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Quote of the Month

As a mother would risk her life to protect her child, her only child, even so should one cultivate a limitless heart with regard to all beings. Karaniya Metta Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu interpretation.

Buddha Blessing

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Jesus: Baptism Initiation

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Shiva

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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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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A Holy Night Observance

 Holy-Temple

From Hodgson: the following are extracts from the work of Corinne Heline.
Now that we are approaching the Christmas month – December, our minds and hearts are naturally drawn to the mystical and inner side of this sacred season of goodwill and kindness.
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UPON A HIGH HILL stands a luminous white Temple. The structure is twelve-sided, and raised above its vast dome is a great cross gleaming against a five-pointed star of light. The interior of the Temple is full of a shimmering white mist, purer than the most crystalline snow. Above the altar hangs a spotless white cross, its center adorned by a single white rose.
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This Temple is the seat of a group of benign beings who have dedicated themselves to service to the world, to bring about the upliftment of mankind and the surcease of sorrow and pain. The masses of humanity are completely unaware of their work, but to the wise they are known as the Compassionate Ones, Ever at the mystic hour of midnight these mighty ones assemble before the great cross with its single perfect flower. As they unite their spiritual forces and direct them toward the rose it gradually becomes luminous; its petals unfold, and a light, dawn-fresh and pure, increases until the entire blossom is transformed to a radiant golden hue. This light continues to increase in volume and intensity as the work of the Brothers proceeds, until the whole Temple is suffused with it. Then the light passes out through the twelve windows, one of which adorns each of the twelve sides of the Temple. All the landscape round about is illumined by the mighty rays as they ex¬pand and advance and are finally swallowed up in the infinitude of space. 

 
The Temple at times appears to be almost physical in outline. Again its great dome becomes enveloped in an undulating ebb and flow of silverywrose etheric mist. The price of entrance into this holy place is not riches, nor fame, nor the adulation of the world. Rather, one must learn to bear his cross more bravely and to walk more closely in the Masters steps. One must learn to tread the straight and narrow path that leads up the steep ascent of Calvary. Before this door will open the heart must be cleansed of selfish desire, the mind disciplined until it possesses the clearness and bril¬liance of a diamond. When the Disciple is freed from the last remnants of self-interest, he is ecstatically conscious of having become one with the light pouring from the Temple, and he knows that regardless of time, space or circumstance, he will never again be parted from it. He knows that throughout all the days of all his lives on earth this light will be a mystic bond connecting him with the exalted beings who labor within the Temple.
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