Aries 28. An artist’s studio. Many unfinished paintings everywhere. Transforming/Receptive
(Degree Angel: SEHEIAH (say-HAY-ee-YAH) Soul Mats, Longevity, Releases body and mind from negative emotion).
TITLE: FREE-FORM CREATIVITY, or THE VALUING OF PROCESS OVER PRODUCT
To carry on the work of self-unfolding is what is all important. You have no need to finish anything unless it serves this purpose. You are one to take up many things and to move from one thing to another as suits your purpose. This may be practically inconvenient at times, but what you need to to if you are to follow your bliss.
The Chandra Symbol for this degree is “A wreath of laurel placed on the head of an old man.” It is OK to complete the mission and gain the prize, and its also OK to leave things half-finished – it all depends on the context. This degree affirms that “I am not the products I make or the actions I perform.” When you can take or leave outer success, you attain to a power and freedom that allows the free flow of experimentation and exploration.
Pleiadian Symbol: An audience waits while the playwright finishes writing his play. Creativity as a casual and interactive phenomenon that is allowed to shift and change in the moment.
Azoth Symbol: In moonlight the marigolds’ color softens and cools. The objective and conscious will giving in to the gentle flows of emotional and instinctive impulse.
Seed degree: Aquarius 25. The muscles of a dancer’s legs quivering in his sleep as he remembers dances. (Omega Symbol). Progressively releasing more and more of whatever stress we have stored, we come to realize that creativity is on ongoing, open-ended process.
A moustache. (Chandra Symbol). Taking on a role and playing it in such a way that society can relate to, we achieve acknowledgment from the world at large. (Or, at a deeper level, we validate our own inner wisdom).
Fulfillment degree: Cancer 3. In a crowd, a man keeps seeing people he thinks he knows but can’t remember. (Omega Symbol). When we allow our creativity to take whatever form it wants to, we recognize more and more meaning in the outer world.
A set of surgical instruments. (Chandra Symbol). As we realize more and more deeply the power of our own wisdom we are able to find better and better tools with which to express it.
All these unfinished paintings show that whatever is being born is in no hurry. These durations in which paintings wait, incomplete, sink into the canvases and become transparent layers of history themselves, like windows that reveal mysterious depths within the other colors.
Is anything ever really sure when it’s born? For birth is always continuing to happen. Now the outside petals are completely unfolded, but the inner ones still sleep, and are just now beginning to reach outward. And when they have all awakened, the center will be revealed.
The artist enters and looks around, deciding which canvas to take up. Or maybe he will begin a new one.
In Trazad, a province of Aab, a most rare perfume is made of marigolds. The gardeners of Trazad are careful to protect their marigolds from any exposure whatsoever to the Sun, keeping them covered by day and then, when night falls exposing them to the light of the moon and stars. And though one would expect such marigolds to be small and frail due to their lack of the Sun’s rays, the gardeners feed them with elixirs of special herbs which causes them to wax large and full, and of a pale greenish-yellow tint.
The oil extracted from these marigolds is of a complex, unique fragrance that creates, in one exposed to its scent, a deep yearning, which seems at the same time to fulfill its own craving, a pleasure mixed with pain in which pleasure only slightly predominates, an experience which compels seekers of this perfume to pay great prices for it.