Good evening, friends.
We have the opportunity this evening to cooperate in service with co-workers all over the world, to meditate with the world group, the New Group of World Servers, and with the spiritual Hierarchy at this moment when spiritual energies are uniquely available. These energies can be anchored more fully throughout our needy planet, aiding in bringing down and bringing forth, the plan of Divinity.
Friday, September 4 will be the Full Moon Day, "the day of pure silence and contact, during which we are absorbed in our Inner Divinity…" (T. Saraydarian, The Symphony of the Zodiac, p. viii)
At this time of Virgo we raise our consciousness and in the light of the soul, we receive, assimilate and safeguard these precious precipitating energies. We seek to do this each month. In Virgo, this goal takes on an even more meaningful note, because the constellation Virgo itself has a strong connection to the soul and to the process of safeguarding the soul and its birth, its anchorage within the three worlds of manifestation - the mental, emotional and physical/etheric planes.
Virgo brings us into communion with the Triplicity of spirit, soul and matter in the three worlds. It reflects for us that relation between spirit and form, between soul and personality. It helps us remember WHY we are here, striving, serving and sometimes slogging upon the physical plane. Life in form can present many obstacles, and at times, we can experience life as the prisonhouse of form. Yet this very prisonhouse is at once an open door of opportunity, inviting transmutation, transformation and transfiguration into spiritual livingness.
By striving to surmount each of our obstacles, limitations and crises - our Life Curriculum - we birth ourselves (through the auspices of Virgo) as souls and onto the plane of soul. In fact the Tibetan Master speaks to this, when he says that the books for which he and Alice Bailey are responsible are offered "with no claim for their acceptance." "If they present truth in such a way that it follows sequentially upon that already offered in the world teachings, if the information given raises the aspiration and the will-to-serve from the plane of the emotions to that of the mind (the plane upon which the Masters can be found), then they will have served their purpose. If the teaching conveyed calls forth a response from the illumined mind of the worker in the world, and brings a flashing forth of his intuition, the let that teaching be accepted. But not otherwise." (Alice Bailey, Esoteric Astrology, p. vi)
This extract from a statement by the Tibetan brings us right into the world of Virgo and its precipitating energies. Here, the light of the higher mind and intuition enable Virgo and those resonating to its energies - to shield, nurture, and finally reveal the hidden divinity within each form - to find, to kindle and to reveal that spirit which every form veils. And this brings us closer to the very Purpose of incarnation, of imprisonment within form, and of our eventual freedom from the prisonhouse of form. We learn firsthand about life in form and the graduation into higher worlds for the life of form.
Each plane becomes known and gradually conquered, mastered -- and life can be lived upon increasingly higher turns of the evolutionary spiral. We're told that as this happens our bodies - our physical, emotional, and mental vehicles - slowly transform. They become filled with increasingly higher atomic sub-plane matter. The atoms comprising our vehicles become refined and vibrate at increasingly higher vibratory levels. This is another example of the work of Virgo in action. Virgo becomes the Divine Mother, birthing its spiritual child, a divine soul.
The form, the mother, births and releases its indwelling soul. (Esoteric Astrology, p. 339) More light then precipitates upon and within the worlds. Light grows. Light is revealed. And that light reveals the next step of the striving pilgrim - the planetary pilgrim arising from struggling humanity.
When we visualize on Thursdays [in a meditation on Preparation for the Reappearance of the Christ], "the world situation as best (we) can and in terms of (our) major world interest and with what knowledge of world affairs (we) may possess. …(We) see the mass of (humanity) everywhere glowing with a dim light and, here and there, points of brighter light where members of the new group of world servers and…of spiritual intention and of loving hearts are working for their fellowmen. (We) then visualise (through the creative imagination) the vivid light of the Hierarchy, streaming towards humanity and slowly merging with the light which is already in men." (Alice Bailey, Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. II, pp. 226 -228) This too is reminiscent of the work of the Virgo constellation, which serves to mediate between Hierarchy and humanity, to bridge humankind and its watching Hierarchy, and to precipitate upon a needy world, that light which is already latent WITHIN humanity.
Virgo shields, nurtures and reveals this hidden light. It lights the Way. It mediates between Energy and force, between Light and murkiness ~ and through its grace, opens the birth canal for the inflow of light, love and the will-to-good for our planet. Virgo thus links god and the manifested world.
"Virgo is called the womb of time in which the seeds of great values are planted, shielded, nourished and revealed. It is the labour of Virgo that eventually brings forth into manifestation the Christ principle within the individual and within the race of men. Every idea, plan, individual or group that comes in contact with the energy of Virgo eventually develops universality and a deeply sacrificial nature", we're told. (T. Saraydarian, The Symphony of the Zodiac, p. 216) "In Virgo, the purpose for which form life exists begins to be realised…" (Esoteric Astrology, p. 259) "The purpose of life in form is mystically called, 'Christ in you, the hope of glory.' Christ symbolises the spirit of universality and the spirit of sacrifice. ….Christ is the principle which bridges the lowest with the highest in all fragments of manifestation and stands for the urge to serve and the will-to-sacrifice…." (T. Saraydarian, The Symphony of the Zodiac, p. 216)
And this perhaps is why Virgo stands pre-eminently as a building, constructive stronghold of love, dignity, and beauty. In fact we're told that the Energies pouring through Virgo primarily include the Fourth Ray, whose exoteric ruler is Mercury. This relates Sprit to matter, appropriating these to each other and thus creating Beauty. Mercury also is related to the intuition.
The soul ray of Virgo is the Second Ray of Love-Wisdom, and its personality Ray is the Sixth Ray of Devotion.
Virgo's esoteric ruler is the moon, which in this case is said to veil the planet Vulcan. Vulcan transmits the energy of the First Ray, initiating actions and cycles of beauty through creativity.
A mother creates and gives birth and form. This Virgo does upon its high plane. There, It meets with the Father (Spirit/Will/First Ray), and then with the Son (Soul/Love/Second Ray), as Virgo stands as the third aspect of Divinity - the Holy Spirit, the Mother or "matter" "Mater", bringing down into personality levels that quality of Divine Intelligence, conferred by this third aspect. This triplicity gives Virgo its proclivity to serve as the Christ in You, the Hope of Glory, and to be the soul, The Builder, The Knower, The Server.
Synthesizing these qualities is a gift of Virgo, and we're told Virgo "is the focal point for the expression of Active Intelligence. In Virgo the highest function of matter is symbolized." (E.A.) This allows the hidden spiritual Reality - the soul - to be revealed and recognized.
How is this demonstrated? Virgo manifests in our experience as the soul or conscience. As servers we become increasingly conscious. We become conscious of consciousness and of the Voice of our conscience; conscious of love, wisdom, and the will-to-good. We sense the glory, beauty, and evolution in progress everywhere - and this sustains our will to adapt.
Our ability to adapt, change and evolve is a soul-engendered urge. We might say it emanates from the constellation of Virgo, that "energy field in Space which is urging the solar system, the planet, and each human being to fulfil the goal of evolution on human, planetary and solar scales. That (evolutionary) principle which is planted in the human, planetary and solar form is called the Christ principle in mystical language. This is the seed of life, love and power…." (T. Saraydarian, The Symphony of the Zodiac, p. 217.)
The evolutionary processes of life assure the future birth of the soul, which lies behind all outer creation, and is made manifest in the Virgo theme we've considered, "Christ in you, the hope of glory."
This Christ within us manifests as conscientiousness, as responsibility, response and responsiveness. These expressions of the soul birthed in Virgo are maternal. They watch and responsibly protect the unfolding seed as it seeks to bloom. They shield and give birth.
In the early cycle of experience in incarnation, the aspirant registers personality goals, and attunes to the lower keynote of Virgo which is, "And the Word said: Let matter reign." And then as evolution does its purifying work of unfoldment and vivification, of kindling the centres or charkas, the disciple in Virgo arises and says, "I am the Mother and the Child, I God. I matter am."
Virgo then lives as a gentle Agent of the Divine Mother, giving birth to soul-conscious servers. And this is the work of the Path itself, which births us as souls. It is the shielding and nourishing realm of the world group and the esoteric group, which births our group consciousness. Once the group good is the realm of our gaze, then the little self (the child of Virgo) can be lost to sight. And then, "all that is considered is the need and the driving necessity to take the next immediate step to meet that need as it demonstrates before the server's eyes," the Tibetan tells us. (Alice Bailey, Esoteric Psychology, Vol. II, p. 137)
This universality is a gift of Virgo, and it is said that every idea, plan, individual or group coming in contact with this energy of Virgo develops love and the spirit of sacrifice - and these are what make soul living and group life possible and joyful.
So Virgo gives that cohesive sense of relationship, of living in the light of the mothering soul -- the sentient factor -- and gaining freedom from the pulls of matter. It promotes service through inclusiveness within the web of life, revealing the interconnectedness of all life. With this sense of reverence for life, the influence of Virgo reveals the light in both matter and in spirit - that Light "which will make matter reveal Spirit and make Spirit release matter." (T. Saraydarian, The Symphony of the Zodiac, p. 346.) The inner and outer worlds are then recognized as one, and the server can work at will within the inner and outer planes - becoming a mediator.
Virgo births experts in the life of the soul who meditate, mediate and build life in form anew - life aligned with angelic hosts and angelic forces, and life kindled with building, nurturing, healing energy - shielded by the Great Mother Principle.
The soul also is known as the Christ Principle, radiating through its personality or vehicles - kindling the fires within the mechanism, and striving toward the perfection evidenced by the Christ. This process aligns with the Purpose of life in form, revealing the "hidden splendour" which every form veils.
Virgo brings new life to each form, advancing the unfolding human soul toward its destiny of perfection and the Christ Life. Christ in you the hope of glory rallies as the Individual Christ, the historical Christ, Planetary and Cosmic Christ-the king of kings. The soul is king, seated in its throne, facing the Father. Virgo prepares the server to purify, align, and arise to go to the Father, knowing that I and the Father are One; and saying, "I am the Father/Mother God, I am the Mother - I God, I matter, Am."
So as we leave in dedicated silence, we can hold our minds steady in the light of that radioactive soul, and hold - safeguard - these precious energies with which we have lovingly worked tonight.
And we will align with the group and with the world group at the exact moment of this Full Moon of Virgo - which will be at 16:04 PM (GMT) tomorrow, September 4th.