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Virgo 16. A woman cutting the thorns off roses. (Omega Symbol) Manifesting /Experimental

(Degree Angel: YEIAYEL (YAY-ah-YEL) Stop Fetal Attraction, Fame, Renown)


You do whatever you can to make life easier, both for yourself and other people. You see what stands between a person and the fulfillment of their desires, and then try to remove these obstructions. Such work can be difficult and even hazardous. Sometimes if might be better if people did their own work – which is something for you to always keep in mind. And sometimes what seems negative is actually serving an important purpose.

The Chandra Symbol for this degree is “A jar of camphor crystals.” Camphor is used homeopathically to clear the vibrations of other substances. It burns with a white flame, and negates negative energy, just as the woman of the Omega Symbol is attempting to clear the dangerous sharpness of the rose stems. To want to do these clearings and cleanings is high-minded, but the possible difficulty of doing so is that you might negate or clear away an experience that is needed or that has some value that, once it is denied will be missed. And, of course, if it is something the soul needs, it will just keep coming back over and over until it is addressed and assimilated. So the key here is to use this power of purification cautiously and wisely.

Pleiadian Symbol: An old monkey sitting on the steps of an abandoned temple.

Azoth Symbol: The sun leeching oil from rose petals into water.

Seed degree: Libra 6. On a long voyage many icebergs encountered. (Omega symbol). Steering our way through life’s dangers and obstructions, we learn how to soften everything so that love becomes increasingly accessible.

A baby with two sets of teeth. (Chandra Symbol). Becoming aware of whatever we need, both inwardly and outwardly, to further our growth, we learn to clear away all that which is extraneous or superfluous so that the truths of spiritual reality are more perceivable.

Fulfillment degree: Capricorn 14. A woman restoring an ancient textile. (Omega Symbol). Softening all that which is sharp in life allows us then to carry out the sensitive and delicate work of restoring our vision of spiritual reality.

Beads carved from human bone. (Chandra Symbol). The intensity of our connection to the light wards off all negativity, and leads us to be able to carry the thought of death in our being in a way that is encouraging and supportive.


Sages had argued for centuries about the true nature of rose thorns. Some say they have evolved for the purpose of protection, others that the thorns were actually parasites that grew on the rose stems and could not possibly be an actual part of the roses. For roses are the flowers of love, they reasoned, and how could love have anything to do with a thorn?

The truth is that the thorns are an actual part of the rose, though the rose’s motive for having them is quite innocent. The flowers are only seeking to snag a few drops of blood now and then – to nourish their roots.

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