My first encounter with the Principles of Metaphysics was in the Seth books by Jane Roberts. This was far too many years ago to admit to honestly. I was fascinated by Seth’s revelations but his information was very far removed from my mind-set back then. I can remember being able to read about 2 pages at a time before my brain felt like it was splitting apart.
But I plodded on, subliminally absorbing Seth’s mysterious take on Reality. Then I re-read those early paperbacks at intervals until the covers more or less fell apart. Bit by bit, drip feed by drip feed, I had begun the process of opening my mind to the possibility that, somehow or other, I might be responsible for creating my physical reality.
The Mystery of Metaphysics
Those Metaphysical Mysteries were still very much in the ‘somehow or other department’ of my mind though. Then, few years later, a flurry of those ‘mind of matter’ and ‘get rich quick’ blockbusters arrived on the scene. Instinctively, I wasn’t buying it.
The simplicity of these books felt superficial and it just didn’t fit with my experience of Life: it was all too easy, too glib and it felt phoney. I was smelling rats so I didn’t waste any money. I could sense that it was a con but I didn’t know why.
Listening for the Ring of Truth
Now I know that my reactions were important because I had begun to trust my feelings and my inner-tuition. This part of me can hear the Ring of Truth and can sense discrepancies in what I am being told. Somehow or other my inner-tuition had woken up and was willing to kick out at any rats who came along.
Later, my life experiences taught me in no uncertain terms that, if I was smelling a rat, then it really was a rat whatever the other person was trying to tell me. They were lying as far as I was concerned and they could keep it. I learnt the hard way that listening out for guidance from my Ring of Truth was only safe way for me to move forward.
There is Alchemy in the Four Elements of Choice
However, deep in the Cosmic Cauldron of the inner workings of my Heart I had asked a Spiritual Quest-ion. I really did want to know how it all worked. I wanted to know how it was that I could be the creator of the kind of life that I wanted to be living.
In Grail-Quest terms I had unwittingly taken Excalibur, my Sword of Truth, from the Stone of my Destiny and the Sacred Flame of Life was responding to me.
Stirring the Cosmic Cauldron
Seth’s words had quietly inspired my Grail Quest. I had embraced an Intellectual Idea (Air) and it burned slowly and steadily with my Spiritual Desire to become more aware and Know for myself (Fire). However, because we live on Planet Earth and are therefore subject to the Sacred Laws of Mother Nature, the seed of my Idea needed some kind of proper substance to grow in (Earth) and there was no get rich quick solution for me.
Purifying the Pot
The Seed of my Grail Quest-ion had to grow its Lunar roots down deep into the Watery mud of my emotional history before it could lift its flower upwards to the creative consciousness of my Sun.
I had asked a spiritual Question and this had opened my mind to something new. I had then conceived the possibility that I might be able to understand something, in this case, how it could be that I was actually creating my world. But I then I had to do my homework like everyone else.
That ‘read my book and get rich overnight’ thing was a con. In the real world, there is always some shit-shovelling to do. You have to clean all those very muddy the decks first because if you don’t then, well, you just create another contaminated mess, don’t you?
But you do need the Airy Idea of making something at the beginning even though this is only one ingredient in the cooking up of a Metaphysical Soup. In reality you need the other three Elemental energies as well. You need the idea and plan of making soup, some kind of a recipe, but you also need those other factors: a pot (Earth), heat (Fire) and Water or maybe some wine if you are feeling flush.
Then get Cooking
Then you need some healthy, maybe home-grown ingredients all created by Mother Earth to make it onto something that is satisfying enough to feed and nourish you on all levels of your Being. And all this takes some skill, effort, care and focus which are all further Elemental ‘products’ of your personality.
Maybe you did have to release some blood, sweat and tears before you could finally bring your lovely feast to the table but, boy, it can be worth it!
The Glastonbury Temple of the Stars is a huge Star Map of the Zodiac Constellations which energetically overlays the fields and villages in and around Glastonbury for several miles. First described by Katherine Maltwood in 1934, the outlines of these Star Maps are marked in the local landscape by the roads, streams, lanes and field boundaries.
Katherine was an artist by profession and she had first perceived the expanse of the Glastonbury Zodiac in a spiritual vision. She then worked out the detailed outline of each Star Map in the physical Landscape by referencing local maps and place names.
Glastonbury occupies the position of Aquarius in this Temple of Stars. Aquarius is usually linked with the image of The Water Carrier; the one who brings the Waters of Life, Light and Love to the thirsty. This symbolism conveys the idea of Celestial energies carrying cosmic frequencies of Light flowing down to Mother Earth like a waterfall.
On the personality level, these energies represent the ability to appreciate the unusual, innovative and spiritual perspectives in life and the willingness to share these unconventional insights with others. These are the ‘light- bulb’ moments which wake us up with new information and innovative solutions to life’s problems. On the spiritual level, these are the vibrations which create an enlightenment or expansion of consciousness in our minds.
Visitors come from all over the world now to enjoy Glastonbury’s High Street shops and Workshops which share spiritual products, information and expertise. The town’s Aquarius placement in larger Landscape Zodiac has been translated into its unusual, now global role as an information centre for the New Age’s spiritual revolution; a perfect physical representation of the Landscape’s Star Map influx of Celestial energies.
However, the Sign of Aquarius in the Glastonbury Zodiac is not symbolised by the traditional image of the Water Carrier. Instead it is a Phoenix. Why is this so? In the multidimensional language of images, Katherine Maltwood’s switch in symbolism from the usual Water Carrier to innovative Phoenix in the Glastonbury Zodiac becomes wonderfully insightful. The Phoenix is an ancient symbol associated with inner Alchemy and the kinds of changes in consciousness which can result in a profound spiritual transformation. These are the awakenings of consciousness which come from a deeper level, the kind of epiphanies that can change our lives in a profound way.
Avalon was and is a Sacred Site, a powerful Landscape Temple steeped in the mysteries of the Alchemical Phoenix, the bird-like aspect of our Spiritual Being who willingly casts herself into the purifying fires of transformation so that we may rise again, reborn and refreshed from the ashes of the past. This Alchemical layer of multidimensional spirituality is firmly anchored in the Sacred Landscape itself and there are hints of its spiritual potential in the Landscape’s history and the Grail Legends which encode its Mystery.
To be continued…..
The Planet Mars has recently moved into the Sign of Scorpio, the Alchemist of the Zodiac. The energy of the Spiritual Warrior is out adventuring in search of the mysterious, the occult and what is lying hidden. Take a deep breathe everyone because all those secrets that have been lurking at the edge of the collective awareness for a long time will start to leak soon and some will be very angry when they realise what has really been going on.
Some popular paperback Astrology books suggest that people are secretly fascinated by Scorpio’s mysterious aura of powerful magnetism. However, being born underneath this Sign myself, that has not been my experience. Mostly that ‘powerful magnetism’ seems to have provoked the sort of reaction that most sane people would have when encountering a real life scorpion i.e. panic followed by as swift an exit as possible!
I have always been an optimistic sort of person with the tendency to look at the brighter side of life so being born in November and attracting other people’s horror seemed to be a curse for a very long time. Why was everyone running away – what was I doing wrong? It was me that was mystified!
And then, a few years ago, I encountered a real life scorpion inside its pet shop ‘cage’. I had been enjoying the neon flashes of colour in the tropical fish department until I sensed another presence, a something else somewhere in another tank nearby. I went looking of course because I’m a Scorpio and that also means being psychic and loving a mystery.
That something else was a real-life scorpion, minding its own business and sitting very quietly under a rock. Just the edges of its pinchers were showing but I could feel the power of the creature nevertheless.
He or she held a concentrated and quiet stillness which also embodied an energy which was very pure and very powerful. I was fascinated and enthralled as I sensed an echo arising in a deep, inner, forgotten part of my Self. I realised that I also had the ability to sit quietly and mind my own business, to carefully digest the fall-out from my experiences and discover the inner Alchemy of learning from them. Then I could wait patiently for something new and more nourishing to come along.
With this encounter with my real-life role-model, I realised that being a Scorpio could be a blessing. I began to understand the role of holding still, of seeking and trusting the inner mystery, the Alchemy of real spiritual transformation. I also realised that if another person threw their emotional rubbish at me, I loved myself enough to say no, I don’t need to accept that. And, if someone attacked me, that I had the right and power to defend myself.
A Shaman Scorpion also realises that there is no need to kick up a fuss when someone else’s shit hits the fan. OK, you sometimes have to define your boundaries if they are drunk and are bruising for a fight but usually the threat of retaliation is enough. Just focus your look with a glare of ‘don’t you dare attack ME’ or, if that is not enough, wave one of your claws around a bit with the energy of ‘I mean it’.
Then the other person will soon run for cover. You can help them if you want to and they are taking full responsibility for what they have created but you don’t have to take on their rubbish in the process!