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Comprehending The Angelic Realm
by Bruce JohnsonThe sacred scriptures of all major religions teach about the existence of a kingdom of spiritual beings called angels. These angels, called devas or gods in the eastern religions, constitute a non-human line of evolution that equals in importance and parallels our human evolution. Devas live on all seven planes of our solar system within a great hierarchy that incorporates varied levels of consciousness and intelligence. The Deva Kingdom includes good angels, evil angels labeled fallen angels by the Christians, and the Inverse Sephira by Kabbalists, and those devas indifferent to ethics. Diverse religions categorize the angelic kingdom using different numbers and systems. The Eastern classification accents the number seven when describing the angelic domain.
Deva bodies are made of light substance and appear somewhat like human forms, although much finer and having light radiating from them. Devas spiritually reincarnate in groups, not individually, and never experience incarnation into a solid physical body like humans do. Communication between devas does not involve sound like human speech, instead, they use a color language that expresses light, forms and symbols. All seven primary color rays can be seen reflected in various classes of devas, including the white, violet and green devas living on the etheric planes of Earth. Devas can be generally divided into those connected with involution, and those devas linked the evolutionary process.
This writer classifies devas according to three criteria. 1-By affinity to a color ray, 2- by the type of work they do, 3- by their evolutionary status. Having touched on deva color ray attunement, let’s look at the types of service or work accomplished by angels. The gifted clairvoyant Geoffrey Hodson lists these seven areas of angelic service. 1- Angels of power, 2- angels of healing, 3- angels of nature, 4- angels who build forms based on divine direction, 5- angels who are guardians of homes, people and places, 6- angels of music, 7- angels of art and beauty.
The angel kingdom division by evolutionary standing is as follows. The seven groups of entities known as the Dhyan Chohans are at the top of the deva evolutionary ladder. The Dhyan Chohans correspond to the Christian archangels. Dhyan Chohan bodies are composed of a mysterious substance called phlogiston. Below them are the Arupa or formless angels of the higher heaven world. They are also called the greater angels who are associated with the three highest sub-planes of the mental plane of life. Under the Arupa angels are the Rupa angels, or angels of form. Associated with the four lower sub-planes of the mental plane, Rupa devas are also known as lesser angels.
The astral plane with its seven subplanes, is home to the subordinate devas called Kama or desire devas. Devas less evolved than Kama devas are known as elementals or nature spirits. The most advanced nature spirits are known as sylphs, or air elementals, and also live on the astral plane.
The four highest sub-planes of the physical plane constitute the etheric plane, in which reside the remaining nature spirits. The highest of these nature spirits are the fire elementals called salamanders. The water elementals called undines, as well as fairies, are both found on etheric sub-planes below the fire nature spirits. Occupying the lowest rung of the angelic evolutionary ladder are the earth elementals, often referred to as brownies and gnomes.Bruce Johnson has over 30 years of study in the fields of Ancient Wisdom and occultism. He has taught classes on a wide range of topics, from Atlantis to mediums to Zoroaster. He is also a spiritualist minister, with a background in spiritual astrology. He lives in Colorado with his wife and their cat.
Energy Follows Thought
by Bob RomeroThis is a basic metaphysical principle that I’ve mentioned before. It’s usually a way to individually manifest what we want whether it’s for prosperity, healing, or solving a situation. It can also be done a group basis which will greatly increase the power of the thought to achieve the desired outcome. To achieve a goal that is enormous in scope will require a multitude of beings focusing on the same objective.
Now is the time for all beings of light to concentrate on changing the negative energy that has engulfed our nation and our world to a much more positive energy that will save all of us. I’m reminded of the prayer of St. Francis which states:
“Lord make Me an instrument of Your peace
Where there is hatred let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness joy.
O Divine master grant that I may
Not so much seek to be consoled as to console
To be understood, as to understand.
To be loved. as to love
For it’s in giving that we receive
And it’s in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it’s in dying that we are born…
To eternal life.
If we lead by example, we can influence many around us to do the same. This way we can have the thoughts of others following the energy that we are creating by doing good deeds. Getting others to think positively will then add more energy toward making the world a better place. There are enough resources in the world so that everyone can be happy and prosperous. All we have to do is share. I would then like to add to the prayer of St. Francis the following additions:
Where there is division, unity.
Where there is greed, generosity.
Where there is incompetence, ability.
Where there is malice, kindness.
Where there is racism, fairness.
Where there is ignorance, education.
Where there is disinformation, truth.
There are many more points that we can add, but the object is to reverse the negative energy that is now peaking. But there has also been an increase of awareness on enlightenment by those on the spiritual path. Our focus has been on raising our vibration to brighten our radiance which will be seen by Spirit. So, by bringing that radiance together and visualizing a more perfect union and proficient society, we can burn so bright, that our thoughts will become reality.
Bob Romero has been a diligent student of esoteric spiritual subjects and metaphysics for many years, with a life-long quest for answers. He has submitted new and original articles that focus on life lessons and experiences he wishes to share with our readers and the world.
In Honor of Capricorn
by Roy Neal
December 21 – January 21
The Sun enters the zodiac sign of Capricorn on Monday, December 21, 2020. This event marks the beginning of the Winter season and is known as the Winter solstice. Capricorn is an earth sign and is ruled by the planet Saturn.
The Capricorn soul has an emotional need for success and achievement. Sometimes the path to success is challenging and difficult but the Capricorn person gains strength through problem solving and overcoming challenges. Individuals with the Sun, Moon or other personal planets in Capricorn are purposeful and goal oriented; they will do whatever is necessary to achieve their objectives.
If you want to develop a business plan for personal or professional success, you would do well to consult with someone who is a Capricorn.Roy Neal is a professional astrologer with a private practice in the Denver/Boulder area. If you would like to know more about how this month impacts you personally call Roy at 720-962-4633 and schedule an update of your individual birth chart.
Planets and Possibilities: A Look at the Astrology of January
by Sally Shotwell
We approach this New Year with hope, and some trepidation, following the impact of the grueling experiences we associate with 2020. The Sun (our consciousness) and Mercury (our thought process) are in responsible Capricorn, helping us direct our focus to real-life issues and our immediate responsibilities. Its element is Earth and, being a Cardinal sign, its energies are assertive, fueling our ambition to move carefully and constructively toward our goals. The thing is, with so much confusion swirling around us, this is no easy task and requires us to tap into our intuitive awareness. Fortunately, January 1, Mercury, in practical Capricorn, touches base with sensitive, creative Neptune in watery ,inspirational Pisces, offering succor to any bruises our emotional state is experiencing. This equilibrium grounds us as the Messenger of the Gods conjoins Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, on the 4th. Their interaction may result the digging up of concealed information (which promises controversy)) so let’s be alert to our surroundings and avoid iffy interactions.
January 6 assertive Mars enters earthy, stable Taurus, joining unpredictable Uranus, in this Fixed Earth sign. Venus, Goddess of Love, Beauty, and Money, is it’s ruler and an emphasis is placed on experiencing the pleasures that Nature and our surroundings bless us with. Fixed Signs normally don’t embrace shaking up the status quo, but with the Warrior and the (brilliant) Rebel now in residence, our relationship to the natural world, and how we carry on our lives, is morphing. Thankfully, Taurus’s steadiness helps us adjust.
January 8 both Mercury and Venus further alter the terrain when they change signs. Mercury enters eccentric Aquarius where he feels at home. This Fixed Air sign is noted for its inventiveness, independence, and a detached humanitarianism. Our communications should become more wide-ranging as the influence of Uranus (Aquarius’s ruler) stimulates our need for novelty in our exchanges. Venus, on the other hand, enters tradition-oriented Capricorn, sharing with us the comfort of sustainability in our personal commitments. In the midst of so much tumult, this semblance of reliability is reassuring. Simultaneously, the Sun and empathetic Neptune, in watery, mystical Pisces, find harmony together and create an oasis within which we may retreat if we are open to it. Can we carve out time in our schedule?
This is necessary because, also the 8th, Mercury (in Aquarius) and Mars (in Taurus) clash exemplifying things to come through the year as activity takes place between the Fixed Signs (Aquarius, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio), generating tremendous tension. In this instance, our interactions and thought processes may feel blocked.
January 9 relationship-oriented Venus (in Cap) finds a dance partner in willing Mars (in Taurus) and a sense of connection encourages us to seek out likeminded others to commune with to our heart’s content. Mercury and Saturn put their heads together and enjoy the airy, futuristic climate they share as they conjure up innovations. Let’s be open to their enthusiasm ourselves and see what bright ideas may pop up. The 11th Mercury and Jupiter compare notes regarding technology as it relates the wellbeing of the community. Health care considerations are prominent (what else is new?).
January 12 starts out with Mercury now interacting with Uranus, exchanging perspectives as to how to increase our flexibility in order to successfully cope with shifts in our reality. This ties in with the New Moon (new beginnings) in Capricorn. Capricorn represents social structures and hierarchical authority and the Sun, Moon and Pluto are lined up to pour energy into this new opening for change. The Wild Card in this picture is the grouping of Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury in Aquarius at odds with that of Mars and Uranus in Taurus. This is a recipe for tension and confusion, but, let’s check out the Sabian Symbol’s message. “A woman entering a convent: Total commitment to a transcendental goal.” Our goal is to continue our journey towards self-understanding which allows us to reflect and absorb that which enhances our ability to detach from unnerving drama. We don’t have to go into seclusion to expose ourselves to inspiring new avenues of growth. The 13th, friends and pleasurable activities are supported by Venus and Uranus connecting, urging us to seek out beauty and pleasurable interactions to share with others.
January 14 Uranus (in Taurus) turns direct and the Great Awakener now spurs us forward to investigate the unpredictable terrain before us. The Sun and Pluto (in Cap) conjoin and create tension as each asserts his independence. The 17th, optimistic Jupiter and unpredictable Uranus throw themselves into churning up the atmosphere. Let’s take a deep breath, step back and see how the dust settles. The 19th, the Sun enters Aquarius, joining Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury. We’re getting acclimated to the themes prominent relevant to this position and may even feel twinges of inventiveness in our thinking. Let’s be open to it.
January 20 is Inauguration Day with Mars and Uranus (in Taurus) feeding each others assertive energy. There are questions as to how the ceremony goes and the social climate surrounding it. The 22nd, Mars challenges belief-oriented Jupiter and conflicting ideologies generate unexpected developments. Remaining centered while events unfold is essential to our functioning and actual health. The 23rd, relief is at hand when charming Venus and dreamy Neptune share lighthearted, authentic affection which open us to our own heart-centered relationships. On a more serious note, the Sun and Uranus join hands and encourage us to consider our life direction and how we may implement it.
January 26 the Sun and Uranus harass each other as we work on adapting to unexpected circumstances. There’s the concept of a breakdown leading to a breakthrough but let’s not put it to the test. We have inner resources to put to use and meaningful others to consult with. The Full Moon (culmination) in Leo on the 28th is preceded by Venus and Pluto embracing and we’re encouraged to be gentle with others no matter how intensely we feel about revelations regarding our dealings with them. The Moon itself is in a stressful position to Saturn, the Sun and Jupiter, as well as Uranus and Mars. This Moon in fiery, heart-centered Leo is about helping us be true to our identity as individuals. We need to do this in order to contribute positively to society as a whole. The Symbol states “Early morning dew sparkles as sunlight floods the field: The exalted feeling that arises within the soul of the individual who has successfully passed through the long night which has tested his strength and his faith. . .we see the potential culmination of the process which began on a note of social and cultural crisis. . .” The Sun and Jupiter meet up and, while currently residing in group-oriented Aquarius, encourage us to pursue our own course with philosophical openness.
January 30 Mercury turns retrograde, giving us the opportunity to revisit and review what has been in the works for some time. As we gain insights to what we, and others, have experienced, we’re able to rework what needs fixing in order to move forward in the future. Considering all the bizarre twists and turns we’re becoming accustomed to, this retrograde may seem like a walk in the park. Let’s be mindful to take good care of ourselves, we need each other!!!
Have a Blessed New Year!
Sally Shotwell is a life-long student of esoteric spirituality whose focus on studies in Astrology have spanned decades. She has entertained and informed our readers with her articles for a few years now.