Aries 19. A skeleton dressed in garlands of flowers. Manifesting/Responsible
(Degree Angel: LEUVIAH (LOO-vee-YAH) Dialing God, Expansive Intelligence/Fruition)
TITLE: FEARLESS OPENING or EMBRACING OF CHANGE
You rejoice in change and renewal. You have an immense capacity of making the best of things through your always-fresh approach to experience. You are good at taking old ideas and dressing them up in new attire, and have a refreshing effect on whatever you touch. Your ability to combine practicality with beauty helps to overcome the boredom and dreariness of the world.
The Chandra Symbol for this degree is “Someone performing trephination.” The skull is hard because the brain needs a lot of defending, but any defense system can also become a prison – and so the hardness of the skull needs an opening through which it can connect to a greater reality. Break through the hard crystallized thought forms that we have turned into a wall to defend the brain, and see that death (the skeleton) and life (the flowers) are one, and beautiful.
Pleiadian Symbol: A rug grows larger and larger, sprouting grass, trees, and flowers as it turns into a landscape. Groundedness transforming into wholeness.
Azoth Symbol: The portrait of a man grows younger and younger. Giving in to the compelling pull of innocence.
Seed degree: Scorpio 7. A poem has disappeared from a sheet of paper. All that is left behind is a few iridescent stains. (Omega Symbol). The poem dematerialized reveals by its death the beautiful and refreshing nature of dying.
A small cave located high in the hills and filled with goat dung. (Chandra Symbol). The waste products of old cycles reemerge to fertilize new forms which contain the essence of the old combined with a new vibrancy. This releases the pressure of limited ways of living that has built up within us.
Fulfillment degree: Libra 2. A vast tract of windmills. (Omega Symbol).
To learn to love death and to be thankful for its gifts allows us to embrace and be fully empowered by the breath of life.
An a apprentice medicine man allowing himself to be bitten by a snake (Chandra Symbol). Having made our mind more receptive to new possibilities we let down our defenses and open ourselves to the assimilation of them.
On a spring day a skeleton had become so bored sleeping in a grave that he dug himself out, and finding the cemetery filled with fresh flowers, wove them into garlands and hung them all over his bones, reveling in their beauty. As he was dancing around the cemetery he noticed some mourners who, though they looked his way, seemed not to see him. Their fear of death had made him invisible.
“The reason, ” said Irnad, “that the works of the master portraitist Alarvo Ovrala are no longer extant is because each time he painted a person from that day forward the face in the portrait grew younger ad younger. Because of this many waited until they were of an extreme age before they sat for him, in the hope that somehow his work might last. But even when they died their portrait would continue to grow younger until it turned into an embryo, shrank, and disappeared, leaving a canvas which only depicted an interior, or a few objects, a book, a plant, or a favorite dog with no lap to sit on. And then, no matter how carefully the remaining work was guarded, somehow it always disappeared, frame and all.”
“Did Ovrala have any explanation for this?” asked a student. “Not directly or conclusively,” answered Irnad, “though he was quoted often as saying that human life was like dew, a condensation of mist that was destined always to return to mist.”