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d109 150 150 John Sandbach

Cancer 19. A man memorizing Chinese characters. (Omega Symbol) Manifesting/Responsible

(Degree Angel: Aniel (AH-nee-EL) The Big Picture, Breaking the Circle)


You are trying to find keys to understanding yourself and new ways of communicating. You need to approach this in a gradual way, and keep at your efforts. You can easily become frustrated, and the antidote to this is patience and perseverance. The world always seems unusual to you, for you take nothing for granted. This is a beautifully open-minded way of being so long as you can avoid becoming overly insecure.

The Chandra Symbol for this degree is “An opossum comes out into the moonlight.” The Chinese characters of the Omega Symbol are a whole world of pictures to be explored and understood, little by little. The opossum, too, is engaged in exploring. This is an Aries degree, Aries ruling exploration.

The degree is highly subjective and interior. It wishes to be left to its own impulses and doings, without having to answer or justify itself. It seeks meaning in everything, and wants to understand how that meaning all fits together – but not from any logical or rational viewpoint – this is a degree of feeling, and the life of the imagination. It’s way of understanding anything is highly personal.

Pleiadian Symbol: A conquerer weds a foreign bride. The desire to merge with those elements with which one is in conflict.

Azoth Symbol: A stuffed bird that is now extinct. The reuniting with old, forgotten parts of the self.

Seed degree: Scorpio 10. In a field of dandelions, a yellow dragon appears. (Omega Symbol). Sensing the deep mysteries and wonders behind what is usually considered everyday and mundane, we seek a unique and poetic language with which to communicate with the fabulous.

On a human nose a wart that turns into a diamond. (Chandra Symbol). Seeing the beauty and meaning behind seeming imperfections, we allow our hidden aspects out so that hopefully their needs may be met.


The Chinese characters continued to enter his mind and fall away, then enter again, entering until they eventually stayed, lodged in his memory. At first they had seemed impervious to memorization, but as he worked to take them in he found patterns within them, and groupings, as he began to see how they hung together like strands of a spider’s web.

He loved learning old words that he later found in museum cases, carved in jade.

And as he took them in, his dreams began to fill with labyrinths and landscapes through which he wandered, where he met old sages and hermits and fishermen, and came upon rivers twisted like serpents, and mists, and forests, and mountains in them, steep as towers, until he found himself growing a beard filled with wind, his eyebrows becoming as bushy as clouds, and began himself to build poems out of these curious, painted brushstrokes.

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