• Master Astrologer, Poet, Author, Artist, and Teacher



d257 150 150 John Sandbach

Sagittarius 17. A flame dancing at the top of a man’s head. (Omega Symbol) Manifesting/Sensitive

(Degree Angel: HAHAHEL (HA-ha-HEL) Self-Esteem, Mission)


This degree lives in a state of being constantly reminded of source, of the spiritual light from which all has been generated. It realizes that no matter how diverse or in conflict the world of phenomenality may seem, that all is ultimately one, and that union with the light is a fact which we only need acknowledge to dispel darkness.

The Chandra Symbol for this degree is “A monkey dressed in a brocade coat.” The monkey is dressed in a refined and sophisticated garment but beneath that garment he is wild, playful, and free. This degree often clothes itself in outer trappings that are unlike its true nature. This is a means of hiding, when needed, as well as taking on roles just to imagine what it would be like to be something else very different from the self. It is good to be a light in the world, just as the man of the Omega Symbol has become like a candle. His flame is not steady – it dances, and as it dances at his crown chakra what is signified is the highest most spiritual type of play. Life is always and eternally joyful, and only becomes serious when we lose contact with this truth.

Pleiadian Symbol: Sunlight flooding an altar covered with flowers.

Azoth Symbol: In a fireplace a fire flares up for a moment and a baby phoenix hops out of it.

Seed degree: Libra 21. The sea as still as a mirror. (Omega Symbol). When inner stillness is achieved, our whole being lights up (the flame at the top of the man’s head).

A magician wearing a live snake for a belt. (Chandra Symbol). Enveloped in wisdom (the snake) we are then free to play with outer forms (the monkey in the brocade coat).

Fulfillment degree: Leo 22. A giant temple with many layers. It is in the shape of a mountain. (Omega Symbol). When we focus on the highest, (the flame at the top of the man’s head), the harmony of the highest shines down through all other levels of our being.

An alligator swims slowly through a swamp. (Chandra Symbol). Allowing ourselves to play with various roles and costumes (monkey in brocade coat), we come closer to knowing who we are and living in our power.


The explorer Haldad Razol was famous for mapping caves.  Aab is a place replete with vast underground caverns where many treasures are hidden, and many tombs and temples are secreted.  As many of the locations and entrances to these places have been forgotten over time, Razol felt that his mission in life was to make maps of these estensive underground complexes available to alchemists and other researchers.

He was said to be closely aligned to the spirits of these caves, and I believe such stories are true, for when I went with him on one of his expeditions as soon as we entered the darkness of the cavern a light began to glow and shimmer at the top of his head, making him to seem like a candle.  This flame provided us with perfect illumination as we explored, and at night, when we slept would die away, leaving us to sleep in darkness until we were refreshed and would reappear again as soon as Razol awoke.

Razol said he believed the light at the top of his head was put there by the cave spirits to guide him, and as he has told me many other strange though believable things I trust in the truth of this statement.

Back to top