11. In a Tibetan monastery, hundreds of candles burning. (Omega Symbol)Transforming/Experimental
(Degree Angel: ASALIAH (a-SA-lee-YAH) Global Transformation, Contemplation)
TITLE: ATTUNING TO SIGNS WHICH LIGHT ONE’S SPIRITUAL WAY AND THE DESIRE TO USE THEM TO BENEFIT OTHERS or THE MYSTERY OF UNDERSTANDING
In the darkest of passages through life there is kept burning the lights of helping influences, if we can only maintain our contact with them. You are always aware, somewhere in your being, that where you put your attention is the key to moving beyond the illusion of physical reality. You sense that where you place your focus is what can ultimately change everything.
The Chandra Symbol for this degree is “Tea leaves that form a pentagram.” The tea leaves have settled after the tea has been consumed, leaving a pentagram. This is a meaningful coincidence. This degree is about perceiving order and finding meaning in the seemingly random occurrences of life. These meaningful coincidences are a way of connecting with the divine, as are the candles of the Omega Symbol. To gain the most from this degree you need to be aware of these signs as they come to you, and be sensitive to your intuition and instincts, so as to tune in to the spiritual forces that are in so many ways making themselves known.
The pentagram signifies the life force, harmony, and health–organizing forces always there and always wanting to imprint themselves on our lives. There is only one spiritual light, but it manifests in many forms, as signified by the hundreds of candles of the Omega Symbol.
Pleiadian Symbol: A holy man lecturing to a group of mountains. Do the mountains listen? Of course they do! Do they respond? Yes, slowly and maybe subtly, or in an unseen way. When truth is spoken the universe listens – truth never falls on deaf ears, even though the conscious mind may seem to not understand or reject what it hears. Something deeper and greater is listening.
Just as the tea leaves of the Chandra Symbol seem to be at the mercy of chaotic and random forces, they are actually agents of the divine harmony of the universe – they understand the pentagram they are forming, just as the mountains understand the holy man.
Azoth Symbol: Men meditating as they walk repeatedly around the walls of an ancient city. The patient and faithful maintaining of a spiritual focus in all relating. The re-traversing of the same territory over and over to induce a greater and greater refinement of awareness.
Seed degree: Leo 7. The barking of a dog echoes across a moonlit landscape. (Omega Symbol). The free and uninhibited expression of feeling is focused, through intent, as a vehicle for bringing the spiritual light into the physical world.
A very weak cup of tea. (Chandra Symbol). Perception of the subtleties of the world tunes in to significant signs and portents.
Fulfillment degree: Aquarius 16. Cliffs hundreds of feet high that stretch for many miles along a shoreline. (Omega Symbol).
A concentrated focus on positive energy lifts us above the turmoils of the world so that w may experience a deeper understanding of the conflicts at work in this world.
Ground up gemstones to be used as medicine. (Chandra Symbol). Perceiving the harmonies at work beneath all of nature, we take on the arduous task of assimilating their energy.
In the center of each candle flame an enlightened being sits, spine aligned to the black wick as they feel the flame drawing the fuel into itself where it turns into light. Outside, the moon hangs so still and clear that if you look up to it and gaze steadily you may see in great detail the vast seas of dust laying there, far beyond the reaches of any wind.