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Capricorn 29. At dusk, a woman in a garden picking lettuce. (Omega Symbol) Transforming/Responsible

(Degree Angel: LAUVIAH (LO-vee-YAH) Banishying the Remnants of Evil, Victory)


To go out into the world and simply and directly get ones needs met is the genius of this degree. And although the concept of this is simple, the actual playing out of it can be highly complex, for this degree is gifted with a relentless ingenuity and resourcefulness and is able to maintain a coolness, calmness and ease even in the midst of the world’s most difficult challenges.

The Chandra Symbol for this degree is “An architect carefully surveying old ruins” This degree wants to reconstruct the past, if not in actuality at least in the mind, so that it can be clearly seen for what it is.  I’m referring here not just to the historical past in general, but to every souls own past – to all of one’s past lives. Essentially, it wants to know exactly what happened and why, and it wants to know this because the past is the road by which we come to the present.

In an ideal world, an endless number of details add up musically to a beautiful and harmonious symphony. This degree is trying to embrace wholeness through studying fragments. It is a challenge that can be accomplished, as long as one avoids becoming lost in a sea of miniscule bits of evidence. When this degree’s creative research works, it magically builds out of the dust realms of imagination and wonder.

At its core this degree seeks something deeply cooling, soothing, simple, and refreshing (see the Omega Symbol), that it can and will eventually find amidst the shards of antiquity. This something sought is the eternal love that has always been there.

Pleiadian Symbol: A seer receives messages from wind sounds, rock patterns, and shadows.

Azoth Symbol: Clouds pausing over a mountain because they are drawn to its energy field.

Seed degree: Pisces 16. A troll living under a bridge. (Omega Symbol). When we fear change, and those forces which we sense will try to stop us from carrying it out, we are impelled to adopt a gentle persistence, a kind of low-key, natural, and guileless approach to life that focus

A peaceful child on a narrow ledge that overlooks a precipice. (Chandra Symbol). When we come to the limit or edge of anything, it impels us to look at how we got there, and through this assessing of the past we are able to find a way out of any restrictive situations that are impeding our growth.

Fulfillment degree: Aquarius 25. The muscles of a dancer’s legs quivering in his sleep as he remembers dances. (Omega Symbol). When we adopt a gentle, simple approach to life we find that it has a way of undoing inner knots and pent-up stresses.

A moustache. (Chandra Symbol). Through carefully looking into the past in a detailed way we come to understand ourselves, which fosters the growth of self-confidence and an ability to take charge of our world.


Every year the alchemist Tiresa Miranu plants behind her cottage a garden of lettuce.  It is a special kind of lettuce which is highly receptive to the imprint of thoughts.

Tiresa carefully speaks to each plant as it grows, asking each one to be imbued with a different and specific potency.  Some carry the power, for instance, to allay fears, or to foster happiness, or focus the mind, or to melt away sadness, or a host of other properties and powers.

Those in need seek Tiresa out in the woods where she lives and, telling her their problems are given a simple salad to consume, a salad made from the specific plant or plants which fulfills their need.

In this way each seeker departs, having received her medicine, which is said to be both powerful and enduring.

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