the Reverse Wheel
22nd to September 21st
the Word said:
I am the Mother and the Child. I, God, I, Matter am
August 22nd to September 1st
September 1st to 10th
September 10th to 21st
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.
Four: Man the Aspirant
22nd to September 1st
Upon the anti-clockwise
Wheel the sign of Virgo is entered via Mercury in the first decan,
Saturn in the central decan and Venus in the third. You are the
custodian, protector and shrine of the inner, living soul. Now is
the time to create the 'good ground', the cradle of nurturing loving-kindness.
goal (to speak in symbols) is to be both mother and child—to
guard, shield, cherish, nurture and give birth to the indwelling
soul. You are fully equipped and fitted to manifest your soul, to
make tangible and objective that for which your whole creative evolutionary
process is intended. For this task you have steadily improved, adjusted,
aligned and oriented your personality and made it more responsive
to contact and to the environment. The stage of gestation, the dark
time wherein your soul was hidden, is over. Now you are in the time
of your soul-infancy upon the physical plane. Adolescence is attained
at the fifth step; adult status and full maturity at the sixth.
In time a state
of mindfulness and pure perception begins to replace your analytic,
rational and concrete thinking. This signals that the sublimation
of intellect into intuition is now rapidly beginning to occur.
The intuitive power
of Mercury will enable you to begin to overcome your material identifications
with the form side of life. Do not allow a sense of personal singularity
or unique response to spiritual vision, or any feelings of inadequacy,
feebleness or weakness to hold you back. This Mercurial stimulation
is a healing force which through the power of the indwelling soul
will eventually bring you to a relatively perfected state; although
only when you become at-one and integrated.
The power of Mercury
to produce beauty, harmony and unity you have dedicated in service
to the personality. The various aspects of your personality equipment
must be blended into one functioning interrelated unity under the
control of the soul. This personality integration will only be won
with great difficultly and pain.
It is your task
now to become the personification of the spiritual warrior and summon
the determination to stand in spiritual being regardless of the
forces arraigned against you. One of the keywords for the esoteric
process associated with the fourth step is steadfastness.
Try to attain the
qualities of persistence, endurance and continuity of effort. Even
if not victorious here, you must practice spiritual patience and
endeavor to overcome all perception of defeat, failure or loss.
Learn to cultivate a sane, serene and wise handling of your life
circumstances. Endeavoring to do all, stand and hold ground; then
with victory you will enter the Path of Accepted Discipleship.
Do not become discouraged
but work, live and above all, love. Demonstrate a steadfast, stable
capacity to serve and meet the needs of your group brothers. Express
a gentle outgoing inclusiveness and an attitude of patient loving
which allows others to reveal themselves to you. Show a deep interest
in others and try to understand their weaknesses and strengths,
their failures and aspirations.
Seek to enter more
fully into their consciousness through a greater measure of identification
and thus comprehend more intelligently what service and training
they truly require that you are able to provide. Learn to serve
within your group without separativeness, and strive to overcome
your personality hindrances. Serve through the potency of loving
The task of blending
into the spiritual group is ever a challenge in the life of all
aspirants. Therefore train yourself to become a pure channel, subordinating
your personality desires and ambitions to group purpose. Prepare
yourself through the practices of purity and discipline. Work at
establishing the necessary routine and rhythm in your group work.
Make a constant effort to apply yourself more steadily to your meditation
work. Readjust your values and restructure your daily schedule to
include times for quiet contemplation. Endeavor to work each day
with a conscious, definite program organizing your time to best
advantage. Through perseverance and rightly motivated purpose will
come the reward of spiritual revelation and entrance onto the Path
At all times strive
to maintain a balanced perspective. A true state of equilibrium
must be established based on inner calmness and tranquility. Your
highly fertile, keen and active mind is often quite inaccurate,
too intense, over-analytical and pays undue attention to details;
therefore do not rush. Take time to speak, to make decisions, to
At times your life
experience will be unpleasant and even arid, but at least the insights
glimpsed under Mercury have ended the futility of a life spent in
pursuit of personality happiness and the mirages of desire. The
old and traditional ways no longer evoke accustomed reactions. You
have recognized the constraints of habit, custom, ordinary routine
and familiar responses and have released all attachment to them.
With the aid of
Mercury your knowledge will be transformed into wisdom, actuating
and clarifying your motivations. The illuminating energy of pure
reason begins to pour down into your increasingly clarified and
organized astral body. Your goal is to establish an organized body
of sentient response in order to become a "sensitive revealer"
of love. (R&I 599)
Victory occurs when
the personality can access the wisdom which utilizes all forms of
knowledge in the furtherance of the life-plan of the soul. It is
the intense stimulation of the soul which enables you to work as
an illuminating agent in the world of men. To do this you must demonstrate
a steadily increasing sensitivity to your inner spiritual identity.
You are on the "Lighted Way" (DINAI 160) and your soul
will guide you through to an assured understanding and to enduring
The light of Mercury
successively reveals to you that which lies ahead; those higher
realms of awareness which you know you will eventually attain. Mercury
reveals to you, the one upon the Way of Light, that the light lives,
moves and functions within your very Self. Make use of this light
to ascertain your next spiritual step towards wisdom. Seek revelation
of the location or source of the necessary information or instruction.
Demonstrate an ever-increasing
facility in using the "light available" (R&I 643)
to initiate creative projects in line with the plan of the soul.
Learn to relinquish the gains of your service and sacrifice and
serve without attachment to results, to means, to persons or to
When the aspirant
stands on the verge of the Path of Accepted Discipleship any small
glamour can disrupt the intention of their service. Consider this:
Your highly accomplished personality with its aims and ambitions,
its intelligence and experience, in itself constitutes a potent
glamour. When the personality is of a relatively high order and
well integrated, the problem is very real. So in moments of service
you are apt to fall into personality glamour unawares, and those
serving with you usually refrain from pointing out your error.
Walk in the light,
my brother. Let the light and radiance of the soul illumine your
service and do not allow your intellect to dominate. Let a free
and spontaneous outpouring of love and not a forced or cultivated
kindness, condition your relations with your fellow men. Do not
be glamoured by your own grasp of spiritual realities and by your
spiritual knowledge. You must consciously prepare for the fifth
step by developing clear-sighted vision. As you are mentally polarized,
subtle forms of mental illusion more than astral glamour are your
Aspirants are subject
to intense moments of blazing revelation. During these moments you
will grasp the objective of your next immediate step. Spiritual
unfoldments of consciousness will occur through a series of points
of crisis in your life which lay the groundwork for the blending
or fusion of the lesser and the greater lights of personality and
soul. Be prepared to confront a crisis of choice which will force
you to detach yourself from the grip of your own desires.
As an aspirant,
your conviction depends upon factual assumption and divine assertion
not based on faith but upon knowledge. Ponder the distinction between
faith and conviction and accordingly exercise the prerogative of
divine assertion which is now your established right.
Strive to "sit
light in the saddle". (DINAI 414) Do not deal with your life
problems with too heavy a hand; work diligently to eliminate the
non-essentials but do not think about things too intently. It is
so important for you to cultivate a sense of humor and be able to
laugh at yourself. Know when to relax and do not always work with
such an intense attitude towards life or from such an extreme point
of tension. Practice the art of relaxation and learn to amuse yourself.
Be joyous in your
work and in your service to the group and happiness will come to
you along the Lighted Way. So you will be released into better health
and into fuller service. Go forward with joyful expectation.
Five: Man the Disciple
1st to 10th
soul has taken charge of your personality and gripped your mind;
you have stepped upon the Path of Accepted Discipleship and are
definitely in preparation for initiation. The call has now gone
forth from the soul and from your Ashram to develop and evolve your
own definitely planned service, and therefore to begin the task
of finding those whom you can assist and serve.
stabilization of your life along the established line of your service
is the next step. But beware of crystallization. In the central
decan Saturn provides a dynamic creative impulse and a momentous
energy which will enable you to impose the laws of the soul upon
clearly indicates that you must subject yourself to rigid self-examination
as a disciple. Here the particular hindrances to your true spiritual
achievement are specifically illumined. You will be severely tested
until you learn to abundantly express and demonstrate the unselfish
qualities and attributes of the true server. You are offered opportunity
through the presentation of obstacles, through pain and suffering
to move forward. Suffering, disturbance and apprehension are the
essential processes whereby detachment and dispassion are enforced
upon the consciousness.
is the enforced quiet and stillness of your lifestyle—symbolically
in Virgo the contemplative quiet in the womb of the Virgin—which
brings about the needed alignment with the soul. Therefore stand
quiet at the center of your being. Consecrate yourself to the cultivation
of depth, detachment and humility. Retreat inward and
achieve a deepening of the inner life, which will in its turn lead
towards wisdom and truth. Do not cease any of your outer occupations
or exoteric activities, but carry them forward in a spiritual silence.
Pursue your physical plane activities and your spiritual dharma
but within yourself live an intense life of aspiration, of searching,
questioning or questing. If you become spiritually dissatisfied,
this will only produce in you an intensification of the major qualities
that your soul would have you cultivate.
this time you will go through a process of detaching yourself esoterically
(though not necessarily exoterically) from your chosen and designated
task and from all past achievements, and you will thereby learn
your next step upon the Path of Liberation. This detachment based
on a phase of spiritual dissatisfaction will also engender a real
humility within your heart—a quality you need to cultivate
and express. Humility in thought is easy for you as it is largely
theoretical and imposed; humility of the heart is practical and
inherently spontaneous. Ponder on this distinction.
embark upon a life dedicated to discipline, dispassion, discrimination,
decentralization, meditation and service. No longer attempt to create
opportunities for service, but rather become responsive to meeting
opportunities which come your way, applying yourself in service
so that needs are met. In time, as you work revelation and insight
will come. In this way you should be able to serve most effectively,
resulting in the steady growth of any work you undertake for your
Master and for the Ashram. Service is the outstanding opportunity
offered by Saturn's rulership of the central decan.
eventual goal of all service is the spontaneous utterance of the
dynamic power and inclusive love of the soul in response to all
your contacts in the three worlds of expression. The nature, direction
and form of your soul's service will take shape according to your
past life expression. Nothing can limit the potency of your life
of natural, loving service.
inner reality of your true spiritual identity must eventually be
demonstrated. Your main objective is to become completely free of
illusion and be able to respond creatively and with reason to the
loving energy of divine relationship. Here you must do battle with
illusion on the plane of mind and free yourself from the control
of ancient and powerful thoughtforms. The taint of misplaced devotion
and superimposed authority must be fully overcome in the central
influence eventually destroys any remaining illusions and you learn
to discriminate between the Real and the unreal, the essential and
the non-essential, the subtle and the gross. Your entire lower nature
must be liberated from the grip of personal ambition, from the power
of material existence and from world illusion. Saturn is self-effacing,
so the final traces of self-interest, self-assertiveness and selfish
ambition finally disappear.
stimulation of Saturn serves to purify the inner thoughts and the
desire life, reorienting them to the higher spiritual centers. Astral
illusions, grandiose delusions and residual egoistic phenomena are
systematically dissipated. Superfluous or non-essential activities
cease. So Saturn is the wise guardian, protecting, guiding and nurturing
the inner life.
are apt under Saturn to be hard and unyielding—hard on yourself
and on others. You have learned much and surmounted much in the
crucible of suffering, and nothing has prevented you from a steadfast
pursuit of purity, Truth and Reality. This capacity leads you at
times however, to judge with harshness those who do not apparently
achieve similar results or possess your own staying power.
not be identified with your own methods of approach or expect others
to do things your way. The techniques you employ are not necessarily
the best for all. Others must be allowed to serve as they see fit,
for the effort to impose a means of service upon others only succeeds
in blocking the expression of the soul's love. Recognize that there
are many paths, many methods and widely different techniques.
to foster, strengthen and interpret the methods and techniques of
others with whom you work and those you serve. Aim for decentralization
without diffusion. If you can learn this lesson a wider field of
opportunity will open before you. Decentralization involves the
development of a mental objectivity and a disidentification from
the personality self, and this should be your steady and practical
advanced disciple is characterized by the dynamic qualities of spiritual
harmlessness and pure joyfulness. True spiritual harmlessness is
not a passive innocuous state but entails an active restraint from
any speech or action which causes pain or misunderstanding. First
as a disciple in training you have had to prepare yourself to receive
a vital inflow of spiritual Life. Personal resistances obstructing
the spontaneous outpouring of the soul's love have had to be dissolved.
All types of self-destructive behavior had to be eradicated.
a disciple you have overcome all forms of harshness and cruelty.
You do not countenance misunderstandings or the evasion of facts.
With careful discrimination you overcome personality fears, resistances
and all opposition to the birth and expression of the soul on the
physical plane. Your lower self is subordinated to the higher rhythms
and becomes increasingly obedient to the soul.
disciples know that they do indeed have the power to change any
existing distressing human condition through creative activity.
They must initiate a responsible effort to stabilize the inner life
and bring it into a harmonious outer expression. You work towards
the successful integration of the personality to bring all the three
lower Aspects together as one serving unit, demonstrating a real
understanding and a true helpfulness. As the effects of the soul
forces pouring through increasingly manifest, the expression becomes
correspondingly regulated and no longer spasmodic. Consequently
the disciple is marked by a natural, spontaneous, living flow of
the soul life through the physical mechanisms of expression.
are being strictly guided, directed and controlled by the group
purpose and by the hierarchical Plan for humanity. Above all else,
the disciple must not harm the group, even when this means personal
dissatisfaction or sacrifice. The ambitious personality urge toward
betterment is reigned in once the personality becomes the vehicle
for soul service. Through wise assimilation into the group, the
establishment of responsible relationship and correct spiritual
guidance, the disciple in training achieves the goal of initiation.
from successive ring-pass-nots of limitation is experienced until
the last illusion disappears and you, the fully transfigured disciple,
stand initiate. So my brother, see your life pattern more clearly.
See the underlying purpose of all happenings in the past and endeavor
then to grasp a picture of the future, and make your dreams come
true according to the vision in cooperation with your Ashram.
at intelligent understanding of the Plan and materialize the vision.
Let naught deflect you from your purpose—fatigue, frustration,
people or circumstance. Carry all forward in silence and with love.
Every contact carries an unrealized significance. Give love and
willing understanding to all you come in contact with, and you will
inspire others to work in cooperation with you. This is essential
for the development of loving understanding that is the complement
enables the disciple to maintain a dynamic adherence to the chosen
path with steady perseverance. Your endurance must overcome any
sudden event, occurrence or disruption until the moment you safely
enter the portal of Initiation. It is this dynamic state of realization
which commensurate with its power, produces change in the personality,
circumstances and physical environment.
now enter a new subjective dimension or state of being. Learn to
stand unmoved in spiritual being and attain the high altitude at
will. No outer fluctuations of the form life must be permitted to
upset your inner balance. When this condition of inner stability
is sufficiently developed you enter into the world of Reality and
into the clear light of day. Material circumstances, the physical
environment and the form side of life then become fields of service
and not fields of sensuous perception.
wields the discipline of pain and of sorrow, but there is also a
discipline of joy and of achievement. A true perception of this
will greatly change human consciousness. Discover the bliss that
is here and now. This is a right that you have earned as the reward
of a life of patient endurance, triumph and acceptance. The expression
of the discipline of joy and achievement will enable you to express
a fuller tide of loving understanding, enhancing your usefulness
to your Master and the Ashram.
Six: Man the Initiate
10th to 21st
are now numbered among the initiate upon a special path of training.
Step by step the nature of the Path of Initiation has been revealed
to you, and little by little you have assimilated the qualities
of the unfoldments presented by spiritual opportunity. You have
penetrated close to the heart of the Ashram and are known and recognized
by your Master and by senior workers as an initiate. Now walk among
the sons of men with the purpose of healing, serving and lifting,
ever holding a balanced and inclusive view, knowing that all paths
tests of the Saturn decan—stern, drastic, educational, disciplinary,
stoic and Spartan, have been successfully completed. Austere, ascetic
and astringent measures have accomplished their intended purpose
as was necessary. You have consequently built up a persistence and
endurance and a trained response to events that guarantees to the
watching Master that your stability is assured. You are being trained
for a new type of discipleship intrinsically different from that
which you have experienced before.
training is demanded to develop in you a more conscious comprehension
of the nature of "wise love." (DINAII 669) This is love
free from emotion or devotion; love that brings awareness of the
objects of love as they essentially are, and that is able to perceive
in character and temperament the working out of karma. Love more.
Send wisdom out to others upon the wings of love.
your own particular radiatory and magnetic field, you attract those
who are filled with a love which greatly enriches the appreciation
of life. You are the creator of your own destiny. You are magnetic,
loving, inclusive, wise, tolerant, non-separative, unselfish, intuitive
and understanding. As all aspects of the analytical, obsessive and
over-discriminating mind have been sublimated, your function is
to release a steady stream of illumined love which is free of any
personal taint of criticism.
the sixth sign at the sixth step the innate divinity of the Virgin
becomes gloriously realized. You are devoted to one-pointed service
through definite forms of selfless action for the greater Good.
A tireless hierarchical worker, you move forward unfailingly until
perfect cooperation with the life-plan of your soul is consummated
in alignment with perfected reason, expressed with Love-Wisdom and
rulership of Venus in the final decan of Virgo indicates that the
three principal activities of the mind have been successful in transmuting
the physical body, transforming the emotional nature and transfiguring
of your major assets is your capacity to evoke a fiery new incentive.
The three Aspects of your personality are now integrated and function
as agents of the soul, but they must become progressively responsive
to triadal energy. From this side of the veil we can only dimly
imagine to what extent your fertile and inspired mind is capable
of being engaged with the creative faculty of conscious thoughtform
building; to what extent you recognize and are receptive to archetypal
Ideas. Your strong abstract mental faculties require the complete
orientation of your mind toward the Real. The secret of triplicity
is revealed to you. Hold it in focus so that your mind is kept perfectly
the energy of your directed mind goes forward into the world of
the higher spiritual Triad and the realm of pure intuition. Through
meditation, subservience and obedience to the Greater Life, the
illumined bridge or "Lighted Way" (DINAI 160) can now
be successfully completed and traversed.
of your key tasks is to discipline your mind so that it can "hold
itself steady in the light." (EPII 72) This necessitates the
cultivation of the faculty of right interpretation so that intuitive
knowledge received may then form itself into the correct thoughtforms.
You will then be further tested on your ability to work with those
imminent stages of the Great Plan which demand intelligent cooperation
in the present. Focus your attention on what is needed now. Obedience
to this very duty and purpose is the hallmark of the trained server.
major initiatory test therefore concerns your capacity to qualify,
adapt and mold some aspect of the Great Plan in the service of humanity.
Virgo initiates set a most excellent example of the sterling performance
of duty, the dispelling of illusion and of service offered with
love and understanding. They are exemplary in establishing a life
dedicatedly oriented towards spiritual realities. For the benefit
and joy of all, the initiate under Venus bestows the radiant light
of revelation upon the higher significance and spiritual purpose
of our lives. New goals are glimpsed, higher standards are reached
and new loyalties arise as you perceive more clearly some creative
aspect of the great universal Plan in nature.
the hidden light is revealed, so the soul virtues of compassion
and wisdom animate your personal character. You have developed those
qualities and virtues which produce a clear vision of Reality and
a capacity to enunciate Truth. The complete and final purification
of your three-fold personality vehicle is attained on the higher
burning ground, while simultaneously the real significance of divinity
emerges into your initiate consciousness.
with an enhanced understanding all your cognitive functions become
relatively perfected. Through the agency of Venus you learn to self-apply
the final refinements to the demonstration of your perfected human
form. Self-control and tolerance are now consummately expressed.
You live according to high ethics and a moral code, and have an
impeccable sense of decorum.
sensitive to a new light entirely different to any previously experienced,
a steady stream of understanding love and sympathetic cooperation
pours through your purified physical mechanism dedicated to world
service. You have carefully cultivated to an exemplary degree the
ability to live an existence characterized by an undefiled state
of inner peace, contentment and tranquility. In this relatively
pure state you live a benign and wholesome existence. You express
a selfless, responsive love asking nothing of the self in return,
and this has been the key which has opened up a full, rich and beautiful
the stainless white robe of initiation and immortality has been
bestowed upon you. We can only surmise that the triumphant initiate
is now permitted to enter into the full consciousness of the Most
High and thus become a source of eternal hope, spiritual promise,
refuge and sanctuary.
is time to master the power to wield light as a carrier of Life
in all three worlds of human endeavor. When in the halls of initiation
you evidence fully the redemptive qualities of your soul, as perhaps
a master mason, teacher, astrologer, esotericist or occultist, Venus
will enable you to guide others into the promised land of freedom
and true spiritual security. In ways beyond the imagination, the
enhancement of the energy of Venus leads to the advent of new and
impelling relationships. Empowered by a dynamic, permanent, new
spiritual impulse toward universal life perception and synthetic
livingness, you labor unremittingly for the benefit of humanity.
directing energy of the higher mind can now be thrown down into
the physical brain, and so this applied Venusian stimulation produces
the transmutation of pure intuition into spiritual illumination.
Insights into the life of the soul and into your own life purpose
are born in you. The hidden beauty of the Spirit of Life itself
is released through your magical prowess and unfoldment of wondrous
have learned the meaning of pain, and divine indifference is your
goal. You have made many contacts and helped many more than you
know, and thus you have established links—for what purpose,
my brother? Each life you have touched with aid and strength may
form the nucleus of your own group in a later life experience. It
is through spiritual magnetism and pure impersonal Love that an
Ashram is assembled. This is a technique you are beginning to learn.
have made many friends and evoked much love from your co-workers,
and these relationships are an enduring joy and responsibility.
You are learning to intimately know your Master and you also merit
the staunch love and confidence of his senior disciples with whom
you share a deep appreciation based upon your work together in past
lives. You have also gained a much greater knowledge of the intent
of your Ashram. You have worked off much karma and stand freer than
was deemed possible when you entered into incarnation this life.
the angle of your soul your life has been triumphant. In neither
dark nor light did the Central Spiritual Sun appear to you. The
pairs of opposites do not distract your eyes. "Only the single
eye directs the steps of the initiate upon the Way." (DINAII
is the hallmark of the enlightened soul, and from an occult and
scientific perspective is the releasing agent. It is precisely the
quality of gratitude that has freed you.