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Cancer 10. An artist making shadowboxes in which he is placing collages and various small objects. (Omega Symbol) Interacting/Inspired

(Degree Angel: SEHEIAH (say-HAY-ee-YAH) Soul Mats, Longevity, Releases body and mind from negative emotions)


You have a unique way of combining things, a way that can bring forth new ideas and possibilities. Your energy can startle others, catching them off guard and helping them to confront whatever they’ve been avoiding. You are a revealer of the strangeness of life, which helps people get beyond their neat and usual structures.

The Chandra Symbol for this degree is “A violent hail storm.” The Chandra symbol represents a release of nature, whereas the Omega Symbol represents the opposite – a collecting together of things. The hail storm is violent, the making of the shadow boxes a quiet process requiring patience. This degree is about coming to know the self through witnessing what we collect together and how we arrange it in our life, and also about the need to purge oneself periodically — especially one’s emotional body.

Hail – which is ice – is water that has become solid, that is, taken on the characteristics of the earth element. And so ice falling from the sky signifies the grounding of emotions, grounding them by letting them out, by expressing them, by standing aside and letting them find a way out of the self. It is through this we maintain our integrity and uniqueness, which is then expressed through the making of the shadowboxes.

Pleiadian Symbol: A rough diamond with a groove carved around it so that it may be worn on a cord.

Azoth Symbol: A tree of ripe fruit discovered by hungry birds.

Seed degree: Cancer 22. A man collecting shadows. He is putting them in a bag. (Omega Symbol). Collecting up all our dark and hidden aspects, we then have material with which to form cohesive pictures through which to communicate what is at work inside us.

Bunches of watercress growing by a cool spring. (Chandra Symbol). When one find a peaceful and clear environment in which to thrive and be content, repression can be let go of and any power surges of “emotional weather” can be withstood.

Fulfillment degree: Cancer 9. A man shaking dew off orchids into a glass vial. (Omega Symbol). Through understanding the way the symbols and images of our psyche are organized we are able to grasp its vibrant, living essence.

A skeleton playing a flute. (Chandra Symbol). Intense emotional purgings help us to overcome the fear of change, and through joyfully encouraging them, to reinforce and intensify the process of change.


The shadowboxes were narrow worlds, each sealed behind a glass front. Often people sent him objects they felt he might like, strange and curious objects which seemed attracted to him like bees to a hive. He introduced the most unlikely objects to each other, objects that once they came together formed surprising and unsuspected constellations that seemed to grow imaginary histories out of themselves,frozen dramas, trapped in the shadowboxes amber.

Azoth Oracle

In Fardan, a province of Aab grows a tree which is invisible. The only way it was ever come to be known is that in late summer, when its fruit is ripe birds flock to it and sit in its invisible branches. It is a most unusual sight to see so many birds hovering in air, their wings folded as they peck away at the air. Irnad went to Fardan to observe this phenomenon and approaching the space under the birds grasped the trees trunk. He climbed the tree, but through misfortune learned of a secret – that as soon as the birds have had their fill the tree disappears. As he sat in the limbs he reached into the air and plucked one of these invisible fruits, but when the tree disappeared he fell from it, injuring his arm. Napala, the healer, nursed it back to health.

Every year after the birds engage in this feeding each one is seen for a few days to turn many different colors, and to sing most beautifully. Irnad, adventurous as he is, ate the invisible fruit he plucked and was incapacitated for several days of spontaneous laughter which he could not stop. He too manifested the shimmering rainbow colors of the birds of Fardan for a time.

I asked him if he had any desire to eat again of the fruit. “No,” he answered, “I feel quite satiated. The memory of that meal will last me for a lifetime. I leave the rest to the birds.”

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