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Pisces 13. A castle so vast no one has ever explored all of it. (Omega Symbol) Transforming/Receptive

(Degree Angel: Mebahiah (me-BA-hee-YAH) Thought Into Action, Intellectual Lucidity)


This degree deals with issues of where to focus and how much to take in. It is aware that all limitations are ultimately illusions, and that whenever needed any situation may be opened up to allow in the cosmic perspective that is always seeking entry. When one is ready to explore further, the doors to “further” appear and open.

The Chandra Symbol for this degree is “A woman imprisoned in a high tower.” This image seems to be the exact opposite of the Omega Symbol – the woman confined in such a small space compared to the unimaginably vast castle. As you may recall, the Omega Symbol carries a 4th house vibration, and therefore signIfies the nature of the degree AT ROOT, whereas the Chandra Symbol is how it relates to the world around it – a 7th house vibration. And so here we find something that is at root vast but which relates to the world outwardly as a kind of prison. The message here is that the self is, at root limitless – the limitations we seem to find ourselves bound by are actually of our own creation.

And those limitations are not necessarily to be done away with – they are for a purpose – to help us have a focus in life. This degree senses the vastness of itself but knows also that it must find a focus, which means a confinement, and this confinement is in a tower, meaning it is seeking higher realities. The more these higher realities are assimilated, the more the self can explore its vast reaches without get lost or disoriented.

Pleiadian Symbol: On the anniversary of a famous battle a legendary sword is glowing.  The rekindling of memories as a means of handling current challenges.  The return to past conflicts until they are completely resolved.

Azoth Symbol: Drinking an elixir of dandelions a man feels deep tensions within him relaxing and dissolving.  Release through contacting problems and stresses at their core.

Seed degree: Virgo 6.  Talismans buried here and there along a road so that travelers will be protected. (Omega Symbol). Someone has gone down these paths and corridors before us. Attuning to their creative spirit and love we find the courage to explore further.

A banyan tree that creates an entire forest. (Chandra Symbol). Overwhelmed by the single tree that is a forest, we use the tower as a way of getting above it so that we may better perceive its wholeness.

Fulfillment degree: Libra 29.  In a spiritual text, a man searches for hidden codes. (Omega Symbol). Continuing to explore ourselves further and further, we come to realize that we are not just what we thought ourselves to be, but a foreign country as well where we may find treasures galore.

Servants giving a woman a bath. (Chandra Symbol). Realizing our own estrangement from the world helps us to see the need for both giving and receiving support in the process of renewing spiritual energy.


The castle of Ghastingorm, in the far western provinces, is home to an ancient family, now reduced to a single couple and their only child.  The family lives simply, in just a few rooms, surrounded by the antiques and memorabilia of the family’s illustrious past.

Th castle, though, is vast, and even though researchers have tried to explore and map it, no end to it has ever been found.  One may walk around the whole edifice in a mere hour, but once inside it is as if the rooms go on forever.  I say “as if” because there is no actual evidence to either support or deny the castle’s potential limits.

Researchers have also found that rooms appear and disappear at will, which have lead them to believe that unlike other architecture the castle is actually a living being, one in fact that changes its shape and dimension as it reflects the feelings, ideas, and beliefs of those who inhabit and explore it.

For this reason, Serapis has named it, “The Mind’s Abode.”


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