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THE TREE OF LIFE(2)

When we come to the Sun in Sagittarius, the energy of expansion, characteristic of this sign, reveals an essential theme of the Tree; if we gaze at a tree, we witness the constant act of expansion and development of the potential of nature. The Horse that the Archer of the Sagittarius is riding represents the Roots of the Tree; Sagittarius tries to elevate himself above the Earth, but he has to keep connected to the soil with the four legs of the Horse, so as much as the Tree grows to the sky, its roots keep it anchored to the underground. We know that this sign is always trying to purify and sublimate dark and thick energy, this is its mission. A Tree purifies and elevates not only the substance that comes from the soil, but also the atmosphere around its branches. Same way as the Sagittarius does, the Tree expands the possibilities around; hence the fruits are produced. Sagittarius is the priest of the Zodiac, the Tree reveals the sacred quality of the cosmos.



Within the esoteric approach in Astrology, the Sun in Capricorn represents the victory of Light against Darkness; the energy has ascended since the underground and the Fruit has been produced, the longest journey has been completed. Thus, the Sun in Capricorn represents the link between the highest point of the Tree and the lowest; the same way as the energy from hell can reach the zenith, the Light from Heaven, absorbed by the branches can access Hell and expand the potential lying in the Roots. There are several myths that talk about a Dragon protecting a Sacred Tree, o a Serpent sleeping around the Roots. We also know that the dragon or the serpent represent the energy in a state of chaos, not yet developed.

In the Scandinavian culture (Norse mythology) we find the myth of Yggdrasil which was a Sacred Tree planted in the Centre of the Cosmos, its branches supported the Sky and at its Roots slept a Dragon. According to some scholars, the name of this Tree means Odin’s horse! Odin was the most important god in this tradition. In some of the many Scandinavian sagas, it is reported that Odin sacrificed one of his eyes to acquire knowledge and wisdom and then he hang himself from the top branch in order to meditate; but he was hanging tied from one leg downwards, his head looking at the roots.

All this could sound strange, but if we introduce a new mystery about the symbol of the Tree, then the message of the myth becomes apparent. In some of the most esoteric traditions, such as the Cabbala, we are told that the Sacred Tree of Life we see in this World is only the reflection of the Supra Cosmic Tree (the tree that is beyond the manifestation). This means that the Tree we see in our world is actually an inverted Tree whose Roots are in Heaven and the Branches, the top, penetrate the Underworld. It follows that the God Odin hanged himself (first he had to climb the Tree) in an inverted way to see the reality of the Tree, meaning the reality of this Cosmos is only a Mirror of the reality of Heaven.

The image of Odin with only one eye represents that the other eye is looking to the Higher Reality that we, mortals, cannot see. Something similar represents the Egyptian God Osiris who lost one eye in his battle against darkness (Set) and now rules the Underworld and supports the constant transformations of Death and Life. At some level, the message means that if we want to understand transcendent truths, we have to sacrifice the common or objective way of seeing things, we have to conquer the summit of the Tree to discover Sacred Reality.

At this Capricorn stage we can pronounce that the Tree connects the visible with the invisible, that, indeed, the Tree represents the Cosmos, but only as a Mirror, and that the Tree is revealing the Mystery of existence.

We still need to develop the position of the Sun in Aquarius and Pisces, we cannot extend ourselves this time, but we can conclude this month’s article with the image of Aquarius as the image of the breathing of the Cosmos; what this signs is pouring is not water but the Prana, the circulation of the vital energy. The circulation of Blood in Aquarius stands for the sap of the Tree that nourishes the whole; the same sap that feeds the trunk feeds the tiny leaves and blossoms of the Tree. The Prana, the sacred blood is also the sacred drink of immortality, the sap of the Tree or the Nectar of the Gods.

As for the Sun in Pisces, the experiences of wholeness, fusion and contemplation are implied in the symbol of the Tree. If the Cosmos is a Temple, and the Tree represents the Cosmos, then the Tree is the Sacred Temple. Besides, the notion of compassion is also associated to this symbol, whether it be a Christ on the Cross (also related to the Tree), Odin meditating on the Yggdrasil, or the god Attis reborn as a Tree. Contemplating a tree means discovering the equivalence between Man, Temple and Cosmos. It is pure beauty offering its fruits of wisdom and compassion.(the end)

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THE TREE OF LIFE(1)

by xavier_astro | 2011-09-15 00:00 | 占星術  

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