In An Old-Fashioned Northern Village Men Cut The Ice Of A Frozen Pond For Use During The Summer; Assuring Supply
This symbol represents a necessary skill for our comfort and advancement and a method by which the Adept learns to walk in faith. By assuming a going concern (that the men will be in the same location with food to preserve in the summer months) and harnessing what is available in the present moment we can prepare for the expected conditions of a future season. Divine providence often involves a creative aspect as well as a need for some measure of foresight.
Pelicans Menaced By The Behavior And Refuse Of Men Seek Safer Areas For Bringing Up Their Young; Survival
Here we have the desire for a more wholesome environment, once that reinforces the ideals we seek to pass on to the next generation. The hazard here is pollution and encroachment on a level which threatens the survival of the family and the future of its young. Rudhyar focuses on a Christian myth about the mother pelican piercing her own breast to feed her young with her blood as an emulation of Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross. This behavior has never been observed in pelicans but was likely an explanation for a bright red spot on the breast of certain breeds.
Children Playing On The Beach, Their Heads Protected By Sunbonnets; Protection
This symbol represents the value of protection from overexposure to the light. A cultural value and a social norm offer some measure of safety to those who are not yet aware enough to manage their own exposure to the elements. This can be provided on the spiritual plane by entities who can provide some intermediate protection in working with forces we cannot fully comprehend.
An Easter Sunrise Service Draws A Large Crowd; Rebirth
A few days ago we found Groundhog Day in Sagittarius season and here we have Easter in the weeks leading up to Christmas. But the cultural meaning of Easter and Christmas are similar enough, and in a sense the birth of Christ is the beginning of the liturgical calendar. We see here a collective and culture desire for a ritual that marks the seasons and heralds the possibility of redemption, rebirth and restoration.
Sea Gulls Fly Around A Ship In Expectation Of Food; Dependence
Rudhyar focuses on the internal process of this symbol, in which the once wild energies of the soul develop a symbiotic relationship with the social ego, but other manifestations of the symbol are also worth noting. Spiritual forces (birds) are also reliant on the Source (the sea) of all primordial energy (fish) and due to the nature of human consciousness and modern life, some sort of spiritual practice or religious tradition (the ship) offers them some measure of security but also a reliance not found in fully wild birds.
The Groundhog Looking For Its Shadow On Groundhog Day; Prospective
What is February’s groundhog doing in the middle of Sagittarius season? Sagittarius works with beliefs, ideals and traditions, and these allow us to form a prospective of future events based on past and present knowledge. The presence or absence of the groundhog’s shadow gives a prediction for the next six weeks, and we can make similar predictions based on the signs and omens that surround us.
The Great Pyramid And The Sphinx; The Power Of Spiritual Ancestry
Today’s symbol represents the perpetuation of occult knowledge since the beginning of time. The pyramids and the sphinx are enduring symbols of esoteric service and spiritual ambition. They remind the soul of the timeless wisdom that is always available to us across lifetimes and beyond the veil. Whenever this symbol appears it is advantageous to recognize one’s ancestors and reconnect with the traditions of one’s heritage.
A Widow’s Past Brought To Light; Retribution
This symbol represents the effects of past karma on the new phase of development announced in the last cycle. No matter how pure the ideal, how strong the spiritual will, and how loud the annunciation of the new day, it will carry with it the business of yesterday. The degree to which past karma can affect the new day relies on two factors: how well the past was handled at the time, and our willingness to account and atone for any issues in this new phase.
A Flag Turns Into An Eagle; The Eagle Into A Rooster Saluting The Dawn; Annunciation
This symbol, though strange, shows the progression from an ideal to its implementation on the material plane. The flag represents the values of a nation, eagles represent the spiritual will, and the rooster announcing this new period of activity in which this ideal will be embodied. When this symbol appears in my practice it is a sign to speak life over the vision and outcome one is working to manifest, perhaps in vocal prayer or praise.
In The Left Section Of An Archaic Temple, A Lamp Burns In A Container Shaped Like A Human Body; Relying Upon Organismic Responses
This symbol represents the voice of the body and the possibility of physical enlightenment. Relying on the response of the body is an essential practice that balances the intellectual stimulation and demands of modern life. It also requires the healing of past life and childhood trauma to reveal the natural response beneath a triggered reaction. All spiritual knowledge must be grounded in the body to be fully integrated so that the voice of the body may respond without subconscious resistance.