Step Four: Man the Aspirant
December 21st to January 1st
The sign of Capricorn is entered via Saturn in the first,
Venus in the second and Vulcan in the third decan. A Master now watches
you even if you are unaware of his attention. You had already taken the
needed steps into his presence long before your brain registered the contact
or the response of the Master. Here you are immediately confronted with
the necessity of controlling your personality and consciously wielding
the form nature as a tool in the working out of your soul plan.
with a minimum of soul control, you now work hard to become a soul-infused
personality. The fusion process at this point is largely incomplete and
more soul energy must be invoked to guarantee the effectiveness of the
initiatory process. Simply put, your task is to demonstrate correct orientation
as an aspirant in daily life and not attempt to copy, emulate or duplicate
the discipleship practices of those more advanced than yourself. Rest
assured that the compensation is adequate if you stay focused and occupied
with the inner realities and less engrossed with the outer difficulties.
Yet at this step this is a most challenging task.
Saturn reveals the true nature of the Third Aspect of divinity.
Under the auspices of Saturn you will learn the karmic laws of divine
creativity in form and come to an intelligent understanding of the underlying
purpose inherent in substance. Attraction to material objects will now
begin to be superseded by the creation of that which more correctly expresses
the Real. Ugliness and materiality will be replaced by beauty and Reality.
The subjective trials and tests of this decan are exceedingly difficult,
strenuous and often dangerous.
You will experience the forces of the underworld
with much struggle, effort and strain. You must fight against the distortion
of spiritual ideals by the unenlightened forces of totalitarianism and
greed exemplified by those selfish ambitious despots who seek to imprison
the human spirit. It is necessary for you to overcome all physical and
personal impediments which arrest your further progress. The infusion
of your lower nature with Love and Light is much needed and will produce
greatly transformative results. You have a vast reservoir of spiritual
potency on which your soul can draw and express in your daily life, in
your immediate environment and areas of responsibility.
You are an earnest Capricorn aspirant correctly oriented
to the Hierarchy with a wish to serve. You are dedicated and have much
to give. Therefore fit yourself for a richer, fuller, deeper and more
all-embracing giving. Only that knowledge which comes to you through your
own experience—that which is self-ascertained through pain, failure,
suffering and hurt pride—will bring you liberation and the end of
isolation and loneliness.
You must face the two extremes which make you
what you are: the Dweller on the Threshold and the Angel of the Presence.
You must undergo the subjective death or destruction process prior to
the attainment of the Path of Discipleship. You will experience a desperate
and painful descent into the valley of death as a necessary preliminary
test to initiation in Capricorn when a fresh attempt to scale the summit
takes place. Ancient crystallizations must be shattered and old hardened
and condensed habits which mitigate the free expression of your soul have
to be eradicated.
It is necessary for you to voluntarily submit yourself
to this process and bring about this destruction on your own, facing the
forces of your past and overcoming them. Only when these processes are
complete will you be able to efficiently build and institute new regimes
and organize activities which demonstrate the true techniques of living.
Through the agency of Saturn you are being offered an outstanding spiritual
opportunity for a very diverse and creative life.
It is always difficult for the Capricorn aspirant working
in the world of human affairs to strike a happy medium between holding
the vision and expressing it through sound physical plane techniques.
It is never easy to adapt and to relate the old to the new, thus producing
that which is required in the present.
Your task under Saturn the Lord
of Time is primarily concerned with creating in the present a synthetic
point for that which has been and that which is yet to come. This right
comprehension of the time element requires the eye of vision plus right
interpretation of that which is seen. Appropriate physical discipline
lays the foundation for future initiatory work.
Live practically, sweetly, humbly and lovingly, and demonstrate
beauty in all personality relations. If you occupy yourself with the beautifying
and the spiritualizing of your everyday affairs you will have no time
to focus on your glamours, short-comings, failures or negativity. Focus
your thoughts and desires with definite purpose to manifest your work
upon the physical plane.
Can you bring spirituality into the material
world and live in the physical world as a disciple? Can you bring spirituality
into your outer occupation or business? You must learn to do this, as
discipleship leaves no aspect of life unlived and business is an aspect
of human living. It is of major importance that your life is a demonstration
of right living. You will thus release your lower mind from other pressures
and so begin to tread the Way of liberation that leads to the mountaintop
of Initiation in Capricorn. Can you imagine yourself bringing only peace,
happiness and confidence into your home, your business and into your group
work? This is your goal at the fifth step. Have no doubts or questionings.
Saturn calls for complete purity of motive. Ignorance and
lack of discrimination must be overcome. Many in this decan experience
a time of great distress and difficulty in which they are obliged to face
and recognize many problems. The chaos of conditioning glamour and emotional
reaction seems irresolvable. You must learn to demonstrate emotional control
before you can hope to achieve active discipleship.
However you need not
fear failure because after many successive lifetimes of spiritual effort,
Saturn always brings real order to the expression of the physical plane
life. Let the strength of your personality, particularly of your emotional
nature, be transmuted into that loving understanding which comes from
a genuine love for others and a detachment from identification with the
little self. Do not say 'I am identified with others' but ask yourself
instead 'What is my brother feeling and thinking?'
Develop joy in self-forgetfulness
and strive to serve your fellow men. Do not be satisfied with the platitudes
of spiritual experience but experiment with them, turning them into the
ascertained facts of your daily experience and expression. There is much
that you can do in your group work if you will efface yourself by self-forgetfulness;
if you will be strong by rendering the personality weak; if you will learn
to love by not caring whether you are loved in return. Such are the occult
paradoxes that you must resolve and which will make possible your acceptance
as a pledged disciple in the Ashram.
Learn to demonstrate patience, tolerance, devotion, accuracy
and good common sense. You are still prone to slip into the thralldom
of vague visions and grandiose formulations. At times you are still unresponsive
to new ideas and have few positive or original thoughts of your own. You
are still held in the grip of glamour. You must rise above all tendencies
to mental isolation, coldness, intellectual pride, obstinacy, excessive
criticism and absent-mindedness.
Only at this point in your career can
you really begin to develop great imaginative facility and by the power
of the imagination grasp the essence of a truth. Develop a wide and inclusive
perspective and with great care learn to see every side of a question
with equal clarity. All tendencies towards vague or overly complex thought
and expression or deviousness, deceitfulness, untruth, manipulation or
calculated behavior are to be eradicated. If you perceive the truth of
these suggestions and cooperate willingly, you will do much to free yourself;
if you refuse to see the light you will delay the process and continue
to exact the protective care of other ashramic workers for a longer period.
Ask yourself these questions: What is my dharma as an individual in my
home environment? What is my duty as an individual in my spiritual group?
What is my obligation as an individual to humanity? What is my responsibility
as an individual to life? What is my reaction to my individual karma,
personal and human? What is my relation to the Hierarchy?
For many years your dream has been to serve the Master,
to be known by him and to be a part of his group or Ashram. You have longed
for the status of Accepted Discipleship. You have endeavored to serve
the Master and you have indeed rendered notable service. You are also
aware of weaknesses and of failure. So be it. Yet the fact remains that
the major trend and purpose of your life is now so strong and established
that it has brought you to the doorway of the Ashram and the threshold
of the fifth stage, Accepted or Pledged Discipleship.
Do not forget that
all within the Ashram except those of much higher initiate status, fall
short at times. There is no need to feel discouragement. Release yourself
from the futile processes of self-accusation in which you constantly live.
Do not give in to the "glamour of continuous frustration." (DINAII,
p. 600) Do not fail to achieve the fullest expression of your spiritual
aims and goals because of small and unimportant personality problems,
most of them concerned with your racial inheritance, family, friends,
business and environing circumstances.
You are constantly aware of your
own lack of achievement, of your failure to do what your soul has made
quite clear to you is possible. Here no-one can help you. The resolution
of this lies in your own hands. Do you realize that a week's perfected
discipline would carry you further than a year's aspiration? Go forward
therefore, and do not rest content until Pledged Discipleship is yours.
Can you realize my brother, what it actually means to be
an Accepted Disciple under training and guidance of a Master? One possible
danger can be definitely discounted and in one area at least the Master
can feel sure of you: He will no longer question your staying power, knowing
that you will handle what comes to you with steadfastness.
In your attempt
to gain the right of entry into an Ashram—which is called "ashramic
penetration" (DINAII, p. 732)—remember the words of the initiate
Paul: "Forgetting the things which are behind, press forward."
(DINAI, p. 241)
In other words do not live any longer in the past, but
make the years of this life years of usefulness and purpose in creative
world service along the line of your chosen life work. Now you must master
the technique or method of moving forward along the direction of your
service work. You must discover the ways and means alone and unaided.
Enter into that full demonstration of the Will-to-Good which always brings
joy and effectiveness. This will require the recognition of a spirit which
is unembarrassed by ambition and which is pledged to perfecting relationships
with others day by day. Consciously express an increasing desire to help
your fellow men and thereby improve your techniques for establishing relationship.
Go forward in confidence; your Group brothers await you.
Upon the golden chain of Hierarchy you have now forged your link and serve
to take your stand as an Accepted Disciple. Some move ahead of you. Some
move along with you. Others move on with hands outstretched to you.
the one to whom any enquirer may turn for help, knowing that he will get
enough practical assistance to enable him to see the next step ahead.
Ponder the usefulness of shock to break crystallization. Making another
person aware of how they are holding on to old patterns must be done with
detachment, clarity of speech, and above all with love. Do not be dissatisfied
with your co-workers' efforts to make good. Do not be ruthless with them.
Many of them are in the preliminary stages of being trained so as to fit
themselves to be on the periphery of some Ashram.
You are coming to spiritual
maturity and must shoulder responsibility for the steadfast ordered work
of the Ashram. The time of spiritual adolescence is past for you.
True occult reverence holds the key to your future progress.
This means on your part recognition, not blind obedience, not stooping
down or looking up. Shift your consciousness into the lighted mind and
look up towards the mountaintop, not downwards to focus upon the outer
form. Your Master chooses to accept you not only because of a likely karmic
connection, not only because you demand light and have a powerful aspiration
towards spiritual things, but because you are equipped to render some
definite service which fits his current ashramic intention. For the sake
of a needy world and because your soul seeks to see you fill your rightful
place in the Ashram, adjust your living conditions in order to serve more
adequately. You must find "your rightful place" in your Master's
Ashram. (DINAII, p. 742)
Learn the art of true spiritual reverence and
meditate upon your place as an Accepted Disciple in the great chain of
Hierarchy. You may move forward into the Ashram if you obey the time-honored
rules and instructions.
You are already training under the care and watchful eyes
of disciples in the Ashram of a Great One. Thus you are under a certain
basic protection, but are also subject to certain risks of over-stimulation.
Never forget that the love, understanding and gratitude of your group
brothers and your Master surrounds you with warmth, protecting care and
constant interest. In the Ashram advanced aspirants here are hard at work
in deep thought along astrological, metaphysical or philosophical lines
of research. A great storehouse of knowledge is being accumulated in the
areas of healing, drugs, minerals, herbs, vitamins, homeopathics, psychology,
naturopathic or holistic medicine. Great mental fertility, activity, adaptability
and creativity are possible.
One of your great gifts is the ability to
modify and qualify for the sake of accuracy; you also have the ability
to understand and explain complex patterns and trends. In time you will
become a skillful communicator of the blueprint of the divine Plan and
gain the power to recognize and work within its confines and limitations.
Keep in mind that an Ashram is ever in a state of constant
flux and movement. Advanced disciples are passing out of it to form their
own Ashrams or to take up a specific place in another Ashram as they meet
the requirements of more advanced stages.
All disciples in the Ashram
are constantly shifting from one degree to another, moving forward steadily
from the periphery or outer ring-pass-not to the inner-lighted dynamic
group center. As your group brothers move forward, preserving ever the
close inner unity, place is made for new disciples to be admitted and
trained for service. Your group brothers effect this service on your behalf
by hastening their own progress and moving forward, complying fully with
their service demands upon the outer plane. The outer effectiveness they
exhibit in this group service produces a corresponding inner ashramic
effectiveness that serves to aid and make possible your Master's decision
to admit you into his Ashram.
Ponder on this and be grateful. You have
been taught (though theoretically for the most part) that inner effectiveness
produces illumined and potent outer world service. Now learn the reverse
of this truth. Your own appreciation of this fact will alone suffice to
open the gate of Initiation. The strength of the Ashram is ever with you
and the over-shadowing care of your Master ever rests upon you.
Step Five: Man the Disciple
January 1st to 10th
You are within the Ashram and that fact carries with it
a definite obligation and responsibility. You are becoming—to use
an occult phrase—"grounded in your place". (DINAII, p.746)
Now you must master the technique or method of moving forward from here
in any needed direction along the line of service. You have wisdom, beauty
of purpose, devotion and sincerity—all characteristics of the advanced
You are a member of an Ashram by old association and because
you have earned the reward of this recognition and opportunity. Your spiritual
focus has proved true and unchanging. It is your demonstration of this
goat-like tenacity that has secured your relationship with the Ashram.
You need therefore have no concern in relation to your spiritual expression
on its own plane.
It is your physical expression that at times is still at
fault. Reflect with assiduity on these words. A focusing of your spiritual
attitude and nature upon the physical plane will result in a more dynamic
life, rather than the negative personality life you habitually demonstrate.
Remember that one of the tasks of your soul is to demonstrate to you the
particular "blind spots" in your personality life (EPII, p. 439);
to bring them into the light of your consciousness thus dispelling the
darkness. This is achieved by stimulation and suggestion; therefore stay
open to soul impression. Only when these are self-ascertained will liberation
Never hide behind past achievements or the thought of achievement
in some future life. Recognize opportunity when it stands before you,
and be ready to change the stable rhythms of a high grade Capricorn personality
for the eager forward-looking attitude of a world disciple. Changes will
then occur because your inner attitude has prepared the way. You have
demonstrated discipline of your lower nature and shown a relative mastery
of physical inclinations. Thus you can increasingly act to dissipate world
glamour and so "clarify the atmosphere" (RIA, p. 577) technically
speaking, because in the esoteric sense you have 'cleared' yourself.
all that will remain of your once potent life on the astral plane will
be your spiritual aspiration and a carefully cultivated sensitive response
to all forms of divine life. Above all else learn to love others with
impersonality and true understanding. This is not the impersonality of
a planned and forced achievement, but the impersonality of complete self-forgetfulness.
Lose sight of the little self in the need and the opportunity of the moment.
Learn to know yourself as the disciple and do not be so
intensely preoccupied with yourself as the struggling aspiring personality.
Remember my brother, that it is only souls, not personalities, that enter
Ashrams. The particular group of disciples in the Ashram with which you
are affiliated need your help and request your service. Thus begins the
karmic phase of Pledged Discipleship that you have assumed. Long years
of service, study and meditation have proven your commitment, your unswerving
devotion and your deep love for your co-workers.
An understanding heart
and a steady application to the work to be done are great attributes,
and—speaking esoterically—both your Master and your group
brothers "know where to find you." (DINAII, p. 607) The ashramic
part you have to play is becoming increasingly clear in your mind and
you will naturally meet the requirements as they arise. The outstanding
gift of Venus is the power to take initiation. With ever increasing knowingness
you consciously tread the Lighted Way and enter into the Kingdom of Souls.
The strength and potency of your service to humanity is greatly enhanced
by the rays of Venus, and the rhythm of the long years and many lives
of spiritual practice cannot be disturbed.
There have been failures about which your soul has not
hesitated to communicate to you. But why remain overwhelmed by weaknesses
and failures, thus concentrating your attention upon the lower self? Drop
any residual Venusian traces of self-pity and any sense of magnanimous
superiority you may still retain. Even high initiates fail at times to
pass through one or other of the highest initiations at their first attempt,
and from the hierarchical angle that connotes failure. But the failure
is hardly recognized; the effort is made to register what caused the failure
and the inability to stand before the One Initiator, for all effects emanate
from some ascertainable cause. So should it be on all levels of advancement
through many graded failures.
Remember that the Buddha failed to attain
his goal. You have reached that point upon the Path of Discipleship where
a steady and undeviating forward movement is assured. You will likely
fail on details, techniques and methods; you may err in understanding
or in prompt reaction to spiritual opportunity. But these are all methods
whereby a disciple learns. There will be no turning back, although there
may be moments of unutterable fatigue when the temptation may appear,
however you will pay it no attention. You are known by your Master, and
it is perhaps the implications of this knowledge which at times disturbs
you so deeply. Rest assured that you are an integral part of his Ashram;
you are an Accepted Disciple. You have therefore, every reason to feel
You are developing remarkable and unshakeable honesty,
integrity, faithfulness and loyalty as well as high ideals which one day
no doubt will be legendary. You aim to become an exemplary model of integrity,
purity of motive and the acceptance of spiritual responsibility. A champion
of world peace, right human relations and a defender of the democratic
principles of freedom, your battle against the forces of evil and darkness
now begins to produce outstanding results. Your soul now demands that
you steadfastly preserve in your consciousness its imperative command
to "move forward". (DINAII, p. 611) Look for indications of this
in the growth of understanding, in your sense at times of a greatly heightened
vibration and also a greatly increased facility for impartation and reception
In the central decan Venus reveals the true nature of the
conscious intelligent love of the soul. Do not let your heart always determine
your response to issues and concerns, but increasingly make determinations
with a balance of the head and heart.
Venus indicates that your salient
initiatory task is to express the principles of true sharing, indiscriminative
compassion and universal brotherhood. This requires the expression of
ideological recognition and a devoted adherence to perceived truth, thus
offering an opportunity to establish a new stage of conscious relation
and contact with the soul. It is time for you to become an increasingly
constructive and creative agent in the life of humanity. It is time to
develop the facility to make full use of the skills and knowledge you
have acquired so that the stream of teaching can become direct and can
be expressed with great facility and definite technique.
your work as a teacher and learn to bring through for the use of the many
the knowledge stored up by your soul through many lives of training. This
knowledge now rapidly being transmuted into wisdom under Venus must be
made available to your personality as it seeks to help and train others
to become soul conscious. Seek to become a teacher to whom the new learner
can turn for help. Be alive and eager for the future.
of the power to love and to include will automatically produce change
and a basic refocusing of the emphasis of your life, enabling you to pour
the Light and Love of your soul through your heart to illumine the dark
places of the Earth. Love will now increasingly flow through your personality
mechanisms and equipment without impediment. This stimulates a process
of change and transition from old reactions and familiar feelings, and
as a result you are becoming well noted for a remarkable spiritual poise
as well as for your deep knowledge.
Although you work very well with neophytes,
perhaps your true work lies in training the more advanced students, and
for this you are well equipped and so need not handicap yourself with
You take major spiritual responsibility for work that is
close to the heart of the Master. Each soul you touch in the carrying
out of your ashramic duties is placed in a particular relation to you,
and thus you bring all en rapport with hierarchical force. Remember that
this ashramic relationship with students and aspirants may bring about
both good and bad effects, for contact with any world disciple acts as
a precipitating force, calling forth that which is good and bringing to
the surface that which is undesirable but which needs revealing in order
to bring about its consequent eradication.
Therefore attempt to handle
this hierarchical force and ashramic responsibility with more skill in
action and a more conscious understanding of the real task at hand. Do
not retreat from the mundane results, but also see to it that the teaching
relationships formed by you and your group of co-workers do have definite
spiritual results. Orient yourself dynamically towards the spiritual enterprises
emanating from your Ashram under the direction of your Master, and reflect
upon your responsibilities.
Direct yourself to your chosen daily work
and consider how when opportunity arises it can be fitted to achieve some
aspect of the spiritual vision. Hold yourself in soul alignment and consider
your soul relationships, duties and responsibilities in all the three
worlds of experience.
Venus has blessed you with a full and rich life. You have
been brought into contact with thousands of different people from many
groups and of all degrees, religions and points of view. You have fulfilled
your outer duties and your family obligations. You have succeeded in living
the dual life of the disciple, serving your Master and participating to
the best of your ability in the work of his Ashram. You have coped well
enough with the many impacts on your life and the many demands made of
you upon the Path of Discipleship.
The soul activates a compensatory activity
by bringing all life and circumstance into true perspective and changing
attitudes so completely that the recognition of reward supersedes the
realization of pain. Learn to recognize that the way into the inner sanctum
is the way of outer service.
Now make yourself increasingly responsible
for key aspects of the group work that make an appeal to you. Service
must not be motivated by the exigencies of your occupation, family, or
by personal financial considerations or even the behests of your personality.
It may or may not include the place where your outer work in the world
is being done. The discovery of your true service may necessitate a change
in your environment and circumstances. If true to your soul and your ashramic
purpose you will increasingly endeavor to serve your co-workers and associates
as an esotericist as well as a humanitarian and a psychologist. Your future
is bright with the potential of true service and spiritual opportunity
where your heart truly lies.
Rest assured that you can depend upon your Master's love,
strength and understanding. Therefore move forward with confidence into
fuller service both in your world work and in the work of the Ashram.
Now is the time for you to "seek the pinnacle of loneliness which
is the sole place whereon truth can be known." (DINAII, p. 629)
your capacity to withdraw into the focused point within the illumined
mind in solitude, and there await the arrival of that truth or revelation
which your personality demands from your soul and which it is essential
that you grasp if your service work and your progress are to be properly
furthered. Therefore ask yourself at this present time in your training
what is that one immediately required truth, that one immediate spiritual
need? It is in the formulation of that need for yourself that spiritual
progress will be made.
All the teaching, training and experience you have
undergone has now to be brought to a point of synthesis within your illumined
mind. Seek the 'mountaintop' or the pinnacle of truth within yourself.
Revelation will inevitably come if you care enough and have sufficient
patience. You are pledged to a prescribed hierarchical form of service
which must take precedence over all other life activities, even while
you simultaneously fulfil other tasks in the outer world based upon right
obligation and responsibility.
Your Master needs your individual cooperation and understanding
of the problems to be met. You would not be an Accepted Disciple if you
had not done much in the past to perform the work your Master has planned
and aided his great enterprises. Be alert to and interested in his hierarchical
plans and fit yourself to the time schedule of his purposes. Adjust your
sense of values and make your life count in the hour of humanity's need.
Finally stand free, allowing nothing to disturb your calm. Do not deliberately
seek peace but remain poised upon the pinnacle of Love.
The Path stands
clearly revealed. You know the next step ahead. Ascend with renewed strength,
knowing that the power of the soul, the solidarity of the Ashram and the
protective aura which surrounds the work of your Master can ever be relied
upon. Do not look backward my brother, but tread with confidence the Higher
Way that leads to the mountaintop of Initiation. Your soul, your Master
and yourself are truly one. Reflect on this.
Step Six: Man the Initiate
January 10th to 20th
Move forward with confidence into fuller service both in
this world and in the Ashram. You belong to no one race, religion or nation;
initiates of your degree have no such allegiances but stand for the One
Humanity. This incarnation has for you one major lesson: how to stand
free from all environing limitations whilst steadily giving love where
karma and association exists but doing so with complete detachment.
Vulcan the blazing and constant light of the soul irradiates your mind
and provides the point of fusion between the greater and the lesser light
within yourself. You are now arrived at the penultimate stage in Capricorn
before complete enlightenment.
Now at the sixth rung of the ladder you will attain the
summit of the mountaintop of Initiation. Vulcan represents the triumphant
initiate as the "unicorn of God". (EA, p. 154) The long straight
horn of the unicorn out-thrust like a single spear in the center of the
forehead is a symbol of Vulcan.
As the initiate, the metaphorical unicorn,
in the final decan of this most mysterious sign of Initiation, you lift
upon your golden horn as your own vanquished form and raise it to heaven
in spectacular glory. At that moment you, the "rare efflorescence
of a generation of enquirers" (TWM, p.203), will attain full command
within the hierarchical stronghold; the fortress of thought will be yours.
Thus Vulcan aids your quest to culminate your experience upon the Lighted
Way, complete and traverse the "rainbow bridge" and "go
to the Father". (RAI, p. 524) Esoterically, self-realization within
individuation is achieved thus terminating the 'rule of isolation'.
It is under the control of Vulcan that the resources of
your form life are to be finally exhausted, and having achieved this mastery
you return again to the Source. The sweep of the occult sword has enabled
you to rent the gossamer fabric of the veil of life in two. Now standing
naked and unadorned you are a fiery living symbol of the pure truth of
the Spirit of the Logos Vulcan. Thus it is Vulcan that confers upon you
the final "secret of the hidden glory". (EA, p. 165) The corruptible
has put on incorruptibility and the mortal immortality. The supreme art
of alchemical transmutation now becomes the instrument which you use to
consciously and with clear purpose further the ends of evolution. You
are nothing but a fiery forge in which Vulcan practices his planetary
and celestial craft. There is nothing artificial or arbitrary in the expression
of a "Dragon of Wisdom". (TCF, p. 511) Through you specific divine
qualities seek perfect expression.
You ever stand battle-ready, having marshaled all of your
forces together with admirable command. You are a prodigious and tireless
worker of superior industry, fully qualified to lead others whose lifelong
concern is likewise for the well-being and dignity of humanity. You are
an honor not only to your nation but to humanity itself. You have accepted
true responsibility, becoming a server of all men, taking up the burden
of the world as a World Savior. Intensify your ability to 'endure the
light'. It is your task to provide the focal point and energizing area
for the meditation work of the group.
Vulcan bestows the power to become
a participator in the divine Plan and a cooperator in divine Purpose.
You will be tested until you become an essential element of dynamic one-pointed
expression for the furtherance of the Plan; until the expression of the
divine Will dominates your subjective life focus, powerfully determining
your outer life activity. Thus the inner man becomes his own initiator.
The outstanding strengths of the Capricornian in the Vulcan
decan are tremendous strength of will, dynamic power and a strong sense
of purpose. You can now function efficiently as an exponent of the Will
Aspect of the planetary Life. Truly large-minded, you possess the power
to synthesize, lead, direct and govern. You embody the virtues of truthfulness
arising from absolute fearlessness, and also detachment or the power to
liberate and free.
You can be trusted to wield the power of beneficent
destruction based on a keen understanding of principles and priorities.
You possess the wisdom to establish, uphold or enforce the law in the
interests of the preservation of true values. You have excellent abilities
of intuitive perception, pure vision, direct knowledge as well as an ability
to utilize the undifferentiated energies of the Universal Mind. Eventually
your mind becomes an aspect of your subconscious instinctual apparatus
and you function spontaneously on the plane of pure subjective intuitive
Identification with the rhythm of the Whole is the esoteric
keynote of the sixth step. Under the First Ray of Vulcan the invincible
spiritual Will is developed which alone has the power to ascertain causes.
Finally the Whole will be seen as One. It is said that the vision of the
'single unit' is granted. A high exponent of the art of "illumined
living" (EA, p.332), your essential task is to realize the Highest
Unity and the correct nature of right relations.
Rest assured that the love of your Master goes with you and you may call
on him for strength when the incidental strains and pressures of world
service seem overwhelming. Let co-workers and students evoke from you
the very essence of spiritual service, drawing from your soul that which
they need. This service will enrich the Ashram, and in giving you will
be enriched yourself.
You have the freedom to enter and leave the Ashram
as your soul and the need of your service in the outer world may dictate.
Deeply responsive to the agony of human need, you voluntarily choose to
renounce the last vestiges of your individual life and give all to meet
that need. You have developed the sensitivity to know when or when not
you may intrude into the presence of the Master. You no longer have any
desire to contact the Master for your own satisfaction or aid. One thing
only sends you on the wings of light along the corridor of the Ashram
and strengthens your hand to open wide the door, and that is need of the