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Labors of 'H E R C U L E S'

Below is a melting pot of the signs, as they affect Hercules and 'YOU'!
Liberation is, in reality, twelvefold in nature, for liberation, victory and triumph have to be experienced in every sign, just as captivity, defeat and failure have been experienced in all the signs of the zodiac, whilst the man is functioning as a personality.

Renunciation is experienced and the disciple or initiate renounces all for the 'L O V E' of humanity and its service, and lays himself upon the 'altar of sacrifice'. He achieves, as a result, the 'final liberation'.
The Four 'Preparatory Signs'

Being equipped with the faculty of mind, in Aries,

and with desire, in Taurus,

and having arrived at the realization of his 'essential duality', in Gemini,

the incarnating human being enters, through birth in Cancer, into the human kingdom.

 See the 'Cardinal Cross': Cardinal C.

In Aries, he grips his mind and seeks to bend it to his need, learning mental control.


 See the 'Fixed Cross': Fixed Cross

In Taurus, "the mother of illumination", he receives his first flash of that spiritual light which will grow increasingly more brilliant as he nears his goal.

In Taurus, the symbol of creative force expressing itself through desire, we see the lower aspect of the 'Divine Creative Force, Sexual Desire', transmuted into, or sacrificed to, its higher aspect. It had to be 'Raised Up into Heaven'.
 See the 'Mutable Cross':  Mutable C.

In Gemini, he not only appreciates the two aspects of his nature, but the immortal aspect begins to increase at the expense of the mortal.


 See the 'Cardinal Cross': Cardinal C.

Now, in Cancer, he gets his first touch of that more 'universal sense' which is the higher aspect of the mass consciousness.

Cancer is the last of what we might call the four preparatory signs, whether we are considering the involution of the soul in matter, or the evolution of the aspirant as he struggles out of the human into the spiritual Kingdom.

Cancer is a mass sign, and the influences which pour from it are held by many esotericists to bring about the formation of the human family, of the race, the nation, and the family unit.

Where the aspirant is concerned, the story is somewhat different, for in these four signs, he prepares his equipment and learns to utilize it.

Cancer is the sign of instinct, of herd life, of mass reaction. It represents the 'SUBCONSCIOUS MIND', hereditary instinct, and the 'collective imagination'.

It stands, individually, for the totality of the life and the 'CONSCIOUSNESS of the CELLS of the BODY', and of that instinctive, collective life, which is largely 'SUBCONSCIOUS' in man, but which 'always influences his physical body' and, subjectively, his lower mind and emotional being.

Three words summarize the 'objective self-awareness' or the 'conscious aspect' of the evolving human being: instinct, intellect, intuition.

In the same way, as matter has to be lifted up into heaven, so instinct has to be likewise lifted up, and when it has been thus transcended and transmuted, it manifests as 'intuition' (symbolized by the doe). The intermediate stage is that of the intellect.

The great need of Hercules now is to develop his intuition and to become familiar with that instantaneous recognition of truth and reality which is the high prerogative and potent factor in the life of a liberated son of God.

There is no success for the aspirant until he has transmuted instinct into intuition, nor is there right use of the intellect until the intuition is brought into play, interpreting and extending the intellect and bringing realization. Then instinct is subordinated to both.

Equipped, therefore, with a controlled mind, a capacity to register illumination, an ability to contact his immortal aspect and intuitively to recognize the kingdom of spirit, he is ready now for the greater work.

Qualities of the Sign of Cancer:
Cancer is called the Crab and the Greeks tell us that it was the crab that was sent by Hera to 'bite the FOOT of Hercules'.
(Again we meet this symbol in the vulnerable "HEEL of Achilles".)

This is an interesting way of expressing the liabilities of the incarnation process and of illustrating the handicaps which beset the soul as it travels along the 'path of evolution'.
It symbolizes the limitations of all physical incarnation, for Cancer is one of the 'two great GATES of the zodiac'.

It is the gate into the world of forms, into physical incarnation, and the sign wherein the duality of form and of soul is 'UNIFIED' in the 'PHYSICAL BODY'.

The opposite sign to Cancer is Capricorn, and these two constitute the two gates, one being the gate into form life, and the other into spiritual life;

- one opening the door into the mass form of the human family, and the other into the 'Universal State of Consciousness' (COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS),
which is the 'Kingdom of Spirit'.

- One marks the beginning of human experience on the physical plane, the other marks its climax. One signifies potentiality, and the other consummation.

We are told that Christ gave to Saint Peter the keys of heaven and earth; He gave to him, therefore, the 'keys of these two gates'. We read:

"Jesus gives to Peter ... the keys to the two principal gates of the zodiac, which are the two solsticial points, the zodiacal signs Cancer and Capricorn,

- called the 'GATES of the SUN'. Through Cancer, or the 'gate of man', the soul descends upon earth (to unite with the body), which is its 'spiritual death'.

Through Capricorn, the 'gate of the gods', it REASCENDS to HEAVEN."2

Capricorn represents the group which the unit consciously enters, and also
"the father of all that is".

The gate of Cancer is entered through the process of transference out of the animal state of consciousness into the human, whilst the gate of Capricorn is entered through initiation.

One is inevitable, subconscious and potential;
Cancer represents the mass form, the collective animal soul;
Capricorn represents the group, the universal soul.

Not yet has the work been consummated. All that is to be heard is the note of possible achievement. All that is to be found is a deep inner urge and discontent which gradually becomes so strong that it lifts the hidden, struggling individual out of his environment of stabilized world condition and makes him the earnest aspirant, who knows no rest until he has emerged out of the water and climbed steadily on until he finds himself on the summit of the mount in Capricorn, the birth not the consummation of the 'world savior'.

"Christ was born in Capricorn, fulfiled the law under Saturn, 'initiated' the era of intelligent brotherhood under 'V E N U S', and is the perfect example of the Capricorn initiate, who becomes the 'world server' in Aquarius; and the 'world savior' in Pisces.

Cancer admits the soul into the world center which we call humanity. Capricorn admits the soul into conscious participation in the life of that world center which we call the Hierarchy."3


 See the 'Fixed Cross': Fixed Cross

In Leo, we see 'cosmic mind' working out in the individual as the lower reasoning mind, and this lower aspect has likewise to be sacrificed and the little mind of man must be subordinated to the 'universal mind'.

The sign 'Leo' is one of the four arms of the 'fixed cross' in the heavens, the Cross of the soul on which the 'Cosmic Christ' and the 'individual Christ' are ever crucified.

Perhaps the word "crucified" would have a true significance if we substituted for it the word "sacrificed", for in the 'Unfoldment of the Christ Consciousness in the Form', stage by stage, various aspects of the divine nature are seen as being sacrificed.

 See the 'Mutable Cross':  Mutable C.

In Virgo we have the preparation for the 'first initiation', the 'birth' of the Christ, called in Christianity the 'birth' of the 'Christ in the heart'.

This is a physical plane happening as well as a transcendental one, as we find when we study the signs of Virgo and of Capricorn.

It is said that, from some aspects, Virgo is the oldest of the zodiacal signs.

Down through the ages, be it Lilith or Isis, Eve or the Virgin Mary, all portray the 'mother of the world', but it is Mary who at length bears the Child in her arms.

Virgo is called the goddess of virtue or of vice.

Virgo is also called the "goddess of the two ways", because as the 'Holy Mother principle she symbolizes matter' and also is the custodian of the Christ life.

And it is in this sign that the 'Christ consciousness' is conceived and nurtured through the period of gestation until at last in Pisces, the opposite sign, the 'world savior' is born.
The symbology of Virgo concerns the whole goal of the evolutionary process, which is to shield, nurture and finally reveal the 'hidden spiritual reality'.

- This, every form veils but the human form is equipped and fitted to manifest it in a manner different from any other expression of divinity and so make tangible and objective that for which the whole creative process was intended.

Virgo has a triple symbol, which only one other sign, Scorpio, has. This is significant, implying that these two signs are connected with the growth of 'Christ consciousness'.

- They mark critical points in the soul's experience, points of integration, wherein the soul is consciously at-one-ing itself with the form and at the same time with spirit. (Esoteric Astrology).

The Secret Doctrine is a clear statement of the whole message of this sign:
"Matter is the vehicle for the manifestation of soul on this turn of the spiral;

- and soul is the vehicle on a higher turn of the spiral for the manifestation of spirit,

- and these three are a trinity synthesized by Life which pervades them all".

 See the 'Cardinal Cross': Cardinal C.

 See the 'Fixed Cross': Fixed Cross

 See the 'Mutable Cross':  Mutable C.

 See the 'Cardinal Cross': Cardinal C.

 See the 'Fixed Cross': Fixed Cross

The 'Soul Waxes' and the 'Personality Wanes'!

In Aquarius, the 'Initiate' consummates all that has been achieved in Leo through the influence of the Sun, for in Leo there is an almost unique condition where humanity is concerned as the Sun governs all expressions - exoteric, esoteric and hierarchical.

The Sun rules the personality, the soul and the fourth Creative Hierarchy.
Hence the Sun (the physical Sun) is Lessened in its Power in Aquarius.

The 'third Initiation' has been undergone and the light of the personality has been
"put out" or 'Dimmed' by the light of the 'subjective Sun', influencing the Soul.

Initiation is an achievement and an attained success of the soul which has at last succeeded in dominating the personality and in manifesting its 'True Nature and Character', in spite of the personality and the antagonism of the human being intent upon his own purposes.

This achievement reaches its goal at the 'third initiation' and from that time on man, liberated and free, serves from free choice and as a soul, conscious of intent and purpose upon the physical plane.

The decanates in Aquarius

The decanates in Aquarius are governed (according to Alan Leo) by Saturn, Mercury and Venus, and the effect that they will produce upon human affairs and world conditions is already beginning to appear.

Saturn is the planet of 'discipleship' and of opportunity; it is exceedingly active today, presenting to the 'world disciple' those difficult situations and crises which 'will involve free choice, discriminative pioneering, wise response and correct decision', thus bringing about the destruction of that which hinders without the relinquishing of any true values of which humanity may be aware.

The individual disciple has always been faced with these conditioning and releasing circumstances, and today humanity itself is in the same position.

Saturn, having offered opportunity and proffered us a choice to bring about the needed changes and to destroy that which holds back the 'free expression of the soul',

- eventually stands aside in order to let 'His great Brother, 'Mercury',
spread the light of the soul - intuitive and illuminating'
- upon the situation, to interpret for us, 'through our own illumined minds', the significance of events and to relate the old and the new, the past and the future through the 'light of the present'.

Venus third decanate
When the task of Saturn and of Mercury has been accomplished, then during the third decanate, Venus, which is the 'Union of Heart and Mind', will usher in the long hoped for era of 'love-wisdom', of 'brotherhood' and of expressed brotherly relationships.

Opportunity - Illumination - Brotherhood:
these are the gifts that Shamballa is planning to confer upon mankind during the Aquarian Age, if man will but prepare for them, accept them, and use them. Only the future will make clear man's reaction.

 See the 'Mutable Cross':  Mutable C.

Signs of 'Physical Struggle'

In the next four signs, which we might regard as the signs of physical plane struggle for achievement, we have portrayed for us the tremendous battle through the medium of which;

The Self-conscious individual, emerging out of the mass in Cancer,
knows himself to be the individual in Leo,
the potential Christ in Virgo,
the aspirant endeavoring to balance the pairs of opposites in Libra,
and the one who overcomes illusion, in Scorpio.

These are the four signs of crisis and of stupendous endeavor. In them all the illumination, intuition and soul power of which Hercules, the aspirant, is capable, are utilized to the uttermost.

These have their reflection, too, on the involutionary arc, and a similar sequence of unfoldment can be traced;

The soul achieves individuality in Leo,
becomes the nurturer of ideas and of potential capacities in Virgo,
swings violently from one extreme to the other in Libra,
and is subjected to the disciplining effect of the world of illusion and form in Scorpio.
The Signs of 'Achievement'

In the final four signs, we have the signs of achievement. The aspirant has worked out of the world of glamor and of form, and in his consciousness is free from their limitations.

Now he can be the archer in Sagittarius, going straight for his goal;
now he can be the goat in Capricorn, scaling the mount of initiation;
now he can be the world worker in Aquarius,
and the world savior in Pisces.
Thus he can sum up in himself all the gains of the preparatory period and of the fiercely fought battles in the four signs of strenuous activity; and in these four final signs demonstrate the gains achieved and the powers developed.

This brief summation of the signs, as they affect Hercules, will serve to give some idea of the wonderful synthesis of the picture, and of the steady progression, and of the controlled unfolding of the various forces which play their subtle parts in bringing about the changes in the life of man.1

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1. Alice Bailey - http://laluni.helloyou.ws/netnews/bk/hercules/
2. (E. Valentia Straiton, The Celestial Ship of the North Vol. II, p. 206)
3. (Esoteric Astrology)

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