The Spiritual Quest

Mount Everest

The Spiritual Path

The Ancient Wisdom states that we are all engaged upon an evolutionary journey of which the purpose is to develop and express our inherent spiritual nature whilst in physical form. This journey is depicted symbolically in terms of a mountainous ascent as we scale the peaks of human consciousness. In esoteric parlance this is referred to as the ‘Spiritual Path’.

In raja yoga this process is described as the pathway from the muladhara chakra at the base of the spine to the sahasrara chakra-the crowning jewel at the top of the head region.

The medieval alchemists symbolised the spiritual journey by means of their ‘Great Work’- the transmutation of base metal into gold representing the archetypal process of spiritual transformation whereby the transient, corruptible human personality undergoes a metamorphosis into the radiant, eternal and incorruptible gold of the Soul or Higher Self.

Carl Jung described this process in his concept of ‘individuation’ which he regarded as a spiritual quest. The objective here being that of ‘wholeness’ or ‘integration’, where both the conscious and unconscious elements of the human psyche (including the Higher Self) are unified.

‘Divine Unrest’

The latent qualities of the Soul evolve through its incarnation in matter whereby part of it is extended into the lower realms of existence (mental, astral and physical) for the purpose of gaining new experience and thereby expressing and developing its latent qualities. These include the expression of divine persistent will, love, wisdom, intuition, compassion and the use of abstract thinking. It takes many lives before the Soul can fully grasp its instrument of expression- the human personality- so that it can fulfil its purpose in the lower worlds. Equally however the personality must make its own journey towards the Soul. This process occurs when one embarks upon the spiritual path that leads to the source of their being. This normally occurs after one undergoes a period of what is termed ‘Divine Unrest’ whereby the affairs of the outer world no longer satisfy nor sustain them.

The Hero’s Journey

At this stage of one’s evolution they are ready to heed the injunction of the Delphic Oracle-‘Know Thyself’ meaning the real or Higher Self and not merely the human personality with its senses, feelings, emotions and thoughts. To this end one must journey within as depicted by the voyages of Odysseus who represents the individual engaged upon the spiritual path, or like Jason seeking the Golden Fleece, symbolising the spiritual gold of the Higher Self. Similarly the grail knight Galahad entered the Forest Adventurous in quest of the Grail, a symbol of one entering the inner worlds seeking out the immortal aspect of their being- the Grail which is a symbol for the Soul-a receptacle filled with spiritual energy that can be passed down to the personality.

The Rainbow Bridge

The Soul is able to contact, and thereby offer meaning and direction to the personality, through a structure referred to as the ‘antakarana’, a Sanskrit word meaning ‘inner organ’ or ‘inner instrument’. The term ‘Rainbow Bridge’ is also used to describe the antakarana. It is constructed out of the energies of abstract thought which Theosophists refer to as ‘higher manas’. This is the realm that Plato labelled the ‘World of Ideas’. The antakarana appears in various guises in myth and fable. In the Bible it is symbolised by Jacob’s Ladder- a stairway to heaven. In classical myth it is allegorically depicted by Ariadne’s Thread which enables the hero Theseus to escape from the maze of the lower worlds of existence after slaying the minotaur, a symbol of one’s lower nature.

Initially, in the young Soul, the antakarana is but a tenuous thread linking Soul and personality and which gradually widens and strengthens as the qualities of the Soul are developed and expressed in the crucible of the physical world. When, at a relatively advanced stage of human evolution, the personality responds to the call of the Soul and then endeavours to express the Soul’s Purpose the antakarana widens considerably and eventually becomes a gateway for a vast deluge of spiritual energy. Soul-Centred astrology provides a means of developing the antakarana through its ability to convey the purpose and intents of the Soul by means of symbols that are associated to the glyphs of astrology.

Why a Soul-Centred Astrology?

Soul-Centred or Esoteric Astrology is a means of engaging the higher mind which operates at the level of abstract thought. This then serves towards assisting in the process of one’s spiritual development and expression by offering the subject of the chart insight into the Soul’s Purpose and how it may best be expressed whilst also providing the subject with the necessary insight to effect personality integration as a prelude to a downward flow of spiritual energy from the Higher Self.

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