Sagittarius 8. Experts arguing over the authenticity of a painting. (Omega Symbol) Interacting/Receptive
(Degree Angel: VASARIAH (va-SAH-ree-Yah) Memories, Clemency and Equilibrium)
TITLE: EXPLORING OF THE HIDDEN ASPECTS OF THE PSYCHE or EXAUSTING THE RATIONAL MIND AS A MEANS OF RELEASING THE CONTENTS OF THE INTUITIVE SELF or EXPERIENCING AND FINALLY REJECTING OF THE CONFLICTS AND COMPULSIONS OF EARTHLY EXPERIENCE
This degree loves to speculate concerning mysteries, and to look more and more closely at anything to gain clues about the nature of reality. Attachment to particular opinions is always found to be restrictive, but when an openness to new ideas is present, this degree has a genius for uncovering new truths and new aspects of anything to which it turns its attention.
The Chandra Symbol for this degree is “The harsh landscape of the moon with a black sky. The Earth is not visible.” If we can’t see the Earth from the Moon then we know we are on the dark side of the Moon – in the land of Hidden Emotions. This very bleak, foreboding image is in the optimistic sign of Sagittarius, and signifies Sagittarius meeting those forces which are most against its positive and upward-looking attitude. To confront and move through these is difficult, and may severely test one’s spiritual self-confidence, but this degree is ready and willing to do the work.
As to the corresponding Omega Symbol, whatever conclusions the experts come to, the painting in question is what it is, and might be at once a fake – meaning a forgery – and a beautiful painting – even a masterpiece. And even though we can have many different opinions about it, our attitudes and beliefs concerning it do not change the painting itself.
The experts are judges, and whatever judgments they decide upon, it is best ultimately to focus on enjoying the painting, or, if judging is your art form, to enjoy doing that. – for judging can be a form of playful detective work if you make it so, and this is far better then making it the grim, condeming and blaming thing that corresponds to the harshness of the Chandra symbol. Either way, a light and appreciative attitude will help to prevent becoming stuck in the joyless, lifeless environment of the Chandra Symbol.
Pleiadian Symbol: Opals splintering and releasing colors.
Azoth Symbol: Frustrated in their search for higher consciousness, people pursue novelty everywhere in the world.
Seed degree: Cancer 3. In a crowd a man keeps seeing people he thinks he knows but can’t remember from where. (Omega Symbol). When we tune in to the eternal nature reflected in the ephemeral and passing things around us, we come to realize that truth has many sides to it.
A set of surgical instruments. (Chandra Symbol). When we carefully and patiently delve deeply into ourselves we find profound and hidden connections to realms beyond the earthly.
Fulfillment degree: Scorpio 21. The wind whirling thousands of loose manuscript pages. (Omega Symbol). Debate is carried to the point of the disintegration of ideas, which can be an experience of freeing and opening up.
A pair of glasses with no lenses in them. (Chandra Symbol). When we are able to get beyond earth-bound concerns we come back to earth and can see more clearly, and are also aware of the limitations and restrictions we have been putting on our experience.
As they argued about who painted the painting, and when, and under what circumstances, and whether or not it had been created by a group effort, or a forger, the painting kept mutating, new versions of it kept appearing, all overlaid on top of the one they looked at, or subtly emerging from layers underneath the surface, to form new layers.
As they continued to look they got tired of looking, and so the painting got tired of being, and disappeared. But when they searched for it they found it again, for they had reawakened the painting. It found delight in being any and all they paintings they wanted it to be.