The symbol for Pisces is of two fishes, bound together by a connecting band. This tells us that the energies we are working with during the current full moon cycle concern the dualism of human existence. Personality and soul, spirit and body - two apparently competing and contradictory elements of what it is to be a human being.
The magic of Pisces comes through this holding of the two points together in relationship. The duality cannot be escaped. It is to be experienced and lived through and is fundamental to the evolution of consciousness. For a time the two fishes swim together without any sense of dualism - this is the stage of bondage where one of the two aspects of being is held prisoner.
In the involutionary stage of the Great Work the Soul is held prisoner by the personality - the Christ within is submissive, withdrawn and silent - without any focus or definition in the awareness of the person and experienced only in vague sensings and psychic impressions.
At the end of the Great Work - when experience has led to an awakening of mind and a self-directed choice to identify with Soul - it becomes the turn of the personality to submit to an imprisonment by the Christ consciousness. This is very different from what in psychological terms is spoken of as repression. It is rather a result of dispassion and detachment from the personal identity. The Grand Illusion of human existence has been seen through and there is a choice to live as the Observer, identified with the perspective of the Soul and using body, emotions and concrete mind as vehicles of service - liberators of the prisoners of the planet.
Repression is a response by the personality to what is experienced as the oppressive nature of duality. The vision of the soul has become a part of experience. And the response to this vision is to try to eliminate aspects of personality by force, creating artificial blocks that feed a fear of those parts of ourselves that we do not understand and that are outside of our idealistic notion of who we are. The Piscean saviour image is of work to bring the personal psyche into rapport with the soul using education, guidance, love and understanding as the driving principles of discipline and will.
Words are so interesting. When, from the perspective of our individual, incarnated personal self we say the words: 'Let the Soul control the outer form, and life and all events' the word control can seem to suggest a repression of the personal and it can be understood to imply a disrespect for the incarnated self. Yet from the perspective of the long path of Pisces, 'soul control' suggests an incarnated self that has brought the light and love of the soul into all the places of the personal. It is through the path of developing the mind to become a centre of detachment and dispassion - where the Self becomes the observer - that this redemptive work of the soul is carried forward. Soul control is another way of speaking of a fusion of soul and personality.
Let's pause here as we work with mind now - to link with fellow meditators around the world and to take our stand in alignment with the community of Great Beings on the inner side of life; with the Buddhas and the Christ. Under the guidance of these Great One's humanity is moving forward on the Path and as a great field of consciousness the human family as a whole is in process of stepping onto the discipleship path.
Let pain bring due reward of light and love.
Let the soul control the outer form,
And life, and all events,
And bring to light the Love
That underlies the happenings of the time.
The core of our work during these full moon festivals is to be part of a group mind, observing humanity's long process of becoming World Disciple, and supporting this process. The full moon rhythm is an incredible thing to ponder. Every month without fail, for tens of thousands, millions of years, the earth stands for a moment quite naked before the full fiery light of the sun. The moon, which is our protector from the over-stimulation of this light, moves, for a moment, out of the way. And in our little, miniscule, apparently insignificant lives, there is something which draws us to the drama and the poetry of this planetary ritual. The beauty of the full moon means that every month literally millions of people are inspired by thoughts of love and romance. In the religious world the full moon plays a significant role in the calendar of festivals observed by most of the major faiths. For the esoterically minded the outer beauty of the full moon signifies an inner event, and an opportunity to play a not insignificant part, in a great cosmic drama. For many of us the full moon rhythm has become a part of the poetry of our inner lives - it has become real in a way that the outer world is not real - real in the way that beauty is real, or that a profoundly significant dream is real.
From the Alice Bailey perspective this reality of the full moon rhythm might be thought of as our tuning in to the meaningful, purposeful aspect of sunlight. The bathing of the planet in the full power of the sun's rays becomes the bathing of consciousness, of mind and heart in the radiance of the Divine - and that stirs our deepest sense of the redemptive purposes of Life, it awakens our intuitive sense that we are participants in a cosmic evolutionary drama. And it helps us to see that beyond our small lives there is a collective exercise occurring in human consciousness which is all about the substance of mind and heart breaking through prisons of illusion, desire, idealism and belief.
Two of the most interesting images in Alice Bailey's description of the Pisces energy flow are of medium and mediator. In the early stages of the Piscean path, when soul is held captive by personality, consciousness tends to be mediumistic. When the mind is quiescent and sleeping soul has no structure or substance through which to express itself with any definition. There might be feelings or sensings of a Presence, but there is no means of approaching this Presence. Impressionable and receptive we may be but we have no way of assessing our sensibilities - is it desire and elemental feeling that flows through us, or is it something higher? Psychic sensitivity is the major problem and difficulty presented by Pisces - giving the opportunity to develop mind to discriminate and manage psychic impressions so that they may be a resource for development of insight and intuition - enhancing our ability to dissipate illusion, see life as it truly is and as a result cooperate with the purposes of Divinity.
On the higher turn of the spiral the medium becomes the mediator. And this, it seems to me, provides a useful way of understanding where humanity is headed now in its progress onto the discipleship path. The medium receives impression without any way of discriminating or controlling where that impression comes from - and without any way of interpreting or understanding the impression. The mediator is a creative, conscious worker - mediating between different states or levels of consciousness. To mediate is to be sensitive to different perspectives and to act to bring those different viewpoints into a useful relationship. Mirriam Webster's Dictionary defines the adjective mediate as occupying a middle position and the verb as acting through an intervening agency or exhibiting indirect causation, connection, or relation. Dictionary.com gives three definitions of the verb mediate:
- to settle (disputes, strikes, etc.) as an intermediary between parties; reconcile
- to bring about (an agreement, accord, truce, peace, etc.) as an intermediary between parties by compromise, reconciliation, removal of misunderstanding, etc.
- to effect (a result) or convey (a message, gift, etc.) by or as if by an intermediary.
Wouldn't you agree that this process of meditation is incredibly active in human affairs at this time - more active than at any other time in history? As one symbol of this, 2009 has been declared by the United Nations, to be International Year of Reconciliation - in other words a year of mediation to foster reconciliation. More so than at any other time societies are mediating between principles of universal law (human rights, cooperation for the common good) and the realities of communities - seeking to lift the level of relationships to bring them more into harmony with universal law. This is what we see as the dynamics, for example, in national and international programmes to reduce violence against women.
At a wider level the Pisces energy holds before humanity the potential to act as a species as mediator - as intermediary between higher realms of being and the animal, plant and mineral kingdoms. The climate change negotiations can be understood in this light - where humanity is learning (under pressure from the scientific computer models suggesting drastic global warming) to regulate its affairs in such a way as to protect and enhance the lives of the other kingdoms of nature. We see this in many of the agendas at the United Nations: biodiversity, the Green New Deal, the sustainability section of the Millennium Development Goals. All of these negotiations in world affairs are signs that the human family is in process of learning to fulfill its role as mediator or intermediary - acquiring wisdom by learning to reconcile conflicting needs of different groups.
In a message received by Alice Bailey between 1939 and 1942, DK notes that the higher aspect of the energy of Pisces… is pushing through and producing effects upon those in the human family who not only respond to the Leo force and are consequently individuals in their own consciousness but are responding also to the steadily expanding Christ consciousness… He says of this higher Piscean energy that it is awareness of the group, of the whole and of the universe. It is the energy of buddhi, the higher aspect of the lower psychic nature; it is the aspect of the mediator in contra-distinction to the medium. [Esoteric Astrology, p. 471]
When we ponder the Piscean energy during this full moon period - let us reflect on the myriad ways in which human consciousness is acquiring the skills of the mediator. As we do this we can know that we are holding this stirring evolutionary development in the light of a far greater Wisdom and Purpose. As we as a species grow through the practice of mediation so are we learning to act cooperatively as saviors for the planet … and so are we creating an environment conducive to the emergence of a World Savior.