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Taurus 23: Inside a tornado, a spiral staircase. (Omega Symbol)Interacting/Receptive

(Degree Angel: Nanael (NA-na-El) No Agenda, Spiritual Communication)


In the midst of turbulence you are able to remain calm. You have a tremendous ability to stick with the most difficult of situations and to see them through. Though energies may be furiously whirling around you, you hold to your course, and are intent on your course no matter how arduous it may be to follow.

The Chandra Symbol for this degree is “A salamander glowing red-orange.” In the system of Aura-Soma, the color for Taurus is red-orange. The salamander is the elemental being of fire. Here is an intensity of character and an extreme strong-mindedness that can evoke all kinds of different reactions in other people.

No matter what the reactions coming at this degree from outside it, there is a strength of character here that challenges others to manifest who they are with more power and directness. The tornado, which is the vortex of personality, is stabilized by the inner staircase that allows us to both walk down in the act of grounding ourselves, and walk up in the act of transcending all that which is lower. And so the energy of the tornado is harnessed and used without being weakened or repressed, and the salamander is fiercely on fire without being burned up.

Pleiadian Symbol: Antique diamonds glittering in a dusty old display case. The realization of that which endures even in the midst of decay and entropy.

Azoth Symbol: A man and woman reading the inscription at the base of an obelisk. Wholehearted dedication to understanding and holding true to exalted principles.

Seed degree: Sagittarius 26. A candle mysteriously undisturbed by the wind. (Omega Symbol). To attune to the spiritual light while tuning out the endless fluctuations of the mind we come into a place of stillness within the eye of the storm.

Climbing the steps of the pyramid of the sun. (Chandra Symbol). As we steadily work toward the goal of enlightenment our unique individuality shines ever more purely and clearly.

Fulfillment degree: Leo 5. Through narrow, winding streets, a man is following a mysterious woman. (Omega Symbol). Finding the still point within we are able to focus on seking our own inner wisdom.

A seemingly young man but with gray hair. (Chandra Symbol). Contact with our own spiritual essence imbues us with timelessness.


She grips the railing, turning on the stair. The other hand lifts her dark dress which rustles as she ascends, the faint rustling heard even over the roar of the cyclone. Slowly she’s going somewhere, lifting herself toward an unremembered destination, the climb taxing her, but the effort exhilarating as well, carried upward by the expectancy of discovering what she’s forgotten…

She glances over at the wall of whirling wind, and notices: the tornado is without windows.

Azoth Oracle

The obelisk of Tanar is a smooth and gigantic monolith of black granite that sits in a clearing of the forest of Jabar. It has been found that when two people, who bear a deep connection to each other, stand at the base of it an inscription will appear on the massive stone on which it rests. This inscription has never been known to manifest when observed by just one person, or by two people who don’t have the requisite relationship to each other.

It has also been observed that the inscription changes, depending on who is reading it, and that the inscription always seems to allude to or describe the essence of the connection between the two people. Often the words of it are not understood at first, though when recalled again and again over time will bring to light some hidden reason for fate having brought these two people together.

Also, if the same pair of people return to the obelisk they might read there a different inscription, as their relationship has evolved over time, or the base might be blank, which is believed to signify that there is no more to be said.

A man who had recently lost his wife, and who was consumed by grief, in desperation visited the obelisk one day, in the hope that even though he was alone he might learn something of his departed loved one. There, at the base he read, “A SHADOW WANDERING IN A DESERT OF LIGHT.”

Later he said, “When I read the words something in me died: it was the shadow, which was my grief, and through its dying I found that light is not a desert, but an endless oasis.”

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