The Chair

29 07 2010

I was at the meeting. I sat down in a comfortable chair with about ten other people, enthusiasts, students. I opened my bag and I realised that I had no books. Then as the rest of the people sat down around me, I also realised with a pang of fear that I was in fact the chair. I was supposed to chair the meeting and provide ideas and questions, on a topic I had no idea about. I didn’t even know what the topic was.

Well, the meeting progressed, and I lumbered in my chair. The avidity of my friend in conversation distracted from the fact that I was the chair, and possibly, I may have got away without saying a single word.

The meeting itself was held in a street, more or less an alleyway sided by high buildings, and the ambience was that of a warm summer night, on the edge of September, but not cold at all.

I did observe, as I hid in my chair that no-one has noticed that I was the chair. Or perhaps they knew that I was the chair and intended to please me. But in my heart it was truly as if I was invisible, although the largeness and comfort of the chair gave the feeling that hiding was in fact impossible.

In the course of my self-analysis I was able to absorb a number of vague details about the discussion of the meeting. Books were flashed, and I did realise that the titles of these books were written in what appeared to be Russian alphabet. It may have been Russian, it may have been a different form, but I am convinced that the discussion was on a literature of Russian origin and in fact written in Russian, although the discussion was held in English.

I noticed also, in my listening, that mention was made of fairy stories. It conjured up images of childhood and a general warm, feeling of well-being, which combined well with my comfortable chair, and put my thoughts and worries more or less at ease.

I realised that my friend was engaged in almost violent, passionate discussion, charming the women in the meeting. This was all well and good since it distracted from my total lack of opinion on the subject of untranslated Russian fairy stories. I neither know Russian, nor do I care for the implications of fairy stories about cakes, onions and magical enchantments.

After the meeting finished, the meeting, along with the chairs disappeared more or less in a flash, without any lingering. It was as if the meeting had been a secret gathering on a quiet and narrow street, shaded by the late summer trees.

After the meeting however, I was not entirely alone. I found to my surprise a girl with brown hair and a bookworm look about her. She appeared to want to speak to me. What she said seemed strange, and showed her to be some kind of fan of mine, even though as chair, as the all-powerful chair, I had said not one word during the entire meeting. This is what she said:

“I loved your Satanism.”

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Realisations from the t-square

14 07 2010

The home of God is among mortals

This last Uranus Saturn opposition is rather special. Not only will Saturn be exalted bringing with it high quality wisdom, but Jupiter is there too in triplicity and terms, dignified.

Uranus rules what is already beyond human life. Saturn planet of the Earth has possession of the Earth and all within it. The lessons which the opposition bring this time are that if we were all to wear sack-cloth and ash we would realise that in fact there is no real control that we have over life or earth, no more than we have over our own mortality.

I do not renounce the world, and I do not reject it. I do not refuse to work or to desire or love. I do however realise the temporary nature of the temporal world makes a mockery of my desire for it, or my desire to possess it.

What is there that is permanent? The mind of man and his soul which is the imprint of that mind is more or less permanent throughout life. The man may choose to obsess and worry over all of life’s illusion. He may choose to be attached to his ideas of glory. But all such attachments are double-edged, especially the ones which you think about and long for, or the ones which occupy your waking thoughts.

Libran Saturn this time says to me to find a balance: The message is to live in the world and to love others. 180 degrees from this though, comes the message that what you consider yourself, is not really anything.

In a practical sense this philosophy is concrete. It works, but it can only work if one is detached from life. It will only work if one can humble one’s thoughts and existence. The concerns about the self, thoughts about what a man is in life, his position, his power, his work.

For the wisdom that comes from the Stars already tells us all that certain things are already destined in life. If things are already destined, this is the decree which is sent down from the heavens. Obviously the man that wants great things and is destined not to achieve them will be disappointed, and in his strife and desire he may only cause himself misery. The man who considers himself lucky to have even just the basic things, food clothes, work, he is blessed.

The Balance

In essence part of destiny is that it is unseen, and it is also unimaginable to the man. The “modern” planets have taught, that life can develop and change to the factor of ten thousand under, for instance the influence of Pluto. And it appears that what the man thought he never possessed, talents which he never dreamed of are simply given to him from heaven in the space of one short strange year in an otherwise repetitive, uneventful life.

Because life sends down those lightning bolts, and because they are certain to come, then it calls into question the man’s assessment of his own life and situation. The hopelessness that people can have in life comes from not being able to get beyond Saturn, and indeed all planets beyond Saturn are pretty much in darkness. It’s not possible to see.

If destiny is unseen, and unknown, but is certain where does that leave man? A position of pure faith is one choice which he has. In faith man has strength, in faith a man will not have furrows in his brow, he will not twist his neck with stress and strain, but importantly he will not be fooled into falling for things which were not for him in the first place.

The virtue comes from waiting for things to come. Or not even going around thinking or worrying about them in the first place. There is a balance to be found, this balance comes from a faith that all things are right when they are received in their right time. Shakespeare saw that brothers killing their brothers for kingdoms only brought disaster to them and turned them into rotten apples because that destiny had not be given to them, but was taken by them.

The teaching which goes along the lines of giving up all possessions may seem like a form of insanity. No-one gives up everything that they own, but if we take note of the stars and of destiny, a man may well give up everything if he knows that the heavens will always bring him back to equilibrium. The balance is between what is desired in life, and the understanding that things in life are potentially filled with great illusion. Man must strive to desire only what is destined, only what is right or appropriate.

In Practice

The man must not look into the future with expectation. Expectation creates unreal ideas of what life really is, of what it is for. He must expect nothing, he must look inside, perceive that he is nothing, nothing but a creature, a mammal with death as a certain outcome, no matter what achievements he attains. To be humble is a great thing.

Indeed, when man does not take anything, it appears that he is miraculously given what was meant for him anyway. When a man takes what is not his, it invariably will spoil. It is strange how the balance of the universe always will win. And indeed it is those outer planets which bring about this equilibrium without our own knowledge, explained only in the fact that they are invisible to the naked eye. Those planets are not seen, but they are there.





The Dignity of the Planets

2 07 2010

 

A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” Jesus then left them and went away.

People sometimes say that “this generation” is corrupted, or that generations which are passed were morally less good than others. And it is tempting to go ahead and make judgements like this. For example, to say that the Pluto in Scorpio generation are meaner or that they are impure, or materialistic, is tempting, especially since Pluto, planet of the underworld, does have a great lexis of “evil” associations and that Scorpio, its so-called modern rulership, amounts to the same “dark” or “sexual” connotations.

Such judgements are made by childish minds. Pluto is the planet of temptation. No man can be tempted to do evil unless he wishes to. The dignity of planets is based on them representing people, and it is clear that the outer planets only represent things that are beyond death, and are not living. Pluto, or Hades is simply the temptation of power, and is to be resisted by those who are aware of it.

People are however, good or bad. There really is no grey area in moral judgement. Being good means observing religious principles, and not yielding to corrupt influences. In the film “Pulp Fiction” which incidentally came out during Pluto in Scorpio, Samuel L. Jackson states that:

“The Path of the Righteous Man Is Beset on All Sides by the inequities of the Selfish and the Tyranny of Evil Men.”

Although these words are powerful and moral sounding, they are not in fact from any moral text. Does this diminish their power, does it demean their moral significance? Here is a character who has as he states in the film, a revelation. He goes through a spiritual transformation from living one life without moral principle, to another life of living with moral principle.

Although generations can be deemed to be “degenerate”, such as the one that went to war twice in the early 20th century, this is not to say that all people of that generation were corrupt or “evil”. It only ever takes a few bad apples, and a majority who are weak enough to be persuaded by them to do evil.

Having said this though, once one holds firm to a set of beliefs or principles, once one decides on being moral, whatever the religion, whether it be Hindu or Catholic, because both of these are based on the principles of non-violence, and of love, then it becomes fairly easy to see the moral turpitude and absence of love in those people who do not live by any moral framework.

He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
(Psalm 24:4,5)

Indeed it is possible to go further. “Everything is political” is a statement which relates closely to another phrase: “everthing is moral”. All people have 9th houses and Jupiter in their charts. Those who choose may wish to abide by the rules which have been given to us by divine revelation. Those who refuse, those especially who call themselves agnostic, or “non-religious” will always be weak, they will be subject to the lies, to deception, because outside of religion, there is nothing that is permanent. What some call science, does not have moral principle.