be used and shared for non-commercial means with credit to Jane Adams and a link to the web address https://janeadamsart.wordpress.com/

Sacred India Tarot Archive – Creation of 5 and 6 of Arrows: & January 2014 New Moon

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Rippling

Rippling – the winds back and forth

Continuing the account of Rohit and my collaboration on the Sacred India Tarot – this project took 9 years overall.  Rohit in India would meditate on each card and email to me his thoughts, together with a visual reference from a comic book or from Indian art itself.   Because of the deck’s universal Archetypes, he and Gautam the publisher determined in 2000 to try and find an artist overseas, rather than a more traditional style.  That is why the deck is painted in a way which is of essence, rather than of standard Indian culture.

They decided to commission me, when Gautam “by chance” saw my drawings of the Jyotish deities, at a business lunch on a visit to England.   There are no accidents.  I “just happened” to bring these drawings along to the meeting – I was accompanying Alan Jacobs.   They were discussing the “art style” book on Ramesh Balsekar, which Gautam was publishing in Mumbai.

The Sacred India Tarot is an unusual project, bridging east and western alchemies.  Rohit is a polymath, an accomplished yogi and a student of Jung’s work.  I had been to India a couple of times, as a student of Ramana, Self enquiry and Siva.   I was impressed with the way Rohit’s Tarot of Indian mythology flowed and fitted so beautifully with the familiar western Archetypes.

As the work went on, Rohit would send me what was on his mind.  As I put pencil to paper, details and symbolisms would rise spontaneously into the picture, which surprised me, and astonished Rohit, who had not thought of them.   This was due to the Yin Yang cross-fertilizing of our cultural backgrounds, and to our mutual flexibility.  It was very rich indeed.   It was a classic example of the creative Magician-Priestess interaction, in the esoteric Tarot psychology.  The male Magician delivers ideas:  the self conscious.  The female Priestess processes and re-presents them, coloured by previous input – the subconscious is “perfectly amenable to suggestion”!   A well balanced interplay of this kind, invokes the Collective archetypes and their story – a bridging of nations, cultures, art and ideas.

We had to create these cards with our life texture, which was often difficult and challenging during this period.  2004/5, when I drew the Suit of Arrows/Swords, was stormy and dense for me.  Rohit also suffered a rocking boat at times.   Simultaneously while drawing the Sacred India Tarot, I began to study full time, the Builders of the Adytum Tarot correspondence course.   I did not draw the Indian deck in BOTA colour language (which is based on specific tonal resonance), but the imagery and understanding were enriched.  The boundaries are fluid and yet distinct.

Rohit is a brilliant and entertaining speaker and teacher.  He has held many courses on the Sacred India Tarot, and on all aspects of Yoga and the Sanatana Dharma.   Here is a link to his work on Youtube:

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and see also … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bx7PjENSQG4 – “On the yogic saying Naveenam Naveenam Shanneh Shanneh” – which is the video I originally pasted here.

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Rohit’s Notes
Five of Arrows – Bheeshma resigns throne and sex life

“To allay the apprehensions of the fisherman, Bheeshma renounces the throne and promises to remain a nitya-brahmachari, eternally celibate, so that no children of his will contest the throne with the offspring of his stepmother (the fisher girl his father wants to marry.) This is a personal defeat, but a Cosmic Victory for it is now that the gods themselves give him his new and true name of BHEESHMA – the One of the Terrible Vow.

SITA 5 of Arrows - visual reference from comic book

SITA 5 of Arrows – visual reference from comic book

“His shaken father grants him boons of an extraordinarily prolonged life, as well as invinicibility, with death able to approach only when Bheeshma himself decides it.  Bheeshma could be shown in full armour, holding up five arrows in his hand to take his terrible vow.  The gods are showering flowers upon him from the heavens, awed at his renunciation, while a divine voice booms out his new name.

The fisherman and his daughter can be shown cowering before the sheer force of personality that emanates from the young prince.  It is a very Hindu thought – at the moment of your greatest defeat, is also your greatest victory.

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Sacred India Tarot - the Five of Arrows

Sacred India Tarot – the Five of Arrows

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Interlude – A Sword Under the Ice and Earth

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New year’s moon Grand Cross astrology – drawing by JA on 3 January 2014

On New Year’s Day at about 11.30am GMT, we got this gift – a Capricorn New Moon on the Sun, formed an arrow-head with Pluto and Mercury …  and a Grand Cross of Swords.

Jupiter is the Archer (Sagittarius ruler) in Cancer 4th House.  He aims his arrow straight into Capricorn.  Uranus is opposite Mars along the Ascendent axis – the strung bow. The Ascendent is the axis of action, and the Midheaven is the axis of Will.  It is wonderful; the new-moon Sun was almost at the Midheaven.   Our fingers … arrows … point to the moon.

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flickriver.com photos jackandjo 4378319759

Strictly speaking for this Indian-themed post, I should try to compose this chart in Jyotish – with Jupiter as Guru, Mars as Mangala, Mercury as Budhi, and so on.  But here I am in London, a western Capricorn, with my resolutions for now.   The 1 January 2014 chart is an esoteric preview of the coming Grand Cardinal Cross which will manifest on 22 April this year.   For all of us who are sensitive to it, what is unfolding here and now, is likely to bear fruit;  we move in harmony with it.  After the winter Solstice, the new Yang begins to rise through the ground.  I feel at this time, still deeply retired from society, and begin to clean my house and rearrange my cupboards and files.  This is slow, because the downloads – like the Capricorn new moon – continue to arrive, most days.

A cross inside a circle is a symbol of Earth, and of the Hebrew letter TAV:  fulfillment of a design.  You see the angles are not yet exact:  as with a pendulum, Jupiter and Mars will oscillate during the intervening three months, until they fall into the 13th degree of their Signs, together with Uranus and Pluto.

The April Grand Cross occurs at the midpoint of the solar and lunar eclipse fortnight.  Watch the end of February for pointers to the precision.

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There is not space in this post, to ponder events which impact all of us differently in our depth.  As Peter writes in A View From the Other Side, whatever we planted in 2013, will germinate.

All I can do for now, is draw the Mandala it suggests, and let it speak visually.

I am a huge fan of J.K.Rowling and Harry Potter.  I have read all the books many times, and am half way through The Deathly Hallows again – my favourite.  In the movie on TV this Xmas, I was deeply struck by the Sword of Gryffindor deep under the ice, which Harry dives for:    it shines up through the pond in the winter woods.   Why!   The Sword, forged by mountain goblins, bears the Law of Deliverance.   The Air Suit of Swords/Arrows in our Sacred India Tarot IS that same deliverance of the light through the dark:  the Santanana Dharma through the Mahabharat … as in every “deep fix” within our personal life.  As I wrote in earlier Arrows posts, the Sword of Deliverance operates outside Time – the World of Creation – and manifests sharply on the ground.

So I assembled from google images, this small mosaic:

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I love the aspect-angles in this photo

I love the aspect-angles in this photo

Ice painting - idiotic-hat.blogspot.co.uk/2009_01_01_archive.html

Ice painting –  http://idiotic-hat.blogspot.co.uk/2009_01_01_archive.html

I found this photo in http://phoenixweasley.wordpress.com  – a very interesting site.  Hermione after leaving her parents, walks away towards the spire of St Judes in Hampstead Garden Suburb.  It is a dramatic setting:  the architect was Edwin Lutyens.

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The January Grand Cross reminds me of the early pencilled Mandala by Jung, for his Red Book:  it suggests a grand crossing of the Lunar Nodes, for he drew – intuitively or with the knowledge – the glyph of the rising and falling node of his life change.  He was about 37 – just beginning his second Nodal cycle.  (The cycle is 18 and a half years.)

jung's red book, the 1st mandala sketch

jung’s red book, the 1st mandala sketch

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Sacred India Tarot Five of Arrows – Bheeshma’s Renunciation – suggests the point at which the Destiny is greater than the man.  He is no longer of the breeding stock, but serves a higher Order.  The Destiny falls from Heaven as light … as swords of sunlight, or of flowers.  Renouncing his sword of life, he receives the sword of the Spiritual King.

Here now is a working image for the Six of Arrows.  Though he has no children of his own, the older Bheeshma heads a lineage.  His view of the life-scape, and the responsibilities of his individuation,  extend far beyond his personal sphere.   He is aware of the future and of the past, as a Great Circle, seamlessly.

SITA 6 of Arrows - visual reference from comic book

SITA 6 of Arrows – visual reference from comic book

Rohit’s Notes
Six of Arrows – Bheeshma’s years of guardianship of the Kurus

“I suppose the best way to convey the passage of time as well as change – a journey in many stages even when one is unmoving (as the Six represents) – is perhaps a white haired white bearded but still formidable Bheeshma looking out over the palace balcony where the young princes are being trained in archery by Drona.

“We need a sense of receding horizon:  the young people move into the future that he is striving so hard to safeguard.  The six arrows are easily depicted, if we select five young men to represent the Pandavas, and Drona the Guru – all of them on the point of releasing their shafts.  They need not be depicted in great detail even;  a sort of blurry vision through the mists of early morning, as they are practicing, would be fine also.   It would also tie in with the Air suit very well.”

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Sacred India Tarot Six of Arrows

Sacred India Tarot Six of Arrows

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Correspondence, Rohit and Gautam to Jane, July 2004
“The atmosphere is very broody, and suits the Bheeshma character well.  There are a couple of points though.  Bheeshma is perhaps not muscular enough, he looks like a Bruce Lee type of strong man.  To pull on his kind of bow would require muscular overdevelopment – like Conan the Barbarian in Marvel Comics.  This was mentioned in the instructions for card 1.

“Gautam explained that there was some reason for not representing the suit in the dance form of Indonesia or Bali.  That is a great pity, because I really wanted to give an international flavour to the pack, not regiment it or limit to merely Indian forms of representation.  The epics too are really international stories, intellectual property of the world, and Indonesia-Bali has some of the best Hindu art in the world, which was why I was keen on it.

“The Prince looks, I don’t know, slightly financially strapped.  Could we add some plate armour or jewels to his chest or arms, so that the inherent splendour of what he was going to give up comes out stronger?  This looks austere.  The Buddha suit was perfect in conveying the level of luxury he enjoyed.

“But overall as I have said, the psychological accuracy and impact of the suit till now, is remarkable.”

“Rohit”

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The reason was, that during that year I FELT AUSTERE.   My marriage was about to come to an end, and I couldn’t relate to big muscles or research the ornamental extravaganzas of the Balinese mode !   In my sense of the Swords/Arrows, life was stripped down to the truth, pared to the bone in a way:  I could not add to it, or adorn.

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“Dear Jane, here is Rohit’s feedback for the Six of Arrows. The conceptual power of this card is good.  The sense of years passing and Bheesma brooding over the Kurus is terrific.  But he is still too thin and he still has less armour.  He needs to look more muscular.  The old man got stronger as the years went by, as is common with martial artists.”

“Warm regards, Gautam.”

In Rohit’s book with the deck, he comments (in summary):
“Spiritually, Five of Arrows represents the sacrifices and struggles necessary to break through to higher levels of awareness … a phase of reorganization and reorienting one’s priorities … be careful what you pray for – you might get it!

“The name of the gateway in Six of Arrows is ‘Earned Success’.  The card for great reward after enormous effort and patience.  Moving away from troubled times.  Work has to be maintained at fever pitch to ensure the continuance of rewards.  Indomitable spirit, that does not give way to setbacks, however crushing.  Release of tension, like an arrow from a bow.

“Do not run away from yourself.  ‘Quo Vadis’ – where are you going in life?  in your personal and professional work?  Are you doing enough?  Are you patient enough? 

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Here is stated the key to the Action of the Arrows/Swords with destiny – act with it, and be patient!   A truly Capricornian philosophy.  Goats climb into the sky but keep their hooves on the ground.

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Wishing us all, a productive pasture and garden of all the Worlds, for 2014 !

Peace, joy, a kind heart through the gate;  and blessings.

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Rohit Arya

Rohit Arya is an Author, Yogi and Polymath. He has written the first book on Vaastu to be published in the West, {translated into five languages} the first book on tarot to be published in India, co-authored a book on fire sacrifice, and is the creator of The Sacred India Tarot {82 card deck and book}. He has also written A Gathering of Gods. He is  a corporate trainer, a mythologist and vibrant speaker as well as an arts critic and cultural commentator. Rohit is also a Lineage Master in the Eight Spiritual Breaths system of Yoga. 

Earlier posts about the deck, including the first 15 Major Arcana archives are in http://aryayogi.wordpress.com   The deck is copyrighted (c) 2011 to the publishers, Yogi Impressions Books pvt, and available also on Amazon and internationally.

Jane Adams

My adventure invites fellow travellers.  I am a poet, an artist and a seer.  I welcome conversation among the PHILO SOFIA, the lovers of wisdom.

This blog is  a vehicle to promote also my published work – The Sacred India Tarot (with Rohit Arya, Yogi Impressions Books) and The Dreamer in the Dream – a collection of short stories (0 Books). Watch this space.

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