We live in transition times. Aquarius is of 'supreme importance' now because we are on the cusp of entering into the Aquarian Age.
The word Aquarius is Latin and it means 'water-bearer' or 'cup-bearer'. The constellation of stars that we see when we look up to the night sky with our naked eye appears to take the form of a person with a bucket, from which a stream of water is flowing. Since the most ancient times, when people look at this constellation of stars, they have thought of a water-carrier, and pondered the significance of the image. Our meditations during this full moon period in 2009 are a part of an on-going stream of human thought and imagination.
To begin our Work, let us enter into the field of the group mind, acknowledging the presence of all that is good and uplifting in human thinking as well as the Presences of the Great Ones on the inner side of life. We make our approach - into this rich field of Mind - sensing the Lighted, Loving, Purposeful impulses of Divinity as they express themselves in the consciousness of humanity. We pause for a moment of alert stillness.
We know o Lord of Life and Love about the need,
Touch our hearts anew with Love,
That we too, may love and give.
One of things we are trying to do in this full moon work is to exercise the eye of vision as we look out on the consciousness of humanity from the perspective of evolution (what is thought of as God's Plan for humanity). We seek to do this as a group exercise - a group that includes all who are meditating at this time with the aim of supporting and nourishing the uplift and transformation of the human mind and heart. Each month our vision is conditioned by the particular quality of light coming from the constellation influencing the sun.
While the light of Sagittarius has been called A beam of directed, focused Light, and the light of Capricorn, The Light of Initiation, Aquarian light is diffuse and all-encompassing. Alice Bailey describes it as: The Light that shines on Earth, across the sea. To help us with this image we are told:
This is the light which ever shines within the dark and cleansing with its healing rays that which must be purified until the dark has gone. [EA, 330]
The light of Aquarius helps us to see purifying, cleansing, healing principles and processes unfolding in human development.
Even though the stars give us an image of a water carrier, and the keynote we will be using in meditation is 'Water of life am I, poured forth for thirsty men' this is not a water sign - it is not an energy that is primarily about feelings and desires. Aquarius is an air sign. Its influence is intangible. Aquarian energy is pervasive, reaching into every aspect of our being and every area of life. As an air sign, Aquarius conditions the ecology of thought, the climate of thinking, and is to be found in the big ideas that flow through all the disciplines and fields of activity. For example the wholeness paradigm that is so alive today is inherently Aquarian.
To meditate on Aquarius is to meditate on that most esoteric of phrases used by Christ: Life More Abundantly. It is the water of life that is referred to in the keynote. We know something of the vitality of life - we can sense this at special times when we are in nature, and at times we sense this in a peak intuitive experience. It is this abundant life that Aquarius brings into the human experience - the sense of life flowing through us, especially through our thinking and understanding. Our minds are thirsty for this direct apprehension of life in its richness, beauty and freshness. Aquarius gives us a mental experience of being moved, of being lifted up so that we see life and all events from the perspective of the heights, where we see whole systems and where we see the underlying beauty in the relationship between differences. We see something of the 'Love that underlies the happenings of the time'. Aquarius shows us the direction of life and evokes a sense of loyalty to this direction. As the waters of life flow they touch each unit, waking it up with purpose and a will to be engaged. They enter into all the pores of our substance, bringing light into dark places, healing, purifying and cleansing.
Just imagine these waters of life flowing more abundantly through the fields of human thinking year-by-year, decade-by-decade. With each great wave of Life there is a fresh flow of inspiration. And with inspiration comes the taste of joy - joy in being alive and, above all, joy in the sense of being in the flow, of eager anticipation of a sensed future, of knowing that through your own life and the life of those close to you and all around you, the future is taking shape. That which has been feared within, the hidden, begins to be incorporated into the awakening whole - seen for what it is without emotional attachment and welcomed as a part of the transforming process.
In Alice Bailey's writings three keynotes are given for the sign. The best known of these is service. The Aquarian is naturally drawn to service - the question is, service to what or to whom. At the simplest level our lives can be about service to the growth and development of the personality OR they can be about service to the common good, humanity and the Earth. Remember we are not thinking here, so much about our beliefs or intentions or the face we put before the world. There is service and there is lip service. Where does the life that flows through us find its expression? Does it tend to flow through channels that feed the growth of the personality - or does it flow through channels that feed others and ultimately that feed the commons - the good of the whole.
Aquarian service at its most mature is a natural expression of a loving heart and an intelligent mind. A natural expression - in other words life flows out to meet need without any sense of diminishment of the server - indeed without any sense of the server at all. There is a transparency to enlightened Aquarian service so that right motive is sensed. The true Aquarian is able to use personality as a vehicle of service - without being identified with personality. This means that care of one's poise and 'centre' is natural and not seen as being in opposition to the impulse to serve.
Service is natural to the soul. Indeed the Law of Service is one of the primary laws governing the life of the soul, and determining the character of soul. The strictly human image for Aquarius is of a person carrying a pot or pitcher of water. Out of the pot water flows to nurture life. It is the image of a gardener watering plants. Sometimes the water pot is carried in the arms - sometimes it is held up on a shoulder. Either way the gardener, the person, has to work hard to hold the pot because water is heavy. When the pot is full it's a struggle - and in the Aquarian image the pot is always full - it never empties. This tells us that we are called to work at service - it is not easy to serve - indeed when it is not natural, service can be experienced as something of a burden. After all much of our collective memory of spirituality, growth and development is centred on sacrifice, pain, giving up and repression. Spirituality is 'hard work' - and so too service can be seen as a higher path that goes against our nature.
Yet the image for the Law of Service - the Soul's own image for Aquarius, is subtly different. The water carrier now carries the pot, perfectly balanced, on the head. This is an image of poise, equilibrium and ease. Service has become natural. The water flows without any contrivance or effort. This is an image of right tension. Alice Bailey writes:
The jar of water, posed upon the shoulders, is a sign of the burden of service. It is not easy to serve. Man is today only beginning to learn how to serve. The jar of water upon the head of the man, who has been upon the cross of sacrifice for so long a time that the position has become to him perfectly natural, indicates that the cross, which has upheld him for so long, has now disappeared. The man with the water jar upon his head indicates to us poise, equilibrium and balance. [EP II, p. 120]
I think when we look with the light of Aquarius upon the mental field of humanity at this time we see that both these dynamics of service are full of life and vitality. There are those millions of individuals whose life is about learning to serve, and grappling with the urge to serve and be of use - and then there are those who exemplify the Law of Service, who serve with an ease and a transparent freedom from personal agenda and from their own needs. As the years and generations unfold cultures and civilizations will increasingly revolve around these new exponents of service. The poise and ease will be what allows joy and beauty to flow - even in times of hardship.
Service is one of the keynotes of Aquarius; Alice Bailey describes another in these words:
Superficial and selfish activity which changes into a deep and active intention to be active on behalf of the Hierarchy. [Esoteric Astrology, 135]
This is a sign of action - of doing. Aquarius can generate a great deal of busyness! The development path proceeds from superficial activity, a busy outer life of social engagements or projects that are of little significance, towards a life of action that is motivated by a rich inner alignment with the evolutionary currents of life. As the energy matures it may become less busy - or it may still appear to outsiders to be busy and constantly active - yet there will be this growing concentration on projects that are clearly helpful, and there will be this inner poise so that while the activity is outer the focus of the consciousness is detached and 'above the fray'.
The third keynote given by Alice Bailey is:
Self-conscious living which changes finally into a sensitive humanitarian awareness. [Esoteric Astrology, p. 135]
'Self-conscious living' suggests an assuredness, a fixed notion about one's life with little questioning or doubt - an immersion in life, in incarnation. As this centeredness in the personality matures it opens out to become aware of the whole - the whole community, the whole system, the whole environment. The spiritually mature Aquarian senses whole patterns and lives within this sensitivity - in other words finds personal meaning and purpose in enriching and enhancing the good of the whole.
A fourth important keynote needs to be added: this is group consciousness. Aquarius is the sign of the group. Development grows from loyalty to the social group or the work group or the family group (in other words the immediate group of friends and acquaintances) into a deep sense of identity with one's fellow servers. In the Aquarian group, self-consciousness harmonizes with group-consciousness so that the two are mutually nourishing - the individual finds fulfillment in contributing to the group purposes and Work - the group 'note' and 'sound' inspires the individual. The Aquarian group sense is to do with the mental field of the group - where participants preserve a non-critical attitude, drawn by the particular contribution the group is making to the world Work. The focus of the group identity is upon this work - and through this focus impersonal love grows.
In this first decade of a new millennium, as we exercise our eye of vision, looking out upon human development in the light of Aquarius, it is possible to see a vitality and richness in the maturing of these four Aquarian keynotes. The waters of life are indeed pouring forth for the thirsty. The Law of Service is becoming a central dynamic in the service network - with exemplars and models at every level of leadership - on the world stage as well as in local communities we see evidence of individuals and groups being shaped by this Law. It is equally clear that a strong intention to be active in service of humanity and the Plan is emerging amongst community groups and nations. A sensitive humanitarian awareness is growing decade by decade and the notion of group is deepening in all areas of life.
The evidence suggests that Aquarius is rising.