(Full Moon, Sunday, September 30, 2012. 1.18 pm AEST.)
Shamballa, Libra and the Law
Esoterically, Libra is concerned with three major themes, the Law, Sex and Money. These subjects have been covered in previous newsletters, but it is the theme of the Law that will be dwelt upon this year. Correspondences to these themes will build a context and foundation of understanding for the (mysterious to many), theme of Shamballa:
Three Themes of Libra
Shamballa is the world head centre that transmits spiritual law on Earth. Libra is a sign of the law and justice, hence its association with Shamballa. Taurus and Libra are two festivals of the year that bring through the Shamballa forces; both signs are ruled by Venus, regarded as the higher self to Earth.
As a sacred planet that has achieved its perfection, the Venus influence aids and assists planet Earth - currently a 'non-sacred' planet. The Liberation of the human race will eventually transform Earth so that it can take its place alongside the planets who have 'achieved' in this solar system.
Taurus is the
time of the Wesak Festival when a special triangle of energies connect the Lord
of the World - Sanat Kumara, the Buddha and the One who holds the Office of the
Christ. Sanat Kumara presides over the Council of Shamballa. Some of the
Masters of Wisdom are part of this council. In Shamballa's capacity as crown
chakra of the planet, Sanat Kumara directs the Will and Purpose of Shamballa, which
is really the Will and Purpose of the Great Being we call the Planetary Logos -
the Great Life that is incarnate in this entire planet - 'God', if you will. With
regard to Libra,
This balance and this relation of the great opposites, spirit and matter, is symbolised for us in the personality situation of balancing the pairs of opposites on the astral plane, and finding between them the "narrow razor-edged path" which leads to the kingdom of the soul."
The theme of 'balancing
the pairs of opposites on the astral plane' is the one primary preoccupation of
all earnest Pathwalkers. It is said that Shamballa is a place of purpose that
cannot be understood until 'The Plan' is followed.
This process is incessant and the testings become more and more subtle as a soul becomes more conscious. Although an individual may be following the outer law, how much a transgressor in the emotional or thought life? For those upon the Path, a strict vigilance is required to 'guard the doors of thought and desire'.
Paradoxically Librans can experience great turmoil in their lives because of the activation of the Mars-ruled Aries polar opposite. Librans can be constantly engaged in an inner battle with Mars-Aries, eventually triumphing with Venus-Libra.
When the scales of Libra find their equilibrium from the warring pairs of opposites, when 'no oscillation proceeds', there is the interlude, the sacred space between inbreath and outbreath - the peace, poise and beauty of Libra. In the ancient Scriptures, Shamballa is known as the "place of serene determination and of poised, quiescent will" - that can be invoked during the Libra period. Libra carries this poise and quiescence - a certain simplicity of the soul that opens the way into Shamballa':
"Simplicity and unity are related; simplicity is one-pointedness of outlook, free from glamour and the intricacies of the thoughtform-making mind; simplicity is clarity of purpose and steadfastness in intention and in effort, untrammelled by questioning and devious introspection; simplicity leads to simple loving, asking nothing in return; simplicity leads to silence—not silence as an escape mechanism, but as an "occult retention of speech.""
Libra and the Book of the Dead: Weighing the Scales
The scales of
Libra are at the heart of the above scene. In fact, it is the heart - a
symbol of the soul and the expression of the Law of Love - that is being
weighed in the scales - against the feather of truth, by the Jackal-headed Anubis.
Thoth-Mercury is very similar to Libra in that it functions as a mediator and messenger - between people or planets. Mercury is also consonant with Budh - as in Buddha, or buddhi, the higher intuitive consciousness that is the goal of humanity. (Mercury rules the fourth ray of Harmony through Conflict, the major ray influencing Humanity.) Hence, the ostrich feather upon the scale is Truth is buddhi - it is above and away from the mind, it is Divine Reason.
If the heart is lighter than the feather, the candidate is allowed to pass into the afterlife. This ceremony may also be symbolic of an initiation ritual that occurs during a life. The 'afterlife' in this case is the expanded and revelatory consciousness attained through initiation.
Death is somewhat of a minor initiation from life to life. Libra is connected to death, not only through the Reaper-of-Souls Saturn and its exaltation in this sign, but because it is opposite the sign of Aries and beginnings. Libra is about endings, or the consequences of actions initiated in Aries; cause and effect, karma.
The Sun is exalted in Aries, representing the rooster that heralds the dawn; the Sun 'sets' in Libra, in the evening - hence the taking of rest and the 'Libran interlude'; the pause for reflection between day and night, summarised in the symbolism of the Libran Equinox every year.
During the Weighing of the Heart ceremony, the dead person is asked if they have committed any sin that is written on a long list. These 'sins' are the aforementioned 'transgressions against the law'. If the heart is heavier than the feather, the subject is devoured by Ammit, the deadly composite chimera of crocodile, lion and hippopotamus. One is returned to the inner planes and the Bardo state, to eventually find one's way back to the causal body where another incarnation can be taken.
Paradoxical Cycle of Conflict: Libra with Mars in Scorpio
“In Scorpio, with the same planet ruling his interior life, the war is on and in this case Mars rules not only the physical body but the entire form vehicle, which we call the personality in the three worlds. All aspects of the lower nature are involved in this crisis, for Mars is the esoteric ruler in Scorpio and the tests applied involve the form nature—gross and subtle, integrated and potent.”
Of course, 'gross and subtle, integrated and potent', means the physical, astral and mental bodies – or the powerfully integrated personality as a whole. Whether one has planets in Scorpio or not, this transit of Mars is relevant for everybody. Most likely Mars will square or oppose one of your natal planets between now and until the end of the first week of October – and, if you have planets in Scorpio or Scorpio rising, it will be activating those points – so be vigilant!
Mars rules the physical, instinctual appetites and hence its connection with activity and sex - and its other rulership of Aries. For those upon the Path, the main burning ground (to use a Plutonic phrase) is in the desire or emotional field – the desire for sex, for things, for recognition, for people, for love, for spiritual experience, for wholeness – desire is manifold. Mars rules the solar plexus, the centre where the astral body is anchored, and usually the most unruly body of the three-fold personality.
Hence the transit of Mars through Scorpio can be unusually potent, giving rise to intense anger and irritation, a super sex drive, obsessiveness, psychic over-stimulation, a distortion and exaggeration of how things *seem*, an inability to let go, emotional confusion, inner and outer conflict etc.
Scorpio is a
sign of death and relinquishment, hence theoretically these traits can be
transformed. Mars transiting through Scorpio evokes co-ruler Pluto, revealing 'what
This is an important factor to bear in mind, because the imminent return of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom is greatly stimulating the astral plane - because of the buddhic energy that They transmit - and the point of least resistance for its expression is upon the astral plane. Buddhic frequencies impact upon the astral plane and cause great turmoil.
This may seem like a paradox – the Masters of Compassion and Wisdom, creating conflict? The reason is simply that higher frequency buddhic energy meets with the coarser substance of the astral plane, creating temporary turmoil before reaching a point of equilibrium, before the next cycle of turmoil etc, and so evolution of consciousness proceeds.
Hence Mars is a great force for those who have 'reversed the wheel' and tread the Higher Way. Humanity must redeem and raise itself up in order to ‘meet’ that which constitutes ‘The Great Approach’ – the externalisation of the Masters of Wisdom and the Reappearance of the Christ. This great event has not occurred for untold millennia and will most likely manifest in the next 12 to 30 years. For now we prepare the 'time of the forerunner'.
Reactionism and Righteousness
It is not Christ's expression but the Scorpio-Mars presentation of St. Paul. Mars has ruled Christianity because St. Paul misinterpreted the esoteric significances of the New Testament message and he misinterpreted because the truth—like all truths as they reach humanity—had to pass through the filter of his personality mind and brain; it was then unavoidably given a personal slant and twist and this is responsible for the sorry historical story of Christianity and the dire plight of the nations today—ostensibly Christian nations yet swept by hate, ruled by fear and at the same time by idealism, governed by a fanatical adherence to their national destiny as they interpret it and "out for blood" as the piling up of armaments discloses.
All these are
sixth ray characteristics, emphasised by Scorpio and conditioned by Mars which
ever rules the path of the individual disciple, and today the world disciple,
humanity as a whole, stands at the very portal of the Path. The entire west is
at this time under Martian influence ..."
Elsewhere, The Tibetan tells us that this Mars-Scorpio influence is dying out and that the growth of the psychic senses, of clair-voyance and clair-audience will start to replace the very physical qualities of Mars. The problem that still lingers in this cuspal period is that the Mars-ruled sixth ray has been in incarnation for such a long time that, although it is withdrawing, it still has much power.
Libra & Mars in Scorpio: 10-day Window of Danger for Israel
The leader of Israel has been chafing at the bit to attack Iran for a long time, and we are drawing close to the date that is regarded by military experts as a 'sweet spot' to make an attack - late September to early October - during the full moon period of Libra - whilst transiting Mars is still in Scorpio.
experts have long agreed that the ‘sweet spot’ for an Israeli attack on Iran
will be this coming September or October precisely because of the timing of the
US presidential election cycle.”
witnessed his forcefulness with Obama on live TV, that gave the US president a
great distaste for his 'ally'. We
also saw Netanyahu's Scorpionic power when he addressed the US congress; he had
them eating out of his hand, receiving 29 standing ovations from senators - mindlessly
standing up and down like puppets on strings. (See YouTube here.)
As Mars transits through Scorpio, it is moving into a danger zone in both the horoscopes of Netanyahu and Israel, during the 'sweet spot' period. The critical dates for Netanyahu are September 24 to October 3. Transiting Mars will square natal Mars and conjoin his Scorpio Ascendant at the same time, triggering the explosiveness of the natal square, the obsessiveness and ruthlessness that drives him. Plus, a 19-year transit of the Moon's north node swings across his Scorpio ascendant - precisely on September 28, adding a very fated time-of-reckoning theme to this scenario.
A possibility for
diffusion of this tension lies with the annual transit of Venus coincidentally
going over Netanyahu's Mars in Leo, one day before the full moon. Two
possibilities emerge for this Venus-ruled Libran:
will reach its exact square to Israel's Mars by October 4. Israel's T-square is
the proverbial thorn in its side, responsible for aggression towards its
neighbours and other 'existential threats' since its inception.
Hence, there is
an uncanny coincidence of transits in both these horoscopes over a roughly 10-day
period, exacerbating their respective unresolved core tensions. Looking at both
charts, it seems that the most critical days will be may be September 27-30. It
seems to be a knife-edge scenario, Mars and Scorpio bringing issues to the surface,
whilst the full moon forces of Libra provide an open gate of opportunity for
conflict resolution at the 11th hour.
World meditators, as individuals and groups, can do much subjective work during this period to help offset these forces of aggression and deliberate manipulation of the masses. One visualisation comes to mind: Pumping out the filthy swamp of world feeling and desire, propelling the water upward to the dynamic turbine of the planetary heart, where it becomes clear and translucent, transformed into Love-Wisdom - generating spiritual power for all.
We all have to play
our part, the Masters or aliens from another star system and not going to come
and rescue us - they cannot interfere in humanity's karmic destiny and free
will. Nevertheless, that 'free will' is based upon understanding the Greater
Will as it emanates from that potent 'Peace of Shamballa', the place of
"serene determination and of poised, quiescent will." (As Jung
will is doing gladly and freely that which
one must do
Gemini to the Rescue!
because Jupiter is the great 'beneficent', this ancient name referring to the
fact that Jupiter is the ruler of the second ray of Love-Wisdom, the primary quality
that Humanity is developing. Jupiter is the largest of all planets in the solar
system and transmits that largesse and generosity to all who are receptive to
Whilst troublesome Mars rules the solar plexus, Jupiter rules the heart, the higher centre that draws energies up from the solar plexus and purifies. One can use the image again of impure water being pumped upward through a water purifier. Hence Jupiter is currently a great off-setting balance in the heavens.
is another heart association because Gemini is associated with the thymus
endocrine gland connected to the heart, hence Jupiter in Gemini has a
double-heart influence, most appropriate for the Twins of Gemini. There are
also other attributes of Jupiter in Gemini to consider:
... In Gemini, the above is true of Jupiter [in 'detriment' in Gemini]. Why this is so, is, esoterically speaking, one of the secrets of initiation. The clue to the mystery lies in the basic, spiritual dualism of Jupiter in contradistinction to the body-soul dualism of Gemini."
A synthesis of soul and spirit (in contra-distinction to a synthesis of personality and soul), is a very high stage of spiritual unfoldment, on far distant horizons for most of us; it is a point of attainment reached by a Jesus or a Yogananda.
Nevertheless, Jupiter in Gemini's synthesis from dualism attribute - in this most dualistic sign of signs, can be drawn upon whilst Jupiter is here until June 2013. The highest expression of Jupiter in Gemini is loving understanding and right relationship.
Jupiter in Gemini is also highly stimulating in relation to exploring the ageless wisdom and the mysteries of initiation, because, (a) the second ray is the scholar, (b) Jupiter is facilitates expansive consciousness, (c) Gemini is that child-like curiosity that enquires into everything - eclecticism incarnate, drawing from disparate areas the many strands connected to the one source.
Libra Full Moon T-Square: Sun-Uranus, Moon and Pluto
Bear in mind that the rising sign and house positions for this full moon chart are arbitrary - because all charts are different for varying locations. However, the basic sign positions and aspects of the planets remain the same.
If 'Libra admits
the soul into the world centre which we call Shamballa', then the tension of
the T-Square in this full moon horoscope certainly encourages that potential.
The reasons are as follows:
5. What Pluto
destroys, Uranus builds anew. Uranus rules the seventh ray of Ceremonial Order
or Magic. The Shamballa forces have always been destructive in history, from
major cataclysms in Lemuria and Atlantis, to the dropping of the atomic bomb in
World War II. As Humanity evolves however, it will learn to utilise these
Shamballa forces less destructively. Hopefully this will be the case for the
influences of this full moon.
Phillip Lindsay © 2012.
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