Presentation on theme: "Aries Full Moon and Easter Festival. All is Energy! For those of you who are not familiar with esoteric philosophy – or do not know it well – I will remind."— Presentation transcript:
All is Energy! For those of you who are not familiar with esoteric philosophy – or do not know it well – I will remind you that all is energy. Thus you should simply relax and try to feel the energy rather then concern yourself with understanding everything. During the lecture you can ask questions or make comments. After the meditation you may also ask questions.
Aries Presentation The Sign of Aries The Labour of Hercules in Aries Easter Festival The Aries Full Moon Chart - Short Break - Meditation
Sometimes Aries and Libra are called equinox signs, and Cancer and Capricorn are called solstice signs. Equinoxes are times of perfect balance between day and night (day and night are 12 hours long). The solstice times are the times of the longest day (Cancer) and the longest night (Capricorn). The word “cardinal” comes from the French “cardo” meaning a hinge, that on which something turns. It is the most important part. In Astrology, the cardinal signs are the first, fourth, seventh and tenth (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn). These signs are characterized by enterprise, or starting things. Cardinal The cardinal directions are the north, south, east and west. They are the times when the seasons change. Aries for Spring; Cancer for Summer; Libra for Autumn; and Capricorn for Winter. They therefore are times for a new beginning. Aries and Libra are times of balance, but also times of abrupt change. Cancer and Capricorn are times of extremes.
What do we know about the Cardinal mode? Associated with starting things, initiating things or being “enterprising”. They are forceful and aggressive and have the will to accomplish something, often something new. They project into the world. They are creative in the sense that they cause things and start things. Aries people will do this energetically and urgently (or impatiently). They cannot wait to do what they have in mind to do and that which is motivated by their enthusiasm.
What do we know about Fire? Raise Sun and Stars Fire cannot truly be confined Associated with spirit Raw energy
What about Fire people? High Spirits Honesty Enthusiasm Why they must do what they must do! vitalizing energy Openness Freedom Consumed
What else about Fire people? assertive energies can stimulate others but they can also overpower and exhaust them they are generous but egoistic the most daring and capable inspiring natural leaders that they fail to notice the powers and abilities of others They are always “on stage”
So what happens when we put the mode of cardinal together with the element of fire?
We get Aries! Aries is the 1st sign of the zodiac. Aries is the 1st sign of the zodiac. As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries represents the first stage in the evolution of man and his place in the universe. The raw energy of life itself, which is the first step in being part of the universe, is evident in the character and make- up of Aries people. As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries represents the first stage in the evolution of man and his place in the universe. The raw energy of life itself, which is the first step in being part of the universe, is evident in the character and make- up of Aries people. It is the karmic responsibility of the Aries-born to accept the idea that they are not the center of the universe but part of the larger social order of all men. It is the karmic responsibility of the Aries-born to accept the idea that they are not the center of the universe but part of the larger social order of all men.
Aries people are doers! They set out to accomplish things and are determined to succeed one way or another. The astrological symbol for Aries is the Ram and, considering the sheer force of energy and enthusiasm by which they accomplish their goals, it is not off the mark to suggest that they “ram” their way to success. They must, however, learn the difference between being confidently aggressive—a responsible “take-charge person” on whom others rely to get things moving—and being rudely aggressive—a “know-it- all” who is insensitive to the feelings as well as the wisdom of others.
Aries individuals react in a physical way to everything they experience in life. That is, before they assess the practicality or worth of what they are doing, before they sort out their true emotions, and, before they take time to reason things out intellectually, their tendency is to shoot first and ask questions later. Their passionate nature is inspiring and flattering to others, but unless impatience and rash behavior are curbed, their unbridled enthusiasm backfires when they lose interest just as quickly as they gained it. Theirs is the astrological sign of the soldier but in their haste, they forget the practicality of being adequately armed before rushing headlong into physical or verbal combat. They quickly forget frustration and anger. Since theirs is essentially a generous nature, their selfishness is usually a result of carelessness rather than intentional unkindness.
Aries’ Astrological Symbol Aries is symbolized by the ram. The ram has come to represent male fertility, aggression, and courage. A ram’s horn is part of a cornucopia, the “horn of plenty”, symbolizing abundance. In history, rams were often symbols of leadership. Aries natives are said to be leaders and pioneers.
Aries’ Astrological Glyph The glyph for Aries is a straightforward one -- it depicts the ram's horns. The glyph for Aries is a straightforward one -- it depicts the ram's horns.
The Aries Myth There are two myths which epitomize Aries, one an ancient one from Greece, the other, a medieval myth which is still beloved in our own day and continues to give rise to films, television series, and novels. We’ll deal with the second one first.
Robin Hood - the outlaw of Sherwood Forest Consider first the fact that he’s an outlaw. Robin Hood is a perfect Aries character. In one way or another, Aries tends to take this stance, for he stands for change and progress. So he often comes to blows with established authority in one way or another— sometimes literally, sometimes simply as the exponent of a new set of ideas or a new method of propagating an idea. In one way or another, Aries tends to take this stance, for he stands for change and progress. So he often comes to blows with established authority in one way or another— sometimes literally, sometimes simply as the exponent of a new set of ideas or a new method of propagating an idea.
Consider also that Robin Hood has a band of Merry Men. He’s not a dark, sinister outlaw skulking about in narrow alleyways; he has a damned good time of it. This too is an Arien quality; for Aries, being a fire sign, is determined to enjoy himself.
There is another nasty, vicious figure in the shape of the eternal archetype, the Sheriff of Nottingham, representing authority empty of meaning, a law empty of mercy, class structure empty of rights. Here is a Good King - Richard Coeur de Lion - who is away fighting a Crusade for the recapture of the Holy City from the Infidel. There is a nasty, vicious younger brother - King John - who has usurped Richard's rightful throne. There are the oppressed poor, and the overweaning and arrogant rich. The whole background in which the Robin Hood myth is embedded is also very Arien.
You can see why this whole myth is so Arien. Even the lovely maiden Marian fits into the Arien dream; she always has to be rescued. Many Aries play Robin Hood in one way or another in their lives, shamelessly robbing from the oppressive enemy to succour the underdog. And, of course, at the end of the story, Good King Richard returns.
Jason and the Argonauts - the capture of the golden fleece.
Yes, of course it would be a golden fleece, for the ram is Aries’ symbol. Yes, of course it would be a golden fleece, for the ram is Aries’ symbol. You can take it, if you like, as a symbol of the ultimate goal of Aries—whether it’s the realization of his own individuality, or the achievement of his quest, or the rescue of the damsel, or whatever. Never mind. Jason, like a true Aries, hears about this fantastic fleece and is delighted to find that it’s impossible to find. That only encourages him. You can take it, if you like, as a symbol of the ultimate goal of Aries—whether it’s the realization of his own individuality, or the achievement of his quest, or the rescue of the damsel, or whatever. Never mind. Jason, like a true Aries, hears about this fantastic fleece and is delighted to find that it’s impossible to find. That only encourages him.
In order for Jason to capture the golden fleece, he must enlist the aid of a sorceress-princess, Medea. Now Medea, daughter of the King of Colchis, falls wildly in love with Jason. He’s so bold, so heroic, so brave, so courageous, so noble. She is even willing to sacrifice the life of her brother to help him, so deeply in love is she. Everything goes well enough until they return.
Medea is not the woman to put up with this sort of treatment. She was probably a Scorpio. Instead of retiring gracefully to make way for the new favorite, she slaughters her two children by Jason, poisons the young bride with a cloak that has been steeped in some dreadful witch’s brew, and escapes in her chariot drawn by winged dragons. She was probably a Scorpio. Instead of retiring gracefully to make way for the new favorite, she slaughters her two children by Jason, poisons the young bride with a cloak that has been steeped in some dreadful witch’s brew, and escapes in her chariot drawn by winged dragons.
Jason’s luck goes downhill from there. In a sense, you can say that he underrates or overlooks the power and value of the feminine. And many Ariens do; to them, the world is populated by heroes and noble deeds, but Aries can often overlook the power of gentleness, patience, sympathy, compromise, adjustment. Aries women too, do this: remember that Joan of Arc insisted on wearing men’s clothes. So our Jason comes to a bad end— not because he failed to capture the golden fleece, but because he wouldn’t take into account anything except his own wishes, his own vision, his own values. And incurred some pretty nasty vengeance as a result. In a sense, you can say that he underrates or overlooks the power and value of the feminine. And many Ariens do; to them, the world is populated by heroes and noble deeds, but Aries can often overlook the power of gentleness, patience, sympathy, compromise, adjustment. Aries women too, do this: remember that Joan of Arc insisted on wearing men’s clothes. So our Jason comes to a bad end— not because he failed to capture the golden fleece, but because he wouldn’t take into account anything except his own wishes, his own vision, his own values. And incurred some pretty nasty vengeance as a result.
How do these myths relate to Aries? Both of these myths touch on the deeper needs and motivations in Aries’ nature. There is a need to have a goal—without the goal, like for Aries is meaningless. It can be a long-term or a short-term goal, but there must be a goal. There is a need for a quest—either some journey that takes one into danger but ends with a coveted but almost impossible prize, or some battle which runs many risks but defends the ideals and the visions that have given it birth. Aries is a sign of new ideas and a sign of change—and the need to promote change, to look to the future, to conquer the enemy is embedded deep in the sign.
We can, if we like, look at the twelve signs of the zodiac as a cycle, beginning with Aries and ending with Pisces, describing the round of life and the cold and barren winter. All of nature heralds the spring with a burst of life and color, sometimes precipitate, sometimes rash, sometimes premature, but a reminder that everything has a new birth, that no matter how dark or limiting or depressing the winter, it always ends with the spring. The whole world responds to the new hope and new life of the spring. We can, if we like, look at the twelve signs of the zodiac as a cycle, beginning with Aries and ending with Pisces, describing the round of life and the cold and barren winter. All of nature heralds the spring with a burst of life and color, sometimes precipitate, sometimes rash, sometimes premature, but a reminder that everything has a new birth, that no matter how dark or limiting or depressing the winter, it always ends with the spring. The whole world responds to the new hope and new life of the spring.
For Aries, it’s a constant spring, a constant challenge to end the grip of winter, a constant effort to bring new life up through the frozen ground. However impatient or irascible and clumsy he may be, the Knight in Shining Armor makes it possible for life to progress and change and grow in a way, he must be a little crude or forceful or insensitive to do it; and perhaps in a more sober age, where we have forgotten knights and chivalry and courtly love, where we have learned to compromise too much, the voice of Aries is worth a little closer listening.
We’ll now mention some of the challenges to Aries. Remember though we are talking about the energy of Aries and there are many types of energy.
Who are some Aries? J. S. Bach J. S. Bach Pat Robertson Pat Robertson Howard Cosell Howard Cosell Gloria Steinem Gloria Steinem Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin Sandra Day O’Connor Sandra Day O’Connor Alan Arkin, Eugene McCarthy, Vincent Van Gogh, Warren Beatty, Herb Alpert, Buddy Epsen, Doris Day, Wayne Newton, Colin Powell, Harry Houdini, Ram Dass, Elizabeth C. Prophet, Betty Ford, Hugh Hefner, Harry Reasoner, Tiny Tim, Charles Chaplin, Clarence Darrow, Jane Mansfield, Henry Mancini. etc. Alan Arkin, Eugene McCarthy, Vincent Van Gogh, Warren Beatty, Herb Alpert, Buddy Epsen, Doris Day, Wayne Newton, Colin Powell, Harry Houdini, Ram Dass, Elizabeth C. Prophet, Betty Ford, Hugh Hefner, Harry Reasoner, Tiny Tim, Charles Chaplin, Clarence Darrow, Jane Mansfield, Henry Mancini. etc.
The Exoteric Ruler of Aries is Mars Mars rules and controls the physical vehicle. It embodies sixth ray force which leads to idealism, destructive fanaticism, struggle, strife, war, effort and evolution. Through these fiery processes, brought forward by the influence of its exoteric planetary ruler Mars, god of war, purification occurs in Aries. The same purification comes to the disciple through the activity of the esoteric ruler, Mercury, which illumines and releases the mind, enabling the disciple to become aware of the divine Plan which underlies all experience.
The Esoteric Ruler of Aries is Mercury Through Mercury, Aries is related to the fourth ray. The fourth ray energies propel the disciple around the wheel of life as it illumines the mind and through experiences of conflict, eventually produces unity and beauty. As a Messenger of the Gods, Mercury mediates between the soul and personality, producing opposition between spirit and matter and a long battle. Victory is finally won by illuminating the lower mind, thereby dispelling illusion The influence of Mercury, stepped down to the earth by Aries and Gemini, initiates a series of beginnings in order to produce certain planned and definite effects upon our planet, influencing the kingdoms in nature and individuals. A conflict is initiated that ultimately brings to balance.
Aries - Rays 1 & 7 Rays 1 and 7 express through Aries. Being the highest and the lowest, the combination demands a point of balance upon the wheel, which is provided in Libra. Rays 6 and 4, from Mars and Mercury, bring to this balancing process the energy of the second ray, the major building ray which allows disciples to build anew and provides a spiritual body of manifestation.
The Labour in Aries For the first of his Labours, Hercules is instructed to capture wild horses in the land of Diomedes, son of the God of war. So evil and destructive have they become that they are killing all whom they encounter and devastating the land.
Hercules completes his task Hercules, confident that he can capture them, enlists the help of a friend. Together, and with careful planning, they successfully corner and tether the beasts. With delight in his own prowess, Hercules leaves his friend to finish the task of driving the horses through the final gate. Fearful and unable to control the terrifying beasts, the friend falls victim to them and is killed, the horses escaping to continue their rampages against the populace. Grief-stricken, but wiser, Hercules must repeat the task, his eventual success being purchased at the great price of his initial failure.
Interpretation of the myth The sign Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac, a sign of beginnings and cosmically speaking, the sign of creation. All beginnings start in the mind of the creator, whether it is God or the soul of man. Aries starts the path on which form is taken and dominates, and likewise, on which begins the life of inner unfoldment of subjective Being. Re- organization, re-orientation and regeneration characterize this stage. Each of these characteristics depends upon the state of mind, divine or human, with the same force impelling the journey, but with this force either being pre- occupied with form, or with it being focused on treading the path of liberation.
Interpretation of the myth Three urges characterize this sign—firstly, the urge to begin life restricted by form or, reversing the process, to begin to achieve freedom from form; secondly, the urge to create, including that of the soul when taking a body, or of a human being when engaged in constructive activity and thirdly, it is the urge to resurrection. Aries is a sign of strong impulses and often of violent fluctuations—a sign of initial failure but always of ultimate success.
Further Interpretation What do the horses symbolize? What does Hercules friend symbolize? As the new disciple beginning his work in Aries, Hercules is set the task of capturing wild horses, symbols of intellectual activity. This picture illustrates the unruly activity of the lower or concrete mind, with its harmful ideas and thoughts, contrasting strongly with the constructive and redemptive emanations from the soul or higher consciousness. Hercules has to begin to gain mental control and to learn the potency of thoughts as well as the harm they do when they are uncontrolled. Initially, he fails to realise their power and leaves them in the care of the lower self or personality, symbolised by his friend. The lesson he finally learns is that the soul, with the co- operation of the personality, is needed to guard and control the wild horses of the thought-life.
History of Easter The name Easter comes from an ancient European goddess of the dawn called Eostre by the Anglo- Saxons and Ostara by the Germanic peoples. She is also known as Eostra, Eostrae, Eostar, Eastre, Easter, Estre, Eástre, and Austra by various European peoples. Her name means “movement towards the rising sun" and is related to the Indo- European root word Aus which means "to shine".
History of Easter She was considered the goddess of the growing light and spring, associated with fertility and celebrated with a festival of rebirth. One story has her entertaining children by performing a trick that changed her pet bird into a rabbit. This rabbit then laid colored eggs that she gave to the children. An egg laying rabbit? Pagans have worshiped rabbits as sex and fertility gods, and have looked upon them as symbols of lust, sexual vigor and reproduction. Eggs also have been symbols of fertility, sex and new life, also with celebrations in the Springtime. The egg was a sacred symbol among the Babylonians. The ancient Druids (noted more for Halloween) bore an egg as the sacred emblem of their idolatrous order.
Date for Easter There is evidence that Christians originally celebrated the resurrection of Christ every Sunday, with observances such as Scripture readings, psalms, and a prohibition against kneeling in prayer. At some point in the first two centuries, however, it became customary to celebrate the resurrection specially on one day each year. Many of the religious observances of this celebration were taken from the Jewish Passover. The specific day on which the resurrection should be celebrated became a major point of contention within the church. One point of contention was whether the day should be on Jewish Passover no matter on what day that falls, or should it always fall everywhere else insisted on the latter. The eminent church fathers Irenaeus and Polycarp were among the Asiatic Christians, and they claimed the authority of St. John the Apostle for their position. Nevertheless, the church majority officially decided that Easter should always be celebrated on a Sunday.
With this issue resolved, the next problem was to determine which Sunday to celebrate the resurrection. The Christians in Syria and Mesopotamia held their festival on the Sunday after the Jewish Passover (which itself varied a great deal), but those in Alexandria and other regions held it on the first Sunday after the spring equinox, without regard to the Passover. This second issue was decided at the Council of Nicea in 325, which decreed that Easter should be celebrated by all on the same Sunday, which Sunday shall be the first following the paschal moon (and the paschal moon must not precede the spring equinox), and that a particular church should determine the date of Easter and communicate it throughout the empire (probably Alexandria, with their skill in astronomical calculations). Date for Easter
Esoteric Easter This is the festival of the risen, living Christ, when we celebrate the indomitable nature of spirit on the upward arc of its long journey into, through, and out of the tomb of matter. It is spring in the northern hemisphere, a time when nature actively embraces the living Christ principle in its push against the forces of gravity and drive towards the sunlit sky. It is also a time of levity - that psychological force of well-being that infuses us with the lifting power of hope and good humor, inspirations and aspirations, new directions and fresh ideas.
Esoteric Easter To understand the esoteric significance of Easter we need to place Easter within a broader context. Easter falls at the full moon of Aries and esoterically considered is the first of a series of twelve Solar Fire or Full Moon Festivals that constitute the energetic year. There are three major spiritual Festivals which make up the high point in the annual cycle. These are the Festival of Easter at the full moon of Aries, the Festival of Wesak at the Taurus full moon, and the festival of Goodwill at the Gemini full moon. Through the steady meditative efforts of individuals and groups around the world these subjective energies are being anchored in the consciousness of humanity. They offer an approach to the Divine, to the Greater Life, to God—call it what you will.
Esoteric Easter The three major festivals establish the “divine aspects” of: Will – Aries (Ray 1) – Festival of Easter Will – Aries (Ray 1) – Festival of Easter Love/Wisdom - Taurus (Ray 2) – Festival of Wesak Love/Wisdom - Taurus (Ray 2) – Festival of Wesak Creative Intelligence - Gemini (Ray 3) – Festival of Goodwill Creative Intelligence - Gemini (Ray 3) – Festival of Goodwill The nine lesser Festivals celebrated at the other months, build in “attributes” or divine qualities— all twelve energies are used to stimulate evolutionary growth in all the kingdoms of nature of which the Human kingdom is one.
Esotericist’s see Christ as an embodiment of the quality of Love/Wisdom who overshadowed that great identity who was Jesus. He is seen as having opened a channel in consciousness between the human sphere and the sphere of Divinity. The Bible speaks of “a great rent in the veil of the temple” referring to a rent in our ignorance, a shift in human consciousness. He showed the next evolutionary step ahead. Throughout the centuries, our minds have been directed to Jesus dying on the Cross. This is the message of Pisces, death sacrifice, suffering. We are to fix our minds on the living Christ, on life, on resurrection not on death. Livingness is the key to this Festival of Easter, livingness as a process of spiritualization as opposed to death, the process of materialization. Christ’s gift was the gift of resurrection as a great vision, penetrating into human consciousness, setting the fires of aspiration toward new values, towards victory over matter
When Christ rolled away the rock covering his tomb, he rolled away our imprisonment in the matter aspect by demonstrating the falsity of death, “leading us from death to immortality” as the saying goes. We are immortal spirits. Just as the chicken emerges from the egg, we move in and out of form-life. In many respects the moon represents the form life, the Great mother, the feminine and we are reorienting towards the Solar Life, the life of the Soul and the Life of the Spirit. We are both, but we need to know that. Just as Christ rose from the tomb so will humanity rise from the tomb of our degenerate civilization — degenerate when seen in terms of the pollution of the earth, and in the light of our negative non-sharing ideologies of greed and separativeness, our dense materialism and our limited mental conceptualizations of Life. Esoteric Easter
The Aquarian era into which we are slowly moving could be called the Age of Resurrection and the Piscean Age out of which we are coming slowly can be called the Age of Decision and we have had to decide between hated and love, between life and death, between forces of materialism and the higher forces, between matter and spirit. Christ’s message was a message of love and inclusiveness at the core, but moreover a message of “life more abundant” which is an esoteric term meaning the life lived from the perspective of the spirit or according to the Will of the Father with Father being synonymous with the Spirit aspect. Esoteric Easter
The deepest response to these energies is of course to burn with the flame of higher realization, where the vision of Inner realization ignites the Inner Spark and we awaken to New Life. So in Aries the Idea is indrawn, in Taurus it is clothed in substance, given form and rendered magnetic and in Gemini it is distributed and given out. This is the sequence of the three Festivals and whilst true at every level, it refers in the highest sense to human awareness, to conscious evolution and is planetary in its scope. Esoteric Easter
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Why are we here tonight? The time of the full moon there is a direct alignment between the energy of the sign the sun is in and the affairs of the sign the moon is in. Sun - Aries - Resurrected Life Moon – Libra - precipitates decision In our meditation this evening, let us visualize a common goal for humanity. Groups of men and women of goodwill bonding together to support right-human values. Let us use our magical powers of manifestation, and see this happen. Leaders and ordinary people alike, afire with goodwill and humanitarian vision, acting in concert for the good of mankind as a whole.
Seed Thought for Aries I come forth, and from the plane of mind I rule.