Featured Sign – Pisces

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Pisces is one of our most nebulous of signs. Think of deep, deep water, dark and cold yet teeming with life which we can barely even imagine. That is Pisces. Hard to grasp – like a fish – and often hidden, even to themselves, yet so full of potential.

Pisces is the last Sign of the Zodiac, it is a completion, but not in the sense of coming back to where you started, rather, you have absorbed all the lessons of the first 11 signs and this is the culmination, where we go into the dark cave to let it germinate, ferment, to ponder and wonder, and to prepare for the birth into a whole new cycle. Like Brenda Heim and Doug Hays’ bronze Enso sculpture, the end doesn’t meet at the beginning because in fact it is about launching into the new spiral, the new spin of the Wheel.

This sign is also dichotomous, because it rules the fine line between saints and sinners, angels and demons, criminals and police, the leap of faith . . . or the deep darkness of despair. When one can truly manifest all that Pisces is, you will perceive a human being of deepest compassion and kindness, one who can even help people die because they understand that Death too is but a fine line between here and there, now and then.

Last night I saw the angels knocking at the tavern door,
Modelling the clay of man, becoming drunk with the original wine.
The inhabitants of the sacred enclosure and of the divine malakut
Drank from one cup with me, the pilgrim.

From: “The Green Sea of Heaven” by Diwan of Hafiz

 

Featured Sign – Capricorn

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We end the year with the Sign of Initiation. How appropriate that Jesus, who underwent one of the greatest and most public of Initiations, as well as some not so well known, should be assigned this time of the year for his coming to Earth.

Capricorn is an Earth Sign, solid, stolid, and able to climb to the very peak of the mountains which it rules. Brenda Heim’s painting makes me think of the mountain we all climb and that there are many paths to the peak. As there are many paths, so we each also suffer our unique challenges, obstacles and distractions on our way to the top, to the Gate of Initiation. But oh, when we get there, the View we have!

The mountain is symbolic of your climb through karma, which Capricorn also rules. Your incentive changes from the base (early lives), when one is gluttonous and selfish, to halfway up (after many lives on earth) when you climb not just for yourself, but also for friends and family; until, by the time you have the peak in sight, you are climbing for the whole family of mankind. This 3-phase “climb” can also represent your immediate life and your evolution through it.

As we end 2015 and begin a brand new year, one promising to be full of challenges and the long-promised Changing Times, it is good to be aware of every step we take in Consciousness, even as the goat watches the rock-strewn path carefully. And it is equally good to know that when it is time to leap a chasm, our long practice has provided us with the muscle, the stamina and the discipline to know we can do it.

My teacher, Dr. Douglas Baker was a Capricorn, born on New Year’s Eve. He too chose to usher in a New Age. We have chosen to participate at this time for many strong and necessary reasons. Thank you for being part of the Human Family as we step forward into the New Year, the New Age, the New way of Living.

“Initiation is not something given lightly, nor is it bestowed on those who are not ready for it. It is a tremendous inner experience of a sudden thrust of life and consciousness into the personality, so that for ever after, consciousness is heightened and there is the capacity to take in and express more life-force.” Dr. Douglas Baker.

May the Force Be With You. Happy New Year!