And now, from all that I have been saying, bear in mind at least this: in order to attain true fulfilment, you must learn to work with the Moon, the imagination (making sure that you safeguard its purity for, in its true spiritual sense, the Moon is related to the purity of the imagination), with light, the fire of the Sun, with the disinterested love of Venus and, finally, with the justice of the cross, Earth.

Mercury is the symbol of the perfect human being in which the two currents circulate in such balance and harmony that he bathes in an ocean of perfect peace and becomes a radiant centre, capable of stimulating others to work for good.

When the Moon lacks the impetus provided by Mars and the Sun, it encourages the human tendency to be lazy and to invent all kinds of machines and appliances that make any effort on their part superfluous.

The symbol of Mercury does just the opposite: it teaches us that activity and effort are indispensable. There is nothing wrong in having machines and gadgets of all kinds, on condition that they free men from their material tasks and enable them to undertake new, spiritual activities, gigantic labours of the will and the imagination, in order to create divine works.

Unfortunately, so far, humans have not started to work for this goal; on the contrary, they are bent on getting rid of both the Sun and Mars, that is to say of doing away with activity and effort—in spite of the fact that they are essential—and to keep only the Moon and Venus. They don’t realize that this is the surest way to degenerate.

I feel as though I have told you nothing; in fact, I have told you everything. The ocean lies at your feet, heaven lies open before you, and you have drunk to your fill; if you are still unchanged, it is because we can only drink as much as our degree of evolution allows, no more. That is what is so sad.

But if you continue to be nourished by the climate that reigns here, by all this love, by the songs, by all this light and knowledge, you cannot help but evolve and, one day, you will be capable of fantastic realizations. Even if you have trouble understanding, keep trying, for there will always be something luminous that will register within you.

Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov,
Sèvres, December 27, 1970

Complete Works Volume 14. Love and Sexuality, Part 1
Chapter 2 Taking the bull by the horns – The Caduceus of Hermes