Star: 8 – Pluto: The Transformative Star (part 2)

The concept of God allowing evil in the world is one which causes concern for most people. But why is this a surprise? The very nature of life on earth is composed of opposites.

Pluto in the 12th House

According to the authors of Spiritual Astrology, the dynamic version of Pluto in the 12th House means that: You can be willing and determined to go beyond your greatest fears by surrendering to the power of your vision. When you take the risk of trusting life to support you, knowing you are acting in accord with right action, you may express your spiritual vision. This can result in a temporary disruption and invalidation of your private sense of security. It leads to the purging of repressive unconscious fears and the purification of a new contact with the unseen forces of life.

You can claim high consciousness by revealing the perceptions of hidden causes and profound inner meanings of others’ lives. You can expose the truth of the visions that you see regardless of the consequences. Taking the risk of fully expressing your vision releases power. This allows you to both experience and perceive a deeper relationship with self…

As you cease to identify with the power of the intangible insights that flow through you, you experience true spiritual security. This allows you to share your perceptions without taking the reactions of others personally. By being selflessly committed to taking the risk and revealing the spiritual visions you receive, you can be led past your greatest fears and into self-mastery.

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like all other men — robbers, evil-doers, adulterers — or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all my income.’

“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He could not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 18:9-14)

Why is there evil in this world?

Often we do this: setting ourselves up as examples to others (and God) of perfection when we know that evil thoughts and selfish motives exist in us. From Physicians of the Soul: Why God allows evil to exist in the world has never been resolved, and probably never will be. Is evil a real force, is it the absence of God, is it the result of free will, is it the rejected half of the Self, or is it chaos itself? These are all probably part-truths about evil. One thing we do know, however, is that the man who is thought by Christians to be the “Son of God” said that we should “resist not evil.” And he also advises us in his Lord’s Prayer to pray to God the Father to “deliver us from evil.” This may be the best advice that has ever been given to human beings. When we turn to God, who is the Whole One {‘whole’ (0) ‘one’ (1), the inverse of 10?}, to deliver us from evil, rather than struggle against it with the ego (which often results in greater evil), then Jesus is saying, there is nothing that the world, or even the devil himself, can do against us…

Finally, everyone would agree that the crucifixion of Jesus was an evil thing, and it was; but without the crucifixion, how could the message of Christ have spread throughout the world? In each case I have cited, and in many others in the Bible, a person of faith was involved, Joseph, Moses, and Jesus, and somehow through mysterious Providence, an apparent evil was transformed into a greater good, and a higher purpose was achieved. In each case, it happened through a synchronicity of events far beyond the ken of any individual ego to comprehend, predict, or control.

But despite what we know inside and have been taught by others about ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, we have still “bought into” the concept of the promise of happiness, as symbolized by the attaining of material possessions. But the reality is less than satisfactory, at least in my own experience.

Some Words of Wisdom

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” (Matthew 6:19-24)

Is Consumerism evil?

Again from Physicians of the Soul: I think of our smoke-belching factories, and our day shifts and night shifts of mass production and joyless labor. What is all this for? For a world of “things”? A world of gadgets, appliances, department stores, supermarkets, crowded airline terminals, noisy superhighways jammed with commuters, steel-skeletoned glass-walled buildings filled with white collar “employees” working their lives away in their cubicles, and computerized everything! Is this what life is about? It reminds me of the line in the song “St. Peter, don’t you call me for I can’t come, I owe my soul to the company store.” I am not sure that this is what the Son of Man had in mind for us. Rather, he says we should “seek first the Kingdom of Heaven,” and when we do, all the things we need will be ours as well. I have heard that the American Indian placed prayer and communion with the Great Spirit as their highest value. They lived in perfect harmony with nature with the simplest technology for at least 25,000 years before the white man came from Europe. I heard a Chumash chief say that his people still lived in Eden. He said that the white man’s cities resembled his tribe’s conception of hell!

The Eucharist

I believe that Pluto in Virgo symbolizes the third initiation, Transfiguration, the mid-point of the soul’s journey. But let us not forget that the mystic version of this initiation is the Eucharist, in which the things that are harvested from the earth — bread (wheat) and wine (grapes) — are transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ.

In Divine Light and Fire, Peter Roche de Coppens quotes Charles Leadbeater: The Eucharist, as we know it, is not altogether new. It was celebrated in some older religions but has now reached a more perfect form. It was found in Mithraism. Bread and wine and salt were used, but the form of their rite was somewhat vague. There is a secret ceremony in the Egyptian Mysteries in which consecrated bread — a sort of cake — was given, but never to the general public; only to a very small and especially prepared group something like a Masonic Lodge. As soon as a man partook of this sacrament, the others bowed to him, saying “Thou art Osiris.”

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” (Matthew 5:13)

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35)

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

Is this Alchemy?

Jesus demonstrated that he was familiar with the emblems of that Egyptian mystery, which transformed ordinary elements into a spiritual awareness, an alchemical process.

Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Our forefathers ate {manna} and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever.” (John 6:53-58)

Madame Blavatsky wrote in Isis Unveiled: Nor does the Mystery of the Eucharist pertain to Christians alone. Godfrey Higgins proves that it was instituted many hundreds of years before the “Paschal Supper,” and says that “the sacrifice of bread and wine was common to many ancient nations.” Cicero mentions it in his works, and wonders at the strangeness of the rite. There had been an esoteric meaning attached to it from the first establishment of the Mysteries, and the Eucharistia is one of the oldest rites of antiquity. With the hierophants it had nearly the same significance as with the Christians. Ceres was bread and Bacchus was wine; the former meaning regeneration of life from the seed, the latter — the grape — the emblem of wisdom and knowledge; the accumulation of the spirit of things, and the fermentation and subsequent strength of that esoteric knowledge being justly symbolized by wine. The mystery related to the drama of Eden; it is said to have been taught by Janus, who was also the first to introduce in the temples the sacrifices of “bread” and “wine” in commemoration of the “fall into generation” as the symbol of the “seed.” “I am the vine, and my Father is the husbandman,” says Jesus, alluding to the secret knowledge that could be imparted by him. “I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

Transformed by the Divine

According to the author of Divine Light and Fire: The Body of Christ and the Blood of Christ are subjects which arouse in the aspirant the most profound feelings of devotion and love, increasingly so as his or her path in the Mysteries evolves. The Seer or Initiate has prepared himself or herself in the ways of Initiation to see with new eyes, hear with new ears, feel with a pure heart, and live deeply into each part of the Mass. Thus, in the Chalice of the Holy Blood can be perceived Spiritual Love, the cup of our salvation, offered to us once again in Communion. It is apprehended as well as the Divine Fire. In the Bread and in the Body of Christ is Spiritual Consciousness, all that was and is given to us by our loving God that we may come in time to know Him. And this is apprehended as the Divine Light. These together engender Spiritual Life and Spiritual Will, aligning and integrating human will with the Will of God. This, moreover, is also the culminating experience of all valid Mysteries and Initiations: to consciously commune with the Divine and to become transformed by the Divine.

Transformed by the Divine…what a wonderful expression.

Picture Credits

To be continued.

Linked Pages: The Star of Bethlehem: Chapter 1 – Prologue
Star: 8 – Pluto: The Transformative Star (part 1)
The Inner Guide Meditation

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Picture credits: Star of Bethlehem courtesy of http://www.clipartbest.com;
Pharisee and the Publican courtesy of http://www.lampofthebody.com;
Universe and Stars courtesy of christrescuemission.org;
Consumerism courtesy of wholedude.com;
Eucharist courtesy of holyangelssanangelos.org;
Alchemy courtesy of aetherforce.com;
Bubble of Love courtesy of of u2rbeloved.com.

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About cdsmiller17

I am an Astrologer who also writes about world events. My first eBook "At This Point in Time" is available through most on-line book stores. I have now serialized my second book "The Star of Bethlehem" here. And to give my blog pages something lighter, I'm sharing some of my personal photographs, too.
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