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Aquarius 18. A cloud in the middle of an empty sky has lost its way. (Omega Symbol) Manifesting/Receptive

(Degree Angel: OMAEL (O-ma-EL) Building Bridges, Defeats Frustration, Despair and Depression)


This degree is aware of how so many problems are caused by the self being in the way of itself. The solution to this problem is to let go of the self, meaning to let go of biases, taken-for-granted assumptions, and all agendas. It is like hitting the “reboot” button on a computer: The self vanishes for a moment and what reappears is a fresh light, and a new sense of directions and clarity.

The Chandra Symbol for this degree is “An American Indian woman in a canoe. She is gathering wild rice.” The woman did not cultivate the rice: she simply gathers it from nature. This degree tunes in to what the world has to offer, and then finds a way to gather it up for the self, to make use of it for nourishment. It is intent on ways of survival that are easy and natural, and which can be shared with other people.

Pleiadian Symbol: Removing a mask reveals a faceless man. The total piercing of all illusions and roles. The power to deny all the limitations of identity. The connection to the Chandra Symbol seems impenetrable at first, but the letting go of attachment to identity has a powerfully nourishing effect on the soul. Identities are like the rice grains – when we are ripe and ready they fall away.

Azoth Symbol: A man on a shore witnessing ocean fog as it drifts toward him. The acceptance of confusion and uncertainty, with the resulting potential of being enriched by learning something deeper from them. The embracing of all that is vague.

Seed degree: Scorpio 5. A sculptor creating large, fragile works of art out of paper. (Omega Symbol). When we focus on the present and fully embrace the creative process, we learn how to let go so as to make way for whatever wants to come next.

An Egyptian queen with a braided beard. (Chandra Symbol). When one’s equality with others in the world is affirmed, nourishment and sustenance can then more readily be sought and found.

Fulfillment degree: Virgo 27.A cup made from a skull. It is filled with dark wine. (Omega Symbol). When a point of intensity is reached, release and evaporation are then possible.

The magician disrobes. He has no sex organs. (Chandra Symbol). Freely finding and taking what one needs, and sharing one’s abundance with others transcends differences among people.


In the year 4195 it was noted that a single cloud appeared in the sky above Peth and was seen to drift here and there in many directions without dispersing.  It was watched for a period of 9 days and never grew bigger or smaller, though it did slightly change its shape.

Finally it disappeared.  The wise say it was a portent presaging the great Synod of Alchemists that began the next day after the cloud’s disappearance.  During this synod a great many problems of alchemy were discussed by some of the greatest minds in Aab, and many of the most difficult mysteries of the Alchemical Art were solved.

For, as Irnad has stated, “No matter how many formulas and equations we invent in an attempt to explain and tame nature, Alchemy is ultimately a vague art, for nature is soft, and God likes clouds, which is why she invented the wheels of dust known as galaxies.”

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