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Leo 22. A giant temple with many layers. It is in the shape of a mountain. (Omega Symbol) Interacting/Sensitive

(Degree Angel: Jabamiah (ya-BA-mee-YAH) Recognizing Design Beneath Disorder, Alchemy, Transformation)


You have a big, grand quality, a feeling of standing out – imposing yourself on the landscape of the world around you. At worst this can make you seem impersonal and remote, even fantastically egotistical, but when spiritually aligned you invite others to turn their consciousness away from negativity and enter the realms of wonders that are the home of our spiritual selves.

The Chandra symbol for this degree is “An alligator swims slowly through a swamp.” You shall be yourself and be free, in your own natural territory, and even if and when you find yourself in other territories you have a way of making the world yours through the force of your intent and your refusal to play the role of alien or outcast. There’s an ease here of navigation through the world, and an assurance that you belong and are empowered.

Pleiadian Symbol: A bird delivering a message to a man trapped in a high tower.

Azoth Symbol: A ring of violet fire protecting a man as it offers him inspiration.

Seed degree Sagittarius 17. A flame dancing at the top of a man’s head. (Omega Symbol). Tuning in to the enlivening energy of our higher self opens us up to the whole panoply of spiritual forces and their interworkings.

A monkey dressed in a brocade coat. (Chandra Symbol). We play around, experimenting with roles as we try to find whatever will optimize a situation until we connect with our personal power and come to feel at home in the environment we’re in.

Fulfillment degree: Capricorn 12. Mold growing on a diamond. (Omega Symbol). Realizing the vastness and richness of the spiritual realms we come to realize that no distortion of it, or weakening of its outer manifestation can or will last for long, for its power is absolute and its ability to self-renew inevitable.

A beautiful erotic fat woman eating chocolates. (Chandra Symbol). Focusing on manifesting self-confidence and manifesting one’s personal power leads to a confrontation with the issue of what one’s real needs are versus what other ones may be purely addictive.


We kept finding stairways that ascended to the next level as we walked along the walled paths, the walls covered with carvings of people, animals, gardens, palaces, strange monsters and countless other curious things, all entwined in a vast, amorphous drama forever unfolding in the stone.

Adam kept stopping and gazing, trying to figure out the stories and we had to keep retracing our steps to grab his hand and pull him onward.

Higher up we came upon scores of stone Buddhas who faced in all directions, sitting crosslegged and meditating under bells of stone pierced all over with arabesques, several bells cracked, perhaps by an ancient, nameless disaster. We peered into the bells at these saints, and tried to see their closed eyes among the shadows.

When there were no more steps left the sky had grown vast above us, and from the top we saw far, across the jungle’s emerald sea.

And ever since I returned home, the mountain has been there, within, as if it were installed in me that day. And I carry it everywhere I go, forever surprised at its weightlessness.

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