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Sagittarius 26. A candle mysteriously undisturbed by wind. (Omega Symbol) Transforming/Experimental

(Degree Angel: DANIEL (DA-nee-EL) Enough is Never Enough, Eloquence)


The title “Beyond Mind” is fitting for this degree. Thoughts truly are like wind in that they push against everything and can create much turbulence. When one gains the power to detach from mind, even if just a little bit, there is an increasing steadiness in the being that brings us closer to spiritual clarity. This degree carries a creative vision that is impervious, more or less, to the agitations of thought.

The Chandra Symbol for this degree is “Climbing the steps of the Pyramid of the Sun.” To ascend, to get above the world, but not by flying – in a more substantial way, with something solid under your feet – this is the goal of this degree. The person who carries this degree is strongly aware that life has meaning and purpose, and is attempting to follow the highest and clearest version of it. The process of getting beyond what is shallow, superficial and trivial is arduous, but this meets the challenge with steadiness and persistence.

Pleiadian Symbol: A man carrying a blank banner, hundreds of feet long, flowing in the wind.

Azoth Symbol: A man charting subtle irregularities in celestial movements.

Seed degree: 9 Aquarius.A medieval cathedral built on the site of an ancient pagan temple. (Omega Symbol). The urge to unite with the spiritual light is a desire that burns steadily, and is unextinguished by changing times, fashions or biases.

Violets blooming by the barred windows of a dungeon. (Chandra Symbol). To see that in any confining or difficult situation spiritual succor is always right there to offer itself is to carry out the arduous task of ascending toward the divine.

Fulfillment degree: 23 Taurus. Inside a tornado a spiral staircase. (Omega Symbol). The steadiness of our spiritual light allows us to withstand the violent and relentless onslaughts of the mind.

A salamander glowing red-orange. (Chandra Symbol).  The kindling of one’s own unique and individual creative energy can be harnessed to steadily elevate oneself to higher levels.


On the promontory of Aornus, a place sacred to the winds — for they blow there continually — burns a candle whose flame is utterly steady and which seems impervious to any disturbance of the air.  Daily this candle is replaced, and though the winds roar forever around it it seems not to notice.

How is this possible?  Irnad says it is not due to any magical properties of the candle, but is rather the winds’ way of acknowledging that this candle is meant for them, is burned as an offering to their power, and honoring the gift offered to them, protect it to show their gratitude.


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