As Govinda notes, Pluto is currently in the sign of Capricorn. Capricorn is typically seen as strong, dependable, hard-working and persistent. That said, Capricorn is an Earth sign – and I would tend to agree with Athen Chimenti (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvhFODVB-nM) when he notes that as an Earth sign, Capricorn also contains Feminine energy.
Perhaps more than anything, my study of the Essene Gospels is getting me in touch with nature and the Earth as feminine energy. The natural component of the Essene Gospels has us honor the essences of nature (“Angels”) as aspects of the Earthly Mother.
Why, you wonder? Because the Earth is the sustainer of all. Like a human mother nurtures her baby and provides what the child needs to live and grow, the Earth grows the plants that feed both animals and man. The trees that take energy and food through their roots in her soil provide oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange so that all above-ground life can breathe and survive. Those trees also supply homes for birds and squirrels. The ground’s solidity holds the waters, which house fish life and also provide for our survival via not only the water we drink, but the water necessary to grow food plants.
In general, the Earth is dark; her soils varying from light brown to deep ebony. (Yes, I’m aware there are white and pink sands – that’s why I say “in general.” Let’s also remember there are black sands.) In women, the womb is dark. In that darkness grows new life. The night is dark – and the Moon, with her reflective light that shines in the dark, is referred to in the feminine.
We tend to think of the dark as bad or evil. Yet what is bad about a womb? How could a baby be nurtured for 9 months and survive in an evil environment? And don’t we trust the food we eat? If we believed all that’s dark is evil, then surely we would not want to eat things that are grown in and receive sustenance from that evil darkness!
Here’s another take on the dark, expounded by Edmond Szekely in his book, The Essene Book of Creation: The Essene Gospels (in the Book of Creation) define the dark not as anything evil or undesirable, but as “the absence of thought, of consciousness.” So when the creation story talks about God dividing the light from the darkness, it is describing the advent of consciousness coming into our planet. Szekely says the same concept occurs in the Zend Avesta of Zoroaster: two “kingdoms” are created – that of Ormudz (Light) and Ahriman (Dark). In the Zend Avesta the dark is simply referred to as the absence of Light, containing within it all the potentials of Light – and will later evolve into Light. (My emphasis). He goes on to say that as a planet attains the degree of evolution when dominant races appear with the capacity to think, then Light enters it through the cosmic ocean of ether that makes up the universe.
In the meantime, the darkness holds the potential – apparently the potential for enlightened thinking!
To be continued....
I already quoted once from the astrologer, Govinda’s, newsletter. And now I must again. For I am currently feeling a swell of energy that is gaining momentum. This has been awakened in me by the processes of several women in recent Eupsychia Integrative Breathworks that I have facilitated – one in Oct. and one a couple days ago (Nov.).
For me, they appear to be related to the systemic energetic impact Govinda addresses in his article about Pluto’s recent movement:
“Pluto will cross the Ecliptic (the imaginary celestial plane formed by the Earth's orbit around the Sun), moving from the northern hemisphere into the southern hemisphere on Tuesday, October 30th at 6:13 am (PDT).
This represents one of the most profound shifts in the evolution of the Collective Consciousness
of Humanity in our lifetime!
Yes, Pluto is a planet! It is the most profound planet in our solar system. Pluto is a deeply spiritual, evolutionary planet. It is the planet of death and rebirth. (i.e.: The ending of old ways of being, allowing the birth of a new and expanded awareness and way of being.) Pluto serves our collective and individual evolution by showing us where we have blocks to the awareness of our Oneness. It helps us to unify with all beings and all things. It serves us by purifying the ego. Sometime this is done through a transformational process that is not always pleasant…
Pluto is in the Sign of Capricorn as it crosses the Ecliptic. Pluto is in Capricorn (from January 2008 – November 19, 2024) representing a condition wherein an entire chapter or cycle of evolutionary development has come to a close and another has begun….”
You can read the whole article here: http://www.astrologywithgovinda.com/articles.html
Why this information on Pluto? Because not only is Pluto the planet of death and rebirth; it is also the planet that has impact on the mass unconscious. DominantStar.Com says Pluto “represents the “underworld” of the collective unconscious and of the collective psychic changes that originate there and that manifest as mass movements in social history.”
For me, I see this movement of Pluto coming into expression through current national events.
And what’s currently happening? The MeToo movement, Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing regarding alleged sexual abuse he committed years ago, and many other formal complaints being made by women about inappropriate sexual behavior of men in powerful positions. These accusations aren’t sparing anyone – consider those accusing American icon Bill Cosby! (Which statement is not meant to imply my belief in either his guilt or innocence; I’m simply noting that it happened.)
The “underground” repository of millions of women have decided enough is enough and secrets that had been held inside are coming to light. In one of the Breathwork sessions, two of the women not only experienced outrage related to their own past abuses, but saw this condition going back generations upon generations. One of them stated, “This has got to stop!”
In the other Breathwork session, one of the women experienced shape-shifting into a bear in order to attack a horde of vicious men on the rampage. Other animals joined her – and after the men had been dispatched, all the animals shape-shifted back into women!
To be continued…
Two posts in one day? Unheard of -- for me, anyway!
Till I saw this clip from CBS Sunday Morning.
Dare I go back to the Essene Gospels again? In the account of Moses receiving the Ten Commandments, there are Commandments he receives when he originally goes up on the Mount -- which become changed after he descends and finds his people cavorting and worshiping the golden calf. When he goes back up to plead with God for understanding of the weaknesses of the people, Moses is given a second set of Commandments -- the ones we have in our standard Bibles today.
But here is what the Essene Gospels include in the first set of Commandments:
"Thou shalt not take the life from any living thing. Life comes only from God, who giveth it and taketh it away."
Here's a young man putting that into practice -- thank you for honoring the sacredness of all life!
Well, this morning (Sunday – Angel of Sun morning, on a cloudy day) I tried something new. This past week I took an action on something I’ve been wanting to do for months: I contacted a Jewish community near me to see if I could initiate some learning in their tradition. I was not raised in the Jewish faith – yet, not coincidentally I’m sure, in the years I lived in New York City my two best girlfriends were Jewish, I dated a Jewish man, and considered another Jewish man in the office where I worked a good friend. To top that off, I completed a 2-year program in Interfaith ministry taught by a Rabbi!
Those who have followed my blog know that in the past several years I have been studying and practicing the Essene Gospels. It’s noted in one of the Essene books I have that Kabbalah could be an outgrowth of the Essene teachings. What I have not mentioned yet on this blog (I don’t think) is that I’ve also been reading about Kabbalah – and resonating with it. And despite the fact that Kabbalah is the teachings of Jewish mysticism, apparently those teachings are not supported by many mainstream Jewish synagogues and Rabbis. For a long time I was trying to find a way to study Kabbalah with others through Meet Ups without success.
I emailed this local group and was promptly placed on their email list. (Of course, no direct response to my inquiry about studying Kabbalah – ha, ha! I figured I probably need to become more known to the community and then they can decide whether I’m worthy, or ready, or… Mildly annoying, but I get it.)
One of the upcoming events was a teaching/discussion today in commemoration of the 11 Jewish people recently murdered in their place of worship in Pittsburgh. The topic was Finding Comfort: Seeing G-d through the Pain. There had also been a series of Holocaust survivor speakers recently here in Spokane that unfortunately I missed attending. So great – I get to go pay respects to a community that, in the least (in my beliefs), does not deserve such persecution. (Of course the point can be made – who does???)
One of the points the Rabbi teaching this topic made is that we humans perceive things as tragedies, yet we have no knowing the possible higher purpose of such incidents. At the very least, our painful life experiences provide us opportunity to grow – grow in awareness of our physical endurance, our emotional capacity, and our ability to help others who may later go through similar experiences. What he said brought to mind that old Chinese story of a man whose son breaks a leg, and he thinks that’s horrible – till the national army comes to take the young man to serve in war, and he’s unable to go because of his broken leg. There’s a series of similar other things that happen, each originally seen as terrible – till the next event follows and what was seen as horrendous and such a cause for suffering and grieving suddenly turns into a blessing.
Several months back I had an interesting dream. During the days leading up to it, I’d been bumping up against the concept of things happening in the spiritual realms -- or perhaps parallel universes if you want to look at it that way – that have direct impact on physical events. However, we are unaware of the connection because we can’t see with our human eyes what’s happening in other dimensions.
In my dream, an other-worldly being was standing behind the driver’s seat of a car funneling M & Ms through the tight opening in the seat where the seat bottom meets the back of the seat. This was resulting in a pile of M & Ms accumulating on the seat. I realized in the dream that I was being given an insight on the cause of the appearance of the M & Ms, which were visible to us in our ordinary physical existence. I knew the being behind the seat was not visible to our physical eyes, yet the M & Ms were amassing because of it. And I “got” that, for all things that appear in our physical universe, if the cause is not one we are able to apprehend physically, it means there is something occurring on a non-physical level.
M & Ms? I know – funny symbolism! I suppose one could use the goofiness of what was being used to illustrate the point as a reason to discredit it. To me, the point is not what was used. What if it were gold coins accumulating on the seat? The message, for me, would be the same: There was a direct cause for the appearance of those M & Ms – but the vast majority of humans, myself included, would not see it.
Is it possible that tragedies we experience are blessings in a way we don't comprehend?
We do not know All.
Thank you for bearing with me while I was away for two weeks this month.
I have no problem going off-grid when I'm away -- in fact, I look forward to it! When I was ready to tackle the multitude of emails that descended on my inbox in my absence, look what arrived on Friday, the day I honor the Angel of Joy in the morning. This is a daily inspirational message I've been receiving for many years, and this time it was just the right topic:
"I let my inner vibration of joy flow into every circumstance of my life."
In any given moment, you can choose to feel joy. Close your eyes and picture the smile on a child's face. Place your own face where you see that baby face. That was once you as a child and it only takes a moment to return there.
What if.......... the world really needs more of us to feel JOY at any given moment. Walk by the next window pane and look at your face. Give yourself a "thumbs up" and know that by seeing yourself in JOY for that one little moment, you uplifted the world.
"I let my inner vibration of joy flow into every circumstance of my life."
~smilingly yours today~
"Building People, Building Dreams."
Thank you, Judy, for your message about the energy of Joy. I love the concept of giving yourself a "thumbs up" when you see your reflection! We can also smile at someone we don't know; thank a rose for its beauty, and celebrate the bright colors of Fall, being open to Nature's expression of Joy in its being and its cycles.
May many blessings of Joy come into your day.
The Essenes related their concept of Law to the tetragrammaton – the 4 letters YWHW that we tend to translate into “Yahweh.” This word is often interpreted as the Hebrew name for God. Yet Murray Webber, author of the book, An Introduction to Gnostic Hebrew Qabbal (© 1995) tells us that what should be pronounced for the tetragrammaton is the word, Adonai. The words God and Lord, he firmly states, are not interchangeable in Hebrew (page 18)!
Furthermore, in the section on the Hebrew letter Daleth -- the 4th letter (every letter in Hebrew has a corresponding number), Webber notes that many spellings of the word for Spirit or Creator in a variety of languages are made of four letters!
He uses the English word, Lord, rather than God, then mentions these others:
Yod He Vav He (YHVH, the tetragrammaton) for Hebrew
Dieu --- French
Gott --- German
Odin --- Norse
Jove --- Roman
Zeus --- Greek
Atma --- Hindu
Nebo --- Assyrian
Isis --- Egyptian
OK, I’m sure there are others that don’t match that formula, but isn’t it fascinating? The Hebrew alphabet consists of 22 numbers (2+2 = 4). And the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet, Tav, has the numerical value 400 (4+0+0 = 4), and also a large multiple of 4.
And here’s more to be excited about – while I have a very limited knowledge of languages, how about the word, Love? It’s 4 letters, too. And also in Spanish (Amor), French (Aime) and German (Leib).
I have some exposure to a system of numerology, but at this point am curious about what any of my readers might think about this. What is significant for you about the number 4?
After my last post, you may wonder, “Really? No Lord? Well, what is this Law then?”
In all honesty, I’m not sure I know. But I’m pondering it!
I shared the Essene Gospel quote ("Without beginning, the Law creates thought and life") with a friend last week, who honestly shared with me that she doesn’t particularly like that word, the Law. I think it’s because, as Szekely openly discusses, that word has a pretty specific meaning in our day and age. Our minds go to “rules” and things that must be abided by – or… (or what? Arrest? Jail? Disownment? Divorce? And any other unwanted things you can come up with). Szekely also says we may think of scientific laws, and notes that even these change as the progress of humanity advances.
He says that the “Law,” as referred to by the Essenes, is what is everywhere and the very nature of all we are aware of in our existence. There is the law of gravity, which dictates how an object will behave if it falls. There is also a law that has set the orbits of the sun, the moon and the planets. There is a law of karma – we often notice that we receive in kind to what we give. In this sense, the Law is also omniscient. And, if it is everywhere and contained in all, it is also omnipresent.
These are qualities that are usually ascribed to “God.” And in relation to God, Szekely makes a point that really caught my attention. He says, “The first chapter of Genesis tells us that God created man in his own image, but history throughout the ages reveals the opposite process, whereby man is continually creating gods.” (The Essene Book of Creation, page 9.) Whether our concept of God is an older gentleman with a long white beard sitting on a throne, a jolly fat man holding his belly, an ibis or other animal per some ancient Egyptian renditions, or more immaterial things such as love, wisdom or reason, Szekely contends that those concepts are limited. He states that the Essenes did not limit their interpretation of this Power, either materially or immaterially.
What concept of God do you hold? What are its limits? Can we even wrap our minds around a REALLY limitless, omnipresent and omniscient Essence/Being/Energy…. ? What might be different if we were able to?
There are many writings of the Essene Gospels. The communions with the angels that I have written about in past blogs comes from Books 2 and 3. Book 1 focuses on Jesus’s teachings about health – including fasting, eating living things, and daily practices of immersions in water, sunlight and air. Book 4 is titled “Teachings of the Elect,” and includes some more communions (Angel of Sound being one) and an illustration, through the story of “The Humble Grass,” of how all aspects of nature are inter-connected.
Within books 2 and 3 is also the Essene recounting of Moses’s receiving the Ten Commandments (yes, different from the Bible in use today) and a comprehensible rendition of Revelations.
What’s on my mind today comes from “The Essene Book of Creation,” also by Edmond Bordeaux Szekely. This is not written in poetic form, as much of the communions with the angels in books 2 and 3 are. It is more a commentary, including quotes from what Szekely says is the text of Essene Book of Creation, written before the creation story in the Bible.
Right from the beginning, Szekely captures my attention. He reminds us of the beginning of our Bible’s version: “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth….” He goes on to say that the Essene version is quite different. Per Szekely, the Essene version states, “Without beginning, the Law creates thought and life.”
I find this fascinating! The message is notably different. For me it carries much more of an ongoing process in creation (which can be found in other Essene writings, for that matter). And the creation isn’t “heaven and earth,” but “thought and life.” It isn’t “God” who creates, but “the Law.”
In his discussion of the differences, Szekely notes that the concept of “without beginning” is challenging for the everyday person to understand. With our typical finite way of life, where events and our life spans (as well as that of trees, animals, even our planet) have a beginning and an end, we are comfortable with the thought of the space in which we live (meaning our solar system and the universe as a whole) having a beginning and, conceivably, a termination point.
Yet Szekely points to the fact that science has not been able to identify any limits to the universe! So trying to assign it a beginning may well go against its very essence. In which case “without beginning” could well be the actual truth, even if we do find it hard to wrap our minds around.
As for the rest? I think I’ll leave that for another post.
I don’t draw divinatory cards often, but now and then I get curious about what might arise. Often I have seen them be spot-on; other times I am completely confused by the message I’m meant to receive.
The other day I was in my practice space. The deck of cards I’ve been using more recently (trying to get used to them – a newer set of lovely-imaged Tarot called Nature Spirit Tarot, http://naturespirittarot.com) was not there. But my trusty Medicine Cards deck winked at me, and I decided to see what they had to say.
Let me preface this by saying that at the time I was feeling completely drained. I decided to pull a card to see what animal might have any “words of wisdom” for me while I felt so depleted (while almost chuckling to myself as to why I needed a messenger to tell me what I needed – it was most certainly a nap!).
It had also been three months (thanks to summertime) since my last prayer day – a retreat day I spend in a small room in a wooded setting north of Spokane for prayer, reflection and meditation. Since I started doing those over a year ago, I experience them as vital to my spiritual health – and it gives me time to do some focused prayer for people who have recently asked me to keep them, or their loved ones, in my prayers.
As I energetically scanned the cards, I felt drawn to putting my finger down at a certain point (while I don’t always do this with eyes closed, this time I had). It landed on a spot that bridged two cards.
And the second card? I turned to it, wondering what further explanation of Great Spirit wanted expression. Could it have been any more apropos? Prairie Dog greeted me – the animal of Retreat.
Yes, I thought, I still have five days to get through – and then I get to go on spiritual retreat. There could have been no better validation of the prayer day being what I needed than pulling those cards.
Thank you, Animal Kingdom, for emphasizing the importance of taking some time alone to re-establish a foundation that sustains me.
A few Christmases ago, my husband bought us a juicer. About 4 times a week I make us fresh fruit juice in the morning. Apples are a constant in this process, and whenever I prep them for the juicer, this passage from the Essene Gospels comes to mind:
“The mind of the wise
Is a well-ploughed field
Which giveth forth abundance and plenty.
For if thou showest a handful of seed
To a wise man,
He will see in his mind’s eye
A field of golden wheat.
And if thou showest a handful of seed
To a fool,
He will see only that which is before him,
And call them worthless pebbles.”
Before I read these lines I was a fool. (Still am, in many ways…) Yet now when I cut open apples for juice I thank them for their fertility and remark on how many apple trees would have grown if those seeds had been sown and nurtured. Some apples are truly “fertile Myrtles,” others not so much.
How often do we think of the potential of a seed? I’m currently reading the memoir, West into the Night, by Beryl Markham. She tells of having to move due to drought, and includes this passage -- even expanding on the wisdom referred to in the Essene text. From page 132:
“Look at a seed in the palm of a farmer’s hand. … It holds three lives – its own, that of the man who feeds on its increase, and that of the man who lives by its culture. If the seed dies, these men will not, but they many not live as they always had. They may be affected because the seed is dead; they may change, they may put their faith in other things.
All the seeds died one year at Njoro and on all the farms around Njoro, on the low fields, on the slopes of the hills… The seeds died because they were not nourished; they were starved for rain.”
Once again, I feel the fool. I had never considered the significance of seeds for a farmer. How our perceptions are so tightly woven into our life experiences! The starkness of these paragraphs impacted me profoundly.
Where do seeds appear in our lives? Some we will want; others not. How do we choose which to nourish, and to which do we assign the fate of death? Are there consequences as a result of those we allow to die?
In such a way does Life weave its web. We are part of it. Our decisions affect the pattern of the design, yet at the same time it’s ever-changing.
Consider the power of the little seeds.
Susan C. Moyer, MSW
Is a sound healer and transformational coach. She has 25+ years experience in using alternate states of consciousness to access deeper healing on all levels: physical, psychological, mental and spiritual.