The Aquarius-Leo Age - 4
As we now approach the Phase Two of the great cycle, the ideal should become reality, the transcendental divine must become incorporated into the planetary human; and the entire earth — the one home of mankind — is to demonstrate in actual reality the universal order of the sky. How can this be accomplished? By the release (or "downflow") of new spiritual-cosmic energies which, as they pervade and impregnate the earth's biosphere will trans-substantiate the materials of nature and of the human psyche, and as well precipitate as matter of a new type. If matter can be transformed by the Virgo-oriented minds of human scientists into tremendous releases of energy, so can new types of energy become apprehended as matter — but not necessarily matter of a type which our present-day senses are able to perceive directly — once this energy acquires a steady whirling rhythm.
In the astrological symbol of Aquarius, Man carries on his shoulders an urn from which "living waters" flow. These waters are contained within a formed structure, viz. an urn. What the modern seeker after mystical awareness often, forgets is that power which is not contained within a form — i.e. some kind of "engine" — is ineffectual, and usually "wild" (i. e. untamed) in its explosiveness. This problem of "form" is indeed a dominant one today. A number of far-seeing scientist-philosophers realize this. The Gestalt School of philosophy approached the problem. Lancelot L. Whyte in his splendid book Accent on Form (1954) formulated it convincingly. I have tried for forty years to present it in terms of music and art, and later astrology — for true astrology is the study of structures in time and space (i. e. of cycles and configurations).
The second phase in any kind of twelvefold zodiacal or House process has in astrology the character of being "fixed." There are three essential types of release of power: straightforward, circular (as in a whirlpool) and spirallic (a combination of the preceding two). These three types are given the names, respectively, of cardinal, fixed and mutable. In the "natural" seasonal zodiacal cycle, the first sign is Aries; it is cardinal, impulsive — a release of germinal, originating power emerging with the compulsive drive associated with all evolutionary mutations, all "transpersonal" creative acts. But when we deal with the cycle of precession of the equinoxes, the process operates in an inverse direction, because the motion of the Equinoctial axis is retrograde. Moreover, the frame of reference for the measurement of this equinoctial movement is constellations found along the ecliptic (i.e. the yearly path of the Sun in apparent motion in the sky), and not signs of the zodiac.
What I have been saying, I repeat, is that the retrograde motion of the vernal equinox through the constellation, Pisces, constitutes Phase One of the 26,000-year long precessional cycle. As the vernal equinox reaches the constellation Aquarius, Phase Two of the cycle begins — the Aquarius-Leo Age. The type of energy release during that Age is "fixed"; it forms vortices; and it is this type of energy which can in-substantiate itself as the primordial units of a new type of material existence. It may not be possible, however, for our senses as normally constituted today, to perceive this new type of matter; yet there are undoubtedly many people who at this time are born with supernormal powers of perception. We call them, rather indiscriminately, clairvoyants — indiscriminately, because what is widely known today as clairvoyance can mean a great many things, most of which do not refer to what I am discussing now, and because these "clairvoyants" are usually not reliable.
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