The galactic chart is a heliocentric (sun centred) system, viewing the planets as satellites of the sun moving against the backcloth of the galaxy. The galaxy is divided into twelve equal portions, like the segments of an orange, and these correspond with the twelve galactic signs. The starting point for this is the Galactic Centre (currently at 26° ) and is designated as 0o of the galactic sign of Law.
Laid out in conventional horoscope format the Galactic Signs are then named in an anti-clockwise direction from 0o Law at 30o degree intervals.
Law is the consequence of action. The result of action is always immediate no matter what waves are given off.
The law can be seen as the force which creates order out of chaos, when it is truly understood and administered with awareness. It has the authority to punish and exact restitution from those who offend; it also clears peoples names, awards damages and settles disputes.
The figure of Justice above the Old Bailey symbolises the principles of law in action. The woman is the human element who passes sentence, she is blindfolded to demonstrate an impartial judgement; she is no respecter of persons and would give the same treatment be it you, duke or dustman; also she will take the necessary action even if it is painful. The sword is the instrument of decision (the judge) two edged to represent mercy and punishment, protection and retribution. The point shows precise action, only one judgement can be made and it is swift, clear and decisive. It also represents a clean cut - once the debt is paid the matter is finished, there should be only one punishment, it should fit the crime, and not take revenge by exacting more than a person can stand. The scales represent the act of weighing up the evidence, as the jury does, to reach the balance point of decision - guilty or not guilty.
If the law is implemented for the benefit of a section (group) of society or ruler, it can result in oppression, fear and injustice and sets up disharmony - the exact opposite of its intended purpose.
In each of us lies subconscious faculties. The explorer has an inherent need to delve deep and uncover that which is hidden. The old adage 'the answer to all lies within' should be the key to access this information thereby increasing knowledge.
To explore is to reveal or discover that which has always been there but is yet unknown. The symbol of the water diviner with a hazel stick can represent this function quite precisely. The human uses the wood to amplify his unconscious knowledge of the presence of water. Consequently he locates and reveals a vital necessity for the future sustenance of others.
In effect the diviner can tap the subconscious and bring to light that which is hidden, to increase awareness.
The opposite is the charlatan who uses his knowledge of the subconscious for personal gain, by manipulating others.
The principle of 'nurture' is to foster growth by giving selflessly that which is necessary, and understanding and empathising with that which is growing.
The Nurturer needs to tend and give assistance to conditions and circumstances in order to foster growth. The progress of growth can often be hindered by the lack of care, thus producing irregularity and disorder, sometimes ending in destruction.
The symbol for this sigil is a gardener with a watering can and secateurs. The human element decides when to nourish and when to prune; he knows exactly what a plant needs from his experience , understanding, and the contact he has made by touching and smelling both the plant and the soil. He will provide exactly the environment the plant needs, and protect the young plant from predators, weeds and extremes of temperatures in all weathers. He may train the plant in the most suitable direction; in general he takes responsibility for the well being of that which is growing, by understanding all its needs - the natural cycles, and the tides of the seasons - attending to these needs even if they conflict with his own.
The opposite takes place when the gardener acts for his own benefit and in consequence allows the plants to suffer.
Everything that exists begins as a thought. That thought is transferred to a blueprint for eventual manifestation. Here is the framework for construction. Often in the process of building aims are not clearly defined and chaos can reign. Objectives must be firmly fixed before construction begins.
The principle of building is to create order out of chaos by structuring and organising raw materials into a functional and beautiful shape. This action defines a limited space creatively and usefully.
The suggested symbol is that of an architect at a drawing board with a T-square and compasses. The tools represent geometry, precision and definition, and the drawing board, space, planning and preparation. The man utilises these skills to shape the abandon of nature into a particular order, reflecting his inner vision. The resulting edifice is not just for the use of the present generation, but a monument of his age for generations to come. The act of building brings together craftsman of many disciplines to raise a masterpiece which will embody the ideal of an age or glorify God.
The gerry-builder uses the cheapest materials and cuts corners in order to make money. It is of no concern to him if his building leaks or subsides and fails to stand the test of time.
The business of life. For life's affairs to be ongoing transactions of concerns and interests must flow or stagnation will occur. In a commercial sense the system of bartering was first established before money became a medium of exchange in trade. In employment, skills are traded for the turning of the wheels of industry.
To have business acumen, a trader recognises and can manipulate a variety of principles. He knows the law of supply and demand, can anticipate trends and fashions and consequently can calculate the value of an object in these terms, and buy and sell at the right time. His reputation will bring him the number and type of customers he deserves. If he provides an efficient service and is a man of his word who does not lie by omission or break his side of the bargain, he will be known to have integrity and his customers will deal with him in good faith. His insight into human nature will enable him to convince customers that their decision to buy is a wise one and he will be able to persuade and convince them that his goods are the best that money can buy.
The market trader at his stall with weighing scales and an abacus, dealing with a customer and his bag of money sums up all these principles. The market place is an arena full of hustle and bustle and recognisable to all. The two figures show the interchange which takes place during all trading activities such as bargaining, bartering, exchanging money for goods and deals. The weighing scales demonstrate the principles of weighing and measuring goods of different qualities to the value of an equivalent amount of money. The abacus represents the calculation involved in working out profit and loss, cost and retail price, net and gross outlay, worth and value.
The shady used-car salesman is his opposite, his main aim being to trick people into parting with as much money as possible for as little return on his part.
The gathering together of that which has been the product of toil or effort. It maybe in the form of rewards or punishments, depending on how the resultant was made apparent. Again, the maxim 'as you sow, so you shall reap' sums up the situation.
The time to collect and harvest is the end of the cycle, the time when one reaps the efforts put in during the growing season. The harvester knows exactly the right time when the fruits of his labours are ready, neither over nor under ripe. Until the harvest is safely stored, there is always insecurity because the crop can be ruined at any time. This crop contains the seed for all future crops as well as food for the next year. The collected crop can be stored in a barn or preserved in some way such as jam, wine or pickles. This is a form of security for the coming barren winter. It is a time of celebration and thanks when the laws of cycles are understood and propitiated. It is also a time of endings and new beginnings, death and rebirth.
This can be represented by the symbol of a female harvester with a sickle or scythe, surrounded by gathered sheathes of corn. The scythe indicates time and its swift cutting action, the necessary and of one cycle and the beginning of another. The corn is the fruit of a whole year's labour and provides the basis of life and seed for future crops.
Conversely, a thief takes what others have grown and can never appreciate the value of things because he is a parasite upon the work of others.
Dis-ease means that the body is not working in harmony and that there is a disturbance in the physiological structure as a whole. The cause of dis-ease is varied and the Healer needs to recognise the root cause of an illness, and by taking responsibility for the illness, harmony may once again be established. The body may be likened to a temple. When there is true accord, the many spiritual paths will work together with a common goal - Unity.
The healer needs to have the ability to decide and to act upon the decision without hesitation in order to help the sick person gain from the physical attention he gets as well as the faith he has in the healer. He also needs skill in his diagnosis and courage and precision in order to take first incision which represents and assault on the individuality of the patient. He also needs to be able to understand and be sensitive to his patients whilst maintaining certain detachment. He would be ineffective if he took upon himself the illness his of clients and would cease to inspire confidence if he was worried or troubled by their fears.
The suggested symbol for this sigil is a surgeon with a scalpel, bowl and perhaps a light or x-ray picture which would locate the problem for the scalpel to put right. The scalpel cuts away the diseased part of the body and the bowl represents the receptacle into which the poisoned part is placed, thus making the human body whole again.
The establishment of a figure head is, at times, necessary in the day to day running of events. There is often a need to know that one person assumes responsibility and takes leadership and guidance for his fellow men. In turn, the Ruler must realise he is duty bound and while he delegates his power to his subjects, he must understand the motivations and needs of his people, thus establishing a common purpose.
The king is the focus of the nation's attention who rules but does not govern. He holds and administers the land in trust from God. The true king may be the master of all, but he is also the slave of all because his life must be lived selflessly, his ultimate concern being the needs of the nation. There is no respite from such a duty. He belongs to the people and so has no private life.
The symbol is a crowned man seated on a throne holding an orb and sceptre, which are the symbols of office and authority.
This is the interweaving between higher and lower levels. The Interpreter needs to have a clear concise meaning of the translated facts without colouring them with his own views. He is an agent who makes clear the intentions and aims of issues and his integrity must be upheld.
The interpreter acts as a channel or mediator between God and the people. He is concerned with transmission and the change which this transmission effects in man. He adds or subtracts nothing of his own but is merely the link. In order to fulfil this function he must live a life of poverty, obedience and humility.
The function can be carried out by the priest who is the conductor of rituals and ceremonies and who administers the sacraments. As a messenger of God, possessing the language of symbols, he can interpret the word of God to the people on the one hand and, on the other, mediate between them and God. His life is dedicated, an act of selfless service.
Teaching is concerned with creating conditions favourable to intellectual and spiritual growth, with drawing out and inspiring the creative potential in the pupil.
The teacher has access to knowledge which he emits to those who are ready for such knowledge. He should have the wisdom and understanding that knowledge should not be given out freely for the import could fall on stony ground and the true meaning lost or misinterpreted.
Knowledge is passed down through the myths and legends of the culture, creating, for each generation, a link with the past.
This function can be represented by the storyteller, who, through his art, passes on a dynamic heritage. He is represented sitting near a bookcase, holding a group of listeners spellbound with his stories.
There is a need to protect and cherish that which is sacred to us. This is a higher form of love which is dedicated to revere a person or purpose. In this role the Protector becomes the shield of defence which rebuffs any form of attack against his faith. He is a custodian of principles.
The protector must be responsible and discriminating in order to carry out this function without the interference of personal feeling or involvement it is his duty to be vigilant at all times.
The principles of this sigil can be expressed through the image of the guard standing at a gateway holding a staff and a bunch of keys. The guard's role is to allow passage to those with permission. He is the custodian of whatever lies beyond the gateway and is not personally concerned with what lies on either side only with what passes through, the comings and goings. He could be described as a catalyst because whoever he permits passage through the gate is transformed, while he himself remains unchanged.
The Artist needs to express outwardly the creative potential within. This manifests in many forms such as painting, writing and dance. The pattern of creation is therefore being perpetuated - if it lies uncovered then it has only the capacity for existence.
Art works directly on the senses and is a dynamic expression of that power which is fundamental to all. The true artist, spontaneous and compelling, can fathom the symbolic utterance of the subconscious and transmit the experience in his unique way. It should also be noted that an older meaning of the word 'art' was 'skill'.
The suggested image is a drummer, the drum being a universal instrument used at all stages of man's evolution, not just as musical instrument but also as a means of transmitting messages over long distances, both literally and metaphorically. The drumbeat provides the foundation to music as it beats the time.
Art can carry the same message regardless of the language spoken because it operates in the sphere of feelings and in the subconscious.
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