Magic Is Afoot

10 March 2004

BdF6     original art by
    Bryan de Flores

           Last week and this week are like night and day, aint they?   This aint Mel, this is Marie Corelli, from her 1897 book The Soul of Lilith [p.304]...

"The youth of the world has departed and the summer seasons of the heart are known on earth no more.   You are born too late - too late! - the Christ claims all - the body, the blood, the nerve and the spirit - every muscle of His white limbs on the cross must be atoned for by the dire penance and torture of centuries of men.   So that now even love is a thorn in the flesh and its prick must be paid with a price - these are the hours of woe preceding the end."
Compare that to...
"'As long as you remain in your ordinary waking consciousness, your environment will seem to have been robbed of its spirit.   But if you plunge consciously into the region embraced by the earth, where you can see the power of the star gods in the silvery light of the moon flowing and surging through the earth, you will come to learn - no longer with the previous spontaneity but only by human effort - that external nature is everywhere permeated by spirit beings and bears the gifts of the gods within itself as spirit beings and elemental spirits.'

"This was the consolation which the priests of the Mysteries could give their people in ancient days; they made them see that plants are not just beautiful but are permeated by the weaving of the spirit; that the clouds do not just sail through the air but that divine spiritual elemental beings are active in them, and so on...   Thus at a certain point in human evolution the task of the Mysteries was to make it clear that when nature appeared to have lost the spirit this was only an illusion of ordinary waking consciousness.   Actually, spirit was to be found everywhere in nature."

So says Rudolf Steiner in his 1923 lecture Man in the Past, the Present and the Future, reprinted in part in The Druids, Sophia 2001, p.61.

           Reanimation of the World is what we're about here.   In the New Physics it's so painfully obvious that the organizing principle is consciousness - not in the pseudoscienterrific hyperegoic sense that hupers are the only conscious entities around but in the sense that the universe is permeated by synergies that have intelligence, not in the sense that they "think for themselves" but in the sense that the entities which manifest from them are imbued with a field, a pattern, a mission, a purpose.   Huper entities are no different, except perhaps for the illusion of separation.   The idea that the Universe and each of its parts has a consciousness, is not welcome in Academia, and it's quite amusing to see how each modern physicist adapts or not to this characteristic of New Physics.

           I've just received word that R. J. Stewart will be giving a workshop in Seattle May 1 and 2.

           We begin a new Vesta-Neptune cycle this weekend, Saturday-Sunday 13-14 March, Honolulu 4pm Saturday, Seattle 6pm Saturday, New York 9pm Saturday, London 2am Sunday, Jerusalem 4am Sunday, Adelaide 12:30pm Sunday.   Simply put, the Vesta-Neptune cycle is about how we serve (Vesta) God/dess (Neptune).   Complicating it a bit, it's the way we pay obeisance or give respect (Vesta) to that which is larger than our individual self (Neptune).   So that can look a lotta different ways.   For instance, many poor deluded souls do their Vesta-Neptune as patriotism.   I know, that's a bit extreme, they're really just still trying to cling to the last century, when nation-states were still viable, and ya sucked up to whomever had the biggest guns cuz they could defend yer material interests.   Lotsa folks still trapped in materialism - Kali Yuga has bottomed, it hasn't ended - so we'll be seeing a goodly number of scoundrels seeking their last refuge.

           This is a particularly strong Vesta-Neptune cycle, initiating as it does at a Power Gate, at the midpoint of a fixed sign, 15 Aquarius - Imbolc, Brigit - the same degree as the Juno-Neptune initiation in January 2005 (see Relationships 2002-2005), "Two lovebirds sitting on a fence singing happily" [Rudhyar 1973 p.258].   That aint a particularly materialistic image, unless yer big into fences, so it sounds more like a cycle of reanimation and passion and ecstatic Union, than a cycle of strong patriotism.   Traditionally, some of Brigit's favorite stones are Amethyst, Garnet, Ruby -

but for me the relevant stone for reanimating the planet is Jade -

           Lets go back and look at the cycle we're just finishing, to see what we can learn from it.   That cycle initiated at 4 Aqua on 8 Nov 2000 - "The disciplined use of spiritual energies in restoring the natural harmony disturbed by man's inharmonic attempts to transcend nature through mind" [Rudhyar 1973 p.251].   Well, some folks were trying to do that, weren't they.   Remember that this cycle has been waning since its phitile ({jbull} Blue Moon) in November 2002, so the strongest portion of the cycle would have been 2001 and 2002 - you can see the bloom of testosterone, er, I mean patriotism, in that period, but that was the result of Vesta's involvement with the Saturn-Pluto opposition of that time (see {jbull} Focus! ).   Of course there will always be some sickos who consider violence to be "the disciplined use of spiritual energies" - and who knows, maybe they're onto something.   Probably not.

           It's ironic that the 2000 Vesta-Neptune initiation occurred on the same day as a Juno-Uranus initiation - inextricably tying the two together.   That one was at 17 Aqua - "A watchdog stands guard, protecting his master and his possessions" [Rudhyar 1973 p.259].   A Juno-Uranus initiation is a wedding with the Higher Self, so it's been appropriate for folks to have gotten so self-righteous about their materialism and fear.   That cycle has been waning since September 2002.   No wonder things have been a bit confused, when we're asked to balance restoring natural harmony with protecting the master's possessions - it's about discovering who the master is, aint it.   No worries, both of these cycles are in their void phase, where we release the attachments that have been illuminated for us.   How we each experienced this (im)balance probably has a lot to do with our natal hot spots near 4 and 17 of the fixed signs.

           The next Juno-Uranus cycle begins in February 2005, and it's basically about reaping and sowing - "The spiritual blessing which strengthens individuals who, happen what may, stand uncompromisingly for their own truth.   A person who does not depend upon collective values, traditions or support but seeks at any cost to be true to their individual self and destiny almost inevitably faces some kind of crucifixion.   They are sustained only by the power within them, to which a light above answers" [Rudhyar 1973 p.272] - (see Relationships 2002-2005).

           The next Vesta-Neptune cycle begins 1 Feb 2008 (a few days after Pluto enters Capricorn) at 22 Aqua - "A rug is placed on the floor of a nursery to allow children to play in comfort and warmth" [Rudhyar 1973 p.262].   Shades of the Loving Spoonful.   We start one more cycle after this before we get to the Big Events of 2012 - at 29 Aqua in mid-December 2011, "A butterfly emerging from a chrysallis: the capacity to utterly transform the character of one's consciousness by radically altering the structural patterns of everyday living and the types of relationships one enters upon" [Rudhyar 1973 p.267].   Wow, impressive!   Then we get to do Neptune in Pisces.