My Birth Chart and Interpretation

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Planets and Points in The Signs

Sun in Sagittarius 19°  47′ 17″

You tend to be idealistic, optimistic, dependable, open-minded, friendly, honest and versatile. But, you can also be tactless, irresponsible, showy, boastful, self-righteous, arrogant, quarrelsome, fanatical, dogmatic and dictatorial. You like any work where foresight and a willingness to take a chance is offered, while at the same time, you try to avoid detailed work.

You are usually outspoken, sometimes to the point of bluntness. Simply blurting out your ideas and opinions is due to your never-ending search for truth and wisdom. Others think you are pretty tactless and the statement that “truth hurts” fits your way of thinking. Regardless of your undiplomatic remarks, others instinctively feel as if you mean them no real harm and are only interested in raising their consciousness.

You love the outdoors, large animals, nature and sports. Some Sagittarius people have reckless gambling tendencies and will bet it all on the drop of a hat. Travel and even long walks appeal to you because they make you feel free – and you need to feel free.

You are philosophical and you want to understand the deeper issues and abstractions of life. You have a certain faith in higher things that generally always keeps you of an optimistic bent, no matter what difficulties are currently besetting you. You want to understand the meaning of life. This helps to keep you growing and expanding, which is something you need to do. This desire for expansion can cause you to overextend yourself with too many activities and to use up your energy too rapidly. You need to take intervals of rest to recuperate between projects.

You need to learn how to concentrate on your current projects and stick with them to the end. Always full of enthusiasm, you tend to show it more at the start of new endeavors, then it tends to lessen as the project goes along and gets stuck in details, or the going gets a little rough, or it simply gets a little boring.

Although you are ordinarily healthy, you can run into trouble due to overindulgence in food and drink.

You are known for your friendliness, helpfulness and subtle humor. You are a good conversationalist and enjoy debating merely for the sake of debating. You have a real gift for making friends and the typical Sagittarius can go anywhere in the world without ever feeling lonely, for you acquire friends along the route. You have humanitarian instincts and are practical in expressing them. You will tend to help anyone who is in need. Other people can usually depend on your loyalty and honesty, for there is nothing devious or manipulative in your nature.

You are extremely independent and restless, with a real need for personal freedom. You can experience claustrophobia, either physical or emotional. This is why you are reluctant to get into total commitment situations and often shy away from marriage. In love, you are highly romantic, but you need your partner to be intelligent and communicative. You hate jealousy and possessiveness on the part of your partner, especially since you are fond of flirting. You enjoy the chase more than the capture.

Career wise, you are reluctant to become tied down to a set schedule, so you will experiment with a variety of jobs. You do best in careers that permit you to travel about, either locally or widely. You also like dealing directly with people, either selling or promoting ideas, products, etc.

You may overlook small details, but your overall sense of planning is excellent. You have a good memory. The challenge of a problem is what interests you, for it caters to your enjoyment in exploring the unknown. Playing games comes easily to you and it is the journey they enjoy rather than the destination.

Read more about Sagittarius.

Ascendant in Sagittarius  2°  53′ 11″

People with Sagittarius rising tend to be idealistic, aspiring, enthusiastic, religious or agnostic, interested in far away places and cultures or ideas, physically active, risk-taking, outgoing, breezy, extroverted, philosophical, perhaps dogmatic, prejudiced, superficial, looking for greener pastures, and on-the-go. Sagittarius, the Centaur, is half-human, half-animal and this is perhaps the way you are. You have great aspirations, yet may have a most unruly desire nature. You can shoot for the stars or wallow with the animals. There is love of animals, the outdoors, sports, gambling, adventure, and travel. You may lack concentration. You probably have many acquaintances, but few friends. You tend to have casual contacts rather than in-depth relationships. You have a great restlessness and a love to be on the move. You may always be looking for greener pastures, never stopping or slowing down to see where you really are and what’s around you. You tend to be talkative and direct and to the point. You may be lacking in tact and diplomacy due to your frankness. Ideas are very important to you. You generally like working with the big picture and dislike all the little details. You may promise much and deliver less. You can rise to the heights or sink to the depths. Which will you choose?

Spiritual lesson to learn: Restraint, of all that is given away (and stop procrastinating). Jupiter rules Sagittarius so Jupiter will be important in your chart.

See more about Sagittarius Rising.

Moon in Libra 15°  29′ 17″

You are kind, sympathetic, agreeable, optimistic, fair, and very fond of social pleasures. You are a considerate and thoughtful friend, and have a real flair for making others feel accepted and appreciated. At the same time you probably possess good reasoning powers and the ability to form correct judgments. There is love of art and music with perhaps decided ability as a performer. You have a need for people and relationships. You avoid personal confrontations or any expression of intense, unpleasant behavior or emotion. You strive for peace, harmony, and perfect balance. You feel unsuited for menial physical labor and you hate to get your hands dirty. Your desire to be liked by everyone may cause you to seek peace at any price, thus you can be evasive on issues due to your desire to keep the peace. You can be quite vacillating and indecisive. You are much more at odds with yourself than people would guess by looking at you from the outside. It is sometimes very difficult for you to make up your mind because you see all sides of any issue and you always want to be fair. You must learn to stand up for your principles.

Mercury in Sagittarius  0°  32′ 18″

You possess idealism, vision, and foresight, and your mind is often occupied with big ideas, plans, and goals for the future. You are interested in what is possible and what is on the horizon, rather than what has already been done. Subjects like philosophy, religion, politics, or education interest you, and you are more concerned with theories, abstractions and concepts than with specific applications. You are not inclined to focus on any one practical, concrete area. You don’t particularly like details and may find it difficult to concentrate long enough to carry your ideas through to completion. You seek mental freedom, yet your thoughts are usually along traditional lines. Having a gambling instinct, you may enjoy gambling, speculative enterprises and new ventures. You are forward, blunt and direct in speech and you always speak your mind. People who know you know that you don’t beat around the bush. You are apt to say the first thing that pops into your head. Thus, you have to learn to control your tongue, develop tact, and to think before speaking. Business, advertising, and promotion might be good career areas for you. You have a keen mind and are impulsive and versatile. You have a tendency to study several similar subjects, to have more than one job and to have several projects going all at the same time. You tend to want to keep on the move, traveling, in order to gain experience, knowledge and wisdom.

Venus in Aquarius  1°  18′ 47″

If you have Venus in Aquarius, your affections are expressed in an open, unconventional and rather detached way. Socializing, bringing people together and having many friends and acquaintances very much appeal to you. Because you value friendship so highly, you may be more comfortable being a friend than a lover. One thing’s for sure – you highly dislike possessive, clingy relationships. You want to be free to do whatever you want with whomever you like. You want an intellectual or spiritual connection with your partner and this may even be the preferred substitute over a very intimate or emotional bonding. You need a partner who will give you plenty of freedom, allowing you to be your own person, and not be too demanding emotionally. You are charming, happy and original, but also, cool, calm and detached. This detachment is beneficial because you, as a rule, are never possessive of people or things. The feelings you have tend to be filtered through your mind and intellectualized. You need to learn warmth and understanding. Read more about Venus in Aquarius.

Mars in Aquarius 15°  20′ 17″

Your energies are expressed in unique and original ways. There may be genius shown in the way you go about things. You are inventive, scientific, a bit eccentric, unconventional and perhaps a bit rebellious. Working with others to get things done appeals to you. You enjoy taking part in sociable, group activities and unite with others of similar ideals and persuasions. You are progressive, democratic and you are not concerned with hogging personal power or having authority over others. You are a team player. New and unusual methods of work, planning and technology appeal to you. Your energy levels are usually high, but they can be erratic at times and you may find a tendency to work in spurts. Thus, you can be impatient and inconstant in pursuing your desires. You are intellectual, cautious, independent, freedom-loving and enterprising. You respond well to emergencies. There may be interests in mechanical or scientific subjects. Science fiction may intrigue you. You may need to control a radical or rebellious streak within and remember that in certain cases haste does make waste. On the negative side you can be too aggressive, quarrelsome, contentious and perverse.

Jupiter in Taurus 11°  59′ 37″  Rx

You desire to expand the world around you with practical, tangible, material things. The rewards you expect from your efforts must be material in nature. As a gesture of appreciation, a simple “thank- you” is not as good as some little something in the form of something concrete that you can hold and see. You are generous with your possessions and share freely what you have, but only if the cause merits such action. Your nature tends to be a bit extravagant or self-indulgent and it is up to you to control your desire nature. You may be stubborn in your philosophical or religious beliefs, needing proof of anything before believing. There is a fear of sickness and pain. Money and material possessions can come to you but you must use your resources wisely, else they will get you into trouble. A great love of rich or sweet food may lead you to become overweight. Control of the palate and of the lower nature should be observed.

Saturn in Libra 24°  45′ 06″

You are diplomatic, tactful, and you have balanced judgment which inspires trust. In matters if health there may be urinary problems or trouble with the kidneys. Saturn tends to obstruct the filtering action of the kidneys, allowing toxic elements to stay in the blood stream and intoxicate the body. Drinking distilled rather than spring, mineral or tap water would be better for your kidneys. There is a need for you to cooperate and share in harmony, patience, and love with other people. Marriage or partnerships may be restricting, requiring hard work and discipline so that you may learn the lessons of cooperation rather than competition. Marriage and partnerships give you a sense of security and for that reason you seek them out. You may marry for practical reasons, for money, or to someone a lot older or younger. Various possibilities exist with this position. You may take great trouble to find a mate who is able to demonstrate a similar integrity, and thus marry at a later age than most, or you may choose an older partner or a contemporary who is apt to be austere or undemonstrative. A desire for perfection may make you too demanding in the marriage or your view of marriage may be too conventional or old-fashioned. If Saturn is badly aspected, then you may be cold or regard marriage as a yoke with which you do not care to burden yourself. Or lastly, you may tell yourself that you will never find a partner who will measure up to your requirements.

Uranus in Cancer 17°  34′ 10″  Rx

Neptune in Libra 23°  20′ 40″

Pluto in Leo 23°  11′ 57″  Rx

Chiron in Capricorn 11°  39′ 31″

Black Moon Lilith in Leo 28°  39′ 03″

With Lilith in Leo, you must learn where your creative abilities and your core essence reside. If you do not discover your true self, you may feel driven to seek attention or social recognition, or to act out exaggerated shows in order to make yourself noticed. The personality you express must be authentically yours, and not forced.

If you have Black Moon Lilith in Leo, your love is centered on yourself. Psychologists call it narcissism. Both men and women seek to be honored for their beauty and physical appearance. You can cause disappointments by taking advantage of your partner and by not recognizing your sexual-emotional mistakes.

There is a tendency to lie. If you become unfaithful, you will, out of pride, play the misunderstood victim when you know inwardly that you betrayed your partner.

The repressed sexual impulses focus on “I want.” You may have unspoken internal conflicts. These can overflow and cause you to exercise power and dominion over your partner or children “just because” or, as Aesop said, “because I am the Lion.”

For your Black Moon in Leo to work well:

Look for your own identity, without falling into the world of appearances. Focus your fire on what your passions really are. Do not look so much for recognition from others.

North Node in Aquarius 14°  00′ 09″  Rx

Part of Fortune in Aquarius  7°  11′ 11″

You feel happy noticing the things that surround you, being receptive to all knowledge. You want to know everything about humanity and the Universe, without societal limitations or restrictions. You understand the union of so many different things, knowing that none is worse or better because of their difference.

You are fair. You do not like to make judgments, because that would undermine your own sense of freedom. You remain aloof and impartial with respect to others. This allows you the freedom to explore your own inner awakening.

You never have to follow the paths of others. So, you look for solitude, where you find new ideas. You use the great inventiveness that cosmic forces bestow upon you.

You like to live without any planning. You like to be original. It makes you happy to know you can help another person to feel free. Read more about Part of Fortune in Aquarius.

Vertex in Leo 21°  42′ 45″

Midheaven in Virgo  4°  38′ 11″

Planets and Points in The Houses

Sun in First House

You are important to yourself and will spend much time and energy on your own personal affairs. It’s not that you do not care about others, it is just that you have your work to do and it is very important to you. You want to shine and be noticed for who and what you are. You may want to lead or be in a position of dominance. You are confident, independent and responsible. But watch for tendencies to be power-seeking or dictatorial. Be alert to false pride and try to be more humble. Give proper credit to others for their contributions.

Moon in Eleventh House

Popularity with women often comes with this position. Many of your friends will be female. The feeling of belonging to a group increases your feelings of security. If you feel you do not “belong”, then negative emotions surface that all basically have to do with your own needs for security. Humanitarian projects may be important to you as you can develop your nurturing instincts with or for the group. You enjoy working for the good of the group instead of just your own good. You are responsive to the feelings of others. Concerning vocation: The network of friendships within the work situation is emphasized. Friends may help get the job, make the job rewarding and will probably endure after the job is done. A friend’s advice about work opportunity or direction is perhaps more important than that of a professional counselor.

Mercury in Twelfth House

You have a perceptive, intuitive and subtle mind with an interest in the metaphysical world. You can absorb knowledge intuitively and you understand more than you wish to divulge. You are secretive and have the ability to understand the deeper meanings of tones of voice and hand gestures. Secret enemies may try to undo you or speak evil of you. You may lack confidence in yourself. You may find yourself limited or incapacitated if you allow your nerves to become too frayed. Be careful of your ears and your hearing, which may be weak.

Venus in Second House

You attract money and personal possessions, especially when needed. You spend money as fast as you earn it, sometimes faster. Your hidden talents can be beneficial to others, if you apply yourself. Don’t be afraid to work. Your money is used to buy beautiful, artistic, and/or musical things. You like a certain amount of luxury to surround you. Money may come to you through a partner or relationship.

NOTE: Since Venus is very close to the next house cusp, the next item is also relevant.

Venus in Third House

You may be artistic and creative in speech and writing and you express yourself well in either. You have a love of travel, yet your immediate surroundings are probably quite harmonious and comfortable. Relations with neighbors and siblings are probably easy-going and pleasurable. Because you dislike disharmony, you avoid confrontations with people in your immediate environment, hating to rock the boat.

Mars in Third House

You are restless, perhaps high-strung, and probably have an abundance of nervous energy. You have an intense belief in your own ideas. You are alert, determined, and enthusiastic. You possess an abundance of mental energy. Developing analytical thinking is important, as impulsive thinking will bring difficulties. There can be problems with siblings or neighbors. There will be many short journeys. Energy is expended in neighborhood activities.

Jupiter in Sixth House

Jupiter in the 6th House tends to give good health. Any health problems are usually caused by extravagance and over-indulgence, too much of a good thing. You are helpful to others and are a dependable worker with a sense of loyalty. You inspire cooperation and good will among your fellow workers. You enjoy your work and give of your time willingly. Watch that you do not overwork or overindulge in eating or drinking. There could be difficulties in the liver and blood or poor circulation due to over-indulgence.

Saturn in Eleventh House

You have many acquaintances, but only a few close friends, probably older ones. The friendships you make endure for many years. You are attracted to groups which have a serious or necessary purpose. You feel a strong sense of duty and responsibility to the groups you become involved in. The tasks that you do for any groups may receive very little personal recognition and may require hard work. In order to attain your goals and objectives, you have to be patient and willing to work hard. If your lessons are learned, the later part of life will offer greater rewards. You may experience a sense of never fitting in with the people or groups around you because of some perceived uniqueness. In any case there may be issues regarding feeling different from others.

Uranus in Eighth House

You have strong psychic feelings and a keen intuition. You perhaps have unconventional ideas about life, sex and death, which you do not necessarily reveal. The afterlife is a great mystery for you and you may seek to probe for answers. The occult sciences in general may intrigue you. You may experience difficulties through nervous tension. Sudden loss or gain could come about with other people’s resources. There can be an unexpected inheritance or financial gain through unusual sources. Be careful around electricity and machinery. An interest in healing, perhaps through the laying on of hands, attends this position. You may have entertained thoughts of suicide in earlier years. Read more about Uranus in the eighth house.

Neptune in Eleventh House

You are idealistic and interested in the common good. Strong hunches regarding your hopes and wishes are present. Because the influence of Neptune is elusive, there may be difficulty deciding upon your goals. Just dreaming about them will not bring them about. Friends may be weird, wacky, spiritual, unreliable, or deceitful, but probably artistic or of a musical bent. Be careful with some friends as they may not be what they seem. Some may want to introduce you to drugs or alcohol so be objective and clear-headed. Definite, practical and concrete goals with a firm faith in the future are called for. Then your dreams can come true. Read more about Neptune in the eleventh house.

Pluto in Ninth House

You are intuitive and may be clairvoyant. Travel in other dimensions is possible during sleep. There is an inherent interest in religion and philosophy. You want to know why and how. There can be the danger of such total belief in your own ideas that it borders on fanaticism, with total disregard for the thoughts and beliefs of others. Develop tolerance for other’s beliefs. You search for Truth as a starving man looks for food. You want to know everything. Metaphysical experiences are possible and transformation can occur through dreams, long distance travel or philosophical insights and revelations. You can suffer mental strain from studying too intensely. You must control your desire to always be right no matter what.

Chiron in Second House

Black Moon Lilith in Ninth House

North Node in Third House

Part of Fortune in Third House

You are happy to communicate with others. You enjoy being understood, so language and proper use of words are important to you. You try to understand how others think and how they see things, so you can develop a greater perspective in your thinking. Thinking clearly is what will bring you your greatest fulfillment.

Your security is based on thought instead of the material world. Therefore, you like to teach others to think clearly, so they can understand the world around them, and understand all kinds of people. Read more about Part of Fortune in 3rd House.

Vertex in Ninth House

 


 

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Aspects

Sun Sextile Moon (orb 4°18′)

Sun Sextile Mars (orb 4°27′)

Sun Sextile Saturn (orb 4°58′)

Sun Quincunx Uranus (orb 2°13′)

Sun Sextile Neptune (orb 3°33′)

Sun Trine Pluto (orb 3°25′)

Moon Trine Mars (orb 0°9′)

Moon Quincunx Jupiter (orb 3°30′)

Moon Square Uranus (orb 2°5′)

Moon Conjunction Neptune (orb 7°51′)

Moon Square Chiron (orb 3°50′)

Moon Trine North Node (orb 1°29′)

Mercury Sextile Venus (orb 0°46′)

Mercury Square Pluto (orb 7°20′)

Mercury Conjunction Ascendant (orb 2°21′)

Mercury Square Midheaven (orb 4°6′)

Venus Square Saturn (orb 6°34′)

Venus Square Neptune (orb 7°58′)

Venus Sextile Ascendant (orb 1°34′)

Venus Quincunx Midheaven (orb 3°19′)

Mars Square Jupiter (orb 3°21′)

Mars Quincunx Uranus (orb 2°14′)

Mars Opposition Pluto (orb 7°52′)

Mars Conjunction North Node (orb 1°20′)

Jupiter Sextile Uranus (orb 5°35′)

Jupiter Trine Chiron (orb 0°20′)

Jupiter Trine Midheaven (orb 7°21′)

Saturn Square Uranus (orb 7°11′)

Saturn Conjunction Neptune (orb 1°24′)

Saturn Sextile Pluto (orb 1°33′)

Uranus Square Neptune (orb 5°46′)

Neptune Sextile Pluto (orb 0°9′)

Ascendant Square Midheaven (orb 1°45′)

Compare House Systems

gab’s Planets’ and Points’ House Positions By House System
HOUSE SYSTEM SUN MOON MERCURY VENUS MARS JUPITER SATURN URANUS NEPTUNE PLUTO CHIRON BLACK MOON LILITH NORTH NODE PART OF FORTUNE VERTEX ASCENDANT MIDHEAVEN
Alcabitius 1 11 12 2 – 3 3 6 11 8 11 9 2 9 3 3 9
Campanus 1 11 12 2 – 3 3 6 11 8 11 9 2 9 3 3 9
Equal 1 11 12 2 3 6 11 8 11 9 2 9 3 3 9 10
Koch 1 11 12 3 3 6 11 8 11 9 2 9 3 3 9
Meridian 1 11 12 2 3 6 11 8 11 9 2 9 3 3 9 12
Morinus 1 11 12 2 3 6 11 8 11 9 2 9 3 2 9 12 9
Placidus 1 11 12 2 – 3 3 6 11 8 11 9 2 9 3 3 9
Porphyry 1 11 12 2 3 6 11 8 11 9 2 9 3 3 9
Regiomontanus 1 11 12 2 – 3 3 6 11 8 11 9 2 9 3 3 9
Topocentric 1 11 12 2 – 3 3 6 11 8 11 9 2 9 3 3 9
Vehlow 2 11 1 3 3 6 12 8 – 9 12 10 2 10 3 3 10 1 10
Whole Sign 1 11 1 3 3 6 11 8 11 9 2 9 – 10 3 3 9 1 10
gab’s House Cusps
HOUSE SYSTEM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Alcabitius  2°  53′ 11″  2°  29′ 48″  2°  20′ 14″  4°  38′ 11″  5°  01′ 15″  5°  00′ 17″  2°  53′ 11″  2°  29′ 48″  2°  20′ 14″  4°  38′ 11″  5°  01′ 15″  5°  00′ 17″
Campanus  2°  53′ 11″  1°  36′ 24″  2°  25′ 57″  4°  38′ 11″  5°  52′ 23″  4°  57′ 16″  2°  53′ 11″  1°  36′ 24″  2°  25′ 57″  4°  38′ 11″  5°  52′ 23″  4°  57′ 16″
Equal  2°  53′ 11″  2°  53′ 11″  2°  53′ 11″  2°  53′ 11″  2°  53′ 11″  2°  53′ 11″  2°  53′ 11″  2°  53′ 11″  2°  53′ 11″  2°  53′ 11″  2°  53′ 11″  2°  53′ 11″
Koch  2°  53′ 11″  0°  47′ 54″  0°  33′ 37″  4°  38′ 11″  4°  40′ 26″  4°  27′ 01″  2°  53′ 11″  0°  47′ 54″  0°  33′ 37″  4°  38′ 11″  4°  40′ 26″  4°  27′ 01″
Meridian  8°  14′ 53″  5°  57′ 47″  4°  09′ 59″  4°  38′ 11″  7°  04′ 27″  8°  53′ 00″  8°  14′ 53″  5°  57′ 47″  4°  09′ 59″  4°  38′ 11″  7°  04′ 27″  8°  53′ 00″
Morinus  4°  38′ 11″  7°  04′ 27″  8°  53′ 00″  8°  14′ 53″  5°  57′ 47″  4°  09′ 59″  4°  38′ 11″  7°  04′ 27″  8°  53′ 00″  8°  14′ 53″  5°  57′ 47″  4°  09′ 59″
Placidus  2°  53′ 11″  1°  59′ 40″  2°  26′ 41″  4°  38′ 11″  6°  49′ 06″  6°  24′ 07″  2°  53′ 11″  1°  59′ 40″  2°  26′ 41″  4°  38′ 11″  6°  49′ 06″  6°  24′ 07″
Porphyry  2°  53′ 11″  3°  28′ 11″  4°  03′ 11″  4°  38′ 11″  4°  03′ 11″  3°  28′ 11″  2°  53′ 11″  3°  28′ 11″  4°  03′ 11″  4°  38′ 11″  4°  03′ 11″  3°  28′ 11″
Regiomontanus  2°  53′ 11″  0°  48′ 30″  1°  33′ 42″  4°  38′ 11″  6°  41′ 50″  5°  42′ 48″  2°  53′ 11″  0°  48′ 30″  1°  33′ 42″  4°  38′ 11″  6°  41′ 50″  5°  42′ 48″
Topocentric  2°  53′ 11″  1°  59′ 57″  2°  26′ 49″  4°  38′ 11″  6°  49′ 06″  6°  24′ 10″  2°  53′ 11″  1°  59′ 57″  2°  26′ 49″  4°  38′ 11″  6°  49′ 06″  6°  24′ 10″
Vehlow 17°  53′ 11″ 17°  53′ 11″ 17°  53′ 11″ 17°  53′ 11″ 17°  53′ 11″ 17°  53′ 11″ 17°  53′ 11″ 17°  53′ 11″ 17°  53′ 11″ 17°  53′ 11″ 17°  53′ 11″ 17°  53′ 11″
Whole Sign  0°  00′ 00″  0°  00′ 00″  0°  00′ 00″  0°  00′ 00″  0°  00′ 00″  0°  00′ 00″  0°  00′ 00″  0°  00′ 00″  0°  00′ 00″  0°  00′ 00″  0°  00′ 00″  0°  00′ 00″

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Pars Fortuna

Pars Fortuna

PARS FORTUNA in the 3rd House Aquarius generated from my birth chart in Astrolibrary.com

If you have Part of Fortune in the third house in your birth chart,

you are happy to communicate with others. You enjoy being understood, so language and proper use of words are important to you. You try to understand how others think and how they see things, so you can develop a greater perspective in your thinking.

Thinking clearly is what will bring you your greatest fulfillment.

Your security is based on thought instead of the material world. Therefore, you like to teach others to think clearly, so they can understand the world around them, and understand all kinds of people.

Since your Part of Fortune is in the third house of your birth chart, the ninth house is the opposite house. The ninth house helps you understand abstract thinking, other people of other nationalities and mentalities, cosmic ideas, and the higher mind. But your fulfillment will come through the lower and concrete mind.

You must learn the difference between the presence of human ideals, and the reality in which they must live and be carried out. By accepting this wisdom and not being strict in your ideals, nor judging those who still do not understand the higher truth, you will gain the trust of those whom you want to teach and with whom you want to communicate.

You do not judge other people, you just try to understand them and get to know them. This helps you accept that which is contrary or different from yourself. You have something important to say without forcing your ideas on anyone, or on those who are not ready to accept them. You learn to have much tolerance.

You also learn to recognize when is the right time to say things. You must give your teachings and knowledge in a detached way, and you will get great satisfaction knowing that you have enlightened another person’s understanding.

You absorb many philosophical and spiritual thoughts through the ninth house. You realize that the greatest truths go beyond the mental barriers that separate people.

You must be fair. You have the ability to see all sides of a situation. Thus, by bringing superior understanding to human relationships, you help all people in your environment get along better and get a better understanding of the different points of view that may exist. This way, the dichotomy of the world and of human thought will not hinder communication between people.

You find your greatest satisfaction and happiness through all the people you get to know and help. When you come to understand all the circumstances and people around you, you acquire a spontaneity and confidence in yourself and in the whole Universe.

Part of Fortune in Aquarius

If you have Part of Fortune in Aquarius in your birth chart, you feel happy noticing the things that surround you, being receptive to all knowledge. You want to know everything about humanity and the Universe, without societal limitations or restrictions. You understand the union of so many different things, knowing that none is worse or better because of their difference.

You are fair. You do not like to make judgments, because that would undermine your own sense of freedom. You remain aloof and impartial with respect to others. This allows you the freedom to explore your own inner awakening.

You never have to follow the paths of others. So, you look for solitude, where you find new ideas. You use the great inventiveness that cosmic forces bestow upon you.

You like to live without any planning. You like to be original. It makes you happy to know you can help another person to feel free.

Leo is the sign opposite to your Part of Fortune in Aquarius. Through Leo, you observe how others try to direct others and try in vain to have control over circumstances, as well as to maintain those principles that give them self-respect. You know that these things, and power, have been abused in today’s world.

It is the love for truth without limiting the spontaneous flow of life, which gives you your greatest satisfaction and joy. You do not like to force any circumstance, or any person. You flow easily through difficult situations because you have the great ability to understand how circumstances have become what they are. Nothing exists in this world that can surprise you.

You like to live as a true free spirit, even trying anything new or futuristic.

You know there is a better future for society, but you should not worry about how it will be achieved. Simply trust that things will be resolved in the best way possible and at the right time.

You must pay more attention to how you express yourself. Do not show off your ego in your knowledge about the Universe. Focus your struggle in search of inner power, over yourself, in addition to outward self-control.

When you accept yourself as a different, unique, and even prophetic being, your soul will begin to unfold in the direction you so desired. You will know that your mind is free to explore all knowledge of the Universe and its human aspects. You will understand that this free acceptance of uniqueness will finally liberate Humanity from the deterioration from its own egocentricity. For that, you can be an example and helper for those who need it.

Your fulfillment and final happiness are not only for you, but for everyone you know and who shares your humanitarian ideals. Sharing common ideals with other people that want to help evolve humanity, makes you maintain a faith in the future.

— Astrolibrary.com

The Story of Zerubbabel and the York Rite Freemasonry

The story of Zerubbabel in the York Rite Freemasonry

Wine is strong, the King is stronger, women are stronger
But Above All Truth Conquers!

King Darius

Emperor Darius gave a great banquet for all those under him, all the members of his family and staff, all the leading officials of Persia and Media, all his chief officers, administrators, and the governors of the 127 provinces stretching from India to Ethiopia.

When everyone had enough to eat and drink, they left, and Darius went to bed. He fell asleep but soon awoke.

Then the three young men who served Emperor Darius as his personal bodyguard said to one another,

“Let each one of us name the one thing that he considers the strongest thing in the world. The emperor will decide who has given the wisest answer to this question and will give magnificent gifts and prizes to the winner. He will wear royal robes, drink from a gold cup, and sleep in a gold bed. He will have a chariot with gold-studded bridles, wear a fine linen turban, and have a gold necklace.Because of his wisdom he will be an adviser to the emperor and will be given the title “Relative of the Emperor.”

Then each of them wrote down the best answer he could think of, sealed it, and put it under the emperor’s pillow. They said to one another,

“When the emperor wakes up, the statements will be given to him. He and the three leading officials of Persia will decide who gave the wisest answer. The winner will be given the prize on the basis of what he has written.”

The first wrote, “There is nothing stronger than wine.”

The second wrote, “There is nothing stronger than the emperor.”

And the third wrote, “There is nothing stronger than a woman, but truth can conquer anything.”

When the emperor woke up, the written statements were given to him, and he read them.

Then he sent messengers and called together all the leading officials of Persia and Media, including the chief officers, administrators, governors, and commissioners.
He took his seat in the council chamber and had the three statements read aloud.

“Bring in the three young men,” he said, “and let them explain their answers.” So when they were brought in, they were asked to explain what they had written. The bodyguard who had written about the strength of wine spoke first:

“Gentlemen,” he began, “wine is clearly the strongest thing in the world. It confuses the mind of everyone who drinks it.
It has exactly the same effect on everyone: king or orphan, slave or free, rich or poor. It makes every thought happy and carefree, and makes one forget every sorrow and responsibility. It makes everyone feel rich, ignore the power of kings and officials, and talk as if he owned the whole world. When men drink wine, they forget who their friends and neighbors are, and then they are soon drawing their swords to fight them. Then, when they sober up, they don’t remember what they have done. Gentlemen,” he concluded, “if wine makes men act in this way, it certainly must be the strongest thing in the world.”

The bodyguard who had written about the strength of the emperor spoke next.

“Gentlemen,” he began, “nothing in the world is stronger than men, since they rule over land and sea and, in fact, over everything in the world. But the emperor is the strongest of them all; he is their lord and master, and men obey him, no matter what he commands. If he tells them to make war on one another, they do it. If he sends them out against his enemies, they go, even if they have to break down mountains, walls, or towers. They may kill or be killed, but they never disobey the emperor’s orders. If they are victorious, they bring him all their loot and everything else they have taken in battle. 6 Farmers do not go out to war, but even they bring to the emperor a part of everything that they harvest, and they compel one another to pay taxes to the emperor.

Although the emperor is only one man, if he orders people to kill, they kill; if he orders them to set prisoners free, they do it; if he orders them to attack, they do; if he orders destruction, they destroy; if he orders them to build, they build; if he orders crops to be destroyed or fields to be planted, it is done. Everybody, soldier or civilian, obeys the emperor. And when he sits down to eat or drink and then falls asleep, his servants stand guard around him, without being able to go and take care of their own affairs, for they never disobey him.
Gentlemen,” he concluded, “since people obey the emperor like this, certainly nothing in the world is stronger than he is.”

The bodyguard who had written about women and the truth – it was Zerubbabel – spoke last.

“Gentlemen,” he began, “the emperor is certainly powerful, men are numerous, and wine is strong, but who rules and controls them all? It is women! Women gave birth to the emperor and all the men who rule over land and sea.

Women brought them into the world. Women brought up the men who planted the vineyards from which wine comes. Women make the clothes that men wear; women bring honor to men; in fact, without women, men couldn’t live. “Men may accumulate silver or gold or other beautiful things, but if they see a woman with a pretty face or a good figure, they will leave it all to gape and stare, and they will desire her more than their wealth. A man will leave his own father, who brought him up, and leave his own country to get married. He will forget his father, his mother, and his country to spend the rest of his life with his wife.

So you must recognize that women are your masters. Don’t you work and sweat and then take all that you have earned and give it to your wives? A man will take his sword and go out to attack, rob and steal, and sail the seas and rivers. He may have to face lions or travel in the dark, but when he has robbed, stolen, and plundered, he will bring the loot home to the woman he loves. “A man loves his wife more than his parents. Some men are driven out of their minds on account of a woman, and others become slaves for the sake of a woman. Others have been put to death, have ruined their lives, or have committed crimes because of a woman.

So now do you believe me? “The emperor’s power is certainly great – no nation has the courage to attack him. But once I saw him with Apame, his concubine, the daughter of the famous Bartacus. While sitting at the emperor’s right, she took his crown off his head, put it on her own, and then slapped his face with her left hand. All the emperor did was look at her with his mouth open. Whenever she smiles at him, he smiles back; and when she gets angry with him, he flatters her and teases her until she is in a good mood again.

Gentlemen, if women can do all that, surely there can be nothing stronger in the world.” The emperor and his officials just looked at one another. Then Zerubbabel began to speak about truth.

“Yes, gentlemen,” he said, “women are very strong. But think of how big the earth is, how high the sky is; think how fast the sun moves, as it rapidly circles the whole sky in a single day. If the sun can do this, it is certainly great. But truth is greater and stronger than all of these things. Everyone on earth honors truth; heaven praises it; all creation trembles in awe before it.

“There is not the slightest injustice in truth. You will find injustice in wine, the emperor, women, all human beings, in all they do, and in everything else. There is no truth in them; they are unjust and they will perish.  But truth endures and is always strong; it will continue to live and reign forever. Truth shows no partiality or favoritism; it does what is right, rather than what is unjust or evil. Everyone approves what truth does; its decisions are always fair. Truth is strong, royal, powerful, and majestic forever. Let all things praise the God of truth!”

When Zerubbabel had finished speaking, all the people shouted, “Truth is great – there is nothing stronger!”

Then the emperor said to him, “You may ask anything you want, even more than what was agreed, and I will give it to you. You will be my adviser, and you will be granted the title “Relative of the Emperor.’

“Zerubbabel replied, “Your Majesty, permit me to remind you of the solemn vow you took on the day you became emperor. You promised to rebuild Jerusalem and to send back all the treasures that had been taken from the city. Remember that when Cyrus made a vow to destroy Babylon, he set these things aside and solemnly promised to send them back to Jerusalem. You also promised to rebuild the Temple, which the Edomites burned down when the Babylonians devastated the land of Judah.

So, Your Majesty, because you are a man of generosity, I beg you to fulfill the solemn promise you made to the King of heaven.”

Then Emperor Darius stood up, kissed Zerubbabel, and wrote letters for him to all the treasurers, governors, and administrators in the provinces, ordering them to provide safe conduct for him and all those going with him to rebuild Jerusalem. He also wrote letters to all the governors in Greater Syria and Phoenicia, with special instructions to those in Lebanon, to transport cedar logs to Jerusalem and help Zerubbabel rebuild the city. The emperor also provided letters for all the Jews who wished to return to Jerusalem.

These letters guaranteed their freedom and ordered all governors, treasurers, and other administrators not to interfere with them in any way. All the land that they acquired was to be exempt from taxation, and the Edomites were to surrender the villages they had taken from the Jews.

Each year 1,500 pounds of silver would be given for the construction of the Temple until it was finished. 52 In addition, 750 pounds of silver would be given each year to provide for the seventeen burnt offerings to be offered in the Temple each day. All the Jews who left Babylonia to build the city of Jerusalem would be granted their freedom, together with their children and the priests.

The emperor’s orders gave specific instructions, as follows: the priests must be supported, their robes for the Temple service must be provided, the Levites must be supported until the Temple and Jerusalem are completely rebuilt, and land and wages must be provided for all the guards of the city. He also reaffirmed Cyrus’ instructions that all the small utensils and Temple treasures that Cyrus had set aside should be returned to Jerusalem.

Then the young man Zerubbabel left the council chamber, turned toward Jerusalem, looked up to heaven, and praised the King of heaven:

“Lord, all praise belongs to you; you are the source of all victory and wisdom, 60 and I thank you, O Lord of our ancestors, for giving wisdom to me, your servant.”
Zerubbabel took the emperor’s letters and went to Babylon, where he told the other Jews everything that had happened. They praised the God of their ancestors because he had made it possible for them to go and rebuild Jerusalem and the Temple which bears his name. For seven days they held a joyful celebration, accompanied by music.

– 1 Esdras 3; 1 Esdras 4

Enter the Inner Court of the Temple

The many challenges of an Initiate before he can reach the inner court of the Temple of Masonry;

A big bird blocking the Light

Ziz Bird

The Ziz is a giant griffin-like bird in Jewish mythology, said to be large enough to be able to block out the sun with its wingspan. It is considered a giant animal/monster corresponding to archetypal creatures. It is said that the Ziz is comparable to the Persian Simurgh, while modern scholars compare the Ziz to the Sumerian Anzû and the Ancient Greek phoenix.

 

Valley Of Ziz

Ziz Valley

Ziz is the cliff of, the pass by which the horde of Moabites, Ammonites and Mehunim made their way up from the shores of the Dead Sea to the wilderness of Judah near Tekoa. (2 Chronicles 20:16) only; comp. 2Chr 20:20 It was the pass of Ain Jidy

 

The Key to  the Inner Court of the Temple

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Balustrade, a barrier from curiosity.

Ballustrade

 

 After endeavoring to triumph in all the obstacles, the Initiate can now enter the Sanctuary of the Temple but has to delve himself into Sacred Mysteries.

Nine Star - Inner Court

The Sanctuary of the Temple as described by  Charles T. McClenechan, The Book of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry

“The Blue Degrees are but the outer court or portico of the Temple. Part of the symbols are displayed there to the Initiate, but he is intentionally misled by false interpretations. It is not intended that he shall understand them; but it is intended that he shall imagine he understands them. Their true explication is reserved for the Adepts, the Princes of Masonry.” (Morals and Dogma, p.819) Albert Pike, [1871 Morals and Dogma: Council of Kadosh: XXX. Knight Kadosh.

 

The Three Interlaced Triangles

Nine Ray Face Sun

 

The symbol of God, Yod

YOD PIC

Our Father, who dost rule the heaven and the earth, and all that in them is: Thou who art the Giver of every good and every perfect gift: guide us in our endeavor to combat darkness, and direct the mind and thoughts at the threshold, in the solemn approach to the innermost mysteries of thy holy Temple where we seek for truth, for the full understanding of the divine  lessons contained in thy “Word,” and the final attainment of the  salvation of the soul immortal.

May we feel that the doctrines contained in the new vows we are  about to assume, are worthy of his noblest Masonic thoughts and of  holiest reverence. Aid us, 0 Lord;  to look within our heart— that innermost sanctuary—that may prepare us  to receive the impress of thy Holy Name, which shall be a seal of eternal life. In Thee, 0 Lord! alone resides the power. To Thee be all the glory.  Amen.

 The Ineffable Name of God YHVH

The 72 Names of the Deity

The 3 Verses in Exodus 14, Verse 19 – 21

19 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them, and the pillar of cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them,

20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptian and the camp of Israel, and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.

21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.

Gematria

 

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Tetragrammaton, the 72 Syllables

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Death and Rebirth Allegory

 

“Oh I, I just died in your arms tonight
It must have been something you said”
— Cutting Crew

“Death Is Dramatic, depressing, and emotional enough, but sometimes, just for the extra emotional kick-in-the-gut tearjerker”.

 

 

The Hidden Meaning of the Eight-Ray Sun and the proposed Ninth Ray of the Philippine Flag

Last June 2018,  Philippine Senator Richard Gordon filed Senate Bill No. 2590 which aimed is to add a ninth ray to the Philippine flag’s sun to represent the Moro people or Filipino Muslims, as well as other indigenous groups for their role against colonization by Spain and America.

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The proposed Nine Ray Sun

While looking at the pattern of the symmetry of the rays, I could not grasp how to start the symmetrical drawing point of the 9 ray sun compared to the 8 rays pattern which has a regular natural axis of the compass. However, this can be done easily by using equilateral triangles inscribed in a circle.

What is the real significance of the rays of the sun on the Philippine Flag?

old flag

This flag, now kept at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum was captured by the Americans during the period 1898-1902.

Many historians have written about the Philippine Flag particularly the symbolism of the luminaries depicted unto it, the Masonic triangle and its colors as designed by President  Emilio F. Aguinaldo and sewn by Marcella Agoncillo.

Unknown to many Filipinos, there is a hidden meaning behind the symbolic three stars and the eight-ray sun of the flag which are embedded in the Masonic philosophy of the belief and teaching of the Filipino Masons during that Spanish period, although categorically written by many historians as the first eight provinces that revolted against the colonizers.

“The eight-rayed sun symbolizes the first eight provinces (Manila, Cavite, Batangas, Bulacan, Laguna, Pampanga, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija) that revolted against the Spanish colonial government. The three five-pointed stars represent the three main island groups: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.”

Aguinaldo like all the Katipuneros were masons under the Gran Logia Nacional de Filipinas auspices of Supremo Consejo del Grado 33 para Filipinas, a  Lodge formed by the Filipino masons,  descendants of Gran Oriente Espanol, the oldest traditional Masonic body in Spain where our national hero Jose Rizal together with other patriots were  members of the fraternity.

The three five-pointed stars represent the 3 lights of the lodge, the master, senior and junior wardens while the triangle at the center wherein the altar is situated, traced the Blazing Star of Masons sometimes represented by the 8 ray sun or the 5 pointed stars. This triangular pattern is similar to the Masonic apron.

phil flag

 

8 RAY SUN OR THE EIGHT POINTED STAR

surya majapahit

Surya Majapahit

Majapahit Empire 1293- 1520 CIRCA

Majapahit was an archipelagic empire based on the island of Java from 1293 to around 1500. Majapahit reached its peak of glory during the era of Hayam Wuruk, whose reign from 1350 to 1389 marked by the conquest of kingdoms in Maritime Southeast Asia (including present-day Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, East Timor, and the Philippines)

While it is common  practice for kingdom in different regions of the world  to worship the stars, moon or sun and adapting its emblem  to gain prosperity or approval from the Gods of their belief, the Filipino flag  emblem  took the form of an eight-pointed sun ray with the rounded part in the center depicting a sun with face . The emblem might have taken the form of a cosmological diagram haloed by typical “Surya Majapahit” sun rays or a simple circle with typical sun rays.

The eight rays sun Surya is an emblem of Ancient Majapahit Empire, which some of the rajanates of the Philippines Islands, named Selurong, Lusong, Mayi, Butwan, Shrivaya,  were part of the Kingdom  Majapahit located in Eastern Java.

The eight-pointed star is found in every culture Mayan, Hindu Temples, Egyptian, Sumerian, Assyrian civilization.

 

8 pointed star of the Anunnaki

8 pointed star of the Anunnaki

star of babylon

Star of Babylon

The Seal of Shamash is a representation of the ancient Assyrian / Mesopotamian sun god of the same name. Also described as an eight-pointed star, this solar symbol is thought to represent the solar calendar, or Sun Wheel, with the four arms associated with the solstices and equinoxes that were key calendar days.

 

native american star

Ancient Lemuria or the lost continent of Mu  Lemuria, or Mu,  Native American 8 pointed star

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The insignia of the Order of Lakandula contains an inscription with Baybayin characters represents the name Lakandula.

 

The Nine Ray Sun or  9 Pointed Star  on the 3 Interlaced Triangles, the ultimate symbol of the Supreme Being

 

brunnian link

The Brunnian link – A version of this figure is found in the sixth century Marundheeswarar Temple in Thiruvanmayur, South Chennai, India, which is associated with the goddess Tripurasundari.

 

Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite

 

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A nine-sided star formed by three interlaced triangles called a Nonagon or Nonagram, with a Gold Sun at the center, surrounded by an Ouroboros.

AssR 2

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In the case of the Yod replacing the Golden Sun, we realize that one of the things these two Symbols have in common is the number Ten.  Yod is the Tenth letter of the Hebrew Alphabet and is assigned that number for those that study Gematria…

 

The Jewel of the 33 Degree SGIG Scottish Rite Freemasons

 

SGIG 33rd-degree-mason

AssR 5

The Mother of all Masonic Symbols… the “Grand Decoration” of the Order.

The Roman Numeral “X” or Ten/Gold is shown as a Teutonic Cross and Crossed swords. Lead has been turned into Gold. Two Ouroboros encircle the center.

A Teutonic Cross contains within it the Pillars of Jachin and Boaz revealing the Pillar of Beauty.

The Union of Trinities is now all balanced while the Double Eagle stands proud as if representing the birth of a New Dawn..

The Age of Transhumanism.

“Three Twice” or “33”.

 

AssR 6

 

Nonagram

AssR 7

At the Entrance Hall or Atrium of the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple in Guthrie, Oklahoma is an impressive Nonagram tiled onto the floor, similar to the Atrium of the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple in  Manila.

 

Enneagram

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The number nine in the figure also relates to the alchemistic thought behind the enneagram.  The number nine is a factor of 3 times 3, which here represent the 3×3 spiritual hierarchies that God descends through to reach us humans, and that we should raise through the same to God

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The Royal Arch  Masons Living Arch Ceremony

The “three times three” ceremony is the three right feet forming a triangle, three left hands forming a triangle, and three right hands forming a triangle, thus forming the living arch encircling the Yod by the group of three.

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Chapter of Royal Arch Mason

YHVH 72

The Yod symbol, the 9-ray Sun,  the 72 names of God YHVH derived from Kabbalah, the Tetragrammaton

 

The Grand Encampment of Knights Templar

 

Grand encampment

The Grand Encampment Knights Templar  jewel showing the 9 Ray Sun

 

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Senator Gordon Connection  in Masonry

The Gran Logia Nacional de Filipinas auspices of Supremo Consejo del Grado 33 para Filipinas is a lodge formed by the Filipino masons’ descendants of Gran Oriente Espanol, practice AASR of Freemasonry. This Masonic group is one of the Masonic organizations existing in the Philippines.

Masonic Jurisdictions in the Philippines

  1. Grand Lodge of the Philippines (GLP) – Grand lodge came from the Grand Lodge of California consists of more than 400 subordinate lodges
  2. Perla del Oriente No.1034 Scottish Constitution under the Grand Lodge of Scotland.
  3. Mabuhay lodge No. 59 lodge chartered by the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the State of Washington.
  4. Independent Grand Lodge of the Philippines located in Cavite, Philippines
  5. Gran Logia Nacional de Filipinas auspices of Supremo Consejo del Grado 33 para Filipinas , the First Lodge in the Far East formed by the Filipino masons’ descendants of Gran Oriente Espanol.
  6. Soberana Gran Archipelago Filipino lodge patented by the Gran Oriente Espanol in 1924.

During the 1800s and early 1900s, there were other grand lodges existed in the Philippines like the Gran Oriente de Francia, Gran Oriente Lusitano.   http://www.philippinemasonry.org/1901—1918.html

Senator Richard Gordon joined the Supremo Consejo del Grado 33 para Filipinas as the newest member on February 2016, so he perhaps has an access to the esoteric knowledge of the 33 degree Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1046117112101502&set=pcb.1046117358768144&type=3&theater

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Philippine flag with the proposed 9th ray sun

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Press Release

August 9, 2018

GORDON SPONSORS BILL PROPOSING TO ADD A NINTH RAY TO THE FLAG’S SUN TO REPRESENT THE MUSLIMS WHO FOUGHT AGAINST THE SPANISH INVADERS

Senator Richard J. Gordon sponsored a bill that he authored which proposes to rectify the omission of the Muslims from the group of Filipinos given due recognition in the Philippine flag for their heroic struggle against the colonial invaders from the West.

Gordon sponsored Committee Report 393, from Proposed Senate Bill No. 102 entitled “An Act Increasing the Number of Rays of the Sun on the Philippine Flag from Eight to Nine, amending for this Purpose Republic Act No. 8491, otherwise known as the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines.”

“With their bravery, our Muslim heroes left an imprint on national history that, at the very least, must be given due recognition in the most heraldic item of national importance–the Philippine flag,” he said.

Gordon noted that the flag does not only represent the principles of sovereignty and solidarity of the Philippine nation but it also embodies the ideals and traditions of the Filipino people developed over the course of national history, which refers to the period before the arrival of the Spanish up to the present, centuries replete with stories of struggles for independence and victory against colonizers.

“It cannot be denied that the Muslims have been here and they precipitated the first defeat of the colonial invader from the West. It was established that no commanding presence by the Spanish colonial power were ever established in Mindanao. Yet, our Muslim heroes are forgotten. Muslim Mindanao is part and parcel of the Philippines and we should not remove them from our history. We must be inclusive, not exclusive…,” he added.

The senator also said that with the enactment into law of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, which aims to end decades of conflict in Mindanao by creating a political entity that would enjoy greater autonomy than the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, the bill he authored would also further foster unity in the country.

“We seek to inculcate in the minds and hearts of our people a just pride in their native Muslim brothers and sisters who sacrificed their lives for the country’s freedom… So that every day that it is raised, every day that every young person or a Filipino raises his hand to pledge allegiance to the flag, we are pledging to inclusion of our Muslim brothers and sisters and we are pledging towards a nation which values history,” he said.

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Commentary

Adding a ninth ray to the Philippine Flag is the highest etymological representation of the Supreme Being, the Grand Architect of the Universe, a transformation and evolution of the sun worship symbol to the new Philippine millennium.

About the Author

Gabriel C. Comia, Jr. is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines. A York Rite Mason under the Grand York Rite of the Philippines,  7th Grade SRICF, Pearl of the Orient College, and former KCCH, Manila Bodies, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.

References.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1046117112101502&set=pcb.1046117358768144&type=3&theater

http://www.watawat.net/majapahit-empire.html

https://glnf.ph/

https://glnf.ph/historia/glnf-oficiales/

https://jprizal1glnf.webs.com/apps/blog/show/2003640-history-ofsupremo-consejo-del-grado-33o-para-filipinas-and-gran-logia-nacional-defilipinas

http://www.philippinemasonry.org/1901—1918.html

http://senate.gov.ph/press_release/2018/0809_gordon2.asp

 The Ineffable Name of God YHVH

“In the Talmud, the external term representing the hidden word of power, by whose virtues a new world might be. This word is lost to the human race, although even sounds approximating it has a magic power and can give to whoever pronounces them dominion in the spirit world.

Some of the old rabbis believed that the word of power contains 12 letters, others, 42, and yet others 72, but these are the letters of the divine alphabet, which God created from certain luminous points made by the concentration of the primal universal light. Shemhamphorash is, in fact, the name of this word.

In the Kabala, the Shemhamphorash, or 72 syllable name of God, is related to three verses of the Hebrew Bible, Exodus 14, 119-21. Each of these verses, in Hebrew, contains 72 letters. If one writes the 72 letters or verse 19 in the correct order, and under them write the letters of verse 20 in a similar manner in reverse order, and then the letters in verse 21 in correct order below the first two, one creates 72 three-letter names. By adding either AL or IH to these names the names of the 72 angels of Jacob’s ladder were created.

This ancient Jewish mystical concept is somewhat paralleled by the ancient Hindu teachings of the creation of the world through the mystical trisyllable “AUM,” said to contain the origin of the alphabet and all sounds. related to such concepts are the use of certain letters and sounds known as mantras for magical purposes.” ..Encyclopedia.com

The 3 Verses in Exodus 14, Verse 19 – 21

19 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them, and the pillar of cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them,

20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptian and the camp of Israel, and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.

21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.

 

Shemhamphorash or the 72 Names of God

The Triads YHVH

Resulta ng larawan para sa Shemhamphorash pics

 

References

Encyclopedia.com

Freemasonry. The Mysticism of the Royal Arch

The Travel of the Soul in Solstices and Equinoxes and the Masonic Tracing Boards

Masonic Tracing Boards

               Tracing boards are painted or printed illustrations depicting the various emblems and symbols of Freemasonry. They can be used as teaching aids during the lectures that follow each of the Masonic Degrees when an experienced member explains the various concepts of Freemasonry to new members. They can also be used by experienced members as self-reminders of the concepts they learned as they went through their initiations. From Wikipedia

Ancient Craft Masonry

Craft Masonry was reckoned from the date of the creation of the world –  Anno Lucis  A.L. approximately 4000 years before the Common Era,  as we read in the third verse from the Book of Genesis in the King James version of the Bible as well as in the Torah.

             1:1 – In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.

            1:2 – And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

               1:3 – And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

The History of the Immortal Soul Teaching            

              Ancient Egyptians, like other pagan peoples, observed the unending cycles of nature: in the heavens, the sun seemed to be reborn each morning and die each night; spring was a time of birth, growth, and youth; autumn was a time of decline and old age; in winter plants died and even the sun seemed to fight for its existence; and the following spring the cycle began anew. Historians record that Egyptians interpreted these patterns of life, death, and renewed life as applying to humans as well.

            The concept of the immortality soul teaching came from the Egyptians which civilizations lasted for more than  3,000 years. The countless tombs unearthed by archaeologists along the Nile provide eloquent testimony to the Egyptian belief that man possessed a spiritual aspect extending beyond his physical life.

Passed on to Greeks

               The Greeks got the concept of an immortal soul from the Egyptians.  Plato, the Athenian Philosopher (428-348 B.C.), like his teacher, Socrates was initiated into the Greater Mysteries at the age of 49. The initiation took place in one of the subterranean halls of the Great Pyramid in Egypt.  Plato was the founder of the Academy, an institute for philosophical and scientific research just outside of Athens.

       It was Plato who popularized the immortal soul concept throughout the Greek world.  In the Phaedo, one of Plato’s most famous works, he recounts Socrates’ final conversation with his friends on the last day of Socrates’ life. Socrates declared to them:

           “The soul whose inseparable attitude is life will never admit of life’s opposite, death. Thus the soul is shown to be immortal and since immortal, indestructible… Do we believe there is such a thing as’ death? To be sure. And is this anything but the separation of the soul and body? And being dead is the attainment of this separation when the soul exists in herself and separate from the body, and the body is parted from the soul. That is death… Death is merely the separation of the soul and body.”

Aristotle  (384–322 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher and scientist born in the city of Stagira, Chalkidiki, in the north of Classical Greece. Along with Plato, Aristotle is considered the “Father of Western Philosophy”, and is known for the Chaldean order of the astrological principles of the journey of the soul by alighting at each of the planets spheres descending from Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, the Sun, Venus, Mercury and the Moon. With the pure essence of each planet collected in its downward movement, the soul arrived at the moon where it waited for the correct moment of the native’s birth where physical manifestation took place and soul joined with the body.

From the Ancient Egyptians, Babylonians,  Greeks, and the Romans,  Freemasons learned from them the writings the philosophies and rituals which became the main principles of Masonic teachings.

Summers Solstice

, the soul descends in Cancer as depicted in the Masonic Tracing Board  of  Entered Apprentice Masons Degree

Masonic Tracing Board 1st degree

Soul descends from Heaven by way of Jacobs Ladder allegory through the tropical point cardinal water Cancer, the Gate of Men.  The canopy of heaven with the hottest time of the year in the Fire Leo Sun combines the two other luminaries, the Moon ruled by Cancer with cluster stars of the Pleiades in Taurus and the Blazing Star Sirius properly illustrated by Masonic Philosophers, a belief emanated from Ancient Egypt passed on to the Greeks and Romans Philosophers.

Roman Writer Macrobius Ambrosius Theodosius (390-430 CE) is famous for his classical Seven Books on Saturnalia. According to Macrobius, the galaxy crosses the Zodiac in two opposite points, Cancer and Capricorn, the tropical points in the sun’s course, ordinarily called the Gates of the Sun.  Through these gates, souls descend to earth and re-ascend to Heaven.  In Cicero’s Dream of Scipio, a discourse on the nature of the cosmos, the Gate of Men; and the other, the Gate of the Gods. Cancer was the former because souls descended by it to the earth, and Capricorn the latter, because by it they re-ascended to their seats of immortality and became Gods.

         According to Macrobius, the soul descended through the spheres of the seven planets as it descends from the highest heavens to manifest as a physical matter on earth. When the soul encounters Saturn’s heaven, the seventh sphere, it gains the power of reasoning and theorizing.

           In the next sphere, the sixth level closer to earth, the soul alights on Jupiter where it showed the Saturn’s gift of reason and critical analysis that can be put into practice so that the soul can direct the earthly body towards success or spiritual enlightenment.

          In the 5th heaven Mars, the soul obtains the passion, courage and zealous qualities to the soul.

         Below Mars, the soul encounters the Sun in the 4th level, where it meets glorious light in the purest form and envisages the potential for its own illumination or enlightenment. It absorbs the Sun’s spirit and brings with it the soul potential during the lifetime.

         In the third heaven Venus, the soul inherits the motion of desires, beauty, and balance.

        At the second level from earth, Mercury bestows the power of language and communication in order for it to be capable of interpreting human feelings and giving expression to its emotions.

        When the soul enters the Moon’ realm the sphere nearest to Earth, the soul absorbs the Moon’s essence which includes the awareness that it will soon experience the changes of physical movement, growth, and eventual decay.

        When the soul is drawn towards the body, it begins to experience a material agitation, matter flowing into it and likens to the human experience of drinking excessive amounts of alcohol as Plato’s remarked in the Phaedo.

The Seven Ages of Man

Moon                     0  –  4               years old

Mercury               4  –   14             years old

Venus                   14  – 22             years old

Sun                        22 – 41             years old

Mars                      41 –  56            years old

Jupiter                    56  – 68           years old

Saturn                    68  –  98          years old

Moon                    98   –  102         years old

 

33 Degree Scottish Rite Freemason Albert Pike’ summarized in his book Morals and Dogma the journey of the soul from heaven to earth;

         “The ancient Philosophers regarded the soul of man as having had its origin in Heaven. That was, Macrobius says, a settled opinion among them all; and they held it to be the only true wisdom, for the soul, while united with the body, to look ever toward its source, and strive to return to the place whence it came. Among the fixed stars it dwelt, until, seduced by the desire of animating a body, it descended to be imprisoned in matter.

              Let us, in order to understand this old Thought, first follow the soul in its descent. The sphere or Heaven of the fixed stars was that Holy Region, and those Elysian Fields, that were the native domicile of souls, and the place to which they re-ascended when they had recovered their primitive purity and simplicity. From that luminous region the soul set forth, when it journeyed toward the body; a destination which it did not reach until it had undergone three degradations, designated by the name of Deaths; and until it had passed through the several spheres and the elements.

               All souls remained in possession of Heaven and of happiness, so long as they were wise enough to avoid the contagion of the body and to keep themselves from any contact with matter. But  those who, from that lofty abode, where they were lapped in eternal light, have looked longingly toward the body, and toward that which we here below call life, but which is to the soul a real death; and who have conceived for it a secret desire,–those souls, victims of their concupiscence, are attracted by degrees toward the inferior regions of the world, by the mere weight of thought and of that terrestrial desire.

           The soul, perfectly incorporeal, does not at once invest itself with the gross envelope of the body, but little by little, by successive and insensible alterations, and in proportion as it removes further and further from the simple and perfect substance in which it dwelt at first. It first surrounds itself with a body composed of the substance of the stars; and afterward, as it descends through the several spheres, with ethereal matter more and grosser, thus by degrees descending to an earthly body; and its number of degradations or deaths being the same as that of the spheres which it traverses.

           This fiction is also found in Virgil. “If souls,” says Macrobius, “carried with them into the bodies   they occupy all the knowledge which they had acquired of divine things, during their sojourn in the Heavens, men would not differ in opinion as to the Deity; but some of them forget more, and  some less, of that which they had learned.”

         The celestial bodies, Heaven, the Stars, and the other Divine elements, ever aspire to rise. The soul reaching the region which mortality inhabits tends toward terrestrial bodies and is deemed to die. Let no one, says Macrobius, be surprised that we so frequently speak of the death of this soul, which yet we call immortal. It is neither annulled nor destroyed by such death: but merely enfeebled for a time; and does not thereby forfeit its prerogative of immortality; for afterward, freed from the body, when it has been purified from the vice-stains contracted during that connection, it is re-established in all its privileges, and returns to the luminous abode of its immortality.

            All this agrees with the doctrine of Plato, that the soul cannot re-enter into Heaven until the revolutions of the Universe shall have restored it to its primitive condition, and purified it from the effects of its contact with the four elements.” …From Morals and Dogma by Albert Pike.

Autumnal Equinox

, the soul with the earthly body is in a temporal sojourn to balance the movement of time in cardinal air Libra, savoring the pleasure of good harvest in the Eleusinian Mystery Rite of Demeter and Persephone.

Bible with compass

The interlaced male principle and the female denote sexuality, the ancient symbolism of the communion of the Hierophant and the High Priestess to celebrate the bountiful harvest in Hieros Gamos holy ceremony,  the opening and closing ritual of the Masonic Lodge is an analogy.

         As the Time passes, the soul is allowed to rest before moving into the transformative struggles of a Scorpio incarnation. A sense of self, it has been developed during the first six zodiac signs; now, Libra will focus on relationships, on balancing the personality and soul while relating to the external world.

      The person who is Libra incarnated to search for the soul mate. Libra attempts to balance the polarities of life, especially as they relate to the masculine and feminine energies.

The soul was fortunate and happy under the Empire of the first six; and began to be sensible of evil, when it passed under the Balance or Libra, the seventh sign. Thus the soul entered the realm of Evil and Darkness when it passed into the Constellations that belong to and succeed the Autumnal Equinox; and it re-entered the realm of Good and Light, when it arrived, returning, at those of the Vernal Equinox. It lost its felicity by means of the Balance and regained it by means of the Lamb. This is a necessary consequence of the premises, and it is confirmed by the authorities and by emblems still extant.

Sallust the Philosopher, speaking of the Feasts of Rejoicing celebrated at the Vernal Equinox, and those of Mourning, in memory of the rape of Persephone, at the Autumnal Equinox, says that the former was celebrated, because then is effected, as it was, the return of the soul toward the Gods; that the time when the principle of Light recovered its superiority over that of Darkness or day overnight, was the most favorable one for souls that tend to re-ascend to their Principle; and that when Darkness and the Night again become victors, was most favorable to the descent of souls toward the infernal regions.

For that reason, the old astrologers, as Firmicus states, fixed the locality of the river Styx in the 8th degree of the Balance. And he thinks that by Styx was allegorically meant the earth.

Emperor Julian gives the same explanation but more fully developed. He states, as a reason why the august Mysteries of Demeter and Persephone were celebrated at the Autumnal Equinox, that at that period of the year men feared lest the impious and dark power of the Evil Principle, then commencing to conquer, should do harm to their souls.

They were a precaution and means of safety, thought to be necessary at the moment when the God of Light was passing into the opposite or adverse region of the world; while at the Vernal Equinox there was less to be feared, because then that God, present in one portion of the world, recalled souls to Him, he says, and showed Himself to be their Saviour. He had a little before developed that theological idea, of the attractive force which the Sun exercises over souls, drawing them to him and raising them to his luminous sphere. He attributes this effect to him at the feasts of Atys, dead and restored to life, or the feasts of Rejoicing, which at the end of three days succeeded the mourning for that death; and he inquires why those Mysteries were celebrated at the Vernal Equinox.

The reason, he says, is evident. As the sun, arriving at the equinoctial point of Spring, drawing nearer to us, increases the length of the days, that period seems most appropriate for those ceremonies. For, besides that there is a great affinity between the substance of Light and the nature of the Gods, the Sun has that occult force of attraction, by which he draws matter toward himself, by means of his warmth, making plants to shoot and grow, etc.; and why can he not, by the same divine and pure action of his rays, attract and draw to him fortunate souls?

Then, as light is analogous to the Divine Nature and favorable to souls. struggling to return to the first principle, and as that light so increases at the Vernal Equinox, that the days prevail in duration over the nights, and as the Sun has an attractive force, besides the visible energy of his rays, it follows that souls are attracted toward the solar light. He does not further pursue the explanation; because he says, it belongs to a mysterious doctrine, beyond the reach of the vulgar and known only to those who understand the mode of action of Deity, like the Chaldæan author whom he cites, who had treated of the Mysteries of Light, or the God with seven rays.

Winter Solstice

Soul ascends to Heaven cardinal earth Capricorn as depicted by Winding Stair’s representation in the Fellowcraft Degree Tracing Board

masonic tracing boards in Capricorn

Depicted on the tracing board is St John the Baptist at the foot of the winding stair and St John the Evangelist at the entry of the Middle Chamber

             On its return, it restores to each sphere through which it ascends, the passions and earthly faculties received from them: to the Moon, the faculty of increase and diminution of the body; to Mercury, fraud, the architect of evils; to Venus, the seductive love of pleasure; to the Sun, the passion for greatness and empire; to Mars, audacity and temerity; to Jupiter, avarice; and to Saturn, falsehood and deceit: and at last, relieved of all, it enters naked and pure into the eighth sphere or highest Heaven..  from Morals and Dogma

The ascending  pattern  is the reverse  of the descent which starts from the Moon, the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, then Saturn until enters the eight sphere of the highest Heaven,

All this agrees with the doctrine of Plato, that the soul cannot re-enter into Heaven until the revolutions of the Universe shall have restored it to its primitive condition, and purified it from the effects of its contact with the four elements.” …From Morals and Dogma by Albert Pike.

 A CAPRICORN incarnation is one of initiation—the “gateway through which the Accepted Disciple, having walked the Path of life through nine tests (or zodiac signs), is now ready to culminate her journey and ascend to the Mountaintop.”  (Oken)  Whereas Cancer is the “gate in,” CAPRICORN is the “gate out” where freedom from the personality, by successfully passing the initiatory tests, is granted.

 

Vernal Equinox 

the Master Masons allegory of the death and rebirth of the soul

masonic tracing boards in Vernal Equinox

Let us follow the path of the soul journey in heaven after its ascent to the Gate of the Gods in the Winter Solstice Capricorn.  From Saturn reverse travel to the moon in water element Pisces to end its journey in a symbolical death to reborn again in the vernal equinox. The end of the mystery cycle of the sun to be resurrected again in the spring equinox.

Resurrection is defined as being:

          “a coming to life again; rising from the dead.”

A second definition given for this word is, “a being alive again after death.”

THE HIRAMIC DEATH AND REBIRTH

The Hiramic legend is a symbolic death and rebirth of the soul in the vernal equinox because its teachings and rites are consistent with the Ancient Mystery Schools principles on the immortality of the soul.

Initiation into the Ancient Mysteries was not simply a means of attaining intellectual knowledge or learning. Aristotle wrote that it was actually the “experience” and not knowledge learned, that allowed the initiate to comprehend the secret meaning of the mysteries. This enlightening, transformative experience has generally been termed rebirth and appears to be the central theme of the most important rituals of almost all the Ancient Mystery Schools as well as modern initiates organizations.

At Eleusis, the teaching on rebirth was revealed through the symbolism of Persephone’s descent into the underworld, her ascension from it, and the subsequent return of fertility. In the cults of Osiris, Dionysus, Attis, and Adonis, the main rite is their violent death and rebirth. In Mithraism, we find representations of Mithras slaying a bull whose blood turns into a grain. In Christianity, the unjust crucifixion of Christ leads to the ultimate redemption of mankind. And within Freemasonry, we learn of the murder of our beloved Grand Master Hiram Abiff by three impatient craftsmen and his subsequent raising.

It appears that all the violent deaths—of Osiris, of Christ, of Hiram—have something in common. They symbolize vice, ignorance, and chaos, inevitably slaying the pure self and thereby making rebirth necessary for salvation. These legends reveal the nature of our circumstances and enlighten us to the trials that we must overcome. Only through the death of one’s imperfect self, the leaving behind of the old, and acceptance of transcendent truth, can one truly be reborn into a new self, no longer tainted by the sins of one’s past. In a certain sense, and depending on one’s perspective or religious background, rebirth or regeneration is a process that is constantly occurring.

The main body of surviving Hermetic wisdom is called the Corpus Hermeticum and, incidentally, book 13 of the Corpus is entitled On Rebirth. The text is in the form of a dialogue between Hermes Trismegistus and his son Tat.

Tat begins by asking his father to reveal the teaching on rebirth, by saying that he is now “ready to become a stranger to the world,” as this was the condition that Hermes had previously set forth. Hermes then explains that all things come from God and are one with God, and it is His will only that determines who shall achieve rebirth.

The dialogue continues with Hermes teaching Tat that it is only through mastery of self and transcending of the senses that the Divine intellect, or Nous, can be discovered.

The soul in heaven suffers the symbolical death after completion of its journey to be reborn again as a new soul to start another beginning for its downward descent to earth. The new cycle begins.

“Thus the scientific theories of the ancients, expounded in the Mysteries, as to the origin of the soul, its descent, its sojourn here below, and its return, were not a mere barren contemplation of the nature of the world, and of the intelligent beings existing there. They were not an idle speculation as to the order of the world, and about the soul, but a study of the means for arriving at the great object proposed, the perfecting of the soul; and, as a necessary consequence, that of morals and society.

This Earth, to them, was not the Soul’s home, but its place of exile. Heaven was its home, and there was its birth-place. To it, it ought incessantly to turn its eyes. The man was not a terrestrial plant. His roots were in Heaven. The soul had lost its wings, clogged by the viscosity of matter. It would recover them when it extricated itself from matter and commenced its upward flight.

Matter being, in their view, as it was in that of St. Paul, the principle of all the passions that trouble reason, mislead the intelligence, and stain the purity of the soul, the Mysteries taught man how to enfeeble the action of matter on the soul, and to restore to the latter its natural dominion. And lest the stains so contracted should continue after death, lustrations were used, fastings, expiations, macerations, continence, and above all, initiations. Many of these practices were at first merely symbolical,–material signs indicating the moral purity required of the Initiates; but they afterward came to be regarded as actual productive causes of that purity.

The effect of initiation was meant to be the same as that of philosophy, to purify the soul of its passions, to weaken the empire of the body over the divine portion of man, and to give him here below a happiness anticipatory of the felicity to be one day enjoyed by him, and of the future vision by him of the Divine Beings. And therefore Proclus and the other Platonists taught “that the Mysteries and initiations withdrew souls from this mortal and material life, to reunite them to the gods; and dissipated for the adepts the shades of ignorance by the splendors of the Deity.” Such were the precious fruits of the last Degree of the Mystic Science,–to see Nature in her springs and sources, and to become familiar with the causes of things and with real existences.

Cicero says that the soul must exercise itself in the practice of the virtues if it would speedily return to its place of origin. It should, while imprisoned in the body, free itself therefrom by the contemplation of superior beings, and in some sort be divorced from the body and the senses. Those who remain enslaved, subjugated by their passions and violating the sacred laws of religion and society, will re-ascend to Heaven, only after they shall have been purified through a long succession of ages.

The Initiate was required to emancipate himself from his passions, and to free himself from the hindrances of the senses and of matter, in order that he might rise to the contemplation of the Deity, or of that incorporeal and unchanging light in which live and subsist the causes of created natures.

“We must,” says Porphyry, “flee from everything sensual, that the soul may with ease re-unite itself with God, and live happily with Him.” “This is the great work of initiation,” says Hierocles;–“to recall the soul to what is truly good and beautiful, and make it familiar therewith, and they its own; to deliver it from the pains and ills it endures here below, enchained in matter as in a dark prison; to facilitate its return to the celestial splendors, and to establish it in the Fortunate Isles, by restoring it to its first estate. Thereby, when the hour of death arrives, the soul, freed of its mortal garments, which it leaves behind it as a legacy to earth, will rise buoyantly to its home among the Stars, there to re-take its ancient condition, and approach toward the Divine nature as far as man may do.”

Plutarch compares Isis to knowledge, and Typhon to ignorance, obscuring the light of the sacred doctrine whose ‘blaze lights the soul of the Initiate. No gift of the gods, he holds, is so precious as the knowledge of the Truth, and that of the Nature of the gods, so far as our limited capacities allow us to rise toward them. The Valentinians termed initiation LIGHT.

The Initiate, says Psellus, becomes an Epopt, when admitted to seeing THE DIVINE LIGHTS. Clemens of Alexandria, imitating the language of an Initiate in the Mysteries of Bacchus, and inviting this Initiate, whom he terms blind like Tiresias, to come to see Christ, Who will blaze upon his eyes with greater glory than the Sun, exclaims: “Oh Mysteries most truly holy! Oh, pure Light! When the torch of the Dadoukos gleams, Heaven and the Deity are displayed to my eyes! I am initiated, and become holy!”

This was the true object of initiation; to be sanctified, and TO SEE, that is, to have just and faithful conceptions of the Deity, the knowledge of Whom was THE LIGHT of the Mysteries. It was promised the Initiate at Samothrace, that he should become pure and just. Clemens says that by baptism, souls are illuminated, and led to the pure light with which mingles no darkness, nor anything material. The Initiate, become an Epopt, was called A SEER. “HAIL, NEW-BORN LIGHT!” the Initiates cried in the Mysteries of Bacchus.

Such was held to be the effect of complete initiation. It lighted up the soul with rays from the Divinity, and became for it, as it was, the eye with which, according to the Pythagoreans, it contemplates the field of Truth; in its mystical abstractions, wherein it rises superior to the body, whose action on it, it annuls for the time, to re-enter into itself, so as entirely to occupy itself with the view of the Divinity, and the means of coming to resemble Him.

Thus enfeebling the dominion of the senses and the passions over the soul, and as it was freeing the latter from a sordid slavery, and by the steady practice of all the virtues, active and contemplative, our ancient brethren strove to fit themselves to return to the bosom of the Deity. Let not our objects as Masons fall below theirs.

We use the symbols which they used; and teach the same great cardinal doctrines that they taught, of the existence of an intellectual God, and the immortality of the soul of man. If the details of their doctrines as to the soul seem to us to verge on absurdity, let us compare them with the common notions of our own day, and be silent. If it seems to us that they regarded the symbol in some cases as the thing symbolized, and worshipped the sign as if it were itself Deity, let us reflect how insufficient are our own ideas of Deity, and how we worship those ideas and images formed and fashioned in our own minds, and not the Deity Himself: and if we are inclined to smile at the importance they attached to lustrations and fasts, let us pause and inquire whether the same weakness of human nature does not exist to-day, causing rites and ceremonies to be regarded as actively efficient for the salvation of souls.”..Morals and Dogma

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