A Man Becoming Aware Of Spiritual Forces Surrounding And Assisting Him; Inner Assurance
In this symbol we see the fruit of the Libra archetype: the realization that we are Divinely supported, that the Powers of heaven answer us on earth. This is a necessary experience for the adept because it reinforces the use of spiritual logic. Now we can prove, at least to ourselves, that our spiritual experience has the power to change things in material reality. Rudhyar refers to a sense of belonging and this is significant, but mostly because it validates the need for our Divine service.
An Airplane Sails, High In The Clear Sky; Transcendent Realization
This symbol represents the level of consciousness that can rise above the duality of relative truth and rest in the unity of absolute truth. We live in grounded reality and this forces us to operate in duality in order to survive, but how we operate in duality is fully within our power. When we view situations without our personal pressures and agenda we can operate effectively in duality without emotional reactions and conditioned responses. In the next symbol we see the fruit of this level of attainment.
An Eagle And A Large White Dove Turn Into Each Other; Adeptness
This symbol is a reference to a balanced flow of energy between the masculine and feminine aspects. The masculine will acts in service to the feminine devotion. This requires a certain level of spiritual growth because without awareness the will generally serves our reputation and the demands of the world. Only by cultivating faith, wisdom and spiritual power can we send our masculine aspect into battle for fight for the needs and dreams of the feminine.
The Sight Of An Autumn Leaf Brings To A Pilgrim The Sudden Revelation Of The Mystery Of Life and Death; Clair-seeing
We tend to think of clairvoyance as the ability to see spirits and auras. It manifests that way for some, and for others it is more about the ability to perceive the spiritual meaning of every experience. Just like the pilgrim’s leaf, everything we notice is a message from God, a material reflection of our spiritual state. We seek wisdom, we pray and meditate, we study. But are we paying attention to what God is doing in this present moment?
A Butterfly With A Third Wing On Its Left Side; Original Mutation
Butterflies symbolize spiritual transformation, and the left side is typically the receptive or feminine side of the body. Rudhyar rightly notes that this must be a new spiritual power available to an individual. Throughout the Libra archetype we have been working on balancing our relationships not just with each other but with the Divine. The result of this work would appear to be a deeper capacity for collaboration.
Chanticleer’s Voice Heralds The Sunrise; Response To Life’s Renewals
This symbol represents the creatures response to the Creator’s work. Rudhyar points out that the rooster may believe he conjures the sunrise but that “to create is only to reveal what essentially is” and this is the level of humility we are called to emulate in the character of Christ: submission to the Father. The rooster is a shining example of John 5:19.
So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. John 5:19, NLT
We aren’t called to turn the other cheek because Jesus said so, or to be wise as serpents because Jesus said so. We are called to emulate Him by doing what we see Our Father doing. Do you see what the Father is doing in your life?
A Child Giving Birds A Drink At A Fountain; Solicitude
Birds are occult symbols for spiritual forces and children are symbolic of the return to innocence we experience in our spiritual development. Here the child is acting from a natural instinct to help a less evolved creature receive clean drinking water. This is love born from charity, an extension of the love we receive from our Creator and emulate towards His creatures.
A Sunday Crowd Enjoying The Beach; Oceanic Feeling
This symbol represents the socialization of our animal nature. We play in the water or walk along its edge. The sun shines on all of us, and here our social differences are minimized. Outside of our normal roles and territory we can more deeply perceive the oneness of all things and the universal aspects of our experience. Again we see the Libra mantra “we balance” at work on many levels at once.
In my personal practice this symbol refers to the Father, as He refers to Himself in the Dialogues of St. Catherine as the Sea Pacific. This state of attainment- perfect Union with the Father- gives rise to a state of peace on the level of water like glass under a bluebird sky. This is the peace that surpasses all understanding.
A Rabbi Performing His Duties; Inherited Wisdom
This symbol represents the essential function of organized religion: it gives traditional form and ritual to unconscious energies and provides a framework through which the community receives spiritual care. A rabbi’s duties are deeply and widely varied: pastoral care, leading formal worship, performing marriages and other rites of passage, attending deaths, and acting as a representative of his God.
This tradition may be restrictive, but it is that very restriction that allows inherited wisdom to be transmitted through the generations. The unchanging nature of the rites and rituals allow Divine will to be revealed through that which is different: the circumstances, the outcome, the Divine’s response to the ritualized call for care and action. It also links generations and increases their spiritual agency: my rosary prayers are more powerful as my fingers thread the same beads my grandmother did, words and breath and motion joined by love and history, indelible through time and space.
A Gang Of Robbers In Hiding; Group Protest
Here we see the expected result of unjust laws from the previous symbol: a group of individuals for whom the existing order has become prohibitive enough that they are compelled to exist outside of it in full protest. Rudhyar points out that it is the group which makes protest effective, that the power of an individual to receive justice under a broken system is not sufficient.
While this is true, we would do well to remember that every protest in history began with one person who openly rebelled against the old order, and in so doing, gave others the courage to express their own outrage and frustration. This symbol appears in my personal practice when the communion of saints is advised; it suggests that if I choose to address the matter in prayer that there are saints and angels who are ready to intercede on my behalf.