the Reverse Wheel
21st to July 22nd
the word said:
I build a lighted house and therein dwell
decan Moon June 21st
to July 1st
decan Mercury July 1st to
decan Venus July 11th
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,
Four: Man the Aspirant
to July 1st
For lifetimes you
have been working with slowly increasing steadfastness within the
tides of ebb and flow. When an aspirant for discipleship has worked
with persistency for some lifetimes his life tendency becomes oriented
towards the soul light and this becomes a fixed and steady habit.
This fact should prove a solace during the moments of discouragement
that you will experience under the extremely troublesome and difficult
fourth step in the fourth sign, ruled by the non-sacred Fourth Ray
force of the Moon.
There are within
you in this series of lives, stirrings of revolution and rebellion
that have in them the seeds of the liberation that you seek. Your
link with your soul is real and stable. This link was not achieved
in this life.
Your mind is of
a high quality and is easily responsive to intuition and illumination.
You have your emotional or astral body for the most part, well under
control. The life demonstration of your personality is effective
on the inner planes. You lead a faithful and progressive spiritual
life—so much so that your vibration reaches upward intensively
enough at times to sound within the periphery of the hierarchical
sphere of influence.
The physical bonds
to matter that the long process of your repeated incarnations have
forged are now to be finally broken. Forget the past and all that
it brought you of pain and of joy; forget the personal self and
all that it has to give and all that it withholds, and seek simply
to serve. Serve with a joyous heart and with equilibrium. You must
struggle to become free from the dominating control that the mass
form life has had over your inner subjective consciousness. The
lessons of true spiritual humility and soul reticence are not as
easy to learn as might appear, particularly when any residual lunar
inferiority complex is strong in you, as may be the case. It is
so easy to confound a natural self-depreciation with true spiritual
humility; but hopefully you are fast learning the difference.
One of your great
limitations is over-sensitivity. Your outer Crab shell needs hardening;
you must learn to tune out and to leave unrecognized that which
might disturb your life of spiritual practice and active world service.
When sufficiently evolved you will overcome undue shyness, mildness
and timidity. Be assertive. Forget your own self-definitions and
also the ways others see you. Aspirants waste so much time in distress
over the words, thoughts and deeds of co-workers and thus time is
lost that could be more constructively employed. The minutes mount
into hours as you struggle, agonize and wrestle with yourself in
order to regain equilibrium.
You have an acutely
sensitive receptivity to the mental and emotional life of others
that causes an arresting of physical expression plus a mistaken
interpretation of duty at times. Remember that all suffering due
to super-sensitivity indicates personality self-centeredness, and
this in turn militates against the needed inclusiveness which will
eventually make your contribution to group work dynamically successful
in outer service. You have had to wrestle with this during the past
years and it has led to an undue focus upon the little self.
The Moon waxes and
wanes, shines in bright radiance when full or suffers eclipse, but
is ever constant in its rhythmic changes. In like manner you may
need to retreat from company at times and shy from the light of
publicity, later to emerge again.
Your immediate goal,
having just reversed the Wheel of Life, is to become a master instead
of a slave of moods, feelings, desires, imagination and impression.
Why allow yourself to swing between the accentuated extremes of
exalted moods or exaggerated periods of depression, morbid feelings
and unreasonable fear? Do not succumb to fear. Why not free yourself
from being in a psychological state of constant conflict and turmoil,
inner and outer?
states of mind and self-absorption in suffering will have to be
reconciled. You must learn to maintain confidence and composure
at all times. You know that a state of confused combativeness with
the environment or other people creates unnecessary interpersonal
frictions, so learn not to prematurely take sides.
In critical situations
examine your tendency towards weakness and over-eagerness for compromise.
Your personality contradictions, eccentricities and inconsistencies
will have to be recognized and intelligently handled. The torture
of personality ridicule must be willingly undergone. Needless worries
and agitations are to be eliminated, as are tendencies towards temperamentalism,
ambivalence, indecisiveness, vacillation, unmonitored indulgence,
unregulated passions, over-eating, exuberant sexual desires, inertia,
indolence, moral license, cowardice and procrastination.
The rulership of
the Moon signifies the continual necessity for readjustment, alteration
and change. Although you are extremely versatile, be careful to
guard against any recessive tendencies to become too scattered,
diffuse and negative. Interest yourself beyond simple amusements
rather than being caught up in mere novelty, sensation or pleasure.
As an aspirant you
need to develop the ability to make cyclic adjustments fluently
and rhythmically in response to your soul; to the demands of the
inner light hidden at the heart of outer forms. Harmony and balance
will be found through the discernment between the true light and
There are numerous
glamours to be overcome at this stage of the Path, including identification
with the physical body and the glamour of harmony aiming at personal
comfort. There is also a glamour of ceremonial magical or occult
work; a glamour of the mysterious and the secret, of hidden or submerged
subterranean powers; and a glamour of psychic perception used instead
of intuition. There is a glamour of the relation of the pairs of
opposites, of sex magic. You must also guard against the glamour
of war and conflict as an objective means to achieve righteousness
Your task is the
hard and painful work of adapting and molding your personality,
circumstances and environment in response to the plan of your soul.
Continuous effort must be made to deliver the message of your soul
counter to the still somewhat antagonistic and selfish inclinations
of your personality.
You must simultaneously
succeed in maintaining a constant direct dual alignment of personality
and soul in spite of conditions of continuous cyclical physical
change and constant psychological crisis. Try not to allow the things
of the personality to upset your equilibrium in any way.
The tests of this
decan concern your ability to demonstrate personality stability
and harmony as a result of responsiveness to the overshadowing Egoic
consciousness. Be assured that the steady reserve of strength that
comes through constant conflict and struggle will eventually enable
you to pass the tests of discipleship.
Persevere on the
Path without discouragement and without undue pondering upon spiritual
results achieved. As an aspirant you are not in a position to rightly
gauge your own progress. Continue to serve and to work and allow
realization to take place naturally without any forcing of the process.
Your soul is active and just now its attention is turned in power
towards its instrument; your vibratory rate, your effectiveness
in service, are on the increase and your opportunity at this time
Your soul's function
is to indicate direction, but it is for you to understand rightly
and then react. Your initial interpretation of soul impression may
not be the right one in all cases. See intervening crises in the
proper light. Preserve that inner silence that guards the secrets
of the soul and the direction of your path.
The importance and
right use of conflict must be correctly understood and this understanding
must be intelligently demonstrated through a stable, balanced, well
integrated, pleasant and harmonious personality expression. Without
loss of balance a detached, reliable and steadfast position at the
spiritual center will bring victory. A "righteous compromise"
(EPII 143) will be brought about which adapts the old to the new.
You are an agent of reconciliation taking your stand on principle.
Refuse to accommodate evil; cultivate the ability to withstand the
pain of dissonance, disharmony or friction.
You will pass through
deep and troubled waters, as do all Cancer aspirants, and the lessons
of decentralization are especially painful to learn. The non-sacred
Fourth Ray force of the Moon produces chaos, anarchy and difficulty.
To aid you in the development of detachment and to teach you that
you are not the focal point of your small world, you have had to
learn to walk alone. There is little that your group brothers can
do when tests and deep distress and anxiety overwhelm you, except
to stand by in love, send healing thoughts and evoke the inner strength
of the soul so that the vehicles can be used.
Be prepared for
loneliness and dangers, from which will be born self-purification,
self-knowledge and self-reliance. Understand that the loving care
and constant consideration of others can unwittingly emphasize your
selfishness and make it hard for you to free yourself from the enveloping
net of family life and social circumstance—a life which lays
its emphasis upon material possessions.
perhaps you can only see the fogs and miasmas of the planes of illusion,
but under no circumstance wander back into the cave of your earlier
pronounced materialism or phenomenalism. It is very difficult for
you to break the ancient bonds to matter. Notice how a crab, when
once it has grasped an object and intends to have it, will rather
lose its claw than let go, and having lost it will grow another
to take hold again. Do not be like the crab.
You will be tested
here to overcome your personal glamour and false illusions, especially
your cherished sentimentalities and personal attachments. Your soul
calls you to preparedness, and for freedom from the glamour of the
familiar, family and surroundings. You have built a wall of small
and unimportant events, of contacts, of monotonously regulated and
determined duties carried forward year after year. Behind these
you conscientiously and laboriously stand day after day, creating
a static situation and a constant conditioning of your life expression.
To this your soul at times takes strong exception, and will do so
increasingly. You must be prepared for a certain feeling of nausea
and frustration as your life proceeds along its predetermined lines.
You will find no real understanding of this among friends, family
or associates. You must be prepared to accept these feelings and
not deny them in response to the criticisms of those who fail to
In the past you
have regarded such moments as non-integrated episodes of personality
rebellion to be immediately suppressed. Thus you stymied all aspiration
towards change, seeking to believe that your choice of the stable,
the safe and the familiar was entirely right. This is not always
so, for it is often only outer circumstance and environment that
hold you to the old, tried and familiar.
types will find themselves having to resist becoming embroiled in
the conflicts that are raging in their lives. Misplaced affections
and devotions must be correctly balanced in the light of reason.
All residual traces of national, racial and local prejudices must
be eliminated, along with any sense of pessimism or doubt. In the
light of the One soul lesser racial, religious, social and orthodox
distinctions and differences fade away.
Those who are aspiring
to the stage of Accepted Discipleship are radiating centers of light.
With you this potency of radiation is present, but is rendered ineffective
by your reaction to the outer details of physical plane living and
to the responses of those less developed than yourself. Reapply
and reinterpret this virtue of detachment and much will be revealed
to you. Detachment from the thoughts of others and steadfast illumination
hold for you the secret of your ultimate liberation.
Your state of bondage
will be overcome when you achieve and maintain a creative life-style
based upon intelligent mental discrimination, but that faculty which
is within you is not yet sufficiently developed. Thoughtlessness
and other unconscious tendencies or subconscious conditioning psychological
patterns of behavior are to be left behind. You must base your life
on the tenets of harmlessness and abstention from theft, incontinence
and avarice. You will know when you have become successful because
all personal enmity ceases.
As an aspirant you
must carefully guard against the premature development of psychic
powers regardless of the fact that you excel in personal magnetism,
intensity and imagination. Your developing spiritual intuition has
become one of your greatest gifts underpinning all else. As your
intuition is strong, you can fully seize the imagination of others
and thereby project the full gamut and intensity of any purposeful
thought, emotion or action to good effect.
Within your steadily
waxing inner subjective consciousness the realization of the past
and the future become at increasing intervals, as vividly real as
the present. Seek at any cost to be alive to and eager for the future.
Never hide behind the thought of past achievement or of achievement
in some future life. Learn to recognize opportunity and be ready
to change the stable rhythms of an adequate personality for the
eager forward-looking attitude of a world disciple. Changes will
then occur because your inner attitude has prepared the way. Will
you see the open door leading to a fuller and a richer life in the
Your progress will
be greatly facilitated by the institution of certain physical disciplines.
See to it however that they are real disciplines that require sacrifice
in their application, and do not simply involve the elimination
of those things that are convenient to let go or give up. Proceed
with the purification of your astral desire along with the purification
of your physical body. Finally, study the nature of purification
from the angle of vision of the disciple and the formulation of
those disciplines that will aid in purification.
Under the auspices
of the lunar decan purity and devotion are to be fostered, thus
be alert to false distractions and shadows of truth. Under this
influence you have the chance to stimulate mass consciousness in
the highest and most noble manner. Selfless care, sensitivity, compassion
and a desire to serve, rescue or aid humanity are to be fostered.
Idealism, devotion, aspiration and personality effort will lead
to the purification and control necessary for you to enter the early
stages of the Path of Discipleship.
Take care not to
become lost in the clouds of your own devotion and self-awareness,
or in the misty speculations of your own mind and desires, your
own thought processes and fantasies. You will arrive at a standstill
if you become lost in the fog of your own dreams and your own interpretations
of what spiritual vision should be and it will elude you.
Recognize that you
are exceedingly mystical, prone to visions or spiritual dreams,
high moments of spiritual contact and inspiring aspiration. Yet
your inner vision must still widen and grow, so that when fully
awakened it will permit a flash of Reality to enter into your consciousness.
You are beginning to develop the inner eye, with the ability to
simultaneously turn it outward to the world of phenomena and inward
into the world of Reality. As a result you will gain a sense of
your divine objective and purpose, and receive a glimpse of the
pattern and the Plan to which you must willingly condition your
personal life. Be vigilant also that truth is not lost to sight
in ritual ceremony, which must be used appropriately to reveal and
not to obscure.
You have the highest
ideals and standards. At the earlier stages hero worship or guru
devotion may be a strong factor in your upward growth, and rightly
guided and directed is of great aid. But see yourself less committed
to the attitude of the devotee and more impersonal, and increasingly
mentally free to offer yourself in world service rather than serving
out of devotion to a guru, master or teacher, or to a cause or belief
A child-like urge
to do good for others will release you from your feelings of unworthiness.
You defend the rights of the downtrodden because you recognize the
natural nobility of all human beings. You feel an instinctive sense
of the common good of your fellow men. You brighten lives, render
world service and are a true light-bringer; the strength of your
message reinforces and supports others, empowering them to stand
tall. You possess a wonderful sense of humor. Your joy and appreciation
of life is transmitted through a radiant smile and beautiful open
sparkling eyes. You have boundless energy. You demonstrate a real
level-headedness and remain, in spite of obstacles, and even despite
ridicule, misunderstandings or personal attacks, intact and true
Goodness is threatening
to people at the opposite end of the moral spectrum and they will
always attempt to destroy your good work. Use your creative imagination
to devise ways of avoiding being bound by tradition and convention.
Your beauty (internal and external) and your uniqueness softens
hard hearts and endears you to many. You are a beacon of hope. Your
hard work and good deeds will be remembered. See yourself rising
on the wings of compassion. Remember also that others may be lost
without your guidance, faith, hope, love and shining example. Be
strong and faithful knowing that your footsteps leave indelible
imprints in the hearts and minds of your family, friends, co-workers
and fellow men.
Let the song of
your soul be sounded forth and the clear high notes bring peace
and joy to others. Let the word of your soul go forth in strength
to others with understanding. Continue to pour forth constant nourishment,
love, support and nurturing to others in distress despite the counter-indications
of pain, common sense and worldly wisdom. It should now become apparent
to you that the faculty of love must become so strong and lasting
that it recognizes no half or quarter measures.
Let the quality
of your soul be demonstrated through love that does not express
the little aspirations of your personal life but the One Self in
all. You have quite a maternal instinct and naturally find many
and varied ways to give and to serve; but remember, ask for little
or nothing in return.
be attained when you are able to walk free in the world of illusion
with the purpose in view of salvaging, saving and lifting your fellow
human beings. Remember that no person is a disciple who is not a
pioneer and a leader. To become a disciple it is necessary for you
to obey the inward impulse of your soul, pay no attention to worldly
consideration and live a life which is an example to others.
Let the vision of
your mind be clear and sure. Train your eye to see beyond the fogs
and miasmas to the center of your soul. Inner activities are not
yet accurately registered in your physical brain, yet that is no
indication that inner activity is not proceeding correctly. Continue
to work hard to discriminate between instinct and intuition, higher
and lower mind, desire and spiritual impulse, selfish aspiration
and divine incentive. Study the means whereby your brain can be
rendered sensitive to the higher impression of your soul and engage
in the elimination of those habits which tend to cloud your mind
and render it insensitive to higher contact. Seek to polarize yourself
more definitely upon the higher sub-planes of the mental plane.
Your mind must ultimately
reveal the light of your soul. Your soul light is dual and illuminates
the unseen worlds as well as shedding its light upon your daily
way. The light of your soul will present to you some new seed idea
which will also resonate or reveal itself within your heart. When
you truly understand that the world must be saved by ideas and correctly
registered impression from the realm of the soul, you will proceed
to the fifth step of active discipleship. Focus on the theme of
illumination through ideas. You are beginning to grasp a little
the significance of soul-registered impression. These ideas illumine
your mind and thereby enrich your service.
The key to your
release this lifetime is service. Let the glory of your soul, which
is the master of your life, be seen in active service. You must
learn to serve as a soul and not as a personality. You must now
know your soul desire so deeply that you may emerge into greater
freedom of life and expression and liberate yourself from any chains
which may hold you back from a life of full and loving service—this
refers to inner habits of thought and not to external responsibilities
Your present need
is the development of a greater spirit of service, and service upon
a wider scale. Your service at present is vertical and concerns
those who are with you upon the upward Way—your group brothers,
your personal friends. You are also somewhat self-serving at this
stage of unfoldment. You give yourself too much thought, too much
care, and accumulate for yourself too many things. Your service
must now become horizontal.
You are naturally
a teacher; a teacher in training. Seize every opportunity to teach
and to gather together those who can thus be served. Choose quality
and not quantity, and teach from the angle of knowledge, carefully
pondered upon in meditation.
Until now you have
never served with a completely sacrificial spirit. You have acted
with kindness and have made small sacrifices, but you have never
yet served as a soul—possessing nothing and asking nothing
for the separated self. This is your lesson in this series of lifetimes.
The way of considered
unselfishness lies open to you. This is the lesson of a life given
to service, to distribution, to self-forgetfulness — the life
of full surrender, discipline, relinquishment and silence. Seek
self-effacement and freedom from self-pity. Your co-workers and
group brothers will now increasingly count upon your understanding
and upon your acceptance, so endeavor to meet the need and to serve,
not only on the subtler planes and levels of awareness but on the
outer plane of tangible, material, physical life.
You can be trusted
to accept your soul's demand, to carry out the fulfilment of your
soul's obligation and the shouldering of the responsibility of service.
This constitutes your highest spiritual hope and aspiration.
Five: Man the Disciple
1st to 11th
present state of active discipleship warrants recognition. You are
developing a spiritual self-respect that prevents you from standing
anywhere upon the Path except in your rightful place. You have discarded
a false humility which in reality bordered on a lack of truthfulness,
which previously kept you from clear-eyed recognition of your spiritual
status. This recognition requires intelligence and sounds out no
call to personality ego or pride. There is no false pride in affirming
that you are a disciple.
of disciple status however, is purely a private and personal matter;
it should be faced and accepted and then followed by silence. Your
ancient connection with the Ashram is strong in your consciousness.
You have known for some years that such a connection exists. Recognizing
your link with the Ashram and knowing that your long-standing aspiration
is bearing fruit, take your focus off yourself, off the personalities
of your co-disciples, and even away from your Master, and forget
everything but the need of those you meet daily. Then serve.
a tender heart of love and compassion serve all you meet, knowing
that "each heart hides its own bitterness." (DINAI 562)
This constitutes your major lesson on the Path at this time, my
brother—the lesson of utter self-forgetfulness.
yourself what lies at the very depth of your personality in this
life? What is the particular hidden personality aspect that has
been struggling for expression throughout your entire incarnation?
Also what is your essential soul quality? The outstanding quality
which, given due process of experience, will radiate from your life
and thus constitute your major working asset. What lies at the depths
of your being, seeking revelation? What is your predominant need
in this life? What should be the unique realization which this particular
incarnation should help you to express? What is your outstanding
all this to the requirements for initiation, for which you are being
prepared, and you will discover the fundamental things that must
be manifested prior to that tremendous step forward upon the Path.
Do not be unduly preoccupied with your mistakes or failures. These
are inevitable and are relatively unimportant. The rhythm of your
soul—indeed of all life—pulsates in time and space,
and in that rhythm you must find the note that will liberate. Ponder
on the work of the Destroyer; upon why there is destruction and
loss of beauty. The fulfilment of your soul task in life should
make that knowledge possible. Armed with this knowledge, work, construct
and build. Your major life theme is the attainment of freedom. Ponder
on this. It is the goal for all.
and reinterpret your inner life pattern—the inner program
which your soul undertook to follow when you first set your foot
upon the Path of Accepted Discipleship. There is now need for a
more dynamic following of your soul purpose and a definite negation
of all personality impediments that seek at this time to obstruct
does not refer to outer relationships and contacts. They exist and
have their purpose. All responsibilities must be rightly met. But
concentrate rather upon the inner, active, spiritual life that you
are increasingly cultivating, and the simultaneous dual activity
of personality and soul. You are at the point where you can—if
you so will—achieve a higher and more potent rhythm. Its potency
and vibration must be felt outside the home circle and outside your
relationships with your group brothers. In what manner that extension
of service must demonstrate is for you to discover. However it will
certainly come through a deepening of your meditative life, and
not through an outer search for such contacts. It will come through
the development of a true spiritual understanding which will make
the magnetic beat or tempo of your soul note of such potency in
your life that you will not need to move from where you are because
those whom you can aid will come to you increasingly.
dual life under the Fourth Ray of Mercury embraces the world of
your deepest inner relationships, of subjective attitudes, but it
also embraces the life of outer service and those relationships
that you have assumed as your physical plane dharma. Clear vision
as to these outer relations in the world of professional activity,
friendships and family relations is a necessary requirement for
treading the Path, and until you see these relations in their true
and right proportions your mind will remain frequently disturbed
and your service handicapped. You must bear in mind that you are
a disciple because of a capacity to serve and not because of any
karmic links per se. Cut deep into the roots of your life seeking
freedom from your ancient karmic past, yet do not move from where
life has placed you or from the role that you have been given to
play. Your past is embodied in your present life. Your spiritual
future depends upon the clear seeing of the immediate vision. Forget
the past and proceed into the glory of your future.
link made on Earth does not necessarily entail the recognition of
a soul connection. We frequently start new lines of karma and of
dharma. You have learned right judgment as to the relative soul
age of your co-workers and associates. You have discovered that
these vary, and learned then to recognize those whose wisdom and
knowledge surpass your own, to cooperate with those who stand with
you upon the Path, and to work for those whom you can help but whose
evolutionary status is not equal with your own.
to trust yourself to see your co-workers as they really are, with
no fear of a critical spirit. Develop the true practice of loving
understanding which sees every person in truth with their faults
and their virtues, their pettiness and their grandeurs, and loves
them even more. You now include many people within the range of
your daily thought.
your influence, welling forth from your steady and radiant soul,
be felt in ever widening ranges of contact. Your ability to act
as a stable, loving, integrating force is a wonderful contribution
to your group of co-workers and fellow disciples. Let humility,
illumination, soul control, spiritual beauty and strength be your
gift to your brothers. Seize each opportunity for a more expanded
interplay, touching the lives of others wherever you can, and thus
achieving that Mercurial fluidity of response that will carry you
forth upon an increasing tide of service.
have developed tremendous strength through a life process characterized
by constant conflict, personal warfare and epic struggles. Battle-hardened
at this point, your life of mystical effort has ended and the disciplined
process of personality-soul fusion begins. You know yourself to
be a complex aggregate of differentiated energies through which
the consciousness of your soul plays. Your task is to bring the
diverse forces into relation with each other and produce organized
activity, synthesis and a fuller expression of your inherent divinity.
indicates that the salient task of discipleship is to master the
process of dual thinking. You must preserve a continuity of mental
impression as well as constant activity connected with daily living
and service. In other words the double life pattern is cultivated.
Your lower and higher mind function simultaneously. The outer pattern
of your life unfolds with ever-increasing usefulness while the stream
of inner spiritual thoughts consciously flows.
the point of anxious Mercurial tension, for the initiation planned
by your soul can be taken in this life so that you can enter your
next incarnation with initiate consciousness of a particular grade,
and thus begin with greatly increased assets for world service.
Give of yourself to the utmost, and thus gain the sixth rung of
the ladder of ascent. You have before you a life of selfless service.
Serve with no thought of self and in a spirit of joy; give of your
strength and love with no self-reference in your heart, no words
and no thought in your mind of the little self, and then you will
the fifth decan a keen intuition, acute sensitivity and a great
ability to sense what other people will say or think will increase.
As you develop true intuitive perception and the ability to be impressed,
harmony with the form side of life evolves, and the cleavage existing
in consciousness between the subjective and objective worlds is
bridged. As the soul factor becomes increasingly active the environment
is interpreted in new terms, producing a fusion between the two
kingdoms in nature—the human and the spiritual.
have already shown that you are beyond frivolous and vain desires
or pursuits. After the successful negotiation of many tests, the
evolved Crab demonstrates high morals and a refined ethical code
of conduct. Under Mercury the disciple will prove and demonstrate
intelligent comprehension, the wise solution of difficulties with
which he is continually confronted, and a correct interpretation
of the peculiarities of life in any situation. All forms of disturbed,
exclusive, self-centered, distorted, deceptive and erratic behavior
must be harmonized. All forms of personality depression and unhappiness
must also be sublimated in order to demonstrate a real capacity
to take initiation. The establishment of a sense of unity, balance
or wholeness is essential in order to overcome all sense of distressing
process of at-one-ment or union with the soul is aided by Mercury
which allows the changing of old conditions of the personality life
and provides the resources and vital reservoirs of sustenance, life
the final analysis, it is the basic cleavage between the physical
plane life and the spiritual recognition of divinity which must
be bridged. The ordered pattern of your life has taken on definite
forms and you have worked with intelligence.
rulership here indicates that the right use of the intellect is
essential to the bridging process between personality and soul.
The energy of Mercury is essentially a healing force and when properly
channeled leads to the intelligent use of the mind so that it can
become consciously aware of the higher Self. Mercury indicates that
your task is to hold your mind unwavering and steady in the light,
demonstrating accurate interpretation and correct response to the
instructions communicated from the soul.
instructions must then be transmitted as thoughtforms to the waiting
quiescent brain. As the direct line from soul to brain is established,
you recognize yourself to be the great mediating principle.
mind is rightly used now in two directions, to record and interpret
the world of phenomena and the world of the soul. Cancer disciples
display a wonderfully enhanced sensitivity to the three worlds of
human endeavor and equal sensitivity to the kingdom of souls. All
sense of duality is overcome when the soul is fully recognized to
be all that is, all that has been and all that will be. Joyfulness,
keenness of spirit, abundant vitality and ease of activity now distinguish
you, the successful disciple.
do not be afraid of loneliness because the soul that cannot stand
alone has naught to give. Advanced initiation is taken alone. Thus
your soul has led you in this lifetime upon a lonely path spiritually
and mentally speaking. Yet in a deeper sense you are not alone.
The spiritual life is full of paradoxes. We set out to develop a
sense of unity and of oneness with all beings, yet at times we must
learn the lessons of loneliness and isolation. A great "aloneness"
is the supreme test of the Fourth Initiation. (DINAII 759)
is, in the last analysis, ever simply a question of successive identifications
and developed recognitions. Life has its constant points of revelation,
some of which we recognize while others pass by unnoticed. Spiritual
loneliness is a test of that occult detachment which every disciple
has to master. Solitariness faced and understood results in two
realizations: first a realization of your exact stage upon the Path
of Initiation, and secondly an intuitive perception of the point
in evolution of those you contact along the way.
illumination of the Fourth Ray of Mercury reveals to you the essential
oneness which exists on the inner side of life and negates all outer
appearance of separativeness. When the soul is placed in complete
control no sense of separativeness is again possible.
readiness for the sixth step rests upon the attainment of occult
solitariness and not upon any spirit of separativeness. It is the
solitariness of an initiate who has shut none out, but has carefully
withheld the secrets of the Ashram from those who seek to penetrate
them out of inappropriate motivation. Certain treasures are too
valuable and frail to be exposed to the sight of others. Keep them
within the Ashram and within the locked seclusion of your heart.
It is precisely your state of solitariness that has succeeded in
opening wide the door into your Ashram.
soul is endeavoring to convey to you the attitude of all disciples
in training for initiation. This attitude is one of extreme personal
reticence, of withdrawal from those verbal contacts which reveal
too much of individual soul growth.
inner silence and peace reign—not as a result of closing anything
out, but as a result of your heart being free from undue self-questioning.
This is one of the first lessons in the silence which initiation
entails. It is also one of the first steps towards comprehension
of that "isolated unity" which is distinctive of the Master.
the Hierarchy there is complete unity based upon a recognized isolation
of spirit from matter. This should provide you with a theme for
much profound thinking.
Six: Man the Initiate
11th to 22nd
essential quality you radiate is a soul understanding of all those
for whom you are spiritually responsible. This is a quality of loving,
dynamic potency. Your body and soul gleam with the blended radiance
of perfection. You have a magnetic attraction and a radiation which
infuses others, attracting light, warmth and love.
is your pure heart, regenerated and transmuted, which enables you
to pass through the portal and walk on hallowed ground sanctified
by the veneration of the ages. You have amply demonstrated the power
to hold others steady through your love, kindness and understanding.
Even if you do not always overtly express it, this loving energy
is sensed by others. It remains subjective.
binding power, forceful and enduring, carries its limitations as
well as its blessings. Co-workers and younger brothers can be held
too closely to you for their own good, and it is ever the weaker
and the less advanced who are thus held. So people can become dependent
upon you and thus fail to express themselves, and again their weaknesses
and negative tendencies are developed. Nevertheless the beneficent
aspect of your power predominates, so work to deliberately increase
this to positive effect.
is what you seek. This is not freedom from incarnation or liberation
from the pressures of life, but the freedom to be in the three worlds
unsupervised by aught but your own soul. It is this new-found state
of freedom within you that enables you to give your time to others
and provide them with mental and emotional support. This support
is not evoked by habit or by the demand of others, but is the free
contribution of your soul to current need. Ensure that your response
is always to need.
inner keynotes of the sixth decan are unity, freedom, salvation
and release. Here you are tested until you are capable of walking
completely free in the world of illusion for the purpose of saving
and lifting your brothers and sisters. As you have fulfilled your
outer obligations in the various fields of life expression there
has been a simultaneous freeing of yourself from the "pulling
hands" (DINAI 310) of friends and acquaintances. This has been
necessary to preserve an inner freedom.
have also fast learned the lesson that freedom is a state of mind
and not a condition of being. For you the development of a more
clearly realized detachment is a major objective, because you know
that it will result in the parallel formation of a deeper attachment
the sixth decan Venus indicates the successful development of psychic
sensitivity in its highest aspect, and also the ability to bring
soul intuitions into mental awareness. This rulership shows that
the pull of matter has been superseded by the free choice of your
soul. You have successfully released the hidden beauty that lies
in real self-forgetfulness, and let your devotion—tried and
proven—and your sincerity stabilize your ashramic group field.
are not preoccupied with the non-essentials of personal living but
are generous with your time, skills, gifts and abilities, and able
to give to your group brothers with a clear impersonality that asks
nothing for the separated self. Indeed you have successfully produced
an illumined, sublimated, imaginative and inspired life demonstrated
through specific forms of lovingly inspired world service.
soul holds out before you no illusions of a great work to be performed
for which you are divinely predestined. The great work is the work
toward the initiations. You have made yourself fit for this through
your steady expansion of consciousness and by your achievement of
decentralization, demonstrated through constant compassionate and
understanding response to the needs of your 'younger brothers' on
mind wields knowledge with complete assurance of correctness. The
outstanding virtue of your mind is detached objectivity. Knowledge
accumulated from your studies is wisely mastered in all of its details.
In the final analysis Venus shows that it is the correct use and
function of the mind which makes possible both illumination and
release from the thralldom of form existence. You have many strengths
including a facility for mathematical calculation, power to verify
through experimentation, the discrimination of truth from error,
detached objectivity, accuracy and precision in thought and action.
You possess an unusual clarity and lucidity of mental explanation
because you know and truly appreciate the common sources of human
limitation, error and confusion.
an initiate your ability to utilize your mind as the instrument
of final release, transcendence and liberation is being supremely
tested. At this advanced stage it becomes possible to encompass
and synthesize a greater amount of specialized knowledge in any
chosen field with true sophistication and an interdisciplinary understanding.
Highly developed powers of analysis and discrimination enable you
to penetrate behind the outer veil of appearance and intuitively
seize the hidden inner Truth.
teaching skills, training methods and educational procedures flourish
in your specialized field of work, along with the growth of a proficient
and precise technical expertise. Even though your thinking is virtually
incomprehensible to the uninitiated, a highly disciplined methodology
ensures the practical implementation and progression of the acquired
knowledge through definite and specific forms of group work and
glorious opportunity is to be a facilitator of the growth of others,
and your service to them comes before everything else. You kneel
at the seat of mercy, a faithful servant of the Spirit within, and
by virtue of your achievement of self-control have earned the right
to some control over the lives of others, to the greater good of
teacher par excellence, you know how to evoke understanding in others.
You have a tremendous self-assurance because your understanding
is based on a very broad and tolerant point of view. Fully developed
faculties of creative expression enable you to inspire and vitalize
the youth of the world as well as those of your own generation.
You have the power to seize the imagination of your pupils through
imagery and intensity of feeling and thought.
purpose behind your fundamental teaching method is always the evolution
of humanity by the raising of its standards and ideals. The whole
gamut of human action, feeling and thought lies open to you because
by the time you reach this decan you have already experienced joy,
compassion, sorrow, horror and despair. You become expert at sharing
intuitional insights and can open others to a wider range of sensitivity
and feeling. You hold aloft the torch lit by past experience to
illuminate the way for others. You teach through the example of
your own life, standing forth a living proof of the Eternal Plan.
the sixth step the fact of God's vision becomes a reality in the
initiate consciousness; true spiritual insight is gained as to the
objective of the Plan, and is expressed in plain and formulated
outline. Through Venus the fire of love inspires you, and this evokes
the service of creation as an expression of that love. The Venusian
power inspires you to be a dynamic agent in your physical environment.
An increased livingness and a tremendous inflow of spiritual life
directly pour through you on to the physical plane. You have overcome
all forms of glamour, and your spirituality does not over-emphasize
the physical side of life. Lifetimes of generated merit, trust,
unwearying efforts and dogged persistence have now culminated in
your ability to escape the intricate labyrinths of the form side
of life and the traps of the material or sensuous world.
both the form aspect and the psychic nature eventually reach concrete
perfection and become perfect instruments of world service wielded
for the purpose of salvaging lives. Undaunted by suffering, sorrow
or death, you have achieved a constant state of joy in facing responsibility
and solving all problems encountered. Opportunities far beyond the
reach of most people are presented, but the only joy in your heart
is that of seeing the fruits of your selfless handiwork.
life of fuller expression in outer service on the physical plane
is required and would further aid you towards your goal of initiation.
Your outer influence—radiating from a controlled inner center—and
the development of a wider range of service and teaching activities
has come slowly, but your intention and thought are rightly directed
towards these ends. The wisdom that you have developed within the
furnace of pain and suffering can now be used, as the Way of Light
and of Joy opens up before you.
How deep is your
comprehension of your own nature, and how well do you understand
your problems, your limitations and your assets? Every initiate
needs to have such an understanding and to know infallibly what
is in his heart and mind; he must understand what motivates all
action. You have no personality as we commonly understand the term,
because the conditioning factors of your existence are increasingly
the three Aspects of the spiritual Triad. These three creative Aspects
have built the phenomenal apparatus or mechanism by means of which
you make contact with the three worlds. You see people truly. You
see life truly.
Depend upon yourself
and on your soul with greater confidence; move forward with surety
towards consummation of this life's initiatory effort. Endeavor
to gain the needed endurance and poise, the required enthusiasm
or dynamic purpose, so that you may be trusted to handle with wisdom
the power conferred upon the initiate.
Thus proceed upon
the outward way with humility and caution. Ponder and act upon this,
strengthening the Ashram and presenting yourself to the Masters
as a wise server and a trained companion on the Higher Way.