The Secret of the Hidden Glory
By Trevor Leese
Keynote: "Lost am I in light supernal, yet on that light I turn my back
Capricorn represents the tenth Labour of Hercules, the symbol of the tenth of those twelve tests that each of us must take if we are to follow the stages of the development of human consciousness in line with the Plan of the Logos (the Plan of God). This will allow each of us to fully manifest the divine potential that lies dormant within us. This is the fire of the soul that we have carried deeply hidden and inaccessible to our consciousness throughout the ages. It remains inaccessible until the human personality reaches a sufficient point of integration and alignment with the soul. When we can fully and truly identify with and become one with the soul and with its purpose we can at last be freed from the prison of the form and those many rounds of incarnation. As the soul begins to express the fire of love through the personality, its intended vehicle and as we are able to become one with its intention we shall then clearly identify with all others and with their immeasurable suffering. The labour of Capricorn, when successfully fulfilled, prepares those resources in each one to enable us to manage this task.
The labours in each of the signs up until Capricorn were concerns with the struggle to liberate ourselves, at this labour we become free from the human personality confinement and for this and the next two labours we shall be concerned with aiding the liberation of others. You may remember the story of the myth of this tenth Labour of Hercules? It was there that he takes the labyrinthine path into the underworld of Hades to rescue Prometheus. The path was guarded and blocked to him by the monstrous dog Cerberus. This had three heads; each coiled with serpents and also had a serpent for its tail. If Hercules could subdue the dog then he could find and hopefully release Prometheus who was chained to a rock and in great agony with his life-blood pouring from his side and being consumed by great black birds. Hades or Hell, as you know, represents the place of all human suffering. Here in this place Hercules needed to be the man thinking like the soul (a son of God) yet facing a monster of his and all Mankind's own creation, the three heads of this beast symbolise sensation, desire and good intention in the self centred and uncoordinated personality (these represent all desire that is never satisfied and all the good intentions that are not thoroughly thought through and are therefore never successfully completed).
As Hercules fought Cerberus he realised that it was important for him to deal with the central head, the head of desire first, because it is the insatiable hunger for possessions or the satisfaction of the desire for happiness that drives us so self-centredly and at times viciously through the many facets of the world of our pleasure seeking. At the very least we all use these sensations to keep the mind occupied. Many keep the mind constantly and indiscriminately flooded with music, or some other form of distraction because we are unable to manage the mind or the emotions for any length of time in silence. In dealing with this central head first Hercules was able to quell and then transform the desire for sensation and the lack of right intention into the aspiration to care for the things of the soul, the consciousness of the true self. Thus he was able to proceed to set Prometheus free and to stem the flow of blood from his wound. Prometheus not only lay as the symbol of a man like so many who are tormented by the struggle between the two sides of their dual nature, as Hercules has been here in Capricorn but as a reflection of Hercules' own personality chained to the material world with the blood of the abundant life trickling away or being scavenged by the black birds of desire who fly away when their hunger has been quenched. Here lies wasting all that unfulfilled desire of the dual personality, of this we are familiar, yet it can be redeemed through ones own focussed thought and the turning away from oneself as the centre of the world and towards selfless love. The serpent tail of the Cerberus typifies all the illusions that impede the life of the spirit in each one of us. Materiality ties the thought life of humanity down, so that the psychic nature can cause our destruction through our fear of failure, this fear breeds the inertia that leads to our inactivity. These are the failings of so many of those of us who aspire to serve.
Upon nearing the completion of this test of Capricorn Hercules realises all these failings in himself, he recognises that the desire for sensation, the accumulation of material things and lack of good intention, those ties to the material world, only allow him to go around and around on a short chain in unsatisfactory, self-centred circles and that much of the life energy he has been able to use is consumed time and again but to no end. He realises that the only way forward is to free himself from those shackles but in the full recognition of the extent of these endless rounds leading to misery, he must at first experiences a deep desolation, this is that descent into Hades of which the myth and the labour speaks.
This man in Capricorn (remember that this is the sign of the goat) now seeks to sustain himself upon this the rockiest part of the mountain that all aspirants at some time must choose to climb. As the goat he has been the earthly, human, greedy seeker after the satisfaction of desire and as the man an equally selfish aspirant hunting for the satisfaction of his aspiration. That shortest route over the rocks also relates him closely to the mineral kingdom and thus we realise in the test of this labour just how closely we have been bound to the material world. The crystallisation of expression through the human form has here reached such a high degree of density or hardness in this final stage for the man in Capricorn that it can now be easily shattered and destroyed by the “blows of fate” or the inevitable law of karma. So first he must prepare himself for the transformation.
But Capricorn has for a very long time been also called the sign of the crocodile, the beast that lives part in and part out of the water just as the man who has reached this concluding part of the lesson of this sign is conscious of moving in and out of the watery world of the astral plane and the deceptions that self aggrandisement bring. The man at last realises that he can go no further as he is, progress has become impossible under the existing personality condition; this impasse is called esoterically a “periodic arresting”. He recognises that on the ordinary wheel of life he has been the ambitious animal seeking all that he desires but desire has never truly been fulfilling. As the wheel of life reverses he must become a blend of soul and the form with desire transfigured into pure aspiration. He must purify himself by lifting the personality nature from the indiscriminate desire of the astral nature for sensation into the control of the head. To prove this purification he must demonstrate his lack of irritability and selfishness, for purity here means a mental freedom from the limitations of matter and from selfish thoughts. Then he must be ready to experience his own hell in preparation to face the universal hell, the hell that is shared by all others lives. In order to break free from the old order of his life there has to be a descent into that valley of pain, of despair and death before a fresh attempt can be made to once more scale to the heights of the mountain.
This is a true initiation or refining process that not only frees the mind but also unites mind with heart. Thus we are tested by the fire of will, this then awakens that dormant divine potential of the soul and a clear contact with the higher mental plane and the heart of truth which then enables one to express the fire of the will to love. At the culmination of the lesson of Capricorn man as he has stood as the king of the beasts is finally defeated and the consciousness of the initiate, (the man who recognises himself as a son of God who must be about his Fathers business, the business of love and unity) must emerge. With eye and heart pierced by the long horn of the unicorn, radiant with that fire of the will to love, self-consciousness and selfishness can at last be defeated and this one-pointedness of the new man bring selflessness and illumination. That sense of duality represented by the two horns of the Bull in Taurus which once protected the “eye of light” in the middle of its forehead is now gone, “the single eye” spoken of in the Christian Bible is now revealed and the soul is now free from its long bondage. At this point of unification with the soul man has been described as “the unicorn of God”. Capricorn is said to guard the secret of the soul itself sometimes called the “secret of the hidden glory” which at the end of the labour must be revealed. At the conclusion of the Labour of Capricorn a man can see the light because he now has that eye of light but now he chooses to turn back into the world in order to serve his fellow men. When this revelation happens for a sufficient number of us it will lead to the triumph of group and a true world consciousness.
All the signs are there to suggest that this move towards a world consciousness is taking place today, many aspirants and world disciples have reached the point of this unfoldment of consciousness, of one-pointedness, have reached that point where the higher initiatory processes can take place. Very many people are striving towards the manifestation of the idea of a truly united and interdependent world order. The great conflict is now on between those of humanity who are under the control of the Lords of Materiality and those who choose to be on the side of the Human Hierarchy of souls who work under the control of the Forces of Light and Love. Everywhere in the world, at one level or another, the war is on for the attention of men's minds. There is a struggle between those who work for the protection of their own economic well-being or narrow spiritual vision that cannot include all the family of man no matter what their economic or spiritual status may be and those who recognise the need for a world-wide integrated economic system and spiritual vision that will bring equality of opportunity for all the nations and their peoples. The struggle continues between those who believe in a truly United Nations and those who think that the power to control the world politically and economically should be in the hands of the strongest nations, they still believe that might is right. There is a great fear in minority groups and small nations that their political, economic and religious freedoms will be curtailed by those nations with the most power. The solutions will require great sacrifice and difficulty for some, great understanding will be needed but this will bring a new freedom for many millions of people who are still today enslaved by economic hardship and lack the luxury of the freedom to think seriously beyond their own daily struggle for survival. But the extra planetary influences of light (the light of the mind of God) are touching all of us in some way or other and all of us without exception are involved in this battle that is now waging between an old oppressive world and a new world that will bring great physical and spiritual freedom, peace and harmony for all.