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Virgo 8. People dragging a beached whale back into the ocean. (Omega Symbol) Interacting/Receptive

(Degree Angel: MEBAHEL (May-ba-HEL) Farewell to Arms, Truth, Liberty, and Justice)


Difficulties in life are often caused by people being at odds with their environment or having agendas that simply aren’t possible given what they are dealing with. You can feel that, and have a knowing of how to remedy the problem by finding better environments for desires both yours and others– environments in which they can thrive and be fulfilled.

The Chandra Symbol for this degree is “A man thinking up names for colors.” There can be no perfect translation between the language of color and the language of words. But how you label things may result in a kind of poetry that can stimulate the imagination of others. But at worst, if your approach is overly rationalistic rather than poetic you might get so attached to the names for colors and your attempt to be accurate about them that you lose touch with the direct sensation of the colors themselves – then you will need to drag your beached imagination back into the sea of intuition, which is its natural home.

Pleiadian Symbol: A man learning Tai Chi. The patient and relaxed yet focused tracking with one’s own energy. Gentle movement toward the releasing of pent-up stress. The man becomes as aware of the subtle nuances of his own energy as the man of the Chandra Symbol is aware of the subtleties of different colors.

Azoth Symbol: Sacred trees create a protective aura around a temple. Natural earth energies enlisted to support all conscious constructs. The sacred trees protect the temple just as the sea will protect the beached whale of the Omega Symbol once it has been returned to its element.

Seed degree: Gemini 30. From far away a sailor has brought home a carved idol. (Omega Symbol). By exposure to new energies fructifying our commonplace world we come to a clearer realization of who we are and what we need.

Many glass animals on a shelf. (Chandra Symbol). Clearly perceiving the great variety of natural energies we seek to find ways to bring their energies – through creative translation – into our world.

Fulfillment degree: Taurus 14. A woman making her way to the center of a labyrinth. When we help others to find the place they need to be, our own path becomes clearer to us.

An old lady selling bunches of violets on a street corner. (Chandra Symbol). As we attempt to communicate spiritual realities to others, we find the best way to do this is in a simple, direct and way that all may partake of.


Some of the creatures had hold of his tail while others pushed his face. Behind him he could hear the sea calling him, but that was nothing new, it was always calling him, even when he was in it. Before him loomed mountains – he was familiar with those – they grew in the sea as well. But how could the ones up there breathe, hanging like that in the air?

Before long he felt the creatures at his tail leave and come to his head where they helped the others push. Slipping into the surf he took a breath and the sea entered him, happy to be home.

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