The Span of Perspective – The 2nd Hemisphere of Aquarius
Air Element – Fixed
The formula is: manipulating-ideal-ingenious-generalizing-mental-inspired.
Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology:
Aquarius 30° The field of Ardath in bloom
This is a symbol of the spiritual integrity of nature herself, dramatized by Marie Corelli’s mystic meadow of ancient Babylon as an ageless and special challenge to modern life. Everyone may count on the inherent friendliness of the universe, and in consequence on the capacity of man’s destiny to endow him with fruits of his good rather than his bad works. The individual ultimately must rely on the world in which he finds himself, and so should live in such fashion that a reliance on him in turn is both possible and inviting.
The keyword is CONTINUITY.
When positive, the degree is self-illumination through exceptional service to others, and when negative, witless reaction to fantasy.
Treaty by Leonard Cohen
Ardath brings to focus the miracle of renewal or rebirth ever following from even the most devastating of circumstances.
Ardath: The Story of a Dead Self by Marie Corelli
“Let some of us hesitate ere we doubt the Miracle; for we are sleepers and dreamers all—and the hour is close at hand when—we shall Wake. So I went my way into the field which is called Ardath, like as he commanded me; and there I sat among the flowers, and did eat of the herbs of the field, and the meat of the same satisfied me.” ” 2 Esdras 9:26
Today’s symbolic degree is supplemented with a reading of the interpretation given it also by Dane Rudhyar, to whom Marc Edmund Jones gave permission to do his own interpretation of the symbols, which appeared in condensed form in a section of his book, The Astrology of Personality.
Aquarius 30° Deeply rooted in the past of a very ancient culture, a spiritual brotherhood in which many individual minds are merged into the glowing light of a unanimous consciousness is revealed to one who has emerged successfully from his metamorphosis.
CONSCIOUS TOTALITY OF BEING
Keynote: The ability for the person with an open mind and a deep feeling for self-transcendence to come in contact with higher forms of existence.
The originally recorded Sabian symbol stated: “The field of Ardath in bloom,” which referred to a scene in an occult novel by Marie Corelli centering upon ancient Babylon. The reference may well have been a “blind” inasmuch as Marc Jones has stressed his inner contact with a Brotherhood with Babylonian, (or “Sabian”) roots. A spiritual Brotherhood constitutes a state of “multi-unity”–i.e. a multiplicity of individuals, if one thinks of the paths they trod to reach their final metamorphosis, but a unity of consciousness and “Soul”–thus unanimity (“anima” meaning Soul). In this spiritual Whole each unit is a recognizable “form” or entity if one looks at it with the eyes of personality; but when seen through a unified spiritual vision or from a distance, the Whole appears to be one single area of radiant light. Similarly, when studied by the modern physicist, light can be apprehended either as a stream of identifiable particles (photons) or as one continuous wave. Whether it is seen as one or the other depends on the point of view.
This is the last and culminating symbol of Scene Twenty-two of the cyclic ritual. This is indeed a fitting symbol, as the number 22 symbolizes all forms of mastery. At any level, it is a symbol of spiritual group fulfillment–of CONSCIOUS TOTALITY OF BEING.
“Dying then living for love.” Saijin
Don’t you love a good mystery? I do!
I have an original copy of Ardath: The Story of a Dead Self by Marie Corelli and inside its cover is bound another story–that of “The Red-Headed League” which is a Sherlock Holmes story by Arthur Conan Doyle.
“An extremely unusual edition: Corelli’s “Ardath” with Doyle’s “The Red-Headed League” bound in at the rear. Curiously there is no mention of the Doyle story at all on the covers, title-page, or contents page, but it is complete, and with its own fly-title, and obviously original to the volume. One could speculate that the publishers might have miscalculated the size of the covers, and added in the Doyle story as a way of bringing up the page count, but this remains speculation.”
As for me? The thing I find similar is that in both cases, there is “activity” underground which eventually is “found out”. With Sherlock, the robbers are digging an underground tunnel and plotting to break into the bank above. In The field of Ardath there is likewise a breaking into the individual’s past. He is an atheist at the beginning of the tale–but I don’t want to spoil the adventure. You’ll have to read it for —
At Gutenberg Press, you can see the Bibliographic Record of associations between Ardath and Time Travel, Reincarnation, Paranormal, Religion, Angels. You can read both stories on-line.
Image: Ardath ~ The Story of a Dead Self by Marie Corelli and Arthur Conan Doyle.
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*All of my works are based on Sabian Symbols in Astrology by Dr. Marc Edmund Jones, 1953 First Edition, The Sabian Publishing Society, New York; printed in the United States of America by the Roberts Studio Press, Arden, Delaware.