Astrological Model of Acupuncture

[Work in progress]

Title: A new theoretical model of western astrology applied to acupuncture.

Objective: To individualize the 24-hour circadian rhythm of the 12 acupuncture meridians of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) model,

http://lieske.com/channels.htm

aligning these twelve acupuncture meridians

chiflow

http://lieske.com/channels.htm
[diagram not drawn to scale]

with the 12 houses in timed natal charts on the fifth harmonic.

zodiac man

https://www.traditionalmedicine.net.au/medastro.htm

Method: Weaving an internally consistent narrative of symbols relating western astrological precepts (12 houses, Sun, Moon and the 5 Ptolemaic planets: Mercury though Saturn) with the five elements of TCM and the 12 acupuncture meridians.

Outline

1. Four astrological ELEMENTS: Fire stoked by Air, and Earth nourished by Water.

2.1 Cycle of five PHASES of the TCM model: Metal (Air) generating (condensing) Water generating (nourishing) Wood, consumed by Fire to generate Earth generating (mineralizing) Metal (Air).

http://lieske.com/channels.htm

2.2 The reverse of the three states of matter (solid, liquid, gaseous), with the solid state comprised of two sub-phases (Wood and Earth).

2.3 The (alchemical) transmutation of Wood into Earth is activated by Fire.

2.4 Metals can vaporize at high temperatures (more Fire) and liquify (less Fire) at room temperature (e.g., Mercury).

3.1 The arms, not the head, are the highest anatomical location in TCM. The esoteric history of the evolution of the human race

Image result for root races esoteric astrologer

https://esotericastrologer.org/articles/time-history-re-establishing-esoteric-chronology-in-world-history/

may suggest that the head centers were not the focus of attention for the average population at the time when TCM and acupuncture were established as a healing practice. It is possible that the solar plexus served as the physiological brain at prior stages of human evolution.

3.2 In astrology, the arms and hands, as well as the lungs, are ruled by Gemini. So, the choice for the lungs to lead the sequence of three major meridians symbolically projected into the twelve zodiac constellations.

3.3 The constellation of Gemini may be assigned the tropical sign of Aries (in the same way that, due to the precession of the equinoxes, the constellation of Pisces is currently assigned the tropical sign of Aries, to be superseded by the constellation of Aquarius -the Age of Aquarius- in a few hundred years).

An astrological model for the three meridians of acupuncture
applied on a fifth harmonic birth chart.

[Note that the four astrological elements are different from the 5 phases, also called “elements,” in TCM.]

Zodiac-5e

[Aries = House 1, Taurus = House 2, Gemini = House 3, … , Pisces = House 12]

4. There is an offset of two tropical signs between the zodiac constellations (e.g., Aries – Gemini) and the tropical signs assigned to each of the 12 minor meridians comprising the 3 major meridians of acupuncture. A tropical sign corresponds to a house in the birth chart. A fifth harmonic chart seems ideal for an initial exploration of the astrological model given the importance of the pentatonic scale in the TCM model.

5.1. The best goodness-of-fit in the  new model is between the Heart Meridian in Leo and the Small Intestine in Virgo. They serve as the fulcrum of the whole model around which all other meridians are fitted.

5.2 The worst goodness-of-fit in the model is between the Triple Heater meridian (Fire) in Capricorn (Earth).  However, Capricorn is the vertical Father polarity in the Cardinal Cross, associated with the skeletal system -the vertebral spine, in particular, as it relates to the kundalini fires. Furthermore, in our model, Earth and Wood are considered as sub-phases of the solid state of matter, transmuted by Fire.

5.3 Other sub-optimal instances of goodness-of-fit are worth mentioning upfront.

5.3.1 The Large Intestine and Taurus may need a reinterpretation of the excretory function of the voice, associated with the neck, traditionally ruled by Taurus. The vulgar expression when nonsense is spoken (bulls##t) may be related to the 3-7 am meridian partners.

5.3.2 There are two nadis points associated with the stomach (dual solar) plexus.

There are two points of vital light within the solar plexus centre, which makes this centre of dominant importance and a clearing house for the centres below the diaphragm to those above it. One of these points of light is connected with the lower psychic and astral life, and the other is brought into livingness by the inflow from the head centre. I would here remind you that the centres above the diaphragm have only one vital point of energy, whilst the centres below the solar plexus also have only one, but that the solar plexus itself has two points of dynamic energy—one most ancient and awakened, being expressive of the life of the astral or lower psychic body, and the other waiting to be brought into conscious activity by the soul. When this has happened, the awakening to the higher issues of life makes the disciple sensitive to the higher “psychic gift waves” (as the Tibetan occultists call them) of the spiritual world. –DINA II, p. 114

5.3.4 The cleansing of the Augean stables and the redirection of currents in the 11th Labor of Hercules, could be associated with the gall bladder function in Aquarius.

5.3.5 The final synthesis (transformation, death) attained in Pisces could be associated with the biochemical synthesis produced in the liver (chemical death, or burning, of substance transformed into another substance).

6. The traditional rulership of the five phases in TCM (Mercury-Water, Venus-Metal, Mars-Fire, Jupiter-Wood and Saturn-Earth) is an additional layer of the model, not to be conflated with the rulership of the astrological signs (5 planets, the Sun and the Moon).

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7. An example (chart above) applying the principles of the new astrological model on a patient with liver dysfunction (fatty liver, with burning sensation over liver area). The Moon and Pluto on House 12 (ruled by Jupiter), with Jupiter in a stressful square angle with natal Sun.

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The previous work of Trudy Wendelin is acknowledged.

Western Astrology & Chinese Medicine: A Synergy of East & West

https://www.truewindshealing.com/single-post/2016/11/24/Western-Astrology-Chinese-Medicine-A-Synergy-of-East-West

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Other references

Zodiac

https://vijayajyoti.com/sidereal-and-tropical-zodiac/

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homunculus

https://www.ebmconsult.com/articles/homunculus-sensory-motor-cortex

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ChiClock2

Diagrams adapted by JB from several sources.

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Schematic of Chinese Fluid Physiology:

http://lieske.com/channels/5e-stomach.htm

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Spiraling Meridians

by JB

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Esoteric Healing Framework
(JB’s summary of excerpts from the AAB-DK books)

1. Cosmically, the three Aspects of Divinity are: Mother (material intelligence, past solar system), Son (consciousness, present solar system) and Father (spirit, future solar system). In the previous solar system, the third (Mother) aspect of the Trinity was developed. The solar plexus corresponds to the physical sun of the human organism, the third (Mother) aspect.

2. The organs below the diaphragm were developed in the Lemurian and Atlantean epochs. The Chinese race belongs to the fourth root race (we are in the fifth; the Mongolians are the 7th sub-race of the fourth root race). What is now autonomous in the human organism may have been subject to conscious attention / regulation in previous periods / races, either by new development or by recapitulation.

7 rootraces timeline med

https://esotericastrologer.org/articles/time-history-re-establishing-esoteric-chronology-in-world-history/

3. The spleen (below the diaphragm), receiver of solar and planetary prana (vitality), is the bridge between: a) the etheric body and the dense physical body, and b) the cardiac chakra (different from the physical organ of the heart) currently concentrating and conducting the vitality (life aspect) of the individualized soul in the human being. Currently, there is a close relationship between the spleen and the cardiac chakra.

4. The centers of the head (coronary-pineal, ajna-pituitary, alta major-carotids) were not the focus of attention of the fourth root race (therefore, my conjecture is that the brain was not specifically mentioned among the 12 meridians of acupuncture, with the exception of the cranial nerves, because the plexus solar served as the “brain” of the organism).

5. The relationship of the spleen with the two kidneys forms a very important triangle in the physiological regulation of the lower chakras (below the diaphragm, kundalini energy). This may explain the importance of the meridians associated with the kidney and the bladder in acupuncture, which are much longer relative to other meridians.

6. Premature stimulation of the Kundalini energy is advised against in occult meditation. However, the organs below the diaphragm may be subject to medical intervention (endocrinological: adrenals, gonads; TCM: acupuncture) for regulation.

7. Acupuncture may be considered one of the complementary modalities recommended in the AAB-DK book Esoteric Healing (EH) to treat illnesses and mitigate pain in the physical plane. However, the primary attention of EH is directed to the psychological (“inner”)  causes of the diseases with the purpose of preventing them at a “higher” level (relative to the physical-etheric plane, i.e., astral, mental; see study guide). The correlation of emotions with the organs in TCM could be considered a first attempt to link these “higher” (psychological) causes with the diseases.

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[2019.07.12 Rev. 2019.07.14]

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Polar Alignment

The Esoteric Significance of Polar Alignment

 “Concentration upon the Pole-Star will give knowledge of the orbits of the planets and the stars.” – Light of the Soul, Book III, #28.

In astronomy, polar alignment is the process of accurately aligning the rotational axis of a telescope’s equatorial mount with the north celestial pole. This alignment allows for accurate tracking, from the Earth’s perspective, of the fixed stars in the celestial sphere by means of a clock drive synchronized with the sidereal time.

The Celestial Sphere

The Celestial Sphere
(Image Courtesy of the Lunar and Planetary Institute)
https://planetary-science.org/astronomy/the-celestial-globe/

A metaphor:  the causal body — the monadic heart in the higher mind — as the telescope, and the Soul as the Observer “thinking in the heart”.

“The causal body is the correspondence in the monadic manifestation to the heart center.” – A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, p. 538.

The mind (casual body) as an instrument of observation (telescope).

The optic nerve is a symbol of the antahkarana, and the entire structure of the eye ball is one of the most beautiful symbols of the threefold deity and the threefold man. – Esoteric Healing, p. 572

The need for a well-balanced and aligned instrument of observation.

A balanced mind is unbiased (free from glamour). The Technique of Light dissipates glamour.

Polaris (Ursa Minor) and the two Pointers (Ursa Major) serve as guideposts to align the mind with the divine Purpose and the Plan (polar alignment).

An aligned mind is free from illusion (right road map) and thus able to unfold the intuitive sense (thinking in the heart).

The Technique (Practice) of the Presence (mindfulness), or Agni Yoga, transcending the linear sense of time into the Eternal Now, dispels illusion.

Cosmic Swastika: the Cosmic Clock

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“In the centre of the will of God I stand.
Naught shall deflect my will from His.
I implement that will by love.
I turn towards the field of service.
I, the Triangle divine [Monadic Triad] , work out that will
Within the square [Swastika] and serve my fellowmen.”
-DINA II, 141

Rule IX for Group Initiation. Let the group know there are no other selves. Let the group know there is no colour, only light; and then let darkness take the place of light, hiding all difference, blotting out all form. Then—at the place of tension, and at that darkest point—let the group see a point of clear cold fire, and in the fire (right at its very heart) let the One Initiator appear Whose star shone forth when the Door first was passed.

DINA I, p. 359. “May the Holy Ones Whose disciple I am show me the light I seek; give me the strong aid of Their compassion and Their wisdom. There is a peace which passeth understanding; it abides in the hearts of those who live in the Eternal. There is a power which maketh all things new; it lives and moves in those who know the Self as one. May that peace brood over us, that power uplift us till we stand where the One Initiator is invoked, till we see His star shine forth.”

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For a glossary of esoteric terms please see the Lucis Trust books online.

References

Light of the Soul (Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, translated by Alice A. Bailey), Book III, Aphorism #28. Concentration upon the Pole-Star will give knowledge of the orbits of the planets and the stars.

This sutra is of small significance to the ordinary student, but is of profound use to the initiate or pledged disciple. Suffice it here to say that this sutra forms the background for all astrological investigation and from an appreciation of its meaning will eventuate an understanding of:

1. The relation of our solar system to the other six constellations which (with ours) form the seven force centres of which the seven great spiritual influences of our system are the reflections and agents.

2. The path of our sun in the Heavens and the twelve signs of the Zodiac through which our sun apparently passes. Therefore it will be apparent that this sutra is the key to the purpose of the [Page 304] seven and the twelve upon which all our creative processes are built.

3. The meaning of the twelve labours of Hercules in their relation to man, the microcosm.

4. The purpose of our planet, gained by the adept through an understanding of the triplicity formed by:

a. The Pole Star,
b. Our Earth Planet,
c. The Great Bear.

Other meanings are available to those who hold the key, but the above will suffice to show the deep, though esoteric significance attached to these brief words.

Light of the Soul, p. 331.  Liberation from the thorny path refers to the path of physical life, and is nowhere more beautifully referred to than by the Christ in His parable of the Sowers, where some of the seed fell among thorns. The explanation is given that the thorns are the cares and troubles of worldly existence which succeed in choking the spiritual life and in veiling the true man for so long. The thorny path must lead to the northern path and that in turn to the Path of Initiation. In one of the old books in the Archives of the Lodge, are found these words:

“Let the seeker after truth escape from drowning and climb the river’s bank. Let him turn towards the northern star and on firm ground stand, his face directed towards the light. Then let the star lead.”

Esoteric Astrology. p. 361 [Gemini]: Venus is also the Earth’s alter ego, as it is called in the occult literature, and its true supplementary and complementary planet. You have thus established a double dual relationship: that of Gemini itself, the two brothers, and that of the Earth and Venus. The Earth is peculiarly related to the “brother whose light is waning,” for it is not a sacred planet, as you know, and to that aspect of divinity which is material or substantial; Venus is closely related to the “brother whose light grows stronger cycle by cycle” and thus to the soul whose nature is love. It is this Gemini-Venus situation which lies behind the fact that our Earth is uniquely the “planet of releasing sorrow and of purifying pain,” the energy producing these releasing factors being focused through Mercury and Venus upon our Earth. You will see, therefore, the significance of that triangle of planets [Page 362] (at which I hinted in A Treatise on Cosmic Fire): the Earth-Venus-Mercury.

Esoteric Astrology, p. 47.  We have, therefore, a direct stream of energy flowing through:

a. The logoic twelve-petalled egoic lotus, cosmic mental plane.
b. The solar twelve-petalled lotus.
c. The planetary logoic heart, also a twelve-petalled lotus.
d. The twelve-petalled human egoic lotus on the mental plane.
e. The twelve-petalled heart centre in a human being.

Or, to word it otherwise, energy flows direct from:

a. The solar Logos, via three great cosmic centres:

1. The central spiritual Sun.
2. The heart of the Sun.
3. The physical Sun.

b. The heart centre of the planetary Logos, situated on the fourth cosmic etheric plane (our buddhic plane).

c. The egoic lotus of a human being on the mental plane, which is literally a correspondence to the “heart of the Sun.” The monadic point is a reflection in the human system of the “central spiritual Sun.”

d. The heart centre of a man on the etheric plane of the physical plane, which is in its turn a correspondence to the physical Sun.

Thus the tiny atom is linked with the great central Life of the solar system.

Esoteric Astrology.  There are four of the zodiacal signs which are mysteriously concerned with what one might call the “personality expression” (if such an unsuitable term can be used in default of better) of the solar Logos Himself, or with the Divine Quaternary, the fourfold manifestation of Deity.

These four signs are Aries—Leo—Scorpio—Aquarius, and they involve the expression of the energy of one Cardinal sign and of three signs which form part of the Fixed Cross of the heavens. We could express this truth in another manner: God the Father, the Will to manifest, initiates the creative process which is worked out through the activity of God the Son, the cosmic Christ, crucified upon the Fixed Cross in the heavens.

The activity of God [Page 194] the Holy Spirit, implicit in the Mutable Cross, is closely allied to the previous solar system, and the energy of that divine aspect is practically entirely occupied with manipulating the forces inherited from that system and inherent in the very nature of substance itself. This divine aspect is to the whole general divine manifestation what the lower nature (form life or personality in the three worlds of human evolution) is to the soul where an individual human being is concerned. As regards these three Persons of the divine Trinity, we might say that:

  1. Aries is the focal point of the expression of the first aspect of divinity, the will aspect.
  2. Leo is the focal point for the expression of the second aspect, the love-wisdom or consciousness aspect. This, primarily where humanity is concerned.
  3. Virgo is the focal point for the expression of the third aspect, that of active intelligence. In that sign the highest function of matter is symbolised.

The four signs—Aries, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius—are related to the following stars which are not numbered in the twelve signs of the zodiac; they constitute another field of relationships:

  • Aries to one of the two stars, found in the constellation, the Great Bear, which are called the two Pointers.
  • Leo to Polaris, the Pole Star, found in the Little Bear.
  • Scorpio to Sirius, the Dog Star.
  • Aquarius to Alcyone, one of the seven Pleiades.

There is little that I can tell you in connection with the energies pouring into the four zodiacal signs from these distant though potent points of outgoing energy; they are part of the life expression of an Identity, immeasurably superior [Page 195] to and more advanced than our solar Logos. A few hints may, however, be of service to the truly esoteric astrologer who may study these pages, particularly where Scorpio is concerned. Scorpio, at this particular stage of human evolution, governs the Path of Discipleship. You will note here also how Leo-Scorpio-Aquarius form a peculiar triangle of force, but of this I will later deal [in Chapter III under the heading, The Science of Triangles].

Aries is, as might be expected, closely connected with the Great Bear but peculiarly so with one of the stars called The Pointers; these point to the Pole star which is at this time a major “star of direction.” Direction, will, purpose and plan are all connected with the solar Logos and with His evolutionary undertakings in connection with the many lives manifesting in the vehicle of expression which we call the solar system. All these respond to the influences of the first ray which is, to all intents and purposes, the energy of divine embodied will, which has been esoterically described as “unavoidable directed purpose.” Within our solar system, Vulcan and Pluto are expressions or custodians of this first ray energy and are, as I have told you, esoteric planets. The first indication of the true spiritual will only begins to manifest upon the Path of Discipleship—hence the late discovery of these two planets (late in point of time and from the angle of human knowledge) for it is only in this Aryan race period that humanity is to any large extent beginning to manifest evidence (and as yet it is no more) of a reaction or a response to the spiritual will of deity as it comes to our planet and hence to us via Aries, Vulcan and Pluto. You have, therefore, the following direct line of will energy:

  1. The Pointer furthest from the Pole Star in the constellation of the Great Bear [Merak]. This is, esoterically speaking, [Page 196] a great reservoir or focal point for divine energy, carrying out God’s purpose. The Pointer nearest to the Pole Star [Dubhe] is expressive of a lower aspect of the will, which—in speaking of humanity—we call self-will.
  2. Aries, in which the will to create or to manifest makes its appearance and the great divine experiment is initiated.
  3. Vulcan and Pluto are related to the two Pointers and are only now beginning, in any definite and clear manner, to affect human response. Their effect has been planetary in its nature up to date and has not hitherto been at all effective in either the fourth or the second kingdoms in nature.
  4. Shamballa, the Custodian of the Plan for our planet.

Leo is the sign wherein the consciousness of individuality is developed, utilised and finally consecrated to divine purpose. It is related to Polaris, the Pole Star (found in the Little Bear) and it is also peculiarly susceptible to the influence of that Pointer in the Great Bear which is the nearest to the Pole Star [Dubhe]. Esoterically speaking, the Pole Star is regarded as the “star of re-orientation” whereby the art of “refacing and recovering that which is lost” is developed. This eventually brings a man back to his originating source. It might, therefore, be correctly inferred that this Pointer [Dubhe] and the energy emanating from it guides humanity upon the involutionary path, and is constantly active in its influence upon the man who is still upon the Mutable Cross. Then the energy of the Pointer furthest from the Pole Star [Merak] begins to make its presence felt and a sense of right direction or guidance is registered by the disciple upon the Path, and such guidance (when followed) leads man nearer to the Hierarchy.

It is here that the divine [Page 197] necessity of achieving alignment is portrayed for us in the symbolism of the sky and when it has been achieved then there is a direct inflow of divine energy and man is linked up in a new and creative manner to sources of divine supply. Astrologers will do well (in connection with the horoscopes of disciples and particularly of initiates) to consider the two Pointers [Merak @ Leo 19 and Dubhe @ Leo 15] and the Pole Star [@ Gemini 28]. They are mysteriously connected with the three aspects of incarnated man—Spirit, soul and body. More than this it is not permitted to me to convey to you. I may, however, give you another hint. These three stars are embodiments of the three aspects of divine will. It is the three aspects of all expressions of divinity in manifestation which underlie the Science of Triangles. This I will later elaborate.

Another triangle of energy also appears: Aries, Leo and Polaris, and they are doubly connected through the medium of the Pointers.

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Esoteric Quarterly, Winter 2006, p. 49. In perhaps what is an even more striking example of likeness between the astrological correlations posited by Leo and by Bailey for the Tibetan, there is a linkage posited by Leo between the monad and the Pole Star, [Alan Leo. Esoteric Astrology. Destiny Books, 1913/1983, p. 261] which star, of course, belongs to the class of fixed stars. It was a special claim of the Tibetan’s version of esoteric astrology that monadic awareness is equivalent to awareness of the energies coming from the fixed stars and non-zodiacal constellations. Thus, although Leo had in mind just the Pole Star and not fixed stars or non-zodiacal constellations in general, he was certainly on the same track the Tibetan would ultimately take in regard to the linkage of monadic awareness with the influence of the fixed stars and non-zodiacal constellations.

AleanLeoPoleStar

[Excerpt from Alan Leo’s Esoteric Astrology]




Q:
Why is Polaris at Gemini 28 if its RA is 2.5?

 A: Because celestial longitude is NOT equal to ecliptic longitude!

Although 1 hr of RA = 15 degrees of celestial longitude, the obliquity of the ecliptic with respect to the celestial equator makes it necessary to apply spherical trigonometry formulas to calculate the corresponding ecliptic longitude.

Ref: Calculating the right ascension (i.e. converting from ecliptic to equatorial coordinates) requires some spherical trigonometry, but fortunately there are internet tools that will do this, such as here.

https://lambda.gsfc.nasa.gov/toolbox/tb_coordconv.cfm

The resulting RA coordinates are: Aries 0h 0m 0s; Taurus 1h 51m 39s; Gemini 3h 51m 16s; Cancer 6h 0m 0s; Leo 8h 8m 44s; Virgo 10h 8m 21s; Libra 12h 0m 0s; Scorpio 13h 51m 39s; Sagittarius 15h 51m 16s; Capricorn 18h 0m 0s; Aquarius 20h 8m 44s; Pisces 22h 8m 21s.

Example (Polaris J2000)

Celestial +89:15:50.00 Latitude (deg) +02:31:49.00 Longitude(deg)

Ecliptic +66:31:02.44 Latitude (deg) +88:09:15.10 Longitude(deg)

Galactic +26:24:14.56 Latitude (deg) +122:47:04.51 Longitude(deg)

88 degrees = GE 28

Spherical trigonometric formulas:

The transformation from celestial right ascension (α) and declination (δ)

to ecliptic longitude (λ) and declination (β)

sin β           = cos ε sin δ – sin α cos δ sin ε

cos λ cos β = cos α cos δ

sin λ cos β  = sin ε sin δ + sin α cos δ cos ε

where ε = 23.439 281° is the obliquity of the ecliptic.

http://farside.ph.utexas.edu/Books/Syntaxis/Almagest/node12.html

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https://classicalastrologer.me/fixed-star-ephemeris-1500-2005/

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2019.06.25

[work in progress]


 

Polar Alignment

by JB

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Source: Landscape astrophoto by JB @ Atlanta home, circa 2019 Summer Solstice.

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Hierarchical Democracy

Hierarchical Democracy, Agni Yoga and the Plan

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https://hierarchicaldemocracy.blog/2019/05/11/usr-2019/

 

Agni Yoga, the Practice of the Presence


Three preliminary steps
for which the practice of alignment should have prepared the student of the higher mysteries. These steps must precede all effort to develop the intuition, and this may take several months (or even years) of careful preparation. Fire is the symbol of the mind and these are the first three stages of the Agni Yoga discipline, or of the yoga of fire, for which Raja Yoga has prepared the student.

  • Profound attentiveness, the evocation of the stage of spiritual “tension.” It is a tension brought about by complete control of the personal self so that it is “fitted for contact with the real,” like the tension of a taut string attuned to a musical note ready to resonate at a certain frequency.
  • Adaptability of the Soul-infused Personality. The Personality becomes pliably receptive to the life of the Soul, achieving a state of fusion with the Soul, or solar Angel, as it eliminates the “points of frictions.”
  • Serene expectancy. The holding of the mind steady in the light of the Soul, which remains the attitude of the lower self for the entire remaining period of work, held at the point of tension by the Soul and not by an effort of the personality. The Soul undertakes this holding when the personal self has done its utmost to achieve the desired tension.

Next stages in the Technique. These must be thoroughly understood and form the basis of prolonged brooding and intelligent reflection, carried on whilst the daily avocations and duties are being performed and not carried out at certain set times. The trained intuitive or disciple lives ever the dual life of mundane activity and of intense and simultaneous spiritual reflection. This is a suggestive formula for a more advanced meditation attitude, not a meditation form.

  • The (Monadic) Presence. Keep a definite and sustained effort to sense the (Monadic) Presence throughout the universe in all forms and in all presentations of truth. This could be expressed in the words: “the effort to isolate the germ or seed of divinity which has brought all forms into being”. This effort is primarily to see in the light which the solar Angel radiates the point of light behind all phenomenal appearances.
  • Intuiting the Purpose. Having sensed the (Monadic) Presence – not theoretically but in vibrating response to its Existence – next comes the stage of the ascertaining of the Purpose, the effort to achieve an understanding of that which through the medium of form is seeking to embody the high purpose at any specific point in the evolutionary cycle.
  • The triple light of the intuition. To carry some world problem, some design which has evolved in the mind or the heart of the disciple for the helping of Humanity, into what is esoterically called “the triple light of the intuition.” This light is formed by the blending of the light of the personal self, focused in the mind, the light of the Soul, focused in the solar Angel, and the universal light which the Presence emits.
  • The interludes. After relinquishing of the Higher (Monadic) Way and returning to the solar Angel (refocusing in the Soul),
    • a pause or interlude for constructive thinking, under the influence of the solar Angel;
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      the turning of the mind to the formulation of those forms of thought which must embody the revelation; and

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      then again, a pause which is called “the pause preceding presentation.”

  • Fiery ordeal. The presentation of the revelation of the imparted truth and its precipitation as a formulation of the lower concrete mind is achieved. It is a GROUP revelation. The group is needed to protect the individuals from “some of the fire within that which is revealed” as it “wings its way back to the source from whence it came; some of it serves to destroy the revealer, and some to burn those who recognize the revelation.” This phase of Agni Yoga may only be INDIVIDUALLY practiced by those group-conscious initiates who can penetrate beyond the solar Angel into the place “where fire dwelleth,” and where God, the Presence, functions as a consuming fire and waits for the hour of total revelation. 

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  • Final Stages of Precipitation (see Rules on White Magic)

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[Adapted by JB from the Technique of the Presence (Glamour: A World Problem) by Alice A. Bailey.]

The Christ

The Lord Looked at Peter

Christ

by Herbert Beecroft*

[Photo credit: John Wesley’s House & The Museum of Methodism]

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THOUGHTS ON THE REAPPEARANCE OF THE CHRIST

BY ALICE A. BAILEY, JUNE 1949

Keep close in touch with Me and with the Master who surveys your life.
With Us are found the forces of the living Light and Love which you must use.
Keep close to us, and day by day draw on the strength
And knowledge which We have and which is also yours.
Let naught disturb the acquiescent calm which keeps you close in touch,
Which brings you light and understanding
And keeps you steadfast on the Way.

Source: I Stand and Wait by Alice A. Bailey


 

* It is not entirely clear why [Herbert Beecroft] decided, at the age of 41, to emigrate to Australia. He did much the same kind of thing there, making a good living, and it was there, in 1927, that he painted his most famous picture. He was a devout and life-long Methodist, and the story went that one day, after a time spent in prayer, he had a vision of the face of Christ. This he set down in oils, and it was subsequently copied many times.

I can remember a copy of it hanging of the wall of my Sunday school superintendent, and finding it distinctly unnerving. It had the caption: “And the Lord turned and looked upon Peter……..and Peter remembered.”

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Geometric Tarot

The purpose of this essay is to consider possible numeric, geometric , musical and cosmological keys that may prove useful in deciphering the archetypal code of the CBD Tarot of Marseille. In Part I, the reader is introduced to the methods of inquiry. In Part II, the implications of this inquiry — related to the practice of Agni Yoga — are discussed.

PART I

There are 22 Major Arcana Tarot cards, and there are 22 — and only 22 — regular polygons with integer sides and angles which can be inscribed in a circle.[1] This coincidence suggests a cyclic (sinusoidal) pattern, as well as a “foolish” quest for the “squaring of the circle.”

Furthermore, the sides of this series of 22 polygons can be factorized as products of the prime numbers 2, 3,and 5, like in the 5-limit just intonation.[2]

Table 1. Factorization by prime numbers 2, 3 and 5.

2a x 3b x 5c = 3,4,5,6,8,9,…,40,45,60,72,90,120.

(for a=0,1,2,3; b=0,1,2; c=0,1)

Tarot360

However, the polygons of 360 and 180 sides, corresponding to a point and a line, do not have “conjugate” polygons in a 2-D plane. Conjugates are pairs of polygons in which the  number of sides in one correspond to the central angle degrees in the other. For instance, a triangle (3 sides) and a dodecontagon (120 sides) are conjugate polygons because their central angles are 120 and 3 degrees, respectively. The product of these two numbers always equals 360.

The triangle (3) is the first regular polygon of the remaining 20 polygons inscribed in a circle; the dodecontagon (120) is the last. The octadecagon (18) and the icosagon (20) are positioned at the midpoint of the series.

When we sort the 22 cards of the CBD Tarot of Marseille in reverse order, as shown in Table 1, and align them with the corresponding inscribed polygons, a semicircular (V) pattern emerges (Figure 1), with the Wheel of Fortune serving as the point of return corresponding to the conjugate polygons of 18 and 20 sides.

Figure 1

Tarot360AUM

formula

Therefore, there may be a 2-3-5 musical key to the Mysteries. Also, three octaves comprise 22 notes. The 5-limit just intonation generates 22 inscribed polygons, pointing to mathematical and geometric keys of the Mysteries, as hinted herein. A cosmological key may also be present — As Above, So Below — as in the Tree of Life, in the Sepher Yetzirah and the 22 letters of the Kabbalah alphabet.

Sepher Yetzirah

The 3 Mother Letters would correspond to the Triangle, the Square and the Pentagon: the factorization by the three prime numbers 2, 3,and 5 (“primordial” polygons) manifesting the Father, the One.

The 12 Simples would correspond to: 1, (2), (3), 4, (5), 6, 8, 9,10, 12,15,18, 20, 24, 30.

[30 is the end of the “simple” series, for a=b=c=1]

21 x 31 x 51=30

The 7 Doubles ([30 x 2 = 60] x 2 = 120) would correspond to: 36,40,45,60,72,90,120.

The point (1) and the line (2) precede the 2-D polygonal figures, whose respective archetypes begin to externalize (manifest) with the triangular polygon.



A Cubic Tarot

TarotCube2

Three orthogonal axes of direction: East-West, North-South, Above-Below.

Six faces and the center: the Seven Rays (1-7, 2-6, 3-5 and 4 at the center)

Twelve edges: the Three Crosses of the Zodiac (Mutable, Fixed and Cardinal).

The Antahkarana Helical Bridge
3 + 7+ 12 = 22

PART II

The Probationary Path of the Prodigal Son, from the birth of the Fool to the Magician stage, has a turning point (Wheel of Fortune). This point must be crossed again, on the Way of Return, now led by the Soul — the true Magician within — back to the Source of all Light. The Fool has been transformed into a Buddha, the Enlightened One, an Initiate of the Mysteries (revealed on the Day of Judgment).

Figure 2. CBD Tarot of Marseille.

TarotV2

However, the order of the steps to be trodden in the Fool’s Journey is not lineal, but rather, labyrinthine, as shown in this 2-D rendition of a multidimensional process.

Figure 2 

Prime Generating Symmetry of the Number 22

primepairs

Source: https://www.virtuescience.com/22.html

As shown in Figure 2, any two numbers linked by a line add up to an irreducible prime number, signaling a new beginning in a path of many trials and errors, back and forth, ups and downs, until the Light of the Word — the Word of the Light, the true Archetypal World — is revealed.

[Archetypal cosmology] recognizes the multidimensionality, the intradimensional variability, and polyvalence of astrological archetypes, which underscores their inherent indeterminism [archetypally prophetic, but not factually predictive].
-Glenn Perry

The Practice of the Presence, as practiced by Brother Lawrence and Hedwig Lewis (At Home With God), could be understood as viewing life like a series of daily snapshots (“cards”) of meaningful coincidences (Jung’s synchronicity) presented to our consciousness for continuous contemplation (the last stage of Patanjali’s Raja Yoga). The practice of contemplating the Tarot cards may be viewed as a tool to hone this “spiritual reading” skill as we weave our “continuity of consciousness.”

The “three directions” of Agni Yoga  — the yoga of the Practice of the Presence — are profound attentiveness (mindfulness), serene expectancy and perfect adaptability. These correspond to the Will, the Love-Wisdom and the Intelligence of the practitioner. These three directions — when employed on each of the 7 days of the week, and on each of the 12 months of the year — may reveal meaningful associations related to the 7 rays (musical  notes or colors) of our psychological constitution, and to the 12 houses and signs of the zodiac in our birth charts. This practice may provide a “spread layout” of our personal Tarot cards in real life, unique to our specific circumstances.

How many times have we paused to reflect on the significance of apparently casual encounters and “co-incidences” related to archetypal figures of authority  —the Empress [3] and the Emperor [4]— and teaching  —the Popess [2] and the Pope [5]— represented by bosses, parents and advisors in our daily lives? The Lover card [6] may remind us of the choices that we make with consequences that accompany us for the rest of our lives. “The Chariot [7] and the Hermit [9],” according to  Ben-Dov, “can represent two opposites. The Justice card [8], with its scales and sword, can be weighing them one against the other, as well as ‘cutting’ and choosing between them in a particular moment.”  And so on, as so well described by Yoav Ben-Dov in his rendition of the Fool’s pilgrimage. 

We are all “Fools,” in the Christ’s sense: “Truly I tell you, anyone who does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Luke 18:17)

May this outline help others — and myself —  find the hidden keys deciphering the ARCHETYPAL code of the Tarot, to the Glory of the One.

-JB
2019.04.06

APPENDIX

Possible astrological correlates of the Tarot
by JB

(# and * marked as semantically exchangeable)

TAROT ZODIAC
22 Fool Mercury (Hermes)
21 World Houses
20 Enlightenment (Judgment) Aries
19 Sun Leo
18 Moon Cancer
17 Star Ascendant
16 Tower Saturn#
15 Devil Pluto
14 Temperance Sagittarius
13 Untitled (End, Death) Pisces
12 Hanged Uranus
11 Force Mars
10 Fortune Jupiter#
9 Hermit Neptune
8 Justice Libra
7 Chariot Scorpio
6 Lovers Gemini
5 Pope Capricorn
4 Emperor Taurus
3 Empress Virgo*
2 Popess (Priestess) Venus*
1 Magician Aquarius

Theories of contrast in nature

In addition to the doctrine of the Sefirot and the letters, the theory of contrasts in nature, or of the syzygies (“pairs”), as they are called by the Gnostics, occupies a prominent place in the Sefer Yetzirah.

Seven pairs of contrasts are enumerated in the life of man:

  • Life and death (JB: Rays 1/7)
  • Peace and strife (JB: Rays 2/6)
  • Wisdom and folly (JB: Rays 3/5)
  • Wealth and poverty (JB: Rays 3/7)
  • Beauty and ugliness (JB: Ray 4)
  • Fertility and sterility (JB: Rays 2/5)
  • Lordship and servitude (JB: Rays 1/6).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sefer_Yetzirah


Tarot of Cosmic Consciousness
(Sacred Geometry and Tarot)

  • Circle: (Dot in center) A beginning, Oneness (1) FATHER
  • Vesica Piscis: reflection of the One (2) MOTHER
  • Triangle: Multiplication (3) CHILD
  • Square: Order, stability (4) FOUR DIRECTIONS (crucified FOOL in the World)
  • Pentagon: Processes of life, Law of Analogy (5) SOUL, LIGHT (Third Eye)
  • Hexagon: Perfection, balance, harmony (6) COSMIC SEX (Love)
  • Heptagon: Eternal The (indivisible) VIRGIN (7)
  • Octagon: Expansion and contraction (8) PYRAMID, SOUND (Pranayama)
  • Nonagon: Completion Processes of life (9) INFINITY
  • Decagon: Wholeness (10) HEAD, PERFECTION (Human Kingdom)
  • Hendecagon: (11) HANDS, MAGICIAN
  • Dodecagon: HEART (Lotus), COMPLETION (Deva Kingdom)

Adapted from:
http://tarotofcosmicconsciousness.blogspot.com/2016/03/sacred-geometry-and-tarot.html

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The Divine Feminine is not Feminist

International Women’s Day 2019

See adjacent text.

Today we pay homage to the Divine Feminine, the archetypal mother and wife, as an equal Partner of the Divine Masculine, the archetypal father and husband.

Modern feminism may be construed as an ideology of equality and sameness. I fully agree with the principle of equality. I take exception, though, with the pursuit of sameness, a gender neutral ideology pretending to negate the natural and universal Law of Polarity.

For instance, I disagree with the image of women in the battlefront, waging wars like men. Equality by imitating men is not progress, but rather, a regression to the mean. In this case, a regression to the frequently mean goal of waging unjustified wars to achieve ephemeral peace.

We need more men to imitate women’s natural approach to conceiving and giving birth to peace, rather than the masculine way to impose peace by defeating an enemy. Permanent peace can only result when justice is born, socially and internationally.

I agree with the image of women as rulers of countries, bringing their experience, formal and informal, as accomplished professionals, as well as wise mothers and wives, to decide the fate of the soldiers they will send in harm”s way. We need the balance of women’s and men’s wise judgment in governing, and in declaring just wars.

Today we pay homage to the Divine Feminine, discerning between equality and sameness. The former is progressive; the latter, rather regressive, regressing to the pre-Edenic stage of undifferentiated gender.

The future holds the promise of a post-differentiated fusion of gender. That time is not yet, though. In the meantime, here and now, women keep inspiring men to be better men, as men keep inspiring women to be better women.

Archetypes, according to Plato and Jung, are meant for that purpose, as uplifting ideals for the progress of humankind.

So may it be.

JB

PS: I understand the controversial nature of this statement. It is not my intention to stir controversy. Instead, I intend to present a point of view from a spiritual, but not religious, perspective. If it serves to simply stimulate conversation with an open mind, detached from ideological straitjackets, my objective has been accomplished.

Excerpts from Reviewer #1:

… the esoteric point of view …  we are moving toward androgyny – as the youth today seem to be expressing in their way of thinking – not identifying themselves as either male or female – they’re simply humans.

Like you, I do not identify with traditional feminism. I find it abhorrent that women go into military battle.  Their insistence on having done so is now karmically coming home to roost. We heard on the news a few days ago men are now demanding to make a new law that women be required to enlist in the military (be drafted) the same as men because women are now allowed to engage in battle, whereas before they did not.  To your point, ‘equal’ does not mean ‘the same’.  Of course, because we know something about rebirth, some of these women may have had a recent life as a man and remember the pull of battle.  What a dilemma.   But your points are “spiritual”, they are about consciousness.

We need to distinguish higher and lower masculine and feminine traits or tendencies.  It becomes clearer when we speak about ray energies (hard line and soft line rays), qualities, and positive and negative polarity, rather than gender differences.  For example, I do not find it true that the feminine is equated with love and the masculine is not, or that the masculine is equated with intelligence and the feminine is not.  Or that one is soft and the other is strong.  Both have all these qualities.  All can and do love.

Also, at one level the soul is genderless.  At another it is considered feminine whereas humanity is considered masculine.

And – we have the subtle distinctions of masculine / feminine vs. male / female.  The former are states of being in the realm of consciousness, the latter are physical facts.

Reviewer #2: Thank you for this splendid article. I deeply resonate with all of the ideas so clearly voiced, especially regarding discernment between sameness and equality. Although it is true that “the future holds the promise of a post-differentiated fusion of gender” it is also true that “that time is not yet”. Equality by imitating men is indeed not progress.

One feminine voice in the world making a difference is that of Arianna Huffington who writes and speaks of what she calls “The Third Metric”, a new way, a third way, of measuring success in our now dysfunctional world and workplaces.  The first two measurements have been Money and Power. The third new measurement should be: Well-being, wisdom and wonder. And she speaks also of “The Third Revolution”: ” The first revolution was women getting the vote, the second was getting an equal place at every level of society…’  adding that this revolution is still unfinished. “The third revolution is changing the world that men have designed. It’s not sustainable. Sustainability is not just about the environment, it’s personal sustainability….When we succeed at making these changes, not only are we going to have a lot of grateful men because they are paying too heavy a price, but we’re going to have a lot more women at the top. Many women currently leave the workplace because they don’t want to pay the price.”

And now we have women who leave the military because they don’t want to face the abuse.

This is telling us that the struggle should not be to have an equal place but to create a new place, a new way of being, where the best of the masculine and feminine principles complement each other for a harmonious and saner world.

Another important voice is that of Marianne Williamson, Democratic candidate for President of the United States. She quotes Gandhi: “Politics should be sacred”. She says this means, it should be approached from the level of the heart, the reverent, devotional aspect of ourselves. Would we not then take better care of our children, wage more peace than war? She does not emulate the male approach but speaks profound truths.  The media is completely ignoring this voice of the Divine Feminine.

There is indeed “much that needs undoing in belief systems”.

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Esoteric Lent 2019

[HBH] To “summon the Soul of Humanity to Life.”

I call you to prayer and to meditation for both are needed today, fusing as they do the emotional and mental bodies into one aspiring whole. I call you to discipline, for that is the meaning of fasting, and to the constant effort to live at the highest possible point all the time; this is so often a dream but not often a fact. Today, in the hour of the world’s need, aspirants and disciples who are willing to make at least consistent, persistent effort are needed by humanity and the Hierarchy.   (EOH, 353)

[JB] The Soul, with capital S, summons the Personality to experience and express the Life of the Monad. The soul, with lower case s, is the center of consciousness of the Personality.

The bridge between the soul, in the highest sub-plane of the concrete mind (the mental unit), and the highest sub-plane (atomic) of the abstract mind is the Antahkarana, woven by the Soul-infused Personality.

Prayer and meditation need a third vertex of action to complete the triad of service. In service, mind, emotion and skill in action converge on the physical plane to meet a need, human and planetary.

The Power of Meditation, the Loving Prayer and the Enlightened Action, in wise, loving and effective service. This fiery synthesis is Agni Yoga, the Practice of the Presence, “the constant effort to live at the highest possible point all the time.

This “call to the discipline of living at the highest possible point all the time – a (practice) for rising to and stabilizing higher consciousness in the upward spiral of the initiatory journey,” is Agni Yoga, a life lived from the constant “point of tension” of the Soul, the Angel of the Presence, in profound attentiveness, serene expectancy (Advent) and perfect adaptability.

Discipline and practice: two words that merit reflection. Discipline is an act of will. Practice is an act of love. Discipleship training involves both discipline and practice in order to skillfully serve.

“The initiate considers service as the spontaneous, easy expression of a definite soul contact, brought down on to the physical plane and giving insight, practicality and inspiration to the disciple as he works on the outer plane of expression.” – DINA I, 84

JB

From: Esoteric Advent
Sent: Monday, March 4, 2019 5:30 PM
Subject: Invitation to Esoteric Lent – Begins Wednesday March 6 – on the New Moon of Pisces

Dear Friends of Esoteric Advent,

This Wednesday, March 6 (Thursday, March 7 in the South Pacific) – on the New Moon of Pisces, we shall begin the sacred ritual process of Esoteric Lent – which is a “call to discipline” to “live at the highest possible point all the time”— in preparation for EASTER and the THREE ANNUAL FESTIVALS highlighting the year.  In this period, we shall move to unfold and stabilize yet another vibrational rung(s) on the ladder of the rising Christ – as individuals and as a consecrated Group, flowering the Soul of Humanity through which the Saving Force flows for all the Kingdoms of Nature.

In this purpose, when we work together as a group Soul, we summon the Soul of Humanity to Life.

Of this “call to discipline” the Master DK (MDK) has much to say to broaden our cooperation with Them.  Here follows an excerpt:

I call you to prayer and to meditation for both are needed today, fusing as they do the emotional and mental bodies into one aspiring whole. I call you to discipline, for that is the meaning of fasting, and to the constant effort to live at the highest possible point all the time; this is so often a dream but not often a fact. Today, in the hour of the world’s need, aspirants and disciples who are willing to make at least consistent, persistent effort are needed by humanity and the Hierarchy.   (EOH, 353)

We are in the preparatory years of the Advent and “Appearing” of the Great Ones and The Christ.  There is a balance needed between God Transcendent (what the Piscean Age brought forth) and The PRESENCE or God Immanent (what the Aquarian Age prescribes).  This too is an Advent – God Immanent is the manifestation of God through all forms:

“God Transcendent eternally exists, but can only be seen and known and correctly approached by God Immanent—immanent in individual man, in groups and nations, in organised forms and in religion, in humanity as a whole and in the planetary Life Itself.”    (EOH, 355/6)

In God Immanent, we manifest.  Between now and Easter Holy Week, the Esoteric Lent focus will be “a call” to the discipline of “living at the highest possible point all the time” – a training so to speak for rising to and stabilizing higher consciousness in the upward spiral of the initiatory journey —individually and as a consecrated Group in the rising Soul of Humanity. When we work together as a group Soul, soul-focused energy is greatly magnified. We work for Humanity as saviors in Christ.

In our preparations for the “Appearing” of the Great Ones and The Christ, let us be renewed in our call “to discipline” to “live at the highest possible point all the time.”

Halina Bak-Hughes and Sheldon Hughes for Esoteric Advent and the Soul Star Group

To participate, go to www.EsotericAdvent.org – Esoteric Lent