You travel on the Path of Self-Becoming,
Passing through the Sacred Four,
The Seasonal Turnings that mark each year.
By Portals of Fire, Water, Air and Earth,
You learn by Trial and Error, as you help one another,
To be true to who you are, to remember your Destiny as you walk,
The Immortal Pathway of Perfection.
Today marks the beginning of Capricorn, the time of the Winter Solstice. The Sun has been rising later and setting earlier, so that now the precious light of life is feeble and fleeting, and shadows are growing ever longer, and your days are short and nights far too long and cold. You gather with loved ones for reassurance, in companionship and love, lighting candles, building bonfires, bringing greenery indoors and decorating your trees of hope.
You draw closer together, to remember and share in the wisdom ways of old. Always and forever, the Ancient Ways will bring you through these trials of faith. Your Fountain-Source of Beliefs, found in your traditions, songs and stories have stood the tests of time. And you know because you remember, you have Faith and Hope that brighter days are just ahead, because Life and Love will return even stronger, and the shadows will flee the luminous glory that is the returning of the Light.
You leave the realm of Sagittarius, bringing with you the Wisdom of the Ages, the stories and teachings found in the Philosophies, Sciences and Religions that provide the meanings and guidance to your many lives and journeys. You have come a little closer, to the Greater Understanding, to the Truth behind the truths, and can take some comfort and find acceptance of the World and your inseparable experiences of Love and Pain. You listen in the Silence, for the Lonely Ones, the Wise Ones and Wisdom-Keepers who help you hold to the Noble Path of Truth.
But it is not enough to know the Truth, it is not enough to have your Faith, it is not enough to Feel the Love…you must Live the Truth, and you must Act by Faith, and you must Be this Love too. This is the meaning of Capricorn, it is here that you face your Test of Responsibility, and it is here you will find your Reward of Fulfillment. In Sagittarian Fire, you encounter the Ideals of Spirit, but it is in Earthy Capricorn that you bring these mighty Truths into Manifestation.
Capricorn rules the structures of your world; Capricorn rules Reality. From the most intimate and central building block of Family, where you take care to love and nurture one another, to the middle ranges of local communities and small enterprises, to the most complex structures of Church, Economy and State, all of this is Capricorn’s realm, this is your World made Manifest.
Your Society and Culture is the product of many, many lifetimes of struggles and loves, a gift from your Ancestors so that you would be able to continue this journey of Self-Becoming for you and yours. So that you too, by assuming this awesome responsibility of preserving, protecting and improving this Path of Light, that you too would find the Loving Strength to pass this Spiral Chord of Light and Love to your children’s, children’s children, and fulfill your Destiny, Keepers of the Flame of the One Divine Light.
But, the shadows crossing your path seem stronger now, and your world seems to be staggering and stumbling towards some yawning abyss. This is not the first time, nor will it be the last. The Pathway of Perfection is not a straight line but a circuitous one that rises and falls, and only by falling into error and then correcting, only in this manner do you become wise and find a better way as you move into a greater light.
Your world has not trembled like this for over 240 years, during the 1700’s (and before that in the 1500’s), as the planet Pluto swept through the sign of Capricorn to herald the end of those ages. The Reality structures of those times had fulfilled their purpose, it was their time to be swept away, and it was equally the rising of a new world from within.
This is what is happening now…Whether in Government or Religion, in the Economy or Culture, the world is being turned upside down as the old order gives way to a New Age that is dawning. The good news? You, (and your ancestors), have been here before, and if you read about what they were experiencing in their time, they too thought that their world was ending, (and they were right), but they lived to see a new world dawn too.
You face an awesome responsibility now, the challenge to preserve what we must and to let go of the rest…What are you to do? How will you know what to preserve, and what you must surrender? Where can one find the way through?
As always, the Wisdom of the Ages, and its reflected Wisdom in your Heart, will guide you truly in your Thoughts, Feelings and Actions. The Laws of Life and Truth, of Spiritual Light are the Immortal guideposts which will light your way out of any darkness. Look to the inner core, the Esoteric Heart found in Metaphysics, Philosophy and Religion. Follow the Ancient Wisdom, and be guided by your loving heart...and you will find a way.
Remember that the real struggle for your world is not happening “out there”, but is in fact happening in each human heart. Each person must come to their own change of mind and heart, and remember what is the greater good. Each must find their way and be willing to sacrifice for one another. To remember that there is only one Path: to love, to be compassionate and filled with humility and forgiveness for one another. Most especially, each must be willing to carry the weight of responsibility, not just for our own lives and time, but for those who will come long after we have departed.
What is your responsibility? Look around, and take care in your daily life and immediate surroundings, be truly human, a self-aware spirit of consideration, consciousness and love. From below and from within outwards your new world will dawn.
The New Age is coming…
It is waiting on you…
It is counting on you…
It is your Destiny.
When in doubt or whenever in need, hold in your Heart and Mind the Great Invocation:
THE GREAT INVOCATION
From the point of light within the Mind of God
Let Light stream forth into our minds
Let LIGHT descend on Earth.
From the point of love within the Heart of God
Let Love stream forth into our hearts
May LOVE increase on Earth.
From the center where the Will of God is known
Let purpose guide our wills
The PURPOSE which the masters know and serve.
From the center which we call Humanity
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out
And may it seal the door
where evil dwells.
Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.
Right Thinking—Right Action
One more time, for the fourth time in 2016, and this could not be more “timely”!
Mercury retrograde is always a wonderful opportunity to turn your mind back upon itself, to make some precious time for self-reflection. It is a time to bend your mind inwards so that you may contemplate and self-correct. It is a gift and not an annoyance at all, for it is offered to you in order that you may continue your journey of self-becoming, of raising your consciousness as you learn to exercise ever greater Mindfulness.
The sign of Mercury’s retrograde indicates in what matter and to what objective you should direct your Inner Sight now. For this circuitous round of retrograde, Mercury will be moving through the sign of Capricorn.
The principal message of Capricorn can be best summed up by one word, Responsibility. The question that you must ask yourself as Mercury takes you inward is exactly this, “Have you been responsible in your gathering of information; Have you been diligent in your examination of the various facts, viewpoints, teachings and truths by which you have formed your view of your world?” And most importantly, “Have you been responsible in your sharing of these facts, opinions, viewpoints with the world around you as well”?
You journey through an integral Spiritual Hierarchy of Life-Consciousness-Spirit, with innumerable fellow humans clustered around, above and below yourself. But this Ribbon of Light and Love extends far below you to less evolved life-forms yearning to become “human”, and equally far above you too, into the realms of the Deva’s or "shining ones" to whom you look for guidance and inspiration. And this Hierarchy continues further onwards without end, to the planets, stars and galaxies…and much more.
Your journey of self-becoming is aided by those who extend their love and consideration to you from above, while you give and receive comfort with those who abide on your own human plane of consciousness. And so then equally guided by your true nature, that you are a precious spark of the One Divine, following your heart and Higher Self, you will also reach below yourself to extend your love and help to the innumerable life-forms below who look up to you with wonder.
This Spiritual Hierarchy of Life-Consciousness-Spirit is the Body and Life of the One, and because of this, the whole of Creation is bound to one another by the Love of the One for one and all. It is this that forms the true source of your experience and expression of Responsibility. You are here because you were and will always be Loved. And you are here to be Loving too. You are cared for and have been guided to become who you are…And you in turn will care for many, many others for all your lives that were and are yet to be, for this is your nature, this is the Heart of all the teachings, “You are here to love one another as you love yourself”.
The word Responsibility literally means “your ability to respond”. But “what” is it that you are here to respond to you might ask. Most fundamentally, you are here to be Responsible to this Hierarchy of Life-Consciousness-Spirit, and that means especially on your own plane of learning and loving, you are here to take care of and be considerate towards your fellow human beings. With regards to Mercury, with regards to your thought-forms and communications, you must take responsibility for what you do in this most powerful realm of Consciousness.
All in this Creation are subject to what is known as The Law of Karma, of “cause and effect”. It is in fact how the Universe (or the One) brings about or fosters Responsibility! Quite simply this law of the universe means that what you do, in any form, will return to you its author or creator. The actions you take with regards to any other will come back to you. If you harm them, you will eventually suffer in turn. And, this is equally true for the thoughts that you think, and most especially for the words and images that you “share”.
The symbol of Mercury, the Caduceus, was adopted by the medical profession as its sign or symbol. Likewise, in this realm of thought, it would be a great blessing if one and all followed the truth embodied in the Hippocratic Oath of medicine with regards to thoughts and communications, the Heart and Soul of this teaching is this: “First, do no harm!”
With regards to the reception and adoption of information, data or “facts” for yourself, you must take the time to understand the source or provenance of this information. If you fill your mind with too many dissonant, conflict-filled or negative thoughts, you will turn away from the path of Light. Your mind will become cloudy and confused, your thoughts shadowed and self-destructive, and you will lose yourself in a web of darkness and fear.
Likewise, and even more importantly, you must consider carefully the thought-forms you share, whether in speech, or writings or postings, or whatever forms of communication in which you partake. If you spread misbegotten ideas, if you share half-truths or falsehoods, you contribute to the loss of clarity and trust upon which your life and the lives of others depend. You are by acting in this manner being very, very irresponsible. If you do not contribute to the Light of Love and Reason, you will bring about deeper shadows; if you spread falsehood and foster hatreds, you turn away from your own true self, you turn away from love, and you do harm to yourself and to many others as well.
For it is from the fostering and spreading of Lies that wrong actions follow, and so great harm will come to one and all by the willful and deliberate actions of some, as well as by the unknowing or unconscious spread of these fears and darkness by the many who did not understand what they did.
But ignorance of the Law of Karma is no excuse, nor will Justice be denied. You will reap what you sow, so choose wisely. If you do not know, really know, if something is “true” or factual, then do not pass it on, ever!
A cacophony of falsehoods is overwhelming reason and love in the world now. Choose to be a champion of Light and Love. Do not harbor or hold onto negative thoughts or half-truths. Do not share what is harmful or false, do not be used by the dark and destructive forces that are tearing your world apart.
Let Mercury take you on an inner journey of Mindfulness.
Choose to take responsibility for what you know and understand.
Let this turning of Mercury cleanse your mind of falsehoods and fears.
Help one another by illuminating the shadows that cloud one another’s minds.
Think clearly by following the Wisdom Ways that have stood the tests of time,
Centered by the quiet confirmations of your own Higher Self’s loving affirmations.
Look to the Fountain-Source of Truth found in the Ancient Teachings,
The Ancient Wisdom founded upon the Wisdom of Love.
This same Love is this Luminous Hierarchy of Life,
Built and formed by Love, Trust and Sharing.
Choose to stand in the Light, and
Be a light for one another.
Choose Reason over Fear; Choose Love over Hatred.
Live in Light,
Live by Love.