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On the Reverse Wheel

January 20th to February 19th

And the word said:
Water of  Life am I poured forth for thirsty men


First decan           Saturn              January 20th to February 1st

Second decan       Mercury            February 1st to 10th

Third decan          Venus               February 10th to 19th


Please read the prefatory material before investigating your own Decanate Stage, as proper assignment is required. i.e., your birth date does not indicate the stage of development, rather, you must employ a subjective recognition of the state of consciousness (point of advance along the Path of Initiation) which you, or another, has achieved.

See this note on determining the decanate.


Step Four: Man the Aspirant

January 20th to February 1st


Upon the Wheel of the Soul as it rolls onward into Reality, the aspirant enters the sign of Aquarius via Saturn in the first decan, Mercury in the second and Venus in the third.

You have recently come a long distance quite rapidly upon the Path, have made real progress in the evocation of group consciousness and have definitely increased both your vibratory capacity and your influence. Your Master has watched you for some years now, little as you may have suspected it. It was under his definitely applied impression that you found your way to the periphery of his Ashram, and now you are beginning to ascertain your destined field of service.

You are becoming familiar with the inner group of disciples and the outer group of servers with whom you cooperate. Seek to synchronize these two and you will save much time and rapidly attain the status of Accepted Discipleship.

To make further progress ask yourself what you can do of a practical nature to play your part as an Aquarian disciple in cooperation with other World Servers to alleviate the sorrow, distress and unhappiness of humanity.

Ask how you can practically apply your time, thought and effort to meeting the physical and emotional needs of those around you. Avoid the temptation to evade the spiritual issues of your life. Do not find in your daily tasks and karmic responsibilities a type of satisfaction with your emotional reactions that is actually a way of escaping direct and practical action for the betterment of humanity. Do not employ a forced preoccupation with your own concerns as an excuse not to think about world issues and so to subconsciously evade action and responsibility. The final outcome of the experience undergone during the fourth step is the death of personality selfishness and the relinquishment of self-will. Emotionally take a constructive interest in the situations and perspectives of other people and devise ways to help them end their suffering and improve their lives.

In Aquarius Saturn produces a just and responsible World Server sensitive to the spiritual needs of suffering humanity. The aspirant in this decan is untrammeled by selfish desire and will always meet just obligations, shoulder responsibilities and carry the group work forward. In its highest aspect the Saturn decan of Aquarius is the decan of the honest soul motivated solely by the desire to do the right thing. Your intention is to act in the highest possible manner without bias of any personal considerations. The objective of all your training is the perfect performance of hierarchical duty. Needless possessions, the superfluous and the non-essentials, have been eliminated as true incentive to right living. No longer obstruct the power of your soul but rather use this power to effect a transfer of your consciousness to the higher realms.

Set your intention to achieve the free play of the soul through your physical mechanism of response. This process will end the long cycle of your closed self-centered life, and serve to open the door wide to the reception of Egoic impulse and incentive.

Place your trust in the spiritual laws of the soul and you will experience the vitalizing and purifying of your whole being. Weigh and consider carefully within yourself the laws and the truths which will guide you out of darkness into the light of spiritual knowledge and experience.

As you free yourself of personal distortions, individual limitations and past imprisonments, a wide range of contacts begins to open up. Saturn applies a pressure which unavoidably brings about definite group results. You will move forward rapidly if you depend upon common sense and sound use of the lower mind, and pay less attention to your personal comfort and ambition.

Saturn sets the stage for events and material circumstances which supply the needed resistance and opposition best suited to the challenge of your next step. The Saturn decan is well suited to the processes of physical purification, so take advantage of this. The purification of your fluid emotional life is also an immediate task. Suffering and pain must now be seen as opportunities to make right choices based on higher spiritual values and true discrimination.

Through the use of pain along with its attendant or subsequent process of analysis aided by memory, you will learn what to avoid and what to cultivate. Keep in mind that the necessary methods of purification are applied through free choice, wise response and correct decision. You learn from your mistakes and thereby your life is enriched. Through an intimate and painful acquaintance with the workings of the Law of Karma, light has been shed on the Path and the door to Accepted Discipleship has been recognized. In time the choices between individual benefit and group responsibility will be made correctly.

Saturn destroys all that hinders the free expression of the human soul without relinquishment of true values. It is imperative that you develop an ability to move forward without regrets upon the basis of decisions you have made. In the final stage of the fourth step all tendencies to vacillation are overcome. Gain a clear knowledge of the goal and set in activity those steps which when carried forward in the correct order will admit you to the stage of Accepted Discipleship.

Saturn's rulership of the fourth step indicates that it is through the path of endeavor and loneliness that you will be led to active discipleship. The successful World Server has the capacity to stand alone, to assume responsibility and to carry tasks through single-handed, braving evil for the sake of the good achieved.

Under Saturn with eyes open you are forced to count the cost of occult training and the treading of the Path. Begin by readying yourself for a new effort, re-orienting your personality forces and preparing for a fresh and powerful impulse from your higher Self. A positive spiritual conditioning must be implemented to bring about those fundamental changes, rearrangements and adjustments that will enable your soul to come into physical expression. This entails the reorganization of your astral and psychic life to eliminate all excesses.

The aspirant encounters many difficulties in this work so watch with care, maintaining an inner serenity and peace as well as that mental pliability that Saturn grants, in order to wisely guard and guide humanity. Purity of motive is essential. Inner silence, balance and poise must be achieved before a state of true equilibrium can be attained. You work and strive, but it is your inner poise and stability that holds you to the vision. When faced with choice you must take right action. Moral and spiritual conflicts of value are resolved with the most sensitive and accurate spiritual perception. Confirm and consolidate the gains of previous experiences and open to the release of the energy of goodwill. This is a difficult and challenging process, but it will eventually work itself out upon the Path of Accepted Discipleship resulting in the natural establishment of right human relations.

Do not forget that the battleground of the Aquarian Probationer is the astral plane. All forms of fear, doubt and worry concerning the ultimate good of the Plan of Evolution must be eliminated before you can stand initiate in service to humanity. Do not fear what the future may hold, or entertain doubts as to the outcome of your redemptive efforts to live the spiritual life. Saturn will help you to stand steady as you strive to permit no thoughts of hatred and fear to enter your mind. States of depression work against the Plan and offer a major hindrance to the expression of your soul.

Stand firmly for good. Seek only the good in all group and family relationships. There is great potency in love rightly expressed and this is the only factor that can counteract pain, anger and hate. Do not allow yourself to become negative and receptive to any dark, evil or undesirable element which might prevent the achievement of your next step on the Path of Discipleship or the fulfilment of your outer service in the world. Intelligent purpose based on Love and directed wisely will increasingly inspire your physical plane service activities.

Conviction of thought and certitude of knowledge are the rewards of Saturn. Saturn enables you to gain careful control over your mental processes to inhibit certain thoughts and certain lines of thinking. This ensures that you do not scatter your forces, but focus on the right line of service activity.

When you are sufficiently strong to be able to perceive the grief, chaos, misery, filth, disaster and distressing conditions of the world and yet remain joyful in soul consciousness and service, then you are ready for the fifth stage of Accepted Discipleship. Are you strong enough to participate without shielding yourself behind defensive barriers in the present world sorrow, world distress and world awakening? Your objective is the combination of a trained mind and an awakened heart both held in correct relationship.

The heart afire with Love—not with sentiment or emotion—is your life goal, and this must be achieved not by stifling the intellect but through an intellectual perception of the significance of the loving heart plus a genuine participation in human suffering and an active understanding of its significance. It is this interrelationship of the trained mind and the awakened heart that constitutes the true Aquarian burning ground.

You truly know beyond all shadow of doubt that the path that leads straight to the soul is found in obedience to the next duty and in adherence to the highest form of truth. The trials of this decan require the consecration of your spiritual motives, the expression of utter fearlessness, the cultivation of the creative imagination, the wise balance of your reasoning faculties and a demonstrated willingness to experiment.

Achieve a living purity, regulate your thoughts and develop the capacity to weigh evidence wisely. Only accept that which is compatible with your highest spiritual instinct. Temporary inconvenience and pain, like the dark clouds that pass fleetingly before the Sun, are no longer permitted to blot out the quality of joyfulness or in any way interrupt the path of further spiritual revelation.

A real soul beauty has flowered in your life, bringing its own responsibilities, engendering its own magnetic field, bringing to you those whom you can serve and who have a deep love for you—which at first you question and do not understand, but which will greatly enrich your life. It will also evoke greater group responsibility. This responsibility will definitely extend your field of service, but in such a way that will suffice to lead you through the door of active discipleship.


Step Five: Man the Disciple

February 1st to 10th


Your Master's recognition and acceptance allowed your entry into the group of disciples in which you now work. You have learned much in reaching this step my brother. Your Master and your group brothers are glad to see you an active conscious member of the ashramic group. The "thread of gold" which passes from your heart to your Master's heart (DINAII, p.536) is now an unbreakable chain of golden links, and there is much work for you in the Ashram, in which you hold an increasingly useful place.

In the central decan the conditioning influence of Mercury tests your ability to bring in the illuminating light of your soul to correctly interpret the inner meaning of events and circumstances. The enhancement of the soul's light will enable you to interpret with an illumined mind the significance of planetary events, relate the past and the future, the old and the new, in light of the present.

Your main task is to use your spiritual intuition to reveal wider group responsibilities. Continue to cultivate group ideals assiduously and earnestly, for it is through this idealism that your entire personality life can develop soul recognition and arrive at the needed balance. Successful negotiation of the trials of this decan enables the expression of the spiritual intuition with its intensely illuminating brilliance and creative genius. Spreading light and illumination on all world problems you open the gateway to the ideas, ideals and culture of the new civilization. The solution of the many problems of the world is in your hands due to your great breadth of vision and freedom from the taint of personal bias.

You have not yet reached the high point of achievement for this incarnation my brother, but have further still to go along the Way. You must wisely determine the path of your progress. When your search for meaning begins to parallel your love of humanity you will enter upon a new cycle of spiritual life. Your understanding of this is as yet academic, based upon what you have read or heard, and so lacks depth. True understanding involves identification with humanity.

Your theories, your ideals, your fixed beliefs come between you and humanity as a whole, and the good of the form side of life looms unduly large in your attitude to selfless world service. You are under the glamour of Aquarian idealism, ready to sacrifice the spirit of Love in order to preserve the outer form of your ideal.

Ponder on this for it will teach you much of value if you rightly grasp the implications. You seem to hold in question the deep esoteric truth that all ideals as they are currently formulated must be released because we are entering into a new age wherein all things will become new. Reflect on this. When you have discovered in yourself a deep soul love for humanity—inclusive, sane and practical—you can safely relinquish all ideals. For ideals are formulations of the human mind. Hierarchy holds no ideals, but is simply the channel for pure Love. Where love exists there is no danger of cruelty, harshness, misunderstanding, harmfulness or evasion of what is.

Much that is generally regarded as harmless is definitely harmful in its effects. Ideals often feed pride and stubbornness and engender a separatist superiority; they can result in impractical attitudes and counter-productive activities.

The ideals you hold frequently serve only in your limited field conditioned by your chosen work and colored by your personal idealism. Focusing on your ideal you automatically exclude the Whole, cut yourself off and think in terms of the past and along the lines of your own desires and wishes. You express no real understanding of any opposing idealism and make no real attempt to comprehend its basis.

Your emphasis upon your own ideals (even in your own consciousness when not imposed upon others) prevents understanding, for you are so busy upholding them and defending them (often against yourself) that the larger human issues escape your attention.

Do not settle down within the limits of your own beliefs no matter how attractive, for then you become a preacher or theologian and immediately your usefulness evaporates except within the intimate circle of your group of fellow idealists. If your attitude remains the same as time goes on, further crystallization will take place. A "crystal barrier" (DINAII, p.531) will be established between your personality and your soul. You will remain in deep connection with your soul, however its influence will be insulated, and because the vision of the soul still persists you will remain deeply dissatisfied. This crystallization will eventually affect all aspects of your personality nature.

Study the glyph of Aquarius. Your emotions will settle into "grooves of crystal" (DINAII, p.531) and your mind will become set and brittle. Your physical body will crystallize also and grow old rapidly because there is no free flow of life from your soul. One thing only will prevent this: loving understanding and a consequent sacrifice of the life to humanity as a whole. The greatest good of the greatest number is your life theme and to this you must be devoted. Can you grasp this great Aquarian vision and release all else?

Mercury bestows upon you the capacity to be impressed from on high and to be illumined by the light of the soul. You bring light to darkened souls and have become a natural healer of the world's distress. Instrumental in lifting salvaged souls up the ladder of evolution, you have become a clear channel for the light of the Plan. Learn to use the power of choice in the realm of ideas to perfect the application of truth, thus enabling the intelligent and wise expression of the true nature of the idea of the Plan of evolution on the physical plane.

The battleground of the Aquarian disciple is the mental plane. It is through the right use of your mind and the correct understanding of the nature of the intellect that you will finally enter into the full light of the soul and know that all is proceeding as planned, and that the objectives of your life-purpose are steadily being worked out.

You possess great clarity of thought and understanding, and in your public service work you display an eloquence as well as a warm and pleasant demeanor. On the mental plane the disciple comes to a deep appreciation of contrasts and experiences fruition and the joy of peace after victory. The fruits of achievement are sweet after the accumulated karma of many lifetimes has been exhausted.

Mercury enables you to register and record divine Purpose, to transmit and materialize the subjective realization into the phenomenal form. The consciousness of the Creator is fostered and you become the instrument and medium of his expression.

Inner alignment must now be perfect and unbroken directly through to physical plane awareness. You may become duly impressed only when a true state of quiescence is attained from long periods of focused attention and mental quiet. More advanced disciples have attained abiding peace and remain continually open to impression, but disciples in training are still learning the nature of responsiveness. The Science of Impression must be carefully studied and progress shown before you can stand initiate.

Under Mercury's constant conditioning the evolved Aquarian is unable to become static or to rest. You have developed the capacity to make constant adjustment to new conditions, learning to function continually in a field of change. Your ever-expanding faculty of awareness has awakened responsiveness to a far-reaching field of outer contacts. You are attaining an established rapport with all aspects of the soul in all forms, and coming to the realization that there is nothing but soul. Master the comprehension of the nature of sentient consciousness. Your individual consciousness must be seen in right proportion to the Whole. Follow the individual thread of your consciousness until it penetrates the universal mind of the One Self-Existent Life or Absolute Being. At this high point of realization the state of higher unity supervenes.

Mercury fully develops the principle of awareness, the very faculty of consciousness itself. You are fully awake, dynamically alive and intensely sensitive. Your individual life is now synonymous with the larger divine rhythm of the One Life. This state of consciousness is the state of the Real in which the true and the beautiful are registered.

Mercurial crises may be self-initiated upon the planes of the mind and soul, but not upon the physical and astral planes. Crisis in the astral body will produce contraction—a selfish concentration on pain or pleasure due to the satisfaction or denial of emotional demands. But the higher Mercurial tests and trials of the soul—inspired by the Fourth Ray—are expansions registered as the inflow of Love and Light. These expansions must be mentally recognized and regarded as crises of inclusiveness. These lead you further on the Path in preparation for initiation. Become aware now of these expansions in the various aspects of your nature. Note in which body or vehicle of experience they occur. Take note also of your reaction to them and their effects in your personal life, among your co-workers and within the field of service of your group.

You are in a position in which you can be of much service to others. Your true group usefulness depends upon your ability to achieve a constant inner growth through progressive realization, and upon the consequent increase in your capacity to meet all who seek your aid in a spirit of love, free from personal criticism.

This capacity for non-judgmental loving service is a sterling virtue of the advanced Aquarian. The intensification of the potency of your aura (your personality emanation) is most desirable for it is through the right use of the aura that the soul will stimulate others to renewed effort. This intensification is dependent upon the qualitative potency and tempo of your subjective life, therefore step up the tempo and the beat.

You have recently progressed quite rapidly upon the Path and have definitely increased both your vibratory capacity and your influence. You may achieve some years of potent service in alignment with the inner group and this rightly understood and used, can make you a useful focal point for the Master's energy in the place where you have chosen to serve.

You must learn to differentiate therefore, as time goes on and your sensitivity increases, between the vibratory influence (incoming and outgoing) of your own soul and the vibratory influence (incoming and outgoing) of the ashramic group of which you are part. You must yet strive to develop this type of sensitivity. This is a necessary unfoldment which will occur if you will follow your soul's instructions with care and let true Love increasingly sweep through your lower personal self. Community and group relationships are tried and tested and become strengthened, and a sense of deep companionship is achieved.

You have learned to speak truth to yourself and so have no need to erect divisive walls or barriers against other people. You rightly feel that you do know somewhat of the nature of true Aquarian Love, but must still learn to be a channel of the love of the soul and of the group. Reflect on this. Your sphere of group work and your field of service are clear to you, and there you are both needed and useful, which is all that you desire.

The keynote of your daily work on the physical plane is understanding, while the keynote of your work on all three planes is the Mercurial tone of love, harmony and peace coloring all your life. You should bear this most carefully in mind and cultivate the higher or group idealism assiduously and earnestly, for it is through this idealism that your entire personality life expression can arrive at the needed Mercurial balance and recognition.

You must ponder and begin to master the question of spheres of influence. It is closely related to the problem of the aura and its esoteric circumference. It concerns the 'sound' of your life and the nature and quality of the radiations that emanate from the "place where you stand." (DINAII, p.552) It is connected with the whole theme of your orientation and of spiritual location, and with the magnetic effects of the at-one-ing of soul and personality. The problem of radiation and of magnetic influence is apt to be viewed from a one-sided perspective—as the result of your radiation and your magnetism upon those you contact.

However you must understand that radiation and magnetism lie—inevitably and inescapably—behind the entire theme of karma. They draw to you that which can hinder as well as aid you. Your aura, which is a combination of radiations, energies and arranged forces, can repel the good or attract the bad, as well as vice versa. Thus through the contacts made and the relationships set up it determines the trend of your life and is one of the main factors determining the life choices presented to you.

You now possess a greater sense of inner certitude and assurance, particularly in regard to your service work, and this assurance is a goal of all your spiritual endeavor. Lately you have made much progress towards this goal and your field of service is growing—which is ever the reward of service rendered.

You have now also gained release from much ancient responsibility, which leaves you more liberated for the future. Let all changes take place in your life as the result of right decision based in its turn on a true soul orientation and dedication. Decisions must not be made as a result of any outer influence but upon what offers itself to you as spiritual opportunity. Decisions must reflect no relinquishment of soul rights and obligations. (Note the phrase soul obligations and not personality inclinations.) Base your decisions upon whatever will provide a wider field of service so that all your powers, gifts and acquired talents may be called into play, rounding out your development so you are better equipped to serve effectively.

Take on those tasks that are best performed by you and by no-one else. Doors open and close and while in training you must cultivate that spiritual, instinctual response which will enable you to know through which door your soul desires you to pass.


Step Six: Man the Initiate

February 10th to 19th


In the third decan Venus confers many gifts on the highly evolved Aquarian. My brother, the need of your heart is the need of your Master's heart and also the need of your group brothers. Through the fusing of need you have called forth the full radiance of Venus and caused all shadows to disappear. You are an inspired server of all men, fully accepting of the burden of the world. Dominion over all forms, and the power to act as a transmitter of that spiritual energy we call Love is your goal and promised reward.

Living at the center in unbroken meditation and simultaneously working on Earth as a distributor of divine energy in any direction it is needed, and eventually in all directions simultaneously, you bring spiritual light to all manifested life.

Under Venus you are the expression of the "Life more abundant" of which the Christ spoke. (TWM, p.90) You display a true nobility of character. Your clear convictions are expressed with great insight, an iron will and an unyielding faith in victory. You exhibit no wavering in life-purpose and you never doubt the goal. You embody by example the attainment of a full and free life through your work as a great inventor, astronomer, philosopher, statesman, artist, reformer or scientist. You discover the laws of nature and of life, and express unusual creative skill in several diverse lines of expression.

Venus embodying the principle of sharing, bestows upon you the powers of sacrifice, inclusive surrender, cooperation and clear vision of the whole. Your strengths include reverence, devotion, sympathy, love, large-mindedness, independence, perseverance and uprightness. You make strictly accurate statements as a result of highly developed powers of analysis and discrimination.

You have a good deal of common sense, clarity of observation and the power to discover through investigation and research. You have the ability to create thoughtforms and maintain accuracy and precision in all your thoughts and actions. You are known for your detached objectivity and your power to probe into any subject and attain knowledge through keen definition of a focused intellect. Practical inventiveness, technical expertise and lucidity of explanation are your natural forté. Mechanical ability, the skill to verify through experimentation, the discrimination of truth from error, and a facility for musical composition or mathematical calculation are also hallmark traits.

You have a willingness to work as an integral part of the group without any personal ambition or any wish to be a leader. Having effaced consciousness of yourself as the central figure in your own life drama, you now fully measure up to your real potential as a server of the Plan. You bear witness to the plan of the soul in accordance with natural law.

You investigate the forms of the physical plane in order to discover the divine Idea and motivating power hidden within them. To this end you work with ideas, proving them to be true or false. You are preparing the new world in which human beings will work and live a more deeply conscious life. Continue to train others in the art of scientific investigation and knowingly lead them into the world of meaning. Your discoveries, improvements and inventions serve to ameliorate the human condition and usher in an era of true peace, prosperity and right human relations.





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