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Pisces 22. All sorts of things trying to distract a man as he engages in a creative endeavor. (Omega Symbol) Interacting/Sensitive

(Degree Angel: Mehiel (MAY-hee-EL) Casting Yourself in a Favorable Light, Vivification, invigoration, enlivenment)


This degree is about getting slowed down against one’s will, which can result in a great accumulation of frustration – unless the right attitude is focused on. The right attitude is to become non-reactive and to allow one’s creative impulses to flow with and around the obstructions, and to know that whatever appears to be going against one is there to increase one’s focus and ability to be non-attached.

The Chandra Symbol for this degree is “A blacksmith creating an ornate garden gate.” This degree is about making the best of even the most difficult situations. And to do so, of course, one has to go out and find all the most difficult people and situations that can be discovered. At best this degree is a hard worker who is doggedly determined to turn around even the most seemingly unredeemable state of affairs. The dangers here are (1) getting worn out or burnt out – hard working become abuse. (2) Continual failures creating successive layers of frustration until a mountain of it is built up.

The key here is adopting the right attitude. If the attitude is bitter, egotistical, cynical and self-righteous – hard like the blacksmith’s iron – the goal will never be reached. If the attitude is loving, and receptive to guidance by higher forces, the iron can be heated and worked, and will yield to fulfilling the blacksmith’s creative vision.

Pleiadian Symbol: A scientist discovering new equations that more completely explain the nature of the universe. The further elaborating on and refining of ideas so that they come closer and closer to mirroring reality.

Azoth Symbol: Sailors about to be lured off course by the sound of seductive singing. Desires of the moment conflicting with larger and truer desires. The illusions that arise from lesser desires and which obscure greater ones.

Seed degree: Sagittarius 24. A man in his imagination inventing flowers, the seeds of which magically appear. (Omega Symbol). Intuiting how easy the creative process is capable of being, we forge ahead with it, becoming eventually immune to everything that thwarts us.

A statue of Isis covered by a transparent veil. (Chandra Symbol). Seeing with our inward eye – although imperfectly – an inner vision of wholeness, we are inspired to patience and dogged persistence in attempting to fulfill that vision.

Fulfillment degree: Cancer 30.A woman with eyes in the palms of her hands and the soles of her feet. (Omega Symbol). The sincerity of our striving draws to us the goddess of mercy who offers to rescue us from the clouds of discord interrupting the flow of our inspiration.

Wild grapes growing everywhere. (Chandra Symbol). What has been arduous, difficult and recalcitrant eventually gives way to unbridled fecundity.


The great novelist Salasis Moamar, according to his biographers, was an utterly undistractable writer.  He wrote continually, wrote while having conversations without ever losing either the train of thought of the conversation or his focus on what he was writing.  Continually he jotted words down, during supper, while playing with his children, or even waking to do so in the middle of the night.  Interruptions never phased him, and, in fact, he had no set time to write, for any time might be an occasion for the writing of words.

His books are known for their elaborate plotting, and yet he said he would always begin a work spontaneously with no advance plan.  When asked why he thought it was that he was so incapable of being distracted he said that for some inexplicable reason he felt the words lining up and patiently waiting for him.  He realized that for others words could be elusive and hard to catch, like butterflies or mist, but that for him, ever since he could remember, the words had been waiting — vast numbers of them — and assured that they would find a way out through him, either in his current life or another, future one, were content to rest until the moment of their birth.

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