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.

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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”.

 

 

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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.

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8 RAY SUN OR THE EIGHT POINTED STAR

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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.

 

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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.

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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

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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”.

 

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Nonagram

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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

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

 

The Grand Encampment of Knights Templar

 

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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.

masonic tracing boards in LIbra

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

References:

http://www.sacred-texts.com/mas/md/md26.htm

https://www.scribd.com/document/173201733/Masonic-Astronomy-and-the-Royal-Arch-of-the-Heavenshttps://www.hwalibrary.com/cgi-bin/get/hwa.cgi?action=getmagazine&InfoID=1335279106

http://www.jjcrowder743.com/threedegrees.html

https://www.hwalibrary.com/cgi-bin/get/hwa.cgiaction=getmagazine&InfoID=1335279106

https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=11ZgDwAAQBAJ&pg=GBS.PP1

https://www.thoughtco.com/the-myth-of-er-120332

My ‘Stories from the Stars’ by Astrodienst

 

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Polaris in Ursa Minor

Polaris is a distinct yellow star at the end of the tail of the little bear, Ursa Minor, and is today’s North Pole star. As the star closest to the North Pole, it has been used as a navigational aid since antiquity. Its very position has meant that peoples of all cultures have seen it as a beacon or pointer, showing a true unswerving path. This has not changed, for Polaris is still, today, the Pole star for the northern hemisphere and as such, contains the symbolic meaning of being a path-finder. So with this star’s quality, you are a person who can navigate your way through a problem, find solutions where others cannot, or act as a leader for a group leading them through uncharted waters, mentally or physically. This star adds an independent attitude to everything it touches; having this star active in your life means that you have the courage to be a sole adventurer while at the same time being willing to lead others to places they have never been. The gift of being a pathfinder is however not to push forward but rather to know where you are in relationship to where you have been. In this regard you are a map-maker.
This quality of a solid focus is combined with your Venus, your social ideas and attitudes to your personal relationships. In its simplest expression it adds the quality of loyalty to all your friendships and you stick by your friends through thick and thin. You also carry the same commitment into your personal relationships, understanding that relationships take work and persistence. This can provide you with a social life that is filled with the comfort of old friends and give you the joys of long-term relationships. The shadow side, however, is that you have the potential to become overly focused on another individual. When younger this may have been as a fan, where you were fixated on a celebrity. This obsession, however, can be directed onto a public figure, leading you to totally support or detest that individual. Such obsession diminishes your ability to make judgements and blocks you from seeing the complexity of life. The same tendency can also make you blindly loyal to a social ideology, or to a political or religious argument. Such blinkeredness can lead you into the world of the fanatic, who maintains loyalty and devotion to a cause despite matters of personal safety or social responsibility. Thus the gift of this star is the joy of long-term friendships and relationships based on your loyalty, but real loyalty is also seeing and accepting the shades of grey in the ideas and people that you love. This quality of a solid focus is combined with your Venus, your social ideas and attitudes to your personal relationships. In its simplest expression it adds the quality of loyalty to all your friendships and you stick by your friends through thick and thin. You also carry the same commitment into your personal relationships, understanding that relationships take work and persistence. This can provide you with a social life that is filled with the comfort of old friends and give you the joys of long-term relationships. The shadow side, however, is that you have the potential to become overly focused on another individual. When younger this may have been as a fan, where you were fixated on a celebrity. This obsession, however, can be directed onto a public figure, leading you to totally support or detest that individual. Such obsession diminishes your ability to make judgements and blocks you from seeing the complexity of life. The same tendency can also make you blindly loyal to a social ideology, or to a political or religious argument. Such blinkeredness can lead you into the world of the fanatic, who maintains loyalty and devotion to a cause despite matters of personal safety or social responsibility. Thus the gift of this star is the joy of long-term friendships and relationships based on your loyalty, but real loyalty is also seeing and accepting the shades of grey in the ideas and people that you love.

 The Stars that Shape my Vocation

“The themes of your vocation stars are fundamental to your idea of what you stand for and what is important to you and how you spend your life, far more than just your job or career. It could, however, become your career or surface in your life as your passion or a cause to which you devote your free time. Hence your vocational stars suggest how you can lead a meaningful life. Pursuing the themes suggested by these stars may not bring you riches but they will allow you to feel that you are in your proper place, living a life of purpose. No matter what other paths you take in your life, your vocation stars will always pull you back to their themes.”

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Sualocin in Delphinus

Sualocin is a small blue-green star in the western side of the dolphin, Delphinus. The Dolphin is a small constellation next to Aquila the Eagle in the northern hemisphere. The Dolphin has maintained its present form and shape for the last two thousand years and its stories are associated with helpfulness and playfulness. Thus the quality of this star gifts you with a natural talent or consummate skill in some area. How you choose to express it is up to you but it is a skill that gives you joy in its use. Additionally, you have a natural curiosity about the world that comes with the optimistic playfulness of this star. For you, happiness is exploring a new town or a new idea, discovering places that you have never seen. There is more to this star, however, than natural talent and curiosity about the world, for the Greeks considered this constellation to be linked with the Oracle of Delphi, suggesting an oracular quality to the star. In this regard Sualocin, as the main star of Delphinus, combines an intelligent playfulness with an aptitude for dealing with one’s environment, as well as the ability to tap into instinctual knowledge, experienced by you as insights, or insider perspectives that appear to drop into your mind as you are going about your normal day.

Good at selling an idea

On the day you were born, when Mars was setting, Sualocin was culminating.

This insightful and playful star is in paran with your Mars, so you have a natural understanding of how to enthuse other people, to know what will get them moving. But this star’s quality is more than being an inspirational motivator. It can also indicate the trickster, the person who can make others believe what is only an illusion. This is perfect for a stage magician but can lead to problems in other areas. You can sell an idea to people, and get them to invest in it. You easily persuade others to follow you in your visions or goals and, if you use this skill with sincerity, you become a leader with a vision, inspiring other people to willingly add their time and resources to enable the achievement of a common goal. If used dishonestly, it reduces you to a con artist. You could apply this star’s quality to your own family and friends, organising working bees to get a job done, or you could sell a dream to your community. You also have physical talents in terms of dance or sport, quick with your feet and reflexes, and you take pleasure in good-natured competition with others, reading the state of play, or your dance partner’s next move. Remember, your ability to motivate others to follow your dreams, or support your projects, is one of your greatest natural assets, so use it with integrity and it will reward you with a fulfilling life.

Personal Star Map

Polar Star

 

The upper part of the image shows the eastern hemisphere of the sky, as seen at the time and location of your birth. It is centered on the east point (E).The lower part of the image shows the western hemisphere of the sky, as seen at the time and location of your birth. It is centered on the west point (W).The highlighted stars play a key role in this astrological reading. The red ones appear in chapter II, the blue ones in chapter III and the green ones in chapter IV.The bright halves of the diagrams show the sky above the horizon; the dark halves show the sky below the horizon.The horizon is indicated by horizontal lines, the boundary circles themselves represent the meridian. The planets (drawn red) move along the band of the zodiac. Dashed lines indicate the celestial equator and circumpolar circles.
Astrological Data used for Stories from the Stars 

for Gabriel Comia (male)
birthdate: 12 December 1952 local time: 5:00 am
place: Manila, PHIL U.T.: 21-00
121e00, 14n35 sid. time: 10:26:03

 

Planets and Selected Stars and Parans

planet ecl.long. ecl.lat. rectasc. decl. phase paran
Sun 19°47’17 0°00’S 258°53′ 23°03’S
Moon 15°29’17 4°30’S 192°30′ 10°15’S
Mercury 32’18 2°46’N 238°59′ 17°34’S
Venus 18’47 2°13’S 304°04′ 22°02’S
Mars 15°20’17 1°18’S 318°12′ 17°29’S
Jupiter 11°59’37 1°13’S 39°56′ 14°17’N
Saturn 24°45’06 2°21’N 203°48′ 7°24’S
Uranus 17°34’10 0°26’N 109°06′ 22°43’N
Neptune 23°20’40 1°39’N 202°13′ 7°33’S
Pluto 23°11’56 9°25’N 148°52′ 22°40’N
Moon’s Node 15°08’41 0°00’N 317°37′ 16°18’S
Ascendant 54’28 0°00’N 240°51′ 20°45’S
Medium Coeli 39’15 0°00’N 156°31′ 9°48’N
Sualocin 16°43’30 33°02’N 309°22′ 15°45’N Moon’s Node (Set-Set, 0°18′)
Polaris 27°55’34 66°06’N 27°51′ 89°03’N pa Venus (Cul-Set, 0°17′)
Pollux 22°34’27 6°41’N 115°37′ 28°08’N Saturn (Cul-Rise, 0° 6′)

References:

Text by B.Brady & D.Gunzburg, Copyright © Astrodienst AG 2018

Caution..the conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn Dec 19, 2017 – March 23, 2020

Planets in Capricorn

As a fellow traveler to the east and a practicing astrologer – cum – reincarnated high priest of the ancient, I would like  to share some articles by known astrologers, Alethea of Empowered Destiny.com and Astrology Readings by Leslie Hale,  about the meaning of the transits of saturn, pluto and soon to join jupiter  through the constellation of Capricorn which is very timely considering the events unfolding in our craft particularly Philippine Masonry.

Hope we contemplate and review our travel why all these things are happening.

Some Pluto In Capricorn Cautions

Pluto In Capricorn Cautions

“Long-term sustainability” is more than just some trendy catchphrase; it’s a concept we all need to be deeply considering during Pluto in Capricorn.  Why? Pluto represents the principle of destruction and when it inhabits the enduring sign of The Goat we do need to be very careful about things that degrade the long-term sustainability of something in our lives; particularly if it involves our career, professional field as a whole, status, or reputation and DOUBLY so if the cause of this potential ruin stems from any ethically funky conduct.

Capricorn likes to build things up, but Pluto razes them to the ground and there is a “deconstructed” feel to Pluto in Capricorn overall; especially when it comes to uncovering the basic framework or modeling that makes a current (business?) model of something unworkable in the long run.  It becomes increasingly important to consider how viable something is in its present form while being nuclear conscious of the way(s) in which the energy we’re putting into that particular venture is either going to enrich or undermine it.  And with Saturn soon entering Capricorn and approaching a conjunction with Pluto in the not-too-distant future (Jan 2020), ambitions can become intensified in such a way that we may lock onto the goal of ascending to the summit at all costs.  The very last thing we want to do ahead of this kind of astro is to build upon the wrong foundation, because to topple from that kind of height can be devastating at the least and perhaps even lethal in a worst-case scenario.

Obviously, averting this kind of outcome is highly advisable – to do this we must first consider WHAT we’re using our power for and HOW we’re using it (hint: ethically and responsibly are always pretty good places to start).  We must be mindful of the energy we’re directing toward our image/brand and take seriously any threats that stand to detract from our reputation.  Integrity – especially in a professional sense – is absolutely critical; it’s when we try to cheat and take shortcuts to success, compromise our standards for greed or because we’re terrified we “won’t make it” otherwise, and do not respect our limitations that we get into trouble.  This energy hits professionals of all stripes, but I do think it’s likely be harder on business owners, teachers, and law enforcement in general and we really must pause to consider how anything we do might reflect badly upon our profession as a whole.  Holding ourselves to the highest possible standard and considering the mark we’re leaving on the world (which hopefully doesn’t amount to a stain) is critical; under this energy it is better to ditch a career path or fold up a business if the alternative involves disgrace – the refusal to do something that damages self-respect is the most reliable litmus test for integrity, always.

If one is involved in the law enforcement field, this is a mighty important time to be examining any potential power and/or control complexes within that compel us to seek authority over others – get that shit sorted out NOW because the karmic retribution is likely to be terrible if/when our unexamined psychological baggage leads to a misuse/abuse of position.  Those who teach in any capacity must be prepared to make sure they are stringently qualified to specialize in the areas they plan to teach, because illegitimacy may be a real issue under this energy while also respecting the integrity of the fundamental foundations of these subjects – this is not a time to get all loosey-goosey and teach a corrupted version of something we’ve learned because this would amount to tainting the wisdom.  Distill it down into something more potent while staying true to the core teachings by all means, but do not veer toward irreverent disregard for the System (whatever that may be) or tried-and-true keystone(s) that have withstood the test of time.  It’s also a time to consider very careful WHAT tools you are giving to WHOM – for example, this would not be the time to put occult teachings in the wrong hands.  And be prepared to accept responsibility for what you’re passing down to students, for they are your legacy.  Supervise them to ensure the wisdom and tools you instill within are handled respectfully and responsibly so they prove a credit to the teachings, because under this energy it’s easier than normal – if this caution is not heeded – to wind up pumping out a student who not only reflects badly upon YOUR good name, but it also circles back to the earlier point I made about not degrading the long-term sustainability of one’s field as a whole by giving it a bad reputation (ex: a “quack” psychologist or one that is going into the field for the wrong reasons/has not worked through their own psychological baggage).  Business owners, on the other hand, may find themselves having to make some tough calls that affect the integrity and/or survivability of their biz/business model. Remember what I said before: It’s better to take a loss or fold a company than compromise our standards, credibility, or ethics under this vibe – in the long run, we are likely to be screwed far harder for doing so.

From  https://empowereddestiny.com/2017/07/20/some-pluto-in-capricorn-cautions/

 

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STAR STRUCK CHRONICLES

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”

Saturn has entered Capricorn: building foundations and structures

Saturn is known as the taskmaster, or the Lord of Karma and the Great teacher to name a few.Without Saturn we have no stability in life. It shows us both our structures and our boundaries.

Saturn changes signs about every two and a half years, and takes about 30 years to circle through the entire zodiac. Saturn entered Sagittarius December 2014, and remains there another  five and a half months.

December 19, 2017 Saturn enters Capricorn where it will remain until March 23, 2020

Saturn in Capricorn is far different than Saturn in Sagittarius where it currently lies. Saturn in Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, and is the ninth house ruler, the place of ideas and philosophies (politics included). Saturn in Capricorn is at home in this sign.

When Saturn enters Capricorn we will all begin a new cycle and chapter altogether, both individually and collectively.

Capricorn is a no frills sign and deals with power, business and structure. Saturn here is concerned with security and structure, tradition, organization, big business and defense. If left unchecked, big business can become the new Gods of the Universe as Saturn moves through this sign.

Saturn in Capricorn can denote great wealth but also great limitations. Saturn was in Capricorn during the worst part of the Great Depression in the early 1930’s. The rich got richer, and the poor got poorer.

The last transit of Saturn in Capricorn was from February 15, 1988 until February 5, 1991. Before that it was January of 1959-January of 1962, and December 1929-November 1932.

While in Capricorn, Saturn will build things that are meant to inspire respect (or intimidation) as much as anything else. The Berlin wall for example, began construction under a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction (August 31, 1961). It was meant to be a political symbol to keep some people in their place. We will experience another Jupiter /Saturn conjunction, considered to be an important new cycle, especially in mundane astrology in 2020.

In 2020 Pluto will conjunct Saturn at 22 degrees of Capricorn and this will bring an entire new cycle. In reality, this will be a dangerous time in the world, where many things can and will happen. Events leading up to this period will begin long before the aspect becomes exact.

Saturn-Pluto will relate to the established power structures and ruling elite versus the common people, potential nuclear events and restriction on many levels. We could see a worldwide recession. This is a restrictive transit and we will see these restrictions play out on many levels in the world and in our personal lives. This transit will affect all of those individuals with cardinal planets 20-24 degrees.

Saturn conjunct Pluto will be a stressful period and can indicate limitation, financial loss, potential war and change and transformation. Many things will change at this time or be transformed, or end all together. It will not be easy.

The last time Saturn was conjunct Pluto was in Libra June-July 1983. During this time we saw unemployment rise in the US to the highest level since 1941. Europe was dealing with the IRA, Ethiopia appealed to the world for aid when death tolls from hunger reached 4 million, the US invaded Grenada, the Philippine leader was assassinated, the US embassy in Beirut was destroyed by a suicide bomber killing 63, and Ronald Regan proposed Strategic defense initiative to name just a few world events at this time.

The positive side of this combination  can relate to industrial infrastructure, science and engineering and a deeper understanding of things like genetics and physics. Some things can be transformed for the better.

The negative side is not going to be a piece of cake: tyranny, the abuse of power and corruption, organized crime and criminal activities, nuclear incidents, power struggles, recessions, issues with the monetary system and banks, and war, and limitation on many levels.

I will write more about this in the future. But, my advice to clients is to pay off all the debt you can now, and save, save, save.

Those most affected in a challenging way by Saturn in Capricorn will be the Cardinal signs-Aries (square), Cancer (opposition), Libra (square) and Capricorn (conjunct), or those who have planets in cardinal signs.

When Saturn enters your sign (Capricorn) it can denote a stressful period. Many things end and a new situation is often born on the ruins of the old. Typically, I tell clients with Saturn in your own sign you will be re-creating yourself in some way as Saturn crosses your Sun.

Those who will fare the best will be those born under the earth and some water signs-Taurus, Virgo, Scorpio, Pisces or planets in these signs. In this case you can experience slow and stable growth.

Published

 Wed, Jan 3, 2018 11:52 AM

by Astrology readings Leslie Hale

“When the Student Is Ready the Teacher Will Appear”..Theosophy

                                            MW Roberto Q. Pagotan, Past Grand Master

        Free and Accepted Masons  of the Grand Lodge of the Philippines

April 5, 1946  –  February 2, 2018

There’s an old saying from  Buddhist or Chinese Book which was written more than two thousand years ago, “When the Student Is Ready the Teacher Will Appear” which means if someone is ready to learn it is possible that someone will be able to guide the person to its learning path.

It was fifteen years ago when I was searching for books and references about the secret of masonry, I noticed the square and compass logo signboard of Pagkakaisa Lodge No. 282 at Aguilar Ave, Pamplona, Las Pinas City. Innocent I was at that time about masonic temples or lodges,  I braved myself and knocked at the motorized gate, with the intention of borrowing some books or any reference material that can be studied and substantiate my research.

The entire afternoon was spent tirelessly with questions and answers with my very first good teacher of the craft,  the master of the house. I was so excited and mystified to know all that I have heard about Masonic history, that all Philippine heroes were masons, that most famous persons in the world were masons, presidents of different countries were masons, actors, inventors, and many others. The five-hour discussion was short with my inquisitive and curious mind as a thirst for knowledge is unquenchable.

From then on, I was a constant visitor at their garden with unlimited coffee on the table that it took me five months before he asked me if I really wanted to know the secret of masonry. When I said yes, he told me to write a formal request to the Secretary of the Lodge to signify my sincere intention to join  Freemasonry.

My request was granted and subsequently given an application form – but there’s my problem of who will recommend for me as there should be somebody, two masons who will vouch for my good moral character and a good citizen of the community even though I was a lay minister in our parish church. The problem was solved when my teacher Mason gave his affirmation and vouched for my application together with the secretary of the lodge. Two years passed and I was made a master mason into the mysteries of Freemasonry by completing the required three degrees of initiation as brothers and fellows have done and gone before me.

My teacher mason was none other than MW Roberto Q. Pagotan, Past Grand Master of Masons, Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines.  Because of his great achievement, honor, brotherly love, and charity, the temple was named after him MW Roberto Q. Pagotan Masonic Temple and the lodge name soon to follow.