While the Sun transits Sagittarius we can cast of the fetters of our limiting beliefs and step into greater light and freedom of thought and consciousness. In her book, ‘The Labours of Hercules’, Alice Bailey said: ‘Where we stand on the ladder of evolution is our own private affair. The world will know what we are, when we have done the work that is outlined for us in the labour of Sagittarius’.
In the labour of Scorpio we saw our hydra or serpent of illusion with its many heads of fear, materialism, glamour and separateness, cruelty, ambition and pride. We aspired to raise these dark secrets into the air or light of our soul, so that the elemental substance of which they are made could be cleansed, redeemed and freed from their prison.
Now in Sagittarius, we continue this work of freeing the prisoners, for Sagittarius is a sign of freedom. When the glamours and illusion cast by our personality are dissolved by the illumination of our soul’s purpose, we can shoot our arrows of intention straight and true. But we can’t achieve freedom from the parts of our-self that drag us down, until we control our thoughts and words, and this lesson is what we began when the Sun was transiting Aries.
Although air is often associated with the mind, thought is really a fiery substance. It can burn and destroy, or heal and ascend like fire. Bailey says that the destiny of the United States is closely tied to the sign of Sagittarius. The symbol on the US flag of the eagle holding the arrows of Sagittarius in its talons, is a symbol of the spirit manifesting through the soul. The eagle is a bird of the air but also of the higher mind. It is like the fire-bird or phoenix of Scorpio – a bird of majesty risen from the ashes of its lower self and now lord of the skies, rather than a mere speck in it. We cannot be an eagle or person of fire until we have burned all lesser versions of our-self in the furnace of life.
It is prophesised that from the US will emerge a group of disciples who will demonstrate to the world the fact of the subjective world of the soul, and of the devic realms. This is their destiny she says. Perhaps that’s what we’re seeing in the turmoil there now as that melting-pot of humanity struggles to formulate a new and better way for all.
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In Scorpio we have the opportunity to look at all our pain and suffering; we get to see our dark side that we usually keep well hidden; we remember things we may have never known, or that we thought done and dusted, and we can make new choices based on this flood of awareness.
It can be an uncomfortable time, but no less so than trying to sit on a picket fence! In other words, Scorpio doesn’t take prisoners; it only allows us to move forward into our greater purpose. If we try to stay where we are or worse, go backwards, we’re sure to suffer even more pain than if we hold our nose and jump.
Pain: what is it? It can be defined as physical, emotional and mental sensation from mild discomfort to anguish that leaves us wanting to die. It may be at the hands of others in our childhood; from past lives; from our own wrong action; negative thought or bad emotional choice – we’ve all made mistakes that then go on to haunt us as a recurring memory. This haunting is also known as karma or the wheel of rebirth. It’s the name for our fatal attraction with the matter of the three worlds. Until we’ve redeemed that matter, we’re tied to it, as a child is to his mother’s apron strings.
While the Sun transits Scorpio, we can learn more about this most challenging, yet also most rewarding of energies. Those with Scorpio as their Sun or Ascendant sign get the benefits of such growth opportunities all their life, while the rest must try and make maximum use of the Sun’s annual return through this sign.
The only way to truly deal and heal our memories or karma is to die three times. And the way to die is valiantly, like the spiritual warrior. The keynote for Scorpio couldn’t be clearer: ‘Warrior I am, and from the battle I emerge triumphant’.
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Episode 10 of Sacred Nature is now available as an audio archive or downloadable transcript.
This episode, aired on 2 December, is called The New Humanity.
Are we still evolving? This is a question intriguing scientists and the answer seems to be a resounding ‘yes’. But what will this next stage in our collective evolution look like?
The Ageless Wisdom tells us that we are on the verge of seeing a new form of ourselves that will be very different from what we are now.
This new humanity will use the intuition and telepathy as easily as we see and hear on the physical planes.
Rhythm, ritual and ceremonial magic are the tools we’re each learning to use to help manifest the new age and new humanity.