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That the Angel of the PRESENCE may make His nearness felt and inspire you to pass courageously through the fires of the burning ground is my earnest prayer; that the fact of the PRESENCE may be sensed by you and lead you to greater activity—once the burning ground is passed—is my deepest wish for you; and that the light may shine upon your way and bring a certain and assured consummation of all the travail and struggle which has characterised your way of life is my heart's desire for you. To more active and steady enterprise I call you. THE TIBETAN.

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Shiva copySHIVA is the first Person of the Trinity, the Destroyer, but at the same time the Final Absorber, the Whole and yet the part. In the case of the human spirit, it is the Monad.

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Astrology: Pope Francis, Forerunner of the Rider on the White Horse?

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ESOTERIC ASTROLOGY ANALYSIS OF POPE FRANCIS’ MISSION (2. Includes new footnotes)
Leoni Hodgson
PhDe Esotericism, PMAFA

Prior to his election in March 2013, Pope Francis lived a simple lifestyle, resided in a small apartment, took public transport and cooked his own meals. As Cardinal Bergoglio, he became known for personal humility, doctrinal conservatism and a commitment to social justice. He chose the name “Francis” in honour of Saint Francis of Assisi, who was especially concerned for the well-being of the poor and who opposed the luxury, pride and vanity of those in power at that time. By taking on this name – and by following up quickly with sweeping reforms, Francis declared to the world the nature and goals of his mission as pope. He is a new, cleansing wind blowing through an organisation that reeks of greed, corruption and self-service. It is easy to see from his words, actions and global influence, that he is at least an initiate – a very spiritually advanced human soul.

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|| Charts of the very spiritually advanced are interpreted differently. This is because the inner cleansing work on the personality has been done and the chart does not represent the personal self and its goals. Interpreted at the “Hierarchy” or global consciousness level, the chart represents the character of the individual, the goals of the world missionary work, the way they go about it and any obstacles that stand in their way.

|| Remember also that in the very spiritually advanced, the force of Uranus – the 7th Ray (that seeks to unite spirit and matter, to lift the masses up to their higher spiritual destiny), flows through the Sun and Moon. Spirit rules and it releases its power through the personality. It is no wonder Francis’ approach as Pope has thus far been very different and radical from his predecessors. He bristles with Uranian electric-fire and it pours through his work (6th House {H}), his important partnerships (7H), and through his important goals out into the world for all to see (10H).

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Source Notes for chart from Astro.com – Birth certificate

1. Pope Francis’ Spiritual Purpose: Ascendant Cancer:

Francis’ spiritual purpose is to minister to the masses and “build a lighted house” (keynote of Cancer) – reach out to the masses of whatever faith, awaken them to reality about the state of their lives and that of the world, and to unify them into a collective whole. [1] We can see this mission unfolding:

This church.. is the home of all, not a small chapel that can hold only a small group of selected people..  [2]

May the church be the place of God’s mercy and love, where everyone can feel themselves welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged. [3]

we pray to the Lord that the Church may always be a true family that brings God’s love to everyone. [4]

Pope Francis envisions an inclusive church: “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone.” Even atheists? He was asked. “Everyone”.. [5]  Read more …  

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The Problem of Channelling and Channellers

Update Feb 2013

By Leoni Hodgson, PMAFA, MSE (Psych), PhDe Esotericism

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There has been an explosion of spiritual teachings and communications on the planet over the last one hundred and fifty years. Some are genuine, coming from credible esoteric sources such as Helena Blavatsky or Alice Bailey. But most are interpretations of the true teachings, which in the author’s opinion are dubious at best, and filled with distortions, personal biases, or downright nonsense, at worst. Many “young souls” – those who have not yet developed mental discrimination and have not studied credible esoteric teachings, are “taken in” by these false prophets and their prophecies. This will continue until the student develops a cycle of doubt and becomes more discerning. This paper explores this topic.

A. Levels of Consciousness on our Planet

1. There are seven levels of consciousness on Earth. The higher four we generally call “spiritual” or superhuman, because they are beyond man’s normal range of consciousness. The lower three are the human worlds of mind, emotions and physical.

·         God consciousness is on the highest Logoic or 1st level.

·         Our spiritual sparks are on the 2nd Monadic Plane.

·         Our spiritual natures span the 3rd, 4th and higher 5th, the Atmic, Buddhic and Higher Mental.

·         Our human souls or developing points of wisdom are on the higher 5th Mental Plane.

·         Our human minds are on the lower 5th Mental Plane

·         Our emotions are on the 6th Astral Plane

·         Our physical bodies are on the 7th Physical Plane.

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2. The ultimate spiritual goal for man is to become spiritually aware. That is, to ascend in consciousness, up the planes – to build a channel of consciousness from the brain, to the mind, to soul wisdom, then to spirit.

3. We achieve this; we raise our level successively through the planes as we learn from the experiences presented to us in our various incarnations. We can also hasten the building of the inner link (antahkarana or rainbow bridge) through concentrated meditation of the esoteric type. (Meditation using the mind as an analytical factor).

4. These higher levels of consciousness and communication are not available to us until we have built this inner link.

5. When communications or energy transmissions originate on any plane, they degrade in quality as they pass down through lower planes, finally exhausting themselves on the physical plane.

6. So for example, a message originating from the 3rd Atma Plane, can only be received in its pure form by those who are consciously aware at that or a higher level. Everyone else below gets a message that is degrading. The lower down the ladder, the more distorted is the message.

B. Mystics – those who focus in their emotions

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1. Most people on Earth have not yet developed a good reasoning mind, but focus instead, in their emotions. They do not think issues through carefully or look for evidence and facts, but make decisions based on how they feel, or by what they are told.

2. In terms of ascension, they have only forged a consciousness link from the physical to the emotional.

3. People who blindly accept channelled information, are mostly in this group.

4. People in this group who also have a yearning to connect with God or with their spiritual side, are called “mystics”.  

5. Many mystics believe that spiritual realisation or union with the Divine can occur through devotional means. By wishing, hoping, praying and yearning for union. Although that may have been true in the past for younger races, it is not appropriate, and it does not work, for modern man whose task is to develop the mind.

6. GLAMOUR: such people are victims of a particular psychological problem called Glamour. This is the tendency to distort reality because of emotional bias. Because they wish and hope something is true, such people hypnotise themselves into believing it to be so, even when there is no hard evidence to support the belief.

Even advanced mystics and occultists (who use the mind) must guard against its attractive lure. They can be so earnest in their desire to contact and communicate with their God, Guru or Teacher, that they may readily interpret the “visions” or impressions they receive as coming from a divine source. Others could convince themselves they are the receivers of special attention from the Master.

7. If a voice is heard by a spiritually undeveloped person (according to the esoteric measure), then it is 99.99% likely to come from a non-spiritual source, from the higher unmanifested levels of the Astral or Emotional Plane. This is the plane of delusion where the emotions, dreams and imaginings of humanity reside. They take form and people who are susceptible and see them, or hear them speak, call them spiritual. But they are tuning in only to the dumping ground of man’s wish life and imagination. The spiritual planes are higher. The Masters and saints do not live on the astral plane.

8. However, it is important to understand that the mystical stage is a normal and natural stage we all go through, on the journey of the soul towards enlightenment.

C. The Importance of the Mind in Spiritual Growth

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1. Gautama Buddha used his mind to reason his way to enlightenment. The entire Buddhist philosophy centres on developing the mind as a means to become enlightened and wise.

2. Those who use their minds are sometimes called Occultists or Esotericists, to distinguish them from mystics of the type refered to, who do not.

3. If we refer back to the list of planes and ascension, when the mind is alive and working, the consciousness link spans the physical, to the emotional, to the mind. At this stage, the higher bodies on the higher levels – including the soul, have yet to be accessed and developed. Until this inner work is done, people cannot communicate consciously and clearly with the beings that reside in the superhuman realms.

4. The human mind is the instrument that enables us to connect with the higher planes.

5. Sometimes, mystics do manage to bypass the mind through wishing and longing to unite with God. But if so, it is only temporary, and usually cannot be repeated at will. Then, however true the contact made, when the message is brought back down and interpreted by the undeveloped mind, it is filled with distortions because the mind has not been trained to be a recorder of truth and reality.

6. A mind that is developed and trained to be discriminating, is essential for our spiritual training. Mystics who have not done this may not like to hear the truth that, seemingly “non-spiritual” sceptics are more evolved. They have built the higher link and in the future, will re-connect with their mystical side and be quite advanced on the Path of Spiritual Development.

D. The Problem of Channelling

1. A channeller is a person who claims to have received spiritual messages from a higher divine source. But the common channeller is a mystic who is receiving messages from discarnate sources on the higher Astral Plane of delusion. Without adequate mind training, and when consciousness is focused in the emotional nature, then people can delude themselves into believing that they are receiving divine inspiration when actually the source is often from within or from non-spiritual entities on lower planes. 

2. It is impossible for true spiritual communications emanating from the higher spiritual planes, which are of a high and fine vibration, to be received by minds and brains that have not been prepared through the correct evolutionary process. If by some chance a true spiritual inspiration is received by a consciousness which is glamoured or focused in the lower worlds, no matter how beautiful the original message, it will be distorted in some essential and important way.

“The days of personality contact, of personality attention and of personal messages are over, and have been over for quite a while, save in the vale of illusion, on the astral plane…. The satisfying of individual aspiration, the meeting of the desire of the probationers and the feeding of spiritual ambition appeal to us not at all. The times are too serious, and the crisis too acute.” Esoteric Psychology I, Alice Bailey p112-113

E. The Wise Person wields the Sword of Discrimination

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So how do we sort out which Messenger to believe?  Read more …  

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Humanity and its Fight for Freedom and Justice

An Esoteric Astrology Analysis as Humanity moves towards 2025

Uranus and man’s spiritual urge for greater freedom and justice

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Leoni Hodgson, PMAFA. December 2014

A question which some astrologer’s ask themselves is “Is there a chart somewhere that represents humanity?” After pondering the matter for awhile, I investigated the day on which the Magna Carta was signed and subsequently selected that day for the Astrology Chart of Humanity.

The Magna Carta was a charter issued by King John, England, on 15 June 1215, granting rights to a group of rebel barons. It still forms an important symbol of liberty today, often cited by politicians and campaigners and is held in great respect by the British and American legal communities. Lord Denning famously describing it as “the greatest constitutional document of all times – the foundation of the freedom of the individual against the arbitrary authority of the despot.” 1

Magna Carta (Latin: “the Great Charter”), also called Magna Carta Libertatum (Latin: “the Great Charter of the Liberties”

Confirming its importance in history, Master Djwhal Khul said that there have been two major blows for the release of humanity from bondage during the Piscean Age (the last 2,500 years) “once at the signing of the Magna Charta at Runnymede and again at the French Revolution”. 2

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I chose 0 degrees Libra for the Ascendant, which is the Soul or spiritual purpose point of the chart.

• Firstly because the time is close to midday when realistically the Charter could have been signed.

• Secondly, Libra is the sign that represents that period when people step from the material path onto the spiritual. 3  That is the goal of the Aquarian Age, the sign into which our solar system is currently moving.

• Thirdly, Uranus is at 0 degrees Libra on the ascendant. It rules the Aquarian Age and is also the esoteric ruler of Libra. It is the magical transformative power, which will enable humanity to make the internal and external changes that are required as it progresses into the Aquarian Age.

• Esoterically, the Sun moving into Aquarius represents the personality nature of humanity becoming illumined with the qualities of universal brotherhood. This is the goal, and to this end, Uranus’ transit through the signs over the years, represents man’s struggle, successes and failures.

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The chart suits the occasion.  Read more …  

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Astrology Analysis of a Friend's Death

Leoni Hodgson 2014
[PMAFA, DMNZAS]

Lawson Bracewell was a friend to many and a tireless worker in the esoteric teaching community. He is the founding member of Christ College, Akaroa, New Zealand. I met Lawson in New Zealand in the early 80’s at an astrological workshop given by Alan Oken, then later we both frequented the Auckland Goodwill Centre. We had a special connection and foundational to this was our attraction to the Bailey/ esoteric teachings and the fact that we were both astrologers. LawsonLawson2

Born 13 July 1943, Milaca USA;
died 15 July 2014 at approximately 11.07, NZST.

 Cause of death was heart disease, not heart failure. The latter is due to a weakened heart muscle. In heart disease, the physical heart muscle remains strong but is impaired from doing its work by various causes. All disciples have strong hearts, psychically and physically.

Lawson left a legacy of light and wisdom, and was the founder of Christ College located at Akaroa, New Zealand. Since 2009 it has been offering a variety of courses and meditation. 

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The Meditation Room at Christ’s College

Whenever a significant event happens, all astrologers consult the stars to try to find the relevant planetary activity.
Here are my findings on Lawson’s passing.

POTENTIAL DISEASE IN THE NATAL CHART

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The natal chart tells us the strengths and weaknesses of our physical body. In the case of disease, realised or potential, this is shown by the most powerful planetary stress pattern, especially if the Sun is involved. It is the ultimate symbol of life and vitality. However, in the average healthy person, such diseases do not manifest until later in life and may never manifest if a compensatory, healthy lifestyle is adopted. The major planet stress pattern we find in Lawson’s birth chart is a T-square. From this point on, I will refer to this specific planetary pattern in Lawson’s chart as “the T-square”.

Sun in Cancer, wide conjunction to Jupiter-Pluto in Leo,
– Sun square Libra Ascendant:
Ascendant opposite Mars,
Mars square Jupiter and Pluto in Leo.

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Buddhism and the No-Soul Doctrine (v4) 2014

Buddhism and the No-Soul Doctrine

An Esoteric Perspective – March 2014 (version 4)

Leoni Hodgson, PMAFA, MSE (Psych), PhD Esotericism

[This article first published in 2010, has been extensively rewritten. LH] 

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There are many who do not identify specifically with the Buddhist religion,but nonetheless hold Gautama Buddha and his world mission, in the highest regard. His teachings, specifically the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, his effect for good upon the human consciousness – all these elevate Gautama Buddha to the status of being one of the greatest spiritual Messengers the world has ever known.

Having said that, many people whose understandings are based on Deity and soul, are confused by the Buddhist “no-soul” and “no-God” doctrines. What is it that the great Teacher said exactly? Can these concepts be reconciled with the esoteric teachings promulgated by such writers as Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (HPB) and Alice Bailey?[1] This investigation is the reason for this article, in which Buddhist and esoteric doctrine have been compared and an opinion added.

Gautama was born Hindu, and received esoteric training in the old Brahmanical secret Schools – whose roots are founded in pre-Vedic Wisdom. From these Indian Sages he learned the truths of emptiness, the impermanence of material life, and spiritual development techniques. All students of these schools vow not to reveal the Esoteric Doctrines imparted to them, but in his compassion for man and in order to help him, Buddha violated this.

“In His immense pity for the ignorance—and as its consequence the sufferings—of mankind, desirous though He was to keep inviolate His sacred vows, He failed to keep within the prescribed limits. While constructing His Exoteric Philosophy (the “Eye-Doctrine”) on the foundations of eternal Truth, He failed to conceal certain dogmas, and trespassing beyond the lawful lines, caused those dogmas to be misunderstood. In His anxiety to make away with the false Gods, He revealed in the Seven Paths to ‘Nirvana[2]‘ some of the mysteries of the Seven Lights of the Arupa (formless) World”.[3]

It appears that Gautama was so anxious to help man free himself from corrupt religious teachings; he gave out certain truths about the formless world of Monadic existence – a level of pure spiritual awareness (the first level down from God-consciousness or Brahman) that lies way above human existence. He released these truths to his disciples whose minds and hearts he had prepared to assimilate these great esoteric truths. In order to reach this level, all attachments and trappings pertaining to human life must be stripped away. Occurring naturally through the course of evolution, this stripping away or emptying is accelerated through certain spiritual practices. But they are way above the level of the average student in esoteric training who is being instructed in methods that raise consciousness from lower mind to higher soul wisdom – which is the half-way point to this lofty level.

Students were given a vision of the formless Monadic world, before they could build the equipment to reach it. The whole process of the Soul journey – the continuous expansion of consciousness across lives until enlightenment is reached, was omitted. This situation can be likened to an astronaut told he has to fly directly to the heart of the universe when the technology of his spaceship barely allows him to break free of the Earth’s atmosphere. The consequence is that Buddha’s teaching in this area, has been misunderstood and thus the no-soul, no-creator belief has arisen.

His new doctrine, which represented the outward dead body of the Esoteric Teaching without its vivifying Soul, had disastrous effects: it was never correctly understood… Immense philanthrophy, a boundless love and charity for all creatures, were at the bottom of His unintentional mistake… If the “Good Law,” as preached, resulted in the most sublime code of ethics and the unparalleled philosophy of things external in the visible Kosmos, it biassed and misguided immature minds into believing there was nothing more under the outward mantle of the system, and its dead-letter only was accepted.[4]

The Brahmin’s jealously reserved occult knowledge as the right of their caste. To his credit, Buddha broke this rule, admitting all castes to the path of adeptship, based on merit. It earned him great hostility however, and he was driven out of India. On the positive side, when one looks at religious intolerance in the world today, caused through immature minds misinterpreting the scriptures, perhaps Buddha’s lack of emphasis upon God was one of his greatest gift to man. With one sweeping stroke, he stripped away the roots of religious superstition and taught students to commune directly with God rather than to go through intermediaries (priests) who were so often corrupt. The Renaissance period which broke the hold of religious superstition in the west occurred two thousand years later.

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