. . . no real understanding of the zodiac is possible without a perception of its unity. The zodiac is a symbol, in its complete form, of the human consciousness. But as this is equal to the All, made in God’s image so to speak, we also find in the zodiac the answer to many enigmas about our universe. These, as well as the mysteries of human consciousness, can only be unraveled on the basis of a unity of vision, of a sense of wholeness, of integrality. - Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet, The Magical Carousel, Commentaries, p. 84
The current practice of astrology, despite the fact that it can give seekers a sense of a greater order, purpose and connection with the macrocosm, is not a system of Gnosis. It is a fragmented system of partial knowledge interpreted through the limitations of the mind. The result is that it can take one only so far in the quest for Self and World Knowledge.
- There has also been a predictable uproar amongst those who feel that the modern western and Vedic understanding of astrology is quite sufficient without Thea’s two cents added, and
- amongst those who feel that after Sri Aurobindo and the Mother (1878-1973) passed, the Supramental Descent was well enough on its way and didn’t need any further element or additional knowledge, and
- that even if it did need something more, it would not have anything to do with cosmology or astrology.
‘This victory is won in twelve periods of the upward journey, represented by the revolution of the twelve months of the sacrificial year, the periods corresponding to the successive dawns of a wider and wider truth, until the tenth month secures the victory . . . What may be the precise significance of the nine rays and the ten is a more difficult position which we are not yet in a position to solve. ’ – Sri Aurobindo, The Secret of the Veda
This would be the Gnostic life on earth, a manifestation or play of truth-conscious being, being grown aware of itself in all things, no longer lost to consciousness of itself, no longer plunged into a self-oblivion or a half-oblivion of its real existence brought about by absorption in form and action, but using form and action with a delivered spiritual power for its free and perfect self-expression, no longer seeking for its own lost or forgotten or veiled and hidden significance or significances, no longer bound, but delivered from inconscience and ignorance, aware of its own truths and powers, determining freely in a movement always concurrent and in tune in every detail with its supreme and universal Reality its manifestation, the play of its substance, the play of its consciousness, the play of its force of existence, the play of its delight of existence. – Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, ‘The Gnostic Being’, p. 1047
It can be understood that the more we progress toward a Truth-Consciousness, toward an existence which feeds on Truth, on Life, and not on Ignorance and Death, the greater will our possibilities be to understand the universal harmonies and then to directly translate them into the forms of material creation, thereby substituting ignorance with truth. Astrology and cosmic harmonies are born of Truth, and all that which does not correspond to this Truth is a part of the inferior existing planes which interfere with the manifestation of Truth.
As yet a wide gap exists between the essence of cosmic harmonies, the Ideal, and the planes of Earth life where the essence is to take root and flower. But it is known that we are in the Aquarian Age; we are passing through the portion of the Great Circle [the 25,920 year Precession of the Equinoxes] which corresponds precisely to the sign that rules astrology and the Ideal. Therefore, during our present Age we shall be engaged in lessening the gap between these two poles, in erasing the Ignorance and effacing the power of the interfering forces of falsehood. - Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet, The Gnostic Circle, pp. 7-8
- The first section begins with an explanation of the zodiac and covers the first quarter of the zodiac – Aries, Taurus and Gemini.
- The second section covers the second quarter of the zodiac – Cancer, Leo and Virgo.
- The third section covers the third quarter of the zodiac – Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius and
- the fourth section will cover fourth quadrant of the zodiac – Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.
Important Notes to the Reader: Even though the summaries are broken up into four section for easier viewing, they are meant to be read and understood in order, as a whole, as a continuity. The four sections/quadrants each correspond to a stage of evolution.
- The first quadrant corresponds to Physical development,
- the second quadrant to Vital development,
- the third quadrant to Mental development, and
- the fourth level to Spiritual development.
None of these stages (or signs within the stages) are independent of or isolated from the rest. They are a whole, just as the twelve months and the four season make up a whole year; and just as dawn, noon, dusk and midnight make up a whole day. The following image of the circle (found in ‘Mind in the Supramental Creation: The Mind of Light’, Vishaal Newsletter, Volume 0, Issue 1, December 1985) may assist the reader in visualizing the flow through the four quadrants of the zodiac. [Link to Image] In this image 0° Aries would fall at the far left, 0° Cancer at the nadir, 0° Libra at the far right and 0° Capricorn at the apex. For a more elaborate vision of the zodiac, see the Gnostic Circle (wherein the Zodiac and Enneagram are seen as cohesive whole).