…” Those who penetrate into the realm of the Zodiac become subject to the constraints of time (periodicity and cycles) and space (localisation within the zodiac belt). Only pure spirits are free of the fetters of time and space, but as soon as they incarnate they enter within the zodiac belt and are caught up in the magic circle of implacable destiny which shackles even the most luminous beings, even the greatest sons of God.
Part 3 of a series of extracts from the Master’s lectures, on the subject of the 12 astrological signs of the Zodiac and their correspondence with our body:
This reality is reflected in the human body, in which the spirit is imprisoned: the whole body represents the circle of the Zodiac and each organ or member corresponds to a particular sign:
In order to free himself from the coils of the serpent which hold him prisoner, man has to free himself from the cycle of reincarnations. At the moment of birth, a child’s etheric body, which is as soft and malleable as warm wax, receives the imprint of stellar influences and, later, as the wax cools, this imprint can never be effaced. When a child first draws breath, therefore, the heavens put their seal on its etheric body and fix the horoscope in which the child’s destiny is written.
The only way for man to free himself from the limitations imposed by the stars presiding at his birth is by his conscious effort to restore the bonds that bind him to God, thus escaping from the law of necessity and putting himself under the jurisdiction of the law of grace.
And now let’s look at the practical consequences of this reality, the zodiacal circle, in our everyday lives. Suppose that you are walking through mountainous country, with peaks and rocky cliffs all around you, and you shout aloud: what happens? The mountains send your words back to you: the sound of your voice strikes against a hard surface and bounces back, exactly as a ball bounces when it hits the ground or, if you throw it against a wall, comes back to strike you. These are physical laws, and physical laws reflect and reproduce spiritual laws. If you call out, ‘I love you’, you will hear the echo repeat, ‘I love you, love you, love you.’ But if you shout, ‘I hate you’, from all sides will echo the words, ‘I hate you, hate you, hate you!’
You must understand that the same patterns are repeated over and over again in life: man emits a ceaseless flow of waves, beneficial or noxious, by his thoughts, feelings and acts, and these waves journey through space until they come up against the outer limits and bounce back to strike the sender in the form of rewards or punishments.
This is the return shock, the rebound, and those who know this law take care to send out only waves of light, love, kindness, purity and warmth; they know that one day, sooner or later, they are bound to reap the same blessings in return. They are happy, successful, fulfilled human beings and they think that God is rewarding them. Not a bit of it! God doesn’t know anything about it. He is far too busy with much more important things: He doesn’t have time to watch our doings and tot up the score to see whether we should be rewarded or punished. He has established a certain number of laws within and around us and it is these laws that reward or punish us.
Main image: Medieval Illuminated Manuscript, circa 1412, “Les Tres Riches Heures du duc de Berry’”,
“L’Homme anatomique, ou Homme zodiacal”
Conde Museum, Chantilly, France