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d355 150 150 John Sandbach

Pisces 25. On top of a high hill, a circle of standing stones. (Omega Symbol) Interacting/Inspire

(Degree Angel: Eyael (AY-ya-EL) Great Expectations, Transformation to the Sublime)


There is a point where human striving has to give in to pure receptivity, and at that point what may have seemed so very difficult to accomplish is found to be effortless. This degree is capable of direct attunement with the light and is able to uplift and refine even the heaviest and darkest of frequencies. It might be called “lightness of being.” It’s ultimate challenge is how to communicate this lightness to others in a way they can take in.

The Chandra Symbol for this degree is “People and animals frightened during an eclipse.” The shock of the unexpected can wake us up so that we see our reality in a new way. There is nothing to be afraid of here, but the people and animals do not know this, until, after only a few minutes normality returns. And it is to be remembered that even though solar eclipses only happen about twice a year, this degree lives continually in that state of surprise that the eclipse has produced. It is always tapping in to the strangeness of life, and the energies at work beneath the surface and beyond the pale that our perceptions have set up.

Because of this ability to tap in to a greater reality this degree can subtly (and sometimes quite overtly) shock others into new awarenesses. And those awareness have to do with bringing that which was unconscious (The Moon) into alignment with the consciousness (The Sun), so that insight is gained into the hidden aspects of self. All of this happening quite spontaneously and surprizingly.

Pleiadian Symbol: At the river, singing and purification by water.

Azoth Symbol: A beautiful city suffused with an emerald glow.

Seed degree: Capricorn 30. A crystal made in a laboratory is buried in the ground. (Omega Symbol). To bless and heal the earth invites help from the spirits from above.

Blue morning glories growing up a tall trellis. (Chandra Symbol). Climbing ever higher we experience the shock of convergence of who we thought was ourselves with our true self.

Fulfillment degree: Libra 30. A small, pale moon in the afternoon. (Omega Symbol). Focusing and exalting our energies, we come eventually into the realization of the nature of subtlety.

A black rooster. (Chandra Symbol). The convergence of the darkness with the light awakens us to possibilities that transcend the normal and expected.


On a high hill, not far from the round tower of Irnad, is a circle of standing stones which is famous for never having been visited.  The reason no one ever goes there is because it is impossible.  Whenever anyone tries to visit it they seem to be unable to find their way to the top of the hill, and even though their steps seem to carry them upward through the woods they eventually come to a flat place where they realize they are back where they started.

There are a few persistent souls who have reached the hill’s top, but when the do they find nothing there, and decide that the circle of stones must not be real, must only be a magician’s illusion.

After I had been the apprentice of Irnad for several years he took me one day to a deep cellar within his round tower, and there led me through a door and by the light of a lantern through a long corridor that twisted and turned for a great distance as we found our way through it.  Finally we came to a circular stairway carved of stone and ascended them.  Finally reaching a trap door Irnad opened it and led me out into the circle of stones that I had seen so many times atop the hill.

By this time evening had approached and as the night was clear and it was summer he bid me to lie down and sleep, and I did, falling asleep quickly, for the midst of the circle was all soft moss and quite comfortable.

In the morning we left, and without a word from him returned to his round tower.

I asked him later what was the meaning of this, and he told me that the circle was a place where one might have concourse with the stars, whose hidden light -subtler and different from the light we see when we look into the sky — was focused and which might be drank by one in sleep.  He said I had drank deep of the starlight which would be of immense help to me later in my alchemical workings.

When I asked him why the approach to the place was hidden as it was, he answered that few are prepared to drink of this most special light, and that those not ready might suffer all manner of delusions and miseries by having consumed such a potent elixir.  “And though you may not feel it now,” he added, “the light is working within you, and will continue to, making you strong over time, and delivering you to yourself.”

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