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By Joann S. Bakula
February 2005

The next meditation near the time of the full moon (Thursday, Feb 24th at 4:55 am GMT/UST) is counted as the last of the 12 meditations for humanity, the end of a cycle, next month marking a new beginning with the first of the three months of the higher spiritual interlude. The seed thought for Pisces centers on salvation and redemption with the keynote "I leave the Father's home and turning back, I save." This is the sign of the world savior, the divine incarnation or Avatar of Pisces, known by the symbol of two fishes connected by a band. For the individual it is symbolized by the Prodigal Son, who journeys far from the Father in his descent into earthly experience, then journeys back on the Path of Return to the spiritual family from which he came.

This is an opportunity to contemplate completions in both time and space. The planet associated esoterically with Pisces is Pluto, the planet farthest from the Sun. It marks the edge of our Solar System, the life in which we live, and is associated with the end, or death, or completion. Part of what our twelve meditations include is contemplation of the extra-planetary energies streaming into our planet and radiating out from the Father's Home, Shamballa, our planetary CPU.This lifts our eyes to the great mystery in which we live and move and have our being. More importantly, it helps to align and integrate the three great planetary centers: Shamballa, Hierarchy, and humanity, a crucial part of our work.

In space, science and mythology live more happily together in the imaginative worlds inspiring both science and fiction. A Lifebridge conference was already convened by Rupert Sheldrake to contemplate the consciousness of the sun! The Solar Sail project of the Planetary Society gives wings to us all. In science fiction Vulcans like Spock, science officer in Star Trek, and Earthlings of many races form a band of brothers who together explore the universe, a vision of what we can be. In esotericism, Vulcan is real, a small planet nearest the sun, invisible to us as yet, like those other etheric phenomena, the atom and electricity, were until recently. Vulcan and Pluto are both 1st ray planets, one sacred and the other, like Earth, not as yet sacred. One has come to understand the sacred relationship of creation and destruction through 'lifting up', vulcanization of matter in geologic terms, and the other has some distance to go, as do we.

The Tibetan for whom Alice Bailey wrote, describes the relationship this way: "Pluto stands for death or the region of death; the Earth stands for the sphere of experience…Vulcan stands for glorification, through purification and detachment, of matter" (Esoteric Astrology, p. 126). In Pisces the captivity or "bondage of form" achieves release and "uplift of matter" in Vulcan. The experience which Vulcan confers is incident to proven discipleship and readiness for initiation (p.132), and is proof of detachment and purification. What is light rises up, or is lifted up by the magnetism of a more powerful body. What Pluto lifts up is the unconscious mind, the collective past, with all of its karmic record inherent in the instinctual world of experience, part of our DNA. What Vulcan lifts up is purified substance, redeemed by love and sacrifice, like the personality by the soul and the soul by the spirit, until only light substance remains. "Death never destroys the consciousness aspect" (p. 127) the Tibetan reminds us. And there is a difference between death and destruction: death is natural liberation that comes from within; destruction is most commonly associated with what overcomes us from outside. The Shamballa force or the will of God, the 1st ray force, might often be confused with 6th ray militantism. Actually they are opposites. Corruption, like that of 6th ray militantism, is a sign of death that precedes destruction of forms, and happens quite naturally in all human bodies, the body politic as well. What is incorruptible cannot die. This is what gets lifted up.

There is much talk today, some quite hilarious, about the 'rapture' when the pious will be 'lifted up' body and all into the sky at the 'end-time.' This evokes as much amusement as thinking that the graves will be opened, the old bones made to rise up and walk around again one day. With a little imagination can we can arrive, perhaps, at a more reasonable interpretation than this. We can postulate an etheric or energy body, made of subtler substance, a light body infusing the dark matter. Or as Lucis Trust says, "The substance of the various bodies, appropriated during the involutionary process, becomes so impregnated with spiritual light and energy as the consciousness of the soul begins to control, that the individual life is "saved." At a later stage, the Path of Initiation, spirit is said to lift up soul, completing the human experience and inaugurating the superhuman experience. There is no end without a new beginning. All is change and nothing is final.

Description of the reappearance of the Christ by Alice Bailey presents an interpretation much more appealing to intelligence and reason than literalistic fundamentalism. That mass consciousness will be lifted up from the illusion of separativeness and selfish living into the joy and peace of brotherhood, is devoutly to be desired. One might even say inevitable, if we are to go on evolving as a species and not self-destruct. That suddenly bodies will levitate up into the sky is comical at best. Many people today see this as the end of one age and the beginning of another, the end of the Piscean Age with Christ as the Savior and Redeemer, and the beginning of the new Age of Aquarius with the Avatar of Aquarius as World Server, in addition to the role of World Redeemer. The sign of the two fishes of Pisces can be interpreted as the union of the polar opposites, spirit and matter, the macrocosm and the microcosm, God and man, incarnate in the Divine Hero, God-man, the perfection of the personality on Earth, resulting in the appearance of the Christ. The reappearance could be interpreted as inaugurating a new age of world service in which peace with justice will be achieved by those who love and serve the world, as He does.

In the myth of Hercules, the red cattle (kama-manas) are driven to the Sacred City (Bailey) or the sacred Island of the Sun (Campbell) and along the way "whatever wrong had triumphed he dealt the powers of evil a deadly blow, and righted the balance in favour of justice" (The Labours of Hercules, p. 196). This sounds much like the Bhagavad Gita, when the Lord says to Arjuna, 'many lives have we lived. I remember them all, you do not. When there is a withering of the law and evildoers prevail, then I manifest Myself age after age to destroy the reign of evildoing and reestablish the Truth" (often translated as Law or Goodness). So in East and West alike the divine incarnation ends the evil of one age and inaugurates a new time of justice, which is peace, and another span of time is complete from beginning to end. So Arjuna, the Herculean World Disciple, becomes the redeemer of humanity, the Prodigal Son.

Wishing you all the light and love that comes with meditating at the full moon Festivals,

Joann S. Bakula
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