The symbol given for Pisces is the World Savior, as Aquarius is World Server.
This last meditation of the zodiacal year from Aries to Pisces presents an
opportunity to contemplate completion and fulfillment. What might that mean for
the individual and for our time? What ideas and ideals, what methods and results
are we left with at the end of a life span?
Using the religious perspective of the Christian tradition this meditation
focuses on the story of the Prodigal son who ventures forth, loses his way and
then returns to his Father’s house wiser for the experience. In the ageless
wisdom tradition it is the journey of humanity itself who descends into matter
on the involutionary arc and ascends out of matter on the evolutionary arc,
completing a ‘round’ in time. We are said to be in the fifth of seven rounds of
time. In this way we lift up matter, redeem it and act as living bridges between
spirit and matter in constant flux but with purpose moving in a spiral dynamic
of cyclic change to an endpoint of fulfillment and completion. In Buddhism
enlightenment is achieved by returning to the original or primordial state after
development and removing obscurations. And they have an impressive literature on
stages of the path and states of meditation charting out methodologies for
the path of return. In Kabbalism, and in the Sufi tradition, Rumi says it
died as a mineral and became a plant,
I died as a
plant and rose to animal
I died as
animal and was a man
Why should I
fear? When was I less by dying?
Deepok Chopra, interviewed on a comedy program, summed up the Vedantic
perspective as, ‘There is only one; you are an illusion!’ His new book gives
an important perspective on non-dualism from a non-materialistic point of view.
From the psychological perspective, Carl Jung observed: “A political, social,
religious, and philosophical conflict of unprecedented proportions has split the
consciousness of our age. When such tremendous opposites split asunder, we may
expect with certainty that the need for a savior” will emerge. “In the psyche as
in nature, a tension of opposites creates a potential which may express itself
at any time in a manifestation of energy,” summing it up with the beautiful
phrase, “between above and below flows the waterfall.” Ramakrishna, the famous
Hindu saint in the bhakti tradition, said, “Men float sticks upon the water and
think that they have divided it.”
At the completion and fulfillment of the Piscean time period of human
development, the ‘waterfall’ of new life is poured forth as potential, setting
the standard for the age to come. A God-man (or woman), a God-Hero in the
Herculean sense emerges embodying the model and methods of the new human for the
age to come. The Herculean task is always essentially the same: ending the fear
of terror and war by slaying the cause, and cleaning up the mess made by the
imbalanced and incomplete thinking and living of the previous age. The cry of
suffering humanity evokes an archetype. “Between opposites there arises
spontaneously a symbol of unity and wholeness, no matter whether it reaches
consciousness or not,” Jung writes (Vol. 10, p. 414). He defined an archetype or
primordial image as a tendency to form variable “representations of a
motif—representations that can vary a great deal in detail without losing their
basic pattern. There are, for instance, many representations of the motif
of the hostile brethren, but the motif itself remains the same.” (Man and His
Symbols, p. 67). Whether the hostility is within the same family, regional
family or the families of East and West, the myth of the hostile brethren is
basically the same, it is the motif of war in one way or another. The same can
be said for conflicting needs and desires within each individual.
For us now, much talk has been given to catastrophic and non-catastrophic end
times of the Bible, and the Vedantic or Buddhic end of one time or age and the
beginning of another. In his article on UFOs, Jung cites examples as old as
ancient Egyptian history, as evidence of symbols appearing to signify an end of
an era, specifically unusual sightings in the sky, such as “comets and
saucer-like objects.“ Although the number of human aircraft in the sky could be
called an early Aquarian achievement, there are objects yet to be identified,
and some were seen by many people recently. Jung gave several different
interpretations of this phenomenon. “They are manifestations of psychic changes
which always appear at the end of one Platonic month and at the beginning of
another. Apparently they are changes in the constellation of psychic dominants,
or the archetypes, or ‘gods’ as they used to be called, which bring about, or
accompany, long-lasting transformations of the collective psyche,” which, Jung
concludes, “may be expected when the spring-point enters Aquarius” from Pisces.
Such phenomena can be viewed in two ways. “In the first case, an objectively
real, physical process forms the basis for an accompanying myth; in the second
case an archetype creates the corresponding vision,” and in a third, much rarer
case, they may occur synchronistically. (Civilization in Transition, p.
Ken Wilber summed up the conflict of our time as the “steel ceiling”, or steel
lid, made of science which is spiritually repressed, and religion which is
spiritually fixated! The imprisoned spiritual intelligence has brought the
cultural crucible to boiling point. And violence religiously motivated is
increasing all over the world. Neither the spiritually repressed nor the
religiously fixated is willing to accord the other a legitimate worldview. These
two major methods for determining objective and subjective truths are hostily
divided, demeaning and discrediting of each other.
Those scientists who believe in scientism in religious ways are clinging to
there own unsubstantiated beliefs. “Ever since Democritus, there have been
incredibly intelligent men and women who think that frisky dirt alone is real”
Ken Wilber writes. Behavioral sciences began by “pronouncing disagreements with
them to be illnesses, requiring medical intervention” like Soviet psychiatry.
“God was now a disease for which the fledgling science of psychiatry had the
cure,” (Integral Spirituality, p.178, p.190).
Wilber names the levels of consciousness from beginning to fulfillment in six
stages as archaic, magical, mythic, rational, pluralistic and integral, and
applies this to individuals, groups and cultures alike. This gives us a picture
of who makes up the full spectrum of religious people at one stage or another.
The most important difference between people at these different stages is when
we view them from the perspective of inclusiveness. Those at the highest or
integral level of consciousness have inclusiveness. They see the full spectrum
of perspectives as healthy.
For example, Christ can be interpreted as magically self-protective, mythic,
rational, pluralistic, or universal, depending upon the stage of developmental
spirituality. And this ability to account for the widest degree of development,
the most spacious view, from primitive to universal, is the gift of the
religions, according to Wilber. They alone account for development from earliest
magical and mythical stages, correlating with Piaget’s cognitive development
from early childhood to abstract reasoning, and considerably beyond. All
cultural groups and subgroups throughout history can be placed on this continuum
from primitive societies to technologically advanced and so can every individual
from infancy to adulthood. “We are all born at stage one”, as Wilber points out
(IS, pp. 191-192).
Alice O. Howell, Jungian astrologer and theosophist, describes the evolution of
consciousness in terms of astrological ages, in her new book The Heavens
Declare. She sees the Piscean age as contributing “faith and reason,” and
forecasts That the Aquarian age “will be the dialectic of the individual and the
cosmos” (p. 231).
Evidence of holistic or integral thinking in another field is earth science.
More and more people all over the world seem to be responding to the call for
earth stewardship with growing awareness of the whole life web in which we exist
and the necessity to take responsibility for the effects on it that our life
style has caused. The promising new field of Earth Systems Science,
utilizing satellite technology for truly good and useful purposes: to observe a
life form, instead of spying on it with suspicion! In this science we begin
without an ‘us or them’ prejudice, but seek understanding of natural processes
in a wholistic sense and knowledge that the observer and observed are one. As
Chief Seattle observed: ‘We do not own the earth; the earth owns us.’
Identification with the whole is the future, it is intuition and it is wisdom.
There are many people from all fields, nations and races who know this to be
true and know it from their innermost being. These are the new group of world
servers and they represent the kingdom of God on earth. This is the rational
perspective. The center of synthesis uses those with a sense of synthesis. NASA
considers that elements of this new science, Earth Science Enterprise, will
benefit all humankind just as the first weather and communications satellites
did. On the ground Earth Stewardship has had proponents for decades now, such
as Prince Charles, a spokesman for clean air, clean food and water, whose
enterprises of organic growing have had good commercial success, and Al Gore,
who also has with his documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, on global warning. He
describes the earth as taking one breath a year—a truth monthly meditators have
worked with for years!
As our cameras and satellites allow us to see ourselves from a higher
perspective, our ability to think abstractly—a part of manas—increases, allowing
us to enter the world of the spiritual triad of perspectives and energies. To
enter into buddhi or the intuitional state, more than abstract concepts are
needed. Go farther and a presence is perceived. As Buddhist Chogyal Norbu
writes, ‘For results, awareness must be accompanied by presence’ (Dzogchen,
p. 125). Abstract awareness without a sense of the living presence and
energy of the whole can yield dry results, less than humane. Our ability to
unite abstract thought and intuitive understanding or compassion may be the
reemerging archetype that unifies human thought and intelligence, resulting in
the new human, after the fear that separates is gone.
May the living presence in this meditation touch us all with universal love.